ofw, POEA

OFWs and terminal fee refund

I unexpectedly received extra money at the airport today! I used the extra Php550 to buy some pasalubong (omiyage) for my friends back in Japan.  How? I got a refund of my terminal fee because I'm an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW). OFWs with Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) are exempted from paying  the travel tax and terminal fee when departing from… Continue reading OFWs and terminal fee refund

expat, hospitality, Japan, ofw

Those times when the Japanese hospitality just blew me away

What was I thinking leaving home where it's warm and comfortable? Did I really just quit a stable and well-paying job? Why am I even here in this foreign country surrounded by people whose language I still barely understand?    These exact thoughts were running on my mind while I was getting a pizza-looking bread from… Continue reading Those times when the Japanese hospitality just blew me away

Hiroshima, Japan, unplugged

Unplugged Part 3: Is this old Japanese guy asking me out on a date?

Can't wait to sit along the riverside with Noli I chatted a bit with the two Japanese women before they went on to distribute their tracts to other tourists. Not long after, a Japanese guy who was biking at the park approached me. He parked his bike in front of the bench where I was… Continue reading Unplugged Part 3: Is this old Japanese guy asking me out on a date?