8 Tried-and-Tested Tips For Your US Embassy K1 Fiancé(e) Visa Interview

I was really nervous on the weeks approaching my K1 visa interview last 2017. There were many things going through my head but the main thing was:
Will all the money we spent and time put go to waste if I screw up this interview?

Staycation at the Best Western Okemos East Lansing Hotel and Suites

I've been going out mostly just for grocery and home supplies shopping for the past 8 months so it was a nice breath of fresh air to see a different side of Michigan. We did this by going to East Lansing during one of our free weekends.

While we were looking for a hotel who had a whirlpool bathtub in the hotel room while still within our $100 - $170 budget, we stumbled across Best Western Hotels which just opened a branch in East Lansing.

[INFOGRAPHIC] How Much Can a K1 Fiancé(e) Visa Cost?

They say you can't put a price on love but we can identify an amount you need to bring your Filipino fiancé(e) to the United States of America.

Aside from the long waiting time, you should also take into consideration the amount of time you need to save up for the total cost of a K1 visa because it is not cheap.

12 Hacks For Your SLEC Medical Examination

One of the mandatory requirements for Filipinos wanting to go to the US is the check-up in the St. Luke's Extension Clinic (SLEC). 

My experience was not the best out there because it took me two 8-hour days to get my results. 

I hope you don't experience that long wait. But if you do, here are some tips to make the trip less frustrating: 

When a Craving Turned to an Asian Market Trip

Whenever I think of the Philippines, one of the first things I think about is the food.

There is no denying that we Filipinos love our food. Some of my previous expat officemates would ask us why we're talking about or thinking about food all the time. My husband also had the same impression of me in the first few months that we've dated.

[INFOGRAPHIC] 16 Cheapest Walking Distance Hotels Near the US Embassy in Metro Manila

How in the world can I bring my cellphone to Metro Manila if they're not allowed in the US Embassy?

That was my first thought when I found out that electronics weren't allowed in the US Embassy during my K1 visa application interview. I was coming from Batangas and going to Manila just for that appointment.

I knew that the US Embassy was along Roxas Boulevard and most hotels I see in that area were very expensive so I thought of tagging my sister along on the day of the interview, leaving her in a coffee shop with my cellphone, and going back for her when my interview's done. That would've been expensive, too, since I will pay for my sister's bus fare and food.

Looking through the hotels and accommodations around the area, I suddenly realized that the US Embassy is near Robinson's Manila and UP Manila, and it would be impossible to have a lack of affordable accommodations around the area. I thought:

Sure. I'll walk 5 minutes further instead of just crossing the street if it will save Php5,000. 

My First White Christmas

Christmas, for me, usually starts in August. This year, it started when the snow fell.

Snow has been romanticized by everything I've watched on TV with it. It looked very appealing because it's photogenic and the outfits you need to wear while it's snowing were very cute.