OMG THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME!!! Yes, you need to get it notarized!
OMG THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME!!! Yes, you need to get it notarized!
In the unfortunate case that I get denied a visa, I think the German National Association for BBE will help me and try to get me one, maybe even contact the embassy directly. I’m confident I’ll be granted a visa. Honestly, the only red flag for the embassy is that I’m fresh out of college and unemployed but I have a letter from my parents stating they will completely cover my travel expenses for Amsterdam and Paris and that upon my return, I will be working for the family business.
Hopefully the embassy won’t be too mean! I am, after all, helping their country in regards to tourism! :)
Pastel hair, dont care.
My hair is somewhat the cross of pastel plum and pastel pink. I don’t even know. I mixed my old red dye and remaining blue dye, and I guess I put in more of the red shade so it turned this color. At first I wasn’t quite the fan but I actually really LOVE this shade on me! It depends on the lighting around me what color my hair turns out to be, sometimes it comes out pastel lilac, sometimes pastel pink.
Gab’s brother actually called me Ramona Flowers.
Me: What should I wear? I wanna look really rich.
Dad: With that hair, no one is gonna believe you.
Me: Excuse me. My hair cost me p10,000. And more.
Dad: *eyes slowly widen realizing what I had just said*
Me: *realizing I should not have said anything in case he’d judge me*
Dad: That much?!
Me: Yeah well one bleach job costs about 5,000 and then I had to go through another one… (even I couldn’t believe I spent that much on something that’s already dead)
Me: Um, well yeah. It’s expensive to look this good…
Dad: *disapproving looks shooting my way*
Me: Well, some people choose plastic surgery, I choose to change my hair. At least it’s never permanent!
Dad: *not even listening anymore*
He knows I’m right, though. VISA interview is on Wednesday morning, wish me luck, you guys! Pray to the Universe that the German Embassy grant me a tourist VISA!
The competition is over, the wondering, the anticipation… The moment I knew I had won, I could not even believe it. I initially thought that it was a hoax… I had no idea that it was part of the competition that winners will be emailed days before official announcement (I had to check the terms and conditions on the BBE site to confirm it!). I received the e-mail, stared at it in a daze before I let it hit me and boy, did it hit hard. I started hyperventilating and I almost kinda sorta… cried. I got teary-eyed, to say the least. I think keeping it to myself was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but still, it was worth it all.
When they posted the official list, I was able to finally thank every single voter, my family, friends and blog readers for the constant support. A lot of you guys continued to campaign for me despite my busy schedule dealing with my last term in college, my graduation show collection, and finals. And for that I’m so deeply grateful <3
After the official announcement, we had to wait another 5 hours before they would announce the destinations per blogger… You could imagine how intense it was when 8PM finally arrived and they were doing the live draw every 5 minutes. I was one of the last ones to be announced, and I was crossing out each country… By the time only Belgium, South Africa and Germany were left, I was already freaking out.
And lo and behold… My country of destination?
If you remember my previous blog entry a few weeks ago about which country is number one on my list if ever I do win, I featured Germany… I knew it was still a bit of a long shot considering only 14 winners will be chosen out of 100 and 2 wild cards out of 1000 bloggers. I had a little confidence because of my global ranking, but I never thought I actually would be considered because there was such tough competition in the Asia Pacific region!
Well, I suppose the Universe thought it was time I, along with the other 15 bloggers who have won, get started on our dreams and purpose in life, which is to make a difference in this world, even greater to make a change through the power of our blogs.
I would like to introduce to you Tina from Lunch For One :) She is my exchange blogger partner, while I am going to Germany she will be going here to our country!
Hi Tina, Wild-Spirit readers would love to get to know you! Could you tell us a little about yourself?
As you all know my name is Tina. I do live in a village in the south-western part of Germany called Swabia, about 50 km away from Stuttgart which is famous for its car brands Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Apart of food, photography & travel are the three things I love and try to mix together when ever its possible & work allows it. And yes, I’m not a student but working close to 14 years now in a local bank and I’m just about to turn 30 (scary isn’t it?)
What is your blog about?
You can see ‘Lunch For One’ as a window into my kitchen, since its 80% about the food I love to enjoy & to cook or bake. Specially baking as I’m having a sweet tooth and nothing can beat homemade cake or ice cream on a Sunday (been a official chocoholic helps) As well I try to take my readers on my journeys, where ever they are taking me & giving a inside in my life on the Fridays with five questions & five picture answers.
Is there anything you would like to say to the Wild-Spirit readers?
Really excited & a bit scared of taking over for 10 days for Camie, and I hope everyone sticks with me for the time. Aswell I’m so looking forward to explore the Philippines and hope you all can give me some great hints what to do & enjoy. And please ask me what every you want to know about me or Germany!
During the duration of the trip, I will be blogging from Tina’s blog and she will be blogging on my blog. Don’t worry, if she chooses to blog in her own language (German), or whatever is comfortable for her, I will have Google Translate incorporated on my blog ;)
Right now all us bloggers are busy preparing for the trip, especially us in the SEA region who will need VISAs. It’s kind of scary but really exciting. I might even get to extend my trip for a week (under my own expense, of course) to visit Holland and Paris, if my airline will allow me to change my flight return date. I would like more countries/places to cover (such as maybe visit Milan, Switzerland, Prague, etc) but I would rather do two more countries and not rush my tour of them. Which is pretty amazing because Paris and Holland were my next two choices if not Germany! :)
Although I don’t want to expect so high, I’m keeping my fingers crossed! My mom is really pushing for my small eurotrip to happen, I think out of everyone she’s my biggest supporter. Dad, not so much, he’s scared of me traveling alone because of the movies Taken and Taken 2. I don’t blame him… He’s a navy man, and so he knows the real dangers of the world out there. But you know what? You only live once (Yeah, I totally YOLO’d), and I would regret it for a lifetime if I didn’t take the opportunity when it’s blatantly knocking on my door.
Wish me luck that everything goes smoothly! The Universe seems to be on my side, lately though <3
Lastly, I would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to Hostelling International for this great project and opportunity, as well as Brianda Lopez and Scarlett London for all the help they have provided in organizing this trip! You guys have no idea how much you have changed my life :)