Friday, September 26, 2014

How to Apply a Japanese Tourist Visa for Filipinos with No Guarantor

My Japan trip is just around the corner and I am so excited to visit the land of the rising sun very soon! But before I get too excited, I will share with you the process on getting a Japan tourist visa. It's actually easy breezy compared to my previous experiences in getting a Korean and Taiwanese visa... alone! as in "sariling kayod" without help from any travel agency because I want to avoid paying processing fees haha. 

Japan tourist visa is the easiest (in my opinion) because I am forced to transact with an accredited travel agency (parang labag sa loob noh? haha). Since July 30, 2007, Japan Embassy in the Philippines announced that application can only be made via an accredited travel agency and there are only 6 accredited companies--check it out here.

Processing fees varies from Php 1,000 to 2,500 depending on what type of visa you are applying for. I chose Friendship Tours Travel Agency because it's very accessible to my office and they have the lowest visa processing fee of Php 1,200.


REQUIREMENTS FOR TOURIST VISA WITHOUT GUARANTOR:

STEP 1: Prepare your requirements

1. Passport
-Must have at least 6 months remaining validity and must have at least 2 blank pages.

2. Fully filled visa application form 
- May be typewritten or handwritten. 
- Forms are also available in the accredited agencies' offices.

3. ID Photo 
- 1 pc and pasted on the application form
- 4.5cm x 4.5 cm in white background, no border, no hair accessories, no jewelries, no smiling too haha

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Japan... blogging soon!


Will be blogging about Japan very very soon! :)
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13 Long Weekends in 2015!!!


NOTE: Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha dates are still tentative and will be announced next year once the Islamic calendar has been finalized. If Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha do not fall on the estimated dates, the long weekends will be reduced to 11 – still a great number to enjoy your escapades for the whole year.

Reposting the blog post I saw online! Credits to Trip Zilla Magazine for plotting the long weekends for next year :) For corporate slaves like me (hahaha!) this is what you call strategic leaves! You should always maximize your long weekends so you don't need to sacrifice your limited number of leaves...agree? that's WORK LIFE BALANCE right there! ;)

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Suggested South Korea Multi-city Itinerary

We've spent 9 days in our most recent Korea trip but 3 days were spent with my boyfriend's family including a wedding that we've attended in Suwon. 

Sharing with you our 6 day itinerary which includes our regular Seoul sight seeing trip, but also including a multi-city trip to Busan, Jeonju, and the border of North Korea! :)


In Summary, we spent 3 days total in Seoul (including DMZ Tour), 1 and a 1/2 day in Busan, and 1/2 day in Jeonju.

3 Days in Seoul:
  • Our Seoul trip consists of sight seeing which we haven't went to before (Yeouido and Itaewon), our usual routine visits to Namsan Tower (due to love lock), Myeongdong & Dongdaemun (Shopping), and Lotte Mart (Food trip!).
  • We had a very relaxed Itinerary in Seoul contrary to our previous visits given that we've already visited all the tourist destinations in Seoul (See previous blog posts about Korea).
  • We also visited a couple of our friends from college during our Seoul Trip.

1 and 1/2 Days in Busan:

1/2 Day in Jeonju:
  • We only did 1 thing in Jeonju and it is to taste their famous 50 side dish restaurant. Given that we were extremely time pressured as we needed to return to Seoul in only 2 hours, we were not able to find the famous restaurants and settled for their famous Jeonju bibimbap which did not disappoint as well!
  • Most people recommend to stay 1-2 days in Jeonju to try all their famous restaurants but we did not want to spend money to book a hotel as we've already booked our hotel in Seoul for the entire 9 days.

Recommendation:
  • If it's your first time going to Korea, do not follow this itinerary as this itinerary is intended for people who already visited Korea for several times and is looking for new adventures and new experiences in Korea. This itinerary does not include must visit places in Seoul as we've already skipped these as we've visited them already in our previous trip. 
  • Here are better suggestions for those who will visit Korea for the first time click here! 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Locks of Love at Namsan Tower

FACT: It has been a tradition for me that every time I visit Korea, my boyfriend and I would always visit Namsan Tower and leave a "love lock" with our wishes/messages for each other. Call it cheesy but that's just our own way of "renewing" our love in our happy place called Seoul.

Since 2011 up to this year, I've been to Korea thrice which is why I know the place very well and I'm sharing with you several options on how to get there and the activities you can do with your loved ones and family. 

Note: I've combined all 3 years worth of Namsan Tower photos in this post. So  in case you've noticed, I'm wearing 3 different attires here :)
Namsan Tower, is a communication and observation tower located on top of Mt. Namsan in central Seoul. It is the highest point of the city and many tourists visit this place because it is dubbed as the romantic island in the city.
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