disney sea tokyo

Disney Sea Tokyo (東京ディズニーシー) is worth seeing if you have the time and money.  If you have been to the Disneyland or Disney’s California in LA, then you may be a little disappointed by the small size of the Disney Sea.  Its technically larger (176 acres compared to 160 acres) but there is a huge man made lake (Mediterranean Harbor) in the middle of the park that makes the actual walking area smaller.

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image : weezalgurl.deviantart.com

Disney Sea Tokyo is definitely not a waste of time especially if you have kids.  They will really enjoy it.

disney sea tokyo

Just like the Disneyland in LA, you can expect Disney Sea Tokyo to be ridiculously packed and expensive.  If you travel on a dime, then you may want to bring your own food into the park.  Also, bring sunblock and a sunhat.

If you have been to Disneyland LA, then I would recommend seeing Disney Sea.  It has a different feel than the typical Disneyland and if its hot its nice to go there and get a little wet on the rides and attractions.

image: geocities.jp

image: geocities.jp

Not all the rides are water rides by the way. I was expecting a sort of “splash mountain water park” feel.  But its not really like that.  They did a great job of mixing wet and dry.  Even though Disney sea is not owned by the Disney company, it still FEELS like Disneyland.

image: flickr.com

image: flickr.com

What is most memorable to me about Disney Sea Tokyo and what stands out in my mind (besides the insane HEAT and LINES) was the show in Mediterranean Harbor.  It was one of the most unique shows I have ever seen i the water.

People in costume in jetskis with giant water guns.

 

country code philippines

Country code Philippines

If you are traveling around the Philippines you may eventually need to call out or have someone call in.  Whatever the case, you may want to take a look at the country codes of the Philippines and maybe zip codes.

The country code of the Philippines is 63.  Here are other additional information of zip codes and phone area code in some cities . http://efilipinowomen.com/country-code-philippines/

country code philippines

 

 

travel warning thailand

Travel Warning Thailand

May 20,2014 the Military took over to the country of Thailand due to its unsolved issue of future governance.  We were in the airport when this happened.  Luckily, no flights were canceled.  Well.. OUR flight was not canceled.

travel warning thailand

The U.S. Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens reconsider any non-essential travel to Thailand, particularly Bangkok, due to ongoing political and social unrest and restrictions on internal movements, including an indefinite nighttime curfew throughout Thailand. The Department of State has advised official U.S. government travelers to defer all non-essential travel to Thailand until further notice.  This Travel Alert supersedes the Travel Alert issued on May 23, 2014, and will expire on August 21, 2014. – US Consulate 

This has lead to curfews in certain places around Thailand which was lifted on 15 June 2014.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/21/travel/thailand-tourism-martial-law/

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/21/travel/thailand-tourism-martial-law/

ginza japan

ginza japan

ginza japan

Take this blog post as an official “Travel Warning”.  Giza will perform acts of terrorism on your WALLET!  Its too expensive and not at all recommended for DimeTravelers.  you have been warned.

I went to Ginza, Japan in 2009.  I was not there very long.  Once I saw the RIDICULOUS prices, I left.

Ginza 銀座 is considered the “shopping” district of Chuo, Tokyo.  It is very “upscale” and high class with lots of boutiques, restaurants and stores.

Its the kind of place that Paris Hilton or Kim Kardasians might shop for a weekend trip in Japnan.  Its not for normal people with an average income.

Giza is easily accessible from MTR Light Rail. 

http://www.mtr.com.hk/images/LR_routemap.pdf

Travel Warning Djibouti (June 2014)

Travel Warning Djibouti June 2014

Reference:  This warning comes directly from US State Department –> http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/djibouti-travel-warning.html

A travel warning in Djibouti for US citizens has been updated due to recent terrorist attacks.

US citizens and other Westerners that are currently in Djibouti are advice to cogitate for their personal security.

The U.S. Government are continuously receiving potential terrorist threats targeting Westerners and Djiboutian interests in Djibouti  Terrorist acts can include suicide operations, bombings (to include car bombings), kidnappings, attacks on civil aviation, and attacks on maritime vessels in or near Djiboutian ports.  Attacks may target official government facilities, including Embassies and military installations, as well as soft targets such as restaurants, clubs, and commercial entities.

travel warning djibouti 1

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Last May 24,2014, a restaurant packed with Westerners were attacked by two suicide bombers in Djibouti’s city center. One victim died and others were severely injured. Al Shabaab claimed responsible for this attack and renewed the stated intent to conduct similar attacks in Djibouti against both Djiboutian and Western targets. These threats have been going since 2011, following Djibouti’s commitment to contribute forces to the African Union Mission in Somali (AMISOM).

Us embassy has travel restriction for their employees in places like Menelik Area and are advised to avoid large gatherings in restaurants and other public places. these restrictions do not apply to non government employees. However, US citizens are encouraged to take the same safety precaution.

US citizen that are in Djibouti are advised to be alert and be aware at all times in residential areas, lodging houses, during outdoor events and generally in all public places.

