Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How to Apply for Japan Visa if you have Philippine Passport

Our family loves to travel but if you are an old follower of this blog, you will notice that we only visit those countries that do not require a visa. We always travel on a shoestring so applying for a visa is still an additional cost. There are so many countries that Filipinos can travel without a need for visa application. 

Read: Visa - Free Travel for Filipinos

In addition, I’m so scared that my visa will be denied. I dislike wasted time, effort and money for visa application. But I cannot deny that there are countries that I really want to visit that requires visa including Japan.

Japan is on my bucket list because I want to experience Cherry Blossoms but I was not able to experience it because my husband’s training was rescheduled. It was supposed to be April 4-6, then it was moved to April 25-27 but because of the Golden Week, it was rescheduled again. So no more Sakura for us but of course I still want to visit Japan. 

My husband sent me the list of requirements for Tourist Visa and I immediately checked the list. I was sad at first because we neead NSO birth certificate and marriage certificate that is valid within the year. Thank God that the training was rescheduled so I have enough time to prepare the requirements. 

Tourist Visa Requirements 

1. Passport

- Validity of more than 6 months/signed passport 
- Broken lamination of the picture portion will not be accepted 
- Must have at least 2 blank pages left in the passport. 

2. Visa Application Form 

Download the form here

Fill out the form and print or print and write in block letters 

3. Photo (1 Copy of 4.5cm x 4.5cm with white background)

I informed the photographer that I need picture for Japan Visa and we were surprised when we got the pictures, nakaformal clothes na kami. 

4. Birth Certificate (NSO issued with receipt and valid within 1 year) 

Applicants holding (old or valid) passports with used Japan Visa will be exempted from submitting of birth certificate. 

Read : Ways to Get your NSO Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate 

In case of non-record of registration of live birth

- Non-record in the NSO. Need certificate of Non-record from the NSO and Birth Certificate from the Local Civil Registrar. 
- Non-record in the NSO and Local Civil Registrar. Need certificate of non-record from the NSO and the Local Civil Registrar. 

If NSO issued is not clear 

- Birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar 

If Birth Certificate is Late-registration

- Birth certificate from the Local Civil Registrar 
- Original Baptismal Certificate, School Record (Form 137 or report card) School Year Book. 

5. Marriage Contract (if married) NSO issued and valid within 1 year 

Applicants holding (old or valid) passports with used Japan Visa will be exempted from submitting of marriage contract.

In case of non-record. You must submit certificate of non-record together with the one from Local Civil Registrar. 

6. Tour Itinerary 

Prepared by the applicant or the travel agency 

7. Bank Balance Certificate or a Copy of bank Book Pages for the past two years

8. Income Tax Return (Form 2316 or 1701) original and 1 photocopy. 


I’m a full time mom so I submitted the following requirements 

1. Passport 
2. Visa Application Form with Photo 4.5cm x 4.5cm with white background) 
3. NSO Birth Certificate with receipt 
4. NSO Marriage Contract with receipt 
5. Tour Itinerary (Followed the format)

Date         Activity Plan              Contact           Accommodation 

6. Bank Balance Certificate 

I have my own savings account but I submitted our joint account just to be safe since I am not working. 

7. Photocopy of Valid ID (not in the list but my husband add this) 

For my son (minor / student) 

1. Passport 
2. Visa Application Form with Photo 4.5cm x 4.5cm with white background) 
3. NSO Birth Certificate with receipt 
4. Tour Itinerary 
5. Photocopy of School ID (not in the list but my husband add this) 


April 19 

My husband submitted the requirements in their travel agency. He got an email few days after, the travel agency was asking for his Income Tax Return, maybe because I did not submit ITR. 

April 26 

He submitted the ITR. 

April 28 

He had personal appearance (interview), it is a requirement for Business Visa. The agency put our application in one envelope even we are applying for different visa. 

May 3 

My husband was advised that our passports are ready for pick-up. He advised the staff to deliver it to his office. 

May 4 

We got our passports. Visa approved. Yehey! 

