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Watch – Level 1, Practice Usual Precautions

Updated: February 18, 2015

Learn more about Measles

What is the current situation?

According to the World Health Organization as of January 20, 2015, there were 18,597 suspected measles cases, including 6,498 confirmed cases, and no deaths in Vietnam during 2014.

CDC recommends that travelers to Vietnam protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles, particularly infants 6–11 months of age (1 dose of measles vaccine) and children 12 months of age or older (2 doses of measles vaccine). Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?

Get measles vaccine*:

  • People who cannot show that they were vaccinated as children and who have never had measles should be vaccinated.
  • Infants 6–11 months of age should have 1 dose of measles vaccine if traveling internationally.
    • Children in the United States routinely receive measles vaccination at 12–15 months of age.
    • Infants vaccinated before age 12 months should be revaccinated on or after the first birthday with 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Children 12 months of age or older should have 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Adolescents and adults who have not had measles or have not been vaccinated should get 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is nearly 100% effective at preventing measles.
  • The only measles vaccines available in the United States are the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and the measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccines. MMR has been used safely and effectively since the 1970s. A few people experience mild, temporary adverse reactions, such as joint pain, from the vaccine, but serious side effects are extremely rare. There is no link between MMR and autism

Practice hygiene and cleanliness:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups, with people who are sick.

If you feel sick and think you may have measles:

Traveler Information

We recommend having Travel Insurance 

measles

Updated: February 19, 2015

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LINK http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/measles-philippines

Learn more about Measles

What is the current situation?

According to the World Health Organization as of January 20, 2015, there were 58,010 suspected cases of measles, including 21,420 confirmed cases and 110 deaths in the Philippines during 2014. In the United States during 2014, 25 US travelers who returned from the Philippines became sick with measles. Most of these cases were among unvaccinated people. The World Health Organization and the Philippines Department of Health are working to control the outbreak, including conducting vaccination campaigns.

CDC recommends that travelers to the Philippines protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against measles, particularly infants 6–11 months of age (1 dose of measles vaccine) and children 12 months of age or older (2 doses of measles vaccine). Clinicians should keep measles in mind when treating patients with fever and rash, especially if the patient has recently traveled internationally.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?

Get measles vaccine*:

  • People who cannot show that they were vaccinated as children and who have never had measles should be vaccinated.
  • Infants 6–11 months of age should have 1 dose of measles vaccine if traveling internationally.
    • Children in the United States routinely receive measles vaccination at 12–15 months of age.
    • Infants vaccinated before age 12 months should be revaccinated on or after the first birthday with 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Children 12 months of age or older should have 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Adolescents and adults who have not had measles or have not been vaccinated should get 2 doses, separated by at least 28 days.
  • Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is nearly 100% effective at preventing measles.
  • The only measles vaccines available in the United States are the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and the measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccines. MMR has been used safely and effectively since the 1970s. A few people experience mild, temporary adverse reactions, such as joint pain, from the vaccine, but serious side effects are extremely rare. There is no link between MMR and autism.
  • See Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) for more information.

Practice hygiene and cleanliness:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean your hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid close contact, such as kissing, hugging, or sharing eating utensils or cups, with people who are sick.

If you feel sick and think you may have measles:

Traveler Information

we recommend having travel insurance 

Climbing Mt. Batulao

Hello.

Earlier this month, my boyfriend, my best friend and I climbed Mt. Batulao, a popular destination in Batangas with only 2,661 feet in elevation. It’s an easy climb, according to bloggers and true enough, it only took us 2 hours to get to the peak, and around an hour to get back down to our car. Before all that though, we woke up extra early so we could have breakfast at the popular Breakfast at Antonio’s. It was around 8 am when we arrived at the restaurant. The sun was shining, the cool Tagaytay breeze was very enjoyable and the food was simply delicious.

Breakfast at Antonio's Breakfast at Antonio’s

The view from the restaurant is the famous Taal Volcano, sitting silently on its lake.

Taal Volcano Taal Volcano

After our yummy brekky & coffee, we went to KC Hillcrest to park our car. According to some blogs, the tricycle ride from Hillcrest to the starting…

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An Overview of Birth Control Methods

The Childfree Filipina

With the limited sexual and reproductive health education most of us receive in grade school and high school, it’s no wonder that so many people have no clue which birth control methods are available to them and how much they cost. We have one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancies in Asia, and our population has ballooned to more than 100 million as of 2014. So I’ve compiled a list of readily available birth control methods in order of ease of access for regular Filipinos like you and I. This list is by no means comprehensive. Some methods like birth control pills and the IUD will be discussed more extensively in other posts. If you need to know more, follow the links provided, conduct your own research, and talk to your OB-GYNE.

