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Best and Worst Passports to Have

Best Passports   Worst Passports

It is not surprising that Germany, Japan and of course the United States would be on the top list.

Sadly, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, Brunei and Malaysia didn’t make it to the top 20 best passports list, but that’s alright, for as long as they could access at least Canada, NZ, UK and the Schengen Area without visa restrictions.

No passport is perfect, since countries like Japan and the United States have burdens to get a visa to Brazil or even Russia, which is actually something that South Korean passports are blessed with: Visa-free travel to Russia and Brazil.

But then again, why is South Korea not even on the Top 20 list?

Hmmm… I don’t think pre-arrival visa to China should be a hindrance, but I think Koreans from the ROK are very lucky to have a passport that could send them to a lot of countries without a visa. Also, they’re part of the visa waiver to Australia and the United States, therefore it shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Also, South Korea finally allowed multiple citizenship… but quota-based. However, they should adopt the “Ritenshon Shonin” in order for everyone to still have Korean citizenship in all aspects (so to speak, native South Koreans could still have Korean citizenship and American citizenship if they’re born in the US, and Koreans who were born in South Korea but naturalized in another country could still retain their Korean citizenship, and half-Koreans who are dual citizens since birth could still retain their citizenship no matter the cost will be–for as long as they’ll apply for permission to retain their Korean citizenship).

Also, if you’re a South Korean citizen, you could go to South America visa-free/visa-on-arrival, which American and Japanese passport holders don’t have (they both need visa to enter Brazil in advance).

Well, the only downside is that, South Korean passport holders cannot enter North Korea at all, since both countries are still enemies. South Koreans don’t really like going to North Korea at all, and they’re fine with it–as a matter of fact, many North Koreans who escape their own country fly to South Korea for good. Obviously, South Korea offers greener pastures and better quality of life, as opposed to North Korea.

By essence, South Korea officially recognizes North Koreans as South Korean citizens. If North Koreans escape from their home country successfully via the indirect route, this means that they become South Koreans for good. It’s a good thing that the ROK government resurrected its peace talk plans towards North Korea.

South Korea not making it to the top list… why?

South Korea is actually a latecomer when it comes to being one of the richest and the most developed countries in the world. It is one of the Asian Tigers, alongside Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore. Well, these Asian Tigers of course, has this freedom to travel without a visa. I really dunno why Brunei isn’t included in the Asian Tigers to make it five… hmmm…

Well, I just hope that South Korea will still develop its bilateral relations with other states so that South Koreans would travel up to 170+ countries without a visa. Speaking of which, it is possible that South Korea might as well continue its peace talks with North Korea so that South Korean citizens won’t feel tension with its rival state.

Other countries with travel freedom (but did not make it on the top list)

Australia, Greece and Iceland are the Western countries (though Australia is geographically a South-east country with a Westernized culture) that didn’t make it to the top list. It is surprising for Australia since its neighbor New Zealand surpassed it by making it to the Top 20. Other countries like what I have mentioned before (Malaysia, South Korea, Brunei, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore) also have this travel freedom reward.

To make the list… (check this list out if you want)

[Just remember, they’re not actually in order… hehehe]

1.) Liechtenstein – It didn’t make to the top list, but it still had the 100+ visa-free access.
2.) Israel – Though the Arab League is technically an avid “hater” of this country, this country rather is more rewarded than the Arab League states, in terms of travel freedom–it can access Japan, South Korea and the Schengen Area
3.) Mauritius – Surprisingly, this little island country in the southern part of Africa within the Indian Ocean allows its citizens to travel to the Schengen Area and Japan without a visa.
4.) Barbados – Same with Mauritius.
5.) Mexico – Same with Mauritius and Barbados, but what these three have in common is that their passports aren’t biometric (AWWWWWW…).
6.) Brazil – Though Brazilians need to enter Japan with a visa in advance, it could enter the Schengen area without a visa.
7.) Argentina – Same with Brazil, but its citizens could enter Japan without a visa.
8.) Chile – Same with Argentina, I think.
9.) Czech Republic – Of course, it’s part of the Schengen Area.
10.) Cyprus – Cyprus is fairly European, so to speak. And YES, it’s part of the EU.

So far, I base these things on how they could access the following territories (not necessarily ALL of them):

1.) European Union and the Schengen Area – Of course, to be fair this will include the United Kingdom and Ireland, and also non-EU member states such as Norway, Iceland and Switzerland (EFTA members, if not EU, lol). Eastern Europe is included if you’re talking about EU member states haha.
2.) South America – Visa-free access to South America is actually not-so bad after all, but once a country is rewarded visa-free access to ALL South American countries without a visa, this would mean that they have the same level as the Pope (well, almost).
3.) OECD member states (namely Japan and Israel) – If you’re one of the countries that could enter Japan and Israel without a visa (all of them), then you must be lucky.
4.) Countries with the most lenient visa policies (Philippines, Ecuador, Malaysia, Haiti, South Korea) – Well, Haiti seems to have the most lenient visa policy in the world, which will put Ecuador second to the list, and I’ll make a separate article about this one). Meanwhile, South Korea has eased their visa policies towards other countries (the Philippines is NOT lucky to be one of the countries that could access South Korea without a tourist visa, prolly due to the “Tago ng Tago/TNT” controversy–but when it comes to Israel, Filipino citizens could enter Israel without a visa at all), but there are some countries that need a visa to enter the Land of the Morning Calm.
5.) South Africa (and the rest of its neighbors) and the United Arab Emirates – Same thing with #3. No need to explain further.

