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Bukal Falls + Liliw Church

 

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Bukal Falls, Majayjay, Laguna — Philippines

Itinerary:

0600: ETD HM Bus Terminal Cubao

-Fare: php 140

-Cubao to Sta. Cruz Laguna

0900: ETA HM Bus Terminal Sta. Cruz

-From Bus Terminal cross the street and Ride a Jeep to Liliw

-Fare: php 30

0930: Attend Mass at St. John the Baptist Parish Church (Filipino: Simbahan ng Parokya ng San Juan Bautista), also known as Liliw Church or Lilio Church

-After the mass you can go around the Church area for Slippers Shopping or Food Trip

-Take Tricycle to Brgy. Bukal Office

-Tric Fare: php 200/tric (max 4 people)

1130: Brgy. Bukal / Registration Area

-Reg Fee: php 20

-Guide Fee: php 300 (that time its Optional and not really necessary for me)

-Theirs only one way going to the falls from the Brgy. Hall, which is why a guide is not necessary for me, especially if your a budget traveler.

-The road going to the falls are mostly paved and it’s an easy 30-45 minute walk.

-Camping is aloud however camping site is very limited.

1210: Lower Area of the falls. Lunch.

-Our guide told us no eating is allowed near the falls.

1235: Hello refreshing Bukal Falls!

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0400: Start Descent

-Our guide asked us if we wanted to take a ‘shorter’ traverse route going back, however we will be going out in a different Brgy.

-NOT a shorter route, it took us a good 1hr and 15min……. and passing in a different Brgy. we had to pay another 100 (for group of 6).

-The view was wonderful though.

0515: Wash Up Time! (in some random persons house, the guide told us we can use the bathrooms — and we did. LOL)

0600: Sun is still high up. Tricycle hunting mode going back to Liliw proper.

-Fare: php 200/tric (group of 6 + konsehal)

0630: Liliw Proper – Dinner

0700: Catch a Jeep to Sta. Cruz

-Fare: php 30

-Liliw to Sta. Cruz Bus Station

-Note: Jeepney’s hard to come by so if it does, find a way to fit yourself in or top load baby!

-Note: Most Bus Company’s last trip STC to MNL is 7PM (we were lucky to catch the LAST and ONLY Bus going to MNL, Buendia though not Cubao, still I’m going home)

1030: Magallanes MRT Station

-To take a bus going to Cubao.

 

Personal Note. Personal Opinion, Personal Observation:

People are nice however they seem to be very used to tourists and try to rip them off.

Scenario 1: From bus terminal you have to take a jeepney going to Liliw. A jeepney passing by with a signage “Magdalena” (note the jeepney route on the side is Sta. Cruz – Liliw) stopped in front of us. Before riding the we asked the driver and the barker if it will pass by St. John the Baptist Parish Church or Liliw Church — they both said yes.

We asked the driver how much the fare would be and said php16, after about 10 minutes he stopped and pointed to a church. “Ayun na po ang Simbahan Ma’am”. Thinking that it was the church we intended to visit we alight and walked for about 2 minutes — then I realized it’s not the place I intend to see. Still a very good place to pray and also very old like St. John the Baptist Parish Church, it was The Santa Maria Magdalena Parish Church (also Saint Mary Magdalene ParishChurch).

Though not as planned, I couldn’t complain because its worth the visit and misadventure.

Scenario 2: Jeepneys hardly come and if they do, it’s full. So, we hired a tricycle instead. The driver charged us php300 Magdalena Church to Liliw Church. Considering the distance, the 300 was fair. (I don’t think this is a rip off)

I couldn’t find an itinerary like ours (Liliw Church – Bukal Falls) so we weren’t sure if we can walk going to Brgy. Bukal’s brgy hall, so we asked the locals. We meet a local ‘konsehal’ and offered to guide us — I had a bad feeling about it so I immediately asked How much it would cost if he guides us, his response was “E konsehal naman ako dito ay wala nang bayad iyon, sasamahan ko nalang kayo” (I’m a local councilor so you don’t have to pay me). Then we hired another tricycle Liliw Church to Brgy. Bukal php 200 per tric and they only allow max of 4 pax each because the road is ascending.

