Getting a Barangay Clearance at Brgy. Tisa is Fun!

Not a real biggie but I’m just seriously impressed with one of our government services today. I know, I know…you must be out there thinking, “Like, really??” Lol! But yes, I’m serious. 😉 A government service actually did impress me.

 

So a little backstory.

I don’t know what year that was but there was a time I needed to secure a barangay clearance as one of the employment requirements. I marched down to the barangay hall in Tisa around 10 AM I think (because of course, we know offices open at 8AM so I just wanted to be sure they’re open but not yet crowded). So there I was and true enough, the office was already open but with only two people manning the tables.

I told one of the ladies what I needed so she pointed me to a piece of scratch paper (which served as the form).  Written on the form were Name, Address, Phone number and Purpose.

So I filled out the “form” and she told me to give the form to the lady in the other table. Then the second lady got some paper and started typing (on typewriter) from the details in my form. The paper was already pre-filled with blanks spaces to type in the name and the address. Once she’s done, she handed the paper (clearance) to the first lady at the same time asking “Pila lang nah?” (How much could that be?)

Okay now, wait a minute… by the way they were talking, it sounded to me like the document “fee” is subjective. The first lady answered with “Fifty na lang.” I don’t know how to explain it now but it really sounded to me like a “sabot-sabot lang” kind of pricing. Like there was no fixed rate and each transaction is charged based on their…”mood”? Anyway, I decided to just brush it off since I needed the document and I knew every document transaction comes with a fee. So I handed over my payment but instead of being handed back a receipt(!), the lady just stood up and told me to come with her, so they can get the document signed by the Brgy Captain!

After I handed over the money:
Lady 1: Tara day, pasign sah ta. (Let’s go, let’s have this signed.)
Lady 1 to Lady 2: Adto sah ko Day. (I’ll go now) *Then we proceeded to exit the office*

All the while I was thinking, whatda!!! Now this was a few years back, so I vaguely recall some of the details but I can clearly remember HOW WE WENT OUT OF THE BARANGAY HALL AND WALKED TOWARDS THE HOUSE OF THE BARANGAY CAPTAIN. Pffft! At first I wasn’t sure where we were headed until we arrived and she told me to wait (right outside the living room) while she had our DEAR CAPTAIN sign the damn document IN THE COMFORT OF HIS HOME, at TEN O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING!!!

Sosyal si Kap, nasa bahay ang opisina!!! PFFFT! And the fifty pesos, well, I don’t know who’s pocket that went to. As far as what happened in the “hall”, there was no record of the transaction: no receipt, no logbook, nada.

Now, back to this morning.

So today, for the second time I needed to secure a barangay clearance. I have an Aunt who now worked there so she knows how things are done. I inquired first so that I know what to expect or how much to prepare and guess what, NADA! The clearance document at Brgy. Tisa have ZERO fee! Zilch. So yeah, that’s already one point for the new administration. 🙂 (Btw, we changed Captain a few years ago so yes, Brgy. Tisa is now under a new admin!)

I also inquired the business hours (not to judge but then again there are offices that should be open by 8 but are not “operating” till later time), and she told me it’s open by 8AM.

So this morning I went to the hall. I was actually already in the area a quarter before 8 and there were already people outside the hall. So at exactly 8AM, I marched up the stairs and was greeted by two ladies, one of them asking what I needed. I also noticed two teenagers sitting in two separate tables with PCs, and a few more people scattered and seated in the office.

I answered that I need to secure a clearance and she asked for the purpose, and I told her and then she pointed me to a form to fill out. This time I noticed the form indeed looked like a “form”. It was printed form with more detailed information and printed on used bondpaper (another point for the form and for recycling!). The lady grabbed a chair for me to sit (accommodating, 3rd point!). After less than 2 minutes of filling up the form, the teenager from the first PC approached me to get the from and she started typing in my information. She asked me to verify the information (correctness, spelling, etc.) and asked me to sit against the wall behind for the picture taking.

Around 5 minutes after I walked in, teenager from the second table is now printing my clearance. And then she told me to check, sign and stamp. And they she told me to sign the logbook and I’m done. 🙂 (two more points for the speed / duration!)

Seriously, less than 10 minutes and zero pesos after, I got my printed out Barangay Clearance, complete with picture, signature and stamp!!! So yes, I was impressed. (especially if you compare it to my first time!)

Now, my friend was also getting her clearance this morning and she just told me she paid Php65 for hers. Barangay is in Mandaue area. So yeah, clearly it varies per barangay. 😉

How To Get a Barangay Clearance in Tisa:

1. Go to the 2nd Floor of Tisa Brgy Hall (beside Tisa I Elem/Night HS)
2. Fill out the Barangay Clearance form (table near the door)
3. Submit filled-out form to personnel in Table 1.
4. Check/Verify correct information encoded.
5. Have your picture taken.
6. Move to Table 2 and check the printout.
7. Sign and stamp (both thumbs) clearance.
8. Write your name and signature in logbook.
9. Wipe blue ink off your thumbs in the rag 😉 Hehe
10. Thank them and go!

