Wednesday, March 28, 2012

NBI Clearance

I got my NBI clearance today and it took me 2.5 hours only! Yipee!  The last time I had to get one, it took me 6 hours. It was in the NBI office in the Quezon City Hall and the queue of people was already a mile-long when I arrived there as early as 8am. Obviously, 8am was not as early as I thought it was. 

So this year, I did a little research first and I found out that there are NBI satellite offices in Robinsons malls. And I also discovered that the Robinsons Mall in Otis has the fastest processing time. It's a little tricky to get there because there are no jeepneys or buses that passes that area but there is still a way to get there. (See directions below)
NBI Clearance Application Procedure
The NBI office in Robinsons Otis is located at the 2/F of the mall. They only process the first 500 applications per day so be there early. Per my experience, there were already about a 100 applicants or so when I arrived at 8am.  I am not sure if the 500 applicant quota has been reached by the time I left at around 10:30am but the waiting area was already empty.
  1. Proceed directly to the waiting area located in a vacant stall near the NBI Office. There is a sign there that states, "NBI Application Starts Here". 
  2. Wait until an NBI personnel approaches and hands out the clearance forms. 
  3. Fill out the forms.  (refer to a detailed account below)
  4. After a few minutes, the NBI personnel will instruct you to proceed to the payment window to pay the processing fee. Clearances for local employment is charged with P115 fee. 
  5. Next step will be the biometrics encoding. It simply means the data in your application form will be encoded in the system. There is a duplicate screen facing you where you can check if the details being encoded are correct. If you note any incorrect info, let the encoder know so he/she can correct it immediately. 
  6. Finger-printing is up next. This process is now done electronically. Thank God! Gone are the days of dipping your fingers in blank ink and then stamping it on the form. Lucky you if you have a piece of wet tissues to wipe it off. Otherwise, you may have to buy from those vendors who over-price this little items.
  7. Then you will be asked to stand in front of a white background where your digital photo will be taken. Smile =)
  8. If you have no derogatory record or no namesake with problematic record, your clearance will be released within 5 minutes after your picture was taken. Otherwise, you will be requested to come back for your clearance to give the NBI staff time to verify your record.
  • Bring two (2) valid IDs, government-issued IDs are preferred. 
  • Old NBI clearance (if for renewal)
 Filling Out the NBI Clearance Application Form

Most of the items are self-explanatory so I will just focus on the items that I think might be a little confusing. As a married woman, I found filling out the Last Name and Middle Name portion of the form a little bit puzzling. Suffice to say I got it wrong and the data encoder had to ask me to correct it. So for married women, remember this:
LAST NAME : Indicate the surname you used when you were still single (normally this would be your father's surname) 
MIDDLE NAME: Indicate the Middle Name you use when you were still single (normally your mother's surname before she married your father)

Directions to Robinsons Otis from United Nations (UN) Avenue - Taft Avenue

There is a tricycle terminal at the back of McDonalds UN Avenue-LRT Station Branch. The tricycle seats 4 persons (2 inside the side car and 2 behind the driver) and the fare is P10 per person. If you want to go solo, you might have to pay the whole P40. Tell the driver that you are going to Robinsons Otis and he will drop you off right in front of the mall.

To go back, cross the street to the other side and wait for a tricycle. Tell the driver that you are going to UN Avenue. The fare is still P10 per person. There are pedicabs in front of the mall but they charge extravagant fares so if you are really not in a hurry, I suggest practice a little patience and wait for a tricycle instead.

If there are other ways of going there or any other items worth noting about the NBI clearance application in Robinsons Otis or elsewhere, please feel free to share them in the comments below.

Thanks for reading and hope this helps. 


Saturday, March 24, 2012

2012 Kolisko Waldorf School Summer Program

For those looking for activities for their kids this summer, my son's school is offering various summer programs from kids 3 years old and above. Please see downloadable document below for the complete list and info about each program.

For a larger view, either click the "Full Screen" or the "+" (Plus sign) at the bottom of the document.

