Thursday, April 9, 2015

Japan tomorrow


Visa is approved as of March 26. I will be leaving for Japan tomorrow - for good. :)

Long post as soon as I got time..

ttyl

, Cecily

Friday, March 6, 2015

Japanese Spouse Visa

Just want to update regarding the status of my Japanese Spouse Visa.

Jan 15 - our immigration lawyer from Yokohama, Japan submitted my Certificate of Eligibility (COE)

Along this time, I expected to wait until April 15. Based from our lawyer's experience, it takes 2 to 3 months of waiting for the COE. Paid 2300 plus 50 for the 2x2 picture editing.

But God is great.

March 2 - lawyer messaged me and said my COE has arrived. Thank God. I became 90% happier because of this.

March 3 - Paid the lawyer and he sent me via post the COE along the Report of Marriage from the Philippine Embassy of Japan in Tokyo.

I spent the remaining time researching about CFO seminar. Under the law, (' -_-) Filipinos with foreign spouses need to attend that in order to leave the country. 😩

March 5 - I went to NSO in East Ave QC expecting to  receive my marriage cert. This is a requirement for CFO. I braved the queues from 7am till 11ish. Unfortunately, they said its not yet available and I can only get it on March 23 which I cant afford to wait. I dont know why it takes that long. My huge guess is....NSO's laziness....sigh. DFA said they already handcarried my Report of Marriage last Feb 6. NSO simply said, "Oh! 1 month palang pala eh!" Oh dear..😧 dont want to focus on that experience here lets move on lol

March 6 - EMS courier received. COE is in my hand!!!
Went to one of the accredited agencies here: http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/visiting/new%20visa/list%20of%20accredited%20agencies.htm

And submitted copy of my Report of Marriage, 2x2 picture, passport and COE.

The agency said, I need to wait 2 - 3 weeks.
The agency messenger said, there are 3 visa denials today.
The forums that I read said, COE is not a guaranteed visa. There are still chances of denial. Omg. 😨😲😳

Now, I am back in waiting and the same uneasy feeling is here again...

If the visa is denied, it will take 6 mos before we can reapply again. My gosh. Its so long...

Hubby is reassuring and said we dont need to worry because our requirements are complete. I am a worry rat...but I guess its my way of coping not to expect so much so the feeling is not that heavy...just like how I waited for COE. Its completely unexpected that it only took about less than 7 weeks. I was really happy that time but then after researching what to do next...i realized that the battle is not yet over.

On March 9 - I plan to go to CFO for seminar. Will update this after it happened.

What have I been doing recently?
I went to my brother's condo in Makati since nobody is renting it yet.

I visited old friends in Makati. Realized how different our values and interests now. Lol.

Went to my husband's family but was not too keen to go lol...until he only requested.

Had 2 interviews. One offered me an office job with a good compensation package for the Philippine setting. The other one with a very bad salary package but will allow me to teach English to Japanese. I didnt follow up with the two because after 3 days, my COE arrived and I had to focus on that.

I also tried to study Japanese in a school in Makati. But didnt pursue also because of the COE.

I also had numerous fights with hubby because of LDR thingy and some personal issues. Ultimately the cause is more of the sadness of being away from each other. We better need to see each other soon gosh..

So..these are the things that I need to do to keep my mind busy...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Back in Pinas

Im typing this in my laptop while listening to Ariana Grande's, Love me Harder.

Location: my hometown in Pinas (my pink room to be exact)

I've been here since January 9th. It has been let me say - steady. Not so much of a storm. I used to be so emo, dramatic and all sorts when I leave without my husband. I guess staying here with my loving Mom and Grandma really help me a lot!

So what have I been doing? Im just catching up with the products in the Philippines lol..so far, I have only went to the nearest SM supermarket and department store. I was stocking up with my toiletries essentials. I also bought food which I really missed such as squid ball and the fishball sauce lol also, Cheetos Hot (Japan doesnt have this! ://) and red hotdog and so on and so forth. My gosh, I have been eating. Yesterday, while preparing to leave for grocery, I noticed that I cant fit into my old clothes anymore. Sad. I think I changed 4x because everytime I fit one, I found myself looking like a pregnant woman. Am I pregnant? I hope not - Yet...lol.