When we reached Brgy. Bukal registration area, paid our dues and were provided (another) local guide (because ‘konsehal’ is not an officer of Brgy. Bukal and thus unknown to Brgy. Bukal officials). One of us said “Edi dalawa na yung guide namin?” (Now, we have 2 guides?) [This again is very unnecessary]. That time I told ‘konsehal’ he doesn’t have to come with us anymore since they have provided us with a guide, telling him we didn’t want to cause anymore inconvenience for his time — which he responded with “ay okay lang iyan wala naman problema iyon sa akin, samahan ko pa din kayo” (No, it’s okay. It’s not a problem. I’ll come with you).

Long story short: By the end of the day we paid for his Dinner (which was fine) and asked for a compensation (“in whatever amount we feel like”). We paid 100 each .

With this experience I realized that PEOPLE ARE NICE TO YOU BECAUSE THEY NEED SOMETHING FROM YOU.

 

In whatever scenario I will visit Bukal Falls again, next time with my camping gear 🙂

 

 

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Liacom & Bellsoft

Okay, these two has recently been popular and people are confused whether they are a Recruitment firm or a BPO company.

  1. They claim to be ‘direct hire’ connected to different companies to hire people and not a recruitment firm.
  2. Like Google? If you look at their individual websites Liacom Offshore Outsourcing and Bellsoft Global Contact Solutions you will be convinced they’re a legit BPO company. I did my research for this two.

To end the disarray I went, visit and tried their ‘hiring’ process. As I thought and everyone their was utterly confused — they are a RECRUITMENT firm. In what ever way they sugarcoat their business such as “We are an in-house company who provides man power to companies in need based on your profile, instead of you going directly to the company applying for a position and only to find out the position you are applying for is not open we look for a company that would fit your goals” this was his (the guy who did my first interview) words. I wasn’t convinced to what he told me when I ask if they’re a recruitment firm so I asked (seeing a Bellsoft flier on his desk) what Bellsoft is instead, “Bellsoft is actually our sister company, we recruit people and endorse them to different companies” ———– Their we go folks, he said it himself.

 

Note: I applied online for both companies and scheduled my visit for Liacom Thursday and Bellsoft Friday – thus I knew Bellsoft exist.

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NCLEX DIY STYLE PART 2

Okay, I received my ATT months ago but  was only able to update this blog due to review schedule and all. Anyway, now, I can say that I have the right to share how I applied for NCLEX Exam DIY, with confidence (meaning I  did the right steps) ;p

Again, I applied for state of Minnesota.

1. Apply for CGFNS CES, once cleared and they have confirmed that the documents were sent to BON.

(Note: Every document they received from you will have a corresponding email response with the subject: CGFNS International Document Receipt and the last email I received from them is marked as #1 in pictures below)

(TIP: Send the documents from your school with the school address as a return to address even if your the one sending it to CGFNS. Note, they do NOT accept documents coming from students: IELTS result, TOR and PRC docs.

Confusing? To clarify my school gave me my TOR and all other papers that CGFNS requested from my school to be sent to them–which the school is suppose to send. But in our country or at least in my school they gave that responsibility to me, thus and technically I WILL be the one to send the documents to CGFNS. I made a grave mistake in putting MY address as a return to address (instead of the school) which they rejected and made the process longer and more expensive (another 1,500php mail fee).

Length of time:3-4 months (not counting the error I made with the ‘return to address’)

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2. Register and Pay for the $200 fee at Pearsonvue.com

(Note: On the website after registration you will see START THE REGISTRATION PROCESS – do it)

Length of time: Real Time (for registration) and within 24hrs for payment receipt.

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3. ATT. (Yes, the long awaited ATT is finally here)

(Note: After registration and payment confirmation from pearsonvue I received my ATT sent by MN BON via email within 24hrs)

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4. Your PEARSONVUE account will have something that looks like pic #2 (see below). Just click on the blue hyperlink:NCLEX-RN: The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses for scheduling, exam location and another $150 payment.

