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Thursday, October 10, 2019

How to Obtain a Police Certificate from Outside the UAE


Police certificate or police clearance is an official document issued by a police authority or government agency of a country stating whether an applicant has a criminal record after a background check. This is usually requested by the Immigration depending on the visa you're applying for. Even if you haven't committed any crimes in the past, you still have to provide a Police Certificate as evidence of good character.

Almost all UAE government services can be accessible online through the website or mobile app including the issuance of a Police Clearance Certificate (Certificate of Good Conduct). This makes it very convenient for someone like me who doesn't live there anymore. You only need two things: a copy of your old Emirates ID and a credit card.

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Monday, March 4, 2019

How to Renew Philippine Passport in Auckland


My passport is about to expire in less than a year. Most countries require a passport to be valid for up to 6 months. In order to avoid any inconvenience when travelling, I have to apply for a renewal. Filipinos in Auckland have two options: (1) Go to the Philippine Embassy in Wellington or (2) Wait for any announcement regarding Consular Outreach Mission in Auckland.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Travel: Waiheke Island


We celebrated our first wedding anniversary by sipping, sniffing and swirling our way through the vineyards in Waiheke. The island is a renowned destination for the best boutique wineries and food in New Zealand. If you have time to spare while in Auckland, you should consider having a day trip here. It's only a 40 minute ferry ride away from the city.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Travel: Hobbiton Movie Set


"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." With the release of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, New Zealand became known as the home of Middle-earth. I was fortunate enough to live in this country with incredible sceneries that look straight out of a painting or in this case, a striking similarity to J.R.R. Tolkien's myth lore. I've seen the movies and BTS videos including all extended versions during a binge-watch with the family on Christmas eve. I only read The Hobbit, which I got from a book sale in Manila. Although the films were shot around New Zealand, stepping foot in the rolling hills of The Shire was a fairytale come to life.

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Monday, November 19, 2018

What Living in Fiji Has Taught Me


When packing for our flight to Fiji, I was only required to bring the essentials. There was a slight panic because I normally bring the whole house with me. After a few deep breaths, I thought of the ocean in those holiday brochures to justify this decision to pare down. I was about to live a tropical island dream. Who needs stilettos anyway? I set aside 60% of my belongings in an empty container and gave everything to my sisters. It was my tipping point on decluttering and also, learning a few valuable lessons in life.

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