Taiwan Offers Visa-Free Entry to Filipinos

I'm so excited to share that starting June this year, Filipinos can enjoy visa-free entry to Taiwan, as declared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. UPDATE: According to Rappler, the visa-free entry privilege for Filipinos is rescheduled on September 2017. Beginning on June 1, visitors from Thailand, Brunei, and the Philippines can stay up to 30 days without a visa. There will...

The Breathtaking Taroko Gorge National Park 太魯閣國家公園

In October, my friends and I traveled to Taiwan on vacation. On the fourth day of our trip, we went to Hualien County 花蓮縣 in eastern Taiwan to explore the Taroko Gorge National Park 太魯閣國家公園. My friend Grace booked the services of a local English-speaking guide (NT$ 6850) via MeetMyGuide to get us around the national park. From our hostel in Nanshijiao, we rode the MRT...

The Magical Old Streets of Ruifang District 瑞芳區: Jiufen 九份 (2/2)

On our first day in Taipei, we headed straight to Ruifang District 瑞芳區 in New Taipei from the airport. We rode the Pingxi Railway Line 平溪線 to Pingxi Old Street 平溪老街, then hopped on a bus to Jiufen 九份, which was a short ten-minute ride away from Ruifang 瑞芳. Jiufen Old Street 九份老街 For many months, I've waited to see Jiufen 九份. Many say that this...

The Magical Old Streets of Ruifang District 瑞芳區: Pingxi 平溪 (1/2)

In October, crossed off an item on my bucket list when I visited Ruifang District in New Taipei with good friends from college. After months of planning (c/o my friend Gracie) and daydreaming, we finally went to visit the old streets of Pingxi 平溪 and Jiufen 九份. Since it was the first item on our itinerary, we headed straight to the Taipei Main Station 台北車站 from Taoyuan...

6 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went to Taiwan 

I've never been outside the country until last month. I've always had this irrational fear of traveling by plane, which has kept me from visiting many places (that, and time and money haha). This year, I wanted to change that, so I tagged along with my friends' trip to the heart of Asia. What's in Taiwan, anyway? Many Filipinos think that there are only two things in this country:...

Jiufen, Taiwan

I'll make this quick and painless: I'm in Jiufen, Taiwan right now, and I'm so stoked to be here! I'll tell you all about my trip next weekend. For now, I'll eat to my heart's content (I just hope I don't turn into a pig like Chihiro's mom and dad in Spirited Away). Janis I’m a person of simple tastes and wants. All I’ve ever wanted since I was 12 was to have my own room...

How to Apply for a Taiwan Visa with a Philippine Passport

UPDATE: Starting on November 1, 2017, until July 31, 2018, Philippine passport holders can enter Taiwan visa-free! Read the TECO announcement for more information. Getting a Taiwan visa can be daunting if you don't know where to start. If you're planning to fly to Taipei anytime soon, you need to secure either a visa or a travel authorization certificate. Fortunately, the application...