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Travel Plan Updates:

I’m sure you’ve noticed the absence of new posts on my blog. Aside from the fact that I’m now starting to vlog, other life things have been getting in the way… Mostly travel things. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll know all about my French visa dilemmas and the constant stress of this Eurotrip planning.

You’re probably wondering, “It’s just a Eurotrip, why are you so stressed?” and to be honest, it’s because I’ve also been planning to do a language buddy homestay program in France after the Eurotrip with Gab. I never really talked about this part of my plan because I wanted to make sure it was do-able. So aside from planning a one month trip around Europe, I was also planning my homestay — and then to make things even more stressful, I experienced my NBI clearance getting delayed, hence my visa interview getting pushed back which resulted to a domino effect of my passport getting wet during a trip to El Nido, having to wait days to get it replaced, finally applying for a Type D French visa while the agency hasn’t given me my family, ultimately leading to my visa getting denied and then re-applying but for a Schengen visa this time only to realize I was missing one very important requirement (Attestation D’accueil — a formal certificate from the city hall of the city where my host lives) that needed to be snail mailed to me because the embassy requires an original copy. Obviously there wasn’t enough time for this because I actually just got my host family last week! So, you can say it’s been a pretty crazy September. I don’t remember a time where I cried this much in an entire month, quite honestly!

Everything else with my Eurotrip planning is falling into place, to the point where even certain companies and I have come to an agreement to work together on this trip! Everything is going great, except for the most important thing: the Schengen visa, which ultimately determines if I get to go on this trip or just tour the UK for one entire month; which, hey, isn’t so bad! It just wasn’t my ultimate goal.

I’m usually a very positive person, but when my visa got denied, it took a long way down and the harder I fell. It really traumatised me. And then it angered me even more that just because of circumstance of being a Philippine passport holder we have to work hard to prove we have no intentions of illegally living abroad, and that we travel for travel’s sake. I guess it was also silly of me to be overly positive and confident that my visa would get approved. It’s just I let myself believe what everyone was saying, that being granted a visa now would be as easy as 1, 2, 3 because I’ve been granted a Schengen before (and by the German embassy at that — one of the toughest) and I currently have a valid U.S. and U.K. visa — but NOPE. I read another blog who was in the same situation, and her Spanish Schengen was denied too. So, you can see where the constant worry comes from.

Anyway, I’m just grateful I have my U.K. visa and I’ll still be able to visit next week. If anything, I can use the money I saved up to go to the U.S. instead. Maybe see New York? Who knows? I can go anytime with my 10 year visa. There’s the silver lining in all this. I just have to keep remembering that despite not getting what I want, my situation ain’t that bad.

How’s everyone doing this week? I’m genuinely curious. I need to get all this travel stuff out of my head. It’s driving me nuts!

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  • Reply Elle Strange 24 September 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Reading all about it makes me wanna take half of the stress you feel, honestly! It’s so bad reading it, what about being in that same situation? Anyway, it’s a good thing you’re also an optimistic person, that you see the beauty in every problem you encounter such as this. MIBF or Manila International Book Fair wore me off. I just had one day for my book signing but it was tiring and I have a headache while signing at the last day and that was the busiest day. But I survived! You will survive the difficulties too! <3

    • Reply Camie Juan 24 September 2015 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Elle!

      Youre an author? How cool! Which book? :)

      • Reply Elle Strange 25 September 2015 at 10:21 am

        Oh, you know, from Wattpad. Lol. I have published quite a few already but I don’t think it’s your type of book to read. Huhu. I use ELLESTRANGE as my ‘author’ name. :D

        • Reply Camie Juan 25 September 2015 at 7:13 pm

          I used to write FanFics for my favorite bands before… I know what it’s like! HAHA

  • Reply Daria 24 September 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Oh my, Camie, this sounds so stressful and utterly unfair! Why should it be so hard to get to travel to a place? It’s already so damn hard to get the money and organisation for it! You’re an incredibly amazing person for staying so positive, I hope wherever you end up you’ll love it because you deserve it.
    Anyway, my week has been okay, just preparing myself to leave home (Italy) again and go to the UK (where I study) and I am also applying for internships in London and Amsterdam (where I’d like to move after uni) which is stressful too haha. Have a lovely day Camie! <3 xoxo

