NZAS #4: How To Send Passport & Handling Fee By Post?

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Some applicants are required to provide their passport even if they applied for New Zealand visa online.  If you need to provide your passport, you would have been advised of this on the ‘Thank you’ page when you submitted your Immigration ONLINE visa application. If you are not sure if you need to provide your passport, login to your RealMe account, open the application PDF and look at the advice on the last page.

The Immigration New Zealand will contact you if they need your passport or any other information. If you were instructed to provide your passport, ensure you read the following steps carefully:

Step 1 : Prepare the following:

  • your ORIGINAL passport
  • printout of the ONLINE confirmation page or your ONLINE application reference number if available
  • your contact information: phone, e-mail and return courier address (if applicable)
  • the Visa Application Centre (VAC) passport handling fee (plus any applicable courier fees) either in person, through a representative or by post.

My Experience:
I did not have enough time to travel to Manila to process my visa so I decided to maximize the use of NZ online services. No agent needed!

Step 2 : The VFS Global Service Fee are applicable per application.

If you are not applying in New Zealand, you also need to provide a fee for the processing of your passport by the Visa Application Centre. The New Zealand Visa Application Centre will accept all of the payment in PHP currency only. Please be aware that VFS is no longer accepting Manager’s Check (at least in my experience). I have verified this already. You may deposit the fees through cash to any Metrobank branch over the counter.

My Experience:
I paid for the Passport handling Fee via Metrobank (+courier fee for my passport to be sent back to my office). I do not have existing account so I went to a Metrobank branch and deposited the required amount to their account number.
I paid for the ff:
a. Passport Handling Fee: 570php
b. Courier Fee: 385php
I sent my passport and info details via LBC (paid separate amount of 175php) and received it after 10 days through 2GO Express. I did not opt to pay for the SMS services. I monitored through LBC tracking system and that’s enough for me 🙂

Step 3 : Scan Your Passport Bio page, Bank Transaction Slip, and contact information

Do not forget to scan these as you will have to email it  to VFS. The address will be provided to you.

Step 4 : Send via Courier

It’s time to send your passport together with the original deposit slip and contact information. Do not forget to write the address and summary details for ease of reference. Once you lodged your application, track your status of your shipment every now and then. If they do not receive your passport within 20 days, your application could be declined.

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Step 5: Visa Application Status Update

Once your shipment has finally arrived, you shall automatically receive a confirmation email that your application is being processed at the New Zealand Embassy.

Step 6: Visa Application Has Been Processed

After several days of waiting, you shall receive an automated email saying your visa has been processed and your passport is in transit. You will also receive a confirmation in your RealMe account.

Step 7: Congratulations, you made it!

Now, you just have to wait for your passport to arrive the next day or two. Haven’t I told you can do it? 🙂

Useful site: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/contact/offices/philippines

I got multiple visa!! ^_^ PTL! See you soon NZ!

 

Maturity: Reality Untold

A lot of things have happened in the Philippines recently. The earthquake in Zambales, the battle in Marawi City, the tragedy in Resort World Manila, the rainy season affecting many provinces in some part of the country, the non-stop war on drugs, the opening of classes which requires more classrooms, and a little more. As a result, many men, women and children are displaced and heavily suffering at different levels.

On a positive note, however, the country has a tough president who selflessly loves his country, stands his ground, and has the balls to fight not only in words but also in action. He is not perfect just like anybody else but he is the kind of leader this country currently needs. Leadership is the capacity to translate a Vision into Reality.. but a leader’s success is also determined by its people and those around him.

Honestly, I do not agree with EVERYTHING that PRRD ( President) utters online/offline–in fact, I voted for someone else–but this doesn’t mean I should hate him entirely and not submit to his authority. At this point of time, our  President and the soldiers need our support, not our judgments. They need our prayers, not our condemn words. They need our trust, not crab mentality. And our simple appreciation as well as submission to the authority will give them enough courage and strength to do their job in order to serve & protect us from danger. Let us give it to them–submission to authority and prayers for our leaders, soldiers, volunteers and their families.  This is the heart of a true Filipino. Remember, maturity is when we start understanding small things, pick up the pieces and getting things done.

