Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Papers I brought on my USEM interview

Here is the list of the papers I brought on my USEM interview. I know that I am quite over prepared hehe but I just want to be all prepared because you never know on what kind of paper the consular might ask *wink* The best of luck to all the visa applicants!

UPDATE (Mar. 22, 2011):

*You don't really have to Red Ribbon your Marriage Certificate as the NSO Marriage Certificate is already sufficient enough to submit. I actually regret doing that because it was just a waste of money and time.

*During 2007, DELBROS is the courier who delivers the Visa to the applicants. USEM doesn't use them anymore, instead they are using AIR21.

*The reason why I brought blank DS Forms on my interview so in case I made an error in answering my DS Forms then I have a blank form to correct my mistake.

*Don't forget to pay your Visa fee before your interview date or else the guard in USEM won't let you in. Also, write your name at the front OR back of the payment receipt so in case you lost it (crossing my fingers) then noone can claim it.

1. Yahoo chat logs
2. Greg’s phone bills (Mobile Caller)
3. Greg’s phone bills (AT&T)
4. Dian’s PLDT Phone Cards
5. Western Union Receipts
6. Emails
7. Text Messages (print outs)
8. Pictures
9. Greg’s E-Tickets evidence going to the Philippines (4 times)
10. Greg and Dian’s Airfare evidence going to Visaya (Cebu Pacific)
11. Greg and Dian’s Sea fare evidence going back to Manila from Boracay
12. Greg and Dian’s Bus fare MNL-Baguio-MNL (Victory Liner)
13. Hotel receipt

1. Friendster Testimonials
2. Greg’s emails to Dian’s relatives
3. Dian’s emails to Greg’s relatives
4. Dian’s friend’s testimonial
5. Manila Zoo tickets
6. Enchanted Kingdom tickets

1. NSO Marriage Certificate (with receipt)
2. DFA Marriage Certificate (red ribbon)
3. Marriage Contract
4. Marriage Contract (Certified True Copy)
5. Greg’s Divorce Decree
6. Wedding Receipt (Max’s Restaurant Receipt)
7. Wedding Ring Receipt (Suarez’s Receipt)
8. Wedding Pictures

1. Dian’s SSS ID (Married Name)
2. Dian’s PHILHEALTH (Married Name)
3. SKY Cable Monthly Bill (Married Name)

1. DS 156 (2 copies, with answers and signature)
2. DS 156 (2 copies, blank copy)
3. DS 157 (2 copies, with answers and signature)
4. DS 157 (2 copies, blank copy)
5. 2pcs. 2x2 Visa Picture

1. Tax Returns (2006 & 2007 from IRS)
2. W2s
3. Notarized Affidavit of Support
4. Salary Pay Stubs

*Greg’s Proof of Identity
1. Birth Certificate
2. Passport (photocopy)
3. ATM (photocopy)

*Dian’s Proof of Identity
1. NSO Birth Certificate (with receipt)
2. Baptismal Certificate
3. Elementary Diploma (St. Jude Academy)
4. Highschool Diploma (St. Jude Academy)
5. College Diploma (AMA University)
6. Caregiver Diploma (ACTEC)
7. Caregiver Certification (TESDA)
8. Employment Certificate (TRI-ISYS)
9. Dian’s Community Tax Certificate (CEDULA)

1. Letter from the Embassy
2. Interview Appointment Schedule (Email)
3. Dian’s 2 valid ID
4. DELBROS Receipt (Metrobank)
5. Visa Fee Receipt (BPI)
6. Medical Receipt (SLEC)
7. Medical Vaccination Record (SLEC)
8. Pen
9. Jacket
10. Rosary and MOST OF ALL Prayers

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Mayon Volcano eruption

LEGAZPI, Philippines – Fewer earthquakes have been recorded in the Philippines' lava-spilling Mayon volcano, but magma continues to build up inside and any lull in activity could be followed by a bigger eruption, scientists said Saturday.

A hazardous eruption remains possible within days, and residents who live near the volcano's slopes should not be misled into leaving the evacuation centers, where they spent Christmas, and venturing back to their homes, volcanologist Ed Laguerta warned.

"The number of volcanic earthquakes has gone down, but this is just part of the eruptive cycle of Mayon," he said.

The number of quakes decreased from 871 recorded during the 24-hour period ending Friday morning to 406 recorded during the next 24 hours, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.

