Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Pension Pharmador

I didn't  expect that I will be granted a very limited days for my first schengen visa, I thought the very least is 16 days above but it was surprisingly not , so now I have to plan my trip quickly. Since it is a first time for me to travel in Europe, my fiancĂ©e has helped me to organized a good, safe but affordable hotel and we found " PENSION PHARMADOR"

Pension Pharmador is a beautiful 3 star category pension house and primly located in the heart of Vienna, Schottenfeldgasse 39, 07. Neubau, 1070 which is only 10 minutes walk from westbanhof station. For the first timer traveler like me, you will find difficulty in knowing the place but through the help of the friendly austrians I got to shot the place.






I arrived late in the evening and the owner who patiently waited for me in the reception has welcome with the warmth smile though I can see he is already sleepy. He handed over 2 keys, one for the main door of the building and one for my room. He also showed me the lift and the restaurant for the breakfast as well as in what to do if I need assistance while the reception is close and he bid a goodnight farewell.


My room is huge enough and its about 30 sqm. with the 2 joined bed. The first thing I noticed when I entered the room, were the beautiful paintings hanging on the walls.


Since it late and myself is drowning in tiredness, I quickly change and put my body on the bed. The next morning I wake up in the bright morning and its time to see whats on in the Pension Pharmador.


The Pension Pharmador is equipped with a 14 inches old style Television, mostly of the channels are in german language but it's not a problem for me as everyday I'm going out early morning and coming back late in the evening.  I love the bathroom it is too clean and tidy.  They have their own idea in shower amenities ''all in one'' the black container  is also usable as a conditioner, shower gel and shampoo.


They always make sure that my room is odor free and well maintain, most especially the bathroom,the towels are rightly fresh and well arrange.

                                       The hallway going to my room
guests can use the lift service but mostly of the guests uses the stair especially the Austrian guests.


The Pension Pharmador is uniquely decorated with beautiful paintings and nonetheless different structures of statues. They also make sure a thorough cleanliness in the lobby and hallways is at fist.

RESTAURANT



My second favourite place of the hotel. I  really choose to book with breakfast so I will experience the austrian breakfast style and ofcourse it's my headmost travel experience so I aim to make it bodacious.  Breakfast is scrumptious and has alot of healthy options like the fresh salami, yougurt, choices of cheese, cereals, fruits & vegetables , cooked eggs  and the sweet slices of fruit cakes. Fresh milk, juices, coffee and tea and sparkling water are solely at served.

These treasured memories is because of the super friendly ''mommys'' hotel staff. They always wear a warmth smile and being helpful is already in their blood. Pension Pharmador has invaded a beautiful  story in my life that I will always cherish.


                                                         See you in my next blog





Tuesday, 8 March 2016

How to Apply for Egypt Tourist Visa


A wish granted! Egypt Tourist visa is the quickest and hassle free I ever did among all the visa applications. Egyptian Embassy is in Khalid bin Waleed Road, Ummu Hurair 1, Consulate Area, P.O.Box 2575 Burdubai, Dubai with the contact number +971 (0) 4 397 1122. I have another hint for you to locate well the embassy, it is also close to Burjuman Mall about 5 minutes walking distance and across the Iranian School.

Please take note the embassy timing is only from 09:00 AM to 02:00 PM (Sunday-Thursday).

I'ts my rest day but I choose to wake up early so I can walk to the embassy and inquire for the requirements and I was attended by a friendly staff and he enumerated below:

*  photocopy of the residence visa

*  photocopy of passport

*  NOC ( employment certificate)

*  hotel booking ( not necessary)

* 1 2x2 photograph with white background is recommendable

*  original passport

*  visa application form ( printed copies is available in the embassy)


       
The next day I came back with all the documents. I took the token and waited for 30 minutes before my number was called and lined up once again in counter 3 to submit my application and paid 140 dirhams. The official has handed me a ''arabic written claim slip''. I didn't understand it all what he wrote but all he told me to bring it with me once the visa is ready.