In and out in less than 10 minutes. 🙂

It’s one of those days that I like living in Tisa (other days are when I’m craving for siomai!!! *wink*)

How about you guys? How easy or grueling was your experience getting clearance from your place? 🙂 Either way, just get it over with! And…

Keep grinding,

 

The Feast Cebu – It felt so good to be back! (Schedule and Kerygma Conference Visayas 2017 Promo!)

After over a year of hiatus, and the whole too-busy-with-work-and-grinding excuse, finally last night we were able to join The Feast! And after weeks of “let’s attend this Monday” or “let’s join the Saturday session instead”, we finally made it to Monday’s session. 🙂

For those who are not familiar with it, The Feast is a weekly fellowship, prayer gathering and worship event held (celebrated!) in various locations in different parts of the world! The Feast is founded by Bo Sanchez under the Light of Jesus Family. Dubbed as “One of the happiest places of earth”, the Feast is an event any individual can be a part of! Doesn’t matter what your religion or religious affiliation is, what beliefs or pre-conceived notions you have, The Feast welcomes anyone who wants to listen and celebrate!

Worship ministry singing and dancing their hearts out! (if only I have the talent and the GUTS to join! LOL)

And what gets us more excited is the Kerygma Conference that’s coming up! The last two years I’ve wanted to join but there was always a hold-up (in 2015 the schedule coincides with our Camiguin travel dates, in 2016 it was scheduled during our Iloilo trip). But this year, on December 02, 2017, in God’s timing, nothing was scheduled, no flight was pre-booked, and with God’s perfect plan we are excited to finally be a part of this year’s happiest event!

As of this writing (10:59 AM Nov 21, 2017) – the CLOCK IS TICKING!
Early Birds passes are SOLD out 🙁

For those interested, you may visit https://kerygmaconferencevisayas.com/ to reserve your tickets! Or you can visit the Feast events, tickets are being sold there too! 🙂

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MOREEEE!!! As of last night’s announcement, there is an ongoing promo:  (two promos actually!)
– BUY 3 AND GET 1 FREE!!!
– BUY 10 AND GET 5 FREE!!!

So if the regular price is too high for you, go ahead and invite your friends and together you can be at the happiest place on earth at a much lower rate!

The Feast – Cebu Schedules: or click me!

Feast Feast SM Saturday Cebu – Feast Builder: Stephen Nellas
Cinema 2, SM City Cebu – Saturday 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Feast SM Monday Cebu – Feast Builder: Stephen Nellas
Cinema 2, SM City Cebu – Monday 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Feast IC3 Sunday Cebu – Feast Builder: Salvador “Buddy” Tan
Feast Leader – Rico Rentuza
Hall C, IEC Convention Center (IC3) Pope John Paul 2 Ave., Mabolo, Cebu City – Sunday  9:00 am – 11:00 am

Feast IC3 Thursday Cebu – Feast Builder: Salvador “Buddy” Tan
Mezzanine Hall, IEC Convention Center (IC3) Pope John Paul 2 Ave., Mabolo, Cebu City – Thursday  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Feast Eloisa Sunday Lapu Lapu Cebu -Feast Builder: Salvador “Buddy” Tan
Feast Leader – Ace Dionaldo
Eloisa Royal Suites, Maximo V. Patalinghug Jr. Avenue, Lapulapu City, Cebu (Besides The Outlets) – Sunday 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Don’t wait up! Be happy… and

Keep grinding,

Magic Beach, Lambug, Badian, Cebu – In, Out, and Around

As promised, I’m back with the details (and pictures!) of our Lambug trip. 🙂

So finally, we’ve arrived!

First off, THAT is a much better view of the beach compared to the last post, don’t you think? 😉

Of course, the first thing we did was find a resort — which to be honest is not an issue in Lambug. Along the stretch of the beach, you will find a variation of single and two- storey houses sitting just alongside each other. Those houses are literally the “resorts”.

This is the Magic Beach Resort where we stayed both times we were there.

after around 100 steps from the trike dropoff, you will see this house 🙂

 

 

This is the entrance to the other rooms in Magic, and just beside it (separated by a bamboo fence) is another resort, the Grandeur Beach Resort.

 

Before our first visit in March, we did a bit of research on the rates and contact numbers so yes, we were able to book and reserve a room in Magic. Or so I thought

Imagine my panic (because I was the one who made the reservation!) when we arrived at the resort only to be told that there was no booking for us in their records! :'( There were 12 of us on that trip. TWELVE! How the heck are we supposed to find a room for 12 people on a weekend! Not just any room, mind you, but a cheap one! Believe it or not, we’ve only set aside 100-200 pesos / pax for the accommodation. Cheap, I know! LOL!

