Italy, my journey, Personal

Debit Card Rejected


I don’t usually travel with cash. I only had 150 Euros in my wallet when I came here in Italy. I prefer carrying a card. My Union Bank VISA card in Philippines works in Thailand and my Krungthai VISA card in Thailand works in Philippines. I opened another account at Kasikorn bank a month before my flight to Italy, thinking that I could use it in the new country where I am going to stay.

When I ran out of cash, I went to the ATM that has VISA logo to withdraw. I can’t withdraw at BNL to I went to Banco Firenze, but still I can’t. I read in the internet that the maximum withdrawal is 250 Euros so I guess I exceeded. I went again and withdraw few Euros but still it did not work. I called the Kasikorn Bank in Thailand and they always hang up. Finally after 20 minutes I was able to talk to a good operator. She got my card number and said it is active and can be used in any ATM that has PLUS logo.


I search an ATM that has PLUS logo in the internet. I got my map so I can locate them easily.



There are only few in Florence. I went there and tried 3 ATMs. Guess what happened! My card was denied again and again. “WE”VE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO RETURN THE CARD”, “CONTACT YOUR BANK” “THIS TRANSACTION IS NOT AVAILABLE” those were always the words.

I am hopeless. I guess I might send the card back to Thailand and ask a friend to withdraw the money. For now, I have to live with my 2 Euros and few cents. I can survive.

Few things I’ve learned; before traveling, make sure to call your bank and inform them that you’ll be traveling abroad. Ask or search in the internet if you can withdraw from the country you’ll be going. Make sure to have cash in your wallet, dollars or euro.  In my case, since I won’t be going back to Thailand, I should have withdrawn my money.

Italy, my journey, Personal

A night in Rome

I arrived at Rome Fuimicino Airport around 8PM. I was very excited to see my boyfriend. He said he’s going to wait at the airport. It took us 15 minutes to meet because there were so many people. I went to the telephone booth but the lady told me to buy a card. I don’t need to call for a long time so I texted him using my Thai mobile phone and got a reply.

My heart jumped when I saw him! He hugged me and helped me with my luggage.  He already bought 2 bus tickets to bring us to the Termini, the train station.

Our train ticket going to Forli says that we have to get on the train at 6:20AM, so we have like a night to spend together in Rome. We left my luggage at Termini (train station). We walked to the Colosseo (the famous Colosseum in Rome). It took us about an hour to reach there because we always stop to take pictures. Ah, my feet hurt from walking. Taxis are so expensive so we just have to walk. Thanks to him, he carried my backpack because it’s too heavy. He carried 2 heavy bags. Great boyfriend! J

All the pain vanished when I saw personally the Colosseo! Amazed, mesmerized, impressed and happy were my feelings upon seeing the awesome Colosseum. It was built hundreds of years ago but it still looks amazing!

We took more pictures and we went to his friend’s apartment to sleep.

We set the alarm and we woke up at 5am. We walked to the bus stop, got my luggage and paid about 10 euro. We only have few minutes to run to our train. We cannot miss our train, our ticket costs 78 euro. We ran as fast as we can. We got on the train! We could have missed it! Thank God!

What I learned from Rome? There’s a lot of walking because taxis are very expensive. I should wear very comfortable shoes next time we’ll go around the city. It’s okay not to buy a bus ticket because nobody’s going to check specially at night. When it’s time, it’s time. Every minute, every second counts so when you miss your train, sorry.

I’ll go and visit more places in Rome next time. 😉


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The Trip

I’m ready!

Everything was ready days before my flight to Rome. Visa, luggage, plane tickets, bus ticket, train tickets, etc. I went to Bangkok to get my new passport and then wait for my flight. I arrived in Bangkok early in the morning and headed directly to the Philippine Embassy, I carried all my stuffs, about 30 kilograms in all.

The Disappointment

So I arrived at the Philippine embassy around 9AM, left my luggage at the security and excited to get my new passport, anxious about my picture. I waited for my turn. When it was my turn, I gave the receipt. He asked for my old passport, I thought he’s just going to look at it to check if it’s really me. He went inside and looked for my new passport. I saw him from the window that he’s doing something with my passport. I called him and told him not to do anything with the old one because my visa there. The lady inside shouted at me saying, “Mag-antay lang kayo (just wait)!) He came back to me and handed my new passport and then the old one. My eyes almost popped out and my heart stopped beating when I saw the holes in my old passport. I screamed, “What did you do?? My visa to Italy is there! My flight is on Monday! ” He said, “You cannot have two passports at the same time. We should cancel the old one. We only cancelled the passport, your visa are still valid.” He told me to go to the Thai immigration to make sure. I told him I don’t care about the Thai visa because I’m leaving, I need my Italian visa. I was really disappointed, I really cried because I did not expect it.  How can they cancel it when it was extended for 2 years and the expiration will be on June 2015!?

