Friday, January 12, 2018

Guest Post: Offshore Kayak Fishing is the New Trend

This is a guest post by Tom Miller, a kayak fishing enthusiast who also writes for The Kayak Critic.

Fishing is a favorite hobby for many of us, but it is also an important industry to work in. No matter, people nowadays are going crazy over this new growing idea of kayak fishing. Previously, only a handful of people can be seen with a kayak moving offshore for hunting their prey. Now, dozens of people can be seen embracing the adventure. Not to mention proper seminars are being conducted to educate the fishers to help them explore in a better way.

This method of fishing has been adapted for several reasons. Kayaking itself allows our muscles to tone. While paddling in the water, one strokes up for miles which helps our arms, legs, and our whole body to find the rhythm. Kayak fishing is quite a workout and will you a fresh and delicious meal afterward, which makes things more interesting. Kayaking also keeps your heart in good health. But most of the time offshore fishing is a significant relaxation method used by many of us in this fast-paced time. In many parts of the world, offshore kayaking has proved to be substantial for team building exercises.

Building the team up is one reason for offshore kayaking, but at the same time, it also helps us with self-reliance. Isn't it amazing how just one outdoor activity can do so much for you? Although it isn't as easy as it sounds there are a few tips and tricks you should keep in mind:
  1. Take your first note: offshore kayaking is not for beginners, and practice is what makes a person perfect.
  2. Second, of course, to choose the right kayak for your adventure. Fishing kayaks are different. Don't go in the middle of the sea with a kayak that has no place to put the fishing gears.
  3. Third, nature is beautiful, but it is dangerous, too. The sea is no joke. Put your life jacket on and keep yourself safe from the elements in the sea. You don't want things to go out of hand. And to be on the safe side, do take an emergency communication device with you, because your safety comes first.
  4. Fourth, plan before your trip down the sea, ask a local meteorologist for details. This active-mindedness will help you be on time for the last wave to go by, as that is your time to start doing what you came to do.
  5. Down the lane is the knowledge of weight distribution. As I mentioned earlier, fishing kayaks are different, and if you don't put the weight balanced in the center, you will end up hurting yourself every time a wave breaks onto you.
  6. Lastly, do not forget to be visible to others while you are out. You do not want bigger boats to overlook you. In daylight, a safety flag from a distance can make you visible to others. And at night time, use a 360-degree light for yourself.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

How to Get Your ITR Stamped as True Copy (in Cebu City)

We all want things to be free and easy. Applying for a visa to Korea for trips of less than 59 days is free. (Yay!) And the list of requirements for applicants who are employees is short and simple enough. (Double yay!) But, alas, when you're applying in the consulate in Cebu, you don't simply hand the consulate staff a copy of your ITR—unless it has been stamped and certified by BIR as a true copy. (Well, you can, but the consulate staff will hand it back to you and will not accept your application!)

Since I work for a company that falls under the Large Taxpayers Division (LTD) of BIR, it wasn't as easy as popping by the BIR office and flashing them my ITR. I had to prepare some documents and go to two different BIR offices.

If you, like me, work for a company that's under the LTD of BIR, here's what you need to do:

Prepare the following:
  • Copy of ITR that you want certified
  • Request letter signed by you and your company HR or your manager
  • Copy of your ID
  • Php 115 in exact amount (Php100 for certification fee and Php15 documentary stamp)

And then get your butt to the BIR offices:
  1. Go to the BIR Regional Office Building and get a priority number for the Cashier/Window 12.
  2. Give the cashier your ITR copy and pay the certification fee and documentary stamp fee (total of  Php115). The cashier will give you a receipt with the documentary stamp attached.
  3. Go to the BIR Large Taxpayers Division Office (a 10-minute walk from the Regional Office).
  4. Present your request letter, photocopy of your ID, copy of ITR that you want certified, certification fee receipt with attached documentary stamp. The BIR staff will verify your ITR, stamp and sign it, and stick the documentary stamp on it.
If you work for a company that does not fall under the Large Taxpayers Division of BIR, you only need to go to the BIR Regional Office Building for the certification. Please inquire from BIR for the exact process.

BIR Regional Office Building
Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City
(032) 231 1593

BIR Large Taxpayers Division Office (BIR LTDO)
8th Floor Pag-Ibig Fund – WT Corporate Tower
Mindanao Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
(032) 233 9820

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Thank You 2017

Grateful for...
  • my source of income which is my sole source for travel funds: my job.
  • my manager for approving all my planned leaves.
  • no urgent tasks/deadlines scheduled when I was on leave.
  • God for keeping me safe and, when I was not in the pink of health, I was at least not totally down while on travel.
  • my good friend from highschool and her family for the hospitality when I visited Tandag (Surigao del Sur): for picking me up at the airport, feeding me, letting me stay at her house, showing me around, accompanying me to Barobo, and contacting her aunt's driver when I had to go to Butuan because my flight from Tandag to Cebu was cancelled and changed to Butuan to Cebu.
  • my friend's aunt's driver for picking me up at the bus terminal and finding me a cheap but clean transient hotel so late at night.
  • my friend and her family for taking me to Laswitan Lagoon. Unfortunately, there was no "laswit" at that time (late February). They say the best time to go for a higher chance of seeing the "laswit" is from November to January, and surely when there is a typhoon coming!
  • my friend and her two childhood friends for taking me to Cabgan Island in Barobo.
  • another friend for letting Baktin and me stay in his house in Toledo, for showing us around his city, and for taking us to Malubog Lake and the hidden local's hideout through the tunnel.
  • Centro Coron for sponsoring two nights stay.
  • Brennan of Baktin Corporation for striking a deal with Kawil Tours for the 30% discount.
  • my butt for not wanting a toilet while out at sea when it was battling a bad case of diarrhea.
  • girl/boy scout travel buddies for donating medicine for the above!
  • having a toilet on the islands of Malcapuya and Banana. Because diarrhea. Ugh.
  • PAL for providing free accommodation, meals, and airport transfers when they cancelled the flight back to Cebu.
  • my brother for volunteering to drive from San Remegio to Cebu City. Because I am a lazy ass driver.
  • my sister's friend for volunteering to take her car to Moalboal and driving to/from Basdiot for lunch/dinner so we could find something to eat.
  • the chance to try out Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) with friends. I enjoyed it and SUPed thrice this year!
  • website translate tools. Though it doesn't do a perfect job, at least I get to find the information I need.
  • those who have taken time to leave a comment.
  • passers-by, people who have taken the time to read one or two of my blogposts, and loyal readers (if there are any?)...forgive me for I have been very lazy in updating this blog this year.