I came back after 2 days as per his advised, although it is not my first time to apply for a tourist visa however I'm still indefinite that they might denied my application. The official has told me to come back after 2 PM while pointing on the receipt sayin '' Its 2 o'clock in the afternoon & I wrote that on the that claim slip'' and I just nodded as if I agree, its my fault I fail to asked for the translation.

So I don't have choice but to ask Ozi to get my passport back again for me as I needed to head up to my work before 1 o' clock in the afternoon.  He prank me again at 4 PM, he called saying that they refused my application because of my position , it jell off my energy but thankfully he take it back and spiritedly told that ''I GET THE VISA'' I'm just joking .


The moment he sent it in wattsup, that's the only time I believe him. I'm tremendously happy and excited that soon one of my bucket list will be fulfill.  I can't wait to see and explore Egypt. Wait for me I will see you very soon.


A simple advise, go and apply directly to the embassy rather than going to the travel companies and pay double. Trust me it's not difficult, all you need to do is to ask and properly take note the documents needed. Lastly do your own research and you will know what I am saying.




                   See you again in my next blog!!!!!!





                                   
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Sunday, 21 February 2016

A Must SEE Places of RoMe!


It's my first blog for this year 2016 yet it's another overdue post. Travelling to Italy was one of my ultimate wish and I thought it would be just a dream because we were in a low class family but life is unpredictable. Basically it was indeed unimaginable fast travel experienced I ever did. When I received  the schengen visa in March 2015, I only planned to go Austria to spend my 7 days vacation but everything was changed.

My plans were twisted and I decided to buy a ticket going to Rome Italy. I didn't know exactly what to do in those 2 1/2 days because I will be traveling alone but I have a mountains of trust in myself that everything will be fine. Having a short time to spent, I have tripled my time to catch every spot of Rome although the weather was not good. Limited places yet a beautiful memory.

Rome is the capital of Italy, it is also the country's largest and most populated and fourth most populous city in European Union. In 2014, Rome ranked as the 14th most visited city in the world.


BASILICA   (Santa Maria dei angeli e dei martiri )                       
                    

The hotel I stayed on was very close to basilica   Santa Maria dei angeli e dei martiri church. The moment I reached the hotel at 2 P.M , I didn't take a pause to rest, dropped my luggage in my room  and  take the city map from the reception and kick my feet off to the road.


The street was very crowded and unpleasing to see due to some beggars, drunk people and especially there are  signs everywhere '' be careful of the pickpocketers'' however it didn't wept off my interest to explore Rome.




Basilica is considered as one of the oldest church in Rome wherein it's built in the year of 1561. The church is dedicated to the blessed virgin Mary, all the angels and saints.




The beautiful round about infront of the basilica is a perfect place to take some of your time to sit with your friends/ family while seeing the sun goes down with a piece of crocchetta. While I was there I met new friends from India, they are also tourist like me and being a single traveler I needed someone to take a single shot of me and they were the answered to my prayers.

ALTARE DELLA PATRIA


front view 
back view

The weather wasn't that friendly when I visited altare della patria, it rained the whole day. As expected, a lot of people inside taking pictures, couples, friends, and a single travelers like me. I knew it's going to rain but I ignored the heavy dark clouds earlier in order to wander altare della patria. 

Altare della Patria is also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II is a monument
built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king and he is known as the '' Gentleman King'' of an unifield Italy. 

There is also an authentic outdoor restaurant  in Altare della Patria, the amazing view is a big plus for the diners.

COLOSSEUM


For several hours I waited inside altare della patria hoping for the rain to stop but instead it continued til on. I've decided to take a shoot of the colosseum  -50 meters away from my standing point. This is not my own shot, as much as I wanted to make a clear shot, my camera has a limited functions and enhancer. Anyway in short it was not a good shot ''it's blurred and dark'' so better to kept it privately. 

Colosseum is taken from the name of the emperor nero ''The Colossus''. The Colosseum is also known as the flavian amphitheatre, an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome.  

The first day is almost over, I still desire to take another trip however it's getting dark and it's  late for a lady traveler. Before going back my room, I dropped by in the supermarket inside the Termini to purchase some of the goodies & wines.

ST. PETER'S BASILICA



I intently wake up early in the morning so I can visit the St.Peter's Basilica and to utilize the remaining one  night of my tour.What I like most about my hotel is, it is very close to TERMINI (terminal) the biggest terminal station in Rome. 


The suns seems not in a good mood again to shine, and the rain is approaching but I did't stop me at all.  I went to the bus station, buses is reachable outside the termini. It's another busy day and it means another long wait in the station. 


Who is not dreaming to see Vatican City especially st. Peter's Basicala? I believe it is a dream or desire of every people especially the Roman Catholic , isn't it? When I was still living in the Philippines my neighbors and radically my mother has always wanted to be Rome and it never came in my mind that I will fulfill my mom's dream.

Saint Peter's Basilica, the world's largest church, is the center of Christianity inside the Vatican City. The imposing structure was built over a span of more than one hundred years by the greatest Italian architects of the era.

PANTHEON


The Roman Pantheon is the most preserved and influential building of ancient Rome. It is a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan of  Rome.

Pantheon was in my list to visit, but I have to marked it off, the bad weather was inevitable. This photo is taken from the internet. 



CASTEL SANT ANGELO

This Fortress was built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian, built it has also been a prison and a papal residence. It was used by former Popes who absconded there for protection in times of danger. There has been a covered passage way which still connects Castel Sant Angelo to The Vatican.




My 2 nights just pass so fast, as much as I want to captured every beautiful historical places in Rome, the time has ended, a sign that I needed to close my lenses for now. Regardless of the people's warning to look after my belongings but  fortunately I am going to finish my first see journey in Rome safely and happily.



Rome is a very old city yet a meaningful historical place to visit, the people I met, the italian delicacies that can be found only in Rome and every scene will last and stay in my heart forever. I will always and love you Italy, I will see you soon again.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

ST MARY'S CHURCH DUBAI

For the information of the all the Roman Catholic both residents and Dubai visitors and wandered where is the church, St. Mary's Church is  located in oud metha street, opposite side of Indian High School. It is consider as the first church in Dubai.

For the public transport users, there are several buses that goes and stop infront of the church. You can phone RTA( road and transport authority) 800 9090 for the bus number & schedules. Nevertheless you can use the comfort of the METRO,'' oud metha metro station'' is 5 minutes away from the church.



In 1966, his highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum has donated the land to build the church  and it was inaugurated on April, 07,1967.


  
                                     I listed below the schedules of the daily mass.

Daily Mass Schedules

 Monday to Thursday:
  • 6:00 am :  English mass
  • 6:45 am :  English mass
  • 12:00 pm: English mass
  • 7:00 pm :  English mass

 Friday
  • 6:00 am : English mass
  • 7:15 am :   English mass
  • 9:00 am : English mass
  • 4:45 pm :  English mass
  • 6:15 pm :   English mass
        Childrens Mass  (all Masses held at the main altar) : obligatory
  • 10:15 am : English mass
  • 3:30 pm   : English mass

Saturday
  •   6:00 am : English mass (daily mass liturgy)
  •   6:45 am :  English mass
  •   9:00 am : English mass
  • 12:00 pm : English mass (Children's Mass during Catechism season)
  •   5:00 pm : English mass
  •   7:30 pm : English mass

Sunday
     
  • 6:00 am :   English mass
  • 6:45 am :   English mass
  • 9:00 am :   English mass
  • 12:00 pm : English mass
  • 4:30 pm :   English mass
  • 6:00 pm :   English mass
  • 7:30 pm :   English mass

There are some other mass schedules in other languages.
Arabic Mass  (all Masses held at the main altar) : obligatory
Every Friday    : 11:30 am, 8:00 pm
Every Sunday : 11:00 am

