BAGUIO: How to book the Victory Liner Bus Online

July 17, 2016


BAGUIO: How to Book the Victory Liner Bus Online

The Victory Liner Bus going to Baguio from Cubao and Pasay terminals can now be booked online. Before this method was introduced, you can only buy tickets at the terminal from where you will depart and not from any other terminal or branch of Victory Liner. This means, you cannot buy the ticket in advance unless you're willing to go to Baguio, to book your Baguio to Cubao/Pasay trip,  and vice versa. Most people just wait till the day of departure to buy tickets. This is inconvenient when it's peak season of travel and you're not sure of getting a ticket when you arrive there.

With this new method of booking, you can book in advance from any location and be assured of a seat when you arrive at the terminal. 


WHAT YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO BOOK ONLINE:

1. You need to have a VISA and MASTERCARD credit card that you can use to pay for the seat.

2. The passenger who will use the ticket must have a valid government ID. 
After you pay and book online, a voucher is emailed to you. The passenger whose name appears on the voucher, must present the voucher and a valid government ID to be able to claim the ticket at the ticket booth in the terminal.
3. A senior citizen/person with disability/student, who wishes to avail of discounted tickets, CANNOT BOOK ONLINE. He/She must purchase the ticket at the terminal. Discounted tickets cannot be booked online.


HOW TO BOOK ONLINE:


Go to www.victoryliner.com.
NOTE: As of this writing, ONLY BAGUIO TRIPS are available for booking online

You can book the ff. routes:
Cubao-Baguio, Baguio-Cubao
Pasay-Baguio, Baguio to Pasay

The earliest trip you can book is a week in advance.
This means, if today is July 17, the earliest you can book is July 25.
If you want to book a trip from July 18-24, you need to go to the terminal to buy the ticket.

The latest trip you can book is 2 months thereafter.
The bus company makes available for booking 2 months of trips.
This means you can book trips as early as 1 week to 2 months in advance.

You can book a minimum of 1 person up to a maximum of 10 persons in one booking.

You can book only SELECTED TIME slots,
not all trips available for this route.
The other time slots not included online can be booked at the terminal.

You can book both regular aircon bus trips and first class (non-stop) trips

You must fill out all blanks to be able to go to the next page.

You are required to choose your seat.

Regular aircon buses have 45 seats.

First class non-stop buses have 29 seats.
The blank space you see on your right is where the toilet is located.

Check out my post for more details: Victory Liner First Class: Nonstop Bus from Manila to Baguio

You pay a booking fee of 50 pesos per way.
To be able to pay, you need to click the TERMS AND CONDITIONS portion first.

This contains instructions on how to exchange your voucher for a regular ticket.
This also shows the cancellation and rebooking policy.

Click "I AGREE" to be able to go to the next page.

Click "Pay with Peso Pay".

You can pay using VISA or Mastercard.

The cardholder does not have to be the passenger.
Victory Liner does not require the presentation of the credit card when claiming the ticket.

After payment, the voucher will be emailed to you.
Present the email and a valid government ID
at the ticket booth at the terminal
to be able to claim the ticket you will present when boarding the bus.

NOTE: Tickets booked online are NON-REFUNDABLE but rebookable with restrictions, as shown in the terms and conditions. Tickets bought at the terminal are refundable but with 10% surcharge.

Is Marcos Highway, Marikina to Rizal, Exempt from Number Coding?

June 30, 2016

Is Marcos Highway, Marikina to Rizal, Exempt from Number Coding?

I felt the need to make this post because I still see a lot of motorists being caught in a small area along Marcos highway that's not included in the exemption.

The number coding scheme of the Metro Manila Development Authority, known officially as the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program, "is a traffic decongestion scheme which bans private and public utility vehicles from plying the roads on weekday peak hours." (source: MMDA site). For more details, see All about number coding.


Under the rule, Marikina is exempted from the number coding scheme. Since Rizal is not part of Metro Manila, the number coding scheme does not apply to them.

