Hohenzollern Castle – Travel to the past and enjoy the spectacular view atop a mountain…

Hohenzollern Castle – Travel to the past and enjoy the spectacular view atop a mountain…

After a few days, when we were with my in-laws in Nördlingen, I wanted to show them a beautiful castle, which can be found in the middle of Baden-Württemberg, in this case, not far away from the place we live. It is not as well-known as Neuschwanstein Castle, the most popular German castle among tourists from around the world who come to visit all year round, which is, for us, a big plus! That means no long queues just to get a ticket and definitely not as crowded!   I was the last time…Read more→
Nördlingen – A quaint walled medieval city unknown to many tourists…

Nördlingen – A quaint walled medieval city unknown to many tourists…

This time, there is an insider tip for people who like medieval cities. This idyllic city where almost no tourists are, is perfect for travelers who are looking for a quiet walk while discovering German historical architecture. The first trip we had with my Filipino in-laws when they visited us in Germany, was Nördlingen. I really wanted to show them one of my favorite cities. I like this medieval city because it is one of three cities in Germany that has a completely preserved and accessible city wall. In addition, the tour on…Read more→
How to get a Formal Obligation (Verpflichtungserkärung) for Schengen Visa Application

How to get a Formal Obligation (Verpflichtungserkärung) for Schengen Visa Application

As I mentioned in a previous post about the requirements and procedures for applying for a Schengen Visa, we opted to get a formal obligation for my parents' visit this coming July. This document is only needed if the visitor's travel will be sponsored or paid for by a host in Germany. Applicable for the purpose of business, visiting family/friends and participation in a Language course. Remember this is just an option but you may have to provide other and sometimes more documents in absence of this formal obligation. WHAT IS A FORMAL OBLIGATION…Read more→
Schengen Visa Application – DIY (German Embassy, Philippines)

Schengen Visa Application – DIY (German Embassy, Philippines)

I think I have mentioned before, that while I was growing up, I suffered from severe motion sickness. As a child, I used to fear even a short jeepney/car ride as just the mere smell of gasoline would make my stomach turn. So at this time, my greatest dream was to travel to various parts of the Philippines and maybe the world. Who would have guessed that I would end up miles away from home, definitely not the car-sick little girl me back then. Now that I am away from home and family, one…Read more→
Hong Kong Trip 2011

Hong Kong Trip 2011

A few days after our stay on the island of Pandan, Bebs had to go to Hong Kong to attend a week-long  seminar / annual meet-up  at the HQ of her company. That meant for me that I had to spent the whole day all alone in a megacity, oh dear! So far, for me Munich and Berlin were the largest cities I had ever visited. Berlin has an area of 890 km², but only 3.5 million inhabitants..HK compared to it has 7.2 million citizens on just 1.1 km² ... the pure craziness!…Read more→
Pandan Island Resort, Mindoro

Pandan Island Resort, Mindoro

Hi, I am Armin and this is my very first blog contribution at Foxy Folksy, so please forgive me the beginner errors! ;-) To support my wife with her blog, I decided to report about our travel and city trips ... from the beginning of our first meeting ... Philippines, January 2011 I have never dreamt of traveling to Asia at this time ... if I had known what kind of adventures were waiting for me, I would probably have left earlier to explore this part of the world! In Europe I traveled…Read more→
El Nido – Palawan Trip 2016

El Nido – Palawan Trip 2016

Got back from our vacation to my homeland Philippines.  This time I was with Armin and it was only for three weeks which is really short considering the time we have to travel to and fro. But since I am again a member of the labor pool, my vacation time is now limited :-( . Still, I am glad to be able to spend some time with my parents, sister and nephews. The highlights of our recent trips would be our (Armin and I) 1 week stay at El Nido, Palawan and then our…Read more→
A weekend in Munich

