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Review: Vina Trang Restaurant San Antonio Village Makati

Review: Vina Trang Restaurant San Antonio Village Makati

There are a ton of restaurants in and around San Antonio Village. As I have moved closer to the area now I’ve been exploring them slowly. A lot of them are hole in the wall types without any pretensions. Generally I’m hopeful about these places as the owners can concentrate on the food instead of being trendy.

Generally a meal for 2 will run you around PHP500-600.

So, Vina Trang, as you might have guessed from the name, serves Vietnamese food. (Google map here.) The restaurant is bare but presentable. Service was good, speedy without any fuss.

Unfortunately though the food was ordinary. I had a bowl of pho and spring rolls. There wasn’t anything terribly wrong with either dish but nothing really made them stand out either. I can imagine coming here once in a blue moon if I just really need a pho fix.

Another review I read mentioned that they make their own bread. I wasn’t able to try the bread so I can’t comment on that but do try it if you are at Vina Trang.

I do have to mention that we saw a rodent scurrying around the dining area when we ate there. We weren’t put off but it (hole in the wall remember) but squeamish diners may want to stay away.

Marriage License Requirements – Makati

Marriage License Requirements – Makati

So I’m about to get hitched next month and there’s actually a lot of paper work involved in getting married.

Here are the requirements for getting a marriage license in Makati (assuming both of you are Filipinos and past 21).

Documents per person (Bring originals and make 1 copy of everything, you will be submitting both the originals and the copies):

1. Certified Copy of Birth Certificate (from NSO)

2. Residence Certificates (this is from the respective barangay of the bride and groom)

3. Pre-marriage counseling/Seminar completion certificates for both marriage and reproductive health – Usually the respective cities offer their own seminars. However you can take the seminar at CEFAM in Ateneo, this is a 2 day seminar which covers both the marriage and family planning aspects, 2 certificates are issued. Makati accepts the CEFAM certificates. I had heard some horror stories about CEFAM certificates not being recognized but it wasn’t a problem at all in Makati. CEFAM usually has a seminar once a month.

4. CENOMAR issued for purposes of marriage which should be issued only 3 months before wedding date (again from NSO)

5. IDs – Makati is not too strict on the IDs. I submitted my passport and IBP card. Both have my picture and signature but neither of those has my current address. Long story short, Makati isn’t too strict about verifying the address indicated in the barangay residence certificate.

6. Community Tax Certificate (Cedula) – For residents of Makati.

Procedure:

1. Go to the third floor and look for the Civil registrar.

2. Go to Window 6.

3. Wait until someone notices you.

4. Submit all of the documents above.

5. Fill up, in triplicate, the application form where you have to list down basic details (name of parents, address, etc.). Forms must be completed in person in your own handwriting.

6. Submit form.

7. Go to Window B and pay PHP200.

8. Return to Window 6, where your receipt is stamped and you are told when to go back to get your marriage license.

I applied for the marriage license on Aug 10 and I will be getting it Aug 22.

The process was quite fast and efficient.I was dreading getting a marriage license as it meant dealing with more of the infamous Philippine bureaucracy but props to Makati City Hall on adopting a straight forward procedure.

 

 

Smoke Belcher Alert #2

Smoke Belcher Alert #2

Air quality in Manila is poor and most of the pollution comes from vehicles.

We have laws in place that require all vehicles to undergo emissions testing before the vehicles’ yearly registration is released. As usual in the Philippines the law is admirable but its execution is twisted to make another racket for all the parties concerned.

The end result is that there are heaps of smoke belching vehicles on the road.

This is my continuing diary of spotting those vehicles. My corner of the internet is a quiet one. In all likelihood the owners of these vehicles will never know that there is video evidence of them smoke belching.

Still, this is my small time bid to try to document these polluters.

Vehicle: Jeep
License Plate: N??-729
Location: Buendia (Manila bound) right after the intersection of Buendia and Osmena Highway
Date 7-11-15

Smoke Belcher: N??-729
Smoke Belcher: N??-729
Smoke Belcher Alert #1

Smoke Belcher Alert #1

Air quality in Manila is poor and most of the pollution comes from vehicles.

We have laws in place that require all vehicles to undergo emissions testing before the vehicles’ yearly registration is released. As usual in the Philippines the law is admirable but its execution is twisted to make another racket for all the parties concerned.

The end result is that there are heaps of smoke belching vehicles on the road.

This is my continuing diary of spotting those vehicles. My corner of the internet is a quiet one. In all likelihood the owners of these vehicles will never know that there is video evidence of them smoke belching.

Still, this is my small time bid to try to document these polluters.

Vehicle: Jeep
License Plate: TVD-389
Location: Makati Avenue right after the intersection of Makati Ave. and J.P. Rizal St.
Date 7-9-15

Smoke Belcher: TVD-389
Smoke Belcher: TVD-389