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How to Affordably Search for an Apartment


Affordable apartment? Finding the ideal affordable apartment is never the easiest task. Yet it’s certainly possible to discover the right living space to meet our needs and still fit within our monthly budget.

Some of you have probably spent hours on end looking for places to live in top cities in the US like New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas, and maybe you’ve come across UMoveFree in Dallas.

Or better yet, maybe you’re relocating to another country in Asia like Japan, China, the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, or Singapore. If Europe is your destination of choice, you might want to live in Greece, Iceland, Italy, Spain, or France. No matter what, just know that it is more than possible to find an affordable place to live in any one of these amazing locations if you have the right guidance.


To help make your dreams a reality, we’ll share our best tips for finding an apartment you can afford. Please use this information as a valuable guide.

Tip #1: Understand Additional Hidden Fees When Looking for Apartments

Every apartment is going to be different. Some places are going to charge additional money if you have pets. Other apartment buildings are going to charge more if you need to get a parking space. Still others will ask for extra money for a number of other reasons.
As an example, if you intend to move to Orlando you may have to pay an additional $10-$15 per month on average for each one of your pets. This doesn’t seem too outrageous on the surface, but it is additional money that might have to come out of your pocket. On the other hand, apartments in San Diego could easily charge an additional $50 or more per pet, which could really turn into a big additional expense over the long run.
What about parking? Does the apartment complex charge an additional fee to get a parking space? How much does it cost? In some situations, you could very well end up spending an additional $100 a month or more for a space. A hundred dollars seems to be the minimum in a big city like Seattle.
As a reminder, please keep additional fees in mind when searching for a new place. They are added expenses that make certain apartments much less affordable.


Tip #2: Do You Really Need Every Amenity?

We all want to live in an amazing luxury apartment. Unfortunately, some of us just aren’t able to afford the biggest and best amenities available in some of the top luxury apartments. So think about the amenities that are most important to you and choose your next apartment wisely based on this information.
As an example, do you absolutely have to have a laundry unit in your apartment? Or is an on-site laundry room sufficient enough? Does the complex have to have a weight room, a dog park, and other luxurious amenities? Or can you live without them?
Some people can easily afford the best that life has to offer. But most others need to pick and choose their luxuries. So find an apartment with the luxuries you absolutely cannot live without and forgo other more expensive places when necessary.


Tip #3: Negotiate with Your Potential Landlord
Believe it or not, it might be possible to negotiate a lower price with your potential landlord. Maybe the apartment isn’t in perfect shape and you’ll have to do some work to fix it up. You could ask the landlord to charge less rent since you’re going to be sinking money into the apartment to make it look nice again. eGetinnz can definitely help you out just message m.me/eGetinnz


In Conclusion…
Renting an affordable apartment might seem difficult on the surface. But if you follow our guidelines and put them into action you’ll have no trouble finding the ideal apartment to meet your budgetary requirements and still have the amenities you’ve always wanted.

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2018: A Refresher of the Awesome Things You Can Do in Boracay

Only 7km long, and at points, only 500m wide, Boracay has become the most famous island in the Philippines. The island is a postcard-perfect location, defined by white sandy beaches, clear blue waters, palm trees, and luxury resorts.

For those looking for a relaxing holiday, settle into the islands beach beanbags, and enjoy ice cold tropical cocktails. For the more adventurous, there is a wide range of water sports activities, including jet skis, windsurfing, and diving.

Now that it is open to the public again, here is a refresher of the great things to do in Boracay,

 

1. Cliff Diving at Ariel’s Point

Ariel’s Point is a small rocky island 30 minutes from Boracay with 5 diving boards, ranging from 3 to 15 meters.

The challenge of cliff diving combined with the natural environment, the social setting, unlimited drinks, and a BBQ buffet make it one of Boracay’s most popular things to do.

It’s a day trip and the use of activity equipment such as snorkeling gear, stand up paddleboards and kayaks is included.

2. Explore Boracay’s Beaches and Islands by Boat

Parasailing is an exhilarating way to get amazing aerial views of Boracay and its surroundings. You’ll have about 15 minutes of airtime to enjoy.


3. Go on a Sailing Adventure with a Paraw

A paraw is a local sailboat that’s similar to a catamaran in that it has 2 outriggers. Depending on the time of day and the weather you’ll have a different experience…

A paraw can carry up to 6 people and you can choose between a private or a join in a group tour, both normally last an hour.

4. Tour the Island Like a Boss in a Helicopter

Experience the ultimate aerial view of Boracay with a helicopter. You’ll fly all around the island to get views of its different beaches and surrounding islands.

