Some Snaps of Caitie's First Scottish Summer Trip

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Scott Monument
Time flies so fast. Caitie is 7 months now. Getting big and heavier. Unexplainable feeling seeing her development. From a wee baby that the only things can do was take milk, cry, poo, pee and sleep. Now are too many to mention, I was planning to post about her monthly development but at the moment I can't do it... yet! I'm juggling around baby sitting, household chores, home decorating, some side-hustle, and family day out! 

And we were out today and let Caitie experience some things in life, lol. 

Baby Bus Ride
My husband and I was kinda worried on what would be her reaction on her first bus trip. Oh yeah, we were scared that she kicks of while in the bus or walking around. We were amazed that she was so curious looking around and giggling. Smiling with most of the people she saw in the bus. We were pleased that most people waving and smiling at her when we were walking around the Scott Monument. 
We came across lovely singing and dancing next to Art Gallery, Caitie was clapping and sort of 'singing' with the band.The centre was so lively, Princes street was loads of people shopping, taking photos, and enjoying the lovely scenery of the city centre... So nice to see the capital starting recovering from last few months. 

It wasn't all bed of roses though. She had a wee cry when we put her back in the buggy. The wee madam wanted us to carry her all along, but we just let her for a wee while and after few minutes she just fell asleep.
Edinburgh Photo
Edinburgh Photo

Edinburgh Photo

It was a nice Family Day Out! Nice weather, Sunny with a bit of chill.

Thanks for dropping by!
Till next The Mills's Adventure | Journey | Wanderlust

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UK Immigrant's Interview Series : Glynis' Life in the U.K.

Thursday, August 06, 2020 0
Immigrant blog photo (c) Anne Mills

Immigrant blog photo (c) Anne Mills

Meet Glynis, A Filipina married to a British citizen who now stays with her husband in England. 

Glynis owns a bag business and the first to introduce our very own Philippines Bayong to the U.K., see more of her gorgeous products from the links below:



Moving on to my interview: 

Q: Where you from ? 
A: I’m from Manila and I’m now living in Suffolk 

Q: What’s the reason of your migration? 
A: I moved to England 3 years ago. I’m married to a British citizen and we decided to settle here for good

Q: How long you’ve been here in the U.K. ? 
A: 3 years

Q: if you come here as Spouse of British National , how did you meet your spouse? 
A: I met my husband in Abu Dhabi where I worked and lived for 10 years. 

Q: Any struggle you experience on preparing your settlement visa? 
A: I think the settlement process is pretty straightforward so, no. I have not struggled at all.

Q: Would you mind sharing your career path? 
A: I’m a hospitality graduate and worked as an Office Manager for different sectors in the UAE. In the UK, I am a full time Data Analyst and I have taken a Degree level CIPD HR Qualification. I also own a bag business while juggling both my full time job and studies.

Q: Did you have a hard time finding job here? 
A: no, not really. I found a job 3 months after arrival in the UK as an Office Manager for a food production company. 

Q: How do you deal with homesick? 
A: I’ve been away from home since I was 22 and I have lived an independent life so I really don’t feel homesick at all. Maybe foodsick sometimes (missing asian food) and so I just try to cook as homey as I can.

Q: What do you miss most in the Philippines? 
A: food definitely! And the beach and the fine sand that they don’t have here!

Q: How did you adjust here (in the U.K.)? 
A: well. I have lived in a very diverse country (UAE) and I am well traveled, been to the US, Europe, Asia and the Americas and I guess anywhere you go, being able to go with the flow is a must to adjust in a new place while keeping your ground. Having an open mind helps a lot in adjusting to a new place or environment and that’s how I adjusted here.

Q: Did you experience a culture shock ? 
A: Yes and No. shock in the sense that some people in this country, especially in the isolated countryside can be quite ignorant and are not used to seeing people of colour. 

