Philippine passport renewals – in Melbourne


My wife and kids have applied for renewal of their passports at the mobile passport mission in Melbourne at 21 March 2015.

We got the new passports 10 July 2015–a turn-around time of almost 4 months.

The passports have a date stamp of 08 June 2015.

To the credit of the folks at the embassy and consulate, it was a fairly hassle-free process.

To check on the status, its important to know that one should check the Philippine Embassy site and not the consulate site.

I ended up following up by calling the Canberra Embassy office. Spoke with someone who was quite friendly. On learning that the passports had already expired, he told me I did not have to mail the old passports to the Canberra office. He just arranged to mail the new passports. In my case, I used a parcel collect address which I find to be quite convenient for receiving parcels.

The cost was $118 per adult. $108 for kids. This had to be paid with a postal money order–and there are no other options, which is kinda restrictive and odd. One would hope officials will realise there is added cost (of $8.95) because of this payment type, and do something to offer other alternatives.

The mew passport information will need to be updated with Australia’s department of immigration.

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Some sites newly arrived Australia Migrants Will Wanna Check Out – Posted 2015


Ozbargain

    This site tells me when there are deals/bargains happening. For instance when a sale at Coles or Woolies happens, then it’s posted here.

2% Cash Back on Paywave

    ING offers 2% cashback for every paywave transaction, which effectively means there you get a 2% discount. Ozbargain also discusses this offer. Feel free to use my Friend refer code: DTL423. [2016 update:] ING are ending the cashback program by September by the friend referrals are still good.

http://www.parkrun.com.au

    Is there a better a way to spend Saturday mornings than to join a free 5k run around beautiful parks and scenery, with a large bunch of like-minded friendly people. These parkruns are located all over Australia and other countries. They’re on faceboook too. This one is for my favourite parkrun at Albert Park

ABC News

    Keep up with local events on the web, phone, or on TV (channel 24).

Medicare

    As a migrant, one of the first things you should sort out is access to medicare. This will allow access to free or reduced cost doctor consults and hospital services.

After Hours Doctor service

    One of the nice services available in Australia is the after-hours GP service where a doctor does home visits. The case does not have to be an emergency. It just has to be after daytime office hours, so after 5 or 6pm you can get a doctor to come over for a consult. There are many of these services available online and the link provided above is just one of them. And very often the service is free as it is bulk-billed.


Victoria-specific:

MozFr – Melbourne Oz FreeCycle

    This is where people freely give away stuff they no longer need. They are on facebook too, but be sure to join the yahoogroup first by mailing your location and name to the subscribe address.
    It’s easy to find free furniture here like bed, couch, tables, and at times appliances too. If you believe in the concept of recycling used stuff instead of just putting them in the bin, this is a good site to subscribe to.

Queen Victoria Market

    The Market is Open Five Days a Week Tuesday & Thursday 6am – 2pm Friday 6am – 5pm (General Merchandise til 3pm) Saturday 6am -3pm Sunday 9am – 4pm