Carol RHM

in Beauty & Fashion, Fashion, Fashion Tips

The Complete Guide: Wearing High Heels (in Europe)

I’m in my 20s and I can honestly say that it now takes so much to make my feet hurt. And it’s all because of my love for some high heels.

It started years ago. Every time we would buy school shoes, I would try to get my grandmother to buy me something with a bit of a heel. High enough to make me feel like an adult, but not too high that would make my teachers at my (very) Catholic high school send me to the disciplinary office.

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Visiting the Jewish Museum Berlin
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Visiting the Jewish Museum Berlin

If there’s any award for having the most backlog, I’m pretty sure I’ll win it. So, here I am today trying to lessen my load. One article at a time. Today, I’ll be sharing about my visit to the Jewish Museum Berlin. My husband Alvin and I have been saving the museums for winter. We wanted to savour the sun all throughout summer (and what’s left of it in autumn) by exploring the city. However, when my friend Armi visited in August and said she wanted to see this museum in particular, I knew I had to go with her.

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The First Reel: The Philippine Film Festival in Berlin 2017 Lineup

Hey Berliners. How are you planning to spend this coming weekend? How about the next one? Well, here’s something fun, different, and so educational, it will widen your perspective. The Philippine Film Festival is happening this month! It’s starting tonight, actually.

It runs from the 3rd till the 5th and on the 8th till the 12th of November. That’s two weekends plus a hump day. Why not spend it with our community and get to know more about our vibrant  film industry?

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Diplomatic Incidents: Decoding Dress Codes in the Modern Age
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Diplomatic Incidents: Dress Codes in the Modern Age

Ah, dress codes. Those vague yet utterly nerve-wracking bits of information at the bottom of every invitation. It also means a little different in certain parts of the world – mostly depending on how laid back a certain country is.

I believe in dressing up well for an event as a sign of good manners. It shows respect towards the host. It also makes sure you don’t embarrass yourself the moment you step into the venue.

In this post, I’d be sharing my cheat sheet on how I pick my clothes. My husband picks his but always asks for my advice so I’d put some of those for the males here as well.


This basically means there’s no dress code. However, if the invitation comes from a colleague of my husband’s (either from the same embassy or a different one), I make sure to dress a little professionally. Nothing too revealing and nothing too sporty – unless the invite is for an activity that requires such clothes.

I would normally take this as ‘Comfortable Clothing’ with the lightest touch of professional.

For him: A polo shirt with jeans that can either be denim or khaki plus loafers.

For her: A simple dress, no shorter than two inches above the knee. Finish it off with some ballet flats.

Business Casual / Smart Casual

In a nutshell: It’s what I’d wear to the office if I had a corporate job.

For him: A dress shirt, a seasonal sport coat, slacks, and either dress shoes or loafers. Tie, optional.

For her: A shift dress paired with some kitten heels and a blazer. You can also opt for dress pants and a trendy top. Sometimes, I’ll also go for a button down shirt or a chiffon top paired with either a skirt (plus points when I use t’nalak) or some skinny slacks.


This is the one people aren’t always sure about and people often find themselves either over or under dressed. I like to do a little bit of research whenever we get an invite that says semi-formal. Things to take into consideration: The country you’re in. Is it laid back? Are they more particular to dress codes? Who’s hosting the event and how do they usually dress?

For him: A dark suit and a tie plus dress shoes.

For her: You will never go wrong with the classic Little Black Dress (LBD). I usually wear it with heels and carry an eye-catching clutch. There are also events when I like to incorporate a little bit of Filipiniana into an outfit as a nod to my heritage. So I’d probably wear a cover up made by our local weavers.

Black Tie Formal

One of my favourites because it means I can bring out some of the big guns that I’ve been saving for such events.

For him: While I dream of a chance for my husband to wear a tuxedo, the black tie events we’ve been to were set in a more laid back country. So, he would usually wear a dark suit. Sometimes, he’ll go for a dressier dinner jacket.

For her: A floor length evening gown or a dressy, embellished cocktail dress. Also with heels, of course. No gloves.

White Tie

And here’s something for (if and) when you get invited to meet the Queen.

For him: A dress coat with a tail coat, a bowtie,  gray or white gloves optional.

For her: Under no circumstance should you wear a short dress. Go for floor length, formal and you also have the option to wear gloves.

There you have it. My quick cheat sheet as promised. 🙂 Hopefully, you’ll find it helpful and if you have anything to add, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or a comment down below.

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Almost Diplomatic - Schloss Bellevue - Bellvue Palace - Berlin - Diplomat's Wife - Blog - Germany - 607
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Visiting the Schloss Bellevue with Wilkommen in Berlin

I recently wrote about the first event I attended organised by Wilkommen in Berlin (WIB). After that, I was able to attend a couple more before the diplomatic spouse club went on a break for the summer. The break is over and I’m still not done writing about the events before it. No surprise there. As per usual, my plate has become pretty full. One of the said events was a tour of the Schloss Bellevue – the seat of the German president.

When I told my husband about us getting to visit this particular schloss, he pounced on it as another awesome thing about being the diplo-spouse rather than the diplomat. “You get to do the fun stuff while I deal with the stressful bits,” he laughed. Come to think  of it, I get to go on a tour of the palace before he does. Also when he goes, it’s going to be work. But I do the cooking and the laundry at home so I guess we’re even. 😛

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8 Myths About Life as a Diplomatic Spouse
in Diplomatic Incidents, Personal Musings

8 Myths About Life as a Diplomatic Spouse

Everyone seems to have an idea of what a diplomat’s wife does on the daily. Most of it is usually a lot more fancy and dull than what it really is. Only three years in and two countries later, I think I’ve heard everything – from “Aww, too bad you lost your career.” to “I envy your life of leisure!”

While a lot of people may mean well, I thought that it would be great if one of us diplowives sets the record straight. I have received e-mails and even have some friends asking what is it exactly that we do. While it’s fun having some sort of mystery and having a unicorn-like appeal, I thought I’d share some insights.

So, I’ve listed some of these common myths and misconceptions. I’ll also be debunking them here by telling you what’s the real deal. Ready? Here we go.

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in Berlin, Berlin What to Do, Expat Life

Liquidrom and Getting Naked in Berlin (A Guide for European Sauna First-Timers)

Five months into living in Berlin, I haven’t been inside a European sauna. Not that it’s a requirement for people who move here but I do believe in really getting to know the country where we are posted. That, of course, entails trying out things that are unique in that area.

**Before you proceed: I did not take photos inside Liquidrom for obvious reasons. What you’re about to read focuses on the experience of this half-Asian girl and can be used as a guide for people who want to try it out too.**

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