My Name is Matcha and This is My Incredible Story!

Oh my. I just watched the sunrise from the highest platform of my super fun cat tower. A few minutes ago, I devoured a plate of white ocean fish mixed with salmon flakes! Can you believe it? Salmon flakes! Seriously, what a wild ride my life has been. And I’m only 4 months old. My name is Matcha, by the way. I’m this little domestic short haired cat from Bali and boy do I have a story to tell! __ The First Day: Hungry and Scared It all began when I was born I guess. It’s a bit fuzzy but I was born and suddenly, when I was only 5 days old, someone left me in the jungle in Bali. I could barely move and I was soon covered in grass, without food and trying to survive an intense rainstorm. It...

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How to Take a Pet Home from Bali

After rescuing an abandoned kitten in Bali, I made the decision to take her to the US with me when it was time to leave. However, to take a pet home from Bali is not a straightforward decision by any means. First, pets are not allowed out of Bali. Yes, it is illegal to take a dog or cat off of the island. Why? Due to the island’s status as a high-risk rabies location, there is a ban on importing and exporting animals. It’s as simple as that. When I discovered this, I was surprised to say the least and my heart sunk at the thought of having to leave my kitten behind. But after I relaxed a bit, I thought to myself: There has to be a way. Luckily, it turns out there is a way. Additional research, confirmed by...

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LTO Launches Online Portal for Driver License Transactions

The last thing anyone wants to do in the time of COVD-19 is to wait in long queues in a busy office for several hours to submit a paper application form. And that is exactly what you used to have to do if you wanted to convert your foreign driver license into a local one for a stay longer than 90 days in the Philippines.  In response to quarantine restrictions and the temporary closure of some of its physical offices during this time, the Land Transportation Office of the Philippines introduced an online portal on May 18th. This will help to reduce their backlog and make the application process easier and smoother for both local and foreign drivers. Read on to learn how to use the LTO online portal to reduce the hassle of getting a Philippines...

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Teaching English: Get Paid to Travel

Plenty of people aspire to have the freedom to travel as part of their career. It’s often something that’s gradually worked towards as you climb the career ladder. But, what if you could travel the world and begin a new career at the same time? Teaching English abroad is an increasingly popular choice for keen travelers with an interest in teaching. With a TEFL certification (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) you can quite literally travel all over the world for work. Perhaps you’d like to work in Thailand where the locals are friendly, the food is fresh and flavorful and white sand beaches are never far away. Or maybe you’d like to teach in Europe. Spain is a popular destination for EFL teachers as it is home to the most thriving TEFL market on the...

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