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Update: Japan Multiple-Entry Visa Application for Filipinos!

I am going to be lodging my Japan Visa Application by the end of August for my Osaka trip in October which I’m pretty excited about so I’m hoping that I’d be able to finish my deadlines at work and have all of the prerequisites ready. It will be my first time to apply for a Japan Visa and I will be gunning right away for a Multiple Entry Visa since said visa could be my entry for my planned South American tour next year with a friend (see, we’re planning to use the MNL-MEX-COL route which at present is the cheapest route that we’re seeing online).

I’m not even sure if I’ve abundant funds enough for the consul to grant me an ME visa (3) Applicant with abundant financial capacity) Oh well, I’ll just hope for the best then.

Going back to the Multipl Entry Visa Application, the Japan Government recently added some provision for Multiple-entry Visa for Philippine Nationals. Below is exactly what the government has added that you can also read thru: http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000035.html

MULTIPLE-ENTRY VISA FOR BUSINESS PURPOSE, AND CULTURAL OR INTELLECTUAL FIGURES

The following is an outline of application procedures for nationals of Republic of the Philippines who wish to apply for a multiple-entry visa for business purpose, and for cultural or intellectual figures (period of stay: 15, 30, or 90 days, visa validity: 1, 3, 5, 10 years ). The visa is for the purpose of business affairs for the first visit, but from the second visit it is possible to use as tourist or visiting to relatives/ acquaintances as well. But it is not permitted to perform activities to undertake revenue generating business operations or activities to receive remuneration.

A. Eligible Applicants 1. Applicant with business purpose Applicant who is applicable to one of the following categories and his/her spouse or children

(1) A regular employee of a public (government) enterprise.
(2) An employee of a private company which is listed on the stock exchange (including Japan and third countries)
(3) A regular employee of a Japanese-affiliated company which is a member of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and has a management base in Japan
(4) A regular employee of a joint venture company, a subsidiary company or a branch office of a company which is listed on the stock exchange (including Japan and the third countries)
(5) A regular employee of a private company with constant business transactions with a Japanese company which is listed on the stock exchange
(6) A regular employee of a company among the “Top 1,000 Philippine corporations in terms of gross revenue”
(7) A regular employee with a travel record to Japan for business purpose and travel records as temporary visitor to G7 countries (except Japan) in the last three years
(8) A regular employee with more than three travel records to Japan for business purpose in the last three years

2. Applicants for cultural or intellectual figures etc. Applicant who is applicable to one of the following categories and his/her spouse or children

(1) An artist (Fine Art, Literary Art, Music, Stage Play, Dance etc.) , a specialist in humanities (Literature, Law, Economics etc.), or a scientist (Technology, Medicine etc.) who has relevant accomplishments
(2) A lawyer, certified public accountant, patent attorney, judicial scrivener, notary, medical doctor who has a national or international qualification and actually working as the same position.
(3) An amateur sports player who has relevant accomplishments
(4) A full-time professor, assistant professor, or lecturer of a university or a college
(5) A director or higher post of a national or public research institution or a museum
(6) A Diet member, government official, local assemblyman, local government official

B. REQUIREMENTS All documents must be original unless otherwise stated.
1. Philippine Passport
• Broken passport is not accepted. Passports must be signed and must have at least two (2)
blank visa pages.

2. Visa Application Form
• Available at the Embassy website, at the entrance of the Embassy or at any of the accredited
travel agencies.
• Application form should be filled out all items correctly, If item is not applicable, please fill in
[N/A]. Embassy may not accept application with blank item, no signature or no date in the
form; may deny the application that is filled out incorrectly or wrong information.

3. Photo
• Specs: 4.5cm x 4.5cm, with white background
• Photo must be taken within 6 months.
• Please write applicant’s name and birthdate on back side of the photo.
• Photo must be pasted on the application form.