#WakeUpCall #PinoyNaTunay #AngBayanKongPilipinas #MartiaLove

NZAS #3: How I Applied for a New Zealand Student Visa Online

To be able to study in New Zealand for more than a year, I know I need to apply for a student visa. However, I live far from Cebu and Manila and I am also working on weekdays.  Through a little bit of research, I know it can be done by myself (DIY). Thanks to the immigration of New Zealand website  which I find friendly and pretty straightforward. With my scenario, I opted to use the Online Application instead of the paper-based application. Let me share how I did.

Step 1: Open the immigration of New Zealand site. Read and learn more about the details about your visa.

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Step 2: You will be prompted to create or log in to your RealMe account. DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSWORD.

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Step 3: Once you are logged in, just click on “Make an Application”. You will be required to:
a. Fill out an application form

  • You need to complete the answers to all questions in English.
  • You do not need to complete all of the application form at once.
  • You can save your application form at any time and come back.

b. Upload documents

 

  • You are required to upload documents to support your application.
  • You are required to upload an acceptable photo of yourself to support your application. Your photo must show a full-front view of the face, head and shoulders and you must be looking straight at the camera with a neutral expression, eyes open, mouth closed and head straight. Nothing should obscure the facial features.

Experience: NZ4

c. Submit and View application

  • You will be charged an  application fee, you must pay before you can submit your application. This fee can only be paid using Visa™, MasterCard™ or UnionPay™.
  • If you are not applying in New Zealand, you also need to provide a fee for the processing of your passport by the Visa Application Centre.

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Experience: I paid for the visa fee (application cost) using a MasterCard™ online

d. Supply additional documents

  • You may be asked to provide more documents to support your application. If they need more documents or information, they will get in touch with you by email or other means. So keep an eye on your mailbox, email, mobile phone, etc.

Once you clicked “Submit”, you can readily view your application.

Step 4: You shall receive an email acknowledging the receipt of your application and any other instruction.

Experience: I was asked to send Immigration New Zealand my passport along with the required handling fee so they can finalize my application.

So that’s how I did online.
Posting soon: How I Sent My Passport & Handling Fee By Post?

 

 

7-Days Bohol+Cebu+Negros Oriental DIY Itinerary with Family (Honoring Parents with a Trip)

I’ve noticed that most travelers nowadays travel solo or with friends/acquaintances who have similar age and interests. There’s nothing wrong with that but I think it’s also best to share the same activity with parents or family [if we can (financially) and while they can (physically)]. If you know someone or if you are planning for a worthwhile activity that you can cherish all your life, why not treat parents/family once in a while and create beautiful and long-lasting memories.

In this blog, let me share about how I organized a spectacular travel with a goal of honoring parents through this worthwhile trip. Here, I will talk about it in three parts–PART 1, The Profile of Travelers, PART 2 – The 5-Day Itinerary, and PART 3-Where to Stay. All of these are only based on my research and actual experience. So let’s get started!

Part 1 | THE PROFILE OF TRAVELERS

No. of Travel Planner 1 budget traveler
Total No. of Travelers 4
Age 25-60
Point of Origin Baguio City (6-8hrs to Manila) &
Nueva Ecija (4hrs to Manila)
Destination Cebu->Bohol->Negros Oriental
No. of Days 5 days of adventure; 2 days travel time
Remarks Parent 1: First Plane Ride
Parent 2: First Domestic Flight
Sibling: First Plane Ride
  Parent 1: No previous adventure
Parent 2: Limited physical activities in the past few months
10% swimming skills
  FIRST TIME IN CEBU, BOHOL & NEGROS ORIENTAL
Goal To honor parents with a special trip by showing them how beautiful Philippines is (while they can walk and run) 🙂

I only have limited resources but with a good plan, I worked and saved up for this. Hence, there’s no excuse for me not to let them experience it in 2017.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: FEBRUARY 2017! PTL! ^_^

Part 2 | THE 5-DAY ITINERARY

Here is a summary of our DIY itinerary to Bohol+Cebu+Negros Oriental, Philippines. A travel full of wonderful memories. I have saved some videos to  keep myself reminded how beautiful it is to spend quality time with family.

DAY 0

Travel time (Baguio/Nueva Ecija–> NAIA–>Cebu)

DAY 1

Travel Highlights:
Blood Compact Site, Baclayon Church, Loboc River Cruise, Chocolate Hills, Tarsier Breeding Area, ATV Ride, Dumaluan White Beach

Means of Transportation:
Van Rental (Actual): Php2300
Contact: Cresente “Cris” Balaba 0920-885-3635

Itinerary:
Tagbilaran Port–>Blood Compact Site –>Baclayon Church–> Loboc River–> Tarsier Breeding Area–> Chocolate Hills–> ATV Ride–> Ship Haus–> Dumaluan White Beach–> Hennan Resort-Alona Beach–>Henann Beach Resort (Alona Beach)

DAY 2

  • Bohol Part 2 (Hennan Resort–Alona Beach)

Travel Highlights:
Henann Resort/Alona Beach

Means of Transportation:
Van Rental (Hotel to Tagbilaran Port): Php600
Contact: Cresente “Cris” Balaba 0920-885-3635

Itinerary:
Hotel –> Tagbilaran Port–>Argao–>Tanawan

DAY 3

Travel Highlights:
Whale Shark Watching + Snorkeling, Binalayan Hidden Falls, Sumilon Island

Means of Transportation:
On foot (Whale Shark Watching)
Car Rental (Binalayan Hidden Falls): Php800
Boat Rental (Sumilon Island): Php1500
Bus (Tanawan to Liloan Port): 120 (4pax)
Bus (Sibulan Port to Bais City): 200 (4pax)

Itinerary
Whale Shark Watching–>Binalayan Hidden Falls–>Sumilon Island–>Liloan Port–>Sibulan Port–>Bais City

DAY 4

Travel Highlights:
Manjuyod Sandbar, Dolphin Watching

Means of Transportation:
Boat Rental (Dolphin Watching & Manjuyod Sandbar): Php2700

Itinerary:
Dolphin Watching @7AM–> Manjuyod Sandbar (Bais City) @ 8:40AM

DAY 5

Travel Highlights:
Rest time. Dumaguete Food trip. Travel back to Cebu city.
I could do a lot of activities for this day if I’d want to but I’m with parents, lets be considerate 🙂 We had too much activities in the past few days and we need to recharge.

Means of Transportation
Bus (Bais to Sibulan Port) Php200-4pax
Ferry (Sibulan to Liloan) Php180-4pax
Bus (Liloan to Cebu City) Php800-4pax

Itinerary:
Rest time–>Dumaguete Food trip–>Sibulan Port–>Travel back to Cebu city.

DAY 6

  • Cebu Part 4 (Cebu City Tour)

Travel Highlights:
Cebu Heritage Monument, Cebu Cathedral, Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, shopping/pasalubong, food trip

Means of Transportation:
On foot (few minutes walking distance from the hotel)

*In the original itinerary I prepared, we were supposed to visit the Taoist Temple and the Temple of Leah (however, we skipped them due to travel buddies’ preference. Instead, we went around shopping affordable but quality stuff) nawili sa pamimili 😀

DAY 7

Travel time from Cebu–>Manila->Baguio/Nueva Ecija

Part 3 | WHERE TO STAY

Day 0
We arrived at around 10PM and went directly to the pension house.
Robe’s Pension House: http://www.robespensionhouse.com/
Cebu Guesthouse: http://www.cebuguesthouse.com/

How to get there:
Ride a taxi from the airport.

