WiniMini Donuts and Snack Bar, Bauan Batangas

Cafes just popped out like mushrooms. Was it a good thing? Yes! So people got lots of choices! And for people like me who loves visiting and pigging out on newly opened hubs, they are also opening opportunity for us to write something on our blogs. I think that's a plus!

Disneyland Park Paris: The Happiest Place on Earth

The first time I visited a theme park was when I was six years old, together with my brother and my Mom (the park was as young as me back then). There were rides, fascinating views, games and a whole lot more. I can still remember how fun was it. Really.

How To Get To Boracay From Manila

Boracay is one of the must-see places in the Philippines. There you can see one of the white sand beaches in the country. And to get there, you have two options.

1. By Air
2. By Sea

But today, I am going to share with you how we get there via plane. We've been to Boracay last September together with some delegates from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. For us living in Southern Tagalog part of the Philippines, it is way better to take the plane and fly to Caticlan. Though boats have direct trip from where we live (Batangas), it will take like a day of travel (12 long hours) and that is a waste of time. Why? For the fare will be the same if you sum everything up.

Me and my company booked through AirAsia knowing that it is the cheapest flight from Manila that we can find. The plane dropped us at Kalibo Airport (not the nearest airport) after a 45-minute flight. It was the fastest flight of my life. And it was also the worst because of the non-stop bump in the air. But that's okay. It is really part of the trip.

From Kalibo Airport, we rode on a van and traveled for another 2 to 3 hours in the road to reach Caticlan Jetty Port. The ride was smooth, had some local passengers to drive with us as well. In that trip, you just need to sit back, relax and enjoy the long hour drive. Don't worry, all of the waiting will be worth it in the end.

In the port, you'll finally ride a boat that will take you to Boracay Island itself. It was a quick trip (approximately 10-20 minutes) with splashing water on the sides (unless you are covered with the boat's plastic window).

Now, you're in Boracay! You can choose whether you'll ride a tricycle or you'll take a walk. Take a walk if the weather is nice, if you don't have lots of stuff with you and if you don't have me as a companion. Haha. You can reach even from Station 3 to Station 1 with your bare feet.

Plane Ticket = Php150++
Van from the Airport to Caticlan = Php200/head
Environmental Fee = Php75
Terminal Fee = Php100
Boat Fee = Php25
Tricycle Fee = Php10/head

So that's it. I hope that this post is helpful. Until our next trip!

How to Get Schengen Visa in The Philippines Through The Netherlands Embassy

It was few months back already and I can still remember how nice and fresh it was back in Holland. The breeze of the wind that touched my face while we walk from city to city just to find myself a pair of shoe, the aroma of the bark of the trees that smells indescribable as we walk through the forest in some time past afternoon and the small chats we do while drinking coffee on the sidewalks of the main streets. I so miss those things. Hopefully, I will be able to save and go back to the Netherlands again next year.

But before any of those came into reality, we first need to pass an application to get a Shengen Visa and it was my VERY FIRST TIME LEAVING THE COUNTRY. Believe me, I experienced having heart attacks getting mine and not only that, though I received my Visa already, it is just the beginning of my brain wrecking experience on the way to Europe. XD

So today, this post is to share with you on how I got my Schengen Visa approved through The Netherlands Embassy. Do not worry guys, if you have read everything and prepared everything, everything will just be a snap of a finger.

Before proceeding to anything, make sure to have your PASSPORT available.

Then, you need to know what type of visa are you gonna get. In my case, I opted for the one of "Visiting Family/Friend". Since my boyfriend lives there (meaning, Holland is my main destination), and I am invited to his brother's wedding, I find that this kind of visa fits my status the most. If you do not know which type will you get, visit VFS GLOBAL NETHERLANDS and read, read and read. VFS is the only way on how you can book your application to the Netherlands Embassy and they are very helpful too. I used to call them before my interview appointment and they did well helping me with my matter.

In the site, it is stated there all the required documents you need to prepare.
From my end,

  1. I have my Passport (plus some photocopies) and
  2. I also provided a copy of my PSA (formerly known as NSO) Birth Certificate,
  3. some ID pictures (required size included in the VFS website).

And since it was an invitation and sponsored travel, my boyfriend who generously is my sponsor provided other papers needed for the visa. Here are the list of them;

  1. Invitation Letter (if you want to see the one we used, you can ask at the comment section and leave your e-mail so I can show it to you)
  2. Passport Copy
  3. Financial Status (3 months latest salary slips)
  4. Dutch Travel Insurance (which can make your application have higher chance to be approved)
  5. Flight Ticket Reservation
  6. Wedding Invitation Card
  7. Proof of Sponsorship Certificate signed of the Mayor (if you want to see the one we used, you can ask at the comment section and leave your e-mail so I can show it to you)

The above documents were shipped from The Netherlands to the Philippines. (Those legally signed papers were the original.)

So, that's pretty much of the papers we prepared. And when we knew that we completed the printed ones, it is time to pay for the fee.

I paid my visa fee of Php3970 at Unionbank in our area. There was a form from the bank to be filled up and they also need a copy of your passport.

After a day, we had our schedule appointment at The Netherlands Embassy in Makati. We went to the embassy with the documents at hand (inside a long plastic clear envelope), had the interview, and left. The interview was pretty quick than waiting for our turn to talk to the consul.

Here are the questions thrown to me (most, if not all).

  1. Where are you going?
  2. What are you going to do there?
  3. Who invited you?
  4. How did you met?
  5. How long have you been together?
  6. How long are you going to stay there?
  7. Why will you take so much time there?

I answered the consul (who came to be a Filipina) tenderheartedly with a smile in my face. She told me that the visa will be processed in Malaysia so she doesn't know if I'll be approved or not.

The last thing we need to do was to wait for the passport. It took more or less 15 working days (except the holidays and weekends) in total.

We do not prepared any itinerary for the trip. It was a two month stay, so what are we going to put on the itinerary? I think, it is applicable only to those who will spend less than a month. I don't know. Also, I am not alone in the trip. I have my cousin with me which I badly need as a chaperone for the whole two months.

One of the factor that helped us was prayer, constant, constant prayer.

And if you think I miss something here, don't hesitate to leave a comment and ask me away. I will try to answer you the best possible way I can. Thank you!

Jam Boracay; Not Your Ordinary Coconut Jam

Hola amigos y amigas! Well, so sorry for being MIA (missing in action) the past month. September was simply a blast, a life-changing and awesome month. Yeps, and I hope I will also be able to blog about it.

As I've said, September was a blast. Me, GJ and friends went to Boracay for a week and had totally refined and nourished spiritually. But I'm gonna cut it there, for this post is reserved for a review.

If you've been to Kalibo International Airport, you're probably familiar of this Korean Store inside the souvenir building right in front of the Airport.

Yes, outside (which is still inside of the building) is a Korean Restaurant

We stayed here for like half an hour. That's because we are punctual though we know that our flight will be delayed again, like the first one.

See those Korean characters? Okay.

GJ and I found this interesting product out of curiosity. It was always played in the TVC (that's in the store) how good the jam is. It shows how the store is always packed jam. I mean, packed jam. Well, I guess you get me, right? :D