On Saturday I met with a few friends who are foreigners who have been living for a long time in Japan. We talked about getting a work visa in Japan, and during our conversation they found out that my situation is different from their situation because of our passports.

Canadian passport (like American and Japanese) is powerful. Canadians can visit a lot of countries without getting a tourist visa. They simply need to buy a ticket.

For Filipinos it is much harder. When we want to visit Japan, for example, we have to pay for fees and apply for a tourist visa, which will give us only 15 days in the country.

I think the difficult of getting a visa is one of the reasons why many Filipinos don’t travel outside our country, but these days it’s changing. I think more and more people are traveling abroad, which is great thing.