Tagalog  (Mass held at the main altar) : obligatory
Every Friday : 12:45 pm

French Mass
  (Mass held at the main altar) : obligatory
Every Saturday 6:15 pm 

Konkani Mass 
 obligatory 
3rd Friday of every month at 2:00 pm
2nd Thursday of every month 8:00 pm in the Main Hall 
4th Thursday of every month 8:00 pm

Malayalam Mass  (held at the main altar) : obligatory
Every Friday 2:00 pm
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month 8:00 pm
4th Wednesday of every Month 8:00 pm

Malankara  Rite  (held at the mini hall) : obligatory
Every Friday 7:30 pm 

Tamil Mass  obligatory
1st and 2nd Thursday of every month at 8:00 pm
3rd Wednesday of every month at 8:00 pm
4th Friday of every month 7:30 pm in the Chapel

Singhalese Mass  obligatory
4th Friday of every month 4:30 pm

Urdu Mass  obligatory
Every Thursday at 7:30 pm

Portuguese Mass

3rd Saturday at 10:30 am

Polish Mass
2nd Sunday at 7:00 pm

Ukranian Mass
4th Sunday at 7:00 pm
 


St. Mary's Church also do offer some short courses for the parishioners ex:  IELTS, computer programmer etc. They also posted some job vacancies and classified ads. If you need any  further inquiries you may contact  the parish church 00971 (0) 4 337 0087 / http://saintmarysdubai.org/

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Dubai tourist Visa for Filipinos


After I took my sister in Dubai, I started receiving some inquiries from friends in Dubai and also from the Philippines on how to apply the visa for their family/ friends here. It's been part of my plan to have my sister joined me in Dubai yet due to money issues, I kept on postponing the process til last year I got the agility to take her for tourist visa . Before that, I've done my researched and have had asked from many travel & tours companies for the quotations until I found Sapphire travel who offered me a very affordable price compare with the other travel and tour companies that I have inquired for. Sapphire Travel is near in Al Attar Building, Al Karama Dubai with the contact number 04 379 5553.

Before anything, for those who are puzzled about Dubai, Dubai is a popular city and one of the 7 Emirates that forms the United Arab Emirates (UAE). United Arab Emirates is a country in Arabian Peninsula that constitute of Abu dhabi (the capital city) Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm al Quwain, Fujairah, Ajman and Dubai. 


I think it was Jean but not so sure about the name who listed down all the necessary documents that I needed to compile before they can start to process the visa.



PAPERS & DOCUMENTS :

*colored photocopy of the passports ( sponsor and the invitee)


 *colored photocopy of the sponsor's residence visa


*employment certificate of the sponsor with the company stamp


* Affidavit of Support ( red ribbon ) from the Philippine Consulate 

      1st option: travel company will do the process for 300 AED
      2nd option:  you can go to the consulate and pay only 100 AED (which I did)




The Philippine Consulate is located in Al Qusais 3 Dubai, it is 15-20 minutes walk from Etisalat metro station. I would suggest to take a taxi rather than to walk  towards the embassy which is quiet dangerous and also to avoid getting lost.

All you need to do once you reach the embassy is to fill up the form which you can get upon entering the embassy, submit to the embassy officer and pay. But before you will fall in the line to pay for the red ribbon, make sure you have some photocopies of the passports and the employment letter. They will give you a small paper which need to be handed over to the empost officer for the delivery. I'm not sure how much I paid for the delivery, I think it was around 20-30AED, you will given a receipt and bear in mind to keep it with you until you receive the papers.

After I have completed all the necessary documents, I went back to sapphire travel to submit papers and pay 2,200 aed for the air ticket( Cebu Pacific), visa and courier. The charges always varies on the air ticket prices.


They've informed me that my sister will receive the courier after a week or 2 and all she needed to do is to make sure to have a


*Original NSO (sponsor and the invitee)


They also told us that in  Ninoy Aquiono Internation Airport (NAIA) the immigration officer  might conduct a verification check  to ensure if all the documents that she has is not fake and also to secure that her intended travel is for visit purposes only and not to look for work.


