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


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


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.


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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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


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.


  • 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.



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


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:
Dangerous drugs
Pornographic materials

The following items are regulated:
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.


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


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


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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