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Monday, January 7, 2019

Health Issues and Options for Overseas Foreign Workers in Singapore

From the streets of Jurong West 64 to the Pioneer Rd North, down to Boon Lay Way up to Jurong Point Mall, that was my route while walking to get out of sadness.

I did it almost everyday, for a year. My body weight dropped from 190lbs to ideal. My body structure was at the right statistics, but my mind was unhealthy.

That’s right, I felt lonely and sad for the two reasons, which I wanted to share in this post.

As an overseas foreign worker in Singapore, I know how it feels to be in this situation. Wherever we are in this planet, we feel the same way. Specially if we left our family behind in our country.

The scene of me hugging my 9 and 3 year-old son was dwelling on my mind while walking the kilometres. My wife, which I dearly missed, was always in my heart, longing for her physical care.

I miss them a lot!

Effects of Constant Stress 
Although I have those friends who invited me for DOTA, a computer game where players fight each other through medieval themed creatures, I still have issues sleeping after the game.

When going home after a good game, I prepare to sleep by looking at the ceiling for several hours until I shut my eyes at 3am. The daily routine and habit irritated my stomach, literally.

I started to feel a pain in my stomach regardless of when I'm hungry and full.

As soon as I swallow the food, I can feel it rubbing my esophagus and down to my stomach. Pain starts to trigger my nerves, giving me a head start to curl my body because of the unbearable pain. 

The Doctor said that my gallbladder releases significant amount of bile, which goes back to my stomach lining, thus irritating it. “Are you stressed?”, he calmly asked. He said that this kind of symptoms occur if so much production of bile is found in the stomach lining, is when you’re stressed.

Why Am I Stressed Out?
Then I realized that I was so stressed for years due to the constant anxiety regarding my permanent residence application to Canada and eagerness to be reunited with my family in the Philippines.

The constant communication through social media and Skype was not enough to pacify my sadness. I was given prescriptions from the doctor and even consulted with the Chinese herbal doctors in Jurong.

The medicines helped me for a while but my gastritis was getting worse. The constant checking of the flights to Philippines and looking at the reminders from the airline email notifications became my daily habit.

I was so eager to go back to Philippines. If only I could go back once a week, I will. I thought of starting a business there however it takes me, just to be physically present with my family. I was about to give up my perfect job in Singapore. My wife may have gone deaf by my constant rants and complaining about my lonely lifestyle.

The Great News!
This is who I am! I’m one of the persons who treat family as comfort regardless of location. I believe that most of us do. Without them, I will be weak and feeling worthless and sad.

I’ll be constantly anxious if my boss in Singapore plans a trip for me to visit our customers in Southeast Asia countries. For others, it’s a perfect assignment, for me, it’s another days of loneliness. 

One day, the pain that I’m going through was diminished by a one single email. I was at the airport, waiting to board my flight to Philippines, when I saw the email. It came from the office of the Canadian Embassy. It stated that our Canada Permanent Residence application were approved.

They requested to submit our passports for Visa stamping. It seemed that the whole world, for me, is rejoicing. After all the hardships, loneliness, anxiety, and etc.., will finally put to end. I can now hug my sons and wife everyday.

That was four years ago and seems like yesterday. Looking back at the memories make me grateful of what we have today. We know that working and living away from our loved ones is sad. Still, we do it for so many different reasons.

I get it! But, do we need to stay in that situation for a long time?

Other Options 
I was so glad that I applied for a permanent residency in Canada. If it’s not for this country, I will never be with my family and have the same lifestyle in a first world country.

While you are young and capable of doing other things than sacrificing the joy with your loved ones, start finding ways on how to be with them. There are other countries that offers residential stability.

Grab the opportunity! It’s time to change things to the better.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

New in Singapore? Here's What You Need to Know!

When you're a newcomer in a country, such as Singapore, you must know more on the culture, environment, and especially the law.

Let's talk about the three areas that we need to be aware of before going to Singapore.

1.  Culture

Multiracial and multicultural is what Singapore is known for.  You can see different races of different origins roaming around the streets.  They are tourists, workers, residents, or locals. 

Majority of the races are Chinese people which consist of about 75% of Singapore's population.  The rest are the mix of other races like Malays, Indians, Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Ang Mo's (Singaporean racial descriptor of white people), and others.

During my first months in Singapore, I can't distinguish between a Mandarin and Cantonese speaker. For me, they speak the same language, which is Chinese language. 

As I work with them and getting to know their tone and the way they speak, even though I can't understand the language, I was able to hear words and was able to differentiate between the two.

Every year, I'm excited to list down the holidays, which each race and religion are celebrating.  There are lots of dates to list down and one of my favorite is the Chinese New Year. 

During the Chinese New Year celebration, Chinese people will greet you "Gong Xi Fa Cai" in Mandarin and "Gong Hei Fat Choy" in Cantonese. 

During this celebration, our company will give us money, as a gift "ang pao", in a small red envelope.  Sometimes, I receive a SGD 50 bill or SGD 20. It depends on the mood of my boss. :D

If you're a newly landed worker, go and have network of friends. Go with them and have a little bit of entertainment to get rid of the work-related stress. They are also your support in times of crisis. Help the group and enjoy their company.

