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House of Lechon Manok Latest Food Concept in Little Manila

One of our favourite dining venue has a new concept, House of Lechon Manok. Loosely translated, the name means House of Grilled Chicken

The House of Lechon Manok

An original concept, compared to other brands that are available in Little Manila. House of Lechon Manok uses charcoal to grill. Their specialty is chicken, but they also have a version of Liempo,  another famous grilled meat in the Philippines. Traditionally made with pork belly, House of Lechon Manok version is made of beef.

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The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.

How to sell your car in Dubai

In case you decide to go home for good, want a new car, or just fed up driving, here’s an expat guide on how to sell your car in Dubai.

Sell your car in Dubai

Before you sell your car in Dubai

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The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.

Affidavit of Support – Why it shouldn’t be required for Filipinos

Affidavit of support is a notarized document that is being required from Filipino travelers on a tourist/visit visa to another country.

Affidavit of Support – What is it, really?

The document is a statement that the sponsor takes full responsibility for the welfare of the traveler. That the sponsor will bear all necessary cost to support the traveler and that the traveler will not be a burden to the Philippine government and the government of the host country.

A sponsor, usually a relative up to fourth level of consanguinity, applies for the affidavit of support from the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in the host country by filling up a form, attaching supporting documents such as passport copies and proof of residence and source of income of the sponsor and pays for the processing fee. Here in U.A.E., the cost is 100 AED at the time of writing.

Affidavit of Support and Consent or Parental Travel Permit

Affidavit of Support and Consent or Parental Travel Permit

What is the intention of the Affidavit of Support? 

The document is intended to “curb human trafficking“. A traveler on a tourist/visit visa is highly to be off-loaded without this document. It is also a source of revenue for the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs.

Why it should be stopped immediately:

  1. The right to travel and freedom of movement are constitutionally guaranteed rights.
  2. It is disgrace to the Philippines because it signifies that it does not trust its own citizens. If the host country granted a visa, its a signification of trust. Banning a Filipino with a valid visa from traveling because of lack of the affidavit of support is illogical.
  3. So what if the traveler intends to find a job in the host country, The Philippines tends to benefit if the traveler does land a job in the host country.
  4. Air travel will increase, which means that more travel tax collection for the government.
  5. It contributes to corruption. Those who do not have the document are sometimes forced to use a way around the requirement.
  6. Its a waste of time and money. Sponsors will have to take time off work to be able to apply and collect the affidavit.
  7. As far as I know, no other country limits their citizen from exploring the world as a tourist.
  8. There are other means to curb human trafficking. Instead of assuming that everyone is being trafficked, use proper agency to investigate and track down human traffickers.
  9. Filipinos are caring citizens, we will take care of each other. There is no need for a document that says that we will be responsible for our visitor.
  10. It is the governments inherent responsibility to help and support their citizens abroad.

I hope this article reaches some of our lawmakers and do what is necessary.

Let us know what you think. Leave a comment below. 

The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.
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To Family, To Friends, to Life – here’s to being 40

They say life begins at 40, if that’s the case, consider me reborn. Today I turn 40. Here’s to being 40 with Family, and friends.

To Family

Family-Photo

 

Last year, we achieved a milestone in our family, we celebrated my mother’s 60th birthday. We are a global family, so last year’s celebration is a big thing for us. After more than 20 years, we all managed to be in one country, one place at the same time. My family wanted to celebrate my 40th in the same way but the schedule doesn’t work for everyone in the family and the cost is just not practical.

To Friends

Al Aryam Camping

The last 2 years gave more friends and acquaintances here in UAE than the first 14 years I have been here. I did not expect that social media can bring real social connection. I know more people because of this blog. I’ve met a lot of like-minded people who are very good story tellers, whether it be travel, food, lifestyle, fashion, and beauty. The one thing that is common is the passion and the love to tell stories.

Looking back at the things I’ve done

I’ve had a colorful life. We lived in 3 cities before I moved to UAE. Most of my childhood was in part of the Philippines that is considered as notorious. Lets just say that I support President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s war against illegal drugs.

Immediately after high-school, we moved to the south of Manila. When I look back to what I wanted to achieve when I was in high-school, I can say to myself, “well done“. I did achieve what I wanted when I was younger. To have a loving family, a stable job, a car, a house.

In fact, I am happy that I was even able to achieve more. I was able to travel to different countries. I was able to stay in high-end hotels and eat fantastic dishes.

Looking forward

Just because I have achieved what I set for myself doesn’t mean it’s enough. At 40 my goal is different. Now my goal is for my family … for my kids. I have to make sure that they too achieve their own goals, to protect them from uncertainties of life. Here’s to family, to more friends, to living longer and healthier and to 40 years more.

40th Birthday

The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.
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The sad truth in a global family

ek333The era of aviation made global travel easier, faster and more affordable. It used to be that families stay within 20 miles from where they are born. With the rise of aviation paved the way in the rise of global family.

What is a global family

A family whose members are geographically distant from each other. Lives in a different time zones and rarely sees each other in person. Read more

The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.

How to Get Entry Permit: Residence Visa Holders who Stayed out of UAE for 6 Months

There are many expatriates who are residents in UAE. In general, expatriate residents should not be outside the UAE for more than 6 months in order for their residence visa to remain valid. A special entry permit is required to be able to return to UAE after six months.

There are circumstances that going back to UAE every 6 months is just not practical. This procedure applies to the following:

  • Foreign wives of UAE nationals
  • Domestic workers accompanying local students who are studying or undergoing medical treatment abroad
  • Expatriates seeking medical treatment outside the country along with those in their company
  • Those who are employed in the UAE public sector and are overseas for work or sent abroad on training courses

Entry Permit

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The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.

An inspiration from India’s First Michelin Star Chef

I work in the aviation industry with academic background in information technology. Who would have known that I would find inspiration from a chef? Not just a chef, but India’s FIRST Michelin Star Chef.

A conference on Innovation

I recently attended the BOLDTalks Innovation 2017 event. This event is something that I look forward to every year because the topics are very engaging and relevant. This year’s event included the a Chef as one of the speakers. You’d ask yourself, what does a Chef have to do with innovation?

Indias First Michelin Star Chef - A B & Me www.abandme.com

The journey of India’s First Michelin Star Chef

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The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.

AI and Bots – A Threat to Filipinos and Philippine Economy

In the last few years the Philippines have experienced a steady growth in its economy, this coincided with the boom of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) demands from US and Europe. These growths are at risk of being disrupted by developments in AI and Bots technology.

TECH_AI AND BOTS

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The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.

FlipOut Dubai: The Latest Go-To Place in Dubai

FlipOut Dubai is the name of the newest place in Dubai, where one can just FlipOut and have fun.

FlipOut Dubai Main Entrance

Having been here in Dubai for more than 16 years, there are some things/activities that are no longer enjoyable. It’s a good thing that we heard about FlipOut Dubai in the radio. We immediately planned to go as soon as we heard the advertisement. 

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The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.

Lost passport in the UAE: Here’s what you have to do

As an expat, lost passport is one of the worst things that can happen to us. It may seem that all is lost in the beginning but with this guide on what to do if you lost your passport in UAE, there is actually hope.

lost passport

Tip: Having copies of your documents speed up the process of applying for a new passport. Make sure you have copies of all your important documents.

Steps to follow in case of lost passport in the UAE:

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The “A” in A, B & Me. An opinionated Tech enthusiast who likes movies and TV, cooking (and eating!) good food, and traveling. I write about the Tech stuff.