A Friend I Haven’t Seen For 11 Years

A friend I haven’t seen for 11 years has been living in Washington, Georgia for 5-6 years. We used to be co-workers in a bank way back 2006. We were cream of the crop and excelled in all that we do. We became friends, more like close friends and everything we did was history. We were Washington Mutual’s telephone banker. Washington Mutual was one of the best financial institutions back in the old days but was bought by J.P Morgan Chase Bank during the global crisis back in 2007. I quit my job before it was completely handed to JPMC and went to my chosen profession. I haven’t seen her after that until she left to Georgia with her husband and son. We just kept in touch through social networking sites such as Facebook.

I drove from South Carolina to Washington, Georgia which was about 2-3 hours from Aiken. I arrived in Washington, Georgia at about 1000H. When I got out of the car, we were just so happy to see each other again and nothing has changed. We were still like the immature telephone bankers even though it has been a decade. We talked and talked about the people we used to work with, reminisced the experiences we had, and even tried to call some of our other friends online. The first day was filled with excitement in getting to know what we have been doing in our lives. She and her family offered to be the host of my trip and I am so glad. They offered the guest room and I took a quick nap from the long drive while she was planning for the itinerary for the afternoon and the next day trip.

I was taking a nap when my phone beeped. I got a message asking if I am ready to go swimming. They have decided to go to Washington Swimming Pool since their son wants to dip in the pool. It was almost 95 degrees in Georgia that day so, it was a good idea to dive in.

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Washington Swimming Pool

But I am not used to going swimming under the heat of the sun and it was also at 1300H so, I just stayed under the patio umbrella. We only let their son enjoy the pool while we were just talking and looking at kids having fun. After an hour or two, we left coz her husband has to work. At 1730H, we have decided to go to the mall. The nearest mall is Augusta Mall which is almost an hour drive.

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Augusta Mall

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Inside Augusta Mall

We only did window shopping and bought some snack for her unico hijo. 2 hours later, they took me to Augusta Canal Historical Trail. The trail is near Marriott Hotel and is good location for exercising.

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Augusta Canal Historical Trail

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Marriott Hotel

Augusta Canal is a historic canal located in Georgia, is supplied by the Savannah River and passes through levels in suburban and urban Augusta before the water returns to the river at various locations. It was devised to harness the hydro power at the fall line of the Savannah river to drive mills, to provide transportation of goods, and supply water in the municipal. It is the only canal in the United States which still continues to be used for its original purposes of providing power, transport and municipal water.

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Augusta Canal Historical Trail

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Augusta Canal

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Augusta Canal Viewdeck

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Augusta Canal

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Otters in Augusta Canal

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Jessye Norman Amphitheatre in Augusta Canal

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View of Downtown Augusta Skyline from Augusta Canal Trail

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Augusta Canal Trail Fountain

We left the trail at 1730H and headed home and called it a day. I went to sleep early from getting exhausted driving. On my second day in Georgia, they decided to show me to one of the famous amusement parks in Georgia. We went to Stone Mountain Park which is near Atlanta.

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Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain is a quartz monzonite dome monadnock with carvings that depict three Confederate figures during the Civil War: Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis. The theme park is located at 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083. It has a lot of activities and hosts festivals and events. To know more, just click here.

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Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, and Jefferson Davis

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Stone Park Theme Park has attractions for all ages such as dinosaur explore, dinotorium, 4D Ice Age, Stone Mountain Museum, Summit SkyRide, Scenic Railroad, and many more.

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Dinosaur Explore

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Ankylosaurus or the Fused Lizard

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Parasaurolophus or the Similar Crested Lizard

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Dilophosaurus, the fast moving carnivore

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T-Rex

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The most famous dinosaur

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Dinotorium

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On our way to ride the train

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Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf

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Riding the train for the Scenic Railroad

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Live Show from the Scenic Railroad

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Stores at Stone Mountain Park

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Directions at Stone Mountain Park

We spent almost the whole day in Stone Mountain Park but we still missed the main attractions which were the Summit SkyRide, to get on top of the Stone Mountain and also the fireworks. The weather that day was not in our favor that the park has to cancel any attractions that has something to do with the sky. But I still had fun though. Then, we left Stone Mountain Park and discussed on where to dine for supper. We have decided to go something Asian, Korean to be precise, so, we went to Iron Factory in Athens, Georgia.