(After clicking on the hyperlink it should be directed to pic #3-4)

(ATT Validity depend on the state you are applying to and you will also see it in your account and on the pics posted)

Length of time: Real time.

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5. Quick Result. The quick result option will only be enabled once the result is available  (duh.Lol) which means 2 days after the exam (but for PH time its after 3 days). And you have to pay around USD 8.

(See Pic#5)

Pass

Congratulations, you have passed the NCLEX!

*Next I will post: FAQs. Which most has been answered on this and previous post. 🙂

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French Class

Interested in learning French? I know two schools/institute that specially offers the Language. First, DEL Extramural Language Courses (UP Diliman) and second, Alliance Française de Manille. For schedules and Fees, just Google the names of both institute and you should get their website as a result. This post is not intended to provide you with their information because they always, well, probably not always but most of the time they change class schedules, fees and professors availability.

Commuting is part of my/our daily lives, so this post is to guide you on ways to get to both schools. This is specially for Alliance because everyone knows where UP is. And this is the easiest and cheapest way I know.

(1) DEL Extramural Language Courses (UP Diliman)

Add:Department of European Languages, College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman, 1101 Quezon City, Philippines

Good to Know:

French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish language and culture courses

Commuting:

– Coming from EDSA (anywhere in EDSA)

– Ride A BUS going to FAIRVIEW

-Descend at PHILCOA (bus will stop under an underpass and that’s were Jeepney’s will be)

– Take a Jeep that has UP IKOT or UP CAMPUS sign. See Picture # 1.

– Go down on the 2nd stop (waiting shed). (The moment you see the UP Monument the jeep will turn right and then left, 1st stop/1st waiting shed, a little further will be the 2nd stop/second waiting shed)

– The building right in front of the second waiting shed is the College of Arts and Letters Building.

– For New Enrolle-es: Paying the tuition fee will be at the cashier, different building from CAL. Just ride the Jeep with UP IKOT sign again and descend at “Shopping Center”, from the side you will be off go straight on your right side, shopping center is on your right too. On Picture #2, facing picture #2 you go left. LOL. Follow the arrow sign on the pic. Going back to CAL, just ride the Jeep that has KATIPUNAN sign.

 

(2) Alliance Française de Manille

Add: 209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City, Philippines

Good to know: http://www.alliance.ph/language.php

Commuting:

– This is the easiest way I know.

– Coming from EDSA

– Take the MRT or Bus and get off BUENDIA station.

(Walk towards MCDO/Shell Gasoline station, during the morning theirs usually a line for the jeep. Ride the Jeep that has a sign “Gil Puyat LRT, Washington,RCBC” or simply ask the barker for Mapua Bound Jeep.)

– Descend at MAPUA

(Fair is Php 8.50, unless they increase. You would know if you have to get off the jeep, you’ll see or passby BPI/PS Bank, red Bank and at the corner is a big tree and musical instrument store (the last time I went their, last week the display was a huge Bass) behind it is Starbucks, across is MAPUA and SM Jazz Mall. Coming from Buendia you DON’T have to cross the street, just walk towards Jazz Mall (Across is BDO), past BDO continue walking straight, don’t look back . LOL, See Picture # 3 , you’ll know your in the right direction if you see picture #4-7)

– After 2-3 minutes walk (I’m a fast walker) you’ll see Caruso Italian Restaurant across it, is the Alliance Française de Manille and next to it is a Kindergarten School. See picture #8-9.

– The building is Gray and Red.

– Coming from Monumento/Manila ride the LRT/Jeep get off Gil Puyat and ride another Jeep that’s bound to “Buendia”, get off Mapua and walk towards SM Jazz Mall.

 

*I hope this post helps. I had a hard time finding ways on how to get to Alliance and I tried a lot of different ways. But like I said, this is the easiest and cheapest way. I attached a Grade 1 map/direction/instruction/pictures.

*UP map, no copyright intended.

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