YES I know we still need a visa, but this is life-changing for me

wanderlust (ˈwɒndəˌlʌst)
a great desire to travel and rove about
[German, literally: wander desire]

I’m one of those people who dies a little inside whenever I want to travel and just can’t take off.
Because of the kids, because of my fear of flying and other fears (bathrooms) etc.
The last time I traveled was to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my husband in Singapore—and to try yakitori sauces for our new food concept opening soon at SM Aura (shameless plug).

Yakitori One opening soon at SM Aura

Then Pope Francis was elected on March 13, 2013. In my heart I wanted to fly to the Vatican and see him, but he said, give the money to the poor instead.
Summer came. My kids didn’t want to travel and there were court hearings for my son’s adoption.
So we stayed put.
It is now the end of June. I am still thinking of the Pope. I am still recovering from lipo and I can’t buy new clothes yet.
But I woke up to such great news: Japan relaxes visa rules for Filipinos.
This means I no longer have to apply for a freaking visa every time I want to go there—which is twice a year!!
Yes, I know we still need a visa. BUT I can get a multiple entry VISA for three years—that’s all I want.
I’m so tired and I can’t tell you how tedious it is to get a Japan visa.

Japan visa collection

Japan is like my second home. Japan is in my heart. Now I don’t have to go to Hong Kong every time I feel like I need new clothes. This changes everything.

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  • michdulce

    BEST NEWS EVER!

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  • http://painterswife.com/ Eliza Santiago-Ypon

    Next time you go, visit Yapi.

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  • strudel186

    Why don’t you apply for Dutch passport anyway you’re eligible for it since your husband is Dutch? In this way you don’t need Japan visas at all. Unless you want to join Philippine politics, wouldn’t it be better for you to have a Dutch passport as well like the rest of your family?

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    CVS Reply:

    i can’t . you have to live in the Netherlands for five years and speak Dutch

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  • http://www.riosebastian.com/ rio

    Is this multiple entry visa only applicable to pinoys residing in the Philippines? It’s not a hassle to get a Japanese visa where I live now, but getting a multiple entry visa is still very nice.

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  • Dianne Ledesma

    Irasshai!

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  • johbeeze

    Nagbasa nga ngunit kulang, RIP reading comprehension.

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    CVS Reply:

    lolll

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  • chinabird

    I wonder what those “certain conditions” are..I’ve been wanting to go for the longest time because of Muji and Hello Kitty,,I know there’s Muji here but I wanna experience Muji Japan:) and Puroland–Hello Kitty heaven!!as in!hay!!

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  • Marx

    I heard although the multiple entry visa is valid for 3 years, one can only stay for up to 15 days per entry. i just wish they allow it for at least a month per entry.

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    CVS Reply:

    If I stay more than 15 days in Tokyo, I will be broke.

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  • neutralistic

    I’m jealous. From the passport photos, you are aging gracefully, Miss C. Is it too much to ask you to post an after-lipo pic? To make me even more jealous/inspired? If some have fitspiration, you are my aging-spiration. Please don’t take offense with the word aging.

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    CVS Reply:

    not at all. I’ll post a pic when I’m well na :)

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  • chichiYS

    Ms. Cecile, I know, mapapagod ka sa kaka- explain ng ” Please read carefully…”
    Eh, ano kaya kung sabihin mo na lang ” Look up, Look up…. read and learn.
    LOL!!

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    CVS Reply:

    hay!!!

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    joelcruise Reply:

    The first unverified news on the Web that came out kasi said Filipinos don’t need visas anymore. Obviously, the commenters did not read Cecile’s post and just jumped to conclusions. Haaist!! jeje

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  • http://www.currystrumpet.com/ Deepa

    So many visas! Don’t you wish Japan would have a loyalty card system for visas? Yung tatatakan tapos after like 12 trips may libreng visa.

    My ultimate dream is to walk into an embassy (any embassy, preferably of whatever country I’m obsessing about at the moment) and find nothing there but a big box that says “VISAS: TAKE ONE.”

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    CVS Reply:

    yes i have thought of that loyalty card. in HK i have a frequent visitor airport pass

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  • Nenette

    Pinoys are still required to apply for Japanese visa. Yep, still same “tedious” process perhaps =) The waiver is only applicable to Thailand and Malaysia.

    http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/483691/20130627/japan-visa-southeast-asian-tourism-thailand-indonesia.htm#.UcuifDvYJcU

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    CVS Reply:

    yes i know….

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  • Guest

    This is not true daw. http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/06/27/13/sorry-pinoys-still-need-visa-visit-japan

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    CVS Reply:

    whats not true? please check rappler link

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  • gustr

    Hmm. A bit of effort but not really that hard to get a Japan visa as of late. But the multiple entry thing is definitely more convenient. One time hassle. For at least 3 years.

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    CVS Reply:

    it’s an effort if you want to go all the time.

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  • AKQJ10

    ma’am cecile kailangan pa din po ng Visa papunta ng Japan. here is the link. http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/06/27/958876/embassy-filipinos-still-need-visa-japan-travel

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    CVS Reply:

    yes I know. gusto ko ng multiple entry. yun lang

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