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Iron Factory

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Miso Soup

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Fresh Pork Belly or Samgyupsal

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Then, we went to explore Athens after eating.

My Georgia trip to meet my friend whom I haven’t seen for 11 years has been one of the highlights for this year. It was memorable and I can’t wait to do it again. We were planning of going on a trip somewhere and I hope it’ll come true. The whole experience was amazing even though it was just a quick visit for 2 days. Not to worry coz we have many more days to come and to have fun, for now, it’s not goodbye but see you next time.

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The Rivera Family and the Lone Traveler

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Spring Has Sprung and Etc.

Spring is a season after winter and before summer. This season means rejuvenation, renewal or birth with most of the flowers, plants and animals on hibernation mode to become active again. Flowers bloom and animals back to hunting food in the wild, forest and even on streets. Upon seeing these and the sudden change of climate and increase of temperature, it is a good sign to be more active outdoors. Since this is a season where most people will say, spring has sprung, meaning spring is here and it is time for everyone to be more energetic and engaging to the outside world.

During winter, I was more of a homebody for most of the time and once I saw the trees having buds and the flowers about to bloom, I have decided then to come out and be more adventurous this time. When spring is mentioned, it always comes into my mind of a specific flower that blossoms during this season. It is widely popular and rare since there are only particular places in the world where it has this. It is very famous in Japan but is also indigenous in some Asian states such as Korea, China and India and they called it, Sakura in Nihongo or Cherry Blossoms.20160329_131349I really wanted to see this flowering tree blooms so, I have researched where I can find it here in the United States since I can’t just flew to Japan to see it. There were a lot of locations within the U.S where you can find them. The most popular cherry blossom destination is in Washington, D.C in Tidal Basin and they also celebrate it as National Cherry Blossom Festival. Second area would be in Northern Philadelphia. Yet both locations I can’t go to since it is more than 8 hours travel from my place. But, it didn’t stop me from doing more research. Then one day, a picture popped out when I typed in Ohio cherry blossom and it says the location is in the south part of the state. It is located specifically in a school campus in Athens, Ohio along the bike path with the view of the Hocking river. It will only take me an hour and half drive to get to Athens so, off I go. I got to Ohio University  at noon. It was a lil chilly but it didn’t bother me. The school campus was ginormous, they have their own golf course, stadium and lots of school buildings and apartments.

Golf Course

Golf Course

School Buildings

School Buildings

Bobcat Stadium

Bobcat Stadium

But I was not there to see the school. I was there to see ‘sakura‘. I walked the bike path for about 20 mins since I parked my car near the golf course. And finally, I saw these lovely trees.20160329_13080120160329_131047 20160329_131314 20160329_131329 20160329_131226After seeing it, my spring is complete.

While I was driving back home, I have thought of doing some side trips. I usually utilised the back roads passing thru McConnelsville. There is this one park in McConnelsville in State Route 78 that is considered a tourist attraction. They called it the Big Muskie’s Bucket. It is within Miner’s Memorial Park.

Miners Memorial Park Historical Marker

Miners Memorial Park Historical Marker

As what it says on the marker,

Miner’s Memorial Park
Agriculture dominated the economy of southestern Ohio’s Morgan County until the 1940s when harvests dwindled, the population declined, and land values dropped. Surface mining the area’s rich underground coal deposits replaced agriculture as the major industry and revitalised the declining local economy. As the nation’s demand for electricity grew over the next half-century, so did the demand for coal as fuel for nearby power generation plants. During mining’s heyday in the 1960s to the late 1980s, American Electric Power’s former Central Ohio Coal Company subsidiary employed nearly 1,000 people. Nearby communities — such as Cumberland, Caldwell and Chandlersville — thrived. As time passed, however, the robust coal industry was hit hard by environmental regulations that reduced the market for the area’s high sulfur coal. In turn, mine work forces shrank considerably and local businesses closed.

