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 →

Diner on 16th 

It’s been quite a while since my last Kapitolyo crawl. Honestly it’s getting harder and harder keeping up with all the new restaurants and changes in this once industrial barangay. Every now and then, Tricia and I get the chance to try our one of the numerous new places.  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 →

Applying for a Japanese Visa in the Philippines

Another year, another round of travel. Having conquered China back in 2014, South Korea just last year, it’s time to move on to the next big East Asian country. Yep, you read it and guessed it correctly, I am heading to Japan this April.  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 →