U.S. citizens who travel to or reside in Djibouti despite this Travel Warning are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in order to receive the most up-to-date security information.  By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.  U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly with the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti.  U.S. citizens are also advised to monitor the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, and local and international news outlets.

The U.S. Embassy in Djibouti is located at Lotissement Haramous Lot # 350B, tel. +(253) 21-45-30-00. You can contact the Consular Section of the Embassy via email at ConsularDjibouti@State.gov.  For after-hours emergencies, please call +(253) 77-87-72-29 or 21-45-30-00.

U.S. citizens should also consult the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for Djibouti, as well as the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts, which are all available on the U.S. Department of State’s, Bureau of Consular Affairs website.  Travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada, or on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444 from other countries.  Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/djibouti-travel-warning.html

 

ayala cebu

ayala cebu

Ayala Cebu is located in Cebu Business Park, Archbishop Reyes Avenue in Cebu City (google Maps Link to Ayala Cebu).

Ayala Center Cebu is a a big shopping mall that has about 85,000 people per day and over 100K on the weekends.

Ayala Cebu features a movie theater, timezone gaming for kids, restaurants, and special events. It has a big grocery store at the ground floor with a  variety of imported goods.

ayala cebu

Ayala Cebu list of  restaurants:

ayala cebu 2

  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Dakasi Milktea
  • Red Mango
  • Gelatissimo
  • McDonald’s
  • Sbarro
  • Cyma
  • Bonchon Chicken
  • Jollibee
  • Army Navy Burger + Burrito
  • KFC
  • Pancake House
  • T.G.I. Friday’s
  • Pizza Hut
  • Goldilocks Bakeshop
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
  • Seattle’s Best Coffee
  • Banana Leaf
  • Rai Rai Ken
  • Gerry’s Grill – serves delicious grilled seafood and has wide choices of tasty meals. It is always packed so customers must reserve a table and/or arrive early before lunch and dinner time.
  • Bo’s Coffee Club
  • Kenny Rogers Roasters
  • Max’s Restraunt
  • Sumo Sam
  • Mochiko
  • Tater’s
  • Casa Verde
  • Bigby’s Cafe and Restraunts
  • Laguna Garden Cafe
  • La Maison
  • Spaghetti Factory
  • CnT Lechon
  • Cafe Laguna
  • Dessert Factory
  • Kublai Khan Mongolian Restraunt
  • Bistro Ecila
  • Island Grill
  • Kaona Grill
  • Oh Georg!
  • Ratsky
  • The Gustavian
  • Tsim sha tsui
  • Hukad (golden cowrie) restaurant – this is my top choice for Filipino cuisine. They serve delicious authentic Filipino dishes.
ayala cebu

chicken pandan :hukad restaurant

Ayala Cebu also has events.  Here are a few examples:

Sto. Nino Exhibit
Rotunda 2

Balik Cebu Party
Featuring: Handumanan
The Terraces

Karylle & Raki Vega Live
The Terraces

ABS-CBN Kapamilya Party with
Angelica Panganiban, John Prats
South Surface Parking

Aquarela
The Terraces

ayala cebu

ayala terraces

Grand Fireworks Display
Across South Surface Parking

 

Ayala POC: +63 32 231 5342

 

 

How to Get a visa for USA

How to Get a visa for USA

1/5 of all the worlds Immigrants come to the USA annually according to US census study. immigroup.com listed the US as the 5th most immigration friendly places in the world behind Canada, Germany, Singapore and Australia.  I would disagree and say that its number one! Immigrants and the children of immigrants are the most successful in the USA.  The US is a nation of immigrants.  The USA is FAR from perfect but the “American dream” is still alive and well for those willing to work hard, dream big and never give up.

how to get a visa for USA

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There are two categories of Visas for the US:

  1. Immigrant Visa
  2. Non-immigrant Visa

The Non-Immigrant US Visas refer to people who just want to visit the US but have no intention of becoming a citizen.  So categories would include:

Tourism & Visit B “Visa Waiver Program” ESTA Application

Business B Visa Waiver ProgramESTA Application

Employment EHLOPITN/TDJ

Study & Exchange FMJB

Immigrant US Visas are for those who have a plan to stay and become a citizen.

Immigrate “Family” “Intercountry Adoptions” “Employment Diversity Visa”

US Immigrant Visas

The chart below contains different purposes for immigrating to the United States, and the related immigrant visa categories for which information is available on this website. Select a visa category below to learn more:

Immediate Relative & Family Sponsored

Visa Category

Spouse of a U.S. Citizen

IR1, CR1

Spouse of a U.S. Citizen awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petition

K-3 *

Fiancé(e) to marry U.S. Citizen & live in U.S.

K-1 *

Intercountry Adoption of Orphan Children by U.S. Citizens

IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4

Certain Family Members of U.S. Citizens

IR2, CR2, IR5, F1, F3, F4

Certain Family Members of Lawful Permanent Residents

F2A, F2B

Employer Sponsored – Employment

Employment-Based Immigrants, including  (preference group):

  • Priority workers [First]
  • Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees and Persons of Exceptional Ability [Second]
  • Professionals and Other Workers [Third]
  • Employment Creation/Investors [Fifth]
  • Certain Special Immigrants: [Fourth]
E1
E2E3, EW3C5, T5, R5, I5S (many**)

Religious Workers

SD, SR

Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters

SI

Iraqis Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government

SQ

Afghans Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government

SQ

Other Immigrants

Diversity Immigrant Visa

DV

Returning Resident

SB

Important Notes:

*K Visas – Listed with immigrant visas because they are for immigration related purposes.