20160404_123607The centerpiece of Miners Memorial Park is the Big Muskie’s Bucket. The story behind it is ‘Big Muskie’ was once the world’s largest earth moving machine. It was built in 1969 and could move 39 million pounds of earth and rock every hour, revealing rich coals in southeastern Ohio. The Big Muskie could swing its boom for 600 feet and weighed 13,500 tons. In 1990s, when power demands and other factors convinced the owners to shut it down and was then salvaged for metal scraps by mid-1999. What remains today is a monstrous metal bucket. The bucket sits on a rise, overlooking the valley that it once mined.

Big Muskie

Big Muskie: Turning Coal to Power

What is left, the Big Muskie's Bucket

What is left, the Big Muskie’s Bucket

Big Muskie's Bucket

Big Muskie’s Bucket

Since we mentioned power, the next destination after I visited Big Muskie’s Bucket was just around my town, Caldwell . It is located in Highway 78 East of town at the junction of Hwy 564, you will find a small park on the southeast corner paralleling Hwy 78. It is named as the Thorla-McKee Well.

Thorla-McKee Well Historical Marker

Thorla-McKee Well Historical Marker

As what the marker says,

Salt was an important commodity to early settlers because of its use in daily living. In 814, Silas Thorla and Robert McKee dug a well in search of salt brine. They discovered salt and by accident, discovered oil. Oil’s value was unknown to them so they had to separate the oil from the salt water by soaking the oil up from the surface with blankets. The oil was wrung from the blankets, bottled as ‘Seneca Oil’ and sold as a ‘cure all’. The remaining brine was boiled down to extract the salt.

To expound the story, it was then said both Silas Thorla and Robert McKee noticed a deer was licking a spot on the ground and figured that it might lead to an underground pool of salt brine. They, then, drilled a well, lined with hollowed-out logs looking for salt. Salt was important in preserving meat during long winter months and also livestock needed salt. They did find salt brine but it was fouled with oil. They tried to separate the oil from the salt brine thru blankets wringing out the oil as nuisance since oil wasn’t of much use in 1810s. The oil was put into bottles and sold as a digestive elixir, Seneca Oil.

Thorla-McKee Well

Thorla-McKee Well

By the time that oil became really valuable in America, Thorla and McKee were long dead. This well by accident is what the local chamber of commerce calls the ‘first oil well in America’ nowadays.

The First Oil Well in America

The First Oil Well in America

Visitors can still visit this place in a small park in Caldwell with a wheel less caboose near the parking area and the historical marker. But unlike the chamber of commerce, it only ventures to call it the ‘Thorla-McKee Well’.

Ohio Historical Marker

Ohio Historical Marker

Wheel-Less Caboose

Wheel-Less Caboose

Articles Way Back Then

Articles Way Back Then

Indeed, spring is here. The sun is shining but since I am in Ohio, sometimes snow just falls from the sky which is not unusual. So far for my spring travels, I’ve got to see these places whether it snows, rains or the sun shines. As long as a traveler enjoys his travels, then, that is acceptable, may it be spring has sprung and etc.

The District

Washington, D.C is the capital of the United States of America. It is famous and most visited city in the country and probably in the world, too. It is located in the East Coast and is commonly referred to as Washington, D.C or ‘The District’. Per wiki, ‘The U.S. Constitution provided for a federal district under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Congress and the District is therefore not a part of any U.S. state.’ The District is made up of land donated by the states of Maryland and Virginia and is the centre of all three branches of federal government of the United States, the President, Congress and Supreme Court.

One day, I’ve dreamed of visiting the District and never had I realise that it will come true. I have decided to go to the District to have my passport renewed. After I did what I needed to do, I was free to explore DC. I just wandered around and got to see a lot of very beautiful places.20151008_133827

The Treasury Department

The Treasury Department

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Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Executive Office Building

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World War I Memorial

World War I Memorial

Victory Statue in World War I Memorial

Victory Statue in World War I Memorial

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White House

White House

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Washington Monument

Washington Monument

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Enid A. Haupt Garden

Enid A. Haupt Garden

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National Gallery of Art

National Gallery of Art

The Capitol

The Capitol

World War II Memorial

World War II Memorial

Washington Monument with the Capitol

Washington Monument with the Capitol

Abraham Lincoln Statue

Abraham Lincoln Statue

Jefferson Memorial in Tidal Basin

Jefferson Memorial in Tidal Basin

Ronald Reagan Building and International World Trade Centre

Ronald Reagan Building and International World Trade Centre

Farragut Square

Farragut Square

Dupont Circle Station

Dupont Circle Station

There are still more places to see in Washington, DC but since I got only 2 days so, I stick on following the tourist attraction path. There might be a big possibility of me going back to The District next year and if that happens, then, I’ll be exploring the capital.

To sum it up, my trip was really short. I never had the chance to really look up on all the details, history, and I just did take my camera and took some shots without knowing the story behind those buildings, memorial halls, and streets. Yet still, I love spending my time in The District.

Passport Renewal in Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C.

One of the major requirements if you are traveling abroad is your passport. But what if your passport is about to expire and you are thousand miles away from your country. What are you going to do?

Well, that is not a problem since there are embassies or consulates of your country overseas. If you are a Filipino and you happened to be in the United States, not to worry since there are consulates scattered all over the states of the US and the embassy which is in the capital, Washington DC. Every consulate has a jurisdiction of what state the consular office is serving. Here are the list of the consulates and embassy and their respective consular jurisdictions.

Philippine Consular Map in the United States cr. philippineusa.org

Philippine Consular Map in the United States
cr. philippineusa.org

Embassy of the Philippines, Washington D.C.
1617 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20036 (Consular Section)
Tel # 202-467-9300

Consular Jurisdiction: United States of America: Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia; Outside USA: Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Islands (Bahamas, Bermuda, British West Indies, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos), Commonwealth of Jamaica, Country of Curacao, Grenada, Guadaloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, Republic of Haiti, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maartin, St. Martin, The Territorial Collectivity of St. Barthelemy, Trinidad and Tobago, and U.S. Virgin Islands

Philippine Consulate General in Agana, Guam
Suite 601 & 602 ITC Bldg Marine Drive, Tamuning, Guam 96931-5880
P.O. Box 9880 Tamuning Guam, 96931
Tel # 671-646-4620/30

Consular Jurisdiction: Caroline Islands, Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Wake Islands

Philippine Consulate General in Chicago
30 North Michigan Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60602
Tel # 312-332-6458 to 59

Consular Jurisdiction: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu
2433 Pali Highway, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817
Tel # 808-595-6316 to 19

Consular Jurisdiction: Hawaii, American Samoa, French Polynesia

Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles
3435 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 550, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel # 213-639-0980 to 85

Consular Jurisdiction: Arizona, Texas, Southern Nevada (Nye, Las Vegas, Clark, Lincoln), New Mexico, Southern California (Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Kern)

Philippine Consulate General in New York
556 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10036
Tel # 212-764-1330

Consular Jurisdiction: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Philippine Consulate General in Saipan
5th Floor, Nauru Bldg. Susupe, P.O. Box 500731 CK, Saipan, MP 96950, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
Tel # 670-234-1848

Consular Jurisdiction: Island of Saipan, The Northern Islands, Tinian, Rota

Philippine Consulate General in San Francisco
447 Sutter St. 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
Tel # 415-433-6666 to 68

Consular Jurisdiction: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Northern Nevada (Carson, Churchill, Douglas    Elko, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storie, Washoe, White Pine, Reno), Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Northern California (San Jose, Oakland, Fresno, Palo Alto, Sacramento, Stocton, Napa, Union City, San Mateo, Vallejo, Pittsburg)

Honorary Philippine Consulate General in Atlanta, Georgia

Honorary Philippine Consulate General in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Honorary Philippine Consulate General in Livonia, Michigan

Honorary Philippine Consulate General in Portland, Oregon

Since I live in Ohio and I’m under the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago, Illinois jurisdiction. So, I need to renew my passport there. But I have thought why go to Chicago when I can do it in Washington D.C. and I also have a planned trip going there. So, I called the embassy in Washington D.C. if I could do it there instead of doing it in Chicago and they said it is OK as long as I have all the requirements needed for passport renewal. Hence, I did my passport renewal in Philippine Embassy in Washington DC.

The list of requirements is in the Philippine embassy website, visit their site here.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Duly-accomplished passport application form, typed or printed legibly in black or blue ink. You can also download the forms and print it from their website.
  2. Latest passport
  3. One (1) photocopy of each of the data page/s of the passport; i.e. pages 1-3 for the brown passport or page 1 for the green passport
  4. Photocopy of any valid identification card where the middle name is fully spelled out, such as state ID, driver’s license, Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, or Baptismal Certificate, if applicant’s last passport is the brown one.
  5. Proof that applicant has not applied for foreign citizenship, e.g. resident alien card (green card)
  6. Self-addressed return envelope, with appropriate stamps for express or priority mail with tracking numbers via US Postal Service, or with pre-paid mailing envelope from private courier of choice, if Passport is to be mailed back.
  7. Passport fee of $60.00 (non-refundable), payable in cash or money order made payable to “Embassy of the Philippines” (or “Philippine Consulate General”, if application is made at one of the Philippine Consulates General in the U.S.). Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

There is no need for appointment since applicants are served on a walk-in basis. I got there by 0700H and there were only two people on queue. The embassy was still close so, we were just waiting outside. The entire passport renewal procedure took about less than an hour. The only sad thing is the Philippine embassy in Washington D.C is having a big renovation, making the place a little bit messy. The counters were small, the waiting area looked cheap and doesn’t look appealing at all as an embassy, the employees, however, were friendly and accommodating except that employee who is taking the passport photo. She was rude, assuming and bossy, but I just ignored her.

Philippine Embassy in Washington DC

Philippine Embassy in Washington DC


When the door was opened, you need to get a number. The number is on the first counter.

When the door was opened, you need to get a number. The number is on the first counter.


After you have your number, just sit down in the waiting area. While waiting for your number to be called, you can write or fillout the form if you haven't done it yet or just watch TV.

After you have your number, just sit down in the waiting area. While waiting for your number to be called, you can write or fillout the form if you haven’t done it yet or just watch TV.


When your number is called or flashed on the monitor. Proceed to Window 1 which is for checking your requirements. Not to worry if you don't have a copy since they have a photocopier. Once you have all the requirements needed, they will processed it Window 2. Then, your application will go to the Cashier. Be ready with your money. After paying the fee, you wait for the employee to call you for your passport photo and biometrics such as fingerprinting and signature. Once you are done, she will hand out a copy of the receipt along with the steps for you to verify if your passport is ready or mailed.

When your number is called or flashed on the monitor. Proceed to Window 1 which is for checking your requirements. Not to worry if you don’t have a copy since they have a photocopier.
Once you have all the requirements needed, they will processed it in Window 2.
Then, your application will go to the Cashier. Be ready with your money.
After paying the fee, you wait for the employee to call you for your passport photo and biometrics such as fingerprinting and signature. Once you are done, she will hand out a copy of the receipt along with the steps for you to verify if your passport is ready or mailed.

