Slow Coast: The Most Charming Little Shop in Davenport

As I was going through some photo files for printing, I found these and remembered that I haven’t blogged about it yet! Slow Coast is probably the most charming little shop that we encountered during our California road trip in December 2015. Yes, I know, I am so delayed!

A boutique shop in an AIRSTREAM! Oh, my beating heart. Oh, and look at their message:

“Come by, have some pie, grab a coffee and hang out in our vintage Airstream. Everything we sell directly supports our causes: oceans, forests, kids & community. In Slow We Trust,”

This is what dreams are made of! I instantly remembered my handmade/homemade mentor, Ana of BodyFoodAllNatural with some of their products.

I remember buying myself a bottle of their lavender infused wild honey

I absolutely love everything about this shop! Check out the letter I lifted from their website ,, below:


Slow Coast

was born in 2003 when our family took a long (1,200 mi/112 days) slow, deliberate walk along the ocean from Oregon to Mexico.

We decided that this stretch of coast, north of Santa Cruz and south of Half Moon Bay, would be our home.

Since then we’ve worked to support the farmers and artisans who are our neighbors and share our love for this place.

When you visit us on the Slow Coast

you’ll understand what we mean by “In Slow We Trust”.

When you buy our locally grown, made, and inspired Slow Coast

products you’ll help this community and give back to causes we support.

Please get in touch if you have any questions, if we can help you plan a Slow Coast

visit or event, and please stop by the Airstream.

Warm regards,

J., Dana, Grayce and Julia Nichols

“We are living on the edge of forever.” – Jim West, Slow Coast

botanical expert

When visiting California, be sure to drop by their cool place and purchase to support their cause!

Requirement for Japan Visa for Filipinos

Because our next international trip is to Japan, I am posting what I shall be preparing for my kids – requirements for tourist visa to Japan for Filipinos:


Applicant himself/herself made the arrangements for the travel/tour in Japan If applicant request a multiple-entry visa for short-term stay, please refer to the requirement at the home page.


All documents must be original unless otherwise stated.

1. Philippine Passport

• Broken passport is not accepted. Passports must be signed and must have at least two (2) blank visa pages.

2. Visa Application Form

• Available at the Embassy website, at the entrance of the Embassy or at any of the accredited travel agencies.

• Application form should be filled out all items correctly, If item is not applicable, please fill in [N/A]. Embassy may not accept application with blank item, no signature or no date in the form; may deny the application that is filled out incorrectly or wrong information. 3. Photo

• Specs: 4.5cm x 4.5cm, with white background.

• Photo must be taken within 6 months.

• Please write applicant’s name and birthdate on back side of the photo.

• Photo must be pasted on the application form.

4. Birth Certificate

• IT must be issued within one year from PSA Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide).

• If the birth certificate from Philippine Statistics Office (PSA) is unreadable, or has incomplete information, please submit the birth certificate issued by PSA together with a birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar.

• If the birth certificate is “late registration”, please submit in addition, a baptismal certificate and school record (Form 137) from high school or elementary and School Yearbook (if possible).

• If there is no record in PSA, please submit a “Certificate of Non-Record” from PSA together with a birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

5. Marriage Certificate (if the applicant is married)

• IT must be issued within one year from PSA Main Office/Serbilis Outlet Center (Nationwide).

• In case there is no record in PSA, please submit a “Certificate of Non-Record” from PSA together with the Marriage Certificate from the Local Civil Registrar.

6. Daily Schedule in Japan (TAIZAI YOTEIHYO ) [If applicant will shoulder part or all of his/her travel expenses]

7. Bank Certificate Validity of Bank Certificate is three (3) month from the date of issue

8. Applicant’s Income Tax Return (Form 2316) clear Photocopy (latest) [If Guarantor who lives in the Philippines will shoulder part or all of the applicant’s travel expenses]

9. Guarantee Letter

10. Proof of relationship between applicant and guarantor (e.g. Birth Certificates etc.)

11. Bank Certificate (original) and Income Tax Return (ITR Form 2316) (clear Photocopy) of Guarantor [If Applicant is not Philippines nationality ]

12. Foreign residents with long-term or permanent status in the Philippines applying for a visa must submit, in addition to the above requirements (except birth and marriage certificates), a copy of their Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) issued by the Philippine government. Visa application of foreigners who are on short-term (temporary) visa in the Philippines cannot be accepted. Please apply at the Japanese Embassy /Consulate General with jurisdiction over the area in which the applicant resides or over the country of which the applicant’s passport was issued. [NOTICE] Size of document for application should be A4 size only. If document is other size, please submit copy that is already adjusted in A4 size from its original and without staples or pasting pages. Applicants are exempted from submitting (4) and (5) Indicated above if they can submit old/valid passports with used Japan visa. It is applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he/she meet the requirements for the grant of a visa. Submission of any supporting documents not listed above is encouraged (e.g. applicant’s economic or social ties with the Philippines, urgent reasons for visit: medical certificate, wedding invitation).

All information is lifted from the Embassy of Japan to the Philippines.