4. Employment Certificate (with applicant’s salary, tenure and position)
• Owner of a company should submit a copy of “Certificate of Business Name Registration”
issued by Department of Trade and Industry or Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission

5. Documents to prove the applicant is qualified for one of the categories abovementioned
A.1(1) ~ (8), A.2(1) ~ (6).
• If qualified for abovementioned A.1(7) or (8),current or old passport that shows Japanese and
G7 countries’(except Japan) temporary visitor visas as well as entry stamps in the last three years.
• If qualified for abovementioned A.2(2),Copy of ID card(issued by Profession Regulation
Commission)

6. Explanation letter for requesting multiple-entry visa (must be made by applicant)  Please fill in embassy prescribed form “Reason For Requesting Multiple Entry Visa”, check items that apply and fill in reason for request.

7. A letter of explanation stating the reason of applying for the multiple visa (letter of mission
or travel requisition by employer, etc.) * for business purpose

8. Documents to prove kinship ( birth certificates, marriage certificate and copy of passport and
visa page of the multiple entry visa holder (parent or spouse) )
[NOTICE]  Size of document for application should be A4 size only. If document is other size, please submit copy that is already adjusted in A4 size from its original and without staples or pasting
pages.  It is applicant’s responsibility to ensure that he/she meet the requirements for the grant of a visa. Submission of any supporting documents not listed above is encouraged (e.g. applicant’s
economic or social ties with the Philippines, urgent reasons for visit: medical certificate,
wedding invitation).

I am hoping that I’d really get a multiple entry visa but a single entry would suffice since I really wanted to visit Japan for the longest time now!

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Updates! Travel, Work Loads and Just Adulting in General!

I was a bit preoccupied these past few weeks and have only updated my blog intermittently when I keep on telling myself that I should post more but because of life getting in the way, (or maybe I just had the lazy bug) I was unable to put up posts regularly like I used to. When I’m not working, I am traveling (or planning my travels while reading books) and basically just doing some nice stuff to counter-balance my stressful environment at work.

 

Just to give you a bit of an update, I went to one domestic and three international destinations recently – a Coron, Palawan getaway, a trip in Taiwan with a couple of my travel friends and a solo-trip in Thailand and Cambodia! The Taiwan trip was planned since last year ( a supposed SouthAm trip), as well as the Thailand and Cambodia trip (which was supposed to happen at the time Britney had her concert at the Mall of Asia arena but ya’ll know I had to prioritize Mama.) I will be writing separate posts for each trip which may or may not help travelers like myself who wanted to go to these cool Asian destinations which by the way are all visa-free for Filipinos! (Just recently, Taiwan extended their free-visa entry for Filipinos until July 2019!)

I also just had my birthday last Friday which I spent half of in Bangkok! Hah! And right now, I am just chilling in front of my PC (yes! PC) after watching Belgium snatched the third place from England in World Cup!

I am so not looking forward to coming back to work on Monday but a man’s got to do what he’s got to do yeah?

And one more thing, I am thinking of revamping my website but I’m still in the process of thinking what improvements should I make  and exactly what should this blog be really about. 🙂

Thank you for reading! ❤

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In Photos: Urbiztondo Beach in San Juan, La Union

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Here’s To A Great 2015!!!

It’s the dawn of the new year and another time to make some changes and be the better version of ourselves!

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I’ve tons of New Year’s Resolution but my priority is to take better care of my health. I realized that I’m not getting any younger so I’ve to make a lot of adjustments with my diet and lifestyle.

I’d also try to get into sports  – I loved watching football and play with my brother Nelson every once in a while but I’m planning to take on running. 🙂 Maybe complete a marathon before my birthday this year?

a couple of years ago when I was still a member of our local gym. Gah! I also need to hit the gym soon!!!!!

a couple of years ago when I was still a member of our local gym. Gah! I also need to hit the gym soon!!!!!

I’m also keen on continuing my traveling! I think 2015 would be a great year to see tons of places again. 🙂

nvs2I’ve been busy reading tons of stuff over the course of the last year and I ought to continue that habit. (I’ve read 335 titles in 2014)  I think it helps me clear my mind a lot and somehow [cheesy alert] relaxes my soul.

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Okay, I’ll stop blabbing now but lemme tell you at last that I’d still continue to blog anything I’m interested with to share with you guys. So there, I just wanna wish you guys a great and happy 2015!!!! Yay!!!

