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 →

A proposal in Fushimi Inari

For the longest time, I’ve always wanted to see the beautiful Fushimi Inari shrine, I was amazed by its beauty when I saw the young Sayuri run through those now famous black and orange torii gates and just seeing pictures of it already inspired my wanderlust.  Continue reading →

South Korea on a 20k budget

I am writing this 6 months after my first solo adventure, yes it’s a bit late but might as well do this before I start planning for my next big trip (hint hint it’s called the Land of the Rising Sun).  Continue reading →

Seoul Adventure

For quite some time, I had been thinking of traveling alone. It was something I wanted to experience while I’m still young and able. But there were always a host of reasons why I couldn’t do it. The simplest of course was: fear, fear that something bad might happen to me, fear that I wouldn’t enjoy, fear of taking that deep plunge into the unknown. It was fear that also stopped me from traveling in my early 20s. But having had a few countries under my belt and the conference on historical reconciliation, there was really no reason for me not to go.
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A Bandung Adventure

With a snap of a finger we moved back west to visit the colder part of Indonesia, the mountain city of Bandung. Taking another 8 hour train ride along winding mountainous stretches, we were greeted with heavy rain fall, gray clouds, and chilly weather. Undeterred that we had arrived at a bad time, we still set out to enjoy the city, its history, and its beautiful scenery.  Continue reading →