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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Balikbayan boxes. OFW mode.

08.22.2015


Hellerskie!!!


I've been watching and reading news all about the balibayan boxes new taxes rules. I've been sending balikbayan boxes for almost 8 years now and there are cases wherein I thought that the Philippine customs inspect what are inside or steal things from the box before my family gets it.

There was an incident that the expected date of the balibayan box arrival was delayed for a month. Which is unusual but per customs they told me that it was a surprise inspection. Its not like I'm sending drugs to the Philippines, or any illegal stuff, its just bunch of chocolates and bath & body works lotion!!! haha


So per usual here are my two cents in line with the Philippine Balikbayan boxes and why the Philippine government/customs need to know what are the things inside balikbayan boxes.


BALIKBAYAN BOX...


1.  Have you ever been an OFW? (Overseas Filipino Worker)
- Most politician/government official in the Philippines haven't experience how to be an OFW. These official got their title, either the public loves them or just stupid Filipinos who voted for them and or if the Filipino voter got bribe with cash or a promise that they will deliver what the politician promise during election. So kung di pa naexperience ng pulitiko making ofw, pano nila maiintindihan pano kumita billing ofw. Madalas mapanood sa mag pelikula kung pano any hiram ng OFW kumita ng pera per mas madalas tingin ng mga tao, mayaman ka na.

2. Ano ba laman ng Balikbayan box?
- Mahilig mga Pilipino sa mga gawa ng ibang bansa, kasi kadalasan kapag binasa mo saan gawa ang bagay ay "Made in China" amoy Amerika lang, amoy Canada, amoy Saudi or kung ano pang ibang bansa galing yan.
- Ano ba talaga kadalasan pinapadala sa pinas? - Chocolate, Herseys, tobleron, spam, sabon, bath and body works na lotion. Mga damit na may malalaking logo ng mga brand halibawa "GAP", "FOREVER 21", "H&M", "POLO SPORT", "LACOSTE" - sample lang yan ng mga brand na hilig na hilig ng mga pinoy. Mas malaki ang tatak sa damit, mas hilig ng pinoy. 
- Minsan masisingit mga computer/laptop, refrigerator, microwave, flat screen,  tv,  - so ito ba gusto itax ng mga pulitiko sa pinas? bakit papadala nyan kung may nabibili naman sa pinas? kasi kapag binili mo sa pinas, patong patong na tax at vat na bago ka makabili ng ganitong gamit sa pinas. daig pa tax kapag bibili ng kotse.

3. Ano ang di alam ng mga corrupt na politiko at mga tao sa gobyerno na naglalagay ng tax sa mga balibayan box?
- Hindi nila alam pano ang tipid na ginawa ng OFW pano kumita at mamili ng ilalagay sa box.
- Hindi nila alam pano ang overtime at pagpapahirap sa mga foreigner na kumpanya para lang makatulong sa pamilya sa pinas.
- Hindi nila alam lahat ng sakripisyo ng bawat ofw. Alam lang nila, pano kumurakot at magtax ng todo todo.
- Hindi nila alam na minsan, panay coupon lang ginagawa para makadiscount or makakuha ng libreng produckto para malagay sa balikbayan box.
- Hindi nila alam pano mag drive kahit matindi ang ulan/snow para makatrabaho, alam lang ng politiko pano magsuspende ng trabaho sa konting ulan or baha sa pinas or pano magdagdag ng holiday sa calendaryo.
- Hindi nila alam na hindi binili ang laman ng balibayan box sa isang shopping day lang. hindi kumikita ng milyones ang mga ofw, nagtatarbaho ng 9-15 hours para makashopping. Hindi nila alam kasi may sarili silang driver, yaya, utusan, at baka may taga subo pa ng pagkain yan sa bibig sa sobrang tamad. laging late yang mga politiko alam nyo yan. 

4. Sa dami ng report tungkol sa balibyan box, bakit hindi nyo hanapin mga illegal na mga aktibidad sa pilipinas, wala na ba kayong alam na gawin kung di kunin ang kakarampot na kita ng mga normal na pilipino sa ibang bansa. Ang dami daming problema sa pilipinas, di alam ng mga politiko ang gusto nilang gawin.

5. Bago ninyo taxan mga pilipino, mga ofw, pakita nyo muna kayong mga hinayupak na pulitiko kayo na may pagbabago sa pilipinas. anong pagbabago ba ang naganap? panay baha pa din? trapik na parang parking lot na ang edsa. sa dami ng nagugutom, sa dami ng mga mahihirap, ano pinapakita nyo, mga mamahalin nyong mga gamit/kotse at mga pamumuhay nyong mga pulitiko na engrande na kung umasta kayo di nyo alam san kayo kukurakot pa?


Ito lang ang naisip ko for now. medyo mahaba na post na ito pero alam ko, madaming ofw ang sasangaayon sa akin. sana mabasa ito ng nga pulitiko, customs at mga opisyal ng Pilipinas.


O sha, titigil na ako, baka sa susunod, bawat post ng ofw sa internet may tax na rin.

cheers sa lahat ng OFW na walang humpay maghanap buhay at di nangungurakot para lang maging maginhawa ng pamilya sa  pilipinas! saludo ako sa iyong mga OFW na tagaktak ang pawis sa pagtatarbaho!


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Gearapalooza 2015

08.17.2015


Hellerskie!!!


Me and hubby went to Gearapalooza here in Denver. It was hosted by bump club and beyond plus the baby guy! Gearapalooza is like the CES (Consumer Electronic Show, I'm comparing to this event coz I'm an IT hehe) They call it "the ultimate baby gear, registry event, 2015 tour for expectant parents"

 Before we sign in, we ate at this mom and pop shop taco place beside the event place. Wish I remember what was the restaurant name because the fish tacos was bomb!

Here is our ticket. We purchased the VIP Platinum that was sold out and a significant other ticket. The ticket was worth it right away because the baby carrier that comes in the goodie bag is almost $135ish.




The denver geapalooza was held in the highlands event center.

our fav among the vendors is the bib that made of silicon material and have great designs! We will go to Right Start for sure to purchase these!


 This was the real baby corner.

 This is how the theater looks like before the speech from the baby guy.


 Here are the products up for grabs. feels like we at Ellen Show getting prices or better yet Oprah.



of course we need selfie! ;)



the baby guy before his informative speech!


 During the tour and talk with the baby gear vendors, we had to get a sticker per product and if you got all the stickers from the vendors, you get to join the raffle!

 Luckily, our name was pick! and we won the Cybex Aton Q car seat and base. Since we didn't need the carseat. we gave it our dear friends lahari and ajar that happen to have a baby shower yesterday!



 The carseat is worth $350 so we really hit the jackpot! Here is my pic with all the goodies and prices!




Here is my hubby carrying the car seat price!

Here is the picture of all the prices and goodies we got! 



There were a bunch of vendors and one of our favorite Orbit baby was there too! 



Lots of food!


Over all we recommend the gearapalooza to everyone who are expecting, parents already or just planning a baby. It was very informative and we learned a lot of things we thought we knew but we were wrong!



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/m\