Try different things that interests you, specially the food! The food that I like to eat, if I'm craving for a spicy meal, is the Indian and Malay food.   They put lots of chilis and other hot spices in it...Warning! It burns your mouth.

2. Environment

Weather in Singapore is not much to worry about. All you need is a piece of umbrella that fits to your bag or ladies' shoulder bag. It has only two seasons, Rainy and Sunny. 

Weather newscaster be like, "Today is sunny and sometimes rainy, again!". LOL.

I always have an umbrella in my bag, just in case.  Sometimes, it rains the whole day and sunny at the same time. 

Pollution in Singapore is minimal as compared to Philippines in most of the year. But, there are times when there is a haze coming from Indonesia forest fires and is sometimes caused by slash-and-burn "kaingin" by farmers or companies who clears the land for replanting.  As far as I remember, there were haze incidents on 2013, 2014 and 2015

Grass and trees are always green, all year round.  There are lots of park that you can visit to and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Humidity in around 60 to 75%, meaning there's a lot of moisture in the air.  If combined with the warm breeze of summer, it creates a sweat-sticky feeling.

Though it feels this way, visitors from temperate countries love this weather. It's a paradise!

3. Law

I can't talk more about the law for the reason that I'm not a lawyer.  But, I can show you why Singapore is called the Fine City because of the hefty fines and punishment if you break the rules.

1. If you smoke inside the MRT or elevators, you'll be fined SGD1,000.
2. Eating and drinking inside the MRT, the fine is SGD500.
3. Even though same sex marriage is legal in Canada and some other countries, Singapore is not.  There will be a jail term of 2 years.
4. An on-the-spot SGD20 fine if you cross the street 50 meters away from the crossing zone.
5. Don't throw your trash on the streets, you'll end up cashing out SGD1,000 fine.
6. Swallow your saliva and phlegm when you're in public places because you can be fined if you spit it out on the streets and public places with SGD1,000.
7. Penalties for selling gums can be as high as SGD100,000 or prison term of up to 2 years.  There is an exemption on medical gums.
8. ...and many more.

Before going to Singapore, know the rules, culture, environment. 

It's a beautiful country that's why it deserves to have the best treatment from foreigners.  Make it a habit of following the rules strictly, not just Singapore, but for other countries as well.

If you have questions regarding this post, send me a message to benalagnam @ yahoo . com

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Monday, October 9, 2017

How Did I Create the Authoritative Blog?

Five years of my Overseas Foreign Worker (OFW) life, I realized that I had been posting several articles. That was more than 300 in all and counting.

I still read some old ones to see how I was doing back then. Some are badly written, sometimes misspelled, and nonsense.  Even today, I still have those imperfections.  But, it didn't stop me from doing what I love.

My First Blogging Experience?
On 2009, while browsing the internet, I saw a post from a friend in Facebook. The post was about him blogging and earning few dollars.  He showed a photo of the check and I was amazed. I didn't think that it was possible to earn using the internet.  I was clueless!

Little that I know, I was already a stalker on his Facebook profile trying to figure out what he was doing and how he did it. I was shy to ask him, for some reason.  While lurking on his site, he mentioned a blogger's name that caught my interest, so I started following that blogger.

The blogger's name is Macuha.  His site introduced me about monetizing websites and how to attract readers. He served as the medium for me to learn more about the blogging world.  As I browsed his site, I was introduced to other bloggers as well and it propagated.  But sad to say, he pivoted on selling MLM products and wasn't active for some time.

My First Ever Website!
Macuha then mentioned another blogger, who happened to be my classmate. That made me more interested! Fired up to do blogging more, I was inspired to create my own website, just like my classmate.

This time, I created my very own blog  The thought of having one is overwhelming. The blog was not intended for a certain topic, it was totally random.  If you read my posts, you'll notice that it has a different style of writing. That's what I get when reading Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings books, inspired by JK Rowling and JRR Tolkein.
My very first blog. That's my hand shown on the photo.

The blog didn't work out well. It was probably because of the domain name that people can't relate to it.  I left it as is to remind me of my first ever blog!

Blogging Seriously!
The biggest decision of my life is to work in another country. One of the reasons is to be in a first world country and apply to move to Canada.  That's Me Moving To Canada...Stop!  That's a different topic, be patient and read more about it below...

The land of sands, UAE, was my first attempt.  It didn't work out well, went back home in Manila and started all over again. Second attempt was in Singapore and that was the start of my "blogging career".

Longing of having my own serious blog, I decided to create  It was hosted in Blogger but I bought my own domain name.

While working in Singapore, I told stories of my journey to the land of the Lion!  From preparing my flight and issues in the airport to things on how to go around the country and have some fun.

I soon noticed that I had more readers when I write procedures on certain processes, like going to the Philippine Embassy and how to get public documents.  Learning those things helped me create more authoritative posts.  Readers are now actively asking about my experiences and advices.