Well, access to Vietnam, China, North America and Russia aren’t counted at all since it would be unfair to some countries included in the list. Remember, it’s actually very difficult to get a visa going to Vietnam (sources say), China (it’s easier getting a Chinese visa if you’re a Filipino citizen and China only allows 6 countries to enter its territory without a visa), North America (some countries need to access Canada with a visa, except if you’re coming from the EU/Schengen Area or a developed country in general; and the United States’s visa policies are much stricter compared to China) and Russia (ahhh… sources say it’s very difficult to obtain a Russian visa, but it still depends upon the country you’re coming from).

Worst Passports: Why Worst!?

It’s actually FAIR and JUST that China did not make it to the Top 20 WORST Passports list, even though it’s quite infuriating to possess a Chinese passport (just ask those Filipino-Chinese friends of yours who are not yet officially Filipino citizens, or their parents who are not yet Filipino citizens)–well, the reason why I’m saying this is because China, even though its citizens need to apply for visa to Ecuador and the Philippines, did not make it to the top 20 worst passports list is because at least it still has the “worth” in it. However, what makes it something not to be proud of is the controversial inclusion of its “disputed” territories which is of course possessions of Vietnam, Philippines and India. Also, China isn’t having a formal war with the United States compared to most Arab and Muslim states such as Afghanistan, Iraq… and you know the rest.

These countries actually restrict foreigners from entering their territories without a visa mainly because of the war that’s happening in their territory. I bet, countries that are actually having internal conflict cannot actually concentrate on bilateral agreements due to the fact that unending wars are still on-going. No wonder, South Korea actually didn’t allow its own citizens to enter these countries. The Philippines actually did this as well, to Filipinos who actually want to enter Iraq despite its status.

Well, these countries are actually having wars and conflicts, therefore the result: They can only access no more than 41 countries without a visa, which is actually more infuriating compared to possessing a Chinese passport.

Why is China not included in the list!?

I hate to say this, but even though China did not make it to the top list, other countries impose visa towards China is because there are a lot of illegal immigrants from China, despite its growing economy. Ecuador and the Philippines are imposing visas towards Chinese citizens due to the fact that everywhere, you see a Chinese person. Prolly at the end of the day, Filipinos might be the second largest ethnic diaspora next to China, or even surpassing them (unless the 1987 Constitution is burned to the pits of hell, haha).

Also, China imposes visa to other countries, which is actually more frustrating. Only six countries could enter China without a visa (Brunei, Japan, Singapore and Mauritius), but Wikipedia stated seven countries (Gawd, when will I stop relying too much on Wikipedia!?). Only diplomatic and official passport holders have the privilege to enter China without a visa, which is again, frustrating for ordinary passport holders.

Indicators of having a “good ordinary passport”:

1.) If a certain country has good diplomatic relations with other countries.
2.) Lesser numbers of an ethnic diaspora.
3.) Less people who overstay.
4.) Less people who stay illegally in a foreign country.
5.) Countries that have no internal conflict.

I actually do not buy the fact that the smaller and the richer the country, the more you could travel without a visa. Well, Barbados and Mauritius might not be as rich as the OECD founding members, but speaking of internal events in a country, it should be something that adheres with international standards.

What makes a good passport?

Visa requirements for British citizens

Visa requirements for Japanese citizens

Visa requirements for U.S. American citizens

Visa requirements for South Korean citizens

I have noticed that if you come from a developed country, you usually get lots of benefits if you are a citizen of the countries I have mentioned above. However, being a rich/not-so-rich but not-too-poor country doesn’t really mean you could already travel without any visa. I’ll show you more examples:

Visa requirements for Filipino citizens

Side Note: Even though South Korea has a lenient visa policy, the Philippines, however, isn’t included in its list in the countries that do not need visa to enter its territory without the visa, probably due to Filipinos “overstaying.” After all, I still consider a trip to South Korea a privilege.

And here’s the worst part…

Visa requirements for Chinese (mainland) citizens

This map shows that owning a Vietnamese or Iranian passport is even more valuable than owning a Chinese passport (most countries offer visa-on-arrival travel for Chinese citizens, only a few are willing to offer totally visa-free travel for Chinese citizens). Ah, the horrors of having 1 billion people residing in one big country… and overseas. But don’t worry, the mainland Chinese government is doing efforts to sign mutual visa-free agreement with other countries. Well, Filipino government officials should warn China that it should stop bullying the Philippines so that Chinese citizens could travel to the Philippines without any visa… like let’s say, for 14 days only.

Here, even though China is wealthier than the Philippines, Filipino citizens (like me) could travel without any visa in 58 countries. In the Philippines, you need to get a visa before travelling to other countries such as Japan, the US, China, Australia and of course, South Korea. As a matter of fact, only the privileged ones could afford getting visas.

