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10th April 2020
Squamish

Squamish
New horizons...how exciting!
10th April 2020

I'm here because I was meant to be here now.
You are one of the most positive people I know Harold. We had only one day in Sydney together, but from that, it is what I know. Exciting you felt that you were being led to Canada. Everything that follows is the culmination of that dream/theme. Then there was a curve ball thrown called COVID-19. In many ways in the isolation and cold of Winnipeg may be the safest place for you to presently be. Cheers & best wishes from your friend in Oz.
10th April 2020

Thanks Dave!
Yes despite the isolation I think I'm in the best case scenario right now. Having all this space and not needing to work. But I really hope this ends soon because it's hard to stay positive in this situation for a long time when the world seems to be falling apart.Take care!
8th April 2020

Life has really gotten tough for you...
with the cold, the isolation, and the virus!. I pray that you will get through this...Spring is coming soon and I hope that life gets back to the new normal by 1 June so that we can see family again. I would love to see my daughter who lives in Connecticut and is just recovering from Covid-19.
8th April 2020

Life has really gotten tough for you...
It is for almost everyone. Wishing your family well. Take care!
22nd February 2020

Philippines looks lovely
It looks lovely. I really have to go to Philippines sometimes. Good luck in Canada. Canada is actually high on our wishlist for summer vacation 2020. /Ake
From Blog: To be leaving
23rd February 2020

Re: Philippines looks lovely
Thanks! Yes please do visit PH. So much fun there
From Blog: To be leaving
21st February 2020

To be leaving
Leaving family, friends, career. Leaving the nest. Emigrating from tropical to cold. You shed many tears but your mind had been made up. What better place to step out than in Canada, I hear. Our son left for Canada at age 21 and had incredible highs and incredible lows that one can expect when stepping out alone. That was 13 years ago. Canada has been good to him. In fact career wise I believe he has more opportunity in Canada than Australia and support his application for permanent residency. Having met you Harold and shared your enthusiasm for life, I can see a bright light at the end of the path you have chosen to follow. Life was never meant to be easy but it is what you make of it that is the adventure. May yours be the fulfilment of your dreams.
From Blog: To be leaving
22nd February 2020

Thanks Dave!
Reassuring to hear your son is doing well here! I came here much later but I hope things turn out well. I probably won't be traveling abroad anytime soon. Good thing I have a backlog of 11 countries in the past two years I haven't written yet about. Cheers!
From Blog: To be leaving
18th February 2020

Embrace the opportunity...
I totally understand your fear, but with time, I'm sure your sense of adventure will kick in. I've moved countries a few times with my family and then solo for work and life, and the packing and red tape for bank accounts and insurances etc is never fun - but that only lasts for a short period... and then the world is your oyster :) Best wishes for the move.
From Blog: To be leaving
18th February 2020

Embrace the opportunity...
Thanks! Good thing I didn't encounter any red tape but moving money sure is difficult
From Blog: To be leaving
17th February 2020

School will eventially be over...
then you have another cliff to dive off of. Life is a series of adventures!
From Blog: To be leaving
17th February 2020

School will eventually be over
Yes! I hope the transition will be easier than I am expecting
From Blog: To be leaving
17th February 2020

On to the next chapter...
Good luck! Living abroad is the ultimate adventure.
From Blog: To be leaving
17th February 2020

On to the next chapter...
Thanks! It certainly is!
From Blog: To be leaving
1st May 2019
Jumping into Katibawasan Falls

Looks like a wonderful place
I can see why you contemplate moving there. It looks like a wonderful place. /Ake
2nd May 2019
Jumping into Katibawasan Falls

Looks like a wonderful place
and full of adventures to be had. Cheers Ake!
4th March 2019

It worked for me and my wife
Fortunately we have been granted visa without big cash on the bank and showed only our credit cards...
21st February 2019

Proof of Subsistence
Are credit cards not enough proof that showing big amount of money in the bank is being required?
28th February 2019

Proof of Subsistence
no you need cash
19th February 2019

VIA process has changed
Hi, thanks for writing this up. I think recently the process has changed at VIA center in makati. I went there on a Monday around 12 noon, (this was the second floor of Allegro building) and I had to wait 2 hours, and then documents-checking took a full hour. The BIG Change is that after all my documents were checked, they said I needed to return on another day with an appointment for "Compliance" which is located on the 3rd floor. They said the earliest appointment i could get was 2 weeks away because all the slots were filled until then but I fought and argued and luckily got an earlier date only 3 days later. They didn't even keep my documents, it was returned to me. I don't know if this was because I was missing 2 documents which they told me to bring. (But then why couldn't I simply return the next day with the new documents??). Anyway, this is just a heads-up for any other readers of your blog, to plan accordingly.
28th February 2019

VIA process has changed
thank you!
8th January 2019

Hi
Im also planning to go in Europe but in only one country. In italy. Do you think how much ill be needing to stay there like more or less 90 days. Amd if i book temporary hotel does the italian immigration here in Manila will check it? And so i really need that hotel for 3 months?
15th January 2019

Glenda
To be on the safe side you'll have to show at least 150 euros for every day that you're there so you will have to show at least 800,000 Pesos in your bank account. And yes they will check your accommodation bookings

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