The Creation of an Authoritative Blog
Working in Singapore is temporary, that is true when you're away from your family.  It won't last, it's either the love or career will.  I needed to choose, and I opt in to LOVE and career will follow.

  • I was thinking if should I stay in Singapore, get a PR and be a citizen, but the former is difficult. I need to have a salary grade of over SGD6,000 to sponsor my family, probably achievable in a managerial position, and that is near impossible!
  • Should I go back home in the Philippines and do business? I'll be starting from scratch and will deplete my resources in a few months without customers.
  • Move to another country, CANADA! I will start from scratch, but, at least hospitalization is free.
Well, obviously, I chose the latter.

While I was applying to immigrate to Canada, I started the blog, It was hosted in a free hosting site, Blogger.  Although it's free, it has limited features to create a more dynamic blog.  Since it was just a start of another blog, I decided to take it.

Readers started to flood my posts with comments and questions regarding the steps on how to apply for immigration.  It inspired me to blog more and that grew to a healthy blog, should I say.

The Membership Site Was Born!
As my "healthy blog" was growing, I started thinking on how to monetize it more than just Google Adsense. So I created my youngest baby,, named it MM2C for short. This time, it's hosted in a premium site, where I have a yearly fee.  Given that the name is what I wanted, I liked it a lot but it comes with a premium.

Some of its posts are protected by a membership tier.  There are three tiers, LITE, GOLD and DIAMOND.   If readers want to access the site, a membership is required.  To learn more about the site. Visit the link here...

Today, I'm maintaining 3 blog sites and enjoying it a lot.

Tips on Making Authoritative Blog
If you want to create an authoritative blog, you need the following tips:
  • Tell your story - People love stories, even as young kids, you're always excited to listen to stories.
  • Be honest on what you advice - Let them know if you're not sure of your answer and get back to them once you have it.
  • Get their attention - Don't just tell your a story. Give them key informations around the story, like giving them tips and how to's.
That's all for now, if you want to learn more about blogging, monetizing website and membership sites, leave your comment below.

Here is the membership site. 

Me Moving To Canada MM2C Community
MM2C in Canada
Join the MM2C Community and have these benefits:
  • MM2C Subscription
  • More Editable Sample Documents (Resources)
  • Access to Forums and meet fellow members online
  • Blogs
  • Update on our Citizenship

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Know the SSS Contributions Online and Text Messaging?

When you want to know how much you had paid on your monthly Philippine Social Security Systems (SSS) contributions for the past few years of your work, you have to go to the SSS office and fall in the long queue.

At the end of the line, you can get a piece of paper printed with your contributions.  This is all the same with loan payments and benefits claim.

Until they changed it to an online query type.  Wherein you can register and log in to the SSS website and view your contributions, loan payments and benefit claims online.

How to Check SSS Contributions and Benefits Claim Online?
If you do not have an SSS account, you can visit and register at the Social Security System Online Member User ID Registration portal.

Key in all the details and you can log in at anytime with an internet connection. Here is the link:

SSS Online Member User ID Registration
If you are already registered online, you can visit the SSS Official Website to check the status.

How to Check SSS Contributions Using the SMS Text Service?
Not anyone has an internet connection, but they can also check the status of their SSS contributions, loan payments and benefits claim with the use of their handheld phones through text.

The Social Security System had come up with a text service, TEXT-SSS, for phone text users.  This is more convenient since you only need to send a text inquiry, as explained below, with a minimal fee of P2 or P2.50 pesos.

This will save both the time and money involved in going to the SSS offices.

What are the Advantages?

  • Employees can keep track of their SSS status anytime and anywhere
  • Be on guard against employers who are not paying SSS for their employees
  • Save time and money 
  • No need for queuing at the SSS Offices
  • SSS officers can concentrate on their priorities 

How to Register to TEXT-SSS
Members can register by sending their SSS number and birth date using the format: 

SSS REG <SS Number> <MM/DD/YY>...and send to 2600

SSS text transactions require a Personal Identification Number (PIN) code, which will be sent through text after successful registration.
If you have questions and comments about this post, please feel free to leave a comment below.
You can be anonymous.

You can also email me at if you need some help about Singapore.

Other Related Posts:
How to Continue the SSS Contribution for OFW in Singapore?
SSS Benefits for Everyone Including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Singapore
Remittance, Pagibig and SSS at Metrobank Lucky Plaza

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Do You Need A Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) License To Work in Singapore?

During the interview for my first job in Singapore, several years ago, I was asked about my credentials and experiences in the Philippines.

The interview was not so tricky to the point that they asked me about "How do you see yourself 5 years from now?" or "What is your greatest strength?".

All were practical questions that were related to the previous jobs and my personality towards work.  It may be because I'm at the entry level or it's just how the company boss' interviews.

What Happened To My PRC License? 
After the interview, I handed them my credentials, passport and Philippine Regulations Commission (PRC) license.  They looked at it one by one and asked me about the first document, it's my degree in college.

As they were holding my passport, they informed me that it will only be photocopied and will be returned thereafter.

So, as they go along with the documents, they saw my PRC license and asked me about it.  I proudly told them that it is the certificate which shows the licence to practice my profession in the Philippines.