Day 1
Henann Resort in Alona Beach: http://henann.com/bohol/henannalonabeach/
We arrived in Tagbilaran at around 9AM. After the Countryside Tour, we went directly to the hotel that we booked. This is a little bit pricey compared to others but this is part of the Parents’ Treat factor. We stayed at one of the Pool Villas with its own private plunge pool and veranda and it was great! We also indulged ourselves with sumptuous buffet meal. My travel buddies enjoyed it and didn’t want to leave.

How to get there:

We rented a van for the Countryside tour and the driver agreed to drop us off at the hotel after the tour.

Day 2
Chateau de Tan-Awan: 0917 912 7783
Here’s the Facebook Page

It’s walking distance to the Oslob Whale Shark Watching area!
If you are a budget traveler, this one is for you. It’s a home away from home. The hosts are very accommodating and kind. Highly recommended. There are also other budget accommodations around the area.

How to get there:
If you ride a bus going to Liloan from Cebu South Bus Terminal, tell the driver/‘konduktor’ to drop you off to Chateau de Tan-Awan (in front of Tan-Awan Elementary School) in Oslob. It’s along the national highway.

Day 3-4
Casa Sandoval Pension & Restaurant: 0917 777 0826
Here’s the Facebook Page
Email: casasandovalpension@gmail.com
Nearly an hour bus ride from Sibulan Port, the place along the national highway. We chose to stay here in order to be early the next day for Majuyod Sandbar. We didn’t want to miss it.

How to get there:

From Sibulan Port, we walked our way to the national road. We ignored the tricycles parked in front of the port knowing that it’s just close (based on research.. and it is!). Go to the Bus Stop near Birdies’ bakery shop.  Ride a bus going to Manjuyod, Bacolod or San Carlos. Ask the driver to drop you off the Bus stop near Jollibee in Bais. Walk/Ride a tricycle to Casa Sandoval (if the bus strictly unload passengers at the bus stop). It’s just along the highway.

Day 5-6
Cebu View Tourist Inn: http://www.cebuviewtouristinn.com/
(032) 254 8333
Sogo Hotel: http://hotelsogo.com/branch/cebu.html
Reason for choosing this is its proximity from the South Bus Terminal. As I mentioned, no one among us has traveled here before. So, staying near landmarks is best for us. It is 5-8 minute walking distance but if you carry a lot of stuff, you can ride a taxi parked near the bus terminal.

How to get there:
Option 1- Check the google maps and follow the lead 😀
Option 2- Ask locals
Option 3-ride a taxi
Option 4- Combination of 1&2

Day 7
HOME SWEET HOME!

There you have the formula! 🙂 Plan>Work>Save>Explore/Travel

We travel not to escape life but for LIFE not to escape us.
In the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take.

 👣 The Official Traveler

A Lesson from the Automated Teller Machine (ATM)

Yesterday I was at the ATM to get some cash because I dearly needed money. As I started to transact, the ATM showed me an inscriptionatm-card.jpg which said: Please insert your card.

I did.

And then another message popped up- Please enter your pin code.

I did.

And then another message came-
select the amount.

I did that too.

After I had done all this…the ATM showed me a message in BOLD letters…

YOUR TRANSACTION IS BEING PROCESSED, PLEASE WAIT!

Allow me to say:
when you have done all the things you can, you have prayed, you have fasted, you have even asked others to pray with you and for you but it seems as if nothing is happening in your life. What is the attitude of your heart? Wait patiently don’t give up, don’t move because your request is being processed.

WAIT!

Let me tell you ..What made me wait is because my card was already in the ATM, I had already entered my pin code.

If I give up now and walk away… The next person will get all that I had requested.

Not because your messages aren’t heard, not because your prayers are irrelevant, not because your fasting is meaningless but because…

YOUR TRANSACTION IS BEING PROCESSED

Wait and murmur not. Do not think you were born to suffer.. Your prayers are being processed so Wait upon the Lord   

I know.. I know it’s not easy but I encourage you ..WAIT!!!
As it is in Isaiah 40:31- but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

YOUR TRANSACTION IS BEING PROCESSED. PLEASE WAIT

Be blessed and be a blessing. Please share to encourage others.  ^_^

#Repost.