Diplomatic Relations Matter

Visa requirements for Israeli citizens

If you happen to be an Israeli citizen… I have to warn you guys that there are some countries that despise your country. Hmmm… well, not saying that it is oppressive to be an Israeli citizen, but other countries view it as “occupied Palestine” since these countries that have an obsessive form of hate towards Israel are mostly pro-Palestine. It’s not the fault of Israeli citizens that some countries despise them, but the Israeli government is actually being oppressive towards Palestinians. I hate to say this, but if the Jews should have their own country, they should have been friendlier towards Palestine and Palestinians rather than oppressing them. Until now, there are some non-Arab people that has a negative view on Israel.

Though holding an Israeli passport has an oppressive side, lemme tell you that you have the opportunity of visiting most of South America, Japan and the EU/EFTA/Schengen Area at the same time–which means that holding an Israeli passport is similar to holding a Hong Kong and Macanese passport. Some Israelis might accept this fact, but some think that there should something be done in order to allow Israeli citizens to travel these states.

It’s a good thing that there are countries that simply impose visa rules towards other countries, rather than rejecting their passports. It means that they maintain good relations with one another, even though they bully other countries. For instance, China and the Philippines. Even though the Chinese government despises PNoy, they still welcome ordinary Filipino citizens to enter their country (provided that visas are already in Philippine passports). There is no such thing as “obsessive hatred” against each other, despite the territorial dispute controversy between China vs. its neighbors.

No wonder, I still look up to China despite being a bully country. Well, the reasons why the Philippines has good ties with other states and nations is because the Marcoses and former President Gloria M. Arroyo made efforts to make friends with different world leaders. Look at PGMA, even though she broke her promise with former US President George W. Bush, the USA and the Philippines are still allies. The yellow oligarchs cannot actually do that–you have to say something GOOD about the country and not bully the Philippines just to get close to them.

Best Passports have good diplomatic ties with other countries as great powers

Most countries in Europe and North America have the best passports mainly because they have the most stable form of government and has the power to exercise their policies to influence everyone. No wonder, many Filipino citizens opt to be dual citizens to travel without any restrictions. They may use their Philippine passport to travel towards the rest of Southeast Asia, but they’ll need their other passport to travel to Europe.

Worst Passports actually do not offer security and safety for tourists

Well, not all countries aren’t too dangerous for the traveller, but you see, political turmoil actually is a distraction to allow their citizens to enjoy visa-free travel. However, there are countries that really impose visas to almost every country in the world, that’s why in return, countries who suffer on their visa policies have their revenge (lol).


I have a question for you, guys. If you happen to be a dual citizen and your other country requires you to choose just one citizenship at the legal age, will you accept this fact or not? Why or why not?


1.) One citizenship of yours allows you to travel in 170+ countries yet requires you to choose one citizenship while the other allows dual citizenship but only lets you travel to just 60+ and below countries. (Or the other way around)

2.) If you actually need to apply for permission to retain your other citizenship to remain dual?

Chinese Passport, World’s Worst?

From YouTube:

China’s passport, with few visa exemptions and many restrictions, has become an obstacle for Chinese citizens going abroad. As widely stated on the Internet, Chinese passport is the world’s worst passport. Some scholars believe this awkward Chinese passport situation is due to CCP regime’s tight restriction on the port of entry to its own citizens and also foreigners, by means of political censorship and so on, in the name of stability and security of political power.

In mainland microblogs, it is widely spread that the Chinese passport is considered one of the world’s worst passports, with visa exemptions in only 18 countries, 14 of which are in Africa. A visa is also required even to Hong Kong and Macao. A Hong Kong passport enjoys visa exemptions in 135 countries, Taiwan passport to 124 countries. What a pitiful so-called ‘great power.'”

A survey on the Chinese passport was published on the internet.

It indicated that nearly 80% of internet users shared the feeling of helplessness for the very few visa exempt status of Chinese passport. They believe that the lack of respect for its own citizens has resulted in not being trusted by other countries.

In Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index-Global Ranking 2010, China ranked 88, ahead of only four countries, Pakistan, Iran, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

China’s visa waiver reciprocity agreement is only valid for diplomatic and official visits to other countries. The only full visa exemption other than China is San Marino in Europe. This small country is famous for tourism, but owns an airport for small planes only. Foreigners would generally fly to Italy before entering this country. Therefore, to the ordinary Chinese, this only “mutual exemption” country serves no practical meaning.

Former lecturer at the Law School of University of Public Security, Zhao Yuanming, believes the strict control of Chinese travel is due to the fact that CCP’s ideology is different from the majority of democratic countries in the world.

Prior to 2002, the application for a Chinese passport was very tedious.
Although the application procedure was simplified in 2002, political review is still required.

Zhao Yuanming: “The Chinese people, even with a Chinese passport in hand, still suffer much restriction, not to mention the many regulations and hardship in the
process of application. These mainly serve the CCP to rule. “

Upon learning that the Governor of Calif. was coming to visit, Zhao Yuanming believes the CCP not only restricts its citizens going abroad, but also restrict foreigners going to China. Under such conditions where other countries receive no reciprocity, these countries usually won’t have visa-free policy to China.

In 2003, the CPC for the first time unilaterally offered visa-free treaty to Japan, Brunei, and Singapore. In addition to the mutual full visa-free policy to San Marino, as of today, the Chinese Communists opened all visa free policy to four countries only.

Zhao Yuanming: “Communist regime fears not only their own domestic people, but also people in other democratic countries around the world. Therefore it has a different visa management style from other countries. Other countries mean to facilitate to enter and exit the country to their citizens, and to facilitate their travel to the world. The Communist regime doesn’t. It is to facilitate the control.”