Q: How did you deal the expectation of others being married to Foreigner ? 
A: I never really felt being pressured of being married to a foreigner. I guess, we all have our lives to deal with and so for me personally, it doesn’t really matter what people say etc.

Q: How do you find life here compare to the Philippines ? 
A: this is one tough question as I haven’t lived in the Philippines for more than a decade and only went home to visit which lasts maximum of 10 days. I guess life in the UK is much more relaxed and laid back for me. The UK is much more organised in a lot of ways but life in the Philippines is something special as the warmth of love from friends you grew up with and family is definitely priceless!

Q: What is your greatest challenges in moving here (in the U.K. )? 
A: settling in to the countryside is quite a challenge for me because I grew up in a city and lived my entire life in big cities so to move and live in a countryside was quite tough but I have fully adjusted now - it’s always good to have your own car and able to move around freely.

Q: Where do you plan to retire and why ? 
A: not really sure. Maybe in the Philippines? 

Q: Do you have tips or words of wisdom to share with our readers of how life in the U.K. is ? 
A: Life in the UK in general is like living anywhere new. You have to make sure you are able to adjust with the western culture and respect the country and people as a whole. My advice to Filipinos when it comes to work is to never settle for less. Don’t ever think that because we are Filipinos, we can only do low paid jobs as it is not true. If you have the experience and the knowledge aim for the gold! Be confident and be proud of who you are!

Q: Anymore tips on what to expect in moving to the U.K. ? 
A: expect that the weather changes dramatically! 


That's all for now folks! Thanks for reading and thank you so much sis Glynis for unselfishly sharing your wisdom and life in the U.K. Lovely to know more about you!

The U.K. Immigrant's Interview Series was created for us to know more about life in the U.K. from the Immigrant's perspective. Hopefully can help others to know more of how is it to live here especially for those who are planning to migrate here. If you are immigrant in the U.K. and would like to be featured on Annefinity and beyond, give us a shout! Cheers! 

xxx

5 Reasons Why I Took A Break From Blogging

Tuesday, August 04, 2020 21
Year 2017 when I stopped blogging. Here are the five reasons why: 


I was focused with my U.K. Settlement (Spouse) Visa

December 2016 when I got married with my British (okay, Scottish as he always murmur) boyfriend then. From then on, we've been working out how I can come with him in Scotland. Unfortunately, getting a U.K. visa is quite tricky or should I say, it wasn't that easy. First quarter of the year 2017, I spent almost most of my time studying/reading on how to get a U.K. Settlement (Spouse) Visa. What makes it complicated at that time was that, initially my husband does not earn the required annual income to sponsor a spouse. We tried to work out how and thankfully, it happened. 

I lost my passion in blogging.

Year 2017 was a year of working out the U.K. Settlement Visa. Worked out the Financial Requirement and other necessary requirements like English Test and Tuberculosis Test. Compiled all the relationship proof like photos together, screenshots of chat history, his proof of travel in the Philippines, proof of remittances etc. Busy days and worries made me so tired to do more. My mind can't think of anything to write, I lost my track and I just don't wanna continue anymore. 

Was in awe settling in the U.K. 

Moving in another country was not easy especially to someone like me who was not used to living abroad. I felt like I was born again; new place, new people around , new work, new everything. 

I felt homesick

I didn't expect to feel homesick as I am use to having a trip anywhere. I didn't realise that holiday and totally moved to another country is a massive difference. I just dwell on my homesickness and so again I don't wanna do anything else during that time. 

Got settled and totally forgot to blog.

When I finally got all my documents needed for my U.K. residency and a job that I was enjoying, I totally forgot to blog. As if it doesn't exist. My old domain expired, didn't have the chance to renew it. I didn't write anything or even visit my blogsite. 

 
Right now, I am trying to revive everything on my blog. My lost passion to blogging reignite and doing some redesigning. Though I'm so busy with my baby at the moment, I am trying my best to write once in a while. 

