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Littlenars’ experience of the new UP Open University Online Registration System

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012


For a distant “e-learner” student like me, I would always want things about school and needed for school be available online. UP Open University has been very good in providing things online… for instance, the e-book version of the modules, prompt answers to queries via e-mail etc.

The only thing not done in the web is the enrolment system… I would always ask our learning center coordinator for the fees then pay at the bank then “physically” go to the learning center for formal enrolling and claiming of my Form 5 (Certificate of Registration)…

But UPOU didn’t stop in providing students with excellent service…

Here comes the UPOU Online Registration System (ORS)…
For the new students, you are very lucky indeed that you don’t need to claim the enrolment keys etc. to your respective learning centers, you just need to go to the UPOU website.

I am not going to tell you the detailed step by step process here (UPOU management might have my blog down in case. LOL) but rather the first-hand experience of a first time user of their registration system.

It is not my first time to experience the online enrolment because we also have it at FEU during my undergrad years…

It is a known fact that when you chose to study at UPOU, you study at your own pace. You need to ask your program chair/coordinator first regarding the courses you can take or you are allowed to take for the coming semester. I tell you, they reply fast you won’t have a problem waiting.

Then after you are sure of the courses you are going to take (maximum of 6 units) but you can exceed if you were allowed to (some of my classmates were allowed considering their performances on their past subjects), you need to create an account at the UPOU website, Online Registration (ORS).

The step by step process was clear, easy and prompt. You won’t get lost. There is also a PDF file of the steps and the FAQs (frequently asked questions) you can read prior to registration online.

After selecting the subjects you would like to take, you can double check it. Mind you, there is no turning back. There will also be a breakdown of the total fees to be paid.

After you confirmed the said subjects and fees, you will be partially enrolled or “in-process” status until you have uploaded the scanned copy of your payment receipt/slip.

There are several methods of payment via online through credit card, any PNB branch inside and outside the Philippines, bank transfers/remittance centers, credit card through UPOU learning centers and UPOU Los Banos cashier office.

I chose the PNB mode of payment because there’s a PNB branch near home. I just had 2 copies of the payment slip, scanned the other copy and upload it to the ORS. After a day, my enrolment was confirmed via e-mail and yes, I am now a 3rd year MAN student! *Cheers*

As easy as one, two, three and as swift as a breeze.

ORS also includes the breakdown of your grades, profile, downloadable forms, student portal for questions etc.

However, the downside of this mode was that of “own printing” of Form 5. It doesn’t seem legit to “others” if you submit it as proof of your enrollment. I suggest there should be a note there that it is officially/electronically signed/printed or anything that would make it “legit” for that matter.

P.S I did by the way dropped by the learning center to claim my module even if it is uploaded in moodle. LOL

LittleNars’ Leisure Time: Corregidor Island Walking Tour

Monday, April 16th, 2012

After all the paper works and requirements at UPOU-MAN… finally, I was able to start my summer vacation.

Most people would tend to start their summer vacation at the beach, resorts etc… but my boyfriend and I chose to be cultural and nationalistic by going on a walking tour at Corregidor Islands, Philippines. Yes! They (Sun Cruises, Inc. Philippines) now offer walking tour instead of the typical tour riding a Tramvia bus to roam around the island.

That at the back is the Tramvia. Just for the photo.

We were able to enjoy the luxury of being the first to avail the said package thus, we experienced a “couple walking tour” exclusively with our tour guide-slash- “photographer”, Sir Bryan.

I was really interested in visiting Corregidor since time immemorial… My family is a fan of going into museums, walking tours and so I dragged my boyfriend to come and experience something different from the typical summer getaway.

Most would say that availing Corregidor Tour is expensive since you will be paying at around 2,300++ pesos per head for the day tour package and it is already equivalent to you going to Tagaytay with friends or Puerto Galera for that matter.

Some will also say that Corregidor tour is boring since it just deals with history and so exclusive with educational field trips done at school…

That connotation didn’t stop me… and so here I am sharing to you our Corregidor experience…

Before every trip we make, I always do some researching and inquiring online for tips and suggestions— which is a habit now. I am never a fan of calling, I prefer to do transactions on line and I don’t know why.

To start of, I searched the net for Corregidor tour packages… I found the Sun Cruise website but as you know, some websites doesn’t answer to inquiries right away and so, I looked them up on Facebook… Luckily, there they are, actively answering queries and all in their FB page. I added them, messaged them and poof! they did the reservation for me (they also have online reservation on their official website but when I tried it, there were bugs, I didn’t want to have extra charges on my mum’s credit card).

Initially, I inquired on the Corregidor Day tour package that cost 2,200 pesos plus fuel surcharge of 100 pesos for a total of 2,300 pesos per person. It includes a buffet lunch at the Corregidor Inn. It was quite expensive since I am with my boyfriend…

Then a few days after, they launched the Historical Walking Tour that was cheaper and for me, more enjoyable than the restricted tour via the Tramvia. The walking tour cost 1,688 pesos plus fuel surcharge of 100 pesos for a total of 1,788 pesos per head. However, this only has a packed lunch but mind you, the serving was big enough to cover for all the walking we endured.

I was left to pay on their BDO bank account (I don’t know if I should broadcast it here though…) anyway, you can message them on Facebook for that… After paying, you need to send them the receipt for proof of payment… The payment should be made 3 days before the travel date.