I tried to resurrect my oDesk profile. I applied to three jobs. There is one that replied to me and I was so happy for it but I think being in other country, makes me quite dissatisfied with my $10 bid. And its not going to be a long hour work. Actually, I am not yet really hired. I was only given a 2hr challenge so the client can test my designing capabilities. I actually delayed it for two days and I am hoping to accomplish it today after blogging. But everytime I think that I will only get 20 USD after...I cant help but lose my motivation...I know that attitude is so bad....5 years ago, I would have spank myself for saying this. I was so economical back then that a 1USD bid is so essential for me already.

I guess I really need to move forward with the low bids. I dont think with my age right now (29 y/o), I still have that luxury to sit in my laptop for 8 hours and get about 8USD per day. I would rather think of other things to do that can make me earn more. The question is how, when and what to do....

I was thinking of import and exporting things from Japan since I have an access there. The problem is execution. I wanna do it so bad but I dont know if Im selling it to the right market.

Hmmm think think...

Sometimes when this dilemma happens, I cant help but to think about Japan. If only I was in Japan, then I can get a part time teaching job easily, I tell myself. And earn like 2XXXX Yen. And without putting so much effort. But when I was in Japan, all I wanted to do is to be a housewife and nothing else. Man. Well, I couldnt really work at that time because my visa is not valid for work. What a dilemma lol.

I think next time when my visa arrives, I am going to full blast work and catch up with earning money. Bahala na with the household work. With my allergic husband (allergic sa gawaing bahay), I think we will be having more arguments about household work but we will cross that line when it happens...

For now, I will do my oDesk task first. Sigh..20 USD...lol

, Cecily

Friday, December 19, 2014

Amazon Haul

Finally..after ordering it last Nov 30, my Amazon package has arrived in Tokyo! Whewe. 3 week wait...

Here is the package and content. 

1. Elaine Gregg Restorative Marine Moisturizer
Special ingredient: red marine algae
I have used a similar product in Sg. It did good to my skin but unfortunately, I ran out of it. Upon researching, the cream is available online but in different name and branding. I guess its repackaged..

2. Cosmedica Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Again, my Sg dermatologist recommended Hyaluronic Acid for me but I ran out of it and saw this online.

3. Purity One Step Facial Cleanser
I need a cleanser and make up remover in one. Too bad Amazon doesnt sell the product that I used from Eucerin so I choose this one instead.

4. Aveeno Shampoo and Conditioner
Hands up to Aveeno as their products are "hiyang" to me.

5. Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder - Intensity 2.0
Have tried this first in Sg  and love it so much it feels like second skin but I ran out of it and Japan doesnt carry this.

6. SkinCeuticals Phyto +
For hyperpigmentation. I will use this before putting Hyaluronic Acid and Restorative Marine Moisturizer

Basically these products are mostly skin regimen at night. 😆💙💚💛💜

Friday, December 12, 2014

Spouse Visa Denied

Yep. It hurts.

Sorry for the lack of post but I received a bad news this Wednesday and the immigration said they cannot grant me my spouse visa unless for special reasons like sickness or pregnancy (cant get preggers now, its out of our financial planning). Wth? So you mean loving my husband is not legitimate for us to be together?! How could they do this to us. 😭😭😭

I was given 30 days and when I comeback home in Pinas, hubby can only apply for the Certificate of Eligibility. And that has chances of denial again! Ugh. Lord, help us!

I cant bear to be LDR with my hubby again. 😭😭😭

Today, I spent the whole day calling different lawyers in the payphone as I dont have phone. In Japan, you need to be a resident to have one. My gawd. I defied the cold winter weather. Dried up my throat for explaining. Spent almost 5k Yen for the cards and still it left me confused. One lawyer said, we can reapply again and dont have to go back to PH (Just pay 100k+ yen and counting, yeah ryt.) But guess what...three lawyers said no...you need to go back thats the rule. Wahhhhhh.

Omg. Hope we can surpass this.

Im gonna miss being a housewife...

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