2012 Kolisko Summer Program

For questions and inquiries:

Kolisko Waldorf School
#22 Alabama Street, Brgy. Kristong Hari, New Manila, Quezon City
Tel No. (632) 723-1549
Mobile: 0920-4023860

Friday, March 23, 2012

Last Day of School

Another school year over. Hay, my Miguel survived three school years already! One in a traditional school  and two years in Kolisko Waldorf School

His one-year stint in a traditional school was a big mistake that I blogged about here in July 2010. Kolisko has helped a lot in changing Miguel's concept of school. These days he enjoys school so much that every time he wakes up in morning he asks, "Mommy, may pasok ba ko?". If I say yes, he replies, "Yehey!". Otherwise, he says, "Aaay. (sad face) Bakit?"  

Once, his Lola (granny) asked him what they do in school and his reply was, "Laro, kain, tulog". So is it really any surprise that he enjoys school so much?    

Today was their last day and they had a mini feast which they shared with the parents. It was a potluck affair of pancit from Mushroom Burger, puto from Goldilocks Bakeshop and puto't kutsinta from Calasiao. The kids looked cute while they ate their food in their kiddie size dinner table.   

Then they played ball outside.

After playing, they went back to their classroom to change clothes and freshen up. Then they had their class picture taken. 

2nd version: with the parents (mostly the moms)

Then it was time for goodbyes. Their teachers gave each one of them a knitted bonnet which they made themselves. It was really nice. 

The future: Miguel is one of his class' four candidates for Grade 1 next year. He had his assessment test earlier this week and we are still awaiting for the results. We were told that we would be informed of the result after Holy Week. So we're keeping our fingers crossed. If he passed, then he will be stepping up in a new level of learning. Otherwise, he will be staying for another year in Bahay-bahayan class. He's only 6 after all.

Until then, let the summer vacation begin....

Monday, March 19, 2012

Family Picnics

If I remember right, our last family picnic was back in September 2007 in La Mesa Ecopark. Back then, my little Miguel was just a year old and the only baby in the family. My youngest sister was yet to give birth to her firstborn.
 September 2007 - La Mesa Ecopark

It took five years before we were able to do it again. This time the kiddos total to three (3) and pounds of fat have taken residence in all parts of our bodies.

March 2012 - UP Diliman

This year's picnic destination was UP Diliman. My youngest sister and her family now lives in Cavite but were willing to travel all the way to QC so early in the morning to join us. My brother-in-law even managed to cooked his signature lasagna. On the other hand, I was too lazy to cook anything so I suggested that we drop by Centris Sunday Market to buy food. We bought 2 orders of pancit bihon, 6pcs of Vigan empanada, 3 bars of kesong puti and one pack of mini pandesal.

In a world full of techie entertainment - TV, computers, Ipads, mobile phones, etc. - allotting a few hours with nature is a welcome break. The kids had a blast climbing trees.....

and running  in grass covered ground. 

My father took the two older kiddos to a long walk around the area. While me, my sisters and mother caught up with each others' lives as we munch on the food in front of us. It was a good bonding activity. 

We capped off the day with a sumptuous lunch in Max's Restaurant in QC Circle. And we parted ways with a promise to do it again. Maybe next week.....

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Every Writer's Dream

Jeff Goins is a writer who loves compelling stories, worthy causes, and Pez candy1. I stumbled upon his blogsite when a good friend suggested I read his e-book, Every Writer’s Dream: Never Pitch Your Writing Again.

It is all about finding your voice and letting others hear it, or in a writer’s case, read it. To give you an idea, here are some of the chapter titles of this e-book:
  • The Truth About Writing 
  • Three Tools Every Writer Needs 
  • Platform: How to Build One 
  • Brand: Finding Your Voice 
  • Connection: Attracting Fans, Friends, & Advocates 
  • What It Really Takes to Be a Writer
It’s a good read. It provides insights to writing that I’m sure a lot of aspiring writers has thought about one time or another but hearing about it from an establish writer such as Mr. Goins gives it some sort of validation.

For more, visit Every Writer’s Dream page.