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.

New Places Explored in 2016

I have to admit it was all unexpected but 2016 proved to be a year of new travels for me 🙂 I was given the opportunity to travel 3 new places this year:

  • Bukidnon – my very first trip to the “Baguio City” of Mindanao, Philippines happened last May. I had the chance to experience the beauty of Dahilayan. More about it on a coming post.
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Feeling cool and relaxed in Dahilayan, Bukidnon.
  • Kalibo – I discovered that this laid-back city is actually another cool gateway to the world-famous Boracay beach in the Visayas, Philippines aside from Caticlan. I will be writing more about this October trip to Kalibo soon. By the way, prior to this trip, the last time I went to Boracay was already about a decade ago!
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Back in Boracay via Kalibo this time after more than a decade.
  • New Zealand – My husband and I had the amazing opportunity to explore both the North Island and South Island of this beautiful country very recently. In fact, we just arrived from this trip yesterday 🙂  And yes, you will be hearing more about our lovely time there right here in this blog.
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Feeling cold but happy in Hamilton, New Zealand.

I am grateful to God for surprising me with these trips this year. While I had a desire and plan to travel to new places this year, I did not actually think at first that it would be possible 🙂  And so I am reminded of that saying: “be careful of what you wish for, you might actually get it.” Well, I am glad with what I got so far 🙂