 

Full-time Scholarship: The Schwarzman Scholar

If you’re looking for a full-time scholarship, you may want to consider this.
DEADLINE: September 28, 11:59 PM, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

According to its website, the Schwarzman Scholarship does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job or course of study requirements.

The application should be completed online and submitted electronically once you have answered all required questions. You do not have to complete the online application in one sitting; you may access, save, and continue work on your application as frequently as needed prior to submitting the application to the Schwarzman Scholars selection committee. It is recommended that you SAVE your work often. The application form must be completed in English.

Please note that the email address provided to create your account will be used for ALL future correspondence about your candidacy. After creating an account, you will receive a system-generated email prompting you to verify your email. Keep your login information in a safe place, as you will need it to access your application in the future.

Currently enrolled undergraduate students should coordinate with their campus contact early in the application process. Some universities/colleges establish internal pre-application deadlines to ensure that all the application requirements are met prior to the September 28 deadline.

Check it out! You might be the next scholar!

Eligibility Requirements: http://schwarzmanscholars.org/admissions/eligibility/
FAQ: http://schwarzmanscholars.org/admissions/faq/
For technical support, please contact: SchwarzmanScholars.apptechsup@iie.org

APPLY NOW: http://schwarzmanscholars.org/admissions/

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Disclaimer: I am not in any way affiliated in this organization. I am simply sharing what I’ve found worth-sharing 🙂

Tips for Writing Your Research Proposal

For the past few months, I’ve been  asked to write reports and project proposals. So, I thought of sharing something in relation to this. Here are a few reminders before writing your next research proposal.

1. Know yourself

Know your area of expertise, what are your strengths and what are your weaknesses. Play to your strengths, not to your weaknesses. If you want to get into a new area of research, learn something about the area before you write a proposal. Research previous work. Be a scholar.

2. Know the program from which you seek support
You are responsible for finding the appropriate program for support of your research. 

3. Read the program announcement

Programs and special activities have specific goals and specific requirements. If you don’t meet those goals and requirements, you have thrown out your chance of success. Read the announcement for what it says, not for what you want it to say. If your research does not fit easily within the scope of the topic areas outlined, your chance of success is nil.

4. Formulate an appropriate research objective

A research proposal is a proposal to conduct research, not to conduct development or design or some other activity. Research is a methodical process of building upon previous knowledge to derive or discover new knowledge, that is, something that isn’t known before the research is conducted.

5. Develop a viable research plan

A viable research plan is a plan to accomplish your research objective that has a non-zero probability of success. The focus of the plan must be to accomplish the research objective.

6. State your research objective clearly in your proposal

A good research proposal includes a clear statement of the research objective. Early in the proposal is better than later in the proposal. The first sentence of the proposal is a good place. A good first sentence might be, “The research objective of this proposal is…” Do not use the word “develop” in the statement of your research objective.

7. Frame your project around the work of others

Remember that research builds on the extant knowledge base, that is, upon the work of others. Be sure to frame your project appropriately, acknowledging the current limits of knowledge and making clear your contribution to the extension of these limits. Be sure that you include references to the extant work of others.
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8. Grammar and spelling count

Proposals are not graded on grammar. But if the grammar is not perfect, the result is ambiguities left to the reviewer to resolve. Ambiguities make the proposal difficult to read and often impossible to understand, and often result in low ratings. Be sure your grammar is perfect.

9. Format and brevity are important

Do not feel that your proposal is rated based on its weight. Use 12-point fonts, use easily legible fonts, and use generous margins. Take pity on the reviewers. Make your proposal a pleasant reading experience that puts important concepts up front and makes them clear. Use figures appropriately to make and clarify points, but not as filler.

10. Know the review process

Know how your proposal will be reviewed before you write it. Proposals that are reviewed by panels must be written to a broader audience than proposals that will be reviewed by mail. Mail review can seek out reviewers with very specific expertise in very narrow disciplines.

