Tuesday, July 23, 2013

"I'd like to visit the Philippines? Am I required to get a visa?"

Nationalities from 151 countries visa-free for 30 days beginning August 2013!

The Philippine Bureau of Immigration (BI) says:
If you are classified as a non-restricted national and your country has diplomatic ties/bilateral agreement with the Philippines, you are not required to secure an entry visa.

30 IS THE NEW 21
BI says that based on a Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) memo, the visa-free entry privilege of foreigners is now extended from 21 days to 30 days with the following conditions:
  • with passports that are valid for at least six months beyond the foreigners intended period of stay
  • with return tickets to their country of origin or onward tickets to their next country of destination
      • However, Immigration Officers at ports of entry may exercise their discretion to admit holders of passports valid for at least sixty (60) days beyond the intended period of stay.

Nationals from the following 151 countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without a visa:

Monday, July 22, 2013

Cruise Appeal

Cruise ships offer the height of luxury and a hassle-free holiday. Forget worrying about flights, transfers, dining, and all of the usual holiday paraphernalia - with a package cruise holiday, it's all taken care of.

But whom would a cruise suit, and what exactly does one do when sailing on board these massive ships? Of course, it all depends on where you want to travel to and who you choose to holiday with. These days cruise ships are set up to entertain people from many different walks of life, from retirees and business execs to young couples and families, so the clientele has certainly changed from the sherry set of bygone years.

While everyone has their own particular taste and preference, Mediterranean cruises remain one of the most popular cruise getaways. Although each cruise is designed to give a variation on the route, a typical twelve night Mediterranean cruise could offer a day in Gibraltar followed by Cartagena, Barcelona, Mallorca and Seville, Lisbon and Vigo before returning back to Southampton. Or you could take a fly-cruise and set sail from, say, Palma in Majorca, before heading off to explore the Spanish coast, perhaps the south coast of France and maybe even the Greek islands, before returning back to Palma ready for your flight home.

At each port there is the opportunity to leave the ship and explore the town or visit the beach. Or of course, you can stay on board and enjoy the many activities that the ship has to offer. Each ship has several different types of restaurant and a series of bars dotted throughout each of the decks. There are swimming pools and sun loungers, a gym and health spa and then usually a multitude of action and adventure activities such as surf simulators, rock climbing walls and ice skating rinks.

With so much going on within one floating resort, it is easy to see why people return to cruises time and again, and the appeal continues to attract people from all ages and walks of life.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

on-the-cheap | Budget hotels in Cebu

Friends would ask me 'where to stay in Cebu on-a-budget?'

Actually, everywhere. If you look hard enough, you might find a gem of a hotel with 5 star bed but easy on the pocket.

The list below are hotels with room rates Php1,000 and below. And is grouped according to location: Downtown and Uptown. Downtown refers to the area close to the university belt (USC, UC, USJR, and UV) with Colon corner Osmena Blvd. being its heart. Uptown has Fuente Osmena at its center.  

Sunday, July 7, 2013

fear of flying

In this time and age when the words aviation, Glide Path navigation system or beacon and safety record can go together in one sentence, I am no longer as sh*t scared flying. Unlike ten years ago when I'd grip stiff my armrest with my cold hands, each time the plane taxies the runway to take off and during the final descent before touchdown.

I've read somewhere that there are only two critical parts in flying: take off and touchdown. Statistics would reveal that most accidents happen during these procedures. So, I'd pray the hardest during take off and landing especially during stormy weather. Especially in a backwater airport where Glide Path or beacon is unheard of.