Most stats here are based on the NYT article, “How Likely Is It That Birth Control…

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CHAPTER 13: Asik- Asik Waterfalls, Alamada, North Cotabato, Philippines

mountaingorillaboy

So this next article is probably about the most “exotic” place I’ve ever been, by far!

It’s newly discovered, totally undeveloped, unspoiled, very remote, to say the least.

I’ve only learned about this enchanting waterfalls located deep inside the heart of the island of Mindanao, in the Philippines, two days prior to my flight to Davao City. I challenged myself to go to a place not for the faint- of- heart and nature trip and, boy, I was totally awe- struck…!

Asik- Asik Falls Asik- Asik Falls

Asik- Asik Falls Asik- Asik Falls

After I arrived at Davao International Airport in the morning, about an hour and 45 minutes flight from Manila, I decided to spend a day before heading to North Cotabato, because I know I’ll be facing a battle getting to this waterfalls… Davao City is still consistently clean and well organised since my last trip here, years ago, but I have to say…

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Coron, Paradise of Phillipines

itjustinme

Nov 8 – 14 2014

My first abroad, my first stamp on my passport.
I flew from Jakarta in the middle of the night with the excitement for vacation. Headed to Manila, Philippines, then flew again down to Palawan island, Coron.
When I hit Ninoy Aquino International airport, was trying to call a friend to filled my 6 hours connecting flight. Apparently, he forgot that I was coming and slept during the day. There you go, I got stuck at the airport for 6 hours.  Didn’t want to go anywhere anyway I was afraid I got lost.

Coron

Map of Coron Map of Coron


I walked my first step on Coron, Palawan. Breathing a different atmosphere. There was vans waiting to deliver passengers to their destination for 150 pesos. The only ride you can get in the airport. While on the way, I mailed a friend who lived in Coron. His name is…

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FoodMetroManila

Satchmi 4th level, Fashion Hall, SM Megamall Satchmi 4th level, Fashion Hall, SM Megamall

I love drinking coffee but don’t really know anything much about it. I just tend to trust that the coffee shop knows what they’re doing and give me a cup that’s worthy of the price tag.

I call the Satchmi store as the Perfect Coffee Spot in SM Megamall because they’re not telling you they’re the best coffee spot. Heck, they don’t really tell you that they’re a coffee shop at all!

Epic wall display

This is easily my favorite part of the store to look at This is easily my favorite part of the store to look at

It’s really a music store that focuses on vinyls. They sell classics to the more modern artists, and a wide range of genre. I remember staying here one day and then the Frozen soundtrack started playing. And you know what? I actually liked it.

Enjoying coffee

The combination of good quality sounds, beautiful lighting and rustic design,  all with the fabulous coffee just make…

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General Visa Information

we are not lawyers and this is just general information on getting a visa , types, and what is required.  Check with you Country Embassy for more information.

its more fun in the phi;ippines

its more fun in the phi;ippines

Source official government page Its more Fun in the Philippines

ENTRY REGULATIONS

Starting August 1, 2013, nationals from 151 countries may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a maximum of thirty (30) days, provided they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines, and present a return or outward bound ticket to their country of origin or to a next country of destination.

Pursuant to the Bureau of Immigration’s Memorandum Circular No. RADJR-2013-006.

For the list of 151 countries, please click here.

Chinese Nationals, including citizens for Hong Kong and Taiwan, will need a special permit.

NOTES:

  • For passport holders who are allowed visa-free entry for a stay of up to 30 days: a visa is required for a stay exceeding 30 days.

HEALTH REGULATIONS

 

The Philippines is fortunate to be free from epidemics. The country remains safe from bird flu and foot-and-mouth diseases.

If you’re coming from an area where yellow fever has been reported, you’ll need a certificate of vaccination.

For more information, visit http://www.doh.gov.ph/

CUSTOMS

Before leaving the plane, you will be asked to fill out the Baggage Declaration Form.

The following items are allowed duty-free:
A reasonable quantity of personal clothes, jewelry, and toiletries
Two cartons of cigarettes or two tins of pipe tobacco
Up to two (2) liters of alcohol

The following items are prohibited:
Firearms
Dangerous drugs
Narcotics
Pornographic materials

The following items are regulated:
Transceivers
DVDs and VCDs
Controlled chemicals/substances/precursors

The following items are restricted and require prior import permits and health, sanitary or phytosanitary certificates:
Foreign agricultural products, such as animals, plants, wildlife
Their products and by-products, such as meat, eggs, fruit

Endangered species

“Balikbayans” have separate rules and should check with the Embassy or Consulate in their current residence.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE REGULATIONS

It is illegal for any incoming or outgoing passenger to bring in or take out Philippine Pesos in excess of P10,000.00 without prior authority from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Any violation of this rule may lead to the money’s seizure and civil penalties and/or criminal prosecution. (BSP Circular 98-1995)

The transportation of foreign currency or monetary instruments is legal. However, the carrying of foreign currency in excess of US$10,000.00 or its equivalent in other foreign currencies must be declared to a Customs Officer or the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Violation of this rule may lead to seizure and sanctions, fines and / or penalties.

For more information about Bureau of Customs Passengers Guidelines, visit http://www.customs.gov.ph/bustravel.php

Source 

Dept Immigration Philippines

Dept Immigration Philippines

for work or long term stay go to Bureau of Immigration 

Marriage, Work, Student, Extension of Stay, etc

 

Source US Embassy in Manila

Introduction

U.S. Citizens planning to enter and visit the Philippines for 30 days or less do not need a visa prior to travel to the Philippines, provided their passport is valid for at least 6 months and they have a valid return ticket. However, in excess of 30 days, U.S. citizens must either apply for a visa at the nearest Philippine Consular Establishments in the US prior to travel or upon arrival in the Philippines at the Bureau of Immigration(BI), Magallanes Drive, Port Area, Intramuros, Manila, (63-2) 465-2400. Limited services are also available from numerous BI sub-ports in these cities throughout the Philippines. stay)

        Marriage, Work, Student, Extension of Stay, etc

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Food Trip: Loriekot’s Lutong Bahay

Hello Saigon!

I am not sure from whom did I hear about Loriekot’s Lutong Bahay — but it must be from Facebook. And the more baffling fact was I only visited the place on it’s first year anniversary! It must be because it’s located near at the central business district where Filipino restaurants doesn’t seem to have had the luck to survive. Luckily, Loriekot’s defied all odds and celebrated it’s first year last Saturday. In fact, it caught Oi Magazine‘s eye and even printed an article about this Filipino venture.

So one time during lunch at the office, I decided to try it out. And honestly, I had a difficult time choosing from the menu. They had a list of well-loved Filipino dishes that I’ve been craving for a long time! I am no masterchef so I can hardly recreate most of the dishes in their menu. And they deliver, so joy of joys!…

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FoodMetroManila

Ground Floor, Eastwood Citywalk 2, Libis, Quezon City Ground Floor, Eastwood Citywalk 2, Libis, Quezon City

My girlfriend and I were walking down the Eastwood Citywalk and couldn’t decide where to eat. Then this beauty popped out of the blue, well not really.

Wingstop is just right after Rue Bourbon, this used to be The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf which was right across their bitter rival, Starbucks. It was only 9 am and the place opens at 10 and we couldn’t afford to wait one hour just to eat. So we were relegated to staring at the menu through the glass. We made an agreement to try it some time later and just went to grab some quick sandwiches. We already had our appetite set on eating spicy wings and were disappointed.

Their flavors are fly! Their flavors are fly!

If you’ve been reading some of the previous posts (I like to think people actually read them) you’ll probably understand why my girlfriend…

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FoodMetroManila

PenPen's Filipino Kitchen - Cubao Expo, General Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City PenPen’s Filipino Kitchen – Cubao Expo, General Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City

No. They don’t serve extreme food items here. What I meant about “faint of heart” was for those people that should not eat fatty, oily, possible-heart-attack-inducing dishes. Because they have a lot of that here.

Just reading this could actually cause some to feel a little skip in their heartbeats Just reading this could actually cause some to feel a little skip in their heartbeats

Just read that! Isaw, Bagnet, Tokwa’t Bagnet (they didn’t beat around the bush with that one), Chicken Adobo sa Gata, Aligue rice and pasta, and Penoy & Bacon Carbonara?!

Classic Filipino Movie Posters Classic Filipino Movie Posters

According to my research, PenPen’s Filipino Kitchen is owned by Indie Actor Ping Medina. He is the son of veteran Filipino actor Pen Medina. It’s a restaurant from a family of actors, but if they were going to do the movie poster theme for one central beam then why not do it in other parts…

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FoodMetroManila

8 Cuts Burger Blends SM Megamall 8 Cuts Burger Blends SM Megamall

Sister to the Burger Bar and with five locations (as of this writing), the place that began in UP Town center is now officially a metro manila staple. Thanks to the opening of Tim Ho Wan and Ippudo, the waiting lines have disappeared but the place still gets packed during peak hours. We got there one hour before the mall’s closing and we barely got squeezed into a table.

That's a bit of a stretch, Philippines perhaps? Or Metro Manila? That’s a bit of a stretch, Philippines perhaps? Or Metro Manila?

The name alone gets people’s attention. It’s derived from the eight cuts of beef from which 8 Cuts bases its awesome burger patties on: Chuck; Rib Eye; Short Rib; Sirloin; Brisket; Hanger; Flank; Ox Tail. I haven’t been to Burger Bar but they say that the only difference is the “8th Cut”, the Ox Tail, hence the name.

8 cuts_1They grind these cuts, then blend some…

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