Monday, January 15, 2018

YouGov – Legit Online Survey

Are you interested in making money during your free time? You can consider online surveys. But joining online surveys that don’t pay off is a hassle. That is why in late 2015, I started hunting for legitimate online surveys that really pay. Currently, I do online surveys for three organizations namely AIP, YouGov, and Viewfruit. I was able to finish the required points on YouGov first.

Upon reaching 5,000 points on YouGov, you will have three redeem options to choose. Redeem for 2500 Air Asia BIG points, cash out for 25 Singapore dollars, or donate to UNICEF.

Redemption options.

Three redeem options upon reaching 5,000 points on YouGov surveys.

I was able to reach 5,000 points on December 14, 2017 and tested a cash out of SG$25 to be sent to my PayPal account. After receiving an email confirmation stating that I will receive the payment within 30 days, I began to wait.

Then on January 7, 2018 I received a payment of SG$26.70 to my PayPal account.


Cash out received from YouGov.

PayPal had a recipient fee of SG$1.67 so I ended up with SG$25.03.

Payment done.

Payment through PayPal.

To conclude, YouGov is a legitimate online survey site that truly pays. For a final note, I started YouGov last March 2017 and got to 5,000 points on December 14, 2017. They send two to three surveys per week depending on how you set your preferences when you join their surveys.

If you would like to earn extra during your free time try YouGov online surveys. I’m proof enough that they are legitimate. Click this link to their website.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The 38th Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center

This is my first time to attend this event and it puzzles me how the first 37 was never caught on my radar. Maybe I was too busy with work and life that these events came fleetingly by. Nevertheless, here are some pictures on the last day of the 38th Manila International Book Fair.

At the entrance of SMX

Even on its last day, the event was swarmed by enthusiasts. Or maybe it’s the “Last Minute” attitude of us Filipinos kicking again.

Video of the long snake-like queue outside the SMX Convention Center.

It took a long while before I got in but, like they say, kapag may tiyaga, may nilaga (slogan which generally means “perseverance bears fruits”).

As soon as I was inside, I took a picture of the board of Participating Companies, Exhibit Booth locations, Schedule of Events, and the Sponsors and Partners.

Participating companies

Participating companies.

Exhibit booths

Exhibit booths.

Schedule of events

Schedule of events.

Organizer, sponsors, and partners

Organizer, sponsors, and partners.

In order to get inside the Function Halls a ticket registration of ₱20 is required. It would have been great if I was a teacher because they were free to enter the event. They gave a sweet token of appreciation in the form a Lotte Pepero White Chocolate though.

Lotte Pepero White Chocolate

Free Lotte Pepero White Chocolate.

The rest of the afternoon was quite uneventful.

Teacher’s thank you booth
Directional sign and the Google Educator booth
A screen tablet
Mogu Mogu mascot

Mogu Mogu mascot.

Abiva Publishing House booth
Claretian religious booth
Inside National Bookstore booth
Rex booth
Mini museum
The crowd
The crowd on the 1st floor, directional sign
At the entrance of National Bookstore 2nd floor
Children presentation
The crowd again
Are these toys or decorative figurines?
Star Wars cosplayers
Star Wars cosplayers
Star Wars cosplayers
Harry Potterish
The cool people of UNICEF
Building toys using LEGO
LEGO blocks and a TV
KITE Academy elearning system
Microsoft booth

And finally, I bought a few books for my son Michel.

Bought books for Michel

I will be watching out for next year’s International Book Fair and hope it will be as great as this one.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Online Application and Payment for Philippine Birth, Marriage, Death, and CENOMAR Certificates

To avoid the hassles of commute and long lines, apply for a birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, and/or CENOMAR online via the Philippine Statistics Authority website. Their website has a Frontline Services page directing to where you can apply for these records.

eCensus Frontline Services page

Philippine Statistics Authority website, Frontline Services connects to eCensus.

From the eCensus website, go to Request > Online Application. This will lead you to an Online Application > Payment > Delivery page that shows information on what needs to be entered on the online forms. Press the “Click here to request now” button to continue to Terms and Conditions page.

eCensus main page

eCensus main page.

Carefully read the terms and conditions page. It contains useful information and is quite short. Then press the “I Accept” button.

eCensus terms and conditions page

eCensus terms and conditions page.

Fill up the Contact and Delivery information (on this screenshot only, all boxes in red needs to be filled in). After submitting this form you will be redirected to a Request Summary page where you can apply for any or all of birth, marriage, death certificates, and CENOMAR.

eCensus contact and delivery information page

eCensus contact and delivery information. On this screenshot, all boxes in red are mandatory.

eCensus request summary page

eCensus request summary page. Request for birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, CENOMAR or all, filling up forms for each one.

