Never have I realized the importance of insurance until my recent health scare.
Oils are a part of most, if not every, Filipino household. Newborns are given Aciete de Alcamforado (Camphorated Oil) and Aciete de Manzanilla (Chamomile oil) for relief of minor discomforts brought on by colds, colic, etc.
Growing up, we escalated to Efficascent Oil which is a blend of wintergreen, menthol, camphor, eucalyptus among others. This is used for almost everything — back pains, headaches, cramps, insect bites, sprains, gas, etc.
The ultimate “Tita” accessory would be White Flower Oil which is again, a blend of several essential oils like menthol, wintergreen, camphor, lavender, eucalyptus, etc. I have a small bottle of this in my bag, in my car, in my office drawer… anywhere you can think of. It’s just something I love to use when I feel nauseous.
Affidavit of support is a notarized document that is being required from Filipino travelers on a tourist/visit visa to another country.
The document is a statement that the sponsor takes full responsibility for the welfare of the traveler. That the sponsor will bear all necessary cost to support the traveler and that the traveler will not be a burden to the Philippine government and the government of the host country.
A sponsor, usually a relative up to fourth level of consanguinity, applies for the affidavit of support from the Philippine Embassy/Consulate in the host country by filling up a form, attaching supporting documents such as passport copies and proof of residence and source of income of the sponsor and pays for the processing fee. Here in U.A.E., the cost is 100 AED at the time of writing.
The document is intended to “curb human trafficking“. A traveler on a tourist/visit visa is highly to be off-loaded without this document. It is also a source of revenue for the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs.
I hope this article reaches some of our lawmakers and do what is necessary.
There are many expatriates who are residents in UAE. In general, expatriate residents should not be outside the UAE for more than 6 months in order for their residence visa to remain valid. A special entry permit is required to be able to return to UAE after six months.
There are circumstances that going back to UAE every 6 months is just not practical. This procedure applies to the following:
It’s the last Saturday of January!! Can you believe it?
The month is flying by and I only posted 2 blog posts (three, including this). So, to update, I’m writing down my “currents”.
As an expat, lost passport is one of the worst things that can happen to us. It may seem that all is lost in the beginning but with this guide on what to do if you lost your passport in UAE, there is actually hope.
Tip: Having copies of your documents speed up the process of applying for a new passport. Make sure you have copies of all your important documents.
Many Filipinos are unaware that they can now pay travel tax online . For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) this do not apply. OFW’s are exempted from paying travel tax provided we have a valid Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC). However, we do get visitors from time to time and any amount of time saved by eliminating unnecessary trips to the Department of Tourism or waiting in line at the airport is time that we can spend better on other things.