This is not a typical travel post, but since many people are asking me about my US visa application experience, I’ve decided to finally share it. Because each stage in the K1 Fiancee Visa application is very critical, I will be posting a series of detailed guides to give you an idea of what to expect. To be quite honest, I have been toying with the idea of making a guide for months, but I wasn’t sure if I’m comfortable sharing this stage in my life. Only loved ones and cIose friends at the time knew that Chad and I are applying for a visa. It was an extremely nerve-wracking experience for us, due to the fact that it will ultimately dictate our future together.
About 2 years ago, I shared that Chad and I got engaged, and a year after that we decided to begin the I129F, Petition for Alien Fiancee–also called the Fiancee Visa (K1)–application process, so we can finally get married and start our lives together.
Mural by Ricky Watts
St. Petersburg is a millenial’s paradise. It has a vibrant community of artists, skateboarders, surfers, and young entrepreneurs and professionals, making it (arguably) the hippest neighborhood in Florida. If you were to ask me, I’d like to live there too. It has everything I’m looking for in a place–the beach is just a stone’s throw away and there are plenty of museums, galleries, gyms, quaint novelty shops, and cafes to explore. But perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when talking about St. Pete is the street art.
Here is the second half of our Tarpon Springs photos taken mostly on Dodecanese Boulevard. This section of Tarpon Springs is filled with colorful brick-walled shops that look like something out of a film set. No wonder they chose the district as the location for the movie Beneath the 12-Mile Reef in 1953.
While browsing the web a couple of weeks ago, I found out that cities in the US like Tampa and Orlando have their own fashion week. I used to cover Philippine Fashion Week so discovering that was pretty exciting. I hurriedly emailed the organizers of Tampa Bay Fashion Week about the possibility of gaining access to this exclusive event. Luckily, they still got two seats left for the September 23 runway show so Chad and I got to see the new designs to be released in spring/summer 2017 (Thanks, Nancy!).
Every year since 2008, proceeds from the shows go to charity. This year, the beneficiary of #TBFW2016 is PACE Center for Girls, an organization that helps girls and young women build a better future through education, training, and counseling.
Quite a number of well-known brands and designers participated in last week’s show. Check out the galleries down below to view their spring/summer offering!