Let’s go to Bali, Indonesia!

Accordingly, the most romantic place in Asia where a newly wed couple should spend a holiday together, or perhaps anybody can do, is Bali, Indonesia. And yes, I also do believe that. In fact, I had been dreaming and wishing to spend at least three days to relax and feel the fresh and calming noise and air of the resort in Bali, either with my hubby and son or just me alone. Anything will do, but of course, getting there with my family is better than having myself solo backpacking.

There are several activities to do in Bali, Indonesia. Things range from relaxing in a resort alongside the seashore in front of the calm waves of the oceans, do exciting water sports under the kisses of the heat of the sun, trying out all those sumptuous exotic food offered in the city and a lot more. These are all can be experienced in one of the cities of Bali, the Seminyak.

Seminyak is the city capital of Bali. It is one of the most popular holiday destination islands in Indonesia. There, you will not only enjoy the sands and waters, but also the mountains and jungles. Seminyak Bali things to do are a lot even more than you could imagine.

Seminyak Baki IndonesiaOne of the resorts in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia (image from designrulz.com)

If you are traveling alone and you opt to just stay in a resort, there are a lot of luxury resorts to choose from. You could also choose to better stay in a budget-friendly stop if you are on a really tight budget. Food is not a problem. There are many restaurants and food stalls that offer local, exotic as well as international food to try on. These are all pocket-friendly as well.

For a family travel with kids, there are also great places to try where kids will sure to enjoy while the mommy and daddy will not be left outcasted. Food for the picky eater kids is not a problem as well as for the kids-at-heart because there are food stops that serve a variety of food to choose and to enjoy.

Tourist life experience in Bali doesn’t end as the sun sets. There are a lot more to enjoy during the night for the whole family. Kids can enjoy the night shows of fire dances and more while the adults can have their thrifty and pocket-saving experience in the night market. The whole family can also try the food best served during the night, which are perfect for the ambiance and relaxing places in Bali.

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VISA-FREE Countries for Filipinos holding Philippine Passports

Following the ASEAN summit held in Laos PDR, I am feeling excited to explore Southeast Asian countries. Aren’t you? Anybody here feeling the same with me? Then, let’s get our seat belts buckled!

Here are the lists of countries which are VISA-FREE for every Filipino Philippine passport holders.

VISA-FREE Countries for Filipinos holding Philippine Passports

ASEAN COUNTRIES

  • Brunei Darussalam – 14 days
  • Cambodia – 21 days
  • Indonesia – 30 days
  • Laos – 30 days
  • Malaysia – 30 days
  • Singapore – 30 days
  • Thailand – 30 days
  • Vietnam – 21 days

NON-ASEAN Members but ASIAN COUNTRIES

  • Armenia – 120 days, visa will be issued upon arrival
  • China, Shenzhen – 7 days, if crossing from Hong Kong, and is valid in Shenzhen area only
  • Hong Kong – 14 days validity
  • India – 30 days, eTourist visa online
  • Iran – 15 days, must obtain an e-visa pre-approval code from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Israel – 90 days
  • Kyrgyzstan – 30 days, visa on arrival
  • Laos – 21 days, visa on arrival
  • Macau – 30 days
  • Maldives – 30 days visa issued upon arrival
  • Myanmar – 21 days
  • Mongolia – 21 days
  • Nepal – 21 days visa issued upon arrival
  • South Korea – 30 days, if arriving at Jeju Island or after visiting Korea 4 times with visa
  • Sri Lanka – 30 days, but must get an Electronic Visa Authorization prior to departure
  • Taiwan – 30 days, if holding a permanent residence certificate or an unexpired visa from: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Schengen countries, United Kingdom or United States. And must register online at https://nas.immigration.gov.tw/nase/ prior to arrival
  • Tajikistan – 45 days, visa on arrival
  • Timor-Leste (East Timor) – 30-day visa issued at the Dili airport and seaport

COUNTRIES IN THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

  • Cape Verde Islands – 21 days
  • Comoros – 21 days
  • Djibouti – 30 day visa issued on arrival
  • Gambia – visa issued upon arrival, but must get prior clearance from immigration.
  • Guinea-Bissau – 90 days visa issued on arrival
  • Kenya – 90 days visa issued on arrival
    Madagascar – 30 days visa issued on arrival
  • Mauritania – visa issued on arrival
  • Morocco – 90 days
  • Mozambique – 30 days visa issued on arrival
  • Rwanda – 90 days
  • Saint Helena – visa issued upon arrival
  • Senegal – 30 days issued on arrival, invitation letter required. Visa available online
  • Seychelles – 30 days permit, must show sufficient funds & proof of accommodation
  • Somalia – 30 days on arrival, invitation letter by sponsor submitted 2 days before arrival
  • Tanzania – visa issued on arrival
  • Togo (Togolese Republic) – 7 days, visa issued on arrival. Requires yellow fever vaccination
  • Uganda – 90 day visa issued on arrival at Entebbe Airport
  • Zambia – 90 days visa issued on arrival

CENTRAL AMERICA

  • Costa Rica – 30 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival
  • Guatemala
  • Nicaragua – 90 days visa issued on arrival

CARIBBEAN

  • Anguilla – 21 days
  • Dominica – 21 days
  • Haiti – 21 days
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – 30 days visa issued on arrival
  • Turks and Caicos Islands – 21 days

EUROPE

  • Georgia – Visa issued on arrival. Preferably with invitation.
  • Kosovo – 90 days