A weekend in Munich

Munich is the capital of Bavaria. It is the third largest city in Germany, next to Berlin and Hamburg. Armin and I spend a weekend to get a glimpse of this beautiful city. Here are some of the highlights from our recent trip to the city of Munich (German: München). MARIENPLATZ Upon arriving,  we went straight to the popular Marienplatz (Mary's Place) , the central square in the heart of Munich, where the old meets the new. In this bustling square lined with shops, outdoor Cafes, malls and restaurants is where some of the…Read more→
ITALIAN TRIP 2015- Ca’Savio, Venice

ITALIAN TRIP 2015- Ca’Savio, Venice

Just wanted to share our recent vacation to Italy. It was actually our second time at Ca’Savio, Italy and the first was just last year, we enjoyed the place so much that we decided to come back and this time we stayed a bit longer. Here are some of the highlights from our recent trip:   PIZZA..PIZZA..PIZZA!!!! For a good start (and end), we went for dinner to the restaurant-pizzeria we discovered last year to verify that they have the best pizza we ever had…and it is indeed! The place was jam packed with…Read more→
My Philippine Vacation January 2015

My Philippine Vacation January 2015

Just got back from my 5-week-long vacation in the Philippines, which was mostly spent with family, meeting some old friends and fixing the small townhouse we left there which we plan to rent out since nobody is using it. Of course I also had some pampering- had my nails done, hair cut and had a dental cleaning.  It was really a busy but well spent time. Living abroad made me appreciate the small things which I took for granted while I was living in the Philippines. We usually complain about prices going up, but…Read more→
Italian Trip-South Tyrol and Venice

Italian Trip-South Tyrol and Venice

Summer seems to be really over for this year or at least in this part of Germany. It is starting to feel colder, rains almost everyday and it was soooo foggy this morning.  Oh well! Good thing Armin and I had some (maybe last) dose of summer sun just last week visiting some part north of Italy. From south of Germany, near Bodensee (Lake Constance), our first destination was the province of South Tyrol or 'Südtirol' in German or 'Alto Adige' in Italian. German and Italian are widely spoken and are both considered…Read more→
Paris – Travel Tips

Paris – Travel Tips

Thinking of going to Paris as your next travel destination??? Here are some practical tips for you to consider before booking your flight and packing your bags. WHERE TO PARK YOUR CAR IN PARIS- FREE and SAFE If you are travelling to Paris by car and planning to stay there for a couple of days, you are probably wondering where to park your car as not all hotels come with free parking. Looking for a parking space can be headache and if ever you find a good spot, chances are they are costly.  There…Read more→

Paris Trip 2014

Paris, the City of Love! This is the second time Armin and I visited Paris since I came to Germany, last was on July 2012. From our place we need to travel by car for about 10 hours to get there, but this includes the breaks for eating, stretching or going to the loo and we never used the Autobahn or freeway so we could enjoy the more scenic views of the countryside of France.  This time though, we brought my mother-in-law and  my dog, Sietema, with us.  The purpose of this travel…Read more→
A trip to Insel Mainau

A trip to Insel Mainau

When I was just a couple of days old in Germany, I think my husband was too eager to show off his hometown, so one day he brought me to this island called Insel Mainau, a small island in the Lake Constance, where we used to live just about ten kilometers away. The insel (island) is really quite a tourist attraction in the area specially during spring when millions of different kinds of flowers like tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are in spectacular display all over the grounds . The island's history is as colorful…Read more→
Things to do in Dubai

Things to do in Dubai

Dubai has become one of the world’s top tourist destinations. Rightly so, with all the interesting buildings and skyscraper, huge shopping malls, good public transport, nice beaches and deserts and of course lots of sun! And now that they bagged the World EXPO 2020 with their theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the future”, it will definitely attract millions more of visitors.
A walk at the Pfrunger Ried

A walk at the Pfrunger Ried

My husband and I decided to have a walk one day to see how the Pfrunger Ried looks like at this time of the year. I asked him what is a "ried" and he said it is german for "swamp" or "marsh". He also said that in the really early years they used to dig and harvest peat from these wetlands until it was forbidden in 1996 and is now a protected area for nature conservation.   It is only about 10 minute ride from our place to get there and we spent about an hour…Read more→