Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How Old Is The UK Passport?

Image Credit: www.wanderlust.co.uk

Passports have become almost an essential document for verifying identities, allowing access to various foreign territories and validating immigration status for the country in which an individual may reside. The current process for a UK passport application can be done online and will be issued by HM Passport Office.

The first version of a modern UK passport was recognized in 1915, however travel and identity documents had been used since the medieval times. The origins of the etymology of the word ‘passport’ have been argued over the centuries as to whether or not the documents had anything to do with seaports or the safe passage through the gateways of city walls.

Documents officiated by the monarch were created in 1414 under the Safe Conducts Act. These documents were given to travellers from other countries to ensure their safety whilst travelling in the lands of the current reigning monarch. The old documents were also used for keeping track of and validating the journeys of travellers within the UK.

Historically, there have been versions of what we recognize as modern day passports that can be found in British Library. Over the centuries, the UK passport has changed in both design and processing. When the UK changed its name to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the official issued documents were changed to state the new name.


Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org

When the 1900s introduced new travel innovations such as the train systems that ran throughout Europe, international travel consequently skyrocketed. The new influx of foreign travellers made regulating borders virtually impossible. The chaos that ensued forced passport and visa systems to shutdown until the First World War.

Leading to the First World War, passports were not required for individuals to travel to and from foreign countries. Around that same time, photographs of the passport holder became mandatory on the document.  Additionally, the UK government no longer accepted any documents that did not verify the individual’s country of origin or meet the current security regulations after 1995.


Photo Credit: wikipedia.org

Before the updated machine readable 1988-burgundy passports, all passports were a dark blue from 1920 onwards. Crucial information was not printed in these early versions; they were hand written to specify who was traveling. Any changes to the written information—i.e. surnames, different individuals accompanying the traveller, and money taken on the travels—was revised and marked by an official stamp to indicate that the changes were authorized.

As new technologies were developed over time, these systems were applied to passport identity documentation in the UK to help prevent forgery and ensure proper record of all citizens traveling to and from the UK. A new biometric passport system was introduced to the UK in 2006, which allowed compliance to the new US visa waiver programme. The biometric passport includes an identity chip hidden in the hard cover of a passport book. The chip has been made harder to tamper with due to the fact that ink will stain the passport if the chip has been compromised.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dumb Ways to Vote (Dumb Ways to Die parody)

A wake up call to all Filipinos. (Wag maging BOBONG BOTANTE)!!!



 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Batad Banaue Rice Terraces Weekend Get Away

Alas, I was able to set foot at the UNESCO World Heritage Site - the rice terraces of Batad. I was mesmerised by the stunning beauty of the terraces and I adore the devotion and great patience of the ancient Ifugao people who built and sculpted this mountainous staircases from the mountain province of Ifugao 2,000 years ago.

After an 8 hours overnight bus travel to Banaue we arrived at 6 AM. A Chartered Jeep was waiting for us and brought us to a cafeteria where we took our breakfast before we begin our adventure to Batad.


We are ready for the adventure and we are on the rooftop of the jeepney because our tour guide says this is the ideal thing to do so that we could see and appreciate more the magnificent beauty of the mountains.
Trekking the Batad rice terraces going to Tappiah Falls!

Batad Village with more than 1,500 people.


After a long journey our prize is Tappiah Falls!

Manila to Batad:

Take a bus to Banaue. On our part we took  Ohayami Bus, the Ohayami Bus Station is located at (Lacson St. Sampaloc Manila) and the fare was 450 pesos. 

Once you arrived at the Banaue town you can inquire at the Tourism booth and you can find a tour guides who offer thier services in a very minimal fee. You can rent a jeepney going to Batad and it takes 45 minutes going to the starting point before you trek going to Batad village because there is no other mode transporation except walking.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Most Erotic, Passionate and Romantic Dance

I have seen this amazing video in facebook and I guess it's a must to share. I love it because the partner devoted their art into perfection. The combination of romance, passion, flexibility & above all the total trust she has with her partner. I'm in awe of it. They gave dancing a new name. :)
(Video credit to the Owner)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Infographic On How to Make Coffee Like A Barista

I guess this Infographic is very helpful most especially if you are obsessed with coffee like me.
This is the reason I'm spreading the LOVE on how to make a coffee of your choice at your home to save thousand of pesos every month. I hope coffee always brighten your day and stimulates you!