After a week of waiting my sister has finally received the courier. They next day I called her and asked if she is nervous but she said NO I 'm not. I'm happy that she shows she is gallant and eager to come in Dubai. In the same time I am also worried for her because it will be her first time ever to ride an airplane and also no one is accompanying her through out the whole flight.




FLIGHT DAY:



Her itinerary is Cebu to manila -Manila to Dubai. When she arrived in NAIA, my sister didn't 

escape from the immigration verification check. She narrated what happened on that day while we are on the way home. She got scared after seeing some of them were offloaded from the flight as they showed their work certificates & diplomas and some has not justify enough the ties between the invitee and the sponsor.

My advise never ever show any work related documents to the immigration officers, it maybe a great help for your job search in Dubai but it might be also a cause that you will be refuse to fly and will come back home regretfully.


My sister was lucky, they only asked her to show the supporting documents and they let her pass without any further questions which was a big relief for us. In spite of  2 hours delayed flight in Cebu Pacific which for sure almost everyone knows for their inconsistency but still we are thankful she arrives in Dubai safely.


Now she is working in Dubai and begun her journey as a OFW.  This is a overdue post yet I am glad to write it down in my blog as a part of my  accomplishment.





Note:  I organized the visa over a year ago , there might be some changes in the process. There are hearsays  that  some travel & tour companies are giving out fake documents, BE CAREFUL















Sunday, 1 November 2015

How to apply for France Visa


Most of the time we (Ozi and I) always have a conflict in our schedules or in our visas that's why we can't go on holiday together. It's either Ozi approved vacation is in a different month( due to demand of work) or either I'm refused and he gets the visa.

To avoid the same the situation, we planned few months ahead and Ozi is the best in these things. He has the brain for the effective planning and I'm thankful I have him because me? I am a complete mess.

Before we go on, lets go back to the definition of schengen visa:

Schengen Visa is a document issued by the appropriate authorities to the interested party for visiting/travelling in and within the schengen areas example to the countries below.
  • Austria                     
  • Belgium
  • Czech republic              
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Liechtenstein
Requirements:
  1. The application form must be fully completed and signed in the corresponding blanks. ( travel agent will fill up the form for you)
  2. One photo is to be attached; the photo must have a passport format, full-face capture, and a light background. The photo must be recently taken.
  3. The passport as well as all the copies of your previous visas, valid for at least 3 months prior to your departure is required. The passport must have at least two blank pages.
  4. One must have a copy of the reservation of the return ticket for the time intended to be travelling. It is not recommendable to buy the ticket before getting the visa, if not necessary.
  5. The travel medical insurance policy is to be secured, covering any medical emergency with hospital care and travel back to ones native country due to medical motives.
  6. The current bank statement (preferably for the last 6 months)
  7. A reference letter from the employer.
As usual we went to our travel partner Vega Travel in Wafi Mall (near the food court) to arrange the following documents:


  • Dummy airline ticket 100 AED
  • Hotel booking 100 AED
  • Travel Insurance 15 days 115 AED
  • Form Filling 80 AED
  •  Appointment fee 95 AED
They've arranged a 11:00 AM appointment time for us  in VFS ( one floor above Vega). We've asked them to do a separate booking and appointment number but at the same appointment time and date .Were lucky that there are still available slots for the next day. Previously we were worried, normally the appointment will happen after 3 or 4 days after you file the application and my only day off is the next day but God is good.

The next day Ozi arrived on time and I was late for 30 minutes, I thought they won't let me in but thanks to God, the security has allowed me still. Ozi patiently waited for me inside and because we were in hurry, we asked the reception for one token number for both of us without realizing that we want a separate application. We lingered for almost an hour before our number was called.

We paid    247 AED visa processing fee + 5 AED (sms) 
 You can also go for premium if you want a faster result, all you need is to pay additional 250 AED, anyway reception will ask you


The agent has asked me to do my bio metric since it is my first time to apply for France unlike Ozi he has the visa before so there is no need for him to do it again.

We were advised that it may take 14 -20 days to know the result however on Oct 12 we received a sms and an email that our passport is ready for collection. 

