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Jacklynne

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Belgium, Travel

Belgium Day Trip

All about my Belgium Day Trip

Now I know that this is already getting tiring. It has been a year since my Eurotrip but up until this date, I still keep blabbing about it. I’m not like this in real life, however. I don’t just barge in another people’s conversation and just casually bring up about the said Eurotrip. I have real life friends whom I just met after the Eurotrip that found out about it later on who are telling me “Oh my gosh! All this time, I didn’t know?! You’re that Eurotrip girl on the viral video?! How come you didn’t tell us?!”  On the other hand, I keep talking about it on Facebook and on my other social media because let’s be honest – this is what I’ve been known for. I wouldn’t get almost 20,000 followers on the Internet and thousands of readers of my blog if it weren’t for that Eurotrip. So, forgive me. Actually, don’t. I will keep talking about this even after 20 years. IT IS A BIG DEAL TO ME. I earned it, I made my dream come true so I have the right to talk about it. I’m sure you’ll understand if it happened to you. Charot!

Anyway, going back to the main topic of this post. Belgium! Like any of my other European trips, this one was unexpected. When I went to Europe, the only place that I thought I’ll visit is Germany but damn I visited a lot of countries including Belgium.

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Unfortunately, it was just a day trip because this was just a few weeks after the Brussels bombing. Going to Belgium was a risk and a lot of places were closed. It was a shock seeing a lot of police on standby with their big dogs to secure the place. Throughout the whole trip, I was paranoid of what could happen that is why a day trip would be enough to satisfy my curiosity with Belgium but could still make me feel safe.

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This photo wasn’t edited. It was so gloomy and freezing cold! I was with the Catholic priest that I was friends with, my Titas, and their kids. We decided to visit Atomium and the Mini Europe. I was more interested with Mini Europe.

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I never learn. I was sick for a few days when I visited the Tulip Farm because I wore a skirt. Here I am again, wearing a light jacket, a dress, and tights. I was freezing cold that I cannot think straight. It was one of my mistakes when I visited Europe. Note that Spring doesn’t mean an okay weather, IT WILL STILL BE COLD.

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Before deciding to go to Belgium, I’ve already read blogs saying that going inside the Atomium is not worth it. I was just really after the Mini Europe which is near the Atomium.

Mini Europe in Brussels, Belgium

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You have to pay EUR 13.20/PHP 773 as the entrance fee for Mini Europe. This is the normal range for entrance fees in Europe.

I have around 500 photos in Mini Europe alone. It was very fascinating to see all the tourist places in Europe in one place. They may be miniatures but the intricate details and the sound effects make you feel like you are really there.

It’s very educational as each miniature (?) has its information such as population, currency, and the year they’ve been part of the Schengen zone. You see that button over there? If you press it, different things can happen – play a sound, make a train move, make a water flow, etc. Really, really cool!

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A photo of me when I still had no idea I would also get a chance to visit the real Eiffel Tower in Paris! Btw, I was freezing here!

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This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are mine.

I hate to be make the stereotype that females don’t know anything about cars but yep, that’s me. I can’t pretend to know anything about cars to save my life. I’ve been contemplating on purchasing a car for months now. I’ve just bought a house because it’s a priority but I know that my next would be going back to Europe or purchasing my dream car. *cross fingers* With that, I want to purchase only the best car that I can find. I have no model in mind but with the website called Cars.com.

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Taiwan Excellence’s 4th Anniversary Celebration

Taiwan Excellence marks four years ofbringing quality products to the Filipino household

 

Taiwan reaffirms the strength of its trade relations with the Philippines, in its fourth annual Taiwan Excellence campaign.

 

Sponsored by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), and organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), this campaign promotes Taiwan’s leading brands which have earned the Taiwan Excellence seal. 

 

Many of these high-grade products are already well-received by the local market and part and parcel of the everyday lives of Filipino families. ACER, ASUS and MSI are popular choices for smartphones and laptops, while leading exercise equipment brand Johnson Fitness has gained ground over the years. 

 

This yearthe 2017 Taiwan Excellence campaign will feature more than 150 products from 52 accredited brands. TAITRA has expanded their events to further highlight theinnovationreliability, and durability of these brands, which continue to empower consumers toward leading more convenient and enhanced lifestyles

 

The exhibition promises to bring a new layer of fun for visitors, offering something for everyone. Specific exhibits include: Swift 7the slimmest laptop delivered by AcerZenphone 3 Live, the first smartphone with real time beautification technology by Asus; Trident 3the smallest VR Gaming PC from MSI; Core P1 TG Mini ITX Wall-Mount Chassis by Thermaltake; home goods including the Tatung Fusion Cooker and the Vinaera Electronic Wine Aerator; bicycles including Term Cycles and Roxim Technologies Raptor X3 Bicycle Headlightand sports equipment including Johnson Fitness S3+ Spinner Bike,and Hono YP 2009.