Via: Restaurant Coupons
 How to Make Coffee Like A Barista (Infographic)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Jason Donovan : Collection Icons

It's holiday here in the Philipines as the whole nation joins Muslims from the world in celebration of the Holy month of Ramadhan (Eid’l Fitr) and nothing to do. Listening to some good music is always fun while reading a good novel of Papal Election by Andrew M. Greeley. :)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kapatagan Digos City, Davao del Sur Adventure

It was the first time I set foot to Davao. After work on June 8, 2013 I never get some sleep and went directly to the airport because my flight was 4:55AM. Fortunately, the flight was not delayed because normally Cebu Pacific is often delayed. I slept throughout the flight and we arrived at Davao International Airport at 7:15AM. From there I took FX going to Ecoland and the driver asked me 250.00 pesos. The driver was very helpful and kind enough, he kept on talking to entertain me. From Ecoland Bus Station I took a Bus going to Digos City, the fair was 65.00 pesos including a bottle of water and I was so fascinated because the people are so friendly and helpful. From Digos City I took a trycycle going to Kapatagan Terminal, the fair was 8:00 pesos. From there I've ridden a motorcycle going to Kapatagan, the driver asked me 100.00 pesos. It was an experience that I will  never forget. It took me more than 2 hours ride with a long winding rough rugged road, some are under repair, alternately with aspalt and some shallow cemented areas. At last I arrived at I think 10:30 AM, and my friend Riza was already there to fetch when I arrived. I thought my journey is over but to my surprise we have to ride another motorcycle AGAIN going to their place and it took us more than 30 minutes to a long and winding rough rugged road, sometimes no road at all just a plain soil going to Barangay Marawer.

Eventhough my butt was already painful plus my backpack was quite heavy, Still I enjoyed the beautiful scenery, the magical landscapes and the enchanting atmossphere. At last, It's exhilarating breathing again a pure and fresh air away from the polluted air of Manila.

Taaaadannnnnn .... Here we go.....! :)


My friend place is close proximity to Mount Apo.
My friends and their tomatoes plantation. Yes, The primary livelihood of people's here is vegetable cultivation, coffee farming, banana plantation and tourism.

We found this bird nest! Adorable,isn't it? :) A delightful sight to see and a cool experience.
These are wild strawberry I found these near the bird nest. It has an unexplainable taste. When I tasted it, it taste a little sour, little sweet and bitter. Ughhh!
My 19y/o friend Riza & I. 

Durian Tree. Finally I'm human because I have eaten durian and saw the tree. :D
Woodland Resort, the water here is from deep well, this is one of popular destinations in Kapatagan.
@Camp Sabros an adventure camp and a mountain resort, we dared the 400 meters zip lines called "Slide for Life" at 180 feet above the ground. Below the zip lines are the striking luxuriant greenery tall pine trees.
Cute & humble home, mostly the houses are like this there in Marawer Kapatagan but people are happy, kind hearted and generous. 
A flower look like a Christmas tree.
Ok, EMO time. I was just soooo tired after a very long walk that took us 45 minutes.

Carrots plantation.
Going to Riza's cousin and gesshhh I have to crawl because there's no other way. 
Rachel and Maricel, the sisters of Riza and they are very considerate waiting for me.
Wow, Perfect shot courtesy of Maricel. This is a Carabao the national animal of the Philippines.
Ok! Using the nature as my photo prop. :) Sorry wild flower, I didn't mean to disrespect you.

I asked this girl if I could take her a photo but my bad because I forgot to ask her name.


Agong House with a wide landscape features big statues and sculptures at Kublai Millan Art Garden
Little Jimmy with the sculptures.






The family who adopted me for one week. 


People's Park Davao while waiting for my flight going back to Manila.

Museo De Davao


Marawer Kapatagan  Digos city Davao del Sur  Google Maps

It was a well spent long vacation. June 16, 2013 at 2:00AM Ninoy International Airport back to Manila. :) 

Tips on how to Get To Kapatagan Digos, Kindly re-read my post ABOVE. :) see yah Davao next year, if God's willing.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

How Old Is The UK Passport?

