I am grateful that our house is located next to a train station. I can go to work or go shopping in the city centre without the need to take a bus or a cab. But after a year and seven months of living in United Kingdom, I had to face the truth - I … Continue reading How I Got my Provisional Driving License in the UK through the Online Application
I saw the way you looked at her, and then back at me. Disgusted. Annoyed. You glanced at your friend conspiratorially; your face said, “Why would she bring a child here?” You were genuinely bothered. I imagine you think the best place for her is at home. But not in front of a TV. I … Continue reading Dear People Who Hate Kids
As a Filipino expat who supports her family back home, it is important for me to find ways to send money without costing a fortune. Fortunately, these days, there are other options to send money online besides Western Union. I do not suggest a bank to bank international transfer where transaction fee is such a … Continue reading Low Cost Ways to Send Money to the Philippines from UK
At age 27, I have just attended my first-ever UK Festival on September the 2nd. Back home, where I used to be an introvert, I would go to gigs but I have never gone to a proper festival like this one. Like they say, it’s never too late to try new things in life and … Continue reading My First Festival Experience – Coventry Godiva Festival 2018
My boys and I went to Scotland in July, mainly because I was dying to see Bruno Mars' concert which is happening on a Tuesday night in Glasgow – IKR! Matt and I thought that since it's in the middle of the week, why not take a short holiday trip to Edinburgh before we head … Continue reading Family Travel: Best Things to Do for 2 Days in Edinburgh
As a Filipino expat, one of the things I miss the most is the chocolate cake from Goldilocks and Red Ribbon. I find UK bakery cakes loaded with too much sugar so I thought I need to learn how to bake to create the Filipino taste. I started by getting all the necessary baking equipment from mixing … Continue reading How to Make a Decadent Dark Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting
My husband and I invited my mum to visit UK once again on a standard visit visa that will be valid for 6 months. Since I am also working here permanently, both of us sponsored her hoping that it would strengthen the chance of the visa being approved. To my surprise, my mum’s visa application … Continue reading Applying for a UK Visitor Visa in 5 Easy Steps
The UK Visit Visa application process can take longer than 15 working days - Sad truth. My mother wished to come to UK before my son's birthday so we applied for a visa one month before that day thinking that she may get the visa in just 10 working days (like it did when she … Continue reading UK Standard Visit Visa – What You Can Do After 15 Days Of No Decision
Reminder: This post is a guide for Philippine Passport holders applying for a tourist visa with a Foreign Guarantor. For guidelines to another visa type, please visit the Japan embassy website. There are various types of Japan tourist visa from the simple visit visa up to the one with guarantor may it be a Japanese national or … Continue reading Japan Tourist Visa Application for Philippine Passport Holders with a Foreign Guarantor
22 days before my last day at work, we held a small Halloween party at work. There were 6 teams and each should have had a representative for the costume contest. In 12 hours before the party, someone in the team where I belong asked me if I can represent our Poltergeist Team. I realized … Continue reading A Last-Minute Halloween Costume
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How do Filipinos see a Pinay with a White Partner? There was a time when my Fiancé and I were wandering around Intramuros. A group of old “tambays” looked at us and I heard one shouted “Ang swerte ni Inday, naka-jackpot.”Upon hearing that, I was very upset. To a Tagalog gal, Inday refers to housemaids, and … Continue reading How Do I Deal With Stereotypes & Prejudices?