FAQ: Travel and Living Abroad

How did you discover Big Blog Exchange?
Pure luck. I was exploring new blogs one evening, and one of them has a BBE badge on their sidebar. I got curious, so I clicked it, browsed a few pages until I realized what the contest was all about. :)

Do I have to have a huge following to win Big Blog Exchange?
Not really. Having a following can help you get into the Top 25 of your region though.

Can you list down the countries you’ve been to?
Hong Kong, Macau, China (Beijing, Shenzhen), Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok, England, Wales, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France and Netherlands.

What part of Europe have you visited?
London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Shropshire, Manchester, Ambleside (Lake District), York, Whitby, Oxford in England | Milan, Pisa, Venice, Rome, Vatican City in Italy | Melide, Swizterland) | Munich and Stuttgart, Germany) | Paris, France | Amsterdam and Volendam, Netherlands

How about the places you’ve visited in the Philippines?
Some parts of Batangas, Laguna and Quezon | Vigan, Ilocos Sur | Laoag and Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte | Baguio, Benguet |  Bataan (Corregidor, Anvaya Cove and Mt. Samat) |  Cebu | Bohol | Boracay | Puerto Princesa and El Nido, Palawan | Caramoan and CWC in Camarines Sur

Have you ever been given a sponsored travel?
Yes. The Big Blog Exchange trip to England and CWC in Camarines Sur was sponsored (for work).

How did you get a visa for ____?
I’m currently on these entries, so please stay tuned!

China Visa / Japan Visa / UK Visa / Schengen Visa / Korea Visa

Can you help me create an itinerary for trips?

Boracay: Read this.
El Nido: Read this.
Singapore: Read this and this.

Why did you move to Singapore?
My parents wanted me to study abroad and they gave me a choice which country I should go to. I really wanted to go to London, New York or Sydney. But in the end, I chose Singapore because it’s closer to home.

I’m an OFW living in Singapore. How do I get an OEC? 
I wrote this OEC guide in 2013, so I can’t guarantee that the process is still the same.  Please check the Philippine Embassy website for updates.

What is it like to live in a foreign country?
It’s fun but it can be tough; It’s not glitter and gold. You only have yourself to depend on. The cost of living is high, too. I hate how much other people undermines the expensiveness of living abroad.