Image Credit: www.wanderlust.co.uk

Passports have become almost an essential document for verifying identities, allowing access to various foreign territories and validating immigration status for the country in which an individual may reside. The current process for a UK passport application can be done online and will be issued by HM Passport Office.

The first version of a modern UK passport was recognized in 1915, however travel and identity documents had been used since the medieval times. The origins of the etymology of the word ‘passport’ have been argued over the centuries as to whether or not the documents had anything to do with seaports or the safe passage through the gateways of city walls.

Documents officiated by the monarch were created in 1414 under the Safe Conducts Act. These documents were given to travellers from other countries to ensure their safety whilst travelling in the lands of the current reigning monarch. The old documents were also used for keeping track of and validating the journeys of travellers within the UK.

Historically, there have been versions of what we recognize as modern day passports that can be found in British Library. Over the centuries, the UK passport has changed in both design and processing. When the UK changed its name to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the official issued documents were changed to state the new name.


Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org

When the 1900s introduced new travel innovations such as the train systems that ran throughout Europe, international travel consequently skyrocketed. The new influx of foreign travellers made regulating borders virtually impossible. The chaos that ensued forced passport and visa systems to shutdown until the First World War.

Leading to the First World War, passports were not required for individuals to travel to and from foreign countries. Around that same time, photographs of the passport holder became mandatory on the document.  Additionally, the UK government no longer accepted any documents that did not verify the individual’s country of origin or meet the current security regulations after 1995.


Photo Credit: wikipedia.org

Before the updated machine readable 1988-burgundy passports, all passports were a dark blue from 1920 onwards. Crucial information was not printed in these early versions; they were hand written to specify who was traveling. Any changes to the written information—i.e. surnames, different individuals accompanying the traveller, and money taken on the travels—was revised and marked by an official stamp to indicate that the changes were authorized.

As new technologies were developed over time, these systems were applied to passport identity documentation in the UK to help prevent forgery and ensure proper record of all citizens traveling to and from the UK. A new biometric passport system was introduced to the UK in 2006, which allowed compliance to the new US visa waiver programme. The biometric passport includes an identity chip hidden in the hard cover of a passport book. The chip has been made harder to tamper with due to the fact that ink will stain the passport if the chip has been compromised.


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Batad Banaue Rice Terraces Weekend Get Away

Alas, I was able to set foot at the UNESCO World Heritage Site - the rice terraces of Batad. I was mesmerised by the stunning beauty of the terraces and I adore the devotion and great patience of the ancient Ifugao people who built and sculpted this mountainous staircases from the mountain province of Ifugao 2,000 years ago.

After an 8 hours overnight bus travel to Banaue we arrived at 6 AM. A Chartered Jeep was waiting for us and brought us to a cafeteria where we took our breakfast before we begin our adventure to Batad.


We are ready for the adventure and we are on the rooftop of the jeepney because our tour guide says this is the ideal thing to do so that we could see and appreciate more the magnificent beauty of the mountains.
Trekking the Batad rice terraces going to Tappiah Falls!

Batad Village with more than 1,500 people.


After a long journey our prize is Tappiah Falls!

Manila to Batad:

Take a bus to Banaue. On our part we took  Ohayami Bus, the Ohayami Bus Station is located at (Lacson St. Sampaloc Manila) and the fare was 450 pesos. 

Once you arrived at the Banaue town you can inquire at the Tourism booth and you can find a tour guides who offer thier services in a very minimal fee. You can rent a jeepney going to Batad and it takes 45 minutes going to the starting point before you trek going to Batad village because there is no other mode transporation except walking.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Most Erotic, Passionate and Romantic Dance

I have seen this amazing video in facebook and I guess it's a must to share. I love it because the partner devoted their art into perfection. The combination of romance, passion, flexibility & above all the total trust she has with her partner. I'm in awe of it. They gave dancing a new name. :)
(Video credit to the Owner)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Infographic On How to Make Coffee Like A Barista

I guess this Infographic is very helpful most especially if you are obsessed with coffee like me.
This is the reason I'm spreading the LOVE on how to make a coffee of your choice at your home to save thousand of pesos every month. I hope coffee always brighten your day and stimulates you!


