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!

Something About February

February air is surprisingly cooler. I have not turned on the AC in my room nor the fan for days now, but I find myself reaching out for my blanket in the middle of the night.

There is something about February that makes it feel so comforting. Perhaps because the holiday rush is over, and I'm now able to take things slow. Or maybe because I have gotten the hang of Manila life? I don't really know. My life has just been relatively quiet these days and I'm happy I get to hear my own thoughts or just be in conversation with myself.

Life updates: I'm now a regular employee at work (hooray!!!) and will celebrate my 6th month here at home in a couple of days. I can't believe 6 months flew by just like that. I feel more 'settled in', creating some routines of sorts and opening up my life a little -or maybe a wee bit more- to others. There are things that I sorely miss, but if I do focus on them, or keep on ranting or wishing for the impossible, I know I'd miss out on the many beautiful moments that are right before me.

On other things: I'm loving Toby's Estate Roasters (photo above) and finally gave in to my milk tea and fries cravings... Coco milk tea and Potato Corner!

Happy month of February everyone!

Happy 2018!

Happy New Year!

I hope it's not yet too late to write a NY-look-back-to-the-year-that-was post. I don't have much time to gather my thoughts lately. If I do have the time, I would usually just do it in bed with my eyes closed until I fall asleep. I divide my time between work and fun, but by the time I get to the 'fun' part, I find myself so tired to even do anything.

BUT that was last year... the busiest year I've ever had. It was eventful (especially if you count the number of weddings I attended, we'll get to that later), fulfilling in so many aspects and very much life changing.

I spent January of last year with my family then flew to Japan with my Linguang friends in February. My colleague and I attended a training in Seoul in late March, and bonded with Monnette when she visited Taipei in April. Two of my closest friends had their ting hun or engagement ceremony in May so I flew home, and we finally completed our mini home renovation around June.

I submitted all requirements for my new job in Manila mid-July and told my friends that I will be leaving Taiwan soon. I started packing 8 years of my life in boxes, resigned from my job, said goodbye and landed Manila in August, just in time for my friend Hana's wedding. I started with my new role in mid-August then another good friend of mine, Sharie, got married in September. I celebrated my birthday in Manila again after 8 long years, and busied myself organizing bridal showers of my college and high school best friends Joy and Monica, from November to December.

At first I wasn't too excited for the coming year. I felt terribly uninspired. But after spending time with my family and relatives, celebrating milestones with my closest friends, and praying in that beautiful chapel sitting atop a hill in a small Cagayan town, my emotional and spiritual tanks were again filled to the brim. Year 2018, bring it on :)

(Photos from Joy and Monica's bridal shower and wedding)