About this chart – This chart is a list of many immigrant visa categories, but not every immigrant visa category.

**Refer to the Foreign Affairs Manual, 9 FAM 42.11 for a listing of all immigrant visa categories.

US Non-Immigrant Visas

The chart below contains many different purposes of temporary travel and the related nonimmigrant visa categories available on this website. Select a visa category below to learn more:

Purpose of Travel

Visa Category

Required: Before applying for visa*

Athlete, amateur or professional (competing for prize money only)

B-1

(NA)

Au pair (exchange visitor)

J

SEVIS

Australian professional specialty

E-3

DOL

Border Crossing Card: Mexico

BCC

(NA)

Business visitor

B-1

(NA)

CNMI-only transitional worker

CW-1

(USCIS)

Crewmember

D

(NA)

Diplomat or foreign government official

A

(NA)

Domestic employee or nanny – must be accompanying a foreign national employer

B-1

(NA)

Employee of a designated international organization or NATO

  G1-G5, NATO

(NA)

Exchange visitor

J

SEVIS

Foreign military personnel stationed in the United States

A-2
NATO1-6

(NA)

Foreign national with extraordinary ability in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business or Athletics

O

USCIS

Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Professional: Chile, Singapore

H-1B1 – Chile
H-1B1 – Singapore

DOL

International cultural exchange visitor

Q

USCIS

Intra-company transferee

L

USCIS

Medical treatment, visitor for

B-2

(NA)

Media, journalist

I

(NA)

NAFTA professional worker: Mexico, Canada

TN/TD

(NA)

Performing athlete, artist, entertainer

P

USCIS

Physician

J , H-1B

SEVIS

Professor, scholar, teacher (exchange visitor)

J

SEVIS

Religious worker

R

USCIS

Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge

H-1B

DOL then USCIS

Student: academic, vocational

F, M

SEVIS

Temporary agricultural worker

H-2A

DOL then USCIS

Temporary worker performing other services or labor of a temporary or seasonal nature.

H-2B

DOL then USCIS

Tourism, vacation, pleasure visitor

B-2

(NA)

Training in a program not primarily for employment

H-3

USCIS

Treaty trader/treaty investor

E

(NA)

Transiting the United States

C

(NA)

Victim of Criminal Activity

U

USCIS

Victim of Human Trafficking

T

USCIS

Nonimmigrant (V) Visa for Spouse and Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) V (NA)

Renewals in the U.S. – A, G, and NATO Visas

(NA)

 

Travel Warning for Mexico reissued after US citizen killed

Travel Warning for Mexico reissued after US citizen killed

The U.S. Consulate General in Nogales, Mexico, on Tuesday reissued an emergency message cautioning Americans with travel plans to Nogales and surrounding areas.

Citing “multiple and ongoing credible threats,” the consulate asked citizens to put off any unnecessary travel.

The public caution was issued by the Consulate on May 25, a day before an American citizen from Tucson was murdered in Nogales.

travel-warning-mexico

map: gretawire.foxnewsinsider.com-

Spokeswoman Pooja Jhunjhunwala said the U.S. State Department was aware of the death of an American citizen in Mexico over the weekend and said officials are working with Mexican authorities on the case. Mexican media have identified the man as Jorge Luis Soto, 25, of Tucson.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada, whose county in Arizona borders with Mexico, said violence has escalated in the Mexican Nogales since last week.

According to azfamily  Mexico travel warning news, Jorge Luis Soto is one of the five people murdered in the violent weekend in Nogales.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/mexico-travel-warnings-us-citizen-killed-214628250.html;_ylt=AwrTWfysg4xTu0AAM3fQtDMD

http://www.azfamily.com/news/Mexico-travel-warnings-after-US-citizen-killed-261006761.html

cebu clubs part II

Our scientists and engineers here at the Dimetravel Institute of PartyRocking have done hours of research into the clubbing scene of Cebu.  What we have discovered more cebu clubs.

To see the results of our findings, you will have to go to Mango street and checkout the following clubs:

Club ULTRA is next to Club J Ave. It is an open pub with decent dance music in different.  There is not much room but they have some comfortable seats.  Overall, it’s a fun place and is ideal for groups of friends.  Less crowd and less hookers lol.

cebu clubs

Clubholic is another club in Mango Square. Most of the crowd consists of teenagers. The teenagers tend to go in big groups.  There are young Koreans and filipinos that frequent the club.  It is always packed every weekends as it is a hot spot for young people in Cebu City.

cebu clubs 2

Mango Square also has a few restaurants and fast food chains nearby like Jollibee, Mcdo and Chowking.

See Our Top 8 Cebu Clubs here.