I packed around 9 shirts, 2 jeans, 1 leggings, 1 cardigan, 2 long sleeved undershirts, 3 scarves with varying thickness, 1 pair of gloves, 1 ear muffs, a pair of sneakers, vanity kit filled with sachets and my toothbrush. a small umbrella, 4 pairs of socks, my cousin’s pasalubong (which basically took about 1/4 of my medium luggage space), 1 hooded parka, 1 flat shoes, 1 pair of slippers, 1 pair of arm sleeves, 1 shoulder bag, 1 camera, 1 bag of cables for charging and a small power bank, 1 sketchbook, 1 notepad, 4 pairs of underwear, 1 disposable rain poncho.
I didn’t bring a thicker jacket as it only listed that the temperature will be around 16-12c on Accuweather. I know that it kind of rains a lot in the UK just like it does here so I brought my tiny umbrella. I brought a shoulder bag which can fit my documents bag, wallet, camera, balm, medicine, phone and power bank.
What’s inside my Outdoor black boston bag
- Animorphia: An Extreme Colouring and Search Challenge Coloring Book
- Bird – blue scarf
- Giggles Baby Wipes
- IPod + ear phones
- Note 3 phone
- Marby Hopia Hapon
- Hansel Premium Cheese Sandwich
- Neoflam reusable water bottle
- Documents zip bag – passport, plane tickets, train tickets, itinerary, acid meds, and motion sickness meds.
This ziplock bag I held until I got to the departure area x-ray machine. Used a tray for my padlocked bag, this ziplock bag shown below. my watch and my belt. I asked the security lady if I should take off my boots as well and she just waved me in.
- Body Shop lip and cheek tint
- Carmex For Cold Sores Lip Balm Tube
- Body Shop Japanese cherry blossom body spray
- Myra – E Daily Sun protect Facial Moisturizer w/ SPF15
- Bic Mechanical Pencil
- Uni Pin 0.1 pen
- Uni Auto Eraser
What absolutely pissed me off is that after I walked in with my boots on. The security lady commented – under her breath “ay di tumunog”.
AY DI TUMUNOG?!
I didn’t want any trouble and I was already too stressed that this will be my first time to travel alone outside the country. I grabbed my things, wore my watch and belt and walked away. I had to wait for about an hour and a half before boarding.
So in total I brought a medium sized luggage trolley with luggage cover, locked and tapped zippers which I had to check in, a boston bag, and a small ziplock bag which i kept in the boston bag after the scan. I wore cotton slacks, blue stretch shirt, a cotton cardigan, and dm boots on the plane.
The girl who accepted my documents at the visa center asked me if I wanted the process expedited.
I asked what she meant by that (not wanting her to define the word but wanting her to tell me how much that would cost me)I . She said I can pay to have the results sooner for an additional Php 8,640.00.
I said “No, thank you.” as I had no extra money for that.
She then asked if I wanted to be texted when processing is finished and that my package is already in transit for Php 200.00.
I asked if this would also tell me the outcome of the application. She said no. What is the point then? I asked myself and then said “No”.
The site says it normally takes 15 days for a decision. Blogs about it will say it takes about 1 week to 15 days. I got mine on the 15th day. Exactly on the 15th on a work day, before lunch time. I tore the bag open while walking back to my seat at work.
I got me a UK visa.
This is really happening.