December To Remember In Sagada Part 2: Rocky Valley Inn and Cafe Review (December 2013)

I booked a room for two as early as November since most of the Inns that I’ve contacted are fully booked already because of the bonfire festival and naturally, December’s a peak season in Sagada. I was able to booked at Rocky Valley Inn. I was asked to deposit half of the rate for three days (it’s 250/pax/day.) The inn is located near the Sagada Weaving and is in front of a gas station. It was a  good 8 minute walk from/to the center.

via saggas.org

via saggas.org

the rock formation fronting our veranda

the rock formation fronting our veranda

The place was very clean of course. I thought Alex, the guy who assisted us was very professional. The room given to us was at the second floor with a veranda which I loved by the way because it’s fronting a big beautiful rock formation and it was naturally, freaking cold.

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They have WiFi connection at the ground floor and they also served food. The food was good and reasonably priced. Our only critique is the lack of hospitality from the other girl who’s manning the place who keeps sneering on us. She was probably in a bad mood that weekend. o_O  Overall, our stay was rather okay because the rooms are clean as well as the shared rest rooms. Just good food and clean room. *wink*

Rating: 4.5/10

To be continued…

December To Remember In Sagada! (December 2013)

Yeah, I know. Three’s a charm for me in 2013 – I have a special connection with Sagada that’s why I keep on coming back. Like what I’ve posted previously, there is a feeling of serenity whenever I visit this place.

This time around, I was with my very best friend Dek! I’ve been asking him for quite a while now to go and come with me to Sagada but because of his dayjob, he cannot really commit. Lo and behold though, in December – our schedule suddenly matched! He was transferred to a new program and was given several days of vacation leaves! How amazing is that? Finally, Dek will finally see the beauty that I’ve been raving about since we’ve met!

This is a trip of first times though. It was actually Dek’s first time to visit here and since we’re going the Baguio-Sagada trip, Dek also got the chance to check out the city of pines for the first time!

So for this trip,we didn’t do any bus booking – you see, it’s crazy for us to do that because it’s the holiday – it was the freaking December 27! We’re basically chance passengers to any bus companies that could take us to Baguio. Eventually, we settled for Dagupan Bus Company. Earlier in the afternoon of December 27, we’re waiting for the Genesis Bus Baguio trip but we were told that it’d be later in the night that the bus will be arriving so we’re to take a chance at Dagupan’s and can you believe that I’ve to stand until we reached Mabalacat, Pampanga? Oh well, I told you it’s a trip of first time right?

Dek's first time in Baguio!

Dek’s first time in Baguio!

We arrived in Baguio City at around three in the morning so we have ample time to check out the city. We went to Burnham Park and the areas surrounding it. It was pretty nice though, it reminded me during my first time in Baguio with my family during my teen years. It was the holy week and we’ve to sleep in the park along with many tourists! It was fun though.

inside the Burnham Park

inside the Burnham Park

Anyways, so we walked around Baguio (SM, the church, Wet Market, Session Road) and we even got lost because I can’t seem to remember the bus terminal for Sagada until it suddenly dawned on me that we’re just walking in circle and the terminal’s just beside the wet market! lol

There were tons of tourist and locals at the terminal and the wait was pretty long. We’re able to get hold of the first trip and I’m telling you, it was freezing!!! It was another six hours to Sagada so we rested a little and ready ourself for the even colder Sagada…

To be continued…

My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada Part 5: Salt & Pepper, Echo Valley and Photo Ops (October 2013)

On our last day, Joba and her boyfriend Russell had to leave early because they have to attend some stuff in Manila so Anna and I stayed just a little bit and decided to leave at lunch time.

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yum! yum!

yum! yum!

We had our breakfast at Salt & Pepper whose ambiance I digged very much. We both ordered heavy breakfast and talked about what we’re going to do after.

