Vancouver, BC, Canada

January 11-14, 2017

A day after I got back in LA from my Seattle-Victoria trip with my sister, I hopped on another plane to Vancouver, Canada! I know you’re all confused why I didn’t just ride a bus from Victoria to Vancouver. It’s because I already planned this trip way before my sister and I finalized our Seattle-Victoria trip and I already had roundtrip tickets. lol I didn’t wanna waste my tickets so I just had to fly to LA and fly out again the next day. lol

Day 1

I flew with Westjet Airlines for the first time. I had a relaxing flight because I had all the seats in my row to myself.

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US Passport Renewal By Mail (Cebu City, Philippines)

I just got my crisp, 52-page US Passport in the mail a few days ago so I thought I could write about how I had it renewed. My passport will expire on October 2018 but I already have travel plans for next year so I just renewed by passport ahead of time.

Just a little background about me, I am 25 years old and I had my previous US passport renewed at the US Embassy in Manila when I was 16 years old. I had to go to the Embassy that time since it was my first time renewing it as an adult. Now that I’m just renewing my already adult passport, I did not need to go to the Embassy in Manila. Continue reading

Australia Tourist Visa Application for Filipinos (Online)

Australia has been one of my dream destinations ever since. I’ve always wanted to meet a real life koala and a kangaroo as a kid. lol Cebu Pacific has made my dream to visit Australia possible thanks to their super cheap fares! I booked a ticket last February during a really big Cebu Pacific promo sale so I again turned my travel agent mode on to apply for my boyfriend’s Australian tourist visa.

The best part about applying for an Australian Tourist Visa is that you can do it online! I actually thought Australia would be quite strict in their visa application process but it has been quite a breeze. Plus my boyfriend received his visa after only a day and a half! 0_0 I started searching about how to submit an online application and it led me to this website.

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Victoria, BC, Canada

January 9, 2017

After exploring Seattle, my sister and I went on a day trip to the beautiful city of Victoria, Canada. The ferry from Seattle to Victoria takes only around three hours. We booked our ferry tickets (with afternoon Tea at the Fairmont) at Clipper Vacations a few days before our trip. There was an early bird discount for booking the tickets at least 7 days before our trip so we got that one.

We just ubered to the pier at around 6:30am because we needed to check-in an hour before our departure, which was at 8am. We had a smooth trip even though it was raining. We docked at Victoria at around 11am.

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Chinese Tourist Visa Application (Cebu City, Philippines)

I’m such a sucker for airline promo fares and this time, we booked cheap tickets to China! I’ve always wanted to go to the Great Wall but I always hesitated because there’s currently no direct flights to Beijing or Shanghai from Cebu. Also, China is one of the countries where a US citizen needs a tourist visa. :/

There’s definitely a first time for everything and this was the first time that I myself applied for a tourist visa! I was a little nervous, since I don’t have a lot of stamps in my Philippine passport.

First and foremost, I would like to let everyone know that the Chinese Consulate has opened again in Cebu on March 2017. Don’t bother searching it in Google because the address there is still the old address. I’m not sure why they didn’t bother to change it considering a lot of people follow what they see online – like me! It’s super misleading! We actually went to the Cebu-Fil Chinese building before the guard there directed us to its new location, at the Mandarin Plaza Hotel. So this is the complete address and contact number (where someone actually picked up) of the current Chinese Consulate in Cebu:

Chinese Consulate Cebu
25th Floor, Mandarin Plaza Hotel
J. Solon Dr, Cebu City, Cebu
(032) 505-1035

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Seattle, WA – Day 1

January 7, 2017

I went on a quick visit to my family in Los Angeles for New Year’s. I stayed there for a month so my sister and I had to plan a last minute sister out-of-state-trip. We initially planned on going to New Orleans but the plane tickets to Seattle were much cheaper and the weather was bad at New Orleans at that time.. not that Seattle’s was any good. It rained a whole lot during our visit. lol

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