According to the information provided by Delta Airlines, the visa and passport information provided by the International Air Transport Association indicated that there are 43 countries implementing visa-free or visa upon arrival policy to China. However, China only provided such policy to less than 15 of them.
This means that if the landing country the Chinese people apply for does not belong to those 15 countries, even if the landing country provided a visa-free or visa upon arrival policy, the Chinese people are not allowed to leave China.

NTD Reporters Zhou Yulin, Li Mingfei and Xiao Yu

I hate to say this, but being a citizen of mainland China has its pros and cons. The cons however, would be: Restrictions to travel towards other parts of the globe.


If you are an American citizen, of course, you could travel to a lot of countries without obtaining a visa–except if you’re going to China.

As a matter of fact,


Speaking of visa-free travel, only 6 countries (that is, according to Wikipedia) are allowed to enter China without a visa and these are countries who officially do not recognize multiple citizenship. Birds of the same feather, flock together, huh?

According to the Indian New York Times:

Nine out of the top 10 countries in the index are members of the European Union, with the United States the only non-EU member. Among Asian countries, only Japan figures in the top 20. Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea are the other Asian countries that closely follow Japan on the list. Conflict-prone countries like Egypt and Iraq are toward the bottom of the list, several positions behind India.

Yes, among Asian countries, yes, I have to agree that Japan is the richest country in Asia, speaking of over-all GDP, and they get the best of the best: Visa-free travel to 170 countries. No wonder, there IS a reason why I wrote an article about Japan allowing multiple citizenship in a Gaijin’s POV. As a matter of fact, each and every booming economy should sign mutual agreements with other countries to impose visa-free travel.

China has to fulfill its promise to its citizens to allow visa-free entry to a lot of countries–and it should also ditch out its restrictive policies towards foreign citizens for good. After all, China is opening itself to the world, right? Even though it is bullying its Asian neighbors, China should at least start the mutual agreement to grant its citizens visa-free travel. After all, it is shameful for such a big economy to have a bad passport (well, there are poorer countries with better passports than China, for instance, the Philippines).

No wonder, many celebrities from mainland China either opt to living in Hong Kong instead (Zhang Ziyi, Tang Wei, Faye Wong) or relinquish/renounce their Chinese citizenship (Gong Li, Jet Li).

It’s actually sad to say that being a Taiwanese citizen or being a Hong Konger or Macanese have better travel opportunities than mainland Chinese citizen. Though Hong Kong isn’t really my personal favorite foreign land (it’s only another vacation spot for me), it’s quite a relief that once you reside in Hong Kong as a permanent resident, you automatically have visa-free access to different countries in the world–but you still need a pre-arrival visa to the United States.

Also, in Hong Kong, you don’t actually need to be a Chinese citizen to obtain permanent residency in Hong Kong. Remember, it is a Special Administrative Region, meaning to say that it is a quasi-country. Usually, SARs offer permanent residency status AND once you obtain that status you get a passport–but you have to be a Chinese citizen who permanently resides in Hong Kong just to have one (Aww… sad but true). Jaycee Chan actually relinquished his American citizenship just to be a Chinese citizen… living in Hong Kong, that is.

Too bad mainlanders cannot have this visa-free travel freedom. But it’s up to them whether they should rather reside in Hong Kong and obtain permanent residency status just to have this visa-free travel privilege. During my recent visit to Hong Kong in 2009, many Hong Kongers cannot speak proper/decent English–since in Hong Kong, speaking in English is optional (just like Tokyo, Japan, sadly), but in Singapore, speaking in English is quite mandatory (Gong Li chose Singapore just for her husband’s fambam, but I think there are reasons deeper than that).

So far, if the People’s Republic of China fulfill its promise to negotiate with other countries for bilateral visa-free travel agreement towards Chinese citizens, its 10-year passport won’t be wasted.

“Look East”: A Chinese dream for an African student

Monalisa Moyo is a Zimbabwean national who is a Miss Africa candidate studying in the University of International Business and Economics in China. She is almost fluent in Chinese, and is planning to be the ambassador from Zimbabwe to China.

She’s very lucky that she didn’t experience discrimination in China. Okay, so to speak, China is somewhat very regionalistic when Filipinos visit the country, but for people of African descent (notably black people) would usually stand out. Maybe because the Chinese are very eager to welcome foreign people, no matter what the race or ethnicity is.

I really salute this person, at least she has a strong personality. (;

A counter-argument regarding F. Sionil Jose’s anti-Chinese sentiments

Guten Abend! Ich bin fertig fur Brief schreiben — ja, ich suche fur Brieffreunden. LOL.

Pardon me if I’m not that good in German yet — maybe you’ll hear me say, “Ach, es ist 8 Uhr! Ich muss froh sein!”

Not being too much of a Europhile, but anyways, I have read this counter-argument against F. Sionil Jose (OH MAN! You must be crazy!).

The article|The Chinese character for “death.”

I believe, F. Sionil Jose’s view on the Chinese people is merely a sign of xenophobia. Well, not so.

Of course, that also means that having white skin doesn’t make you a “wannabe white person.” This also means that being “dark” or “tanned” for the white people doesn’t really make them wannabe Latinos.

