Part II of the FSO Exam Series: 2018 Changes and Tips on Passing the Qualifying Test

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are mine alone. I. 2018 Changes This month, the Board of Foreign Service Examinations (BFSE) has announced some (rather significant, I would say) changes in the requirements an applicant must meet in order to qualify to take the Foreign Service Officer (FSO) Exam. Changes are effective from 2018. … More Part II of the FSO Exam Series: 2018 Changes and Tips on Passing the Qualifying Test

So you want to join the Foreign Service? Chapter I: Demistifying the Philippine Foreign Service Officer Exam

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are mine alone. I began taking the five-part Philippine Foreign Service Officer Exam (“FSOE”) in August 2015. The results came out in November 2016 – 29 of us passed. While preparing for the exam, I realized that resources available to examinees are scant, and so I vowed that should my application … More So you want to join the Foreign Service? Chapter I: Demistifying the Philippine Foreign Service Officer Exam

Why do I travel?

Why do I travel? It will be hard to capture my sentiments in one blog post, but I will try. I travel to see beauty. Beauty my senses are not yet accustomed to. Beauty that surprises the eyes. It could refer to a place that I’ve never seen or heard before, or a known attraction that far exceeds … More Why do I travel?

Twipper of the Week

Honored to have been featured by one of my favorite travel-themed pages, the New York based company TWIP. Thank you TWIP for featuring me as a “Twipper of the Week”! See the original post here.    Current city: Tokyo, Japan Age: 31 What makes you interesting: I’ve lived in five different cities in four different countries … More Twipper of the Week

Herzegovina in 25 Photos (and 24 hours)

The train ride to Mostar from the capital city of Sarajevo lasted roughly 3.5 hours. Mostar is Herzegovina’s largest city. The 110km ride was scenic, and quite cheap at 5 Bosnian Marks (EUR2.5). Herzegovina is a region that lies in the south of Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH). Historically, the country was known simply as ‘Bosnia’. Calling … More Herzegovina in 25 Photos (and 24 hours)

16 food (and drink) picks from 16 European countries (Part 1)

A large part of what I enjoy about travelling is – surprise, surprise – eating. That is, introducing my senses to new smells and tastes. I find it best to be open-minded about food (and drinks!) – as long as it isn’t against my morals to eat a certain dish, or find it too disgusting, … More 16 food (and drink) picks from 16 European countries (Part 1)