Comments for The Cycling Canadian Mon, 04 Jun 2018 07:20:38 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Getting a 30-Day Tourist Visa Extension in Indonesia by Richard Halliwell Mon, 04 Jun 2018 07:20:38 +0000 Well written and informative post. Very Deja Vu for me. While staying in Siantar I toyed with the idea of getting an extension. Walked along that very road the 5 or 6 kms to Imigrasi and got the information you describe. As you say – immigration offices are usually way out of town. Lower rents you think? THAT office? The padi and countryside starts about one kilo down the road. I’m sure it’s a ploy to give money to taxis .. becaks .. etc.
After consideration I took the fly-to-Penang option you offer. Not quite so cheap when you are up for 20,000 rupiah exit tax at Medan Airport though ….. …..
Having returned to Indonesia and made my way to Solo – Java I got a month extension there. At the Solo Imigrasi. Also a good walk after getting down from the bus to Solo Airport. Apart from needing three trips – when one would have done – it all went very smoothly. Without a sponsor being necessary!
Good on you for getting out there and doing something different in the age of French or German instagram gap-year hordes.

Comment on Extending Tourist Visa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Anonymous Mon, 28 May 2018 19:24:36 +0000 I think you are a very nice and generous person to share your hard-earned wisdom, saving others from having to endure similar hardship and jumping through hoops.

Comment on Day Nine – Super-Typhoon Yolanda by Anonymous Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:20:48 +0000 I can’t believe you disrespected these humans by publishing photos of their dead bodies on the internet. You should be ashamed. Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not shocked by the sight of them, but by the fact you posted them. Not even the basest rag of a newspaper would do this.

Comment on Pros and Cons of Trailers for Bike Touring by Caio Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:53:26 +0000 thank you a lot!

Comment on Getting a 30-Day Tourist Visa Extension in Indonesia by maria Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:06:44 +0000 In Bali officials tend to love tourists more so they do not give you such a hard time.
Going in and out has its own hazards and I believe the general rule nowadays is, that they will limit or refuse entry on the third try..

I enjoyed reading this post a lot and appreciate you compare the trouble we have to do to what Indonesians go through when travelling to or through Canada
Puts things in perspective

Comment on Extending Tourist Visa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by maria Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:57:54 +0000 thank you !!
Your post guided me through the process.
I had stated medical reason for extension and was questioned about that
The lady officer requested a letter from a doctor or she could only give me 30 she said. Then some guy stepped in and ordered her to give me the 60 days
I was very nervous through the whole process, even while most people were friendly

Comment on Day 37 Super Typhoon Yolanda – Mass Grave at Basper, a Concert, and Mosquito Torment by D. Richard Carlson Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:25:10 +0000 November 8 is my son Ryker’s birthday and he was turning 3. Letting you know this post is my first reading. While I find your observation with keen interesting and agreeing but daze at indifference. Wow. I am going to stick around and read more of them, especially on Typhoon Yolanda. I had felt the storm while living in Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao and saw fast-moving clouds swirled away above me. I will leave you my comment on your other Haiyan posts.

Comment on New Passport at the Canadian High Commission in KL by Doug Nienhuis Wed, 31 May 2017 08:29:38 +0000 There was no problem for me, but it was definitely an issue and something to take into consideration.

The entry stamp wasn’t carried over to my new passport. The new passport was completely blank, of course. Luckily, I had made sure to tick the box saying that I wanted my old passport returned to me along with the new one. I assumed I would need it since it contained my entry stamp into the country.

When I left Malaysia, I was pulled out of line and brought to a back office. I had to show them my old passport with the original entry stamp along with my new passport. They entered some information into their computer system. I assume they updated my records to reflect the new passport number. Then I was stamped out of the country (in my new passport) as normal.

They also told me that if I planned on returning to Malaysia, I should keep the old passport until that time. I did, in fact, return to Malaysia. I made sure to keep my old passport, but no one asked for it. I was able to enter Malaysia and then exit again with my new passport without any issue.

I don’t know if it’s the same for everyone, but for me, it was important to keep my old passport. I can’t remember where I got the information at the time, but I understood that I didn’t need to go to a Malaysian immigration office to have the entry stamp transferred. I was told that all that would be taken care of at immigration at the airport or port when I left the country. I just had to make sure to bring my old passport with me. And everything worked out fine. They’d clearly encountered this a thousand times before, and they had a standard procedure in place to deal with it.

Comment on New Passport at the Canadian High Commission in KL by Mike Wed, 31 May 2017 08:12:53 +0000 Excellent! One question … any problems leaving Malaysia? i.e., transfering visa entry stamp?

Comment on Bike Touring and Cycling in Taiwan by Mike Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:30:35 +0000 Wild camping or free camping in parks is the biggest draw of everyone so have talked to regarding cycling in Taiwan.