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 →
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 →
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 →
I’m scheduled to travel again to the Philippines in a few weeks so my time is more or less juggling work and prepping up for my trip. Which is great since I needed to take more video shots of the hotels I previously stayed last November being that my previous shots were unusable.
For years I’ve constantly blogged and reviewed different Balikbayan cargo sites. My favorite being Alas Cargo located in National City just a little south of San Diego. However the popular company most Filipino’s use here in the US would be LBC Express since they can easily remit money and pay bills through their onsite & online services.
I’ve been tempted since last year to try out their air mail service which boasted a 7-10 day delivery time to Manila. Up until now, I didn’t had any reason to use it until a friend of mine needed some quick buys from Old Navy to be shipped to her. Continue reading →
Before I start my article, I would like to tell any interested adventure seekers of this spring…DO NOT TRUST GOOGLE MAPS on the location. The spring is located deep into the mountainous and forested area of Laguna that you need to be in San Pablo itself and ask locals to help you find it. ADVENTURE isn’t it?
I remember when I was planning my 2015 home trip back to the Philippines, I wanted to off some items from my bucket list. One of them was reconnecting with nature and be able to capture it in photographs.
I originally planned for a trip to Coron however the APEC 2015 summit that collided with my schedule didn’t allow that due to a weeklong transportation ban both air and sea.
Days before my scheduled trip, I was googling and instagraming hidden vacation spots hopefully close to home, when tagged photos of a hidden spring in San Pablo Laguna called Bato Springs grabbed my attention. Pictures of the springs hailed crystal clear waters and a small waterfall carved both naturally and manmade from the mountain. I just have to go there. Continue reading →