Archive for 2015

“The balikbayan box arose in the 1980s when Section 105 of the Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines as amended by Executive Order No. 206 provides duty and tax free privileges to overseas foreign workers ( OFW ) enacted by former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos due to resurgence of Filipinos working overseas.[citation needed] The […]

“Qatar today officially launches one of its most “significant” labour reforms to guarantee migrant workers’ wages. The Wage Protection System (WPS) aims to ensure that migrant labourers, many working on 2022 World Cup-related projects, receive their pay on time. Under the new system, workers will be paid either twice a month or monthly, and the […]

If you have ever applied for a Philippine Passport at the Philippine Embassy in Qatar, I’m sure you would have been frustrated at how the process works. Aside from a cramped space and long queue to get your photo taken, you have to make it a point to keep checking and calling the embassy if […]

I know by now, family and friends are wondering whatever happened to the San Juan Year End Letter, a tradition that we have started for our family and friends since 2002.  There have been a lot of gatherings and parties to attend to this holiday season and before we knew it, New Year’s Eve came […]


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It's been 10 years since the San Juan Family started their blog documenting their lives in this little spot called Qatar. Follow Chris, Mavis and Xianelle as they share what Doha has to offer.

  • xtian001: Your financial status matters as it is proof that you can support your stay in the country. [...]
  • yAm: Hi, Does the salary matter when applying for US visa? [...]
  • xtian001: It depends on a lot of factors like howmany would you be in a group, and how many days you would be [...]
  • Chamara: Please let me know that how much should i need to mentioned an acount balance for apply japan visit [...]
  • xtian001: Only the Embassy can help you with your case. [...]