Travelling to Music Festivals in 2017

Do you like going to concerts  or music festivals?

While I like going to concerts, I have not yet taken one step forward that others would do — travel to another city or even country just to enjoy the live music of their favorite artists in a concert or in a music festival. Speaking of music festivals, here are some which are scheduled to run this year:

    • Exit in Novi Sad, Serbia.  If you’re into electronic, hiphop, punk, metal, reggae and rock music, then this can be the festival for you. Organized yearly since 2000, it is scheduled to run July 6-19, 2017.
    • Tomorrowland in Boom, Belgium. If dancing and electronic music is your thing, then you might enjoy this July 21-30 festival. It would be likely that electronic music DJ’s taking the stage will be geared with the best headphones, hdj might even be their choice for the night.
    •  Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay, Australia. The “land down under” also has its own music festival which will run this coming July 21-23. This annual event has been held since 2001 and features alternative, electronic, hip hop and indie rock music.

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  • Fuji Rock in Yuzawa, Niigata Perfecture, Japan. Reportedly one of the largest music festivals not just in Asia but the world, this will fill the air with rock and electronic music on July 28-30.
  • Rock in Rio, Brazil. This music festival traces its first one back in 1985. Other than in Brazil, it has also been held in different locations including in Portugal, Spain and the USA. This year, it is set on September 15-17 and 21-24 in Rio.

So how about you, would you be travelling for a concert or music festival this year?

Visa-Free Travel for Filipinos to Taiwan to Begin this Year

UPDATE: The visa-free entry for Filipinos to Japan has been re-scheduled from June 2017 to September 2017. The visa-free exemption for Filipinos who have either a residence/permanent residence card, valid visa, or an expired residence card or visa less than 10 years old, issued by certain countries (see list below), continues to be in effect. 

The heat is on here in Asia, particularly in the Philippines. While there are occasional surprises of rain showers, there’s more heat than rain.

Summer time, of course, makes Filipinos think about taking a vacation to different  parts of the country or abroad. And so here’s one good news for the Filipino traveler 🙂

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Starting June this year, Filipinos will enjoy a visa-free entry to Taiwan. This new policy (albeit a temporary one for now), has been reported by Taiwan News based on information gathered from Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Filipinos can stay on for 30 days in Taiwan based on the said policy without needing a visa.

This move comes with Taiwan’s desire to encourage more tourists from the South and Southeast Asia to come to its land. It is also aimed to foster closer trade and economic ties.

Check out the visa exemption info from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines right here. See number 2 🙂

Taiwan had begun offering free visa entry to Filipinos last September but this was limited to those who have never worked in Taiwan as a blue collar worker as well as for Filipinos who have either a residence/permanent residence card, valid visa, or an expired residence card or visa less than 10 years old, issued by certain countries including: Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, any of the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, or the United States,

Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) waits for you and me. So get ready for a trip to that part of Asia 🙂

By the way, if you are curious to see what other countries are visa-free for Filipinos to enter, you can check it here.

Travels and Guitars

On our recent trip to New Zealand, we had a long lay-over in Bangkok. I made contact with a good friend there and we agreed to meet and do some sightseeing.

While I lived in Thailand before for 3 years, I thought it was a good idea that my friend and I bring my husband to places he hasn’t seen there before as we had spent more time in Phuket and Chiang Mai in our previous trips there.

Going around the city made me appreciate again the number of goods available at a good price there. I thought this was also true regarding musical instruments and pretty soon I was wondering where is the closest guitar center 🙂 You see, some of our musician friends have been telling us that they thought of buying musical instruments especially guitars from outside the country as many are sold at good prices compared to those back home in the Philippines.

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With our good friend Ethel in Bangkok.

We bid good bye to Thailand when our long lay-over was up and found ourselves very grateful for friends that remain within reach and for what we saw as God’s extra favor for us to enjoy Thailand again a bit this time.