Coming from the tumultuous and temperate place like Metro Manila you would not imagine the Philippines to be home to over 7,000 islands with striking beaches and turquoise seas, which is why the mountainous regions up north are often forgotten
As sad at it seems that we need to prove to most western countries that we can afford to visit their promise lands with the hassle of producing all the financial documents that we have, not to mention spending time getting an appointment. I have so many rants in my head about this but probably will later discuss it on a later content.
This entry will be as straightforward as it is. We’ve summarized regions where us, Filipinos can enter their country visa-free!
- Brunei – No VISA; allowed for 14 days
- Cambodia – No VISA; allowed for 15 days
- Indonesia – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- Laos – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- Malaysia – No VISA; allowed for 14 days
- Myanmar – No VISA; allowed for 14 days
- Singapore – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- Thailand – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- Vietnam – No VISA; allowed for 21 days
- Azerbaijan – You will get a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 30 days
- Taiwan – VISA is actually required. However, if you’re holding a VISA for Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Schengen countries, United Kingdom and the United States, this is valid. This will then run for 30 days
- Georgia – You will get a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 90 days
- Hong Kong – No VISA; allowed for 14 days
- India – You will get a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 30 days
- Iran – You will get a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 15 days
- Israel – No VISA; allowed for 90 days
- JEJU ISLAND, South Korea – No VISA required, 30 days
- Macau – Visa not required – 30 days
- Maldives – You will be issued a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 30 days
- Mongolia – No VISA; allowed for 21 days
- Nepal – You will be issued a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 90 days
- Sri Lanka – You will be issued a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 30 days
- Timor Leste – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- Costa Rica – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- The Dominican Republic – No VISA; allowed for 21 days
- Haiti – No VISA; allowed for 90 days
- Nicaragua – You will get a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 90 days
- Saint Lucia – No VISA; allowed for 42 days
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – You will get a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 30 days
- The Turks and Caicos Islands – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- Bolivia – No VISA; allowed for 90 days
- Brazil – No VISA; allowed for 90 days
- Columbia – No VISA; allowed for 90 days
- Equador – No VISA; allowed for 90 days
- Peru – No VISA; allowed for 183 days
- Suriname – No VISA; allowed for 90 days
- Kosovo – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- The Cook Islands – No VISA; allowed for 31 days
- Fiji Islands – No VISA; allowed for 120 days
- Marshall Islands – You will get a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 30 days
- Micronesia – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- Niue – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- Palau – You will be issued a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 30 days
- Samoa – No VISA; allowed for 60 days
- Tuvalu – You will be issued a VISA upon arrival; this will be valid for 30 days
- Vanuatu – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- Burundi – No VISA; allowed for 30 days
- Cape Verde – You will be issued a VISA upon arrival
- Morrocco – No VISA
58 countries without acquiring a tourist visa. Go forth and wander.
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Disclaimer: Changes may occur over periods of time based on per country prohibitions so do check from time to time. We’ll try to refresh our summarize list every 3 mos.
“La Chinesca”, as known in Mexican history, gets its origin in the Chinatown neighborhood of Mexicali where that is the highest concentration of Chinese immigrants to date. They outnumber Mexican Nationals 10,000 to 700. The area which they occupy is called “Chinesca”. In Chinesca, it is common to see the Chinese try to preserve their Art, Food, and Culture thru festivities like calligraphy writing, movie showings, and food festivals. It is also a common sight to see the local restaurants adapt to the local tastes. This is perhaps the only area in Mexico where you can find Shark fin tacos, and a Chinese man wearing cowboy boots while having a burger and green tea.
The fusion of the East and South America is very evident in their food and culture. To bring this concept to light, Chef Bruce Rickett’s travelled to Mexico, the land of tacos, to learn more about the Mexican art of taco making. La Chinesca, is his passion project, to bring a bit of Mexico to home. I believe that this is what he tries to bring in his 19-seater restaurant in the middle of Aguirre St. in BF Homes, Paranaque. It’s very similar to his first restaurant Sensei, his initial venture into Japanese before the Mecha Uma and Ooma fame he has today.
It can be hard to find since there are no signages. Once you see Imbiss and Songkran it’s right across beside the organic place. Look for the wrestler sign and you know you’re near.
The space is quite small and can get loud when full. I recommend sitting by the window or by the bar so you can watch the chef in action. The walls are decorated with posters from different Hollywood films and icons from China, Mexico and some pop culture references that feature the taco.
Since we came early on a Sunday, there were still seats available.
Let’s get to the tacos. Once seated, they give you their menu where you simply tick off what you want. They then serve your their 3 sauces, the Salsa Roja, Chipotle, and Salsa Verde.
CARNE ASADA, 110 PHP
This taco with the hanging tender steak is quite similar to the steak they have at Sensei and Ooma. It then topped with esquites (a Mexican street food salad), creme and salsa. The steak is cooked very well, but I felt it lacked the texture of the usual taco I like. The flavors blended well together, but if you don’t eat it immediately it tends to crumble on your hand.
