Our Adventures Getting a 13A Permanent Non-Quota Immigrant Visa for a Foreign Spouse1:52 PM
Are you by any chance a foreigner married to a Filipino or Filipina and you are contemplating staying or living in the Philippines for a longer period?
For the first few years of erratic visits to the Philippines, Yohann and I have used the Balikbayan Visa that would allow him to stay in the country for 1 year. All we needed to do is queue together and present ourselves to the officer at the Philippine Immigration Counter before entering the country along with our NSO Marriage Certificate. The assigned Immigration Officer has the right to approve or reject a Balikbayan Visa. It's nothing extraordinary. It's merely a stamp on the foreign spouse's passport, but this would allow him to stay longer than the regular 30 days given to most Non-Filipino tourists. The drawback though, is he won't be able to get a Balikbayan Visa without me, if he exits and enters the country later.
13A Permanent Residence Visa...ah the sound of it already rings alarm bells of complex application process. Fear not. Take a deep breath.
The Unplanned Hike to Osmena Peak12:16 PM
Before I begin, I would have to warn you that this post is not a guide on how to get there, but in case you are planning to go there, Read: A Vegetable Basket in Cebu
All I can remember was, I was nodding to a 5AM rendezvous after glasses of sweet white wine the previous night after a sumptuous boodle feast.
December in Manila12:25 PM
Happy New Year everyone!
2016 slipped away. At least that's what it felt like for me. Imagine you're eating a delicious quiche and at the back of your mind, you know fully well, you have the entire dish to yourself? Then by surprise, there was just one bite left. You stare at that last piece and wonder what happened to the rest.
A Slice of Provincial Life12:30 PM
When you live in the middle of a rice field, it's amazing to see the changes in the landscape daily. You'll have a water buffalo hanging out chewing grass during his break or a month old calf peeking through your glass window. Toads harmoniously chant their own operatic version of Don Giovanni while you have a pack of teenage dogs howling in front of your bedroom window after midnight. My husband and I kill gazillions of mosquitoes a day but the best part of living here, so far, are cozy rainy afternoons.
I am posting photos taken in different periods during our stay here: