The Big Move from Manila to Wellington: One Year After

One year in Wellington, New Zealand. Officially last 14 December 2016. It’s been an easy and smooth transition… Thanks to my sister who helped me settle and also to new friends and community I’ve met along the way. And of course to God for the grace He has given me. I couldn’t have done this…

What I find strange and what I love in New Zealand (Food edition)

Since I’m new here in New Zealand (is 9 months ‘new’?), I’m still trying to get my head around these Kiwi customs and food. Hmmm… Strange. Marmite – It’s a spread on toast and crackers, and often spread with butter. It’s a sticky, dark brown paste with a distinctive, powerful flavour. There’s only one time I…

Banishing those winter blues

It’s official. Winter is here. And I got inspired to write this blog post this lonesome Friday night because tonight may be the coldest night in Wellington SO FAR this year. We’re looking at real feel of 3 degrees at 10:04pm NZT, according to Metservice. And winter is just beginning… Which brings me to rant…

What I need to get used to…

So I’ve been here for more than a month now and I haven’t even noticed it ’til a few days ago! I’m starting to get the hang of it already but there are some things I still need to get used to. And I’m not complaining! Like… Preparing my own breakfast and packed lunch. I…

I live in New Zealand?!

I was more nervous about the ordeal in the immigration / airport in the Philippines than the thought of actually leaving my family, friends and my home for more than 30 years and living in a different country. Though I know I really had nothing to be worried about since my papers are complete, I…

#TheBigMove2015 checklist

I had a very tight timeline to complete all the little things I needed to do before I leave for NZ. My visa got approved November 19 and my plane ticket (my round trip ticket originally intended for my vacation) was dated December 13. So I basically had less than a month to do EVERYTHING…

Work visa application and Overseas Employment Certificate checklists

I love checklists. Let me correct that. I love ticking off items in my checklist. So my job offer and employment contract came in October and my employer told me that I could already apply for work visa. Good thing I already had a “practice” in applying for visa when I initially applied for visitor…