I Need a Break: Balikbayan Box Shopping Ban. Maybe You Too

Don’t be alarmed. There’s no recent absurd policy change about balikbayan boxes. It’s just me challenging to change my habits of sending stuff in the Philippines. The balikbayan box (medium size from Forex Alberta) in my room is well wrapped and waiting to be shipped in the Philippines from Canada. I plan to have it […]

Balikbayan Box Shipping Review: Forex Alberta

When it comes to finding the right freight forwarders, I guess I’m lucky to get recommendations from the pioneers, the people who came before me in Canada. The first freight forwarder company that I’ve tried was Forex Alberta. Second was Jenrich Fast Cargo. I’m availing the service of the latter for a long time and […]

How I Pack Balikbayan Boxes in Canada

There’s the art of paper folding called origami and kyaraben is to the art of packing lunch. For OFWs there’s the art of packing balikbayan boxes. I know it’s not that artistic or traditional. But it’s part of the Filipino culture that we OFWs have to learn; the sooner the better. Have you seen the […]

How to Send Large Amount of Money to the Philippines

As I stepped outside, I can hardly tell where the sidewalk is. The snow was falling. It didn’t wait for me to send large amount of money to the Philippines before it covers everything on the ground. In a typical day, I would remit money online and didn’t have to bother about the weather. But […]

Why I’m Switching to Small Balikbayan Box

While I wish to help manong in putting the balikbayan boxes in his van, I can only watch from not-so-far distance. My balikbayan boxes are bound to go to the Philippines and leave the Canadian ground. After all the time the boxes have been waiting to be filled, all I see now is the empty […]

Give Back Through Kiva: Support Our Kababayan to Become an Entrepreneur

I grew up watching anime, Magandang Gabi Bayan (except in Halloween), and Oprah. Who doesn’t like variety? Years have passed and I no longer yearn for Sailor Moon and so is my habit of watching TV. But the memory lives on. I love watching Oprah because the show inspires people with different stories. And one […]