The embassy and consulates offer these services;

1. Issuance of passports, travel documents and visas;
2. Conduct of consular outreach programs;
3. Consularization (authentication/acknowledgment) of documents, such as SPAs, Deeds, school and medical records, Trademarks, oaths and appointments, etc.;
4. Civil registration of births, marriages and deaths of Filipino nationals;
5. Processing of applications for dual citizenship; and
6. Assistance with the following:
a. Transport of pets to the Philippines;
b. Applying for NBI clearances;
c. Renewal of Philippine driver’s license;
d. Medical Missions to the Philippines
e. Securing of J-1 waivers

In the end, it is not a big concern if you ran out of time to renew your passport and you are still traveling because in every nation, there is a big possibility that your country has an embassy or consulate. All you have to do is research with the help of the worldwide web and ask people. Through those ways, you get to meet friends online and locals and travelers alike while touring. That is how my experience went when I had my passport renewal in The District. Hope you will have an easy-breezy application.

Dining Experience in Washington, D.C.

New to the place? If your answer is ‘Yes’ and you are a frequent traveler who wants to have a memorable experience. It is a deadly sin not to try the food the place offers. So when I was in The District, I made sure to have a dining experience in Washington, DC.

At first, I tried the cuisine which I missed a lot. That is of course, the Filipino food since I find Filipino cuisine comfort. I was craving for Pinoy foods for quite some time since we don’t have any Filipino restaurants in Southeastern Ohio. My friend who lives in Washington, DC for years told me to try this restaurant few minutes taxi trip from Embassy row. Then, we got to this restaurant. The place was warm and welcoming. My friend and I went upstairs to check and we got a table for 2. The name of the restaurant is Purple Patch, check their site here. When I was about to sit down, I saw this lady sitting and eating her food just at the other side of our table and when I saw her face, I found her face familiar. My friend told me she is one of the owners of the restaurant and her mother is a Filipino. When I checked the walls of the restaurant, I found that she has been featured on a local paper and I figured it out that she was also featured in one of the major newspapers back in the Philippines that somehow I have read. So, I got starstruck.

Purple Patch 3155 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010 (202) 299-0022

Purple Patch
3155 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010
(202) 299-0022

Purple Patch offers appetizers and small dishes, sides, entrees, drinks, and even brunch with a touch of mixed Filipino American dishes. Then, the waiter handed to us the dinner menus. For me, it took me about 10 seconds to decide what to order upon opening the menu. I chose for my appetizer, the Lechon Kawali for US$8 which is a crispy fried braised pork with Mang Tomas sauce and for my main dish, I picked out pork sinigang since that night was a lil bit chilly so I needed a soup to counteract what I felt. Pork Sinigang cost US$14 which is a traditional Filipino soup comprised of braised pork, lemon broth, potato, long beans & spinach served with jasmine rice. My friend, on the other hand, had selected Mama Alices’ Lumpia which is fried beef and pork spring rolls with banana ketchup dipping sauce for appetizer (US$7) and Pancit Bihon which is thin rice noodles, carrot, celery, sugar snap peas, cabbage & long beans choice of shrimp, pork, chicken, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms for entree (US$17).

Lechon Kawali

Lechon Kawali


Pork Sinigang

Pork Sinigang


Mama Alice's Lumpia

Mama Alice’s Lumpia


Pancit Bihon

Pancit Bihon

Now, let’s review the food. Both appetizers were perfect and I can taste a touch of home. While for the main dishes, I was a little bit disappointed with the pork sinigang because way back when my family used to cook it, it should taste sour but it didn’t. It might be due to the use of lemon instead of tamarind. For pancit bihon, it was fine, nothing special to it. Overall dining experience in Purple Patch is a 4/5.

The next day, thunderstorm hit The District and I was stuck in 17th Street. My friend came and was soaked. Since we can’t get out of the rain, so, we ended up eating in Noodles & Company.

