Claiming the Philippines’ TLD

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 23:22 Site Updates 2 Comments

It’s been a little over two years since I bought this domain and thanks to that malicious script attack four days ago I’m finally gonna talk a little about it. Who knows? The end might be near.

It was when I was contacted by a former colleague about a volunteerism-related website that they needed to finish because the web developer who started it could no longer see it to its completion. Of course, they had to ask me to show them something as proof that I can actually do the job. With most of my websites from way back when being outdated, I showed them my blog, which is this. I was, however, very reluctant to give them the URL because it was still in back then. It may have been the coolest to my ears ten years ago but at this age? Not anymore. Especially if I intend to expose it more to people I personally know. The moment I gave in was also the exact same moment that I decided to finally make the move to If I were to give it a tag line that’d be:

I’m the Nelson of the Philippines and this is my blog.

As for finishing that website, I decided to bail out because they were using Laravel, a PHP framework that I’m not familiar with, and I realized (even after looking it up and realizing that it looks promising) that the time I would spend learning it could be more than the time I would spend using it. And with me doing things left and right on weeknights and going here and there on weekends, it was simply impossible. I advised their team to find someone who’s actually using it and eventually they did. I basically have never been a part of the endeavor but I’m glad to see that the iVolunteer Philippines website has been serving its purpose smoothly since then.

Speaking of ten years… By some twist of fate, this stumbled on my doorstep tonight. Oh, the good old days… :smile:


Excess Taiwan Visa Requirements for Filipinos

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 14:26 Big Foot 4 Comments

Almost a month ago I wandered through Taiwan with three good old folks from college. It would’ve been my second overseas trip this year had I been granted a Japan visa last July. Getting rejected on my very first visa application turned out traumatizing that I had to read multiple blogs and consolidate all the requirements the authors stated for this trip. My pessimism even worsened when my friends started getting Australian, US, and Schengen visas. Fortunately, in the end, I was granted with my first (of many, hopefully). Listed below are the requirements I prepared. You can only guess which ones made the cut.

All original documents have their corresponding photocopies but only that of the PSA birth certificate was received, making a total of nine requirements submitted. I may have been a bit of an overkill with the documents but screw it, I was too terrified of another rejection. After all, requirements can vary from one applicant to another and it never hurts to come with more than just your war paint.

Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines
41F, Tower 1, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City, 1200 Metro Manila
(02) 887-6688
Filing time: 08:45–11:45
Processing in 3 working days for the amount of 2,400 peyses (they also expedite for only a day)
Releasing time: 13:45–16:30

Updated on March 3, 2017: I have disabled commenting for this post as I have replicated it in Itinerant.

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