They handed it back to me and said they don't need such certificates.

This time, I was thinking that having a license in Philippines doesn't mean something if I work in Singapore.

What Do We Need To Be a Better Employee?
Basing it with the experience of my friends here, companies don't care about the PRC licenses.

Board passers and non-board passers worked together with equal treatment and compensations.

Even if you haven't pass the board exam in Philippines, you can still have the chance to work in Singapore and get a good salary.

The important factor that you need to show is your attitude towards the workplace and the will to improve your skills.

How To Be a Licensed Engineer in Singapore?
To be a licensed Mechanical, Civil, or Electrical Engineer in Singapore, you need to register at the Professional Engineers Board Singapore.  Please follow the link below for further details and requirements.

If you have questions and comments about this post, please feel free to leave a comment below.
You can be anonymous, for those who are shy.

You can also email me at if you need some help about Singapore.

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Surviving Singapore in 30 days
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Monday, July 7, 2014

How to Manage Money as an OFW in Singapore

OFWs are one of the lucky Filipinos who landed a job in a foreign country. At the first few months of our salary, it's either we have to
  • Pay for our debts left behind while we were preparing our documents 
  • Pay for the agent who helped us find a job 
  • Pay for our airline tickets and other expenses.
Yup, everything goes well for a month and comes the company bonuses and salary increase.  We then look for ways on how to spend it.  

We go shopping and thinking of buying something for my brother, sister, niece, aunt, cousins and everyone.  Happiness for all of them is now included in our priority.

The next few months, we buy something for ourselves such as:
  • Hand phones and tablets
  • Shoes and bags
  • Camera and other electronic gadgets...
  • Have a beauty surgery 
Guilty? Yes for some.  But, what if one day one of our family members or ourselves has an emergency involving money and the Work Pass is not renewed?

Do we have something to get out from our pockets?  Do we have Savings?

This video will help us OFWs on how to manage our money while we are still healthy and earning dollars while working in Singapore.

Please watch this and is highly recommended to all OFWs.  Please share it to others.

If you have questions and comments about this post, please feel free to leave a comment below.
You can be anonymous, for those who are shy.

You can email me at if you need some help about Singapore, but not about money, OK? :D

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Remittance, Pagibig and SSS at Metrobank Lucky Plaza

Another month of tears and joy, and it's time to go to Lucky Plaza.  But why is Lucky Plaza or famously known as "LP" connected with the end of the month?  Is it for shopping?

Lucky Plaza is the second home of Filipinos when salary comes at the end of the month.  This is the time of remitting money to Philippines.

Visiting the place is like visiting a mall in the Philippines, you can see a lot of Kababayans queuing at remittance centers, eating and shopping.  You feel like at home.

My monthly destination in Lucky Plaza is the Metrobank Remittance center.  Although there are other remittance centers inside the mall, I have chosen this bank for a good reason:
  • I have a Metrobank account in the Philippines and sending money is a mouse click away.  My wife can withdraw the money at the atm machine at once.  No hassles of showing company IDs and all.
  • I can pay for my PagIbig and SSS as well, it's free when I send it together with my remittance.
  • The exchange rate is the same with the market rate.
  • It is Metrobank, I can't say more.
I have doing this for several years now and the service is consistently good, they even renovated the place to a better and wider area.

How to Go To Metrobank Lucky Plaza?
Go to the MRT RED line and alight at Orchard MRT Station, 
  • then exit at EXIT A 
  • walk through the tunnel leading you to the Tang Plaza
  • You can see the escalator at the right going up to the main Orchard Road.
  • Walk your way going to the direction of the traffic.  This will lead you to Lucky Plaza.
  • Go up to the 3rd floor and say Hello to our Kababayans there.
Map of Lucky Plaza

Have a nice month end and hope to see you at Lucky Plaza.

Related Posts:
Remittance: Sending Money to Philippines
BS Singapore Online Remittance from Singapore to Philippines

If you have questions and comments about this post, please feel free to leave a comment below. You can be anonymous, for those who are shy.

You can email me at if you need some help about Singapore, but not about money, OK? :D

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Blogging While Working in Singapore Help Me Pay My Annual Insurance

You've read a lot of my blog post here in and some of you thanked me for it and others will just say, NICE! great post Man!

But how do I get from doing this blog?  Do I get anything from it?

Some people enjoys a lot posting messages or selfies in Facebook, because it's their thing.   They love sharing staff with friends and even to public.

For me, It's O.K. to do that since they are happy after all.

Yes, I still share posts in my Facebook accounts but not for selfies or random messages.  I really like and enjoy sharing information online and even offline.  For me, these are the fun things to do.

When Did I Start Blogging?
When I discovered blogging, it was one afternoon while surfing at the net, I was really interested right away when I saw a personal website of a friend.  He blogs about anything, from food to road trips with his wife and kids.

Back then, although I knew a bit of computers and softwares but I don't know how to set up blogs and I don't even know how to make a single post.

Until I created my first ever blog (, I kept this blog to remind me that it's my first post right there!