I wrote an authorization letter allowing Ozi to get back my passport in behalf of me since I am on Day shift and when the time I finish my work they're already close. While on duty I can't help myself but to think much about the result .
                                               'X CROSS FINGER X ''

Ozi called me in the afternoon and excitedly told me that we did it '' WE GOT THE VISA'' yeehey!!!! yeheey!!!!




Lesson to learn: Effective planning + luck = success.  Ozi (my personal travel guru) is right France tourist visa is much easier compare with the other schengen countries.

Again this is only my personal experienced, it may help you in your visa application however I always suggest to check with the france embassy in your countries.

#touristvisa

£success



Monday, 19 October 2015

Tulip Inn Hotel Apartment: Affordable in a great location

Last Saturday me and my partner were looking for a new ambiance in affordable hotel to stay. We agreed to go ajman and stay in Tulip Inn Hotel Apartment.

Tulip In Royal Suites Ajman  is situated along Corniche Road in Ajman, overlooking the blue water of the sea. It's location away from the busy life in the city, makes it an ideal place for 
relaxation and leisure, its only a 30 minutes drive from Dubai International Airport and few minutes away from Sharjah.




We checked in at 7 p.m, it was quick and good. The reception was quiet when we arrived not as the usual time. They gave us the room on the 21st floor  as per our request.



We don't expect much in this hotel, all we wanted is a "clean room". This is the hallway in our floor going to our room. My partner Ozi said that the  floor design is like their house because of the white marble flooring but I like it because you can see through to your eyes how clean they are.





This is our 40 m studio type room  for tonight. We called the reception to ask if we could change into king size bed but they don't have any available, but from the beginning it was our fault, mistakenly we booked for twin bed. But she was kind enough to offer us to send her colleague to join the bed. We decided to joined the bed by ourselves and started to have our take away dinner from a fast-food chain while watching an action movie. 

After having some shots from Smirnoff orange that we bought in one of the alcohol store in Ajman, we laid in the bed to take rest but unknowingly we continually went to sleep til the next morning. 


Ajman is one of our favourite destination  in UAE, because here we can buy alcohol without asking you for an alcohol licensed and what is good you have the choice which store you want to go. Actually there are several alcoholic shops around . Ajman fish market is also 10 minutes away . It's becoming a norms for us to buy fresh fish and have it grilled on the spot .There are many restaurants that offers grilling on a affordable service.







The hotel is equipped with kettle and bread toaster that we commonly use if we stay in the hotel and this hotel suits our needs. They also have fridge where you can store your foods and coffee amenities as well. I woke up in a bright early morning with the coffee and sandwich ready on the table. This is Ozi normal doings if we stay in the hotel nor in his house as well. 





As I said  earlier we don't surmise that the service would be great. Bathroom of the hotel is clean though it's already outdated and the floor corners are in dreadful condition but still can be still tolerable. 


They also provide the bathroom amenities but except the bathrobe and slippers but maybe upon request.



Before, I don't understand why mostly of the guests they always prefer a high floor. As ''I'' always wants a low floor. While enjoying my cup of coffee, my partner called me to see the view outside. The morning breeze of the sea of this beautiful view and heat of the  has completed my day .


As people say you will never know something if you don't experienced it. From now on , I will perpetually ask for high floor .


Last time we had breakfast in Royal Tulip Restaurant in the ground, right beside the reception, breakfast was minimal but good enough. The restaurant is open from 7 am to 11 pm. They serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and you have the choice to go for buffet or ala carte.







Tulip inn Hotel Aparment also offer the following facilities:

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the lobby
  • 24 hour reception
  • Possibility for fax and copies at the front desk
  • Lobby bar(soft drinks only)
  • Elevator
  • Wake up call service
  • Room service(7:00 am till 11:00 pm)
  • Massage chair
  • News paper stand
  • Shoe polish machine 
  • meeting rooms

INfo and Insights:

*  Ask for high floor ,sea view
*  Tulip Inn Hotel Apartment has a private uncovered parking area at the back of the hotel.