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    Posted on Jun 28, 2018

    34 Things Filipinos Ship Across The World In Balikbayan Boxes

    "What's in the box?"

    If you grew up with OFW family members, you're definitely familiar with the balikbayan box.

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    Is it really a balikbayan box if you didn't use an entire roll of tape to close it?

    Or perhaps you have very carefully pushed your heavy AF cart through the lines for the check-in counter at the airport...

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    A twenty meter bus probably has a better turning radius than those luggage carts.

    ...and then prayed that your balikbayan box made it to your destination.

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    NAIA: Please wait behind the yellow line.

    Mga tigas ang ulo: pLeAsE WaIt bEhInD ThE YeLlOw lInE

    But as Isabelle reminded us in 18 Things You'll Recognize If You Grew Up With OFW Parents, the standard balikbayan box "contains almost the same damn thing every single time!"

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    Here's a list of everything one can normally find inside this Filipino care package:

    1. Spam

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    Everyone's favorite luxury brand.

    2. Corned beef

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    Or corned beef hash if you're into rice and potatoes. #doublecarbs

    3. Oatmeal

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    It's sosyal because there's an old white guy on the package.

    4. Instant coffee

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    Because Filipinos want their coffee NOW!

    5. Coffee creamer

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    Eaten with a spoon when mom's not looking.

    6. Artificial sweeteners

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    Meanwhile, the rest of the world pays through the nose for Philippine coconut sugar and muscovado.

    7. Chocolate bars

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    Which will probably end up melted into indistinguishable lumps because LORD ANG INIT DITO SA PELEPENS!

    8. Sugar-free candy

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    Because #HealthIsWealth

    9. Sugar-free cookies

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    And #HealthierIsWealthier

    10. Sardines

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    Gimme those omega-3s!

    11. Toothbrushes

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    Especially the free ones from the dentist.

    12. Toothpaste

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    Of course, purchased with coupons.

    13. Denture cleaner

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    For Lolo's pustiso.

    14. Bar soap

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    You: bottles on bottles on bottles of body wash

    Me, an intellectual: #plasticfree

    15. Vitamins / Via

    Is a 500-pack enough?

    16. Dry pasta

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    Because sometimes you just don't have the energy to go to Mary Grace Cafe.

    17. Shoes

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    But without the shoeboxes (to conserve space).

    18. Happy Meal toys

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    You never know what'll become a collector's item in ten years.

    19. Free T-shirts from work

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    They should be paying you for international advertising.

    20. Souvenir t-shirts

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    From the city where the balikbayan box was lovingly sent from.

    21. Bedsheets

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    We love a multipurpose item: bedding and a bubble-wrap substitute!

    22. Perfume and cologne

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    Carefully cushioned by the bedsheets.

    23. Packs of underwear

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    Value pack ganern!

    24. Alcohol

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    Carefully cushioned by the value packs of briefs.

    25. Peanuts

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    Pulutan for the drinks!

    26. Aspirin

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    You're gonna need it after that inuman session.

    27. Magazines from the last six months

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    Although millennials are probably being blamed for the death of the magazine...

    28. Towels

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    Dapat fluffy.

    29. Scented body lotion

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    "Ang bango-bango ng bulaklak!"

    30. Deodorant

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    If your armpit is at my nose level and you didn't put on deodorant today, PLEASE don't hold the upper handrail on the LRT.

    31. Gently used gadgets

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    Perfect for mango shakes!

    32. Hotel toiletries

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    Sayang kasi!

    33. Beauty product samples

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    "Free" - the best four-letter word.

    34. And if there's still space, more canned meats!

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    Yes, there's going to be an overweight fee, but okay lang kasi you saved so much money using coupons and buying value packs!

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