Missing Things, Missing People

I miss my church community in Taipei. Friends often hear me complain about my tasks every Sunday in the last two years- waking up extra early to be at the sacristy, coordinating big to small things, buying cakes etc etc- but now that I'm not doing any of it, I'm starting to miss 'community' life.

To somehow make up for it, I sent messages to church mates last week and asked how's everyone doing. I know they have their regular Sunday posts on FB but it's different if you send a message directly to check on them. I also attended The Feast a few Sundays ago (photo above) to see if it'll have the same 'community' feeling. Although The Feast is a big group divided into several smaller committees, it was so nice to see young people serving together and building their own communities anchored in faith.

Speaking of serving, I now spend most of my free time (not a lot, sadly) preparing dishes at home to serve my brother. My goal is to feed him healthy meals and to make him stop from ordering fast food.
I like to think that I'm quite successful in my mission. I no longer hear the doorbell ring for any Jollibee, Mcdonald's or KFC food deliveries.

... And can I just share how I'm in love with this half-baked madagascar ice cream from Mad Mark's? It was my reward after finishing a project at work.

Mom and I watched The Lion King at The Theatre (Solaire) few nights ago. I can't believe it was my mom's first time to watch a musical. She was very impressed with the A Circle of Life performance and kept saying "Ang galing, ang galing!" The show was really good but Les Miserables will always be my number 1. I have yet to see Miss Saigon :( I hope someday we'll get to watch it on Broadway.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everyone! May the peace and joy of the Risen Christ be with you and your loved ones! 

It was the first time that I spent Holy Week in Manila. Imagine my shock when I saw the streets practically empty. I went to 3 different churches for the Paschal Triduum. Such a huge difference from last year, when I was running back and forth coordinating with readers, assigned apostles etc. I was happy being just a regular parishioner this time around. 

I had no time to write anything last month, so here are some quick updates and photos. 

I didn't know International Women's Day is a big thing here, well at least for the company I work for. Women were given cupcakes and a pen to celebrate the occasion.

Catch up sesh with Joy and Mary, my fellow Ortigas girls. Joy used to live in Makati, but moved to Ortigas after getting married. We take the same route every day and spend the same amount of time on the road. Mary on the other hand works somewhere in Pioneer. Happy to share that I've quite gotten used to Manila traffic. BUT I have not erased my TPE metro and bus app on my phone because I miss their public transpo sooooo much. Bus 311 was my life.

Date with Auntie F. Last I saw her was in late November so it was definitely time to catch up before she goes on a month-long solitude. I'm truly grateful to have her in Manila because I know people in Taipei are missing her soooooo bad and will do anything just to see and talk to her. She has a special way of making people feel better if they are down, she knows what to say, how and when to say it.

Trip to Dagupan and Manaoag with my mom. My sister-in-law gave birth a couple of weeks ago. We went to visit her and my tiny baby niece. We can't get enough of her! My mom wanted to bring her back to Manila. On our way back, we passed by Manaoag to hear Mass and light some candles for thanksgiving and prayer intentions.

Wishing you all a happy month of April! :)

Taipei Series: Notarizing and Authenticating Your Diploma or Transcript of Records

So you have finished school and is almost set on packing your bags (or boxes) before your scheduled flight? Don't leave Taiwan just yet without having your diploma authenticated! This will save you from headache once you return to your home country and your "new employer" asks for an authenticated diploma (in case they find it quite unbelievable that you studied in Taiwan, or for formality's sake).

The process is easy but is a little time consuming.

1. Go to a district court or a notary public office to have your diploma (or transcript of records TOR) notarized. 
What: Required documents include passport, ARC, original copy of your diploma (or TOR)
Where: If you reside in downtown Taipei, the nearest place to have your diploma notarized is at
The Lin Chih-Yu Notary Public Office, Taiwan Shihlin District Court.
9F-1, No. 48, Section 1, Chéngdé Rd, Datong District Taipei City, 103 (short walk from MRT Zhongshan Station Exit 6)


If you reside close to Xindian area, it might be wise to have your documents notarized at the
Taiwan Taipei District Court Xindian Division.
No.248, Sec. 1, Zhongxing Rd., Xindian Dist., New Taipei City 23146, Taiwan (short walk from MRT Xindian Station Exit 1)

Fees: NT$750 for a document in English (max 5 copies for each doc)
Processing takes 1-2 days.

2. Go to the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) to have your documents authenticated. 
What: Required documents are passport, ARC, notarized documents, and an application form for document authentication (may get from BOCA)
Where: Bureau of Consular Affairs
3-5 Fl, No. 2-2, Section 1, Jinan Rd, Taipei City, Taiwan
台北市濟南路一段 2-2 號 3-5 樓
MRT National Taiwan University Hospital Station Exit 2.

Fees: NT$400 per document
Processing takes 5-7 working days.

Hope you find this helpful!