Marcos Highway, know as MARILAQUE highway (Marikina-Rizal-Laguna-Quezon highway) is a 110 km road that connects Metro Manila to Quezon. The name creates the impression that the highway traverses only these areas, not knowing that a very small portion of the highway traverses Pasig, which is NOT EXEMPT from the number coding scheme. Motorists are caught in this small portion of the highway when they use it beyond the window hours of the scheme. (For window hours, see here)


This is the location of the portion where there is no color coding exemption.

Below is the Marikina boundary.




The yellow road seen here is Marcos highway.
The pink area is the Marikina boundary.
The yellow road outside the pink area is Pasig.
That is the area covered by the number coding scheme.


Click the ff. see it in Google Maps: Marikina boundary




The ONLY PORTION of Marcos Highway covered by the number coding scheme starts from the area across Sta Lucia East Mall...

 Click HERE to see Google view of the area.


.... until the pedestrian walk way of the  LRT-2 Santolan station.


Click HERE to see Google view of the area.


THE PASIG PORTION COVERED BY NUMBER CODING IS ONLY AROUND 2 KM.

  

ANTIPOLO: Brunch at Eggs for Breakfast Cafe

June 25, 2016

ANTIPOLO: Brunch at Eggs for Breakfast Cafe

My daughter and I found this lovely place in Antipolo where you can eat good food, basically an all-day breakfast affair, surrounded by peace and quiet in a nicely landscaped garden. Great for bonding!!!





INSIDE THE CAFE

My tip: Call for reservation if you're a large group. As you can see, the place is only and may accommodate only 30 people





View of the garden from inside the Cafe




WHAT WE ORDERED



French onion soup: 155 pesos
Yum!!!
Highly recommended!



Eggs Benedict: 330 pesos
2 slices of smoked back bacon on poached eggs on top of 2 toasted English muffins, glazed with freshly homemade hollandaise sauce, served with side salad and vinaigrette.

Highly recommended!
The egg was poached just right and the muffins were toasted perfectly.
The salad was so fresh.

Eggs Benjamin: 375 pesos
2 slices of smoked salmon on poached eggs on top of 2 toasted English muffins, glazed with freshly homemade hollandaise sauce, served with side salad and vinaigrette.

Highly Recommended!

Funky Monkey: 155 pesos
Made up of milk, banana, chocolate and peanut butter


For the complete menu: Check out zomato here


WHERE IT IS LOCATED




The view along Sumulong highway going east
(photo courtesy of Google)

When you see this Villa Cecilia subdivision sign, turn right.
The street leads to the entrance of Eggs for Breakfast.
(photo courtesy of Google)



Enter this road until you reach the dead end.
(photo courtesy of Google)
When you enter the street shown in the previous photo,
you encounter a dead end with this sign.
Turn left.

This is the entrance to the parking of Eggs for Breakfast.
The parking area can accommodate around 6 cars.
You can also park on the street.

HOURS OPEN

7:00 AM -5:00 PM, Mondays to Sundays

Food Tripping at UP DILIMAN: The Galley at the Main Library


Food Tripping at UP DILIMAN: The Galley at the Main Library


If you wish to find healthy food in UP Diliman, go to The Galley. They offer sandwiches with vegetables in whole wheat bread, ciabatta or focaccia bread, with meat, fish or chicken with mozarella cheese or pepperjack cheese.


THE MENU

THE BESTSELLERS:
Yellow Sub: Cheddar, Mozaarella on Whole Wheat: 75 pesos
Lifesaver: Tomatoes, Basil Pesto, Mozarella on Ciabatta: 90 pesos
+ 20 pesos if with chicken
Dory Mi: Dory, Tartar Sauce, Mozarella, Lettuce on Whole Wheat: 90 pesos
Bouy: Smoked Ham, Sundried Tomato Pesto, Mozarella on Ciabatta: 125 pesos

Voy-egg-er: Egg Salad, Basil, Japanese Mayo, Pepper Jack Cheese on Whole Wheat: 90 pesos
Bon-ion Voyage: Emmental Cheese, Caramelized Onions on Whole Wheat: 110 pesos
Salvavidas: Tomatoes, Eggplant, Basil, Garlic Mayo, Pepper Jack Cheese on Focaccia: 110 pesos
Tsunami: Crabstick, Mango, Lettuce, Japanese Mayo on Whole Wheat: 85 pesos
Sharkbait Tunanana: Tuna, Hets, Spices, Mozarella on Focaccia: 99 pesos
Captain Nemo: Sundried Tomato Pesto, Tuna, Arugula, Cheddar on Focaccia: 115 pesos
Skipper: Nutella, Cream Cheese, Cinnamon on Whole Wheat: 75 pesos





WHERE IT IS LOCATED

It is located at the Bulwagan ng Dangal compound.
The Galley is shown encircled in white.