After filling up information for the requested certificate you will be directed to an Acknowledgement page which also contains the Payment and Delivery section. As of this writing, BDO and UnionBank are the only accredited banks for payment. Pay through any of the bank’s branches, via ATM, or through online banking.

eCensus acknowledgement and payment and delivery page

eCensus acknowledgement and payment and delivery page. Take special note of the Batch Request Number and Request Reference Number which will be used for payment.

If you choose to pay by going to the bank branch, read this for BDO branch payment instructions or this for UnionBank branch payment instructions. If you choose to go to an ATM, here’s for BDO ATM instructions. There’s no web link for the UnionBank ATM instructions but it’s probably the same as BDO.

Now if you choose convenience by paying online please continue reading.

Payment through Online Banking

This section discusses payments using BDO Online. Payments using UnionBank will probably follow same procedures or visit “Payment Through UnionBank Online Banking”. The steps mentioned here are also in “Payment Through BDO Online Banking” web page even though in more detail.

BDO Payment Method

  1. Login to your BDO Online account.
  2. Click on the “Pay Bills” icon. Pay Bills icon
  3. On the Pay Bills page, select E-CENSUS (UNISYS) as the “Company/Biller”.
  4. You were given a Batch Request Number and some Request Reference Number from the Acknowledgement page. These numbers were also emailed to you. The Batch Request Number is the overall total of all the Request Reference Numbers. The Request Reference Number is a single entry of request, so if you requested for multiple certificates, each one will have a different Request Reference Number. Pay for the whole batch of certificates using the Batch Request Number or pay just one of the certificates using its matching Request Reference Number. Now in the Amount, either enter the total amount of the whole batch or the amount of a selected certificate.
  5. “Remarks” is optional.
  6. In the “Subscriber Number” either enter the Batch Request Number (pay for the whole batch) or a selected Request Reference Number (the one certificate that you wish to pay). Remove any hyphens or dashes in this entry as it causes an invalid payments error.
BDO payment details

BDO payment details. Notice the Subscriber Number without hyphens/dashes.

  1. In the “Subscriber Name” enter the Requester’s Name found in Acknowledgement page. This is also basically your name.
  2. Confirm that all information is correct then submit and verify the success of the transaction.

Check Status of Delivery

To verify the status of your request go back to eCensus main page and enter either the Batch Request Number or a Request Reference Number in “check the status of your request” column.

Checking the delivery status

Checking the delivery status of your request.

Hoping that you found this post useful. Kudos to the commenters of this blog for figuring out the Subscriber Number and Subscriber Name.

All images and contents in this post are screenshots of Philippine Statistics Authority and eCensus. Careful attention has been made to ensure no violation of rights has been committed. Contents of the post may become irrelevant to some point in time if updates to the respective websites have been made.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Meeting of the Bellies

Last Friday, June 16, my bestie Rommel Hachero had his birthday. Tomorrow, Sunday, June 25, together with another bestie Paulcy, we will have Rommel’s late birthday celebration meet-up. I’ve decided to bring the following “pulutan” or appetizers taken with alcohol.

Champiñones al Ajillo (Garlic mushrooms) from

Garlic mushrooms


approximately 50g butter (I used Buttercup brand)

1 can 200g button mushrooms (I used Jolly brand)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp. Lemon juice (I substituted 1 tbsp. kalamansi [lime] juice)

freshly ground black pepper



  1. Melt butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add garlic and cook until golden brown.
  3. Put the heat on high, add the mushrooms and stir fry for around 2 minutes (it took me longer, probably near 5 minutes).
  4. Add the lemon juice (kalamansi [lime] juice in my case) then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Fishballs with Special Manong’s Sauce from



Fishballs (I bought 1 kilo)


Ingredients for Manong’s Sauce

Manong's sauce

4 cups water

1/3 cup soy sauce

2 tbsp. corn starch

2 tbsp. flour

¾ cup brown sugar

1 shallot, finely chopped or minced

3 cloves garlic, minced



  1. In a sauce pan combine all Manong’s sauce ingredients, mix well until free of lumps.
  2. Place on a stove top then cook by gently simmering in medium low heat until sauce thickens.
  3. Deep fry fishballs according to your liking, if using the Philippine fishballs (this is what I used, they’re somewhat flat in shape) fry them until they are really crispy.

Along with these pulutans, I would really love to have a Corona beer tomorrow. I got curious about it when it was promoted in some scenes from Fast and Furious, a beer which Dom is keen to. But that beer is expensive and is not available in groceries here in the Philippines. Heineken might be great but its quite expensive also. Paulcy and I, in our conversation a few minutes ago, settled with San Miguel beers for our pulutans.

Now “pulutan” can also be called finger food since some versions of it are usually eaten using the hands and the English Oxford Living Dictionaries stated its origin is from the 1960s pulutan, from pulot to pick up + -an, suffix forming nouns.

I’m also hoping to buy a large bag of peanuts tomorrow, a good addition to our small set of “pulutan”.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, our meet up did not materialize. Well, back to the drawingboard. (".)