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How to apply for a US Tourist Visa

How to easily apply for a US Tourist Visa (plus some tips…)

Let me start this with a boring disclaimer. Before anything else, know that I am in no way a visa expert. The things I’ll be discussing here are purely based on my experiences of successfully applying for a 10-year multiple entry US tourist visa, and that’s it. I’ll try to update this if there are significant changes, however it is up to you to confirm the ever changing procedures and requirements with the official US Travel Docs Website. Whew now with all that out of the way, let’s do this!

A lot of my friends have been asking me lately on how to successfully apply for a tourist visa to the United States for my trips to the “land of the free” quite too many times already, so I think it’s about time that I write about my experiences and know-how when applying for a tourist visa at the US Embassy in the Philippines.

As with any other visa application to any other country, the requirements and procedures provided in the US Embassy website are very straightforward. But because of the hefty fees, lengthy procedures, and sometimes frustratingly confusing instructions (thank your ‘credible’ source for that), it’s just right and understandable for applicants to double check and consult with others on how the process really works, and the best practices to increase the chances of getting approved. Continue reading

How is travel an investment

So How Exactly is Travel an Investment?

I just learned from a colleague that he was sent by his previous company on a 6-month business assignment in Copenhagen a few years back.

The farthest I was able to reach on a business trip was only to Singapore and Malaysia, so just imagine my envy each time I hear these stories of other colleagues being sent to expensive Europe.

I really had to ask him what other European cities he went to on weekends he’s not working, but I was appaled (okay, just shocked) when he mentioned he didn’t go anywhere and instead just stayed in his apartment and do a few side trips in and around Copenhagen on weekends.

His puzzling answer only led to me asking more questions Continue reading

How to Quickly Visit San Francisco via Market Street

How To Quickly Visit San Francisco Via Market Street

From its southwestern end where the LGBT movement is more evident to the northern tip that looks out to the San Francisco bay, taking a walk down San Francisco’s Market Street tells a story about this beautiful city’s history, its local culture, and how it came to be.

Market Street is downtown San Francisco’s major thoroughfare. This is the main road that easily connects the city together. This is also where a lot of the happenings are. Continue reading

punta-fuego-a-taste-of-luxury-in-nasugbu-batangas

Luxe Feels in Batangas, Punta Fuego Style

Batangas is a haven for luxury resorts. It might not boast of fine white sand, endless stretch of beaches, and stunning tropical islands like the ones you would see in Bohol or Palawan, but its advantage is its proximity to Manila, the bustling metro that is the Philippine capital.

Batangas is roughly around a three-hour drive south of Metro Manila, and it is the quickest escape for those wanting to get away from all the chaos on weekends. Given the proximity, it’s no wonder that various luxury resort companies have taken their share in building and promoting Batangas (particularly Nasugbu) as a prime luxury destination.

I got to experience this with a few friends a couple of weeks ago after one of them won at a mall promotion and the prize was a two-night stay at a luxurious resort situated along the tip of a flame-shaped peninsula.

It’s called Club Punta Fuego (hence the name) in Nasugbu, Batangas. Continue reading

earning my blog's first $100

Earning My Blog’s First $100: The Journey & an Honest Review of Media.net

As I’ve mentioned in a previous article, it isn’t exactly easy to get your publisher account approved by Google AdSense. Even if you’re already approved and has been earning with them for quite a while now, there’s still that nagging feeling that the guys at Google may at one day decide to deem your account unworthy of their service and instantly block your account along with your pending earnings.

And it’s nasty.

Don’t get me wrong here. As hardworking bloggers, we should definitely head straight to Google AdSense when thinking of monetizing our website through contextual ads. C’mon, they’re the largest and most trusted ad network in the whole planet, and it only makes sense to join them first.

So if you’re reading this and it’s your first time at monetizing your website through ads, do me a favor and apply for Google AdSense already. Then read on below, because I’m sure you’ll find this very helpful.

Since I mentioned that it’s not really easy applying to the big guys at Google and since there’s still a chance of them banning your account even if you’re approved, it helps to anticipate and know of other trustworthy ad networks that you can join as an alternative, or even better, together with Google AdSense. Continue reading

How to pay for your travels with Freelance Writing

How to Pay for All Your Overseas Adventures with Freelance Writing

This is a guest post from Kevin Casey, The Jet-setting Copywriter from Australia. He explains to us how he travels all over the globe – and pays for it all with his writing business. Know more about him in his guest blogger profile at the end of this post. Thanks by the way Kevin, for sharing your inspiring story with us.

