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Old October 25th, 2019, 05:53 AM   #901
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Needs to be clarified:

As I understand it, you can go to Moscow / other places BUUUUUUUUUUUT you have to exit Mother Russia at same port of entry using e-visa.

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Foreign citizens who have arrived to the Russian Federation with e-visas have the right to freedom of movement within the territory of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation which they entered, with the exception of territories, organizations and facilities, to enter which a special permission is required in accordance with federal laws of the Russian Federation.

Foreign citizens should leave the territory of the Russian Federation only through checkpoints of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation which they entered.
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Old October 25th, 2019, 04:04 PM   #902
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"Foreign citizens who have arrived to the Russian Federation with e-visas have the right of freedom of movement within the territory of the constituent entity of the Russian Federation which they entered..."

That is certainly a territorial limitation. It means that an e-visa holder for entry into St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast, which is the type Filipinos can avail of, may only travel within the confines of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast.
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Old October 26th, 2019, 09:44 PM   #903
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I wonder what measures are in place to ensure that Filipinos who obtain such visas travel only within the confines St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast? I haven't been to Russia, do they check passports everytime a foreign national crosses a regional border?

Because if there are no such measures I mean technically you can enter St Petersburg and then go to Moscow via land (it's far I know) and then go back to St Petersburg to exit right?
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I don't think there are internal checkpoints/regional border crossings in Russia, at least for the purpose of checking visas. They may do random train checks, just like how a conductor would check if a passenger has the proper ticket (or visa, as I had experienced in Slovakia once). I guess it is possible to cross into other parts of Russia without any problem, if undetected. But there will always be the risk of getting penalized if you get caught.

I'm just assuming this is the case. The rules on the e-visa seem to suggest that entry and movement are limited to the places mentioned.
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Old October 27th, 2019, 06:06 AM   #905
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Sad GRAB experience

Singapore - Nagbibigay ng sukli and they even give you tips and a little info about the place.

Malaysia - Very patient driver and respectful. Despite of the traffic they are very cheerful. Nagbibigay ng sukli.

Pinas - Hindi nagbibigay ng sukli. Galit pa kesyo maling bay yung nabigay na meet up point. Isang tumbling lang naman ang layo bay 6 instead of bay 8.
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Old October 27th, 2019, 06:16 AM   #906
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Gawa din siguro they know they are a virtual monopoly now so no choice ka talaga - take it or leave it...
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Old October 27th, 2019, 06:24 AM   #907
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I wonder what measures are in place to ensure that Filipinos who obtain such visas travel only within the confines St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast? I haven't been to Russia, do they check passports everytime a foreign national crosses a regional border?

Because if there are no such measures I mean technically you can enter St Petersburg and then go to Moscow via land (it's far I know) and then go back to St Petersburg to exit right?
Yes. Even locals carry passport and police checked it from time to time esp. in the METRO.
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Old October 27th, 2019, 11:50 AM   #908
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More brands coming!

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Old October 28th, 2019, 01:47 AM   #909
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Sad GRAB experience

Singapore - Nagbibigay ng sukli and they even give you tips and a little info about the place.

Malaysia - Very patient driver and respectful. Despite of the traffic they are very cheerful. Nagbibigay ng sukli.

Pinas - Hindi nagbibigay ng sukli. Galit pa kesyo maling bay yung nabigay na meet up point. Isang tumbling lang naman ang layo bay 6 instead of bay 8.
Hindi lang grab may problema dyan pati pasahero. Ilang pasahero yung nakukupalan ako lalo na sa grabshare na kala mo paimportante na ang tagal bumaba ng condo or kaya tatawid na lang sa kabila di pa magawa.
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Old October 28th, 2019, 11:15 AM   #910
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Lahat ng Grab na sinakyan ko while I was in the Philippines for one month, ang babait. Respectful pa silang lahat.
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Old October 30th, 2019, 12:13 AM   #911
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Most PHil grab taxi drivers I've encountered are pretty well behaved. They do have a feedback option where you can complain if they provide a bad service. That probably will keep them in check since they don't want a negative review. I just came back from Singapore and Malaysia recently , my experience was Singapore taxi drivers are fair in their dealings but was surrpised that the Malaysian counterpart are worst than the PHil taxi drivers ,it seems they like to hustle and refuse passengers if it doesn't suit their needs.
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Old October 30th, 2019, 06:13 AM   #912
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On the other hand, this provision is news to me.
Looked it up here: https://evisa.kdmid.ru/

So, one can only leave/enter through certain ports. But can you travel to other places, say Moscow, except that you have to leave at the same port of entry (say St Petersburg)?

Getting a visa for RU used to be quite difficult. And one would need to have HIV test too. So this is one good news for all Pinoy travellers.
No, you can only travel inside St Petersburg (and any applicable regions). As for getting a visa, it is quite easy now actually. No need for proof of financial capacity, they just ask you for a paid plane ticket to and from Russia. HIV test is for long term visa only (e.g., study, employment).

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I wonder what measures are in place to ensure that Filipinos who obtain such visas travel only within the confines St. Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast? I haven't been to Russia, do they check passports everytime a foreign national crosses a regional border?

Because if there are no such measures I mean technically you can enter St Petersburg and then go to Moscow via land (it's far I know) and then go back to St Petersburg to exit right?
I was in Russia recently with an ordinary tourist visa, and yes it is true that the police do random checks. I got lucky though and never got checked in my entire stay (22 days).

When you fly to some of the constituent republics, your passport will get checked. For example, I flew from Moscow to Kazan (Tatarstan Republic) and they did check my passport.
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Old November 1st, 2019, 02:26 PM   #913
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Intramuros looks beautiful here.

Then they ate Chinese dumplings in Makati. If only they knew about Chinatown across the Pasig River...


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Old November 3rd, 2019, 07:56 AM   #914
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Itong pinay na bilib ako. Mas marami pang napupuntahan kaysa akin.

Is she travelling alone all the time?
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Old November 3rd, 2019, 01:43 PM   #915
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Sabi ko naman kamukha ni Jodi. Eh si Jodi pala talaga yan.
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Old November 8th, 2019, 06:42 AM   #916
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Philippines is now a major tourist destination.
Philippines joins first G20 tourism meeting
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is spreading its message of sustainable tourism to the world’s top economies as it joined the recent G20 Tourism Ministerial Meeting in Japan.
“The strong Philippine-Japan diplomatic relations, the active tourism promotions in Japan and the resounding feat of the Boracay Island rehabilitation have led to the historical invitation of the Philippine Department of Tourism (DOT) to the first G20 Tourism Ministerial Meeting,” DOT said in a statement.
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Old November 8th, 2019, 06:22 PM   #917
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International tourist arrivals in PH reach more than 6 million – DOT
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“The Philippines received a total of 6,161,503 visitors from January to September 2019, indicating a 14.37 percent increase from the 5,387,458 arrivals for the same period last year,” the DOT said in a statement.
For the month of September alone, a total of 606,553 visitor arrivals were recorded, which poses a 17.09 percent growth as compared to the 518,041 visitor count in September 2018, the DOT said.
“The figures look very promising, and we are glad that more tourists are visiting us in light of the accolades received by the Philippines and our destinations throughout the year,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
The tourism department said that South Korea remains the country’s top source market with 1,450,792 arrivals.
China claimed the second spot with 1,359,817 arrivals followed by the United States of America with 792,619; Japan with 518,211; and Taiwan with 252,578.
To note, the DOT is targeting to achieve 8.2 million foreign tourist arrivals by the end of this year.
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Old November 9th, 2019, 06:56 AM   #918
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My trip to Tawi Tawi

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Balaboc Cave


Wild monkey at Balaboc Cave, unfortunately out of focus


Bud Bongao






Not too distant relative






Very friendly locals




Panampangan




Simunul Arc


More friendly locals





Huge tree on Simunul island


Kuya Ladz


All photos taken by me. Feel free to share
This should also erase any doubt some of you had of my nationality

I highly recommend contacting Ate Sidang to be your host. She is a former tourist guide of Tawi Tawi and she will basically let you stay over in her house for free, treat you like her anak and cooks delicious food, wash your clothes and let you spend all your energy on entertaining her 5 beautiful children to the point where you collapse of tiredness
nah, they are all angels. And her husband, Kuya Ladz as you see above is a hilarious man with great sense of humor and is also a fisherman

And I'd like to share you some of the experience that annoyed the crap out of me. Probably all of you browsing this forum are Filipinos or from ASEAN. I doubt you will have much problem getting tours and such with Ate Sidang, but because I was a non-ASEAN foreigner, better said: young Caucasian, I was a special case.
Although ate Sidang is very good friends with a local SAF officer, I had all the security that was required by the LGU protocol, even if he was dressed in normal clothes and had no visible firearm on him at any time. But this still seemed to not be enough for the local tourist office, who harassed Ate Sidang everyday by calling her and saying she is not accredited, urging me to be sent to a hotel and instead have my tours arranged through them. This bothered me alot because it affected her and seemed like my presence only caused her trouble.

The key point here is that never before was she harassed like this she claim, even if she had some South African tourists a few years ago, although they were in their 60s and 70s. She joked that it's because I am so handsome But it's probably because the local tourist office felt jealous and betrayed because I initially booked through them but eventually realized that the pricetag for a single person would be way too much, so I settled with ate Sidang instead.
I did actually offer the tourist agency to arrange a trip for me to Sibutu and Sitangkai a few days prior to my arrival in Tawi Tawi, but they pretty much ghosted me, and as ate Sidang would be unable to arrange such herself, I was unable to go to those places which I had really looked forward to. To make things worse, during the second half of my stay there, the SAF was very busy and unavailable so I couldn't go to much places. We were supposed to go to a barter trade market in Batu Batu and pay the tourist office for that trip, but they apparently refused me
But the trip was still unforgettable and I loved it very much. It's probably just a divine sign that I should go back again

Also about the protocol with me needing escorts, it's just a protocol. It doesn't really mean that it's dangerous. It's just a measure because after all Tawi Tawi is in close proximity to Sulu, so one can never know for sure if these ASG savages are around or not. Because apparently the SAF guy told that they had received intel of 10 men around Panglima Sugala who were suspected of having mission to kidnap. But my biggest fear was getting kidnapped by the tourist agency and placed in a hotel There was nothing for me to be afraid of there

So in short: come to Tawi Tawi!



btw none of those girls are my gf lol
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Some drone shots. It's a Phantom 3 Advanced but upgraded with the Pro 4k camera. Unfortunately that meant the settings were reset so no pics were taken in RAW so they don't look that good


Panampangan


Longest sandbar in the Philippines


Bud Bongao with Bongao town in the background








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Old November 9th, 2019, 01:06 PM   #920
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Salamat for posting your photos and mini travel report.

This proves you are really puti and not puti-putian lang.
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