Granted, the Chinese are said to be rude (check out these profit-oriented shops in Beijing, Singapore and HK!) and profit-oriented, but elite Chinese people won’t ever patronize cheap, low-quality China-made stuff. Also, being Chinese doesn’t even make you filthy rich or traditional, or even speak Fukkien at all!

Generalizing the Filipino-Chinese community as “exploiting foreigners” does not make you a patriot at all. In fact, “ethnicism” isn’t going to make you more than patriotic.

Paraphrasing Kenneth Duncan,

Filipinos of Chinese descent are sent to Chinese schools to learn more about their heritage, but there’s no such intention of being loyal to the country of their ancestors which they’re not really familiar with. Not all Filipino-Chinese can afford to study in a special language school, and there’s nothing wrong with Chinese schools — in fact, countries like Indonesia are supporting and promoting them!

Correct, and the fact that the Chinoys send back their remittances to China, Taiwan or Hong Kong isn’t (that) true after all. Kenneth Duncan stated that these Chinoys can hardly trace back their ancestral roots in the Sinosphere, which is quite true — after all, famous Filipinos who bear a Chinese surname, pure Chinese or of mixed ancestry — are apparently more loyal to the Philippines and they choose to stay here to grow their businesses. Now what’s wrong with that, right?

Some wealthy Chinese people even marry Filipinas of native or mestizo/mestiza descent and let their children roam around in a Filipino environment — famous Ateneans such as Tricia Gosingtian may be half-Chinese, but they’re Filipino on the inside. They even promote their styles and works of art in representation of the Philippines and NOT the Sinosphere. They cannot even speak Fukkien at all. As a matter of fact, these wealthy Chinoys are actually more Filipino than Chinese.

To Lieber Herr Jose,

I think it’s time for you to re-think your path as a writer. Degrading the Filipino-Chinese community does not help the nation prosper in any way. In fact, being against the Chinese in the Philippines does not make you even moooooore patriotic. Granted, some Chinoys are really hardcore Sinophiles, but that’s the way for then to preserve their culture. There won’t be such thing as Chinese New Year, hopia, siomai, siopao, noodles, Peking duck, paputok, F4, Meteor Garden, Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Huawei or anything Chinese if you’re only going to say that.

If China or the concept of “Sina” never existed, there would be no Kanji or Confucianism at all. What makes family bond together in East Asia is the Confucian belief of valuing family. However, being family-oriented is very Asian, which you don’t even see in most Western countries. Countries such as Italy, Germany, Australia and Canada are best examples of Western places that practice the value of family, even the United States is trying to promote family values as a payback to the people’s choice. If your folks taught you not to love the other races of people around you, think again. If you were educated at public schools, then they must have taught you the essence of embracing and mingling with people of different backgrounds. If you are half-Chinese or half-white, Filipinos around you are expected to err, mingle with you and consider you as their own, rather than letting you feel that you’re different. The funny thing is, half-white people who absolutely have NO trace of Filipino features will be worshipped and hailed as a “god/goddess.”

I also wanted to learn Mandarin when the Taiwanese F4 made it to the Philippines. Even Vic Zhou only speaks Mandarin and Fukkien at the same, at mas lalo pa nga si Jerry Yan, eh! After all, you don’t need to be a Chinoy to study in a Chinese school.

Kung tutuusin pa nga, CCTV (China Central Television) is already provided when you subscribe to SkyCable, Home Cable, Sun Cable, Destiny, and many more. CCTV is also in HD quality and at the same time, it offers programs besides Chinese — English, Arabic and Russian, to name a few.

CCTV in Russian|Her Russian is even better than Sharapova’s!

CCTV in Arabic|This Chinese dude still managed that sexy voice!

CCTV English|Australian English at its finest!

Side note: Give me a German version this time, please!

Alongside Deutsche Welle, NHK, KBS World and Australia channel, you don’t need to pay extra bucks to subscribe to those channels. Can TFC err… do that!? I don’t think so… I also have doubts with GMA PinoyTV if they could make it overseas without paying extra bucks for subscription.

These channels are very influential and they prove that they’re really wealthy enough to spread the word without even being paid for exclusive purposes. HAHA!

With regards to CCTV itself, their programs are of course, in Mandarin Chinese. YES — with regards to Putonghua, it’s the most melodic of all the languages of China. How melodic? Well, Chinese women speaking the language are really refined and they really communicate with finesse. Also, most Taiwanese people speak Mandarin, alongside with their native Taiwanese Fukkien. Since Mandarin is only composed of four tones, it’s not that hard at all when you master the language (unlike Fukkien and Cantonese, which has eight and six tones, respectively).

Now I really do understand you, Herr Jose for switching to Mandarin after you learned Cantonese. Surely, Cantonese is much more difficult because of the six tones, but don’t you know that it came first before Mandarin? Yes, Cantonese may be first before Mandarin, but Yue (other term for Cantonese) is also an official language in Hong Kong. I also believe that it is also spoken in most parts of Guangdong, particularly Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Even Jackie Chan’s accent is obviously Cantonese, and it seems that he’s even more comfortable in speaking Cantonese than Mandarin (his Putonghua has a hint of Cantonese accent as well, too bad). However, China’s government puts importance on Mandarin over the other languages of China is because of its rich tones and ease of use. You’ll feel yoga, Buddhism and a calm aura when an old woman speaks the language. After all, the Chinese language is almost everything — from the food that you eat, from the tea that you drink towards their rich cultural heritage.