{What we found out: So what happened was, I had a back and forth texts with someone from the resort. When she told me of the rates, I inquired if there are 2 available rooms for our travel date and she said yes. So I told her to reserve the 2 rooms under(my friend’s name) but we might be adding add’l room at a later date. Her response was “OK Maam.” I don’t know with you but THAT for me was a sign of confirmation. Wasn’t it? So there at the resort, the lady who welcomed us told her that there’s no booking if there’s no downpayment. Now hold on, there was nothing in our entire conversation that mentioned anything about a downpayment! *facepalm*
So yeah, I wasn’t really mad or anything, I was more of worried about the fate…er sleeping arrangement of the 12 people because of the whole miscommunication (or lack thereof). 🙁 }

So anyway, we inquired (and I prayed!) for vacant rooms for the night. At this point, we were already “open” to the possibility of spending more for an AC room, or even spending the night in a tent (I was excited to try this actually! haha). She said there is one vacant fan room at the 2nd floor that’s good for 4-6 people for 1500 pesos.

Now let’s do the math, first off, 1500 divided by 6 is 250, which is already beyond the budget. But that’s not as dire as the second point which is, there’s TWELVE of us, and the only available room will fit only SIX. Hmmm…

And that’s when we paid the resort next door a quick visit. Two of us went to Grandeur Beach Resort and got the news that they have one available room (yay!), but it’s an AC room at 3000 pesos for 6 pax! So the Grandeur option was not an option at all.

A few minutes of negotiations after, the owner agreed to book us and accommodate ALL 12 of US on the only vacant fan room for the base rate of 1500 for the first 6, and an additional 100 pesos per extra pax.

So if we do the math,
1500 + (100×6) = 2100 for one single fan room for 12 people
2100 / 12 = 175 pesos per pax

We couldn’t have said yes much quicker even if we tried! Haha Without thinking of the sleeping positions we’re gonna have that night, we accepted the offer.

This two-storey house, the 2nd floor room is ours, at least for the night.

 

There were two king size beds, which should comfortably fit the normal 4-6 persons quote. Hmmm… *silently strategizing our sleeping positions* 😉

 

 

And then here’s a picture of the first lucky six, who positioned themselves. LOL! Kidding!

 

The front area is sort of a balcony / hangout area — which proved to be reeeeeally useful for us during the entire stay! 🙂

 

Overall, the room was spacious actually and because they have charged extra per excess person, they also provided extra mattresses for the other (unlucky) six. Hehe (I think you can now guess our sleeping arrangement, eh?) Do you see that cabinet behind the fan? That, my friends, is our own converted “changing room”. You can literally fit 2 people in there! We actually did change out of our outfits in there. There’s also quite a number of electrical outlets/sockets in the room.
I was also surprised that it wasn’t hot in the room. During the night, I wasn’t gonna be surprised if the fan can’t give enough cool air for all of us but even though we’re cramped up on the beds and on the floors, I don’t remember feeling hot (or pinagpawisan) while sleeping. 😉

It may seem that I was totally impressed by the room –space, price and all — but it’s not that. In fact, from the overall resort experience, the part that I was actually most impressed by is the amenities they offered downstairs.

Let’s take a look.

Clean comfort rooms with abundance of clean water. Check. ✓ 

 

Big cooking/grilling area and washing area -complete with cookwares, plates, knives, utensils, saucers – everything you need in the kitchen! Check.

 

Dining area – long table that definitely fits a dozen people. Check.

 

This is the outside area of one of the AC rooms. {We actually stayed in an AC room during the 2nd visit in July but for the life of me I can’t find my pictures of the room! 🙁 }

 

This is a picture of us preparing (grilling!) lunch! There are convenience stores fronting the resorts so you can buy stuff you need for your cooking like chopped wood, uling, cooking oil, condiments, rice, canned goods, eggs, spices, softdrinks, coffee, etc. The only things you just need to buy beforehand are the fresh meat and fish from the supermarket, which is what we did.

 

 

 

 

 

Some of us in the balcony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the stairs. 🙂

 

On the way to the beach!

 

And now a few pictures during our trip. Of course, the beach! 🙂

Just blue waters and fine, white sand.

  


I’m missing the beach already.
🙁

Magic Beach Resort, Lambug, Badian
Contact Nos.: 0915-4586637 ; 0926-1205042
Room Rates :
Fan Room – 1500 (good for 4-6 pax)
AC Room – 2500 (good for 4-5 pax)

Need help getting there? Read all about it here!