This is the walkway going to the UP Main Library
The Galley is shown at the right.








WHAT WE TRIED




Captain Nemo: Sundried Tomato Pesto, Tuna, Arugula, Cheddar on Focaccia: 115 pesos


Lifesaver: Tomatoes, Basil Pesto, Mozarella on Ciabatta: 90 pesos
+ 20 pesos if with chicken


My tip:

If you were to try The Galley for the first time, go for the Life Saver and the Salvavidas. It's our favorite.

NEW RULES ON HOW TO GET A STUDENT DRIVER'S PERMIT

May 13, 2016

NEW RULES ON HOW TO GET A STUDENT DRIVER'S PERMIT


For the past 4 years, I assisted my children in getting a student permit, not realizing that rules have changed since last summer when my daughter got her student permit. This year, I discovered that a lot of things have changed. So, I'm sharing with you the new rules so you don't make the mistakes I made when applying for my daughter's student permit this year.  

Below is the reproduced copy of AO AVT-2015-030REVISED RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE ISSUANCE OF STUDENT DRIVER'S PERMIT issued 22 September 2015







1. The applicant must at least be at least 17 years old.

The old rules used to be that an applicant who's 16 years old is allowed to get a student's permit, provided one of the parents give his/her consent. But the applicant has to wait until he's 17 years old till he's allowed to get a non-professional license. 

The new rules state that the applicant for a student permit must be at least 17 years old and the applicant for a non-professional driver's license must be at least 18 years old.


2. A medical certificate is required.

The medical certificate must not be issued 15 days or more from the time of the application. This means, if your medical certificate was issued April 1, you can use the medical certificate to apply for a student permit until April 15.

The medical certificate can be issued by any licensed practicing physician. It's no longer required that the physician be an LTO accredited physician. So if you have a family doctor, your family doctor can issue the medical certificate for this purpose.


3. If an applicant is below 18 years old, only a letter of consent from the parent/guardian of minor, and not an affidavit of consent. A photocopy of 1 government issued card WITH SIGNATURE of the parent/guardian must be attached to the letter of consent.  

Sample letter of consent:

LETTER OF CONSENT

I, (Name of parent/guardian), of legal age, with residence at (state your address) state that:

1. I am the mother/father/guardian of (name of applicant)

2. I am giving my consent for him/her to apply for a student permit at the Land Transportation Office.

3. I am executing this document to support his/her application for a student permit.


Simpler form of letter of consent: 

I, (name of the parent/guardian), mother/father/guardian of (name of the minor applicant), give my consent for (name of the minor applicant) for him/her to apply for a student permit at the Land Transportation Office.


4. You cannot use the downloaded application form provided online and submit it to the LTO.

The LTO now requires that application forms submitted to them shall be the ones provided by the LTO offices bearing the LTO control number.

The official LTO application form with control no.

The official LTO application form with control no. on the left
The downloaded application form on the right

Checklist of requirements:

1. NSO issued birth certificate, original and photocopy

2. Medical certificate

3. Application form with control number (you can get from the LTO office or the mall satellite office)

4. If the applicant is below 18 years, a letter of consent from the parent/guardian with photocopy of 1 government issued ID with signature.


My tip for fast processing:

1. Get a medical certificate in advance. 

2. Get an application form in advance and fill it up before you arrive at the LTO office.

2. Go there at opening time, which is 8:00 AM.

If you're there at opening time and you have a medical certificate and the an application form already filled up, you will beat the line and be ahead of all the other applicants. The other applicants will have to line up to get a medical certificate first and fill up the application form. In our case, it took us only 20 minutes to complete the process.