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Philippine Visa – On Arrival April 9, 2008

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Not that I am an expert on Philippine or anything, but it is the only country I am exposed to right now. I really hate beareaucratic platform of foreign relation and immigration relation. They are really not my favourite kind of people, seriously. I shuddered whenever I think of what I and D (my husband) go through each month when he was living here in Medan with me. Anyway, that is another story for another time.

I was off to the Philippine feeling very confident that I would not need visa of anykind. Well, guess again. The visa on arrival is indeed free but only lasted for 21 days. So I needed a Visa Waiver that would entitled me to stay for 59 days for PHP 3,030 (around USD 75). The waiver can be obtained in any travel agencies or local rep of Bureau of Immigration. You just need to fill up two forms and they will stamp the passport for you. Very easy, the whole process took me less than 15 minutes to complete. I would say the country is very friendly to people who want to stay longer there.

Now I am back in the country to work on the spouse visa which has to be picked up outside of the country. Again, another story for another time.


Greetings from Legazpi City Februari 19, 2008

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I arrived in Legazpi City ten days ago. It is the capital of province of Albay, southern tip of Luzon, Philippines. I am here as my husband is here. He is posted as a part of emergency relief to build houses for people who lost theirs from the typhoon attack a couple of years ago. I will only be here for a month or so since he is leaving in April too.

It is a very small city with population only less than 200,000. The terrain is hilly and the weather is nice. The Mayon is the volcano overshadowing the city. It is practically surrounded by hills.

It is a pretty little city with low rise houses and a lot of greenery – I suspect the earth is very fertile because of the mineral traces from the volcanic ashes. From the first glance of the map, I was thrilled that because it is a coastal town, there must be beautiful beaches in the bay area. Yeah it’s not. The whole coast is barricaded by sea wall. The resorts build small stairs for tourists who wants to take a dip or a swim. But it’s not really beach vacation I had in mind.