If you’ve never experienced flying in a helicopter before, this is your chance to do so at a surprisingly affordable rate.

The heli can carry 3 people (excluding the pilot), and flights last from 10 up to 20 minutes.

5. Go on a Mainland Adventure Tour

The mainland adventures tour is a day trip that takes place at and around Nabaoy River. A jungle garden next to the river serves as the base camp from which you can explore the surrounding nature, enjoy the BBQ lunch and do add-on activities.

There are many add-on activities to choose from, such as river tubing, waterfall exploration, mountain biking and more.

 

6. Explore the Underwater World with Scuba Diving

Boracay has over 15 dive sites that are all accessible via a short boat ride. Most of them are easy so it’s a perfect place for beginners to learn. If you’re a more experienced diver then there are some challenging dive sites as well, like Yapak.

7. Go Helmet Diving and Find Nemo

Helmet diving is the easiest way to enjoy the underwater world of Boracay. No swimming ability or diving knowledge is required. Just put the helmet on and you’re ready to go.

Once you’re down under you’ll be surprised at how tame the fish are, they’re not scared of you, and you can feed them too. Your guide will also take underwater pictures of you and your friends which you can take home as a fun reminder of the activity.

8. Fly with the Zipline

Zip down across Boracay’s landscape in the superman position and feel the high-speed thrill as you take in the view of the lush green landscape, and Lapuz Lapuz beach to your right.

The zip line ride takes about 3 minutes. After that, you’ll travel back up to your original position in a cable car. That ride takes 15 to 20 minutes, so on the way back, you’ll have time to enjoy the view in a more relaxing setting.


9. Ride the Fly Fish

The Fly Fish is a big inflatable raft that goes airborne when a speedboat pulls it along at high speed. At medium speed, it’ll start to make unpredictable movements as the front of the raft lifts up. It’s lots of fun trying to hold on as it twists and turns and occasionally goes airborne.


10. Become a Mermaid & Get a Photoshoot

Learn to swim like a mermaid in Boracay’s clear blue waters and meet other mermaids. You can also capture your transformation with a photo shoot.


11. Get a Massage

After a fun-filled day of activities, what better way is there to relax than with a massage. Rest and let your body recharge for the evening. You can get a massage either along the beach or inside a spa. On the beach is usually cheaper, most commonly? P350 (~USD $7).


Where To Book an Accommodation

eGetinnz is the newest travel accommodation website that offers smart travel solutions at a very reasonable price. Finding you the best home away from home is not going to be hard when you try it with eGetinnz, it is fast, easy, and hassle-free.

2018: Complete List of Visa-Free Countries For Philippines Passport Holders (and Visa on Arrivals)

To tell you frankly, it’s not that hard to obtain tourist visas nowadays as long as you can prove that you will return to your home country (and no, the bank balance is not the major requirement, the information about your consistent source of income is!!). Another option is by proving that you’re a real traveler then it would be easier for you to get approved for visa applications in Western countries! The best way to do it is by visiting countries that are VISA FREE or VISA ON ARRIVAL!

 

VARIOUS TOURIST VISAS EXPLAINED
Imagine a visa like a key. It opens the gates of other countries so you can see and explore the many wonders they hold. Essentially, a travel visa is an entry permission containing details like:

When you can visit a country
When you must leave
How long you can stay
The number of permitted visits; and
Work rights, among others
As a traveler, a tourist visa is what you should secure. These can be classified according to the method of the issue by your chosen destination:

1. VISA-FREE means you can enter a country without a visa and stay for a particular period of time.

2. VISA-ON-ARRIVAL (VOA) means you receive a visa to enter the country at the airport where you land. No pre-application is required unless stated in their requirements. An immigration officer grants your visa when you show up and only after any associated visa fees have been paid.

3. VISA-REQUIRED means you have to seek and apply for a visa in the embassy, consulate or approved travel partner before flying into the country of interest. A certain set of requirements may be required to aid in the decision regarding your grant. This may include documents that support your financial ability, medical condition, and previous travel history. More on this later.

4. e-VISA means your visa application is done through the internet. There is no label, sticker, or stamp placed on your passport before travel. Your visa is on the immigration computer and is linked to your passport number.


