As Much As I Want to Change My Profession to “Blogger”
It’s probably a puzzling thing for foreigners to find out that the Philippines have a good number of holidays annually and what’s more, the second longest is probably on Holy Week which
starts tomorrow started last Palm Sunday this week.
Holidays for offices and employees starts tomorrow on Maundy Thursday, but as of 0530, I am going to miss work today to fly - which I think is the most joyous thing one could ever experience in this life (apart from birth, which only females can do, you know, no matter how you argue that males help also).
So, this is a hi, a wave, and a thousand apologies to those adorable people who have posted on my Ask box! I adore you, please don’t un-follow me! (/_ _)/
Here, my face!
I am going to be writing blog posts and answering your questions today!
Look forward to it!
For the meantime:
To Anon who asked, “Tokyo or Osaka?” Tokyo. Osaka. JAPAN.
To Anon who asked, “What do I do in Tokyo?” Breathe Tokyo. Eat Tokyo. See Tokyo. Fall in love with Tokyo. Fall in love in Tokyo.
P.P.S. To another Anon, yes, I will email you your itinerary. I said I am open to helping with doing itineraries but please be nice. I think I’m quite nice, too.
P.S.S. To another other Anon - unless you’re only one Anon - yes, I reply. My job gives me
some leeway to be on my phone and yes, I do reply. Actually, I always reply. I find it rude not to reply. And I am quite nice and not rude, you know.
To all other Anons - I will get back to you on your wonderful questions - because some are hilarious, while others are serious and like doctor consultation (which I find hard to answer but I will, don’t worry), while most is about wonderful Japan and if I’m Japanese. KEEP ASKING!
I love it! Please ASK/TELL me something! \(^ ^)
Now, I ask you, how will you spend this (Holy) Week?
“t’was a marvelous night, the sort of night one only experiences when one is young. The sky was so bright, and there were so many stars that, gazing upward, one couldn’t help wondering how so many whimsical, wicked people could live under such a sky.”
White Nights: And Other Stories
「street / 上野, 東京 (Ueno,Tokyo) / 2014」
GO TOKYO / JAPAN 2014!
If you’re following me on Instagram, then these pictures are not new to you.. the Must-Selfie’s of Tokyo, Japan!
Lately, I noticed I get a lot of inquiries about Japan itineraries and Multiple Entry Visas. Thank you for contacting me, you awesome, GWLR reader, you!! You don’t know how much your emails/inquiries/hello’s have made me happyyyyy! \(^ ^)
So, because of all those inquiries, I am doing another Japan Visa #howto post!
Where do I get a Japanese Visa?
Before relying on Google-sensei (yes, Google is all-powerful so needs sensei honorific), I highly recommend checking the Embassy of Japan’s list of accredited travel agencies.
What are the Requirements for a Japanese Tourist Visa?
This is a list of what you need:
- Valid Philippine Passport with at least two blank pages
- One 2 x 2 (4.5 x 4.5CM) ID photo with white background
- Accomplished JAPAN VISA APPLICATION FORM (PDF download)
- (For FIRST TIMERS) NSO birth certificate and marriage certificate OR Old Japanese visa
- A daily schedule/itinerary (Taizai Nitteihyo)
- Original bank certificate - may take up to 24 hours, depending on bank
- Income Tax Return Form 2316 (PDF download)
- Processing fee - amount dependent on travel agency; cheapest I know of is Php1000 via Discovery Tour
The Embassy of Japan doesn’t allow walk-ins with Japanese visa application so be sure to check out if your travel agency is accredited!
How do I do a Taizai Nitteihyo? Do I really need that?
A Taizai Nitteihyo is a daily schedule/itinerary for your Japan trip. Here’s a sample itinerary for my week in Osaka last year:
This what I really submitted (minus the graphics)!
I noticed that a lot of visa requirements also need a travel itinerary, so yes, this is a MUST DO.
If you’re still worried about an itinerary, let me know and I’ll gladly help you create one!
Can I get a Multiple Entry if…
It’s my first time to get a Japanese visa?In my experience and knowledge, I haven’t heard of a case where they granted a Multiple Entry status to somebody who has never been to Japan (I may be wrong)
It’s my X-time to get a Japanese visa?If you already have traveled to Japan and have a Japanese visa, then I think you’ll be a good candidate to get Multiple Entry status (but I may be wrong)
I’ll be traveling alone?I honestly think if you have good proof (bank certificate, Form 2316) that you can fund your travel, then I don’t see why you can’t get a tourist visa. Multiple Entry might be a long-shot if you haven’t had one yet (see above).
DISCLAIMER: I do not work in a travel agent nor am I affiliated with one, so this post is a guide based on MY personal experience. THERE IS NO 100% GUARANTEE THAT YOUR JAPANESE VISA WILL BE GRANTED EVEN IF YOU FOLLOW THIS GUIDE.
Good luck and GO TOKYO / JAPAN 2014! \ (＾0＾) /
The Happy List → Grateful 5th’s
I was born on the 5th day after New Year’s and decided that I should be really thankful every 5th of the month!
I mean, if you don’t celebrate that, what should you be celebrating? I am grateful to be alive, healthy, and in good spirits. Grateful 5th’s is just a little documentary of the really AWESOME.
So, I present, with all the awkwardness of a new-born: FIVE (born on the 5th.. five things, get it?) of what I’m grateful for/happy about lately:
- JAPAN because here, here, here, and sakuraaaaaaa ❤
- The Playground Graphic Designs for doing GIRLWHOLOVESRED’s logo and calling cards!
- #TheKareshi series
- Love… I mean, how amazing is it!?
- Language class! I mean, really, being with these people are an absolute happy thing right there.
- MatsuJun’s smile *teehee*
And since it’s the first of it’s kind, number 6 right there.
Happy April to you, too~