Retiring Philippines – Getting Your Stuff Here

How to get all my stuff here from the United or Australia or wherever you are from. This was one of the first things I thought about when I first arrived here in 2004, how do I get all those books and stuff here from there. If you look at the newest photos I just uploaded here you will see that I have two book shelves full of books and the shelves themselves were all shipped from my home in Texas. So how did it get them here and how much will it cost me. I did a little asking around and found a lady who had a shipping business right there near me she was a Filipina married to a retired USAF Master Sergeant. She shipped what are knows as a “Balik Bayan” boxes from Fort Worth Texas to Our new location in Lapu-Lapu City Mactan Island. They run about $100 per box and the boxes are 24 x 18 x 18 dimensions and Jumbo Box size of 24 x 18 x 24. I actually shipped my Fender Bass amp on one and it barely fit that box. All of my stuff made it here in one piece evan a large 24×24 photo in glass, made it and was not broken. It usually takes about 2 to 4 months to get your box at your new location. These boxes have no weight limit so it it’s heavy no bother. I have shipped canned foods and a bottle of Bacardi Gold Rum and it made it just fine. If you need to ship and do not have a location. you can ship it to me and I will gladly hold it here until you arrive. Or you can ship them to a relative if you have one in the Philippines. Make sure you put a lot, and I mean a lot, I completely covered my box with clear tape then added duct tape to strengthen the edges, top and bottom then I put more clear to help keep the masking tape on. If you want to ship to me here is my address. Make sure your name is on the box mark it on several sides. I have directions on how to find me here.

Charles & Marianne Harman
BLK 21 LOT 8
La Aldea Buena
Timpoluk Mactan

Lapu Cebu 6015

To locate a shipper in your area do a Google search for something like “balik bayan los angeles” or “balikbayan los angeles” Replace the “los angeles” with your city.

International Shipping to the PhilippinesHouston Texas


Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
U.S. Central Standard time
UBox Worldwide
9692 Westheimer Road, # 223
Houston, Texas 77063

Here are some links to help you get started.

Little P.I. Etc. Filipino Sari-Sari Store you can ship from here if you are in Fort Worth Texas

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