LBC Air Packet US-Manila delivery for $10- A Review & Guide

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LBC Air Packet envelope and bill of landing form

We have again another LBC Air Mail review. The last one I did was back in 2016 and I reviewed sending an airmail for a small box for about $27.00. That rate was a promo rate back in 2016 and has since increased.

Today I’m doing a review on their LBC Air Packet service which promises 4-7 day business time delivery. Continue reading

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IM Onsen Spa Makati: A Review & Experience

Its been MONTHS Since I last posted. IRL Life caught up real fast with me so today Ill keep this brief but detailed. Last June I traveled for 2 weeks to Manila for an emergency trip to see family. In … Continue reading

San Pablo’s Sulyap café and Bed & Breakfast


This is a long, long overdue post. Again hooray for IRL life getting in the way. And also a faulty old laptop that is still serving me in many ways.

Last 2016 I took a short trip back to the Philippines and spent a majority of those days in my home province of San Pablo Laguna.

Man, I LOVE Laguna. It is one of the biggest provinces in Luzon, has a vast eco tourism market from hot springs, private resorts, hiking trails, waterfalls, and not to mention the food.

San Pablo Laguna is about an hours drive away from Manila. I always loved featuring San Pablo in my travel posts because there are just so much to share about this beautiful city. I wanted to find a hidden gem similar like to the time I found Bato Springs.  Also since we had a huge family reunion at my ancestral home, the lot of us would not fit in the Bukids small 3 bedroom shack (there’s about 15 of us).

I wanted to take my younger nieces away with me while the boys play. A quick google search brought my attention to Sulyap Café & bed and breakfast located in Barangay Del Remedio, just within the Cocoland Compound.  Taking the local tricycle or jeepney commute is just about 10-15 minutes or less from the city proper. Continue reading

It’s Cheaper in the Philippines (Manila) Nov-2016 Edition

Since I am still working on a new BalikBayan Box article (I’m shipping a baby stroller!!) and other travel updates (I’m lazy editing the videos)

I decided that today Im doing an It’s Cheaper in the Philippines (Manila) Nov-2016 post Continue reading

Sending Electronics US- Philippines & Relocating Furniture US-Philippines (Ohh Woes)

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Cargo container full of Balikbayan deliveries- shared from The Filipino Expat

This story starts with me wanting to ship a 27″ TV to the Philippines since Walmart and Best Buy had a pretty sweet deal for 24”-27” Flat screens under $140. I called my local Balikbayan cargo company like LBC to inquire about the electronics tax charge and sadly they are charging $50-100 tax fee on top of the shipping charges so that would be around $100-200.

Mind you the TV I’m planning to buy is around $99-110. That’s about less than PHP 5000. Supposedly as of October 2016 there is a new ACT that they are only to tax packages that are worth  PHP 10,000 and up- no more than $210 as of Oct 2016 exchange rates Continue reading

Why you should secure your Balikbayan Box – A personal story

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Damaged Balikbayan box and a TSA inspection note

In a years time I think I post a total of 2 articles per year in regards to Balikbayan Box and packaging.
I know it seems redundant but my reason for this is due the ever changing trends and price increase when it comes to sending balikbayan boxes home.
Todays post is a great example on why I always emphasize on making sure you secure your box and its contents properly based on my recent Philippine trip experience. Continue reading