    • Reply Camie Juan 25 September 2015 at 7:21 pm

      It’s one of the wonderful downsides of being a third world passport holder, honestly! I don’t blame the Schengen states or any other first world country that requires us Philippine passport holders to go through the stressful ordeal of obtaining a visa… MANY of our countrymen have abused the privileges of a tourist visa by not coming back home and illegally living and working abroad to make money for their family to send home. I despise these people, though I respect them for the hardships they go through for their families, I don’t support their actions at all. Many other Filipinos have gone abroad to work and earn and they do so legally, so I find no excuse for illegal immigrants to do the same. Now it’s honest people like me and many others who have to suffer their consequences too! I’m hopeful it’ll be granted because I’m sure consuls are reasonable people. But if not, then it’s the UK and NYC for me this October! I’ll message you on FB when I’m in London and let’s plan something :)

      I hope your plans turn out easy as pie and that you do get to go to Amsterdam after Uni!!! How exciting! :D

  • Reply Izzy 24 September 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Oh no! Sending positive vibes your way, Camie! Don’t stop visualising for the best. I hope you get your Schengen visa!

    My week’s been super stressful and tiring. Just glad that it’s a long weekend! :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 25 September 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks Izzy :) It’s been tough but I’m learning to keep looking at the bright side and stay positive despite the set backs.

      I hope you enjoy your long weekend! :D

  • Reply Rachel Liwanag 24 September 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Awh, that sounds so stressing! Why do visa exist? lol and New York is such good idea :)))

    • Reply Camie Juan 25 September 2015 at 7:17 pm

      It’s the illegal immigrants. Sure we’re a third world country but the people who abuse tourist visas are what makes it all worse :(

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  • Reply Corinth 25 September 2015 at 7:23 am

    I know exactly how you feel, but unlike you, I’m NEGA, so I get discouraged so easily! There’s always a silver lining in every storm or trial and NEW YORK sounds good! Like you said, things aren’t how you planned them to turn out to be but maybe something better is waiting for you! I’m just glad that you’re still able to go on your trip! I’m really excited for your travels! Take us places! <3

    • Reply Corinth 25 September 2015 at 7:25 am

      Oh, and about how my week has been, it’s been really emotional and tiring. Jorge just left Canada today and I’ve been crying a lot. I already miss him but I’m glad I’ll be seeing him again in less than a month.

      • Reply Camie Juan 25 September 2015 at 7:15 pm

        Aww Corinth! Don’t worry, you’ll be with him soon. It’s tough now but you guys will get through it… It’s just a few weeks. It’ll be over before you know it. Plus, this is a good thing… A little space in any relationship is healthy. You get to miss each other more, and when you see each other again it’s going to be so kilig. Haha

  • Reply Renz 25 September 2015 at 9:56 am

    My September was full of travels, mostly around Asia (Hong Kong, Macau, and Kota Kinabalu) and Davao only. It really is frustrating to know that our Philippine passport is not as powerful as other countries. Everything happens for a reason, Camie. Like what you’ve said on this post, there’s a silver lining in all this. Cheer up! :D

    • Reply Camie Juan 25 September 2015 at 7:14 pm

      I see your photos on FB and it looks like you’ve been having a lot of fun!

      Yeah, mostly I blame illegal immigrants though… I know they do it for their families but it’s a domino effect. It’s the reason why we never develop as a country, because everyone is for themselves only. Many OFWs can go abroad LEGALLY, so I don’t understand why these other people choose to go through the harder route of being a TNT.

