Joanna of Vienna

We Filipinos are very good in recognizing other Filipinos wherever we are in the world. We know it immediately even without saying or hearing a word. We can tell by the way we smile, or the way we make eye contact. We just know. And once we make a positive identification, a simple “kumusta po?”…

Sold my iMac for 29K yen

I’ve had my iMac for more than 6 years now, and after discussions with my wife, we decided it’s time to get a new one. Now the question is, what to do with the old iMac. Send it home The first thing to come to mind is to send it back to the Philippines. For…

Philippine Elections 2016 on Google Trends

I did a quick search on Google Trends with regard to our five presidential candidates and the result I got is interesting, but not at all surprising. If the Philippine Elections were a contest on who generates the most online buzz, i.e. “trending”, there seems to be one clear winner — Rodrigo Duterte. It’s not even close. Of…

Filipinos Applying For Schengen Visa from Japan

My wife and I just received our Schengen Visas today, and to help other Filipinos who would also like to visit the Schengen Area, let me share our experience getting it. We were planning to visit Austria and Germany in May so we figured two months before our planned trip would be a good time…

Visit From A Policeman

The other morning while I was home alone, I heard the apartment doorbell ringing and when I checked the security camera, I saw a policeman waiting outside the building. Normally, I do not answer the doorbell if I’m not expecting a visitor or a delivery, but seeing he was a policeman, I answered and let…

Cannot Connect to

Last time I went to the Philippine embassy to get my OEC, I was given this sheet containing a link to ““. The lady advised me to start using this website as the embassy will soon stop processing manual applications and everything will be done online. Problem is, it seems I cannot connect to the…

OEC, Privacy and MTEC

Today, I went to the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo to get the OEC for my wife and myself. This process is straightforward, and is much much preferred than getting my OEC while in the Philippines, as any OFW can confirm.

One Year in Tokyo

Woohoo! Since I am currently on a list-writing spree… here is a list of things I remember about my first year in Tokyo, in no particular order.

A Stranger Comes To Me

A stranger comes to me, showing me his badge. Asks me where I’m going. Roppongi. Asks me what I’m doing there. Work. Asks me for my passport. Alien Registration Card. Thank you.

Kawawang Haponesa

Ayon sa balita, may isang Kawawang Haponesa na hinuli ng mga pulis sa Kawaguchi, Saitama dahil napagkamalan siyang South-East Asian (baka mukhang Pinay) na walang dalang passport. Laking gulat na lang ng mga pulis nang mapatunayan niya na hindi siya foreigner.

Ang Pagpapa-renew ng Pasaporte

Marahil ay marami sa inyo ang nangailangang magpa-renew ng inyong Pasaporte habang naninirahan dito sa Japan. Kung isa ka rito, malamang rin ay naranasan mo na ang naranasan kong kakulangan ng impormasyon ukol dito. Kinailangan ko talagang tanungin pa lahat ng kaibigan kong nanirahan o naninirahan sa Japan para sa kinaikailangang impormasyong para gawin ito.