Noodles and Company 1667 K St NW (202) 296-3111

Noodles and Company
1667 K St NW
(202) 296-3111

My friend said he used to eat there but it has been long time that he hasn’t dined in Noodles and Company. The place and set-up appeared like a fastfood. There is no one waiting for tables and diners just go directly to the cashier to pay their orders. Location though is very accessible. It is in downtown DC and near to shopping centres, bus stations, and tourist attractions. Check their site here. Noodles and Company offers noodles&pasta, soups, salads, sandwiches, drinks, desserts and extras. I ordered Pork BBQ sandwich which is a toasted ciabatta roll loaded with slow-braised pork, colorful coleslaw and barbecue drizzle but instead of coleslaw, I changed it for a chicken noodle soup.

Pork BBQ sandwich with Chicken Noodle Soup

Pork BBQ sandwich with Chicken Noodle Soup

The sandwich was perfect. It was delicious and juicy and oozed with flavor. While the soup was good for a kind of weather outside that night. We stayed in the restaurant enjoying our meal until the storm stopped. Overall dining experience in Noodles and Company is 4/5.

After we finished our dinner, my friend told me that there is this one place that he enjoyed eating desserts. It was in a posh neighborhood in Washington, DC. The ice cream shop is in Georgetown where most notable and famous icons such as Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Graham Bell, John F. Kennedy, and Elizabeth Taylor used to live. The ice cream station is also a well-known dessert shop. That is the Thomas Sweet. Even the current president of the United States, Pres. Barrack Obama, eats here.

Thomas Sweet 3214 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007 (202) 337-0616

Thomas Sweet
3214 P St NW, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-0616

If you want to check what flavors of ice cream they have, you can check their site here. When we got there, the shop was half full, so we got the chance to grab a seat and table to enjoy our ice cream. I got cookies and cream. Few minutes when we got settled, the queue for customers stretched until outside. We got lucky we came early.

Thomas Sweet

Thomas Sweet


Cakes

Cakes


Cookies and Cream

Cookies and Cream

The cookies and cream flavor was OK. The same taste as what I used to get from cookies and cream from other ice cream shops. I haven’t tried other flavors yet but they looked mmmdelicious. Location is perfect for travelers or customers doing some shopping, dining in restaurants or having fun in bars in Georgetown. The price was reasonable for such location. Overall dining experience in Thomas Sweet was 5/5.

On my third day in The District, I woke up late around 1000H. I was craving for noodles, the Asian style. Since I stayed in Hostelling International DC which is near Chinatown. I have decided to have an Asian cuisine noodles and ramen was on the top of my taste bud. I walked from where I stayed to Chinatown and I found a popular ramen restaurant. Daikaya is a famous and one of the top 8 ramen restaurants in the DC area. So, I was a bit excited.

Daikaya 705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 589-1600

Daikaya (cr: bkarmstrong.blogspot.com)
705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202)  589-1600

When I got into the location, the place was jam-packed. But  I was welcomed with a waitress and got me a seat where I can see the staff on how they prepare the food. Then, the waitress handed me the menu and I chose the shio ramen. Daikaya offers four types of ramen: shio, shoyu, miso, and vegetarian shio. Check their site here.

Daikaya

Daikaya

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Shio Ramen

Shio Ramen

As I got my order, the shio ramen looked perfectly mouth-watering that I just want to dip in my soup spoon. When I tasted it, it was so good even though I found something missing from it but I still find it perfect. I enjoyed my lunch and got to communicate with other customers. The restaurant was better with regard to customer service, food quality and almost everything.The waitresses were friendly and accommodating. When I finished eating, I saw the queue just outside the door of the restaurant. It only means that a lot of people love the food they serve. Overall dining experience in Daikaya was 5/5.

As a summary, I know that I haven’t done justice for my dining experience in Washington, DC since there are still a lot of good and amazing restaurants. When I come back, I’ll make sure I’ll get to taste other restos yet for now, I’ll leave it to 4 restaurants. See you soon Washington, DC.