  • Reply Reg Rodriguez 25 September 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Hi Camie, big hugs! I know how traumatizing getting a visa rejected is, especially if you’ve gotten it before and you have all sorts of visas in your passport. :( My company had promo rates (but you had to travel within the month) for NYC last October, imagine 15k all-in?! I confidently applied coz I’ve already had a US, UK, and Schengen visa so I was really crushed when my visa application got rejected. But looking back, it made more sense coz I got to go this May instead, and for a much longer period and better weather too, haha. I’m still hoping for a last minute miracle for you though! But if anything, NYC is always always always a good idea. :)


    • Reply Camie Juan 25 September 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Thanks so much Reg :) I’m glad you still got to go! How was NYC? :)

  • Reply Hani Lutfi 25 September 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Visas are one of the scariest things to me and I still don’t know how to get it done, I should really learn if I want to travel more, which is the plan! One of my friends told me that a friend of her Mum got sent back as soon as she arrived at the airport in Paris because she didn’t have the correct documents or maybe she didn’t have enough to prove that she has a child living in Paris! When my and family and I were about to go to Saudi Arabia, we had some trouble with some passports and our visas as well because the government is becoming more cautious with everything. There are pros and cons with travelling and this is definitely one of the cons but it’s worth it, I believe! Bad things happen so you can learn and Visas are a common problem for all travellers! So, cheer up, Camie! Everything is going to be great! :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 25 September 2015 at 7:12 pm

      The website of the country you want to visit usually has everything written on it and you just have to follow it. It’s not difficult, it’s obtaining certain documents and not feeling confident that they’re enough is what’s difficult! For example, me as an earning freelance blogger, I seem to be good on paper but because I work freelance and my income isn’t monthly, it might not be a good sign for the consuls who decide my case.

      Anyway, that sounds like such a horrible ordeal what your friend’s friend’s mom went through. Generally there are two deciding bodies who will decide if you get to go to a first world country with a third world passport and it sucks… Honestly, I really blame all the illegal immigrants. I know life is tough but I don’t find it a good enough excuse.

      So, no matter what happens, it’ll be an adventure for me! I still go to the UK no matter what. Gab and I also agreed that NYC is a good Plan C if the Schengen visa doesn’t work out. This is all so crazy. Haha

  • Reply KT Nielsen 25 September 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Awww Camie! I want to give you a hug and assure you that everything will be okay. Sometimes God’s rejection can be God’s protection. Anyway, just the same I am looking forward to read your posts about your travels. I wish I can be as detailed as you when documenting your trips. I would love to see Paris also when we come back to EU and I hope that you get your Schengen visa so I could read about your trip.

    • Reply Camie Juan 25 September 2015 at 7:07 pm

      Thanks Kessa :) Yeah, I mean maybe it’s not meant to be right now… It’s just getting harder and harder to accept as the day gets closer because everything else was pointing to yes! And then this visa issue happened :(

      Anyway, I document my trips like crazy because when I’m 80, I want to be able to look back and see it all again :)

  • Reply Monette 25 September 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Hopefully you still get your Schengen Visa! :( I’m planning to do a EuroTrip this April but I’m having a dilemma between applying for a Schengen Visa vs. applying for my US citizenship already (so I can get my US passport too). And lately, I’ve been procrastinating. Hehe. Best of luck to you.

    PS. On the brighter side, you’ll love New York. :)

  • Reply Denise 26 September 2015 at 1:31 am

    This brings back memories of so many stressful days applying for visas and permanent residency! I totally feel you pain and I am surprised you still manage to stay positive. I know I’d just flip tables and cry if I were in your situation.
    It really is frustrating how having a Philippine passport gives us so little inherent power to travel. It almost feels like we’re treated with a “guilty until proven innocent” attitude when applying for visas.
    I hope things work out and things go as you had planned. I’m looking forward to seeing your travel updates! Stay positive. :)

  • Reply REYL 26 September 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Aww Camie, this breaks my heart a little cos you’ve been this close to your ultimate goal, but like as you said, there’a slways a silver lining, that’s why i adore you, it’s cos you always manage to be positive no matter what and to be honest, the positivity is contagious :) so I still wish you and Gab really have a great time :)

  • Reply Rej Relova 28 September 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve been seeing your tweets regarding the visa and all the problems for your travel planning and I just want to say I’ve been praying for the best for you, Camie! I hope whatever the outcome will be, you’ll still be able to enjoy it! :)

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