I’m not weird, this is normal in my country!

One of the most terrifying things about moving countries is looking foolish and feeling awkward. But this is actually the best opportunity to look as foolish and feel as awkward as possible. Looking foolish is a common cause of anxiety in any new experience or situation. But as a foreigner in a new place, I [...]

Top Tip for Job Hunting in the UK

One of the hardest things about moving to a different country is looking for a job. I left my big law job in the Philippines in September 2019. In October, I moved to Scotland and got married in January 2020. And we all know what happened in March 2020. Being unemployed in a new country [...]

2020 Review: My First Year Away

Like everyone else, my year was pretty wild. After going through this review process though, I realised that my 2020 wasn’t actually terrible. Looking at the big picture view of my year, it seemed pretty bleak — I’ve tried (and failed) to look for work in a new country in the middle of a pandemic. [...]

Getting Married in Scotland: The Legal Requirements

Scotland is one of the most beautiful places to get married in - so many castles, medieval structures, men in kilts 😉 Here are some legal requirements you'll need to look into while you're planning your perfect wedding. Registering with the Local Registrar during the coronavirus pandemic Before booking any venues or other suppliers, check [...]

How I Switched from a UK Fiancé to Spouse Visa

I've talked about the difference between the UK Fiancé and Spouse visas before. I was fortunate enough to have been able to apply for a Spouse Visa right before the lockdown restrictions were imposed, and I received the Grant about 5 weeks after the whole biometrics process. I heard Sopra Steria (the company the processes [...]

Frugal Food Tips for Lockdown Meals

This pandemic has revealed so many chefs-at-heart, as you can see from all the scrumptious looking home-cooked meals being posted all over social media. However, some people may be having a difficult time right now because of all the uncertainty - some people may have been furloughed or have lost their jobs all together. Even [...]

Scottish Accent Hack #1

When I first moved to Scotland as a student in Edinburgh, I had to ask most Scots to please "say that again?" I took a part-time job as a receptionist and, of course, I answered all the phone calls. I always felt so embarrassed to ask them to repeat what they said. I thought to [...]

How I got my UK Fiancé Visa

The UK Fiancé Visa allows you to get married in the UK. It's valid for just 6 months, and you need to get married in that time. In the meantime, you can't work, but you can plan your wedding, apply for jobs, and plan the rest of your life 🙂 This is how I got [...]