Many thanks to the hardworking, courteous and competent consuls, and officers and staffmembers of the consular office of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, for the efficient and prompt U.S. Visa renewal service.
[the advice is to renew your U.S. Visa a year before expiration in order to avail of the drop-box procedure. For those who forgot to do this (like me), you may apply for renewal online and request for a schedule for interview. ] The online application procedure and online scheduling works: it is very systematic and organized. At the U.S. Embassy on the day of the interview, Monday, i was in and out (for renewal) for only 35 minutes (i clocked it after exiting — it must have been a record for efficiency in government service for work that includes processing thousands of people lining up everyday: the secret is in the methodical process) — this included the actual queuing, checking of documents, tenprinting, and interview; so i must have been in line for less than 30 minutes. The stated time of delivery of the renewed U.S. Visa is seven days. After the Monday morning interview, on Wednesday morning, i got a text message from the courier service of the consular office of the U.S. Embassy that the renewed U.S. Visa would be delivered that day, or only two days after the interview. Wow. True enough, that afternoon, the renewed U.S. Visa was delivered. (there are visa security features and microdata in invisible ink so i cannot upload it, but the photo i used is embedded below, an android shot of the polaroid copy of the photo; well, a portion of the android-shot of one of the copies of the photo that was submitted) Kudos to the courteous and competent men and women of the consular office of the U.S. Embassy in Manila! Mahusay! At maraming salamat po!
8th and 9th Media Monitor
For the NXT class: The 8th Media Monitor and the 9th Media Monitor can be submitted here , preferably in one post for ease of checking and recording. They can cover media content from the previous two weeks, to the present week, up to next week — or media content for the period April 4- 27, with deadline on April 27 at 12:00 noon. Bonuses not yet posted apply.
So, in sum:
Two posts can be submitted for this window : They can either be
1)two regular media monitor, or
2) one regular and one bonus, or
3) two bonuses). (choose one pair from these three pairs — or you can just post one media monitor if you’re not up to it. Next week’s window will already be the 10th Media Monitor, i.e., any post not submitted is considered a forfeit.).
For obvious reasons, and for orderly submission of work, please put the title, “8th Media Monitor” on your work, and “9th Media Monitor” on the second one, if any. If submitting a Bonus, indicate so in the title: Do not re-assign a new number to the Bonus but follow the number it was given here, regardless of how many bonuses you have previously submitted or have not submitted; then state the topic. Schedules and exams will push thru as discussed in class.
Luck belongs to the prepared: Happy viewing and reading ∗ ∴ ∗ ∴∗∴ ∗