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 🙂

architecture, buildings, business

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.

Things to Do this Summer Aside from Travel

Summer time is heating up in this part of the world. It can mean new travels to make with the family or with friends. But wait, you can also choose just to stay in your city or town and still enjoy a good summer vacation. Here are some fun things you and the family can do aside from going on a trip:

1. Do a staycation at your favorite hotel. If you do not want to drive long to get to that beach resort which is hours away from your place, then try this option. And of course, choose one with a swimming pool, good cable TV and with good food. Stay overnight or up to 3 days depending on your budget.

2. Visit an art gallery, park and museum. Not everyone in the family may like seeing a museum but mixing up these three or two of these in a day can be a good exposure for everyone to arts, history and nature. After your visit, engage the family members by asking them what they liked about the place as well as what they did not like. And don’t stop there. If there was something they did not like, ask them what could be done to improve or change whatever it was that they did not like. Don’t forget to ask them what they also learned from the visits.

3. Play music together. Yes, you can schedule times of playing or learning music together. And to make it a bit more exciting, why not decide to hold a mini-concert at a given time, inviting some relatives as your audience. And while you’re at it, consider purchasing new equipment or even dimarzio pickups, check it out at MusiciansFriend.com. This depends on your budget, of course. Alternatively, you can stage mini-plays or dance presentations. It can also be a talent show. Include the neighbors’ kids and parents, if you like 🙂

4. Visit an orphanage or a home for the aged. While this may not seem fun at first glance, it usually turns out inspiring when you do this. It reminds everyone in the family how blessed you are and this is also an opportunity to encourage and give to those who are not able to give back to you in return. No need to lecture the kids about what a good life you have, just ask them to be observant during the visit and ask them what they think about the activity or what they learned from it once you’re back home. Ask them also how they can help others in that given situation. Be sure to contact the orphanage or home first to inform them of your planned to visit.

These are just ideas to start you off thinking what you and the family can do together for that coming summer break. If there are more you can think off, just comment below 🙂

Coming Soon: Passenger Drones in Dubai

Actually, they’re slated to begin flying you around in Dubai this coming summer.

As of this writing, we do not know how much it will cost yet. But if it’s going to be a staple mode of transportation in this known business hub of the Middle East, ultimately it might just be cost-friendly. After all, this step of launching passenger drones is one of the city’s steps to free up the streets and reduce traffic.

Watch and see how cool a passenger drone ride could be 🙂