 

Through product demonstrations and interactive activities, Filipinos will have the opportunity to experience the innovative quality of Taiwanese productsproviding a source of fun and generating excitement surrounding consumer goods that have been developed and manufactured in Taiwan” says Tony Lin, Deputy Executive Director of theStrategic Marketing Department at TAITRA.

 

Activities slated for the 2017 Taiwan Excellence campaign include (among others): Experiential Zones in SM Megamall (June 24), SM Mall of Asia (September 29 October 1) and Glorietta (November 2426). Taiwan Excellence will also feature in expos such as Systems Integration Expo (August 1719), Taiwan Expo (September 29 – October 1), and Philconstruct 2017 (November 912). 

 

For the full lineup of this year’s Taiwan Excellence campaign, please visit www.taiwanexcellence.ph.

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About Taiwan Excellence

 

The symbol of Taiwan Excellence honors Taiwan’s most innovative products that provide tremendous value to users worldwide. All products carrying this symbol have been selected for specific Taiwan Excellence Awards based on their excellence in design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D and manufacturing. Initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is recognized by 100 countries.

 

Sponsored by Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), MOEA

The Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), R.O.C. is responsible for implementing policies and regulations governing foreign trade and economic cooperation. Established in January 1969, the BOFT’s role and position have been adjusted regularly to meet the needs of the ever changing international economic and trade environments. The BOFT has been guiding and working with the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) in numerous promotional trade projects and activities both internationally and domestically. Having worked closely with TAITRA for many decades, the BOFT continues to commission TAITRA for various critical government projects relating to business, trade and investment, while promoting Taiwan internationally.

 

 

Organized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)

Founded in 1970 to help promote foreign trade, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) is the foremost non-profit, semi-governmental trade promotion organization in Taiwan. Jointly sponsored by the government, industry associations, and several commercial organizations, TAITRA assists Taiwanese businesses and manufacturers with reinforcing their international competitiveness and in coping with the challenges they face in foreign markets. TAITRA boasts a well-coordinated trade promotion and information network of over 1,200 international marketing specialists stationed throughout its Taipei headquarters and 50 overseas offices worldwide. Together with its sister organizations, the Taiwan Trade Center (TTC) and the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), TAITRA has created a wealth of trade opportunities through effective promotion strategies.

 

Taiwan Excellence Kick-off Press Conference

01 June 2017

 

Paper Shoot Hinoki Digital Camera joins this year’s roster of newly accredited Taiwan Excellence brands.

 

Radio DJ/ event host Justin Quirino leads the guests in checking the featured accredited Taiwan Excellence products in the product display area.

The kick-off press conference shows off Taiwan’s latest products through a fashion show

Gilberto Lauengco, Chief Finance Officer of Manila Economic Cultural Office, James Chu, Minister of Taipei Economic Cultural Office, Tony Lin, Strategic Marketing Deputy Director of Taiwan External Trade Development Council, and AmbBenedicto Yujuico, Chairman of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries share a toast to officially kick off Taiwan Excellence campaign’s fourth year in uplifting the Filipino households.

Filipino golf enthusiasts can check out the newly accredited Taiwan Excellence brand, HonoCaddie Putter YP-2009.

The program caps off with a raffle draw of accredited Taiwan Excellence products, including TATUNG, Acer, and Tern products.

Guests are able to experience the accredited Taiwan Excellence products under ICT, household goods, and sports and leisure categories in the product display area.

 

 

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Netherlands, Travel, Visa

Jack Goes to The Netherlands

Netherlands was the second country I’ve ever visited in my life aside from my home country which is the Philippines. The moment I arrived in Germany, I enjoyed some beer and currywurst then went to visit The Netherlands. It was drizzling and super cold but I cannot resist not to go there. First place in The Netherlands that I visited was in Maastricht. Very beautiful and calm.

Maastricht

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Roermond

A day after, I went on a shopping spree in Roermond, The Netherlands. Any designer brand that you could ever think of is there! Aside from that, almost everything’s on sale. You can get a decent Prada wallet for only PHP 5,000 – 10,000! I spent my whole month salary buying my family pasalubong. I love Roermond but it was dang cold!

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Keukenhof (Lisse)

Days after, I went to the Tulip Garden or the Garden of Europe. I’ve been looking forward to go here and finally, one of my dreams come true. The ticket costs 16EUR or almost 900 pesos to see the entire garden. Worth it but I wish, I visited this weeks later as the flowers have not yet come to its full bloom yet.

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