I skipped work today because I scheduled myself (just last Monday) for an interview at the US Embassy. I got the 6:30AM slot because it’s the only thing left in the website. You can actually do everything online! Fill-out the DS-160 Form at this here, pay for the application fee (see rates), and schedule your interview here. I didn’t want to wait until November for this because I might not have the time anymore since:
1. I’ll be starting with graduate school this second semester.
2. I might be finally transferring to another division and start a new job as a Marketing Manager.
3. I am taking my mom to Cambodia and Thailand on December.
I have the most beautiful excuses to do things as soon as possible and be productive to end this year with a bang! The interesting part of the day was the
conversation chat interview with the Consul. I expected it to be quick, but it lasted longer than I thought, easier than I thought, and super FUN! Here’s how I remember it:
Consul: So how are you?
Yang: I’m doing okay.
Consul: So what will you do in the US?
Yang: I just want to go there for a tour.
Consul: Have you been to other countries? (Yep.) Where?
Yang: We went to Singapore and Malaysia last year. We also went to Hong Kong and China around 2007.
Consul: So how was it?
Yang: It was great! Especially our stay in Singapore (while holding my two thumbs up, paired with a wide smile).
Consul: Yeah? I heard good stuff about it too.
Yang: Yeah you should go there.
Consul: So where will you go in Virginia?
Yang: (Shrugs) Somewhere in Parkman. Annandale.
Consul: Oh Annandale. What will you do there?
Yang: My cousin lives there, and we like the same stuff. We have the same interests in art and music; so I trust him to bring me to interesting places and events.
Consul: Really. Like what type of music?
Yang: I like stuff from the 90s. Like Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana…
Yang: I really hope I can see some music festivals there. Like Lollapalooza or Pitchfork or… Coachella is too expensive for me!
Consul: Oh no. You SHOULD see Coachella. Been going there for 4 years, and I tell you, it’s the best in the south-west, or at least for me.
Yang: I DO wanna see it. Oh! We just had our FIRST Manila Music Festival this year. I saw that one and you have to check that out!
Consul: (Laughing and shaking his head) Gosh, when is this? (Scribbles in a Post-it)
Yang: It was last May this year. So I guess every May of the year. It’s just within Metro Manila. It’s like Coachella in Manila.
Consul: Thanks. Oh, if you’re going to Annandale, you really have to check this place. I tell you, they have the best, the best barbecue. It’s called Honey Pig, and really…
Yang: Can you write it down for me sir. I guess my cousin will know that place. He keeps a sort of food blog.
Consul: Here you go.
Consul: Okay, nice meeting you. Your visa will be sent to your mailing address soon. Thank you.
See? It was a breeze. See you next year America! (: