8 Reasons to Sends Postcards When Traveling and the Postcrossing

Sending postcards to yourself, to your friends, and family is still relevant in the digital age. Here are the top 8 reasons why you must send postcards when you travel:

1. The Science of Touch.
Study showed that physical materials leave a deeper footprint in human being’s brain. The power of the physical postcard is stronger and the memory of whoever sent it becomes part of long-term memory.

2. One of the world’s thinnest souvenirs.
Postcards don’t take up much space. You can collect all postcards you received and create a scrapbook or album.

3. It shows you care.
Sending postcard requires time and effort because you select the postcard, write a message and send it. You make a lasting impression to the recipient.

4. Postcard inspires people to travel.
Postcards make our world bigger and it creates connections to places. It makes you want to travel whenever you get a postcard from a country you’ve never been. For other people, postcard is the cheapest way to see the world.

5. It is your travel journal.
It reminds you of your travels and puts a smile on your face. It also helps in reviving the forgotten art of reminiscing.

6. Postcards lasts longer.
Your children might get their hands on some of your postcards. They will enjoy your travel memories and they might even sell these postcards to Deltiologists for big bucks!

7. Added bonus for Philatelists.
Philatelists will get to collect beautiful printed images, personal messages and the stamps.

8. Learning with postcards.
There are fun fact themed postcards that you can send to youngsters. It can be an excellent way of teaching them about places around the world.

8 Reasons to Sends Postcards When Traveling and the Postcrossing.com Project

Did you know?

There is a project called Postcrossing. The goal of the project is to allow anyone to send and receive postcards from all over the world. Through this platform, you can make friends too! Postcrossing has “Travel Mode” option which will allow you to send postcards from your travel destination when you’re temporarily traveling.
Let’s check it out. Just go to www.postcrossing.com

Chinese Visa Application for Philippines and Ukraine Passport Holders

This post is about our Chinese Visa Application experience . We are Philippines and Ukraine Passport holders (Filipina and Ukrainian) who are temporary residing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Chinese visa application here in Kuala Lumpur was done through the Chinese Visa Application Service Center. It is currently located in the address below:

Level 5 & 6, Hampshire Place Office, Jalan Mayang Sari, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

We applied last July 2019 and entered China on September 2019. Philippines passport holders need a tourist visa Category L to enter China if he or she is going to tour the country for a few days and not just transiting there. Ukraine Passport holders also need a Category L visa to enter China and to be able spend more than 72 hours in the country. Out reason for traveling to China at that time was because we needed to support the Philippines national basketball team in the recently concluded FIBA World Cup Basketball 2019.

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Bukit Lawang Orangutan tracking, trekking and tubing

Bukit Lawang Orangutan Tracking and Tubing

I ordered the Bukit Lawang Orangutan tracking, trekking, and tubing activities from the owner of my hotel, Wisma Leuser Sibayak. This was part of my Bukit Lawang and Lake Toba Itinerary. Ricky who was the representative of the hotel was also my guide during the three hours activities which cost me 45 Euros ($52). Ricky, arranged everything including the fruits for our snacks and the permit to enter the Gunung Leuser National Park. In the afternoon of January 14, after lunch, we started the trekking. Ricky’s associate or colleague Nuria joined us.

Read the full report: “Bukit Lawang and Lake Toba Itinerary.

What do you wear and bring in the jungle trekking?

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Bukit Lawang and Lake Toba Itinerary

Bukit Lawang and Lake Toba DIY itinerary

This was my Bukit Lawang and Lake Toba five days and four nights Itinerary. The start point and end point of the trip were Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) in Malaysia. Philippines Passport holders do not need a visa to enter Indonesia and are eligible to remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days.

Day One.

I departed  KLIA2 via Air Asia flight number QZ 129 at 08:40, Malaysia time. The flight duration was more or less an hour. At 8:45, Indonesian time, I arrived at Kualanamu International Airport. Indonesia is an hour behind Malaysian time. The flight cost me RM 52.55 (Malaysia Ringgit) or roughly $13 based on today’s rate.

The immigration officer asked me if it was my first time in Indonesia and if I was alone. He also asked where I’d go.

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How to Apply and Secure NBI Clearance in Philippines

A Philippines citizen secures the National Bureau of Investigation or NBI clearance for different reasons. For example, for local employment and for traveling abroad. All steps necessary to secure the NBI clearance were done in person before the Internet became available to the public. Below is the step by step instructions to secure the clearance. Please be informed that these instructions apply to locals like me. If you are a foreigner, the steps are probably slightly different from ours.

A. NBI Personal Account creation.

Steps:
1. Go to NBI’s website.
2. For new Registration, click the checkbox in front of “No” for the question “Do you have an old NBI clearance?”
Note: The Yes option is applicable only on 2014-2018 NBI Clearances.

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e-VISA to India for Philippines Passport Holders

Taj Mahal India

I traveled to India’s golden triangle last February 5 to 9. It is the beaten path which is composed of New Delhi which is the capital of India, Agra which is part of Uttar Pradesh State, and Jaipur which is the capital of the Rajasthan State. Before going to India, for ordinary Philippine passport holders like me, it is vital to apply for e-VISA to India. In this post, I will share the steps based on my experience and situation.

