To celebrate the day when I first set foot in my dream continent and start my adventures of a lifetime that lead me to where I am now, I am giving away $300 worth of shopping moolah from East Dane to my readers and subscribers.

That day was August 23, 2009. Tomorrow I will celebrate the day I flew to Europe five years ago and start my years of magical living as a full scholar of the prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

It was all I ever wanted in life.

I remember that day vividly. I didn’t sleep because, the night before, I was busy packing all of my stuff in boxes in my apartment in Manila so my parents can take it home. OBVI I was not bringing all of these bits and pieces of me to Europe.

All I was bringing was one piece of luggage and my dreams.

Diane, my poor youngest sister was crying even before we went to the airport. She would cry in the shopping mall. She went there with us to see me and say goodbye. I remember seeing her crying as she took the escalator to leave. I stood on the 4th floor watching her go down. And then I allowed myself to cry. I cried all the way out to the busy streets of Malate.

But at the airport I couldn’t bring myself to cry. I was exhausted from packing all night. I had not slept. My family and friends were there to see me go. My mom cried and hugged me tight a dozen times and I still did not cry. My friends Nicola and Marian were wiping their eyes, trying not to cry, and I still did not cry.

It was definitely a mixture of exhaustion and that overwhelming feeling of excitement it was almost like I could not feel anything else.

I hugged them all goodbye and went in.

When I passed through immigration and told the Immigration Officer that I was going to Europe to study, he was confused and asked the other Immigration Officer about my situation. He was holding all my documents which I handed to him. The confusion stems from the fact that most Filipinos who go abroad are going to work as seamen, domestic helpers, skilled immigrants etc and rarely as a student.

Immigration Officer 1: Mag-aaral daw siya sa Europe. (He said he is going to study in Europe.)
Immigration Officer 2: Ah, au pair siguro yan. (He is probably an au pair.)

I was mad. Did this cretin just say I was an au pair? WORSE. DID I FREAKING LOOK LIKE ONE?!?

Me: Pupunta akong Europe para mag-aral ng Masters ko. Eto yung acceptance letter at diploma ko from UP Diliman. (I am going to Europe to study my Masters. Here is my acceptance letter and diploma from UP Diliman [a.k.a. the best university in the Philippines; a.k.a. your-son-will-never-get-into-that-school])

That made him shut up and shuffled my documents with a raised eyebrow. He then stamped my passport and let me pass through. I still couldn’t believe that I am moving to Europe even after I boarded my plane to Amsterdam and got settled on my seat.

“This is it. It’s all happening!” I thought.

I looked out the window and stared at this ugly NAIA airport. It was my last memory of Manila. And then I arrived in the Netherlands. My European adventure started here.

For the next 2 years I did not set foot in my country. And all the most amazing things has happened to me since then.

Dreams do come true. Believe in them and chase them!


The East Dane Giveaway! For real!

So I’m celebrating 5 years of that this August 23 which obviously is the perfect time to give away $300 worth of shopping moolah from East Dane. You can’t choose your face but you can choose your clothes! Agree?

There will be 3 winners of $100 gift card each which you can use to buy anything on East Dane. For example, you can buy fabulous men’s shoes perfect for your eurotrip or better yet, get anything from over 400+ items of 50% Off Men’s goodies. With the stuff on sale you can literally buy an entire look for you or your boyfriend!


How do you enter the giveaway?

Easy breezy.

1. Comment on this post with your biggest dream in life in one sentence and you get 2 points. *MANDATORY*

2. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

3. AND share this post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You can choose any social media platform you like. But I’d love it if you follow me everywhere of course. (Don’t pretend you’re not stalking me! :P)

3.1. For Facebook, share this post and tag my page Dream Euro Trip
3.2. For Instagram, post a photo of an East Dane item you love and hashtag #dreameurotrip on your caption
3.3. For Twitter, share this post (which automatically tweets @DreamEuroTrip)

4. Each follow + share = 1 point. You should follow AND share to qualify. For example, if you follow me on the 3 social media platforms and share this post, you get 3 points. If you share it multiple times, you get 1 point for every share. So the more you share it, the more points you get.

5. Easy right? This contest will run for 11 days from August 22 – September 1 (12 noon Central European Time). The winner will be chosen randomly using and notified via email and announced via the blog on September 2.


Ready, Set, SHOP! WIN!



DJ Yabis is the poster boy of Dream Euro Trip and a modern day renaissance man. Originally from the Philippines, he loves throwing dinner parties and stalking rock stars in music festivals. Subscribe or follow his adventures LIVE on Facebook or Instagram. Learn how to plan your own eurotrip.

What do YOU think?

57 Responses to “Win $300 from East Dane to stay stylish on your travels” Subscribe

  1. Joe crisafulli September 13, 2014 at 4:49 AM #

    To stay happy!