I Asked help

I called the Italian embassy and asked about it. The lady said that when she checked, it’s still valid but she doesn’t know about my case if OK. I kept asking her questions and wasn’t satisfied with her answer. I went to the Italian embassy, asked another lady and she told me that they cannot do anything about it, I better get a new visa. But I cannot wait for another 2 weeks. So she told me that I should then pray that the Thai immigration officer will allow me. Immigration I know I cannot sleep well that night so I decided to go to the airport to ask an immigration officer.  A friend (my boyfriend’s sister-in-law) went with me.  It was really late at night. I asked the information where can I find the office of the immigration officers. She then called someone and handed me the phone. The lady officer asked what kind of visa I had. I told her is an Italian visa. She said she knows about the Thai visa, not the Italian but she thinks it’s okay. So we went home without any sure answer.


I decided to fast a day before my flight. Yes, fast. That means I won’t eat the whole day and just pray to God to answer my selfish prayer. I know fasting is very effective. I’ve done this many times and all my prayers were answered yes.

September 2

I went to the airport alone. The queue was not long, I was early. I checked in, the woman got my 2 passports with her eyebrows connected. She asked me some documents because  she thought I’m going to marry an Italian. I told her it’s Motivi Religiosi. She nodded and gave me my ticket. I lined up at the immigration, when it was my time, I handed the immigration officer my 2 passports and my ticket. He looked at them and asked another officer, I don’t understand but I know they were talking about my passports. I was so nervous. I prayed. After awhile, he stamped and wrote at the new passport, something like “the visa is at passport number XX2988***. He then gave me my passports and I thanked him in Thai. I can still remember the day I got my new passport. I was at the backseat of the taxi and was crying out loud. I thought I cannot go to Italy on the scheduled date. I thank God for everything. I owe Him again. I arrived in Moscow and then to Rome. 🙂 Image Image Image Image


My 25th Birthday

My 25th birthday was one of the most unforgettable birthdays in my life. I never had a party nor cooked a very special meal instead, I spent my day with my friends.

I woke up around 4 in the morning because I had a dream that my boyfriend who is in the other side of the world is awake. I turn on my computer and yes, he was uploading pictures of the cakes he baked for my birthday. He is the sweetest man I know! And oh, it was my first birthday with a boyfriend.


Around 10 o’clock in the morning, Joya and I went to the Korean restaurant for brunch. We were delighted with the food placed on our table. It has been months since the last time I tasted a Korean food . So these are the pictures of the food that awed us.

Right after our stomachs were full, we went home and packed for our next adventure. We demanded to go rock climbing. As a lover of adventure, you couldn’t imagine how excited I was! We rode our motorcycles, bought food and gasoline for our ride. All of a sudden, when we were mentioning about rock climbing, Clad, our friend who’s our guide told us that the place for rock climbing is quite far so we will go to the waterfall instead. I was really disappointed! But anyway, since everything’s ready, we went there.

On our way, the road excites me! It was my first time to ride alone on a motorcycle, I mean adventure ride. I used to have a “driver” when we go to places for adventure. So even if we were not able to go rock climbing, I was still happy to ride the motorcycle on the rough road. Even if the motorcycle slipped and I rolled on the ground, I was still laughing. I really had fun!


We hiked for about 20 minutes going to Houykeaw waterfall. It was beautiful! Joya and I climbed the rocks going up to the waterfall. The waterfall looks small but when you climb, it is very high and very beautiful! At least we still had a simple “rock climbing”. LOL


We took another way going back to Chiangrai. The road was still challenging and it really made me happy. When we arrived to the city, we had dinner and went home.

Few minutes after we arrived, there was a knock on our door. When I opened the door, I saw a pink bear inside the plastic bag. Ate Norfel gave me a pink bear. I was really really happy! I now have something to hug (Jude’s proxy. Hahaha!).

