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Sunday, June 4, 2017

How I Failed Embassy Recommendation of MEXT



Okay, okay, okay... So you're now here to know how I failed my application, aren't you? I know it sounds a bit ironic but the reason why I'm doing this now is because I don't wanna let you do the same mistakes I did last year, it's a matter of human intervention or sort of knocking those failures on the head for good. Ha ha ha.

By the way, what do we really mean by MEXT? MEXT stands for Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. It is also formerly known as Monbusho or Monbukagakusho for its modern terminology. It was established year 1954 and until now, over 65,000 (and still counting) from over 160 countries internationally are studying in Japan under this Japanese Government Scholarship program.

I can still reminisce the first time I applied last year for MEXT scholarship for graduate studies. I was fully determined, motivated and prepared that after reading all of the requirements needed for submission, I said to myself, "I am fully ready!". Before starting off, here's what you're gonna get after successfully passing all of the required documents and interviews by your Japanese embassy handling MEXT:

  • 144,000 yen per month (for Master's Degree applicants) with 2,000-3,000 yen stipend which varies every year depending on MEXT's budget.
  • A round trip ticket fare after successful completion of the course/program.
  • Tuition and Other Fees.
  • And many more benefits which you will learn once you're there in Japan including its Japan's culture, history, its language, etc.

HOW ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCEDURES?

As part of the Embassy-Recommendation application procedures, here's the list of forms or documents to submit to your Japanese embassy by the required date or deadline:

  • Application Form
  • Placement Preference Form
  • Field of Study and Research Program Plan
  • Certified grade transcript for each academic year
  • Graduation certificate or degree certificate of the last university
  • Recommendation from the president/dean or the adviser of the last university attended
  • Medical certificate
  • Abstracts of theses
  • Recommendation from the present employer (if currently employed)
  • Photographs 
Okay, so there you go, I've posted the list but what were really the mistakes which I think were the reasons why I didn't make the cut?


MISTAKES BASED ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

1. Handwriting your application: Filling out your application by means of handwriting it is a big NO-NO, especially if you're not given the special talent to write legibly and clearly (like me). Better yet, type it using your desktops or laptops. I'm pretty sure your embassy has prepared an editable copy for you to use like (click this link for a sample). Take note that reviewers, may it be a Japanese diplomats or a designated native officials in your country, will not favor your application documents if it's not readable after all. (there are other applicants who will make it easier for them to review their papers).

2. Submitting a copy or whole copy of thesis: Wanna impress your Embassy with your all-time winning thesis by photocopying a portion or even worst, the whole copy of your thesis? Don't even expect that your Embassy will be diligent to read your masterpiece because again, as I've mentioned, if you're not going to make it easy for them to peruse your documents, better yet, change your strategy and make a short (one page or 3/4 page) summary of what your thesis is all about.

3. Photocopy of Transcripts: Other applicants are still trying their lucks submitting a photocopy version of their transcripts because they are running out of time or maybe the deadline is going to close. Bear in mind that not following instructions will disqualify you from the application process, by all means.

4. Medical Certificate not fully filled out: Make sure that all fields of this form are filled out properly especially those fields not applicable to you. Kindly recheck your medical certificate form before leaving your doctor/physician's office/clinic.

5. Unorganized documents: Even if the university stated in their instructions that you can number your documents from 1 through 10 in the right corner of each sheet, if you can print out a cover page indicating the documents you have to submit will make it more presentable, appealing and organized especially for the reviewers of your application.

6. You thought you've already done your 101% best: I myself thought I did my 101% efforts to my Embassy-recommendation documents but the thing is, after googling all of these requirements (sadly I did google them after submitting to Embassy). I just came to realize that there were things still I could have done better in my application if I just prepped up a bit early (6 months preparation prior the deadline is ideal). Remember, preparation and research are the keys to make it successful, so take advantage of this 6-month time frame.


These were the things I think ruined my Embassy-recommendation application and I hope you won't be doing the same thing again. I'll be posting the other series of my MEXT adventure, so stick around and stay updated. 

Good luck with your MEXT application folks! 



Monday, April 3, 2017

Verifying Your Jinio Account!

You've finally created your account from Jinio, but the thing is, it requires you to verify your account. So what to do next? By visiting/logging in to your Jinio account, you'll be able to see this section saying:



VERIFICATION

Before you tick the upload buttons, please feel free to follow the below instructions I've prepped up for you folks!

Step 1) Download the form from this link:
https://jinio.com.ph/JINIO%20(Xend%20USA)%20FILLABLE%20FORM%201583.pdf

Step 2) Fill out the required details from the form. Kindly refer to the sample snapshot below for your perusal:


It really looks stressful at first glance, but don't worry, I'll walk you through for each bullet of this form (kindly focus on the color red texts). 😃

Bullet 1: Date - Okay, this is pretty straight-forward. You just have to input the date you are filling this out!

Bullet 2: Name in Which Applicant's Mail Will Be Received for Delivery to Agent - This is your name!

Bullet 3a,3b, 3c, 3d: Address to be Used for Delivery (Include PMB or #sign)For this portion, you don't have to input anything because it has its details by default!

Bullet 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d: For this portion, you don't have to input anything because it has its details by default!

Bullet 5: This authorization is extended to include restricted delivery mail for the undersigned(s) - Please include your signature here!

Bullet 6: Name of Applicant - This is your name!

Bullet 7a: Applicant Home Address (No., street, apt./ste. no) - Make sure your address matches the details included in your ID!

Bullet 7b: City - Include your city and county here!

Bullet 7c: State - Include your province here!

Bullet 7d: Postal code - Include your postal code here!

Bullet 7e: Applicant Telephone Number - Don't forget to start with +63 if you are from Philippines!

Bullet 8: Two types of identification are required. One mush contain a photograph of the addressee. Social security cards, credit cards, and birth certificates are unacceptable as identification. The agent must write in identifying information. Subject for verification. - In my case, I used my passport and voter's IDs for easy process. You can use Postal ID, TIN IDs, etc. 

Bullet 9: Name of Firm or Corporation - I just put N/A here because it is not applicable to me, since it's a personal use.

Bullet 10a, 10b, 10c, 10d, 10e, 11, 12, 13, 14: Since it's a personal use, I don't have to fill these fields out, just put N/A!

Bullet 15: Just leave it blank!

Bullet 16: Signature of Applicant (If firm or corporation, application must be signed
by officer. Show title.) - Again, just sign here!

Step 3) Scan the IDs you'll be using for verification and make sure it's clear.
Click the upload buttons and make sure your file size won't exceed 2 megabytes!

Step 4) After few hours/days (it depends on their verification process!), you'll receive an email saying:


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dining Out at Denny's and The Wedding Ceremony


Before we dropped by at my cousin’s wedding ceremony, her mom treated us (my Mom and I) at Denny’s restaurant.


For the food menu, here are the cuisines dished out by Denny’s to us (sorry I forgot to jot down the names of these dishes, but I'll update this post after coming back to Nagoya):




After eating these mouth-watering foods, we took a selfie shot of ourselves!



 Moreover, we set off to my cousin’s wedding and took pictures of her and her hubby!

They’re perfect couple, aren’t they? J
We also took a shot of her younger sister wearing a Kimono attire.



Before the ceremony had ended, I saw this very cute baby and took a snapshot of him too! Hahaha!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How To Use Jinio? (Courtesy of BPI)

Are you one of the angriest individuals wondering why online stores like Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, and others aren't shipping in your respective countries (including here in the Philippines?). But not this time, since Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI) has launched its newest offer to its cardholders especially for those netizens who love ordering from US online stores.

Recently this month they've announced that we Filipinos and/or BPI cardholders, can order from US online stores via Jinio, considering that the cardholder is of good credit standing. Not only that, BPI offered a 15% discount for the shipping charges from Jinio (US) to Xend (Philippines).



So the question now is, how does it really work? (Well, I'll walk you there through later). But we need to know what is Jinio first?

What is Jinio ?

Jinio (A Xend Solution) is an online merchant that provides forwarding services allowing customers from the Philippines to shop from U.S. online stores using a personal mailbox (PMB) which will be assigned to your account.

Okay, then how does Jinio work?

I've broken them down into steps:

REGISTRATION OR SIGN UP!

Step 1) Visit this website: http://jinio.com.ph

Step 2) Click the SIGN UP NOW button.


Step 3)  You will be asked to sign up for three options: Facebook, Google, or Email.



Step 4) In this example, I chose the Email button. You need to type in your basic information in order to proceed such as First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Password, Mobile Number, Gender, and Interested Categories.


Step 5) A popup box will show and ask you to verify your account.


Step 6) That's it! You'll receive a Jinio Welcome Email saying:








Saturday, October 1, 2016

My Kick Off Post!

Hello everyone! This is my kick off post for my newly created blog (courtesy of blogspot.com). I really want to share with you my very first travel in Japan last year. It was really awesome having the opportunity to visit different places like Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka together with my Mom!

For my first day, we dropped by at Nagoya's Sakae, one of the famous places to go shopping for your stuffs.

Photos from Sakae? Apologies I forgot to take a picture because I was very busy with my window-shopping hobbies! Haha. :) But, do not worry, I took a snapshot picture via Google to let you have a better glance of Sakae.
For my second day, we went to Kyoto's historical places like Kiyomizu Temple, it is known as an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site . (Full info can be viewed at Wikipedia's site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiyomizu-dera )

   
After the Kiyomizu invasion, we went to the Golden Pavilion, it is also known as Kinkaku-ji, and is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually . It is designated as a National Special Historic site and a National Special Landscape, and it is one of 17 locations making up the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto which are World Heritage sites. (Full info can be viewed at Wikipedia's site: https: / /en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinkaku-ji )


Then my third and last spot was at Osaka's Universal Studios! Here's my mandatory jump shot! XD




That's all for now folks! I'll post my other pictures from Japan next time. :)