11. Proof read your proposal before it is sent

Many proposals are sent out with idiotic mistakes, omissions, and errors of all sorts. Proposals have been submitted with the list of references omitted and with the references not referred to. Proposals have been submitted to the wrong program. Proposals have been submitted with misspellings in the title. These proposals were not successful. Stupid things like this kill a proposal. It is easy to catch them with a simple, but careful, proof reading. Don’t spend six or eight weeks writing a proposal just to kill it with stupid mistakes that are easily prevented.

12. Submit your proposal on time

Duh? Why work for few months on a proposal just to have it disqualified for being late? Remember, fairness dictates that proposal submission rules must apply to everyone. It is not up to the discretion of the program officer to grant you dispensation on deadlines. Get your proposal in two or three days before the deadline.
LET’S DO THIS ^_^

25 Principles for a Lasting Relationship

Twenty-five principles to your relationship, that could make a life-changing difference in your marriage! In no particular order.

1. Choose to love each other even in those moments when you struggle to like each other. Love is a commitment, not a feeling.

2. Always answer the phone when your husband/wife is calling and when possible, try to keep your phone off when you’re together with your spouse.

3. Make time together a priority. Budget for a consistent date night. Time is the “currency of relationships” so consistently invest time into your marriage.

4. Surround yourself with friends who will strengthen your marriage and remove yourself from people who may tempt you to compromise your character.

5. Make laughter the soundtrack of your marriage. Share moments of joy, and even in the hard times, find reasons to laugh.

6. In every argument, remember that there won’t be a “winner” and a “loser.” You are partners in everything so you’ll either win together or lose together. Work together to find a solution.

7. Remember that a strong marriage rarely has two strong people at the same time. It’s usually a husband and wife taking turns being strong for each other in the moments when the other feels weak.

8. Prioritize what happens in the bedroom. It takes more than sex to build a strong marriage, but it’s nearly impossible to build a strong marriage without it!

9. Remember that marriage isn’t 50-50, divorce is 50-50. Marriage has to be 100-100. It’s not splitting everything in half, but both partners giving everything they’ve got!

10. Give your best to each other, not your leftovers after you’ve given your best to everyone else.

11. Learn from other people, but don’t feel the need to compare your life or your marriage to anyone else’s. God’s plan for your life is masterfully unique!

12. Don’t put your marriage on hold while you’re raising your kids or else you’ll end up with an empty nest and an empty marriage.

13. Never keep secrets from each other. Secrecy is the enemy of intimacy.

14. Never lie to each other. Lies break trust and trust is the foundation of a strong marriage.

15. When you’ve made a mistake, admit it and humbly seek forgiveness. You should be quick to say, “I was wrong. I’m sorry. Please forgive me.”

16. When your husband/wife breaks your trust, give them your forgiveness instantly which will promote healing and create the opportunity for trust to be rebuilt. You should be quick to say, “I love you. I forgive you. Let’s move forward.”

17. Be patient with each other. Your spouse is always more important that your schedule.

18. Model the kind of marriage that will make your sons want to grow up to be good husbands and your daughters want to grow up to be good wives.

19. Be your spouse’s biggest encourager, not his/her biggest critic. Be the one who wipes away their tears, not the one who causes them.

20. Never talk badly about your spouse to other people or vent about them online. Protect your spouse at all times and in all places.

21. Always wear your wedding ring. It will remind you that you’re always connected to your spouse and it will remind the rest of the world that you’re off limits!

22. Connect into a community of faith. A good church can make a world of difference in your marriage and family.

23. Pray together. Every marriage is stronger with God in the middle of it.

24. When you have to choose between saying nothing or saying something mean to your spouse, say nothing every time!

25. Never consider divorce as an option. Remember that a “perfect marriage” is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other!

Source: http://strongermarriages.com/the-best-marriage-advice-ever/

NZAS #2 |New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship Award: My Unexpected Surprise!

