#10 You Know You’re Filipino If There Are At Least 4 Big Boxes Beside You at the Airport

credits to ofyuppies.com

It is a well known fact in the Philippines: You must never, ever, go home without pasalubong. Even if you’ve been gone only a few days. Even if you’ve only been to a place a few kilometers away.

Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration but time and again, people we leave behind usually have last words such as :

  • Ingat! Pasalubong ha? (Take care! Bring home something, okay?)
  • Ui, Size 8! ‘Yaw kalimti! (Size 8, don’t you forget!)

And, in the spirit of tradition, there came a magical invention called the Balikbayan box (literally means “Repatriation Box” courtesy of Wikipedia). It may look like a normal box on the outside but look inside, you’ll see all kinds of things such as:

  • Imported lotion, perfumes, make-up
  • Rubber shoes, sandals
  • Barely worn, as well as, brand new, brand name clothing
  • Ipods, ipads, and other toys
  • Canned goods (Spam, anyone?)
  • and of course, Chocolates!

As a result, it is not uncommon to see Pinoys at international airports incur exorbitant excess baggage fees. It’s a hassle, I know, but somehow, seeing how happy that makes the people being given the pasalubong, kinda makes it worth it. 🙂

A lil’ side note: If you’re pinoy and you want to avoid the extra fees as the airport. Here’s a tip. Try buying a handy weighing scale, like this:

my trusty scale

Or, if you don’t have one. You can use the normal bathroom weighing scale. Balance your box/ luggage with a can of Sky Flakes 😛 and you’re good to go!

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