Despite the controversies surrounding China, it is still a mysterious place, despite its pollution in the cities. Also, the Sinosphere does not forget to turn back to its rich cultural history, despite being modernized.

I am not a China expert

…but this might help me a lot since I’m going to tackle about trade relations between China… and guess what the other camp is!

Shanzhai industry in China: A Closer Look

China is known for its mercantilist policy and for its errr… closed markets (well, not really “closed” because it opens its markets in a limited form) and of course, its reputation for counterfeiting genuine products.

Now let us take a closer look…

Part One of the Shanzhai Documentary

Part Two of Shanzhai Documentary

It should also be taken note that the Chinese society have a reputation for being profit-oriented. Okay, I’m not going to be negative this time, since most of the designs of genuine products actually originated from the fake ones. Think about pirated CDs coming first before the original ones.

So it’s no wonder that when you visit China for a shopping spree, there’s a very high chance that you’ll really get fooled by profit-oriented sellers. They would magnify the fake ones and comment that genuine products are “toys.”

Now what are the toys? China phones that have designs of Hello Kitty and a cigarette box. HA, even those with SpongeBob designs might be like from China.

Now what are the features of a China phone that you cannot even find in costly, genuine brands?

Dual SIM card slot feature – This is an original Chinese innovation. I’m not joking about this, most genuine brands relied on the “single SIM policy” since they focus more on quality and their target consumers would be normal users, not hardcore power users, geeks and errrrr… inventors. However, there are a few popular brands who eventually adopted the dual SIM feature — but most phones still stick on the single SIM thing.

TV – Television feature isn’t even present in most genuine brands. Most genuine brands won’t ever place “TV” on their products for no apparent reason. Maybe for them, it would turn out to be bulky, but it should not matter if they still want to develop their own products.

Cheaper price – Of course! What do you expect?

More colorful, creative designs – The reason why most genuine brands would design their products in a boring way is because they want it to look “more professional-like.” Now who wants to bring a phone that looks like a Pikachu in the corporate world?

Not only mobile phones — tablets as well

Tablets such as the iPad isn’t also spared in the Shanzhai industry. However, businessmen who runs a firm that produce these fake iPads/tablets claim that their technology came first before the iPad launch. Now there is more than one side of the story…

1.) Bill Gates introduced the tablet computer in around 2002 – Nobody did noticed it or praised it at first. Well, the tablet PC was introduced FIRST long before the iPad came. However, the tablet PC’s design was oh-so business-like and too geeky, unlike the iPad, which is sleek and stylish, and looks like an elitist, futuristic wonder.

2.) This dude who makes tablets claimed that his technologies came first before the iPad launch. He even had these products exhibited in Germany. Well, what do you expect, Western exploitation at its finest. I ain’t blaming Western brands exploiting Asian countries who offer a cheap cost of labor, but this is reality: Fakes come first before the genuine one, and I have no idea what that term/theory is… lol.

3.) After the iPad launch, several fake iPads (aka iPed/s) came into the market, running Android. Now I was wondering if Android was fake, but it was after all a Google mobile OS. So the Galaxy Tab adopted Android and the rest is all history. Now you know why Apple filed a case against Samsung — for its despair to dominate the market (now I am not pro-Apple or pro-Samsung, but what matters most is consumer preference).

Moral of the Story: Don’t simply be kiss-arse to these Ch*nks

Sorry for the term, but if you have MORE Chinese friends who are businessmen (not to generalize the Chinese diaspora) compared to friends of your own ethnicity, please make sure that you get your facts straight, because most of these people are actually profit-oriented. Dealing with them isn’t that hard, if you’re only wise and witty enough to think they’re wrong. LOL.

Now remember the dude who said that “the real iPad is a toy.” Now where did he get this “fact”? Alright, if I once said that Western firms usually claim their designs as original, in response to the original “fakes,” well, people would still choose the branded one. It’s a waste of money if you buy the fake one if you could actually afford the more genuine product. Also, to think that some of you are from the middle-class society, I think that you’re lucky because people like you (alongside with the elite class) have the opportunity to at least, follow copyright law. This isn’t implemented that much in the Philippines due to its status as a low middle income country, but just so you know, it’s more of an opportunity than of a right.

I’m not saying that you should NOT buy the fake ones. What I’m trying to say is that, customer care and warranty really matters when having these fakes fixed. Also, it should be taken note that the Chinese diaspora in the Philippines (or in other places in the world) won’t ever dare support fake products (most of the Chinese are in the middle- to high-income social status). To distinguish between profit-oriented business and quality-oriented business may or may not be difficult, but when you visit first-world countries with a VERY HIGH cost of living (in other words, an expensive country), fakes are often confiscated, such as fake bags in Japan, or maybe fashion police arresting people wearing fake brands. I highly doubt that Japan has fakes, despite the fact that it’s near China through its southern half (to name a few, Fukuoka, Okinawa). If this is true, I think it would be safe for consumers who follow copyright law to shop there.