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at the back of Church Of St. Mary The Virgin

at the back of Church Of St. Mary The Virgin

We also went to the Echo Valley. 🙂

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the football field at the school near the church

the football field at the school near the church

a fellow tourist volunteered to take our picture

a fellow tourist volunteered to take our picture

the basketball court at the center of Sagada

the basketball court at the center of Sagada

we went to St. Joseph Inn to inquire availability on December and I saw this - just... sigh!

we went to St. Joseph Inn to inquire availability on December and I saw this – just… sigh!

after this we immediately went back to the guest house, packed our belongings and catch the last bus to Baguio City! I realized that October’s a really good time to visit this place (my first time here was in October 2010) because there aren’t too many tourist so you’d feel that you really have the place for yourself!

My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada Part 4: Cave Connection and Marlboro Country At Night! (October 2013)

The next day, Carlo had to leave early to cover the local election the next day. The rest of us went to the SAGGAS Office to choose what we should do although it was already pre-determined that we’ll go caving.We decided to go ahead with the cave connection from Lumiang Cave to Sumaging Cave. An ardous yet exciting four hours caving (which I did the first time I was there)

the coffins at the entrance of the Lumiang cave

the coffins at the entrance of the Lumiang cave

Hello there!!!

Hello there!!!

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one of the most photographed rock formation within this cave!

one of the most photographed rock formation within this cave!

Evolution of Man? LOL

Evolution of Man? LOL

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I really loved this!

I really loved this!

with our dependable guide Edwin aka Kilpot!

with our dependable guide Edwin aka Kilpot!

After our spelunking adventure, we’re contemplating on going to Mount Ampacao but it was pretty late – around 5PM if I’m not mistaken. We’re actually after the sunset but as I’ve said – it’s late already. We just opted to go to the Marlboro Country! Can you believe it! After four hours in the cave, we’ve to go to the peak of the Marlboro Mountains for a 90minutes hiking and another 90 going down, mind you.

we were accompanied by Patrick as well

we were accompanied by Patrick as well

we're tired but we're happy!

we’re tired but we’re happy!

Edwin and Patrick made a bonfire! Yay!

Edwin and Patrick made a bonfire! Yay!

It was very special though, I personally loved every minute of it. It was foggy so we didn’t see the view but the feeling on top of these mountains is just different. It’s like you are one with nature!

After our Marlboro Country adventure, we went tothe Yoghurt House and had some yoghurt then we decided to grab some drinks at Vincent’s Cafe before calling it a day!

The street below Yoghurt House. Pretty isn't?

The street below Yoghurt House. Pretty isn’t?

Let's drink to that folks!

Let’s drink to that folks!

To be continued…

My Version Of OKTOBERFEST in Sagada Part 3: The Wedding (October 2013)

On our first night, we had our dinner at the Yoghurt House (on my recommendation ofcourse.) We’re supposed to visit a place where they serve pinikpikan but we didn’t have a booking so I persuaded them to try out Yoghurt House. They loved it! (It’s their first time in Sagada except for Carlo who visited about 10 years ago)

Joba and Russell

Joba and Russell

Me, Anna and Carlo

Me, Anna and Carlo

Yoghurt of course! Duh!

Yoghurt of course! Duh!

On that night, we’re also invited for a wedding! Yay! Exciting! Edwin invited us for their friends’ wedding! Anna, Carlo and I were so giddy about attending a traditional Sagada wedding so we all agreed but Joba and his beau decided to stay at the guest house. All good though 🙂

The wedding was amazing! We met the bride and groom. And we’re even invited to dance. As killjoy as I could get, Anna was the only one who participated. I was really freezing! (excuses, excuses…lol)

Anna being taught how to use the gong

Anna being taught how to use the gong

Go Anna!

Go Anna!

the wedding dance!

the wedding dance!

We went back to the guest house at around 12 midnight. The wedding celebration was fun and I wished I’ve also participated but maybe next time 🙂

To be continued…

How Do You Like Ariella Arida’s Official Evening Gown For Miss Universe 2013?

Ara's official Evening Gown during Preliminary Rehearsals via OPMB

Ara’s official Evening Gown during Preliminary Rehearsals
via OPMB

This gown was apparently made by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza

This gown was apparently made by Colombian designer Alfredo Barraza

images via OPMB Worldwide Official FB Page