Remember the horrific bus hostage crisis that happened on that fateful August 23, 2010? The whole world specially the Filipino people are saddened at the outcome of the poorly planned and executed rescue operation. It was also broadcasted in all major media outlets which allowed the sole perpetrator to act on what he saw on the bus tv.
I am one with the families of the grieving that it was an unfair incident. Justice must be served as lives were sacrificed on that day.
The Hong Kong government has voted to give the Philippines “economic sanctions” for not apologizing and not giving compensation for the affected families. I am not a political analyst nor an expert in International talks but Filipinos should not react so bitter about the situation. If they feel that way about the whole nation it is their right. I hope that this incident be resolved soon for the peace of the two nations.
What do you think is the impact of having a visa requirement to enter Hong Kong to us? Well aside from the additional fee, I don’t see it greatly affecting the majority of travelers. Having visited Hong Kong I can say that it is a typical Asian city. With tall buildings, clean and organized streets. A good subway system, a great place to shop (for those with lots of cash). The cool weather attracts us islanders to travel here as we enjoy the chilling temperatures and would love to fashion out our ‘fall attire’ that we buy in a tropical shopping mall (hehehe). If you look at it this way, it might come as a blessing, this can be our avenue to look at other destinations to visit.
I may miss the view
I may miss the big buddha
Shumi will definitely miss Mickey and Minnie
But Filipinos do not fret there are other countries that we can also visit visa free. I’ve listed them down below and lifted the data from the DFA website:
Bolivia – 60 days
Brazil – 90 days (for holders of diplomatic, official, and service passports, visa-free for (a) duration of tour of duty or (b) 180 days for official business or tourism)
Brunei – 14 days
Cambodia – 21 days
Costa Rica – 30 days
Ecuador – 90 days
India – Visa upon arrival valid for 30 days (limited only to New Delhi and Mumbai airports)
Indonesia – 30 days
Israel – visa-free for tourists (no. of days of stay will depend on Immigration); visa-free for holders of diplomatic and official passports; visa required for business)
Laos – 30 days
Malaysia – 30 days
Mozambique – Visa upon arrival valid for 30 days
Palau – 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return/onward plane ticket)
Peru – 60 days
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Singapore – 30 days
Sri Lanka – 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return/onward plane ticket)
Thailand – 30 days
Tuvalu – 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return /onward plane ticket)
Vanuatu – 30 days, visa upon arrival (provided that the Filipino national has a return / onward plane ticket)
Vietnam – 21 days
Zambia – visa upon arrival; 3 months for tourism, 1 month for business
Now other than those countries we should also love our own nation’s resources. We have visited only a few in our lifetime but I highly encourage everyone to love and visit some of our own magical jewels.
Boracay’s powdery white sands
Clear Blue waters at Puca Beach
The Perfect Sunset
Cool Fire Dancers
Sadly we’ve heard that the this national treasure has been badly hit by the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). But here are our beloved memories of our stay
Kayangan Lake, that’s the Palawan Blue
We took a swim at the fresh/salt water lake. It was so clean!
Island hop at the different virgin beaches of Coron (Malcapua or Banana beach)
For those who wants to feel the cool temperature you can go up to Baguio too..
Trees lots of Trees! You can wear your favorite fall clothes too! Temperatures can dip to 7 degrees in Baguio!
There are so much more destinations you can visit in the Philippines. The country is made up of 7,107 islands I’m sure there will be activities for everyone to enjoy. The diversity is something we can be proud of the the hospitality of the Filipino Spirit is unmatched.
Visit the official tourism website at http://www.tourism.gov.ph/pages/default.aspx
It is definitely more fun in the Philippines 🙂