Shopping for gadgets TIPS in the Philippines

Alright, it is really to love my own, but the Philippines is a very good place to shop. No joke about that, since you’ll really be welcomed by sellers who at least, respect your decisions and tell you the advantages and disadvantages rather than to show off their profit-oriented behavior through ranking which is “better.” Okay, I’m after all, a power user.

HAHA, I know this shouldn’t be in the blog post but I ain’t showing any form of superiority complex. This is a matter of honesty vs. delusioning, so I’m being honest right here.

1.) Always shop on places like malls – Okay, this is the most delicate thing. If you’re going to shop in malls, make sure that you’re entering high-class malls such as SM, Trinoma, Rockwell, Eastwood… 100% sure, you get the genuine ones.

2.) Do some research – A friend or two does not help if there’s no such thing as the Internet! Also, read gadget magazines such as “Gadgets Magazine” and err… hmmm… I dunno if T3 Mag is still alive but uhh… never mind.

3.) Always ask for advice from people who are power users, or who are interested in the field of gadget reviews. This is often the problem when meeting profit-oriented sellers (who are mostly self-centered HAHAHA!) — they would tell you that do not trust a friend, but in some cases, Filipino sellers won’t do that, alright.

4.) Of course, shopping is more fun in the Philippines – “Love your own” moment again. Of course, you’ll like it when you’re treated without any discrimination at all. After all, this is the Philippines!

5.) But please be careful as well… and take note that even sellers make mistakes too! Compare Filipino sellers to Chinese sellers, they treat gadgets with care compared to the latter, because in me personal experience (LOL, not again!), my camera was treated so badly, which is ugh. Form of rudeness.

So remember, always be careful in shopping!

Apple in China: Thoughts

Here’s the video that I have watched. (:

China should learn from this experience

…the Shanzhai culture must be wiped out. It’s getting very sick, and it disrespects the hardwork of the factory workers in Foxconn. Granted that your iPhones, iPads and iPods, including your MacBooks are Made in China, but this shouldn’t be a factor for the Chinese to make knock-offs out of original products.

Shenzhen is an economic zone, but it should not simply place an “alright” evaluation when it comes to Shanzhai-ism.

China is doing its efforts to eliminate the “Shanzhai” imitation, but just so you know, it is everywhere, and you don’t even have an idea whether the Chinese triads are smuggling these products towards Southeast Asia.

Should Apple invest rather in Asian countries besides China?

Surprisingly, most of the original and genuinely-made Apple products are Made in China, only that it is made in the Special Economic Zones. Just so you know, China will only improve its products if the US would claim it. The power of hegemony, of course.

I really do not want to judge, but maybe the employees of Foxconn are probably talented skilled workers, so no wonder, there’s a certain quota to be followed if Foxconn hires a lot of skilled workers to create iPads, MacBooks, iPods and iPhones. I won’t think it’s new to me when almost ever genuine product is Made in China since Sony, Canon, Olympus and other Japanese firms are also outsourcing in China.

If most big firms would outsource in the Philippines, much better. Nike shoes are made in Vietnam, what more in the Philippines? Some of our LG TV’s are made in the Philippines, and Crayola crayons, although originated in the USA, are also manufactured in the Philippines.

Amazing, eh?

If Foxconn would only set up a factory in the Philippines, that would be great news. However, the share of income will also flow in Taiwan, since Foxconn is a Taiwanese-based company that does the manufacturing process of products from Dell, HP, Sony, y’name it.

Despite that most of the products are made in China, we should at least know that price still varies. After all, our favorite Apple products are assembled, not totally manufactured in China.

East Asian Stars without plastic surgery…|Yukie Nakama|Yukie at 14 years old.|Song Hye Kyo

Both Song Hye Kyo and Yukie Nakama are natural-looking, compared to their co-stars. While both resembles Shu Qi, Song Kye Kyo looks more a lot like Zhang Ziyi, while Yukie is somehow a more matured version of Barbie Hsu.|Shu Qi

Yes, even Shu Qi may not have been under the knife, but at least she ages gracefully.

Why most East Asians have plastic surgery?

They don’t need to envy those… Western people. Like, look at Gong Li, look at Du Juan.|Du Juan

Oh, and I exposed Gong Li here in my blog… search for it in the search box, if y’don’t mind xD.

I mean, East Asian beauty is the most valued. Despite their slender body type (absence of curves, unfortunately), at least they have face value. :3

Have Mercy, people!

So this time, people are having no mercy at all. They are heartless people who were indifferent. Here goes…

1.) Muammar Gaddafi
2.) Wang Yue

The most violent end of Gaddafi

Source: Reuters|iOL/The Star. Gaddafi’s end is finally the worst. I feel sorry for him.

Libya’s toppled dictator is already dead. Believe it or not, people inhumanely mauled him until he got shot. If Bin Laden was assassinated and Saddam Hussain was hanged, in Gaddafi’s case, it was the most painful thing a human being will ever see. We never heard bad things about Gaddafi, right? It wasn’t until everyone wanted to “steal” his position as dictator, like, “How would I feel if I were him, eh?”

Source:|Al-Jazeera. Gaddafi’s redness indicates the saddest fate ever.

Oh, please. Why can’t those people get a life? He wasn’t bad at all, yet they’re putting him on the bad limelight. If Saddam Hussein was hanged because of what he did, OR with Bin Laden’s plan to terrorize the world… is it because the most developed countries are against him? Or was he against those countries?