Note: Japan Visa is FREE but visa applications must be made through agencies accredited by Consulate of Japan. Check it here

The handling fee depends on the travel agency, in our case napamahal kami. My husband submitted our requirements in their company accredited travel agency, then the agency submitted the requirements in Friendship Tours and Resorts Corporation

So when I learned about this, I told my husband, “ako na lang kaya mag-apply, sayang yung bayad kahit ako na magbayad ng Business Visa mo mas makakamura pa rin tayo.” Sobrang mahal ng handling fee, libre nga lang Japan Visa. 

But my husband didn’t like the idea na hiwalay pa pagprocess and he reminded me na first time ito, sige ka baka madeny pa. He even said, wala na ko time mag-asikaso pa, may schedule interview na ko. 

Ok fine, lunok na lang sa gastos. Good thing that we are all approved, so I immediately searched for cheap airfare Manila to Narita since I did not like the Manila to Haneda flight time. Yes, we applied for Japan Visa without a plane ticket. 

Visa is valid from May 2 to Aug 2, 2016 (3 months)

Visa Application Expense

P255 - picture 
100 - bank certificate (BPI) 
1,050 - (NSO birth certificate (2) and marriage certificate (1))
2,400 - handling fee of Friendship Tours and Resorts Corporation (P1,200 x 2) 3,360 - handling fee of (company accredited travel agency (P1,680 x 2) 

Total damage is P7,165 for 2 pax, kung ako nag-ayos P3805.

Monday, May 23, 2016

3 Ways to Get your NSO Birth Certificate

My husband has training in Japan so he wanted us to join his trip since it’s been years since we went out of the country. Our last family trip is Malaysia and Singapore

Read: Things to do in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore 

I was excited because Japan is in my bucket list and I’ve been meaning to see Cherry Blossoms. So I immediately checked the Japan Tourist Visa requirements. Waah! I need birth certificate and marriage contract and it should be NSO issued with receipt and valid within one year. 

We have the documents but we don’t have the receipt and the documents are way beyond one year already. So I was searching the easiest way to get our documents so we could apply for visa, as in one day processing lang. 

March 18, 2016 (Friday)

1. Serbilis Outlets 

I checked the internet and the nearest Serbilis Outlet in our place is in Muntinlupa. 

PSA Muntinlupa 

2nd level East Parking, StarMall, 
Alabang Muntinlupa City 1772 
Telephone: (02) 831 9882 

My husband called the number and he was advised that we can get the documents within two hours. So after my husband dental appointment, off we went to StarMall but I was so disappointed because there is cut-off time, we were late by few minutes. 

I just can’t remember if 1:30 or 2PM is the cut off time. Grrrr, they should informed us about the cut-off time. Sayang talaga ang time and effort sa pagpunta and I was so sad because we could no longer join my husband’s business trip. Business Visa doesn’t need NSO birth certificate and marriage contract so my husband can apply.

On our way home, I was not talking, dinidibdib ko ang aking kalungkutan. Lol Then my husband remembered that he has Malaysia trip so he cannot apply for Japan Visa. He needs his passport to go to Malaysia and according to their travel agency, visa processing period is 5-7 working days. Hindi aabot because of the Holy Week. 

March 30 to April 1 - Malaysia 

April 3 to 6 - Japan 

So he informed his officemate in Japan about the situation and they moved the date of the training. 

2.  SM Business Center 

I was so happy because we can still join the business trip so we went straight to SM Business Center so I can request for the documents. The SM staff gave me these forms and I was advised na one month processing daw. 

What?!? This was not the first time that I requested for NSO birth certificate and marriage contract so I told her, “di ba one week lang?”. She said, “Ma’m, Holy Week po kasi”. I told her 2 days lang yun, March 28 may pasok na ulit ang government. She said something pa but I just decided na wag na lang kung one month. 

March 20, 2016 (Sunday)

3. NSOHelpline.com 

My husband said that we will just go back to StarMall to get my documents. I said ok pero napaisip ako, I’ve seen the long lines in Serbilis Oulet, for sure magugutom kami sa haba ng pila, may tollgate, parking at gas pa na gagastusin so I decided to order online via NSOHelpline.com

Last year, I ordered online too, the process is almost the same. 

