I hesitated writing about my impending Japan trip since I haven’t got a Visa secured yet.
Finally, I can say (out loud and in confidence) that I will be spending my birthday in Tokyo. I can’t believe that something I’ve been dreaming of since I was 18 will now be a reality. In less than three weeks, I will finally see the country that I have loved since I was a teenager: the land of Voltes V, Arashi, manga, harajuku, sushi, Fuji-san and of panty-vending machines!
Even now, a day after I have gotten the visa, I am still smiling.
If you are from the Philippines, you will understand how hard it is to get a visa to amazing places like Japan, South Korea, Europe and even the US. I don’t blame the government of these countries for enacting strict visa rules. Unfortunately, there were some Filipinos who took advantage of the la visa system before and never returned to our country after their tour or trip abroad, choosing instead to seek employment there. What others see as a desperate chance to change their lives also spelled strict visa laws for us who want to just travel and explore the place.
I myself, am not rich — in fact, the lengths I went through just for this chance and opportunity is one for the books. Something I plan to share with everyone in another post just to prove that anyone can get a Japan visa as long as they follow the rules to a T. I have a lot of people to thank — for guiding me and accommodating me during the times when I was a wreck and trying to arrange my docs and finances.
Thank you for helping a young girl’s fondest wish came true.