Why Am I Blogging?
The reason for me at that time was to practice my writing skills because I was getting ready for my FSW Canadian application and it requires an English test.

The way I wrote during that time was like writing a book.  I'm not sure if it's still the impression of my readers at this moment.  But things have improved quite a bit and I made more than 5 blog websites as of this year 2014.

On my second blog, where I got a lot of excitement, is that I started to add a Google Adsense account. This will earn me money while blogging.  The only difficult thing to do here was the first approval from Google and the rest was easy.  Everything can be linked to one account.

At the first 3 months of my blog.  I earned my first $0.05 dollars and I was jumping with joy.  My wife was surprised to see me doing that.

Yes, I know, it's a tini-mini small amount, but where can I find a dollar out of doing something that I love?  I cannot see it under my couch or anywhere in the corner of my house.

This when I started to do more post and fueled me up.  For about a year, I blogged 3 times a week, it accumulated to 200+ post per year.  But, you see, I did not complain about doing it, because I love it!

Then I started to record all my activities in Singapore.  This is some sort of a diary but with a touch of sharing information to my readers about the country.

I really love blogging in Singapore because of the fast internet speed that can reach 40Mbps download and upload speed. WOW!  The experience is just superb, it's like surfing at your own hard drives and linking videos while reviewing it has no pain at all.

In this blog where it started me to interact with my readers and advice them on something they want to know.  It's a fun process for me, because I love it!

The good thing about this blogging is that you'll be surprised that Google will email you that they have sent a payment cheque for you.

When I first received my cheque, I was very excited and was steamed to do more blogging and sharing.  It motivates me more to do and create more blogs.

I am paying a yearly life insurance in Philippines and it is also earning with dividends.  The cheque which Google gave me helps me pay my Insurance.  This is awesome, right!

Why Am I Sharing This?
I know what it feels like being a Foreign Worker in Singapore.  The heartache of thinking about our families back in Philippines is indescribable.   Thinking of them every minute will totally break my heart.

That is why I recommend you to take a step for blogging and who knows it might give you more freedom on your financials someday.  I see great opportunities on this kind of activity.

Take advantage of the internet speed in Singapore and the power of your tablets and gadgets.  Venture the world of blogging and come and join me.

Why waste on selfies and sharing posts that you don't earn.  Share things that you love sharing and monetize your blog.  It takes time but hey, I did it for over 5 years now and it seemed to be like only yesterday.

Now, I will continue to blog as long as my fingers can type and my eyes can see. It's because I'm earning while blogging and doing things that I love.

You can reach me at if you're interested in blogging and earning so I can update my post here on how to setup and maintain your blog forever.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How to Use Your OEC Wisely and How to Get One at NAIA?

Just came back from my Philippine vacation and I discovered something useful to share with you. 

I have 2 pieces of OEC that I can use anytime until next year, which is the green type.  For the past few months, I was going back and forth from Singapore to Philippines because of some personal reasons.  I don't want to use these OECs to avoid the hassle of going back to the Philippine Embassy Singapore and will waste half of my working day.

What I discovered is that I can get an OEC instantly at the NAIA entrance counter.

How to Get an OEC at the NAIA airport?
I just want to let you know that this is only applicable if you travel back to Philippines for 5 days or less.

At the NAIA Terminal 1, there is a counter before you go in to the terminal entrance, where the X-ray section is located, you can approach the OWWA counter there and tell them that you want to get an OEC.

When I got mine, they asked for my passport and the Singapore Employment Pass.  They handed me a form to fill-up.  After that, you have to go to the OWWA Section, a counter just beside the OEC Section,  for verification.

After the verification, you will hand it over to the OEC Section counter again and they will stamp it as verified or cleared.  Then, you're good to go!  It took me around 5 minutes time to finish the whole process.

The OEC that they will give you is the white type and the validity stamped/written on it is until the day of your departure.

How much is the OEC in NAIA cost?
In Singapore, the OEC cost SGD3.50 and that is around P122.00 pesos equivalent based on the 35SGD/1PHP currency exchange rate.  (Please see top right section of my blog for an updated exchange rate)

At the NAIA counter, the OEC costs P100.00 only.  This will save you around P22.00.  Not Bad!

Now you know some tips about the OEC, try it by yourself and Happy Trip!

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Why I Want a Cyberya Minigosyo

Have you ever heard of an internet rental service business that can run remotely with less supervision?

Yes, there are internet cafés out there, where anyone can rent by going through a cashier and pay afterwards. This is the classic way to rent and surf the internet.

PLDT has come up with an idea to let the masses surf the internet and network gaming in a convenient and affordable way.

What I like about about PLDT Cyberya
The new PLDT Cyberya Minigosyo is the next big thing and an opportunity for OFWs to own a business even if they're out of the country. 

PLDT Cyberya is a unit that has a Personal Computer and an internet line enclosed in a vendo-like machine.  

Customers can surf the net by inserting coins as low as P1.00 and the unit will be ready to use for a period of 4 minutes.

This gives an OFW investor a high profit with a low-maintenance expense since it doesn't need to be watched 24 hours a day. 