  2. Elal | The Shades of Grey Travel and Photography September 2, 2014 at 12:22 AM #

    My ultimate goal is to fulfill my European dream. πŸ™‚

  3. Elal | The Shades of Grey Travel and Photography September 2, 2014 at 12:21 AM #

    One of my ultimate travel goal is to fulfill my European dream πŸ™‚

  4. grasya September 1, 2014 at 7:23 PM #

    I’m happy to see you shine bright like a diamond dear ;D.. niwey, my biggest dream is to have a home in each country.. so I can go home to whichever part of the world I want to be. ^_^

  5. Max Weiss September 1, 2014 at 5:57 PM #

    My biggest dream is to travel the world

  6. Darwin | Tracking Treasure September 1, 2014 at 5:56 PM #

    My biggest dream, aside from traveling around the world, is also to study in Europe under Erasmus Mundus. Been talking about it to my friends and other PTB before.

  7. Susan September 1, 2014 at 5:55 PM #

    My biggest dream is to do a 3-month eurotrip.

  8. Sebastian Garcia September 1, 2014 at 5:53 PM #

    My biggest dream is to live in Stockholm like you did!

  9. Kaiye Pallarco September 1, 2014 at 5:43 PM #

    My biggest dream is work in a cruise ship! (And live in Brighton haha)

  10. Michael August 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM #

    my dream is to finally travel to chicago, illinois to take in a chicago cubs game, sit in left field above the ivy, experience the seventh inning stretch, and sing along with my family to “go, cubs, go!” after a winning performance in an extra-innings game.

  11. Ann August 29, 2014 at 12:21 AM #

    My biggest dream is to create a product that people want to buy.

  12. Richelle @Adventures Around Asia August 28, 2014 at 7:23 AM #

    My biggest dream is to travel the world and make a living doing it!

  13. Hester August 27, 2014 at 11:42 PM #

    My biggest dream is to bring all my friends across the world together in one place and have a massive party! πŸ™‚

  14. Sumaiyah Rose Safdar August 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM #

    My biggest dream is to be a CPA in London and hopefully I qualify too for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship in the future after I finish college here in UP.

  15. Sumaiyah Rose Safdar August 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM #

    My biggest dream is to be a CPA in London! Hopefully I qualify too for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship in the future after I finish college here in UP.

  16. Rhea S August 27, 2014 at 5:22 AM #

    Forget about the money, but live your life and make your dreams come true, LETS TRAVEL EUROPE!!! wohoooo πŸ™‚

  17. Wandering Carol August 26, 2014 at 11:40 PM #

    And the travel blogging world is a better place because you followed your dreams. Happy Stepping Foot in Europe Anniversary.

  18. Jenni August 26, 2014 at 10:33 PM #

    My biggest dream is to be able to work in the travel industry. Alas, IT still has me in its grips because of the benefits. πŸ˜›

  19. Raphael Alexander Zoren August 26, 2014 at 8:30 PM #

    To take the ultimate travel selfie from the moon with Virgin Galaxy airlines! πŸ˜€

  20. Marco August 26, 2014 at 6:24 PM #

    My dream is to travel in Scandinavia!

  21. Mae August 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM #

    This sounds so cliche but I’d really love to travel the world and experience the different cultures and customs of different countries! πŸ˜€

  22. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer August 25, 2014 at 10:48 PM #

    A couple of things..

    (1) You do not look like an au pair… shame on him
    (2) If I was a man I would totally shop at East Dane
    (3) “You can’t choose your face but you can choose your clothes! Agree?” — You should coin this phrase and make a pic out of it!

  23. Ja August 24, 2014 at 10:06 PM #

    My biggest dream is to be financially capable to bring my family around Europe.

  24. Kurt August 24, 2014 at 9:14 PM #

    My biggest dream is to travel around the world with my family, especially with my parents while they’re still alive.

  25. Nordie B. Olaguera August 24, 2014 at 8:56 PM #

    My biggest dream is to invest on properties in Europe namely to purchase a nice vacation house in montmartre and have my own agriturismo farm in Val d’Orcia.

  26. Ashleigh Pryer August 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM #

    My biggest dream is to travel to every country in Europe.

  27. Ana Katrina Evangelista August 23, 2014 at 6:04 AM #

    My biggest dream is to study on full scholarship in Europe like you!!

  28. micha August 23, 2014 at 4:03 AM #

    my biggest dream is to spend the rest of my life with the love of my life and to the world with him <3

    • micha August 23, 2014 at 4:04 AM #

      * to travel the world with him πŸ˜€

    • DJ Yabis September 3, 2014 at 8:05 AM #

      <3 <3 <3

  29. Marina August 22, 2014 at 1:12 PM #

    My biggest dream is to go around the globe.

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