Really appreciate your time to visit and read. The whole blog is still working in progress. Till next time! 

xxx
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One Castle at a Time : Sterling Castle Scotland

Sunday, August 02, 2020 21
Sterling Castle

My husband and I love to travel, local or abroad we are trying to relax once in a while to escape from work and Scotland's cold weather.  Unfortunately this year, because of Covid-19 Pandemic we opted to travel locally. Not just for the two of us but because we have a wee one now to take care of and to consider when travelling .

Sterling Castle visit was kinda a sudden trip. We just wanted to be away for a wee while, drive around and ended up in Sterling Castle [But no, I planned it two days before, hehe]. Being a member of Historic Scotland, admission is free for us. In line with their safety measures, visitors must book in advance to guarantee an entry. 

But for those who are not a member admission fees can be found on Historic Scotland's website. 

For a brief information, according to Wikipedia, Sterling Castle is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland ( I didn't bother to ask why ;) )

Alright, let's go to our #TravelPhotos. So, hold your breath for 200 plus photos of a day trip in Sterling Castle. Seriously! But don't worry, I won't post all of them, just few. Hehe.

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That's all for now folks! Cheers! 

xxx

Further Leave to Remain (FLR M) Requirements

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Dahil napapanahon na, I decided to collate requirements on extending spouse visa in the U.K. This requirements is extension from Settlement Spouse Visa to Further Leave to Remain as a partner (FLR M). 

Requirements varies depends on the source of income, for this post I will share requirements for employed sponsor and applicant. Please bear in mind that, when you do your online application, there might be some difference depends on your circumstances as well as some additional documents based on how you answer the form.  You can always give it a try to fill up online application form and save to go back later on. 

Before you start answering the online application form, get ready the following as you need the information from the following: 

  1. You and your partner's passport
  2. Children's passport if applicable
  3.  Applicant's Biometric Residence Permit
  4.  You and your partner's National Insurance Number
  5.  Work details
  6.  Accommodation details

Before we go to the list, please bear in mind that as of this writing no changes in the Financial Requirement (FR) . Minimum Income requirement still as follows:

 £ 18,600.00  Partner with no children 
    22,400.00  One Non-EU child in addition to the partner
    24,800.00  Two Non-EU children in addition to the partner
    27,200.00  Three Non-EU children in addition to the partner  

In addition, for FLR M, Sponsor and Applicant can combine their income to meet the FR but always be mindful with the rules on this.


THE DOCUMENT LIST FOR EMPLOYED SPONSOR AND APPLICANT

SECTION 1

  • FLR (M) Application Form ( the PDF file can be downloaded once you do it online)
  • Declaration forms part 1, 2, 3 including the sponsor's declaration form  (should be downloaded after filling up the form)
  • Print out of priority booking payment if applicable
  • Print out of Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) payment
  • Print out of appointment date
  • Full scanned copy of Applicant's passport
  • Full scanned copy of Sponsor's passport 
  • English test certificate A2 LEVEL MINIMUM (TRINITY SELT or IELTS LIFE SKILLS) , please note that if your country is on the exemption list for English Test you do not need an English Test Certificate. 

SECTION 2     PROOF OF RELATIONSHIP
  • Marriage certificate with translation if not in English
  • Divorce/annulment papers if previously married 
  • if applicable death certificate of previous spouse
  • Children's birth certificate (if applicable, British or non-eu  
  • Full copy of children's passports
  • Support letters (optional)
       Proof of Cohabitation 
  example of acceptable evidence include:
  • Letters or other documents from government departments or agencies, example: HM Revenue and Customs, Department for Work and Pensions, DVLA, TV Licensing
  • Letters or other documents from your GP, a hospital or other local health service about medical treatments, appointments, home visits or other medical matters
  • Bank statements or letters
  • Building society savings books or letters
  • Council tax bills or statements 
  • Electricity or gas bills statements
  • Water rate bills or statements 
  • Mortgage statements or agreement 
  • Tenancy agreement
  • Telephone bills or statements 
       - you must provide at least 6 bills/letters, addressed to    you and your partner jointly or in both names. 
       - the dates of correspondence should be spread evenly  covering your stay in the UK living together.
       - correspondence should be from at least 3 different      sources
       - IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH correspondence in your    joint names, you may provide bills/letters addressed to each of you individually showing the same address for both of you. Example given in the application form is - 4 bills/letters in joint names to the same address and 2 bills/letters addressed to each of you at the address, in total 8 need to be submitted. 
        - IF NO CORRESPONDENCE IN JOINT NAMES, you will need to submit 12 bills/letters (6 each) showing same address. PLEASE DON'T FORGET, SPREAD EVENLY.

SECTION 3      INCOME
  • 6 months wage slips if monthly pay, 7 wage slips if four-weekly pay , 13 wage slips if bi-weekly, 26 wage slips if weekly pay. Calculation is BEFORE tax and the last one should be within 28days of your application.
  • Letter from employer confirming   
  1. the employment
  2. the gross annual salary;
  3. how long the employment has been/was held;
  4. the period over which the person has been paid the level of salary stated in their application; 
  5. type of employment (permanent, fixed-term contract or agency)

  • Personal bank statements should covered the pays of the submitted wage slips (last one within 28 days of online application submission)   
OPTIONAL if you tick in the online application form
  • P60 
  • signed contract of employment 
SECTION 4    ACCOMMODATION

if Renting
  • Tenancy agreement 
  • Letter from housing association
  • Recent council tax bill
if Owned
  • Land registry( within 3 months old) 
  • Mortgage statement (within 3months old)
  • Recent council tax bill
if Living with relatives include
  • Letter from them stating that you live with them and that the house can accommodate all of you; confirm number of rooms and occupants

All documents should be scanned and uploaded to the Sopra Steria system once Visa Application Fees and IHS payments have been made or you can pay for an assisted biometrics appointment. Documents and all passports should be taken to the biometrics appointment.

Additional information to consider:

  • FILE NAME of documents scanned needs to be as simple as possible
  • FILE SIZE of each uploaded documents has a 6 MB limit but there's no limit on the number of documents you can upload.
  • SCAN IN GREYSCALE OR BLACK AND WHITE to help contain the files size but if you can make each documents below 6MB in coloured that would be fine. 
  • PDF (preferred), JPG AND PNG format of documents. 

HOW MUCH FLR (M) COST ?

£ 1,052.20 GBP   => Visa Fee, each applicant (as of this writing)
        19.20            => to have your Biometric information taken
       400.00 per year  => Immigration Health Surcharge as of the moment,
                            however on 1st of October 2020 the fee will increase to £624 per year
       800.00           => optional, for super priority service to get a faster decision.


Please note this is not a professional advice, this is from my personal experience. Your list depends on your own answer in the online application form, though most of them would be the same. If you are making an application for initial entry outside U.K. , please read my list of requirements here.  
Good luck on your application! 

xxx
       
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Caitie Mairi : 7 July 2020, Our Wee Ones Half Year Birthday

Tuesday, July 07, 2020 17

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Time flies so fast. Our wee one is now 6 months old. From a tiny wee lassie to still tiny though... No, she's not that tiny actually, she is a good size, I think. As six months old baby, she's about 8 kilos and 65 centimetres big now.


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As she turn 6 months, we opted to feed her 2 weeks before her birth month, as the community nurse advised to give her first solid food on her six months. Her first meal was avocado, we're kinda surprised that she seemed to like it. Quite messy, but so much fun.


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We just had a small celebration to thank for her journey to life as a healthy and happy baby especially with all that’s happening in the world. We are still thankful that our family, friends and relatives here in the UK and the Philippines are all safe.

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I managed to took some monthly photos for this occasion, oh well started okay ended that she was crying as she was getting tired on changing outfit, which I am trying to put on her before those clothes to not fit her anymore. 

That's all for now. 


xxx