Charity Work That Will Fill Our Hearts & Tummy

B and I with the famous Mt. Tapyas Cross at the back during our Coron Trip.  The cross was torn down by the recent Typhoon Yolanda :(

B and I with the famous Mt. Tapyas Cross at the back during our Coron Trip. The cross was torn down by the recent Typhoon Yolanda 😦

My friend, where are you?  Are you and your family affected by the recent earthquake or typhoon?  Glad to know that you’re safe and survived it.  As for me, I am safe together with my family.  Today, we are so addicted in watching the news lately to update ourselves about our countrymen affected by one of the worst typhoon in history.  I can’t help but shed tears to those in Leyte, Samar, Capiz, Iloilo and Northern Palawan who are grieving for the loss of their loved ones, their livelihood, and their town.

Before the storm happened, I already have plans to go out-of-town just to relax a bit and contemplate.  I am also stress with a lot of things that I am thinking of some activity to distress like a short travel or eat out.  Going on a travel is not the right time knowing that many are suffering.  Instead of spending it for a trip, might as well donate it.  So my other option is to eat to my heart’s content.  I love food!  I eat not only to nourish my body but to nourish my heart and soul, too.  I guess we all have our “comfort food” that we take to uplift out spirit.

So to hit two things I want to achieve: that is, to help others while I enjoy; I am planning to dine this weekend to some selected restaurants who commit to give a portion or all of their earnings to all Typhoon Yolanda victims.

It is called “Dine for a Cause” these eateries will not satisfy our tummy, but also serve our fellowmen that needs help.  My friend, here’s the list:

(NOTE: Just click on the pic to enlarge it and see all the fine details)

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Let us all lend a helping hand especially RIGHT NOW.  So, where are we going to meet-up this weekend?

 By the way, please do not forget our friends in Bohol and Cebu who were devastated by a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake. 

 

-Tinakits-

Trip to Hong Kong: Do Filipinos Need Visa or Not?

Exactly 2 years ago,11.11.11 (11th of November 2011), I was at Hong Kong International Airport with B for the first time

Exactly 2 years ago,11.11.11 (11th of November 2011), I was at Hong Kong International Airport with B

My friend, are you going to Hong kong soon?  Glad to know that your dream of going there will be fulfilled.  I hope you read my blog entry on how you can save on your HK trip 😉

Aside from the recent natural disaster the Philippines is facing, another news concern the travelling Filipinos.  Just recently, HK Legislators voted 41-3 , with 7 abstentions, favoring former HK Security Chief Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee’s petition amending the visa-free access of Filipinos in their country.  This is due to the hostage crisis that had happened in Manila with a Filipino gunman hostaging HK Tourists in a bus.

I don’t want to dwell on this issue.  An opinionated side of me would like to write a post about it.  But then, that would-be post is lengthy.  Instead, I’ll just cater to those travellers who are concern about the recent events.

As posted by Raul Hernandez – our Department of Foreign Affairs’ Spokesperson, visa-free entry for Filipinos is still valid.  This was posted today (11th of November 2013) on his official twitter account.

Latest tweet about HK visa-free access by Raul S. Hernandez, DFA Spokesperson

Latest tweet about HK visa-free access by Raul S. Hernandez, DFA Spokesperson

What does it mean?  It means the votes of some HK Legislator is not yet in effect.  Which means, there is still a chance that it will not happen granted that there’s some talks between HK & Philippine Government.  As for me, though the tourism of our country and other ASEAN countries will benefit from it, I hope it will not happen.

If you can still retrieve his tweet, he also gave a link on Department of Foreign Affairs website for all Filipino travellers who plan to go to Hong Kong in the future.  Again, as of this time (11th of November 2013), we can still enjoy a 14-day stay in Hong Kong as tourist without any visa.  However, travellers were advise to check the following websites for updates and confirmation.

Here’s the list as posted on DFA’s advisory:

  1. Hongkong Immigration Department

http://www.immd.gov.hk/en/services/hk-visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html#part2.

  1. Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong

http://www.philcongen-hk.com
https://www.facebook.com/pcghk

Inquiries may also be sent to the Philippine Consulate General in Hongkong through the following:

Email: hongkongpc@philcongen-hk.com

SMS/text: +852 9155 4023.

LATEST UPDATE!!!  As of February 5th 2014, all Filipinos with “Diplomatic” or “Official” Passports are now require to get Visa before entering Hong Kong.  But for my Kababayans with a simple passport, we can still enter HK visa-free.  Please do visit Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) website for the latest news.

Stay safe, my friend! 🙂

-Tinakits-