I just had my most lucrative year ever as a freelance writer, which was awesome – and I only had to work two-thirds of the year to do it. I spent the rest of the year travelling.

I played digital nomad in South America for 5 weeks, snorkelled with mantas on the Great Barrier Reef, rented a penthouse apartment in Milan for a while and enjoyed summer weather in Portugal and Spain. I also explored Tasmania and spent a month in the Bolivian jungle tracking and photographing wildlife with an indigenous guide.

The profits from my freelance writing business pay for three distinct types of trips – part-time digital nomad adventures in interesting foreign cities (when I write a lot), normal holidays (when I write very little) and serious wilderness explorations (when I leave the laptop at home). I enjoy a truly location-dependent lifestyle – I can work from my home in Australia or travel for as long as I like whenever I feel the urge. Continue reading

Is it worth the rent at weekend markets-Inspiring merchants share their stories

Is it Worth Renting at Weekend Markets? Inspiring Merchants Share Their Stories

Although it’s not only exclusive to budding businesses, weekend markets make for a great venue to take your entrepreneurial skills out for a test drive.

Why not? I mean, weekend markets are great places to showcase your products in a trendy consumer-centric setting, allowing you to directly get feedback from customers and gain exposure for your brand, and at the same time find out how your products fare against other businesses in the venue.

And since weekend markets are mostly done during weekends (of course), it gives flexibility to business owners who don’t have the financial resources to rent out a place for longer periods and subsequently having to build a physical store, instead allowing them to pay for rent only during weekends when consumers are out and about. Continue reading

The 5 Effective Ways to Make Money From Your Blog (Plus Valuable Tips)

5 Effective Ways to Make Money From Your Blog (Plus Valuable Tips)

Whether you’re blogging just for fun or you’re doing it seriously as a personal “business”, there’s no doubt that it’s most exciting when earnings start flowing in.

It is a milestone. And it defines that you’re somehow already “made” as a blogger.

For new bloggers and for those who are just thinking of trying out blogging as a means to earn a living, the question is, “How exactly do I earn from my blog?”

There are many ways to make money from your blog, and there are also tons of options (e.g. different advertising companies) to do so.

This often makes it harder for a blogger who’s thinking of monetizing his/her blog to pick and establish a set of money making strategy that’s well suited to his/her blog.

Let me present to you the many ways you can earn a stream of income from your blog based on what I’ve learned from trying to do so. Continue reading

HOW TO PICK A BANKABLE NICHE FOR YOUR BLOG

How to Pick a Profitable Niche & Make a Living Out of Blogging

As per Google search, a ‘niche’ is a specialized but profitable corner of the market. In the world of blogging, it means that your writing has to focus on something that incrementally makes you an expert on that topic and makes you the go to blog for such topic. It doesn’t end there – your blog’s focus must also be profitable.

It only makes sense.

I mean, who would want to write on such topic that generates zero return? Unless you’re writing solely for passion and personal (non-profit) reasons, choosing a particular niche before starting helps you plan out on what you should write about and how you would eventually earn from it, giving you a sense of direction for your blog, among many other things.

Starting your own blog from zero experience can be an intimidating and tricky task, especially if you do not know what to write about in the first place. Continue reading

Money-making by Copy Trading in Layman's Term

How to Copy: An EToro Copy Trader Review

This post is a review of eToro copy trader, and tips on how to copy the best traders on eToro. If you have questions or tips, join the live discussion on the comments section below and interact with like-minded traders.

Ever wanted to dive into stock, indices, commodities, and forex (foreign/currency exchange) trading, however lack the skill and knowledge in executing a successful and very profitable trade?

Yes, we may have that beginner’s luck at executing a few trades. The thing is, how do we maintain a very successful streak by somehow predicting that next sharp rise in the charts?

Certainly that is not that easy to do so without having expert financial “Wall Street” calibre skills. That is my issue as well. I wanted to trade and make a somehow handsome cash while relaxing on a beach. But I’ve already tested the waters of manual trading. Quite honestly, it didn’t work out well for me.

Turns out I was a very emotional trader, quickly responding to chart movements (a notoriously newbie mistake) as I’ve written in a previous blog post.

At the time, I really hoped there would be a game-changing trading platform that allows normal people to just automatically copy expert trades of expert traders. When I say expert, I meant those who are knowledgeable at what they do. Those who are able to deal with their emotions while prices plummet.

It’s actually a good thing there is eToro, the world’s largest social trading network with millions of active traders. eToro is a member of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC). The question is, what is my review of eToro? And how do we find and copy the best traders in this trading platform? Continue reading