Then that’s it, you just need to arrive at the docking area 1 hour to 30 minutes before the boarding time from that matter, its 8:00AM. The docking area is located at the back of Folk Arts Theater, Roxas Boulevard. Click here for the map and instructions on how to get there.

Give your payment slip on the terminal office near the docking area then you will be provided with a sticker for identification purposes and Corregidor map and brochure.

The boat ride to Corregidor took an hour and 15 minutes but can take up to 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on the waves of the sea. The ride was a bit shaky. Be ready with your “puke bag” but the boat personnel will be generous to give you one in case you needed it.

When we arrived at the port we met our tour guide, the original tour via tramvia buses but for us, we were fetched by a pick-up car to the first point of our walking tour.

Of course there are differences between the original day tour package with the walking tour package. For instance, some spots/area in the island were not covered because of time constraints and it was just not included in the package.

However, the advantages outweighed that part. We were able to trek the insides of the island were small barracks, offices and building ruins were located.

We were lucky to spot monkeys, fruit bats, butterflies in the insides of the island (you cannot enjoy that when you ride the tramvia bus)…

We also had the luxury to do bird watching, even saw a hawk (lawin), flying just above the barracks hunting for food perhaps.

The sun was hot but the breeze of the air was fresh and free-flowing, you can even smell the trees. You will not even feel sticky of sweat. I didn’t realize that my skin was slightly tanned until I went home. One thing I enjoyed most, because you can feel that you are away with the city.

With the walking tour, I must say that you have in control of you time to walk around the island with the tour guide… You can take pictures anywhere and pose in any way you want. Sir Bryan even acted as our photographer. Unlike with the original tour, time is limited (heard the bell calling the tourists) plus, you don’t have a competition with other people’s camera on the view you want to have your photo taken (if you know what I mean…)

The tour ended at 1PM and we are free to explore near by sites but there is an optional lights and sound show that we availed which, costs around 150 pesos per head at the Malinta tunnel.

Just after the show, you need to get back to the docking area at 2PM and head back to reality once again— Manila.

The walk was long and tiring but enjoying the island with your love was all worth it.

If you wanted to go to the beach, ride the newest attraction—ATV or do kayaking, I think you need to avail the overnight package.

We arrived at Manila before 4PM. It was still early and so we decided to go to Harbour Square walking distance nearby to enjoy some ice cream and enjoy the manila bay before the sun set.

Oh, before I forgot you need to be ready with sandwiches/snacks, water and extra shirt… wear comfortable shoes and as much as possible wear pants. You don’t want to end up having scratches and sore toes from hiking… 🙂 You can also bring umbrella, caps or hats… but we just used our sun glasses.

Thank you Sir Bryan and Sun Cruises for the wonderful tour.

3 months after the LittleNars Hiatus…

Friday, October 28th, 2011

So what happened to LittleNars 3 months ago?

3 months ago…. I was loaded with paper works, modules and homeworks…

For my second year, 1st semester, I took up Nursing Administration and Cardiovascular Nursing. Booooy! Those subjects made me think twice to pursue this degree or not.

I got busy in interpreting ECG strips that I interpret to be “just scribbles”… Got stiff neck and hand callus once again from sitting and answering long exam questions I don’t know where to get answers… I submitted homeworks, which are 1-2 inch thick or probably a 50-100 pages… Honestly, coffee was the source of EVERYTHING. Thank you CAFFEINE!

I thought I wouldn’t survive the first semester. Now is the start of getting things done “SERIOUSLY”. The past few semesters in UPOU were a happy-go-lucky one.

3 months ago… All my hard work got paid off… I GOT EMPLOYED. Finally, by the hospital I spent 1.5 years of serving… THANK YOU LORD! Thank you that they have seen my efforts and abilities to be called “STAFF NURSE”… Though my status is just “on-call”, it is okay compared to working for free.

3 months ago, I earned new friends from work, from school and got reunited with my old friends…

3 months ago, I have written several incident reports… for some reason that I am not really the “reason”…

3 months ago, I am not asking my mom for allowance… and THAT made me proud of myself… 😀

3 months ago, I lost 3 pounds… after looking at the mirror, I saw my puffy and bulging eyebags and concluded that all the things I eat magically absorbed by my eyebags. 😐

3 months ago, I was super busy adjusting to what was happening with my career and studies and love as well…

3 months after, here I am blogging and telling you all… I will still continue in what I do now… Let’s all hope for the best! 😀

My first ever face to face discussion at UPOU

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Warning: This post if from my forum post. I just posted it in here so I could update. LOL. Proceed as you wish.

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Everything you say will be used against you…

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

No recent blog posts because…

All the things inside me and the things I’ll tell and type about will be used against me, if not for now… maybe there will come a time… (I hate being careful and contained)

Anyway, my mum just offered to increase my weekly allowance because she saw the bitterness consuming my well-being… Who would decline with that right? But I did. My weekly allowance is enough for my daily expenses and other expenses besides that (you know what I mean…)

I will be 22 years old this July and still I can see no fulfilment in what I am doing… My mum said “Ano bang pinapagkaabalahan mo?…. Pagboboypren?” (Perhaps my mum will have read this post eventually…) I think besides “whatever-you-call-what-I-am-doing” yes, I am majoring in my “love” life. LOL!

And then after all this “thing” that consummate me… then I turned back to Facebook and Twitter… I saw this

Do I really just have to wait and see? Or am I being trying hard to appease people who doesn’t even notice?

I have read the sentiments of others who feel the same… I think all it takes to end this is guts to really tell how you feel…

Today… I am updating my resume… but who cares?

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