ASEAN COUNTRIES (VISA FREE FOR FILIPINOS)

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM – 14 DAYS, FREE
CAMBODIA – 21 DAYS, FREE
INDONESIA – 30 DAYS, FREE
LAOS – 30 DAYS
MALAYSIA – 30 DAYS
MYANMAR – 14 DAYS
SINGAPORE – 30 DAYS
THAILAND – 30 DAYS
VIETNAM – 21 DAYS

REST OF ASIA (VISA FREE FOR FILIPINOS)

ARMENIA – VOA AT YEREVAN AIRPORT MAXIMUM OF 120 DAYS OR BETTER YET, GET AN E-VISA
HONG KONG – 14 DAYS
IRAN – 30 DAYS BUT 14 DAYS AT KISH AND QESHM AIRPORT
ISRAEL – 30 DAYS
KYRGYZSTAN – 30 DAYS VOA
MACAU – 30 DAYS
MALDIVES – 30 DAYS VOA
MONGOLIA – 21 DAYS
NEPAL – 90 DAYS VOA
SRI LANKA – 30 DAYS ETA ON ARRIVAL
TAIWAN – 30 DAYS

AFRICA (VISA FREE & VISA ON ARRIVAL FOR FILIPINOS)
CAPE VERDE ISLANDS – VOA
COMOROS – 45 DAYS VOA
DJIBOUTI – VOA
GAMBIA – 90 DAYS
GUINEA-BISSAU – 90 DAYS VOA
KENYA – 90 DAYS VOA $50 FOR 30 DAYS
MADAGASCAR – 90 DAYS VOA $27 FOR 30 DAYS
MAURITIUS
MOROCCO – 90 DAYS FREE
MOZAMBIQUE – 30 DAYS VOA AT BEIRA, NAMPULA, MAPUTO, PEMBA, TETE AND VILANKULO AIRPORTS $50 FOR 30 DAYS SINGLE ENTRY
RWANDA – 90 DAYS $50 FOR 30 DAYS
SENEGAL – 30 DAYS VOA
SEYCHELLES – 30 DAYS VOA
TANZANIA – 30 DAYS VOA $50 FOR 30 DAYS
TOGO – 7 DAYS VOA
UGANDA – VOA$50 FOR 30 DAYS
ZAMBIA – E-VISA – PREAPPROVED $50

CENTRAL AMERICA (VISA FREE & VISA ON ARRIVAL FOR FILIPINOS)

COSTA RICA – 90 DAYS, FREE
NICARAGUA – 30 DAYS VOA

 

CARIBBEAN (VISA FREE & VISA ON ARRIVAL FOR FILIPINOS)

ANGUILLA – 21 DAYS
DOMINICA – 21 DAYS
HAITI – 21 DAYS
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – 30 DAYS VISA ISSUED ON ARRIVAL
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS – 21 DAYS

 

EUROPE (VISA FREE & VISA ON ARRIVAL FOR FILIPINOS)

GEORGIA – E-VISA
KOSOVO – 15 DAYS (BUT THE ONLY WAY TO GO THERE IS VIA A SCHENGEN COUNTRY)
TURKEY – E-VISA FOR SCHENGEN, IRELAND, UK, AND THE US RESIDENCE PERMIT HOLDERS


OCEANIA/PACIFIC ISLANDS (VISA FREE & VISA ON ARRIVAL FOR FILIPINOS)

COOK ISLANDS – 31 DAYS
FIJI – 120 DAYS
MARSHALL ISLANDS – 90 DAYS VOA
MICRONESIA – 30 DAYS
NAURU
NIUE – 30 DAYS
PALAU – 30 DAYS VOA
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – 60 DAYS VOA AT PORT MORESBY AND RABAUL AIRPORTS RETURN/ONWARD TICKET
SAMOA – 60 DAYS VISITOR’S PERMIT ON ARRIVAL RETURN/ONWARD TICKET
TUVALU – 30 DAYS VOA RETURN/ONWARD TICKET
VANUATU – 30 DAYS


SOUTH AMERICA (VISA FREE & VISA ON ARRIVAL FOR FILIPINOS)

BOLIVIA – 90 DAYS
BRAZIL – 90 DAYS
COLOMBIA – 90 DAYS
ECUADOR – 90 DAYS
PERU – 183 DAYS
SURINAME – 90 DAYS

REQUIREMENTS COMMON TO VISA APPLICATIONS
1. A passport valid for at least six months.
2. Previous visas
3. Filled out visa application form
4. Cash

QUICK TIP: Check if you can download the form on the website of your destination country or if you can fill it out online.

