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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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A Helpful Guide to Golfing in Orlando

It’s a question that comes up more often than you might think – “I’m going to Orlando soon; where should I go for a good round of golf?” Many people go to Orlando, some on a family holiday, others to go to a convention, still more to attend a conference, and a sizeable proportion of these people enjoy playing golf.

Golfing in OrlandoGolfing in Orlando (image from disneydreamsvilla.com)

So where is the best place to golf in The City Beautiful? Well, there is no one definitive answer, we’re afraid, which is perhaps why the question is so frequently asked. Orlando, and the surrounding areas, is home to some of the biggest and most affordable golf courses in America, in both public and resort flavours. Golfing holiday costs can be high nevertheless, and saving on your travel can be a great way to minimise the costs. Online flight comparison websites are now often the best place to find cheap flights to Orlando.

There aren’t many private clubs in Orlando, which makes it a pleasant change for your average golfer, but there’s not a great deal of variety – a lot of the courses are very flat, making them somewhat uninteresting.

Keeping that firmly in mind, we’ve hand-picked a few different choices for your perusal – you should be able to cater for all tastes with this little list!

City Centre St Andrew’s – Grand Cypress, New Course

One of Jack Nicklaus’s four at Grand Cypress, this one might not have made as big a splash as the other three (North, South, and West, to name them), but the New Course has slowly been recognised as one of the more interesting courses in Florida.

It’s a homage to the famous Old Course, at St Andrew’s, so you’ll be playing facsimiles of some of the most famous holes in all of golfing. The grass is sadly a little spongy, but that doesn’t detract from the experience too much.

Drive to the Drive – Southern Dunes

A bit further away –at Haines City, slightly south of Orlando – you’ll have to drive to get to Southern Dunes, but the trek is worth it: the course is easily one of the strongest in The Sunshine State, with some seriously breath-taking bunker action.

Annoyingly, the housing in the area can seem somewhat invasive at times, but don’t let that distract you – there’s a lot of strategy to be found here; the green complexes are certainly sophisticated.

Quiet and Quirky – Diamondback

If you’re looking to get away from all the housing encroaching upon your game, your best bet would be Diamondback. Located only a further six miles south from Southern Dunes, this course isn’t too far away geographically, but it’s worlds apart from some of Florida’s more heavily visited courses.

It’s a pretty tight little course; you’ll have to bring your A-game if you want to keep on target. The fairways weave their way through thick corridors of dense underbrush, and there’s not a home to be seen for miles around. The wetlands make for a more interesting style of play, and the shaping is as smooth as silk.

You won’t find a better 18 holes anywhere near Orlando; each hole is individual and isolated, giving you a truly transporting effect.

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US trip

I recently blogged about the most dangerous cities in America in 2013 and now that some of my friends are planning to visit one of the mentioned most dangerous cities in America, they are now hesitant to push thru with the said plan.

US trip
During one of our conversation, I told them to just push thru but just be careful when already there. I am pretty sure that there are still people who has good hearts living there that can somehow guide or help them during their stay. One of our coolest, a joker friend, threw us a joke saying that he’s still hoping to see people who can point to him where to find gold coins like the gold coin values at goldeneaglecoin.com. It was just a silly joke, I guess.

But seriously, they are very much worried. And I just hoping that when they have finally decided, they can be all safe during their vacation and of course, they also will enjoy it.

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2013 Most Dangerous Cities in America

I was trying to look for good cities around the world, updated for 2013, but what I have read is about the most dangerous cities in America from homes.yahoo.com.

Here are the list of the most dangerous cities in America:

  1. Flint, Michigan
    > Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,729.5
    > Population: 101,632
    > 2012 murders: 63
    > Poverty rate: 40.6%
    > Percentage of adults with high school degree: 82.9%
  2. Detroit, Mich.
    > Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,122.6
    > Population: 707,096
    > 2012 murders: 386
    > Poverty rate: 40.9%
    > Percentage of adults with high school degree: 77.4%
  3. Oakland, Calif.
    > Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,993.1
    > Population: 399,487
    > 2012 murders: 126
    > Poverty rate: 21.0%
    > Percentage of adults with high school degree: 79.9%
  4. St. Louis, Mo.
    > Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,776.5
    > Population: 318,667
    > 2012 murders: 113
    > Poverty rate: 27.0%
    > Percentage of adults with high school degree: 83.9%
  5. Memphis, Tenn.
    > Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,750.0
    > Population: 657,436
    > 2012 murders: 133
    > Poverty rate: 27.2%
    > Percentage of adults with high school degree: 83.4%

You may check on Yahoo’s The most dangerous cities in America, 2013.

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Quick Tour to Panama

If given the opportunity to travel in Central America, where would you want to be? If you’re a nature, beach and island tripper type like me, I’d say Panama. It is probably the only rich country that would save you money at the end of your vacation as their cost of living are all well below American, Canadian and European prices. Let me take you to an imaginary short walk through this small yet lovely tropical country situated between Central and South America.

PanamaPanama (image from ppsmeetings.com)

Spanish is the official language in Panama. It has two coasts, the Caribbean and Pacific and over a thousand islands with a wide selection for you to choose from consisting of exotic islands and retreats with full service beach resorts. If you are into underwater activities like diving and snorkeling then you will surely find a place to do it in Panama.

Like I said Panama is a tropical country with dry and rainy seasons. Of course the best tourist season is the dry season which falls from January to mid-April while rainy season comes in after the dry season.

Like anywhere, discounted travel accommodations in Panama hotels are also up for grabs. You can always check on sites that give out travel coupons to save on your hotel bookings. Coupon Chief’s Travel Coupons is one of them. For short rentals, there are places that offer wide range of apartments and houses in Panama City with stunning views that is sure to stir romance if you are traveling with someone special. 😉

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