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Getting a 30-Day Tourist Visa Extension in Indonesia

October 7, 2016 – 10:38 am
Pematang Siantar Immigration Office

I’m no expert in the process of getting Indonesian tourist visas and visa extensions, but I thought I’d share my most recent experience in case it might help someone else go through the process.( I don’t know anything about the 30-day visa on arrival. The following applies only to the 60-day tourist visa.)
Here are the brief facts:

The Horror of Cycling Into Cebu City

September 23, 2014 – 12:20 pm
Memories of Siquijor to keep me motivated while cycling into Cebu

Tuesday September 23, 2014
11:25 a.m. Cebu City
A lot has happened very quickly in the short time since the Aloha Pink House. The town of Carcar was only about 40 kilometers from Cebu City, but those 40 kilometers might as well have been 400. That’s standard for whenever you try to cycle into or out of a major metropolitan center. I had hoped that the traffic …

Riding to a Viewpoint Over Cebu

August 28, 2014 – 9:32 am
Cebu From Top Viewpoint

Street scene outside the window of this 7-11: four street boys sleeping on the sidewalk. Very dirty and dishevelled. Two little boys and one much larger boy. One little boy has no clothes except for an over-sized T-shirt. The T-shirt has hiked up over his body, so he is pretty much naked lying there on the street. His little butt cheeks are exposed to the …

The Bloom Is Off the Rose

January 29, 2014 – 12:28 pm
The immigration office in Cebu is very friendly, but they do ask that you dress properly when you visit

Wednesday January 29, 2014
6:15 a.m. Cebu City, Philippines
I’ve always been fascinated by dreams, particularly how my dreams tend to be almost fully realized movies with characters I’ve never met speaking languages I’ve never heard and saying things that, as far as I’m aware, I have no knowledge. These characters also say things that I would never say. Yesterday morning, I woke up just after one …

Visa Extension and New Parts for the Bike

September 27, 2013 – 12:39 pm
Typical Local Bus

My trip to the immigration office was successful. They remembered me from before, and I was greeted with the question, “Visa extension?” Pretty much any foreigner who shows up at their office is there for a visa extension.
Every time you get a visa extension, the fees are different. The first time is really expensive. The second time is less so. And the third time, the …

Feeding the Pig at a Local Farm

September 19, 2013 – 11:55 am
Motorcycles in the Philippines

I’m at my keyboard a bit early this morning – 6 a.m. – because I had/have plans to leave this morning. Unfortunately, another typhoon has formed. This one is headed for Taiwan, but it is still off the coast of the Philippines, and it is large enough that it is cloudy and rainy here. The weather might clear, but chances are it will get worse. …

Tourist Visa Extension Fun in Tacloban

June 15, 2013 – 1:34 pm
Tacloban Waterfront Market

I had some bread and coffee with the firefighters in the morning and I was back on the road. It was a tough day for me. I didn’t have to cover a huge amount of distance to get to Tacloban, but the traffic was very bad and I was just about going out of my mind by the end of the day. And when I …

Traffic on the Road to Tacloban

May 25, 2013 – 12:04 pm
Tricycle Driver

Saturday May 25, 2013
8:37 a.m. Tacloban, Leyte
Several days have passed since I last wrote in my journal and I am now in the large city of Tacloban, the capital city of the island of Leyte, the first large island south of Samar.
Leyte is separated from Samar by the narrow San Juan Strait. A bridge was built over this strait and connects the two major islands …