5. Passport photos. See any particular specification from the embassy website.
6. Proof of sufficient financial means. Examples include bank statements, investments, assets, employment contract, or income tax return. Read More: Our guide on SHOW MONEY
7. Round trip reservation or itinerary including exact dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from your destination country. Read More: Our Guide on 8. Refundable Flight Reservation
9. Proof of accommodation for the whole duration of intended stay. Read more: Our guide on Booking for Refundable Hotel Reservations
10. A letter of invitation and support, if visiting friends or relatives, as well as contact information of said friends or relatives.
11. Medical or travel insurance
12. Payment/ Fees

This is only a general guide and not an exact list. Each country has a unique set of visa requirements that you can view from their website.

5 Essential Tips For Traveling Light

Some people have this view that traveling takes lots of time, effort, and dedication, not to mention the bravery to take the risk of getting out of one’s comfort zone, hence thinking that traveling is a hassle activity to do that ends in apathy and merely surviving.

eGetinnz has listed five pro tips to help you travel easily.

1. Carry-on only
Sticking to just a carry-on bag will change your life when you fly. You’ll quickly run through security, have access to your belongs at all times, and don’t have to wait at baggage claim, let alone risk losing your luggage. You’ll also be happy to be less of a target to thieves searching for their next disheveled and distracted tourist once you touch down.

2. Avoid a hold up a security
If you’re going to take your carry-on to make sure you do it right. Way too many people on the security line get their bag held up and double checked because they haven’t properly packed the suspicious looking items.

If you’re packing anything with a sharp shape or a large number of unusual objects, even if innocent, pack it in a Ziploc bag and place it in a bin when going through security. That way when that one TSA dude who’s never seen a bikini razor before (or a box of 500 badge chains, don’t ask) decides he wants to further inspect your life-threatening contraband, he won’t need to take out your undies in search of the “weapon”.

3. Embrace your hair and face
Skip the dramatic makeup and hair products and learn to accept your natural mug! Pack a quart-size bag with the just essentials: 3 oz. bottles of Clinique face lotion, apricot exfoliate 3-minute miracle deep conditioner and leave-in conditioner for my wild curls. Oh, and waterproof eyeliner is always a travel-friendly addition for the special nights.

4. Bring a collapsible water bag
Not a water bottle, but an anti-bottle. It’s my latest obsession: a water bottle constructed as flat plastic that you can empty and fold, allowing you to pass through security (and LIFE) with ease. Keep it rolled up when you’re not using it and fill your “bottle” at the water fountain when needed. Here’s my favorite anti-bottle made by Vapur …because we are all tired of getting our liquid beverage thrown away at security and having to buy the overpriced bottle of water at the terminal shop.

5. Shower with your laundry
Avoid bringing extra clothing or wasting money on laundry by washing your undergarments by hand. To make this task less daunting, Wash each time you get into the shower and let it dry overnight.

COMMENT BELOW: WHAT ARE YOUR SECRETS FOR TRAVELING LIGHT?

Ramen Kudasai: The Ramen House That Will Change the Way You Eat Ramen

The love for the original Chinese-Japanese cuisine, ramen, varies from one Asian country to another; it even transcends even to myriad countries in the west.  Ra that means pulled and Men means noodles, so it basically means that otherwise is not real ramen. Ramen Kudasai, despite its young age in the ramen market, is already on a pedestal that sets it apart from other ramen houses. This amazing baby ramen house has accomplished the first and major principle of ramen.

Hand pulled noodles, I mean just look.

Your eyesight does not lie either, it tastes the way it looks, and even better. The texture is perfectly made, it nearly melts in your mouth with the well-made broth too.

Ramen Kudasai makes every food on their menu, on the spot, and it is worth the wait. When you thought you have had the best ramen in the city, well, you have never tried this one.

Angel who is only 26 years old, is very hands-on with her newly established ramen house. With her doctor of a husband’s love for ramen, together, their brainchild was brought into existence. What they value the most is the authenticity of the food they serve and the improved taste of the ramen which was decided upon the Filipino’s palette as well, knowing that Filipinos still would have different taste buds from those of the Japanese and or Chinese, however, catering each with great original and modern flavors of ramen.

Ramen Kudasai is currently and solely located at 527 Melting Pot, Omega Ave, Quezon City. Where everyone from all walks of life would go back countless time to have the ever consistent delicious ramen of Ramen Kudasai. Whatever your reason why you love ramen, you might be sick and tired of real but instant ramens in the malls, or perhaps even if you have never tried the delicacy, Ramen Kudasai will change the way you look and eat ramen. In simpler terms, Ramen Kudasai changed the game. Some ramen houses need to re-think life.

Filipinos, Japanese, and Chinese alike go to Ramen Kudasai for their awestruck menu, which is great for the climate this time of the year and is also perfect for staycation season, where eGetinnz could help people find a home away from home.