Applying for an Australian Visa in the Philippines

[Update as of May 13, 2017] I have been granted a 3 month single entry visa valid until November 13, 2017. 

A month ago, I got my letter of acceptance from the Apple Distinguished Educators program, April 3, 2017 to be exact. I was super excited because the program is quite competitive and there have been a lot of blog posts of candidates who got in the program on their second or third try. One of the requirements of the program is to attend the ADE Academy and for the Asia-Pacific region there are two locations: Osaka/Kyoto, Japan and Melbourne, Australia. Since I am from the Philippines, all SE Asia candidates will be heading to Melbourne. With another trip looming, it’s that time to once again bring out/request/ask for files to apply for an Australian visa. Continue reading →


Buying a JR Pass 

In a month’s time I will be going to Japan and we’re hard at work preparing for our trip. We’ve already secured our tickets (Php. 18,800) our lodging (Agoda and Airbnb for Php. 10,300) and our itinerary is ready. There is just one more thing that we need though, our Japan Rail passes and we bought ours last Saturday.  Continue reading →

Top 10 Experiences

Another year, another birthday. Happy Birthday Manila Traveler and Bookworm! This blog has certainly been my pride and joy for the past 3 years and I wouldn’t have it any other way. As I look back at all the posts I’ve made, I also looked at the posts that have made this blog fun, memorable, and helpful for many readers. To the year that was, thank you! To the readers and visitors who dropped by, here are the top 10 experiences of MT&B last year.  Continue reading →

Roll Play Game Lounge

You’ve probably heard or were probably there when it happened, but sad to say, Dyce N’ Dyne is no more. Last weekend, they auctioned off most of their games and over the week, the lights of DnD were no longer on. It was a sad and shocking moment. But it was quickly replaced by another exciting and new gaming lounge not too far from my place. Continue reading →

Quick Bite: Ta Ke Ho Me at The Yard Underground

Pasig just got a new food park and it’s the busiest, loudest, and very cramped food park I’ve been to since Banchetto back in the day. Located along Pasig’s infamous motel row and ironically named street, Christian route. The Yard brings a variety of cuisines without breaking the bank or going up north to visit the park’s older sibling in Xavierville.  Continue reading →

Tamagoya Noodle House

People from Marikina or those who flock to Marikina certainly know this place. It needs no introduction, no blaring horns, grand trumpet entrance, it’s just there. Small, simple, quiet, unassuming, but a wonderful introduction to the food world Marikina has to offer. Meet Tamagoya, the famous, cheap but very satisfying Japanese restaurant in Marikina.  Continue reading →

2016 Year in Review: Food

2016 is coming to a close and I am wrapping up the last few experiences I can possibly fit in the next few days. This year was a big year for me and the blog, as usual I got to read a lot of books and at the same time, I got to travel. Alongside my travels and reading along the way, Tricia and I would always find places to eat after a long day of walking, shoppping, or anything in between. In the first part of my three part year in review series, let’s take a look back some of the best places I’ve eaten this 2016.

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