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→
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→
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→
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→