A few more grinds and I’m off to the beach again soon! Can’t wait!!! 🙂

Keep Grinding,

How To Get There: Magic Beach, Lambug, Badian Cebu

We actually visited Lambug Beach twice this year. The first time was in March with a bit of planning, and the next one was a spontaneous lets-go-to-Lambug-this-weekend kind of trip last July! I knooooow, this is a long overdue post but then again – the whole new-blog-new-domain thing, remember?

So I’ll try to share everything I can remember from both trips! 🙂

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves because before the everything part, we have to talk about the getting there part.

Lambug Beach is located in Badian, Cebu. Though considered a public beach, it is definitely not like any of the public beaches  you see in the Cebu City areas (Talisay, Catarman, to name a few). Lambug beach is a long stretch of white sand and blue water! Personally, I think the reason why it’s not a “go-to” destination just yet is because there are no big fancy resorts built there.  But we’ll talk about resorts and accommodations some other day.

So going back, since we are going to the town of Badian, which is South part of Cebu province, our starting point is the Cebu City South Bus Terminal. Today, there are a few bus franchises operating with trips tot he south. For our trip, we still chose the famous one, Ceres Liner. Ceres has air-conditioned and non-AC buses leaving every 30 minutes (or earlier if its already full).

We took the air-conditioned bus with the BATO-BARILI signage.
Air-conditioned Ceres Bus – 129 pesos / pax

Now, if you’re not a fan of buses (wait, if you really want to travel, you better start re-evaluating your life in that department! Hehe Bus rides will make up a big part of your future trips. Just sayin’. ), other commute options are V-Hire and the good-ol-Taxi. I don’t know with you but I’d rather not blow my entire budget on transpo alone by traveling via taxi!

However, with the V-Hire vans, the fares are fairly close to that of the bus — an additional 20-30 pesos per pax.

You might be thinking now, what ride should I take?

Of course, each of us have preferences. We all have our own levels of tolerance when it comes to convenience and comfort, and priority when it comes to budget, expenses and time.

The Pros and Cons.

Bus
✓ the cheapest option – AC or non-AC, bus fare is still cheaper compared to V-Hire or Taxi.
✓ comfort of bigger legroom – buses nowadays have wider seats, bigger legrooms per seat and wider aisles
✓ entertainment – DVD players and WIFI routers installed – which means movie marathon and unlimited internet access while traveling.

x longer travel time –  travel time to Badian can take as short as 2 hours to as long as 3.5 hours, and by bus it might take just that.
x it’s a Public Utility Vehicle – meaning you will be travelling (or sitting) with strangers during the trip. There will be crying babies, smelly and/or loud-snoring seatmates. Again, different people different level of tolerance.

V-Hire
✓ shorter travel time – trip might take only 2 – 2.5 hours.

x smaller or no leg room – there were actually trips when I literally couldn’t move my legs in a van since some drivers are trying to fit 5 people in a 4-seater row.
x AC not sufficient – again, because of the headcount inside the van, the AC on older vans couldn’t handle the load. More people means more CO2 expelled with not enough cold air circulating inside.

Taxi
✓ faster, shorter travel time –  no unnecessary stops, basically a private trip.
✓ private – no smelly seatmates, and it’s technically your own private ride

x much, much pricier than the other two options – some drivers would ask for somewhere around 1000 – 1500 pesos / trip or more

So yeah, the decision is on you, as long as you’re on your way to Badian. 🙂
Bus – South Bus Terminal, N. Bacalso St. Cebu City
V-Hire – V-HIre Terminal, Junquera St. Cebu City (beside USC-Main)
Taxi – anywhere (you can also arrange for Grab or Uber, just negotiate)

Now, 2 – 3.5 hours later, what’s next?

Since we rode the Ceres bus, we dropped off at the Lambug Corner. The Bato-Barili bus route will go straight the Main Road to the rest of Badian town, while the road to Lambug beach is off to the right side towards an inside road.

long and winding road to Lambug Beach

In the corner is an open air native restaurant, so if you’re seeing that, then you dropped off at the right place!

Since the beach is still far from the drop off point, we rode a tricycle for 30 pesos/pax. The trike will take you straight to the beach’s entrance (or starting point?)

You know you’re on the right track if you pass by the Cebu International Golf & Dive Resort. (I lost my photo of this! )

asphalt road, in fairness 🙂

 

After around 10-15 minutes of this view, you’d finally arrive!

Okay now, my photos are definitely not doing this place any justice! You have to trust me on this when I say the place is so much more picturesque in reality! 🙂 This was taken I think late afternoon on the second day, not at the time of arrival, and certainly not during high tide. (Can’t find the other photos, long overdue post, remember?) *wink*

SO NOW THAT YOU’RE HERE, WHAT NOW?

Of course, we’ll talk about the BEACH, the accommodations, and the food in another day! 🙂

Update: Check out the details of the trip and accommodation here!

Keep grinding,