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    My Life Lately: February and March

    Supposed to be a monthly series by I have missed to post “My Life Lately: February” so I’ll just post it together with the month of March. 🙂

    1. I was so ecstatic about my U.S. Tourist Visa being approved so I have shared it immediately in my blog. Even though every detail was already there, a lot was still asking me about it. I guess it excites them too!

    2. I went to Baguio with two of my office mates. It was an unplanned one! We didn’t even know that it was the start of Penagbengga Festival. Haha. The unplanned trips are one of the awesome trips. 😉 Makes me want to try a solo trip soon.

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    3. I will be opening a business and this one is still a secret. Don’t worry, I will reveal it soon! 😛

    4. Went ice skating at SM MOA with my office mates. I missed my skates and also being inside the ice skating rink! I somehow regret selling my skates. Ugh.

    5. Bought my first camera, Fujifilm XA-2 Mint Green (Yes, my favorite color). I was eyeing the XT-10 model, but the price is too much for me. 🙁 So I’ve made up my mind to buy a cheaper one yet with a good quality and will just upgrade after a year…sss. I also met a guy who is a solo traveler, he will be in Europe for 3 weeks. I’m so envious! I wonder what camera did he bought after I convince him to choose Fujifilm instead. Haha!

    6. I’m happy to see that my blog views are still high even though I’m not updating it consistently. Though my Alexa rank and statistics went down, big time.

    7. Two of my closest friends went back to PH so yeah, got to celebrate their homecoming!

    Photo with my girlfriends using my new camera Fujifilm XA-2

    Photo with my girlfriends using my new camera Fujifilm XA-2

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    U.S. Tourist Visa Application Experience

    Getting U.S. Tourist Visa is one of my goals for this year! It was January 15th when I set a schedule for my visa interview and the earliest possible date by that time was February 2nd; I chose February 5th at 8:00AM (Friday).

    For Non-immigrant Visa application, these are the 3 steps:

    1. Go to www.ustraveldocs.com and answer the DS-160 online form (Note: You will need to upload your picture, preferably in a neutral facial expression).
    2. Pay the visa fee, which costs $160; keep the visa fee receipt because you will need it during the appointment.
    3. Schedule your visa interview thru their website or call center agent. Remember, gadgets are not allowed so better leave it at home.

    I’m ecstatic about the interview, so I kept on Googling about U.S. Tourist Visa blogs and then I have noticed that these are the questions that the consular commonly ask:

    1. What is the purpose of your visit?
    2. Do you have any relatives or friends in the U.S.?
    3. How long will you be staying?
    4. Countries you have visited for the past 5 years?
    5. What is your work?
    6. How much is your monthly income?

    U.S. Visa Appointment Day

    My boyfriend (he only accompanied me) and I have arrived at the US Embassy around 6AM and I think I’m the 6th person in the line for the 8AM appointment. At 7:45AM, we were on our way inside the embassy.

    Once inside the embassy, the first step would be a pre-interview (checking of printed DS-160/appointment form) this is also your last chance to change any answer in your form, the second step is a fingerprint scanning and lastly, the start of a waiting game for your number to be called for the interview.

    Calling out of the number is randomized, as what the guy staff explained, it is random because the number that was first to enter into their system after the fingerprint scan will be called immediately, so don’t get mad if you saw the last person in your line to be called first. 🙂

    I wasn’t wearing a watch on that day (because I thought it is also prohibited) so I assume that it took me an hour before being called. Maybe I’m just lucky that there were fewer people went for an interview on that day, other people waited for 2-3hrs. (Tip: Bring a book that you want to read while waiting because it might take hours before you’ll be called).

    The consuls looks nice, approachable and good anyway, unlike the stories that I have heard. Before my turn, I could hear a lot of people being interviewed and most of them got approved.

    The Interview

    I was feeling nervous while waiting for my number to flash in the screen, but during the interview, my nervousness suddenly went away!

    Consul: Hi, how are you?
    Me: Good morning, I’m good. *smiles*
    Consul: So, what’s the purpose of your visit?
    Me: I will visit my relatives
    Consul: What is your relationship with them?
    Me: My aunt and my grandmother
    Consul: How long do you plan to visit?
    Me: For 2 weeks
    Consul: So you work in *********?
    Me: Yup
    Consul: For how long?
    Me: For ** years
    Consul: From which department?
    Me: From **** department
    Consul: Oh, the **** store. What’s your work?
    Me: *explaining my work*
    Consul: Who will pay for your trip?
    Me: Myself
    Consul: Okay… So you’re saving up for yourself?
    Me: Yes

    And that’s how I got my U.S. Tourist Visa application approved! 😀 The excitement and the visa fee are all worth it! Haha. After 5 business days, my passport was delivered to our house… The US Embassy gave me 10 years! I think most of the questions were about my work because it will be the main reason why I’ll return here in the Philippines. Also, they didn’t ask for any supporting documents during the interview. My ultimate tip for the interview would be:

    BE HONEST AND BE CONFIDENT

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    Philippine Map Pinboard

    Philippine Map Pinboard

    Isn’t it fun to know where you’ve been and haven’t been by marking it on a pinboard map? Listing down the mountains that you have conquered? A pinboard that will help you remember the moments you had in a certain place. Memories that will be remembered forever.

    Just finished my Philippine map pinboard today; it may have look simple, but the point of it is to let me remember where I have been. More than 20 years living in Philippines and as you can see, I still have a lot of Philippine provinces to visit! I’m not even in the half yet! Haha. On the left side, I plan to list down the mountains that I have conquered.ListsWhat else do you think should I add to it? Were you also able to track down the places you’ve been? Comment below. 🙂

    Materials:

    Cork Board | Wooden Frame| Construction Paper | Dressmaker Pins | Glue | Pencil | Scissor | Permanent Markers (Black and Silver)

    PS: If you are interested to have one, just send me a message. 🙂

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    My Life Lately: January

    1. No blog posts and gala for me recently because I had my lazy days. Apart from that, I got sick and had Dysmenorrhea so, my bum days just go on.

    2. Two days on a sick leave so most of the time I’m just lying on my bed, watching TV series. I recently signed-up for Netflix‘s one month trial and I already finished Jessica Jones and Dare Devil; next would be Breaking Bad.

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    * I’d like to have Jessica Jone’s body! And gosh, Dare Devil is so damn handsome and hot. Haha!*

    3. Started a Philippine map pin board project and is still in progress, will just show a photo of it once done.

    4. Uploaded a song cover on my SoundCloud account — One Call Away by Charlie Puth

    5. Re-invested in Farmon.ph 10th cycle.

    6. It’s normal to have those lazy days, right? Half of the month already have passed… Being sick and stuck in bed makes me think that my time is wasted.

    Must be my period.

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