The machine can be installed at home or at any business area that has lots of prospected customers. 

This is great when installed near the schools where students can use the surfing unit for their research.

How to Apply for a PLDT Cyberya
If you are interested to have a unit or two, you can visit the PLDT Cyberya site.

It comes with two package options, which the Gaming Unit and a Surfing Unit.

For OFWs out there who are looking for investment options, you can avail this unit and make your income grow for your future.

Invest your money on a PLDT Cyberya Minigosyo unit and watch it grow.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Updates on Yolanda Typhoon in Philippines

To all my readers, please bear with me, I need to update the OFWs who are eager to have the recent information about the Yolanda Typhoon that hits the Philippines Territory.

I will try to update this post as quickly as I can, please bear with me.  Be reminded that these information are taken from the news agencies, FB, tweets and other media and is not made or created by Ben Alagnam. 

I will only act as an aggregator for the Typhoon Yolanda Update.  I believe that each minute update will be important to my OFW readers because I also feel what you are feeling right now because my sister, nephews, niece and some of my relatives are also affected in the areas of Leyte.

There is no way to contact them because the communication lines are down.

Updates (Bottom to Top)

Nov 14 (11:57am) PhilStar: Japan announced that it will send 1,000 of its servicemen to join relief efforts for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Visayas

Nov 14 (11:19am) - Qatar sending two planeloads of relief to Philippines

Nov 14 (11:00am) - ABS-CBN News: There are 2,357 confirmed casualties in Tacloban, Samar, Leyte

Nov 14 (10:49am) - What UK is doing to help the survivors in Philippines...

Nov 13 (9:58pm) - MANILA (Reuters) - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced on Wednesday $523 million in disaster assistance for Philippine communities ravaged by super typhoon Haiyan, as authorities continued to struggle to bring relief to millions of victims.

Nov 13 (9:39pm) - Kim Atienza: Lists of Dontions

PhP 432,270,100.00 from U.A.E.
PhP 432,270,100.00 from Australia
PhP 416,151,845.00 from U.K.
PhP 205,900,000.00 from Canada
PhP 173,776,459.00 from European Commission
PhP 141,442,026.00 from Norway
PhP 131,381,261.00 from Sweden
PhP 115,850,973.00 from Netherlands...
PhP 86,454,020.00 from New Zealand
PhP 78,104,056.00 from Denmark (plus 66 tons of emergency supplies)
PhP 57,925,486.00 from Ireland
PhP 43,227,010.00 from Queensland
PhP 10,806,752.00 from NBA and NBA Players Association
PhP 8,645,402.00 from Taiwan
PhP 4,322,701.00 from USA (initial)
PhP 4,322,701.00 from Saudi Arabia
PhP 4,322,701.00 from Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND)

Nov 13 (2:36pm) - 5 U.S Marine C130 Plane landing in Samar may mga pagkain na dala (brought food) from U.N , the Politicians are not allowed to touch the relief goods.

Nov 13 (2:24pm) - 2nd Leyte Gulf Landing... "I shall return". USS George Washington (CVN 73) Aircraft Carrier Together With Cruisers USS Antietam and USS Cowpens And Destroyer USS Mustin Heading to the Philippines to Bolster Aid Relief Efforts..

Nov 12 (7:52pm) - The Philippine Department of Tourism's Official Statement:
Boracay and other areas in the Philippines remain safe and fun destinations for all tourists.

Nov 12 (7:50pm) - TV Patrol: Isabel, Leyte declared State of Emergency.

Nov 12 (7:47pm) - BBC: UK Prime Minister David Cameron: "Britain is contributing £10m and HMS Daring, currently deployed near Singapore, will shortly be heading at full speed towards the disaster zone with further support from an RAF C-17 which will be a powerful help to the relief operation."

Nov 12 (7:41pm) - Roads connecting Tacloban to Catbalogan to Manila are already passable to vehicular traffic, according to former Tacloban City Administrator Bobby Muñoz.

Nov 12 (7:38pm) - Inquirer: They never forgot, Japan returns favor to PH, sends teams to Yolanda-hit areas

Nov 12 (7:30pm) - Big businesses join relief drive; SM gives P100M

Nov 12 (4:39pm) - Tearful Speech By Philippines Man After Super-Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 12 (12:01pm) - The largest aircraft in the world, the Antonov AN-225 Mriya, lands in Zagreb, Croatia to ship a 140m ton power generator to the Philippines. Currently now in Cebu.

Nov 12 (11:50am) - Mayor Rody Duterte after a visit to Leyte.  He speaks in his native language (Cebuano). 

Nov 12 (11:45am) -  US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the aircraft carrier USS George Washington and other American ships to head to the typhoon-stricken Philippines.

