Saturday, August 27, 2016

Taiwan Visa in steps 1-2-3


Admit it. Oftentimes we get worked up every time PAL or Cebu Pacific flashes promo fares on facebook or by checking your inbox. It doesn't matter if that so-called elusive visa is required. Better book without breaking your bank than miss the moment. Damn straight.

Tickets were purchased six (6) months in advance without an afterthought if visas will be granted. A key rule of thumb is to file the visa application two (2) months before your scheduled trip. Good thing,  it can be done personally. Optional visa assistance is still offered though with a fee.

Information on Visa Fees, Processing Timeframe, Filing and Releasing Time


Application Fee
Rush Handling Fee


Visitor (Single Entry)

PHP 2400

PHP 1200

Visitor (Multiple Entry)

PHP 4800

PHP 2400
Processing Timeframe
Visitor Visa : 3 Working Days
Expedite Processing: 1 Working Day
Filing and Releasing Time
Filing Time : Monday to Friday 8:45AM to 11:45 AM
Releasing Time : Monday to Friday 1: 45PM to 4:45PM

1.     This Office reserves the right to withhold the reason for the disapproval of any visa application.
2.     In case visa applications were declined after review, the FEES CHARGED ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.

Step 1: Gather all the essential documents for Taiwan Tourist Visa Application.

First off, check the official website for any enforced updates done after this article was posted at:

All visa applicants are required to fill out the Visa Application Forms online which are readily available at:

Choose the orange highlighted button labeled as "General Visa Application" shown below

Complete the required fields. If Single, kindly input "N/A" under "Spouse's Full Name".

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After the submit button, an acknowledgment page will appear on your screen. Then proceed by clicking "I Agree".

Once you finalize your application, it cannot be revised. Should there be any needed alterations, you may file a new one instead, keep in mind your applicant reference number highlighted in red, for tracking purposes.

You must submit a duly signed printed copy along with the list of requirements. Make sure to paste one (1) recently taken photo with dimensions of Width: 35mm, Height: 45mm. 

List of requirements is listed below. Additional item submitted was my ITR. 

Step 2: You may proceed with filing your application directly at the Taiwan Embassy located at:

41F, Tower 1, RCBC Plaza, 6819 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1200, Metro Manila, Philippines

Office hours for the consular affairs: Monday to Friday from 08:45 am to 11:45 am.

Tel: (63-2) 8876688

Step 3:  Bring the receipt to be presented in order to claim your passport. 

Releasing times are from Monday to Friday from 1:45 pm to 4:45 pm.

Here's mine :-) 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Emirates' Cabin Crew Assessment Days - September 2016

Check out the list of assessment days for September 2016. Should Emirates' Recruitment Team be in any one of your neighbouring countries - e.g. Kuala Lumpur approximately the nearest from The Philippines, non-Malaysian citizens are encouraged to apply as well.

Step 1: Obtain your Emirates Online Reference Number (ORN). To get your ORN/Application No., please follow the following procedures -

  • Register and fill out the required fields.
  • After you have successfully submitted your application, expect an email from Emirates with your reference number.
Step 2: Bring the following on the scheduled open day. Be on your best corporate business attire with hair neatly done -
  • Printed Emirates' online resume and your own curriculum vitae.
  • Photocopies of your educational certificates such as diploma and transcript of records.
  • Photocopies of employment certificates from previous employers, if applicable.
  • Training certificates, if any.
  • Photocopy of passport.
Note: For verification purposes, bring your original documents. Best of luck! :)

Monday, August 15, 2016

Taiwan version 2.0

Without a doubt, along with my better half, we needed a quick getaway before Easter ends and can't think of any neighbouring countries other than Taiwan. Few impeccable reasons why should you as well:

1. Exchange Rate/ Shopping - Let's do the math: TWD 1= PHP 1.50. Makes sense? Travelling within definite limits can either make or break the merriment. Nevertheless, it's entirely up to a point where a sensible plan matters. Sure enough, a well-planned vacation clearly pans out. 

2. Food - Get ready to whet your appetite as the list goes on: Stinky Tofu, Oyster Omelette, Pineapple Cake, Milk Tea and a whole lot more. Taiwanese cuisine's different take on cooking makes their wide-variety of dishes simply unique. Foodies gather all across the globe to experience food craze in the heart of Asia. Unusual restaurant themes such as the Modern Toilet will get you more enthralled.

3. Culture - Taiwanese are accustomed to modernization without neglecting their traditional beliefs.
Even their familiar approach will keep you astounded. Some will go out of their way to hand out assistance if you need one on the road. 

4. Speedy Electronic Visa - Our short planned trip will never be possible without this. Two (2) ways to obtain:

  • If you're holding any valid visas listed here: US, Canada, Japan, UK, Schengen, Australia or New Zealand, you are eligible for the visa exemption program, which allows a duration of stay up to 30 days with 3 months validity which gives you multiple entries.
  • You can either file personally or through any reputable travel agencies. Embassy of Taiwan in the Philippines is located at RCBC Plaza in Makati. Will post my first Taiwan Trip with the whole family along on how we got our visas through this process. For the meantime, you may visit their website at