And before I close my eyes to sleep, my Jude and I skyped.

It was indeed an awesome day! Thanks to my friends who made me very happy and to my special someone.

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Cebu (the reunion)

Perfect attendance. Perfect place. Perfect budget. Perfect mood. I felt like everything was perfect when we went to Cebu. It was our great reunion. It was the first time we were all together after we graduated in high school at Matutum View Academy in 2004. Yes, we always see each other but we were not always complete. Some are busy, some went to other places and some had different lives. So when the Cebu Pacific had their promo fare, we grabbed this opportunity to tour around Cebu in just few days.

Kikiss, Anne and I at Gensan Airport.
Mactan Internatonal Airport, Cebu.
Ghay2x, Kikiss, Me, Louie Jane, Anne and Daisy Jane (not in the picture because she was holding the camera.LOL)

It was Kikiss and Anne’s first trip outside Mindanao so they were very excited. Meanwhile, other friends who were already in Cebu, Louie Jane and Ghay2x were also very excited. We met Ghay2x near her apartment and Louie Jane at Ayala Mall.

The following day, we went to the Capitol Church. Spent the Sabbath there and met friends. We also went with the youth of Capitol church in their children’s ministry. Too bad, we don’t have pictures inside the church and when we did the children’s ministry.

We also went to other tourist spots around the city like the Magellan’s cross and the oldest church.

Sabbath lunch together!

Magellan’s Cross.

Sunday morning, we went to Pandanon Island. It’s an island about 2hrs away from Cebu via boat. We were all excited (even if Daisy Jane lost her phone a night before) to go to that small while island. We packed our things, cooked our food and spread our wings to that island.

Pandanon Island

We also went to Taoist temple after we went to Pandanon island. We were exhausted but it was fine, we want to spend the remaining hours together wisely.

And then we went to ride the Kart and raced. It was definetly super dooper fun!

Well, I guess it would be years from now to be reunited again (completely). My friends went back home and I stayed in Cebu while waiting for my flight to Bangkok.


A Cheesy Letter


Today I just feel like writing on my iPod’s note (and maybe post it in my wordpress account). I’m not gonna write about the literal cheese (like cheese cake and cheese sticks, I like ’em both) but I’m going to write about how I feel for you. I already know how much you love me and you know that I love you too (really cheesy!!!!^^) but I still want to remind you that I really really love you and I am very very happy that you said you love me more.

I know I’ve already told you this but you really have NO idea how lucky I am to have found you. Yes, we met 3 years ago and there was nothing. But when we start communicating, it was magic. The other night we talked about why I chose you over them. I just really don’t know why I feel so comfortable with you despite the distance. I think I have found my match (..and you know some other reasons, right?) You never let me feel that we live in different continents and that’s I am always thankful.

Honestly, I have complete trust in you and I’ve never had that before with any guy. (As if I had many. You know the longest relationship I had before you was 2 months. Hahaha!) I am not afraid that you will hurt me because I know you won’t.

I just want to physically be near you and seriously just hug you for a really long time and not let go. That’s all I really want. I’m surprised at how much we both want this long distance thing to work. And as you have said, let us prove that we are happy despite the distance because they (families and friends) are happy about us.

Hmmmmnn.. I dunno what to type more. My students are waiting for me now. Hehehe! Happy 4th month to us, honey, and I am looking forward for more months and years. The time when we will be together. I love you too (I know you love me).





Early Bday Gift

Hi-hello-goodbye was the form of my love life. I meet the guy, dated for awhile and then goodbye. I was in loved and had failed relationships. It has been my dream to love and be loved but maybe fate won’t let me be happy with a man. Then I realized, it’s not fate, it’s God’s plan for me. I always trust myself, I never asked God for guidance.

So a decision has to be made, I will never commit myself to a man without God’s permission. I will just be friends with the opposite sex until God will show me the right one. I also prayed to God that He may show me the right guy before my 25th birthday. He may not be my boyfriend yet but I just want to know him.

So, for 5 years, I never had a boyfriend although during those years, I had crushes and liked some guys. I made myself worthy for the love of my future man. I made myself the right woman for my right man.

Yes, it is such a wonderful feeling when someone cares for you and loves you the way you want to be loved. Now that the right one found me (and I found him) it seems like everythings falling into places. It feels right. I know he is God’s gift for me, God’s prize for all my work. An early birthday gift from God.