Nov 11 (8:44pm) - Australia pledges $10M to Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda

Nov 11 (8:37pm) - Storm Photographer Shares Experience With Deadly Typhoon Yolanda In Tacloban

Nov 11 (8:19pm) - Norway donated NOK 20 Million (P140M)

Nov 11 (2:31pm) - COMELEC releasing 700 generator sets & 80,000 standby batteries to NDRRMC for relief & rehab efforts in Visayas

Nov 11 (10:21am) - Ormoc City after Yolanda

Nov 11 (10:00am) - Gov't: Security situation back to normal in Tacloban

Nov 11 (4:00am) - PAGASA: At 4:00 am today, the center of Tropical Depression ZORAYDA was estimated based on all available data at at 950 km Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur (5.0°N, 135.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph. It is forecast to move Northwest at 28 kph.
Nov 10 - Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras : “Please let people know that they can now go to Tacloban from the north. San Juanico bridge is now open,”

Nov 10 (10:39pm) - from PAGASA website: Low Pressure Area spotted but not yet in the Philippine Area of Responsibility

Nov 10 (9:00pm) Yahoo: £6m UK aid for Philippines victims

Nov 10 (7:48pm) GMA News: Northern Cebu towns severely battered by Yolanda. Up to 95% of structures either totally or partially damaged

Nov 10 (6:16pm) DSWD: 2.1M families affected by

Nov 10 (6:15pm) Bacolod City, under state of calamity.

Nov 10 (6:12pm) Spokesman Commander Armand Balilo says Tacloban port is now operational

Nov 10 (5:27pm) News5 Aksyon: The president with some of his cabinet members are here in Capiz.

Nov 10 (5:21pm) Malacanang: President Noynoy's Interview with the FOCAP

Nov 10 (5:15pm) GMA News: Smart Satellite Services link Tacloban, network restoration in full swing

Nov 10 (5:10pm) ABS-CBN: DTI prepares price freeze in Samar, Leyte

Nov 10 (5:00pm) - AFP Central Command:
AFP Appeals to Civilians; Cooperate in Peace and Order Efforts
On its part, the AFP deployed 100 more soldiers to help police and existing military forces in their efforts to restore peace and order in the typhoon-struck Tacloban City following the devastation caused by the recent super typhoon.
As we firmly establish command and control in affected areas, we appeal to the public to be patient. We understand your emotion and frustration due to the lack of information coming out.
The AFP assures our people that we are working round the clock together with the DILG, DSWD and PNP to be able to reach every citizen that needs our help.... All we ask is patience from our fellow citizens.
Meanwhile, technicians from Smart Communications, three personnel from the United Nations, twenty-two foreign medical volunteers of the Mammoth Medical Mission, and an air traffic controller from the Air Traffic Organization have been sent to Tacloban City today, via special flight aboard a Philippine Air Force Fokker aircraft.
Yesterday, the AFP deployed communications systems in three cities in Visayas to address shortages in communication facilities following the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
A communication cell was also established in Tacloban City Police Station and the Base Ops, Villamore Air Base to augment communication requirements for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response operations. Two more in Roxas City, Capiz and Mactan City, Cebu were sent to monitor rescue and relief efforts.

Nov 10 (3:50) - Major PHL telcos: Restoration of mobile services in Leyte problematic

Nov 10 (3:36pm) - ABS-CBN: 2 months to fully restore power in Tacloban

Nov 10 (3:00pm) - Gordon, PRC: Relief goods mobbed in Tanauan, Leyte could have fed 5,000 families.

Nov 10 (1:22pm) - GMA News: Super Typhoon Yolanda is believed to have killed 10,000 people in Leyte alone, a Visayas police official said Sunday after conferring with the provincial governor.

N'ov 10 (1:00pm) - ABS-CBN: PNoy walks out of disaster meeting out of frustration

Nov 10 (12:51pm) - A message from SuperCat (Trasnpor vessel from Cebu to Ormoc):
Greetings! Please be informed of our schedule today, November 10, 2013:
Cebu to Ormoc/Ormoc to Cebu
05:30 am, 01:45 pm.
04:30 pm, 07:15 pm.
Should you need further assistance, do not hesitate to contact us through our website, or through our Customer Interaction Center Hotline +63 32 2337000. Thank you.
Nov 10 (12:48pm) - GMA News: NDRRMC, nagpadala ng mga Information Technology groups sa mga lugar na sinalanta ng bagyo (Sent IT personnel to places affected by typhoon)

Nov 10 (12:47pm) - At least 46 dead in Iloilo

Nov 10-  NEWS 5: Teams from Globe and Smart telcos are working to restore cellular service in affected areas by tomorrow

Nov 10 - RTV Malacanang: Aftermat of Typhoon Yolanda in Roxas City.

Nov 10 (12:20pm) - ABS-CBN: Road leading to Tacloban airport reopened.

Nov 10 (12: 10pm) -  PDRRMO-Southern Leyte: Sa awa ng Diyos, wala pong casualty dito sa Southern Leyte. Wala kaming kuryente. (Thank God, no casualties in Southern Leyte. We have no electricity)

Nov 10 (12:00nn) - GMA News: President Aquino arrives in typhoon-hit Tacloban

Nov 10 (8:24am) - Red Cross: Typhoon kills at least 1,200 in Philippines

Nov 10 (8:21am) - You can send your donations to these organizations:

Nov 10 (8:00am) - Bangon Isabel, Leyte: Facebook group that posts updates and how to reach the victims on Isabel Leyte. (Bangon Isabel, Leyte)

Nov 10 (7:50am) - ABS-CBN: Watch the aerial footage of Tacloban (Aerial Footage)

Nov 9 (9:25pm) -  GMA News: Typhoon Yolanda Coverage

NOv 9 (1:16pm) Google:  Maps of Typhoon Yolanda Crisis and Relief Locations can be viewed at Google Org.