Update: As of August 10, 2018, the eVisa fee cost $80.

A. Photo and passport copy preparation.

Prepare a clear front-facing photograph with a light colored background (e.g.: white). The photo format must be a jpeg. Its size must be a minimum of 10 KB and a maximum 1 MB. The dimensions are minimum of 350 pixels by 350 pixels. You may use a photo editor to accomplish this.

The passport page with your personal details must be scanned and saved in pdf format. Its size must be a minimum of 10 KB and a maximum 300 KB.

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How to get a Police Clearance in Imus City, Philippines

Imus City Hall in Philippines

Each city or municipality in the Philippines have the main Police Station where you can get a Police Clearance certificate. You can only get this certificate from Imus City Police Station if you live in the City. I will share the steps on how to secure a Police Clearance certificate from Imus Police Station based on my experience.

Requirement:
Barangay Clearance. To get a Barangay Clearance you can check my article “How to get a Barangay Clearance in Imus City, Cavite, Philippines.”

Payment:
Community Tax Certificate
Official Receipt from the Office of the Imus City Treasurer
Official Receipt from the Imus Police Station.

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How to get a Barangay Clearance in Imus City, Cavite, Philippines

The barangays are the smallest units of local government in the Philippines. A Barangay Clearance is a piece of document which you need to secure for many different legal purposes. For example, securing a Police Clearance in the Philippine city where you belong requires a Barangay Clearance.

I will share my experience on how I secured a Barangay Clearance from Pag-Asa II (or Pag-Asa 2) Barangay Hall.

Requirements:
An endorsement from your Home Owners Management. For example, if you live in a Subdivision which is part of Barangay Pag-Asa II (or Pag-Asa 2), you must go to your management and get an endorsement. Just inform them that you need it to secure a Barangay Clearance.

Steps:

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e-Visa to Georgia for Philippines Passport Holders

Bridge of Peace in Tbilisi

Last September 11 to 16, 2017 my husband and I visited Georgia, a country in the Caucasus region. My husband does not need a visa to enter Georgia but for an ordinary Philippine passport holders like me need to apply for eVisa. In this post, I will share the steps I’ve been through based on my experience and situation. I will also share suggestions and my border crossing experience.

A. Travel Insurance, accommodation booking and return ticket.
It is important to purchase a travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads) that is valid throughout the period of stay in Georgia. It is also a must to book a hotel or in Airbnb for the accommodation just in case the immigration officer will ask for it.

B. Photo and passport copy preparation.
Prepare a scanned passport size photo and scanned passport page with the personal details. The photo size is 472×610 pixels. The passport can also be in .jpg format.

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Tourist ETA to Sri Lanka for Philippines Passport Holders

Toque macaque

On February 2017 I visited Sri Lanka, an island nation located in the south of India. Before going to Sri Lanka, ordinary Philippine passport holders like me need to apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). In this post, I will share the steps based on my experience and situation.

A. The Sri Lankan ETA application process.

Steps:

  • Go to Sri Lanka ETA System. Read the visa exemptions and choose which one is applicable to you.
  • Click the Apply tab and it is important to read thoroughly the Terms & Conditions before confirming the ETA application. Click the I Agree button and then click Apply for an Individual under Tourist ETA.
  • Fill all mandatory fields like applicant’s information and travel information. You need to enter your intended date of arrival. You can hover your mouse to the question mark icon for a hint. It says the ETA is valid up to three months from the date of issue. Then you need to enter your contact details and answer the declaration questions. The address in Sri Lanka can be the hotel’s address. The copy and paste keyboard functions are disabled in the website so you really must type in everything to the form.

Tourist ETA to Sri Lanka for Filipinos
Tourist ETA to Sri Lanka for Filipinos
  • Review your application and confirm. Double check all entries. Then the VISA Application Fee Summary will be displayed too.
  • Select the desired payment option to pay the $35.00 VISA Application Fee. After Paying it you will get an email (Department of Immigration & Emigration Acknowledgement of ETA application). It contains a reference number and it says you will receive a response to your application within 24 hours. Make sure you check your Inbox and Junk folder if you did not get the email immediately.

B. ETA application, Approved.
You will receive another email (Department OF Immigration & Emigration Sri Lanka. ETA Approval Notice.) It says that you must ensure that the particulars of same travel document used for applying online visa are used for entering into Sri Lanka. In the event, if you produce a travel document other than the one used for applying for an online visa, you are compelled to pay again at the port of entry to Sri Lanka to obtain a fresh ETA.

C. Print the approved ETA.
Just print the email and carry a hard copy with you before flying to Sri Lanka.

D. The border crossing experience in Bandaranayake International Airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka
The experience was smooth. A question was not asked. The officer attached a small sticker on my passport that shows “1st visit,” the allowed duration of visit, a barcode and a stamped date of arrival.