Category: Belgium

Family Reunification Belgium

Family Reunification Belgium

 

Family Reunification in Belgium is a process that you have to go through if you want to join your partner or family and live in Belgium or vice versa. The process is tedious but I suspect most procedures like these are. There are different set of requirements and conditions depending on your situation, your partner or family’s situation and where you are from.

 

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Antwerp Chocolate Week

Antwerp Chocolate Week

 

Antwerp Chocolate week is an event that goes on for about 10 days wherein you can visit several participating chocolate stores. You can exchange any of your 10 vouchers for chocolates offered in store. Some stores lets you choose and some stores have it already packed. Locally this event is known as “Antwerpen Week van de Chocolade” and for 2018, it goes from March 2-11. It’s a very short window of time. I was supposed to do it with a friend last Saturday but we didn’t have enough time so I decided to do it after class today.

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How to apply for a Philippine Passport in Belgium

How to apply for a Philippine Passport in Belgium

How to apply for a Philippine Passport in Belgium? You can read on the details below. The good thing about it is that you don’t need an appointment. The Philippine Embassy in Brussels does not require an appointment. You just walk in and proceed to apply for your passport as long as you have the complete requirements.

 

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Filipina wins Miss Belgium 2018

Filipina wins Miss Belgium 2018

A Filipina wins Miss Belgium 2018!!! That is some good news to wake up to this morning. Her name is Angeline Flor Pua. She is a 22 years old student studying to be a pilot. She has won Miss Antwerp the previous year and had also won Miss Filipina Europe in 2016. Angeline is multi lingual. She speaks Dutch, English and Filipino and understands French. Her parents are both Filipino who met in Belgium.

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Ellis Gourmet Burger Antwerp

Ellis Gourmet Burger Antwerp

 

The restaurant Ellis Gourmet Burger is located at De Keyserlei 21 in Antwerp. It’s the street directly across the Antwerp Central Station where there are a lot of restaurants and shops lined up. They serve burgers. It seems like designer burger places have been popping up around the country. I went here for lunch because I was craving some fluffy American pancakes which I saw that they were advertising. In Belgium, their pancakes are thinner, almost like crepe. They are very good as well. I just suddenly missed the fluffy ones.

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Antwerp Christmas Market

Antwerp Christmas Market

 

The Antwerp Christmas Market will be up in a month’s time so if you are visiting the city around 9 December 2017 to 7 January 2018, you will be able to enjoy the festivities. The Visit Antwerp website says that it will be a magical winter wonderland and there will be “dusting of diamonds” this year. The festivities of the Antwerp Christmas Market includes the ice rink at Groenplaats, the Christmas Market stalls, the big Ferris Wheel, the slip and slide tube for kids. They would also have some items around the city. Two years ago they had the display where they had snow on the glass so you can take your picture behind it. Last year, they had a small structure with mistletoe hang above so you can kiss under it.

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Fish Agogo

Fish Agogo

 

Fish Agogo Antwerp is a restaurant that serves seafood and it’s located on Handschoenmarkt 1 near the Cathedral. The rating on Tripadvisor is really high and for good reasons. It’s easily on the top 10. We wanted to go here for lunch once but it was closed so we ended up¬†having lunch at Bia Mara.

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Bia Mara

Bia Mara

 

Bia Mara in Antwerp is a fish and chips restaurant located on Maaldestraat near the Cathedral and the municipal hall. You can locate the restaurant on a small alley if you go from the Cathedral to the Municipal hall, you will be sure to pass it. I discovered this place through a friend who invited me to go for lunch here. I’ve been to the restaurant twice. Once with a friend and the second time with my mom when she was here visiting me.

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Leonardo Hotel Antwerp

Leonardo Hotel Antwerp

 

The Leonardo Hotel Antwerp is very close to the Central station. We chose this hotel because we had to leave really early by train. It was also was right on budget at the time we booked it. The price was around 59.10 euros a night excluding the city tax of 2.39 per person per night which most hotels probably charge separately.  The hotel is obviously running on the Leonardo Da Vinci theme whom the hotel was named after.

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Brussels airport to Antwerp

Brussels airport to Antwerp

 

The main gateway to Belgium is Zaventem or Brussels airport. From Antwerp, the distance is about 44 kilometers. There are several options to get from Brussels airport to Antwerp. You can get to Antwerp by train, by car or by bus. The fastest way to get from Brussels airport to Antwerp is by train and it takes 33 minutes. The car takes maybe 40 minutes depending on traffic. The bus is approximately 45-50 minutes. You can also check my Antwerp City Guide for more information on Antwerp.

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