Laguerta said instruments showed the volcano remained inflated despite having spilled more than 26 million cubic yards (20 million cubic meters) of lava over the last two weeks. That means the lava being released is being replaced by magma coming from beneath the volcano.

"We are looking at not only at what Mayon is presently exhibiting, because that fluctuates. We are also looking at its past characteristics," he said, recalling that in 1984, a four-day lull was followed by Mayon's sudden, big eruption.

More than 47,000 people living within a 5-mile (8-kilometer) danger zone around the volcano have fled to evacuation centers. But soldiers are still trying to evacuate several hundred residents who have refused to leave their homes despite the danger, said Capt. Razaleigh Bansawan, a military spokesman.

The 8,070-foot (2,460-meter) volcano known for its perfect cone has erupted nearly 40 times over 400 years, sending people packing for months at a time. But never has it happened during the all-important Christmas celebration, when Filipinos gather with family and friends for traditional meals and songs.

Evacuation centers have been the scenes of daily entertainment for the past week as officials try to keep frustrated residents from sneaking back to their homes. Food, clowns, gifts and games brought cheer to evacuees who spent Christmas in the crammed centers.


I am praying for my country and my countrymen.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I know a reliable Chicago auto repair shop where you could ask for help if you feel something wrong in your car while you are driving down the road in Chicago. RepairPal can surely help you if your car needs replacement of spark plug, break plug, timing belt, air filter, and water pump. They have lots of branches in Chicago so they are very accessible because they are all over the state. They can repair different car models such as Toyota Corolla, Ford Taurus, Volkswagen, BMW, Acura and Honda.

I am actually thinking of buying Toyota Corolla next year. I need a family car and for me, Toyota Corolla is one of my candidate. I have read good ratings and I got good comments from people about that car so I am really considering in buying Toyota Corolla next year. Buying a car is not the only thing listed in my to do list for next year, I also want to learn the primary problems of cars.

One of the most common problem in a vehicle that I know is the water pump. A water pump is an important part of the engine cooling system. If you hear noisy sound and if you see a leak from the water pump then you better pay attention to it because faulty water pump may cause the engine to overheat, which can result a serious engine damage.

What kind of dog are you?

I took a quiz about "What kind of dog are you?" and this is the result :D

What kind of dog are you?
Your Result: Border Collie

Slow down! You are a Bordie Collie, with plenty of energy. You herd the sheep to the right place. You might not be right there, but you still shine out there!!

German Shepherd

Blood Hound


What kind of dog are you?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


One time while my hubby was driving, we passed by a bridge. I asked him, "how do bridges handle all the heavy metals?" He said "Of course, with the help of washers". At first, I didn't get what he was talking about til he explained what washers are.

He said that they don't just use ordinary washers. I thought washers are just ordinary bolts, screws and flat metal, but no, the washers that needs to be used should be high strength washers and extremely made of high enduring materials. He said that washers are not only being used in bridges but there is also Highway Washers, Aircraft Washers, Shipbuilding Washers and Construction Washers. I suddenly looked at him while he was driving and wondered "How did he know all of these?" and all of a sudden I realized that "Oh yeah! he worked in construction before he became a nurse". Hubby also mentioned that Baco Enterprises is the company where to order standard and specialty washers.

Sometimes you'll just be surprised of what your partner knows LOL! Sometimes you'll just be amazed of how things were built. Oh well! I learned something that day and of course I had fun with my hubby :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

December isuue of O Magazine

I bought O Magazine to support Ellen de Generes on her goal to make the December issue of O be the most highest selling issue of O. Good Luck Ellen! :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

What made me busy today?

I went shopping with my dad-in-law! Weeee! It was a happy day for me :D We shopped for Christmas gifts for the kids and I bought some Christmas cards that needs to be mailed to my friends and loved ones soon.

I thought I bought lots of cards and I won't be able to use them all but I was wrong, I still need to buy mooorrreee hehe.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


I have always been a JLO fan and I still am. I saw her performance on TV when she fell on the floor while performing. Who cares if she fell? She still did a great job and was able to manage it well. I so love JLO and I was happy that she was courageous to perform the dance routine again on Ellen de Generes show this morning :) Her interview with Ellen is funny and oh my! I love her pink dress :)

This is her dance performance on Ellen. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Surprised Kitten

I so love watching this cute kitten video clip over and over.