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Balikbayan Boxes from Freeport, Florida to Subic Bay, Philippines

balikbayan boxes While Josie (my wife) and I are in the United States, we’ll be sending balikbayan boxes to the Philippines. They’re cargo boxes shipped primarily by sea.

I’m guessing we’ll be sending at least two boxes. We’ll be sending clothing items for our various relatives in Olongapo, with most of them living in or near our compound.

Shipping Balikbayan Boxes from Freeport, Florida

Freeport, Florida is a about an hour from here. Coincidentally, our packages will be shipped via LBC Express to the port at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone next to Olongapo. We won’t be taking the boxes there, however, because LBC already picks up regularly from a small Filipino store nearby.

I’m not sure, but I think we have to take the boxes to the Filipino store. I doubt LBC will pick up balikbayan boxes from Eglin AFB, even if they only have to enter the base housing area.

Filling Up Balikbayan Boxes

Some of the things we’ll be putting in the balikbayan boxes are things we can’t find in the Philippines. Not without extreme difficulty anyway. Josie wants a new knife block (with the knives, of course) at a price of around $75 at the base exchange. I have to remind her to get the dinnerware (knives, spoons and forks) that goes along with it.

Inexpensive clothing is more plentiful here than it is in the Philippines. There are always sales in various places. I’ve yet to see a single sale anywhere in the Philippines. Anyway, we can lots of clothing items for under $5 each. And yard sales, where we can find clothing items for even less. Filipinos who can’t afford to buy their own clothing aren’t picky at all.

We won’t be sending garbage. Everything we send will either be new or just like new.

My Balikbayan Box List of Items

I don’t have one yet. Every time I think of things I need in the Philippines, I forget about it. It must have something to do with age.

I don’t carry my cell phone with me when I’m out and about. I don’t have a SIM card for it and I only use it with WiFi here. Maybe I should carry it with me, if only for the sake of taking notes. I have an app on it designed for that specific purpose. I just need to use it.

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By RT Cunningham
July 9, 2018

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