So, yeah. Actually, Gaddafi was really against the USA. But who despised him? France, that is.

In France, Muslim women who are wearing their traditional outfit often face discrimination. It’s because France is involved in the war against the Gaddafi regime.

You be the judge: Is Gaddafi a good or a bad man? Why or why not?

The media portrays dictators as “bad.” Well, do you think Marcos didn’t have a good side? Gaddafi also had a good side. Every dictator (except Hitler, that is) has their own good side.

The sad end of Wang Yue

Source:|China Foto Press|Barcroft Medi

She was a victim of hit-and-run by two large vehicles. That was the most painful thing everyone could see. Now I was blaming Chinese society for being ignorant. Finally, the “Good Samaritan” law was established.

Alright. Although China’s a predominantly non-Christian society (the Chinese have many religions), it doesn’t have to mean that they should not help others in need. Good thing the one who found her deserves a reward.

Those 18 Chinese people need to be taught a lesson.

The Aftermath

I think both Gaddafi and Yue Yue suffered the worst torture ever. They were both victims of social rumble (crushed to death); in Gaddafi’s case, he was then shot after he was mauled; then put into a freezer while Yue Yue, she never survived her injuries. I feel sorry for her parents. While for Gaddafi, he deserves a final salute.

I really feel distraught about what people are doing nowadays. If they were just torturing Gaddafi for their satisfaction, they must’ve been monsters who wanted to seize his power as if they wanted to be like him, while for the Chinese, it is really NOT an excuse to leave the person for dead. Now they were again shamed for another undesirable act once more, I think they should really learn a lesson based from this experience. What now if a large vehicle “smashed” another small person, if that wouldn’t be a toddler this time? If most Chinese people are criticized for being rude, they themselves should not accept this fact as is. If they really “love” their people, or in other words, if they really exercise patriotism, they shouldn’t be ranting bad things if their fellowmen renounces Chinese citizenship for some reasons (Chinese passports are known for being one of the most restrictive passports in the world) OR throw stones at those people who are Chinese but have darker skin (especially the ladies). Take this in the case of Gong Li and Lou Jing, respectively.


Gong Li was now a Singaporean in 2009/2010 and took the oath as a part of applying for citizenship but divorced her husband. Hmmm… do you think she’s re-applying for Chinese citizenship again, or simply stayed as a Singaporean? That’s what I do not know, but anyway, she defended herself against those netizens who condemned her for being a “traitor” and a “fake foreigner.” She said, “Although I have given up my citizenship, I am still Chinese, no matter what happens.” Well, of course, I do agree with her when it comes to citizenship. Most Chinese actors are doing this for practical reasons. However, to apply for Hong Kong citizenship is different. You are still Chinese, but holding a passport issued by a Special Administrative Region, giving more opportunities to artists who are from mainland China.


Next, we go to Lou Jing this time. She is slammed by citizens for her skin color. Wait… if Filipinos actually love white skin more than dark skin, it’s not really our faults since most of us are xenocentric. I may be some sort of racist but it doesn’t mean I’m pro-racism (I only do that in private). Do you think whites are better-looking than blacks? Black people rock more, actually. They’re hotter and are more talented. They seem more versatile since it’s alright if they color their hair and have eyes that are other than brown.

Now back to Lou Jing.

Lou Jing said that she rarely felt out of place, not until she joined Go! Oriental Angel, a reality show that showcases talent, especially singing. She was born to a Chinese mother and to an African-American father whom she never seen, in Shanghai. During her stay in Go! Oriental Angel, hosts fondly called her “Chocolate Girl” and “Black Pearl,” but when netizens saw her, they are using patriotism in a wrong manner, like, “Get out of China!”

Lou Jing was born and raised in China, speaks Chinese (Mandarin and Shanghainese) and of course, considers herself Chinese. It’s only the Chinese society that is not yet ready to accept the different realities regarding race.

Open-mindedness, people

The best thing to do in life is to accept globalization. It’s everywhere, even in the DPRK. If you think that change is not yet that acceptable, I think you guys should follow the examples of countries who are accepting multiculturalism.

Regarding dictators, however, not all of them are “bad” or “evil.” Do you think monarchs are the same? Of course not! There are still absolute monarchies in the world, but they are rarely to be found.

Made in China

God created the world, and the rest were Made in China.
– Anonymous

China is very well-known for manufacturing most of the fake goods that we know today. We see fake gadgets, toys and clothing.

Yes, if China invented gunpowder, paper, first banknotes, tea, and all that crap, it is really a “fact” that “the rest were made in China.” Ironically, they’re the ones who currently imitate, not invent. Their East Asian neighbors (Japan and South Korea, that is) are actually defeating them.

Whenever everyone sees “Made in China,” what comes out from mind is “fake,” “counterfeit,” or worse, “knock-off.”

Fake things are everywhere, not even the USA can avoid such thing. In San Francisco, there are a lot of fake stuff you could find there (sorry if I don’t have a picture that would serve as proof), even in Singapore, that is. The worst part– most of these fake stuffs can always be found in flea markets. In the Philippines, flea markets are almost everywhere. Most genuine stuff are in Manila proper itself. In Cebu and Davao, that’s what I really don’t know about, but most genuine stuff can only be found in these developed areas.

How to identify if a mall’s a flea market…

…to be posted soon. 🙂