OCEANA or PACIFIC ISLAND NATIONS

  • Cook Islands – 31 days
  • Fiji – 120 days, Visitor’s Permit issued on arrival
  • Marshall Islands – 90 days visa issued on arrival
  • Micronesia – 30 days, entry permit required for stays over 30 days
  • Nauru – 30 days
  • Niue – 30 days
  • Northern Marianas – visa issued on arrival
  • Palau – 30 days visa issued on arrival
  • Papua New Guinea – 60 days, visa given on arrival
  • Pitcairn Islands – 14 days, entry permit given on arrival
  • Samoa – 60 days Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival
  • Tuvalu – 30 day visitor permit for tourist is issued upon arrival
  • Vanuatu – 30 days

SOUTH AMERICA

  • Bolivia – 90 days
  • Brazil – 90 days
  • Colombia – 90 days
  • Ecuador – 90 days
  • Peru – 183 days
  • Suriname – 90 days

 

***Data from Visa-Free Countries

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Safety Boating Measures

Summertime is a glorious time for children and adults alike, especially when it is time to rest and relax. One of the most popular ways to have fun when the weather gets hot is by taking to the water. Whether you’re swimming, fishing, or just relaxing, doing it on a boat amplifies the fun factor many times over. However, boating safety is key in order to make sure your fun goes on all summer long.

Step number one to maintaining safe boating practices is to keep an eye on the weather. Nobody wants to get stuck out in the ocean or on the lake when a storm strikes because dangerous situations can arise quickly. Verify that the weather forecast is clear before setting out from home and then keep an eye out for changes on a smartphone, radio, or other device.

Boating

Once the weather checks out, make sure you have all pieces of boat safety equipment you need before you depart. Go through an equipment checklist and verify that everything is present. You should have a life jacket for each person who will be boarding your boat. Keep a sound producing horn in stock that is capable of producing a loud sound to alert others who are nearby in case of an emergency. Verify that your lighting system is operational and that you have plenty of tools and spare essential parts so you do not get stranded on the water.

Finally, make sure you have a “float plan” in place. This means determining where you will be going while on the water and designating approximate times regarding when boating will occur. Write out the information and give it to someone who will not be going on the trip with you, then check in with that person at pre-determined times to let them know everything is well. Have a plan in place regarding what that check-in person should do if he or she does not hear from you at the established time.

By making sure your gear is in place and having a safety plan, you can help make sure your time of fun in the sun doesn’t turn into a nightmare. Staying safe on the water is simple as long as you take the proper time to prepare before setting out for fun.

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Stepping Up Your Summer Travel Experience with an RV

With its abundance of gorgeous weather, it makes perfect sense that summer is widely regarded as the season of travel. Now that motorists no longer have to worry about snow, ice, sleet and the rest of the threats posed by harsh winter weather, driving conditions are once again favorable. Couple that with kids being on summer vacation, and you have the perfect recipe for a fun-filled family travel excursion. Anyone in the market for an effective way to improve their next family vacation would do well to invest in a motor home or travel trailer. As you’ll find, a reliable RV can be a tremendous boon to your next family jaunt.

Plenty of Legroom

Lack of space is among the worst things about embarking on a family road in a traditional car, truck or van. Both children and adults start to feel restless, uncomfortable and cranky when forced to endure such cramped conditions for an extended period. Alternatively, a spacious motor home or fifth wheel trailer will enable your fellow travelers to stretch their legs whenever the mood may strike. In addition to curbing on-the-road restlessness, having an RV at your disposal will eliminate the need to make a stop every time a member of your travel party feels the urge to move around. Roomy, affordable RVs can be found in abundance at Ocean Grove RV Supercenter, the most trusted RV retailer in Saint Augustine, FL.

Restroom Access

Pit stops often act as a hindrance to staying on schedule. Having to find a gas station or restaurant every time someone in your party has to answer the call of nature can be cumbersome, to say the least. Fortunately, many motor homes are equipped with full bathrooms, ensuring that restroom breaks no longer interfere with your family’s travel schedule.

No More Boredom

Motor homes are essentially apartments on wheels. As such, many of them feature the same amenities you’ll find in any modern-day residence. Said amenities include entertainment centers, kitchenettes and comfy sleeping areas. With ready access to all the comforts of home, your children are liable to think twice before they complain about boredom while en route to your destination.

The family vacation is a summertime staple. Unfortunately, embarking on one in a traditional vehicle is synonymous with a number of frustrations. Cramped travel conditions, cranky kids and on-the-road are issues that have plagued family road trips for decades. Fortunately, a roomy, dependable motor home or travel trailer will effectively nip those problems in the bud.

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Travelling with Picky Eater

My little man eats  right like he can even consume up to three servings of meal in one setting but the only problem is that he is such a picky eater.

Travelling with Picky EaterImage from telegraph.co.uk

Yes, he is a picky eater that he only eats any preparation of fishes but not meat. He also loves to eat leafy and other veggies. This is actually a problem to us, his parents, when we travel as we found it really difficult to find fish meals when travelling. Even in airports, you can seldom find fish meals sold. Most often than not, pork and beef meats are the one being served.

If he feels eating pork and beef meat, it must have been prepared or served with soup. Then, he only consumes the soup but never the meat. In fact, even at home, when I have enough time to prepare meat meals like that I found online, the Easy, Healthy Beef Recipes from Royco, my little man likes to sip the soup but never even tried to get a spoonful of the meat.

Believe it or not, he doesn’t even like to gulp a slice of hotdog, ham and the like. This is good for his health but I found it ain’t good anymore when travelling as I and hubby needs to sport for other food which he prefer to eat more. Those handy travel foods are out of his used-to-eat food.

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