What is the Best Way to Send Money to the Philippines?

Overseas Filipino Workers and Filipino immigrants abroad often encounter this dilemma: what is the best way to send money to the Philippines? A quick search on dear old Google will give you plenty of options, each one of them offering various ways to send money, and each one claiming to be the best. You also have to consider other factors, such as your location, exchange rate, ease of use, cost of sending, speed of remittance, and security. So, instead of drowning you in infographs about different money transfer options, let me just focus on two: Western Union and Remitly. The...

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Items That Should NOT Be In A Balikbayan Box

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) commonly sends gifts to the Philippines via a Balikbayan box. Profoundly, “balikbayan” means “returning to one’s country”. Perhaps, this tradition of “pasalubong” best exemplifies Filipino thoughtfulness. Today, an estimated number of 10 million Filipinos have migrated abroad to the United States, Canada, Australia, Western Europe and the Middle East. The Balikbayan box is one way for OFWs to let their families know that they are loved. Admittedly, it is a meager imitation of the love that OFWs have for their families, but it is their chief means of expression. For Filipinos on the receiving end of a balikbayan...

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6 Best Tips For Your Business From Billionaires

These billionaires are literally life goals for us mere plebeians, and they have tips to help build your business. After all, if you are to take any advice from anyone at all, why not take it from the people who are at the very top? Success doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a combination of hard work, timing, and lots and lots of luck. Here are five best tips from billionaires that you might want to remember if you want to build your own empire. There are no shortcuts for hard work. If there is one, it’s probably a sham. "Formula for...

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15 Things That You Will Only See In Dubai

Dubai is the capital Emirate of the seven Emirates of the UAE and is also the most populated. By the 1960s, Dubai's economy was based on revenues from trade and, to a smaller extent, oil exploration concessions, but oil was not discovered until 1966. Oil revenue first started to flow in 1969. Dubai's oil revenue helped accelerate the early development of the city. As of 2012, Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world and the most expensive city in the Middle East.(wiki) I have been living here for two years, but I can say that, there are things that you will...

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Five Interesting Eating Habits Filipinos Have

Each country has their own food customs. Of course, Filipino food customs define us from the rest of of the world. When you enter a Filipino household, you won't be greeted with "Hi, how are you?". The first question you will be asked is "Have you eaten?" and whatever your answer is, you will end up sharing a meal with all of them anyway.   What other Filipino eating habits should you expect? We eat more than three times a day. Morning snacks, afternoon snacks and evening snacks anyone? Yes that's how much we love to eat. After breakfast, we...

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5 Things you wished you knew before visiting El Nido, Philippines

El Nido is one of the last remaining untouched places of the Philippines. Although now it is quickly gaining popularity. Tourists and balikbayans alike are putting El Nido in their bucket list. Like any other popular tourist destination, there will always be pros and cons. Things you wished you knew so you don't leave like a disgruntled tourist, waving your fist at your travel agent and demanding a refund. That's just plain ugly. So here are a few things that might help you decide if El Nido is truly a place you want to spend the majority of your vacation...

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Presidential Debate was like a poorly organized Beauty Pageant

[caption id="attachment_3957" align="aligncenter" width="669"] In this image provided by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, from left: Vice President Jejomar Binay; Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago; Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of southern Davao city; Sen. Grace Poe; and former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas; raise hands after a presidential candidates debate held in southern Cagayan de Oro city, southern Philippines on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. The five Philippine presidential candidates were grilled in a nationally televised debate Sunday on how they would fight the long-pestering problems of poverty, corruption and crime that have blighted their Southeast Asian nation through several presidencies.(Lyn Rillon/Philippine Daily Inquirer via AP)[/caption]...

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Details on the Hilot Lady who helped me get Pregnant

Hi guys! I feel like it's been such a long time since I wrote something. My apologies. We just bought a new house, and have been travelling, etc, etc. I'll get into the details later.   I am glad to be back but first I want to write this post for everyone who have been writing me asking about the hilot (Philippine Traditional Massage) lady who helped me pregnant. If you have not read my story, you can read it here.  Read: How Filipino Massage (Hilot) and Herbs helped me get pregnant   First of all, I want everyone to...

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How to fly to the Philippines for FREE

It's almost that time of year where you are itching to take a break to the tropics. There is no better option for us Filipinos overseas than to take a breather and visit (or come home) to the Philippines for a month or even just a couple of weeks. Unfortunately, the airfare going home is enough to burn a huge hole in our pockets. There must be another way right? There is! The Airline industry is a bustling multi billion dollar business, they don't really need one Filipino's money. I'm coming home for 3 weeks on September 2, on a...

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4 Things Every Filipino Needs to Know Before Working Overseas

The Filipinos, as far as I can remember, have always believed that the pasture is greener on the other side. They go to school, gather experience, and reach their ultimate goal - Go overseas. That is why there so many Filipinos around the world. From being dancers in Japan to being nurses in Canada and Australia, they all have the same goal - Help their families back home. But is going overseas really the only way to take your family out of poverty? What should you expect when you DO make it overseas? Is working overseas really everything you expect?...

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Pediatric Dental procedures in the USA – My daughter has her smile back

  A few days ago, I talked about how my daughter finally found a pediatric dentist in States who was willing to take her in with just a wait time of 2 days. Read about it here.   Like I said before, this was a first for us. Not only because Gabby is our first kid but also because this did not exist back home. You see, in the Philippines, it’s O.K. for a baby’s milk teeth to rot because it’s “temporary.” My niece had to suffer from stained teeth and random pain until she was 7 years old because my...

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4 Reasons to Include Germany in your Bucket list (part 1 of 2)

A friend told me to write about Paris. I was a bit confused since I live in Germany. Then it dawned on to me, ah, ok, Paris has a more international appeal maybe. But then see, I don't need to write about Paris. Everything there is to say about it is on some other Joe's blog. I want to write about Germany, about why people on the other side of the world should visit this beautiful place. I mean, not that Germany needs my help in advertising and promoting tourism. It's not doing so bad itself, being the seventh most...

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