Getting your drivers license

12 11 2008

I finally got my new drivers license this week. I already have a professional drivers license but it was expired two years ago. I went to the Land Transportation Office branch at SM City Mall to renew my license, only to find out that renewal of expired licenses for more than two years are transacted at the main LTO office at Quimpo Boulevard.

Getting or renewing your drivers license is easier and faster this time. If all requirements are complied, you can get your license within the same day. I noted some of the steps.

Getting a New License

  • Prepare your personal papers (birth certificate, guardians identification if 16 years old)
  • Prepare your drug test and medical test results from LTO accredited centers.
  • File your application form
  • Take a picture (they have this web cam over the window, and its free)
  • Pay for the exam fee
  • Pass the written exam and test drive exam
  • Pay some fees (very minimal)
  • Get your license or permit in the releasing area

Renewing Your License

  • Bring your expired drivers license
  • Prepare your drug test and medical test results from LTO accredited centers.
  • File your application form
  • Take a picture
  • Pay for the exam fee (if your license is expired for more than 2 years)
  • Pass the written exam and test drive exam (if your license is expired for more than 2 years)
  • Pay some fees (very minimal)
  • Get your license or permit in the releasing area

Its that easy!

I warn you not to pass through fixers, they will ask you 2x or even 5x the amount to pay. Do not be afraid to take the written exam. It is for your advantage.


A Week at Sarangani

8 11 2008

Early this week we went to Kiamba, Sarangani Province. Kiamba is more or less a hundred kilometers away from General Santos City, the Tuna Capital of the Philippines. The road to Kiamba brings wonderful experience – cruising along shorelines and mountain ridges with lots of magnificent views, rich culture of Islam and Christianity, and wonderful people.

We stayed at Lagundi, Kiamba for two nights, in my parents-in-laws house. Their house is located near the shoreline, so I got plenty of time taking shots at the beautify scenery. While on our way, I also took several shots.

Long Weekend Holiday

30 10 2008

Its going to be a long weekend holiday. We will only report tomorrow morning and the afternoon is free. Many are going to cemeteries to visit their departed love ones, while others take this time to enjoy the beach or go on vacations. I am also thinking of having a vacation with my family this weekend, but I still don’t know where exactly.

All souls day celebration has been different than what it used to be few years ago here in Davao. Today, loud music, gambling, disco and party are no longer allowed in the cemetery. Today’s all souls day celebration are more solemn. The traffic are lessen. Most of the people go o malls after visiting their departed love ones. That gives mall owners the idea to have weekend mall sales.

However you may celebrate this weekend holiday, just keep it safe and have fun! I hope that this holiday could be much longer.

Marina Tuna Seafoods Restaurant

29 10 2008

Last night we treat ourselves to Marina Tuna Seafoods Restaurant located at Km 8 Pampanga, Davao City. Marina Tuna is one of the best seafoods restaurant in the metro. It is known for its delicious tuna dishes and more.

The restaurant was not so crowded. I can smell the scent of seafoods cooked when I entered the restaurant. It took us minutes to choose from a wide array of choice sea food dishes. We tried the sizzling female egg or bihod, and the tuna belly. I wanted to order a panga or tuna jaws, but that would be too much for me and my wife to eat.

We though of bringing our kids next time we visit Marina Tuna. There are live fishes, crabs and lobsters in their aquarium for everyone to see or choose to be served.

If you love seafoods, Marina Tuna is a must in your choice destinations.

Weekend Mall Sale

28 10 2008

Davao will have midnight sale at all malls this weekend. Gaisano Mall of Davao will have a Halloween Midnight Sale on the 31st of October. Victoria Plaza Mall will have a Halloween 4Day Sale starting October 30. They will also have a midnight sale on the 31st of October. SM Davao City Mall will have its Wicked Weekend Sale starting October 31 up to November 2, and a Midnight Sale on the 30th of October. Gaisano Grand Citimall Illustre will also have its Halloween Sale starting Oct 29th up to the 31st.

Horrific discounts and price off are awaiting. I guess this is going to be an Extravagant Halloween Holiday Weekend.

Book Haven at Book Sale

27 10 2008

I happened to visit Book Sale bookstore at the ground floor of NCCC Mall Davao last night. I believed that the bookstore has just recently opened for business. Book Sale bookstore offers a wide variety of books at a very cheap price! They have a large collection of IT books (my favorite).

If you are looking for great books with very low prices, I recommend that you visit Book Sale bookstore. I already add Book Sale in my book searching destinations.

Karlyn’s Food Station

24 10 2008

Today we had lunch at Karlyn’s Food Station along Maa Highway. The place offers sumptuous steaks and soups. We tried the house specialty Beef Steak ala Pobre which tastes really good. I heard that Karly’s chef was once Ekran Hotel’s chef. That should explain why their steaks are deliciously made with class.

After a filling meal, we tried their sweetened banana or “minatamis” dessert. The place is nice with soothing jazz music. Karlyn’s Food Station is a nice place to visit.