everyday life

What my Facebook and Instagram don’t tell you

Whenever people find out I'm moving/have moved to Prague to work, they say something around these lines: 'That's so cool!' or 'Sosyal!'  or--probably the most difficult one to respond to--'Gusto ko din! Paano ba yan?' (I want to work there, too. How did you do it?'  They probably think it's sosyal because even though Prague isn't exactly a… Continue reading What my Facebook and Instagram don’t tell you

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ofw, POEA

OFWs and terminal fee refund

I unexpectedly received extra money at the airport today! I used the extra Php550 to buy some pasalubong (omiyage) for my friends back in Japan.  How? I got a refund of my terminal fee because I'm an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). OFWs with Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) are exempted from paying  the travel tax and terminal fee when departing from… Continue reading OFWs and terminal fee refund

expat, hospitality, Japan, ofw

Those times when the Japanese hospitality just blew me away

What was I thinking leaving home where it's warm and comfortable? Did I really just quit a stable and well-paying job? Why am I even here in this foreign country surrounded by people whose language I still barely understand?    These exact thoughts were running on my mind while I was getting a pizza-looking bread from… Continue reading Those times when the Japanese hospitality just blew me away