Via: Restaurant Coupons
 How to Make Coffee Like A Barista (Infographic)

Friday, August 9, 2013

Jason Donovan : Collection Icons

It's holiday here in the Philipines as the whole nation joins Muslims from the world in celebration of the Holy month of Ramadhan (Eid’l Fitr) and nothing to do. Listening to some good music is always fun while reading a good novel of Papal Election by Andrew M. Greeley. :)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kapatagan Digos City, Davao del Sur Adventure

It was the first time I set foot to Davao. After work on June 8, 2013 I never get some sleep and went directly to the airport because my flight was 4:55AM. Fortunately, the flight was not delayed because normally Cebu Pacific is often delayed. I slept throughout the flight and we arrived at Davao International Airport at 7:15AM. From there I took FX going to Ecoland and the driver asked me 250.00 pesos. The driver was very helpful and kind enough, he kept on talking to entertain me. From Ecoland Bus Station I took a Bus going to Digos City, the fair was 65.00 pesos including a bottle of water and I was so fascinated because the people are so friendly and helpful. From Digos City I took a trycycle going to Kapatagan Terminal, the fair was 8:00 pesos. From there I've ridden a motorcycle going to Kapatagan, the driver asked me 100.00 pesos. It was an experience that I will  never forget. It took me more than 2 hours ride with a long winding rough rugged road, some are under repair, alternately with aspalt and some shallow cemented areas. At last I arrived at I think 10:30 AM, and my friend Riza was already there to fetch when I arrived. I thought my journey is over but to my surprise we have to ride another motorcycle AGAIN going to their place and it took us more than 30 minutes to a long and winding rough rugged road, sometimes no road at all just a plain soil going to Barangay Marawer.

Eventhough my butt was already painful plus my backpack was quite heavy, Still I enjoyed the beautiful scenery, the magical landscapes and the enchanting atmossphere. At last, It's exhilarating breathing again a pure and fresh air away from the polluted air of Manila.

Taaaadannnnnn .... Here we go.....! :)


My friend place is close proximity to Mount Apo.
My friends and their tomatoes plantation. Yes, The primary livelihood of people's here is vegetable cultivation, coffee farming, banana plantation and tourism.

We found this bird nest! Adorable,isn't it? :) A delightful sight to see and a cool experience.
These are wild strawberry I found these near the bird nest. It has an unexplainable taste. When I tasted it, it taste a little sour, little sweet and bitter. Ughhh!
My 19y/o friend Riza & I. 

Durian Tree. Finally I'm human because I have eaten durian and saw the tree. :D
Woodland Resort, the water here is from deep well, this is one of popular destinations in Kapatagan.
@Camp Sabros an adventure camp and a mountain resort, we dared the 400 meters zip lines called "Slide for Life" at 180 feet above the ground. Below the zip lines are the striking luxuriant greenery tall pine trees.
Cute & humble home, mostly the houses are like this there in Marawer Kapatagan but people are happy, kind hearted and generous. 
A flower look like a Christmas tree.
Ok, EMO time. I was just soooo tired after a very long walk that took us 45 minutes.

Carrots plantation.
Going to Riza's cousin and gesshhh I have to crawl because there's no other way. 
Rachel and Maricel, the sisters of Riza and they are very considerate waiting for me.
Wow, Perfect shot courtesy of Maricel. This is a Carabao the national animal of the Philippines.
Ok! Using the nature as my photo prop. :) Sorry wild flower, I didn't mean to disrespect you.

I asked this girl if I could take her a photo but my bad because I forgot to ask her name.


Agong House with a wide landscape features big statues and sculptures at Kublai Millan Art Garden
Little Jimmy with the sculptures.






The family who adopted me for one week. 


People's Park Davao while waiting for my flight going back to Manila.

Museo De Davao


Marawer Kapatagan  Digos city Davao del Sur  Google Maps

It was a well spent long vacation. June 16, 2013 at 2:00AM Ninoy International Airport back to Manila. :) 

Tips on how to Get To Kapatagan Digos, Kindly re-read my post ABOVE. :) see yah Davao next year, if God's willing.