Nov 9: Philippine National Red Cross: as of 12:16 pm today, PRC Ormoc Team confirmed 12 deaths in Ormoc City

Nov 9 -  Statement of Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras at the NDRRMC press conference: Hindi po natin hihintayin na maubos ang relief goods. We are accelerating the packing of relief goods. DND Sec. Gazmin is in Tacloban and he'll stay there for a while. We will dispatch C130s and personnel in Roxas City once the airport runway is cleared.

Nov 9: GMA News: Stranded due to Typhoon, 1,435 passengers, 44 vessels as of 8:00AM November 09, 2013.

Nov 9: ABS-CBN: All storm signals lifted except Northern Palawan including Puerto Princesa which is under Signal No 1

Nov 9- ANC (Via DOTC): Closed airports: Tacloban, Kalibo, Roxas, Busuanga. All other airports reopened

Nov 9 - GMA News: 200 local flights still suspended due to Yolanda

Nov 9 - Noynoy Aquino (P-Noy), : there are things called satellite phones and solar chargers. Please send them all to Leyte and other provinces hit by the storm. People are in the dark on the status of their friends and family.. that's the other tragedy!

Nov 9 - Palompon's Finest: See the aftermath of Yolanda in Palompon, Leyte Facebook Page

Nov 9 - Mayor Ondo Codilla: Damage to Ormoc is severe. The roofs of most houses have been blown off, majority of houses in coastal barangays have been wiped out, roads are impassable, power and communication lines are mostly out, and so many are in dire need of relief .
People in Ormoc are now in dire need of the following:
Canned Goods/Noodles...

Nov 9 - PAGASA -  Update on the location of Typhoon Yolanda
Nov 9 - MovePH: Busuanga airport still closed. Puerto Princesa airport already operating

Nov 9 - Richard Gomez (Tweet): roof of our house & garage are gone & 4 cars hit & idestroyed by debris. Roof of the house of lucy's parents r half gone & all glass windows

Nov 9 - Inquirer: Smart, Sun services in eastern Visayas, including eastern Samar, parts of Leyte "adversely affected"

Nov 9 - Cebu Daily News: Ormoc roads are impassable, power communication lines are mostly out, and so many are in dire need of relief

Nov 9 - GMA News: Yolanda on the way out, 56 fatalities reported

Nov 9 - ABS-CBN: Typhoon "Yolanda" has left over 100 people dead in Leyte, according to Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Deputy Director John Andrews.

Nov 9 - Interaksyon: 3 injured as ceiling collapses at UP Town Center; Ayala Land says mall to stay open

Nov 9 - News5 Aksyon: Philippine coastal city of Tacloban took brunt of storm with water rising up to 50 feet

Nov 9 - PAGASA: the eye of Typhoon "YOLANDA" was located based on all available data at 515 km West of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (12.6°N, 116.3°E ).

Nov 9 - GMA News: PAGASA: Yolanda to exit PAR Saturday afternoon; potential new cyclone spotted

Nov 9 - Richard Gomez: Ormoc is badly hit by yolanda especially the coastal barangays. Municipality in 4th district Leyte Albuera, Merida, Isabel and Palompon in total disaster
Nov 9 - GMA News' Jiggy Manicad: at least 53 people were dead in Tacloban City and Palo town in Leyte

Nov 9 - Rappler: Typhoon Yolanda weakens as it exits PH

Nov 9 - CAAP deputy chief John Andrews: 100 dead in the streets of Tacloban City

Nov 9: Cebu Daily News: Ormoc roads are impassable, power communication lines are mostly out, and so many are in dire need of relief

Nov 9: Rappler: In Tacloban, barely any houses standing

Nov 9 - ABS-CBN: Around 140,000 families or 700,000 individuals were affected by the typhoon.

Nov 9 - Aksyon5: Bohol reports 0 casualty except 1 missing crew in a cargo vessel battered by big waves yesterday off Guindulman bay

Nov 9 - Video of the Typhoon Yolanda in Roxas, Capiz

Nov 9 - GMA Network: Yolanda Update on  Leyte
Nov. 8 - ABS-CBN: Atom Araullio Live Report in Tacloban, Leyte

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Napoles Live Streaming at Senate Hearing via GMA Network (Nov, 7, 2013)

Update (Nov 7, 2013 6:46pm) : The VIDEO below is now a Replay.

OFW should know what happens inside the Senate Hearing.

Napoles attended the hearing with a full body bulletproof vest.

I'm sharing this link for you to view the live streaming video of the Senate Hearing regarding the Pork Barrel Scam.

This video is owned by GMA Network.  You can also watch it at or at the GMA Youtube Channel (GMA Network)

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