Jiufen and Shifen: Taiwan’s charming old towns

Did you know that Taiwan was actually Japan's first colony? You can still feel it, once you step on the shores of Taiwan--you can feel a little bit of China, and a little bit of Japan... but don't tell the Taiwanese that. Japan wanted to show off to the world that they can also do the imperial colonizing … Continue reading Jiufen and Shifen: Taiwan’s charming old towns

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'Sprezzatura' is a beautiful Italian term which means 'looking effortless'; or as the 16th century Italian author Baldassare Castiliogne describes it, a certain 'nonchalance' so as to conceal and make whatever one does appear without effort or almost any thought about it. 'Sprezzatura' is a beautiful Italian term which means 'looking effortless'; or as the … Continue reading Blank Canvas

Book Launch: Postcards from Elsewhere by Rachel Arandilla

Last Saturday was definitely one for the books! On October 5, 2019, DCO Publishing had a momentous event, a book launching for their second title 'Postcards from Elsewhere' by Rachel Arandilla. “Postcards from Elsewhere” by Philippine author and Sunstar travel columnist Rachel Arandilla and illustrations by Celina Paredes The support that came our way and … Continue reading Book Launch: Postcards from Elsewhere by Rachel Arandilla

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AH, TO BE YOUNG AND STUPID

I've been to Singapore six times this year, mostly for business, and hugely because it's so easy to fly direct from Cebu via Cebu Pacific. And yet, for someone who's been to Singapore too many times, I realize I didn't know much about the city at all. I certainly wasn't prepared for the view atop … Continue reading AH, TO BE YOUNG AND STUPID

STAYCATION AT THE CITADINES IN BASELINE CENTER IN CEBU

The opportunity for my own writer's retreat presented itself at the right place and time, when I was invited for a weekend staycation during the launch of Citadines in Cebu City. Citadines is not your 'regular' hotel--the brand is in a different niche category known as Apart'hotel, which essentially combine the best of home and … Continue reading STAYCATION AT THE CITADINES IN BASELINE CENTER IN CEBU

THE MAYA ANGELOU METHOD

One of my heroes, the renowned writer, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, had a peculiar writing process: she would wake up early in the morning and chick in a hotel room. She would specifically instruct the staff to remove any artworks from the walls. She would then start writing at 6:30 in the … Continue reading THE MAYA ANGELOU METHOD

SAMPLE COVER LETTER TO ITALIAN CONSULATE FOR SCHENGEN VISA

September 28, 2019Embassy of Italy6F Zeta II BldgMakati, Metro Manila To Your Honorable Vince Consul, I would like to apply for a Schengen visa for my purpose of visiting the EU for two weeks. I am applying through your honorable vice consulate. The primary purpose of travel is our annual family trip. As an art … Continue reading SAMPLE COVER LETTER TO ITALIAN CONSULATE FOR SCHENGEN VISA

SAMPLE COVER LETTER TO FRENCH CONSULATE FOR SCHENGEN VISA

September 8, 2019The Honorable Consul16F Pacific Star Bldg.Makati Ave. corner Sen. Gil Puyat Ext. Makati City, Philippines 1200 To Madame/Monsieur, I would like to apply for a Schengen visa for my purpose of visiting France for 5 days from January 6-11, 2020. I am applying through your honorable consulate as France is the only country … Continue reading SAMPLE COVER LETTER TO FRENCH CONSULATE FOR SCHENGEN VISA

SAMPLE AFFIDAVIT OF CONSENT FOR DSWD MINOR TRAVEL CLEARANCE

As part of the requirements needed for applying for the DSWD Minor Travel Clearance is a notarized affidavit of consent from parents. The letter must include: destination, date of intended travel, purpose, and name of companion/s. For a sample of affidavit of consent, please see below and hope this helps! (written by a single mom … Continue reading SAMPLE AFFIDAVIT OF CONSENT FOR DSWD MINOR TRAVEL CLEARANCE