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How to get to the DFA Office at Macapagal Highway.

7 Dec

The Department of Foreign Affairs Office of Consular Affairs is no longer located on their old building near/along Roxas Boulevard. Instead, they are now at Aseana Business Park at Macapagal Boulevard corner Bradco Avenue, Barangay Tambo, Paranaque City.

For those familiar with the area, its just across McDonalds/Jetti Gasoline Station Macapagal and the building is right beside S&R.

Here is the location map from the DFA website:

Driving Directions

  1. If you’re from EDSA, turn left to Macapagal Blvd once you see Blue Wave on your right. If you’re already at SM Mall of Asia, lagpas ka na. Take a U-turn around the massive globe structure and then turn right. The building is just accross McDonalds/Jetti Gasoline Station.
  2. If you’re from Paranaque or Cavite, take the road beside Uniwide Coastal Mall. Then take a right towards Macapagal Blvd. Its just a straight drive from there. Your landmark would be S&R Membership Shopping.

Commute

  1. If you’re from the North particularly EDSA, ride a bus going to Baclaran/SM Mall of Asia or MIA. Buses display a DFA sign on their windshield to let you know they’ll be passing the DFA building. If unsure, ask the conductor.
  2. If you’re from Cavite, you may ride a multicab or tricycle at Baclaran straight to the DFA. You may also ride a cab to the SM Mall of Asia then another cab ride to the DFA.

Setting-up Your New Computer

15 Nov
MacBook Pro Unboxing

I love setting-up computers specially the fresh, out of the box ones. It’s like giving form and personality to your computer! May it be a laptop, a netbook or a desktop computer, setting-up your system need not only be for the geeky but for the casual users as well. Here are some tips (you might also call it steps) to setting-up your computer.

Note: I assume you already know the basics of using a computer like point-and-click, starting and shutting down, installing programs, surfing the internet and such. If not, blame your high school.

  1. If your computer is already setup and ready to use, skip this step. If not, read on. Be sure your operating system (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS or Linux) is fully installed, registered and is functioning completely. Avoid pirated Operating Systems as these will give you headaches in the future. After that, make sure you install all the drivers (sound, video, etc.). Computers come bundled with these so you won’t have a hard time looking for them. For those who haven’t got any CDs or already lost them, you may have to go download the drivers on the internet.
  2. Remove unnecessary programs. Sadly, new computers are often installed with Bloatware. Bloatware, simply speaking, are programs bundled and installed on your machine that are worthless. They are probably tied up with the computer’s manufacturer. Samples are trials to some software, a demo of a game, or something much more useless. Uninstall everything you don’t need and get more hard drive space in return.
  3. Install an antivirus and firewall. Head over to the internet and download the latest version of your favorite antivirus and firewall. If you don’t have one, try here. There are free ones and ones that are antivirus and firewall in one so pick whatever suits you. (I currently have Avast as my antivirus and Zone Alarm as my firewall)
  4. Install a web browser. If you haven’t done so yet that is. Internet explorer have evolved and is already following the footsteps of free, open-sourced browsers but still leave much to be desired. Top picks would be Mozilla’s Firefox and Google’s Chrome. I use both.
  5. Update everything. Update your antivirus and firewall definitions, update Windows, update your drivers. Make it a point to update these for optimum performance.
  6. Tweak some settings. You may like smaller or no icons at all at your desktop. You may want a different wallpaper or a login picture. You may not even want the Windows sidebar. Personalize your computer and make it yours.

Final notes, be sure to restart every time you install a new program. Don’t download software from unknown and suspicious sources as these may contain malware and viruses. For softwares, I recommend heading to Download.com’s Editor picks. They have handpicked essential softwares so you won’t have to search all over the internet for them.

Updating Facebook outside Facebook.

26 Oct
Image representing Facebook as depicted in Cru...

Image via CrunchBase

Don’t you just love Facebook? The all-time time consuming website of the year. As I’ve said on previous posts, I’ve found more friends, classmates and relatives here than the other networking sites I tried.

Anyway, I came across Mashable’s article on how to update your Facebook without really logging in to the Facebook website. For someone who has no Facebook access at the office (like me), this info is a must have. I know you’ll find some practical uses for it too.

You may see the guide here: HOW To: Update Facebook from Outside Facebook

“Posted via whatever” in Facebook [Part 2]

19 Sep

Here’s part 2 of my Posted via whatever in Facebook post. More gadgets and some funny stuff too. If you missed part 1, you may see it here.

Again, here are the steps:

Login to your Facebook account.
Choose an option from the list below:

A box like the one we use in posting at Facebook will appear. Type in whatever message you want to be posted on your wall then click publish.

Type whatever here Go back to your Facebook account and click refresh on your browser. There you go! I’ll post even more devices on part 3. Again, have fun!

Credit Cards: Pinas Edition

10 Sep
Credit cards

Image via Wikipedia

 Do you own a credit card? Do you want to have one? Do you have one but are having a hard time managing it?

In the next couple of days, I’ll be blogging about credit cards. (from here on lets call them CC) The title says Pinas Edition because I’ll be dealing primarily with CCs issued in the Philippines. I’ve been a CC owner for more than a year now. I was also a previous employee of a local bank that offers CCs.  My goal is to give you a beginner’s guide to having, owning and maintaining a CC. I’ll try to keep the financial jargons to a minimum so people with zero credit card exposure could still follow.

My outline looks something like this:

  1. Why do I need a credit card?
  2. How do I get one? (banks that offer CCs, their requirements, procedures in applying)
  3. How to use and maintain one. (card activation, terms and conditions, special features, cut-off and due date, charges)
  4. Dangers of owning a CC.
  5. Hope for previous CC owners who were not able to handle their accounts well.

Please do understand that I’m not an expert in this matter. Everything I’m sharing is from my personal experiences and information I got from researching and asking. If you think I forgot an important topic, please let me know.

Stay tuned!

“Posted via whatever” in Facebook

6 Sep

Recently, I’ve been posting messages on Facebook via different devices:

Useless Status on Facebook

Sorry guys, the ATM Hack isn’t true. Just made that up. =) Anyway, due to insistent public demand, here’s how you can do it too.

Steps:

Login to your Facebook account.
Choose an option from the list below:

A box like the one we use in posting at Facebook will appear. Type in whatever message you want to be posted on your wall then click publish.Type whatever here Go back to your Facebook account and click refresh on your browser. There you go! I’ll post more devices later. Have fun!

Part 2 here! More devices and some hilarious ones!

Earning money online.

31 Aug
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Image by denharsh via Flickr

I’m really into earning online. Who doesn’t want the convenience of staying at home browsing websites and earning at the same time? But finding a money making system that actually works can be tedious! Just try searching “make money online” on Google and you’ll get hundreds, if not, thousands of so-called “proven” ways to earn online.

I joined this particular website (sorry, can’t announce what just yet) wherein you get paid by browsing a specific number of websites a day. This is the 1st time I have joined such a website since money making schemes like this is risky and involves some investment.

Once I get my first earning from this scheme, I’ll share how I did it and how you can do it too because by then I have proof that the system works.

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