My personal experience with 24-hour visa-free transit in China

The TL;DR summary Our itinerary: Manila-Beijing-Manila on Cebu Pacific Air and Beijing-Ulaanbaatar-Beijing on Air China We got single-entry Chinese visas for “show” purposes because apparently Cebu Pacific Air does not care about China’s visa-free transit policies and will deny boarding without visas Upon arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) Terminal 2, we presented our onward […]

How to apply for a Japanese visa at the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines


Filipinos need a visa to enter Japan. For the purpose of tourism, visa applications must be submitted through the few travel agencies accredited by the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines. The fee for a temporary visitor visa is actually free, but the agencies charge quite pricey handling fees, rendering the whole “free” thing moot. After […]

Review: Jogjakarta Driver (


We availed of the services of during our trip to Central Java in Indonesia last month. I found them on Tripadvisor, where they have good reviews that appear legit. Tripadvisor reviews are unverified, so take them with a grain of salt — many of them are fake ones by the companies themselves using dummy […]

How to apply for a Timor-Leste visa on arrival at President Nicolau Lobato International Airport in Dili


It’s easy to get a tourist visa on arrival in Timor-Leste (East Timor), the former Portuguese colony that is the youngest country in Asia. The hard part is actually getting there, since one can fly there on commercial airlines from only three cities, namely Bali, Darwin, and Singapore. Except for citizens of Portugal, all tourists are […]