Act without Expectations

Inspired by Daily Prompt: Expectation

While most couples expect to receive surprises from their loved ones on Valentine’s Day, I never truly expect that the my mailbox would surprise me with the Scholarship Letter of Offer on February 14! It is sure a great surprise! From now on, I am very much inspired to share about my NZAS milestones in order to inspire other aspiring scholars around the globe.

Coming from a financially challenged family, it has been a ‘ wish upon a star’ to study abroad with full scholarship but nothing is impossible for those who truly believe. Every morning, before I start my work at the office, I would always check international news for updates and current events. One morning, I came across a news article with New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship Award (NZAS) on it. I became interested (since ‘to be a full-time scholar abroad’ was part of my Vision & Goals for 2016). So, I challenged myself to apply for one. It was never easy. I never expected to make it to the end but my heart was at peace no matter what the result be. Thankfully, after several months the long wait is finally over. Indeed, it’s WORTH THE WAIT!!! I GOT THE SCHOLARSHIP! Glory to God. 🙂

TIMELINE OF APPLICATION
April 29: Submitted application
April 30: Received response to inquiry
June  03: Passed the initial screening
June 04: Moved forward to the next stage
July 11:    Took online assessment
August 8: Passed online assessment stage
August 11: Schedule of panel interview
August 12: Submitted supporting documents
August 24: Took the interview
September 23: Shortlisting Outcome (RC)
December 19: Scholarship Team notification
January 31: University notification
February 2: Scholarship Team notification (PC)
February 10: New Zealand Scholarship Letter of Offer

It is not as easy at it may appear. Expect that there are many applicants–many are called, but few are chosen. In response to worst case scenario, Prayer, Planning, Goal-setting, and Research were necessary. I prepared and set specific targets to achieve it step by step. Throughout the process of waiting, I’ve learned many lessons. My character while waiting has been strengthened and I am so glad I have succeeded on the day I  expected the least. When it appeared to be hopeless, pray for patience, peace and joy. Keep moving, DON’T GIVE UP. (Jer. 29:11)

*I hope to help other aspiring NZAS scholars by sharing my personal experiences on my NZAS journey. ^_^ Everybody has a story.


NZAS #1 | The New Zealand ASEAN Scholarship Award

Maybe you are looking for career growth and you want to upgrade you skills and broaden your knowledge. Why not study abroad? The New Zealand government is offering a prestigious scholarships for people from developing countries to study in top notch New Zealand universities. You’ll get a chance to study with students and other professionals from around the world, build life-long connections to New Zealand as well as a global network. If you are up to postgraduate level study, try the New Zealand ASEAN Scholarships (NZAS). It seeks to empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to the development of your home country.

WHO ARE ELIGIBLE?

As of 2017, the eligible countries are Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. The application can be done online. To learn more about this scholarship, go to https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/aid-and-development/scholarships/how-to-apply/

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Filipino citizen residing in the Philippines
  • Not more than 40 years old at the start of the scholarship
  • Not have citizenship or permanent residence status in New Zealand OR Australia
  • Not hold, nor have held in the preceding 2 years, a New Zealand OR Australian government scholarship
  • Apply to commence a NEW programme of study
  • Apply for a higher-level qualification
  • Have at least 2 years work experience relative to chosen career
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of the Philippines
  • Can take up the scholarship in the calendar year the scholarship is offered
  • Agree to return to the Philippines for 2 years following completion of the scholarship

DOCUMENTS NEEDED

If you are successful in reaching the shortlist, you will be required to provide the following documentation so get ready with them:

  1. One of the following:
    • Verified copy of passport
    • Verified copy of birth certificate
    • Verified copy of other official government issued ID
  2. Verified copies of relevant academic transcripts
  3. Verified copies of relevant completion certificates
  4. Contact details of most recent employer and two most relevant other employers (this does not apply to School Leaver applicants)
  5. A non-verified copy of an IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) or an original copy of a TOEFL test result form, completed in the last 24 months. Native English language speakers will have the opportunity to provide alternative evidence of their proficiency.

The Application for 2018 is now open to Filipinos [February 16-March 31, 2017].

Break a leg!