Read: Easy Way to Request for NSO Birth Certificate 

Click order now 

Choose birth certificate or marriage certificate 
Choose Passport/Travel 
Fill- up the form
Answer the question: Have you had any legal proceeding done to your birth certificate? 
Who will receive the certificate upon delivery?
Check-out - Verify all the information 
Order Confirmation - choose from the payment options.
Payment Summary

I paid online via credit card and after my payment I received email and text messages regarding my order. You can track you order too.


Thank you for using NSOHelpline.com
You have made the following request: 

Payments can be made online via Credit Card or Bancnet ATMs and over-the-counter via Metrobank and Bayad Centers. Please visit http://nsohelpline.com/pay-online for more information. 

Your request for an NSO certificate will be processed as soon as your payment is cleared.

If (name) will not be around during delivery, then (name) should: Leave a valid ID together with his/her Letter of Authorization (LOA) to a designated representative. You may download an LOA using this link http://nsohelpline.com/print/loa/1607950333

Advise his/her representative to present a valid ID as well. Dear (name) 

Thank you for using NSOhelpline.com We are pleased to inform you that your online payment for your NSOHelpline.com transaction was successful. 

Your credit account has been charged with P350.00. 

If you have any inquiries or follow up questions, you can call our Customer Assistance Hotline (02) 737-1112 or email us at nsohelpline2@teleserv.ph 

P350 birth certificate 
P350 marriage contract 

After payment, NSO certificate will be delivered in 2 to 3 days. 

March 22, 2016 (Tuesday)

I received 2 NSO birth certificate via Air 21 

March 23, 2016 (Wednesday)

I received my marriage contract via Air 21

The delivery guy even said, "di pa sinabay kahapon ito." Hehehe! I was also surprised na di sabay dumating order ko since I ordered naman ng sabay-sabay. Anyway, you can get your documents in 

1. NSO Serbilis Outlet 

2. SM Business Center 
3. NSOHelpline.com

Where do you usually get your documents?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Restaurant in Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

If you stay in Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, you don’t have to worry about food because they have different restaurants that can satisfy your wants. You can choose from Azure Beach Club, Tempo Lounge, Saffron Cafe and Score Sports Bar. They also have a Pastry Shop where you can buy bread, pastries and other desserts. 

Read: Staycation: Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

In short, you will never get hungry inside the resort but of course the price is not budget friendly. Hehehe! During our overnight stay, we ate at Azure Beach Club and Saffron Cafe.

Lunch Azure Beach Club 

While waiting for our room, we had lunch first at Azure Beach Club which is located at the beach front. The location is very relaxing because you can see the seascape. 

The restaurant offers different Asian cuisines, we had a hard time choosing food because I’m not sure if my son will like it. Just to be safe, we ordered Bollywood Pizza P410 ++ and Mie Goreng P390 ++While waiting, they gave us complimentary mixed nuts. 

We were surprised to see the food because it is really good for 2 to 3 persons. 

Dinner at Saffron Cafe 

At that time, my husband’s officemate in Cebu invited us for to attend his birthday party in Mactan. (it just so happened that we were in Cebu and birthday celebration niya) But because we’re so tired already and we don't want to go out anymore, my husband declined and we just ate at the resort. Goodbye free dinner. Hehehe! 

We had late dinner at Saffron Cafe because we wanted to finish the Pilipinas Debate first. It was past 9PM so it was really late but thank God the restaurant was still open. 

We ordered Crispy Pata P700++ and extra rice. The meal is already enough for 3 persons. They served us complimentary bread while waiting. 

Breakfast at Saffron Cafe 

Our room package includes free buffet breakfast at Saffron Cafe. I was happy with the buffet spread because they have a lot of choices here compared to Crimson Hotel. We left with a happy tummy.

Read: Crimson Hotel

Lunch at Saffron Cafe 

Our family loves Filipino foods so we always go back to Saffron Cafe. While browsing the menu the staff asked us if we want Children’s Menu. Akalain mo may kid’s menu pala, it was not offered to us when we ate dinner. 

We ordered Kare-Kare P650++and Chicken Run P250 ++. While waiting, they served us complimentary bread and mushroom soup.

Saffron Cafe offers buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner but since we are not big eater and we are on a budget, we chose ala carte. Anyway, we enjoyed our food trip in each restaurants and we’re satisfied with the service.