CARNITAS, 90 PHP
This taco had flavorful pork confit, bean puree, picked onions, roasted pineapple, and chicharon. This was very balanced in texture and flavor. The pork was well complimented by the sweetness of the pineapple, then tanginess of the pickled onions. The chicharon was a nice touch to add another dimension to the dish.
HUACHINANGO, 100 PHP
For their version of fish tacos, they use a battered snapper. The deep fried fish for me was a bit disappointing. Rather than a crisp batter, it seemed a bit soggier. The different sauces on the top complemented it well but lacking the texture we look for in fish tacos.
CAMARONCITO, 90 PHP
We’re not sure how I feel about this taco. The shrimp inside was fresh and delicious with the mozzarella, however, I didn’t like the small shrimp pieces they used to top it with the sesame leaf. It made the taste of the shrimp a little too fishy for my taste.
Insider Tip: We suggest you order one taco at a time, the soft tortilla crumbles after you add the sauce. It get’s a bit damp and the piece breaks. To enjoy the taco more, get it one by one, then eat while it’s hot.
La Chinesca throws away your typical notion of what a street taco is. In this true meeting of Eastern influences and South American taste, Chef Rickett’s combines both worlds in his use of ingredients and food preparation style. La Chinesca produces the bi-racial love child of China and Mexico with their unique tastes, textures, and combinations.
Call me old-fashioned, but we prefer the good old street taco with the grilled meats, chopped onions, and cilantro. But when we get a craving for something more refined we’ll find ourselves back in La Chinesca, and devour their unique tacos, guacamole, paired with a bottle of Corona.
- 248 Aguirre Ave., BF Homes
- Operating Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 11am to 2pm; 5pm till we’re out
- Contact Number: +632 738-0724
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There are moments in life when you just want to have that MEAT fix. You want to consume copious amounts of tender, tasty, and soulful meat. The grease and the sauce dribbling down your chin as you reach for another bowl of rice. For me, that day was today.
In an early age, I have already loved Japanese Yakiniku, and the craving comes every now and then. I usually go to Urameshi-ya in Little Tokyo for my yakiniku craving but the line has been horrible the last few times I went, I can’t fathom waiting for 2 hours just to eat for 30 minutes. Luckily, we now have Tajimaya(originally from Chiba, Japan) in Alabang Town Center. To be honest, even if I grew up in the area it was a bit difficult to find. Now, don’t be fooled, it’s there, but it can be a challenge to find to someone in unfamiliar.
So what is Yakiniku?
The term Yakiniku means “grilled meats” in Japan. In every sense, it is cooking associated to grilling meat equivalent to the western barbecue. Some kinds of meat are enjoyed with the “tare” or dipping sauce.
How to find Tajimaya:
Go to the courtyard in Alabang Town Center where Coffee Bean Tea Leaf is, then head up to the second floor and head over to Gerry’s Grill(corner restaurant), once there enter the corridor heading towards the next wing, you’ll find Tajimaya in the end of the row.
As I find myself in front of the restaurant, I can’t help but feel this burning hunger inside of me, for that piece of meat.
Their EAT ALL YOU CAN PROMO comes with UNLIMITED Beef, Pork, Squid, Special Sausage, Squidroll, Shrimp, Salad, Sangyu, kimchi, Namuru, and white rice. There’s also bottomless ice tea but better to skip this to make more room for the beef.
Now that we’ve ordered the only thing left to do is to make the “tare” or dipping sauce. I love yakiniku and for me the best sauce has a generous portion of minced garlic and a dollop of spicy paste, then pour in your yakiniku sauce mix and adjust according to taste.
Here comes the beef. The thin slices of beef and pork are of excellent quality. Everything was fresh from the seafood to the meat.
I love the fact that they use a charcoal grill as oppose to a gas grill. You can never go wrong with that chargrilled taste that creates this rich, complex, sweet and savory compounds on the surface of the seared meat. My favorite thing to do is when the meat is at medium, I place it on the dipping sauce and put it back on the grill creating that layer of crust that seal the flavor of the meat.
When having Yakiniku, it’s best to cook the pieces of meat, one at a time, so that you always have them newly cooked. The feeling of anticipation building up, with every bite. The savory, searing of the meat that caramelizes the edges sealed with the dipping sauce. This kind of craving deeply seated within all of us on a cellular level only satiated by the kind of quality meat and precise sear that each of us secretly desires.
One thing that I like to do is when you place your newly cooked piece of meat on a bed of piping hot rice and the crust and juices of the meat are transferred into the rice, for an even tastier flavor. This got me eating 2 bowls of rice.
Insider tip: Skip the squid roll, pork, and sausage. Order the beef, chicken, shrimp, and squid.
One of the things that I found notable in Tajimaya was their excellent exhaust system, you don’t smell like charred meat, mixed with sweat when you go out as compared to the other barbecue places.
This underrated yakiniku restaurant is sure to satisfy your inner meat cravings. Everything was fresh and was of good quality. The service was also very good, they are very friendly and attentive to their customers. As of now, there are not a lot of people flocking towards this hidden yakiniku spot.
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