Literally boxing with my gift boxes

Hi there, as you can see the finishing touches on my current projects has to wait for a little while. My house is in complete chaos at the moment and I’m afraid for the next 10 days its gonna be worse. I’m on my preparation period for my 3 huge boxes to be sent out to the Philippines on the first week of December. When I say huge, I don’t exaggerate. Its 3 times 80 x 75 x 65 cm.04

Why and what for? its been a tradition for us Filipino overseas to send boxes with gifts and special products to our families and friends, usually in the Christmas season. In my case I don’t only send gifts but also things we needed as we are going to stay there for about four months next year from January to the end of April. The easier part is shopping and buying the nik naks. Taping and preparing the boxes  takes a lot of time and energy. Thanks to my husband he is doing the honor. Putting everything in the boxes is the hardest part because it takes a lot of puzzle work how everything should fit in. But before anything else everything should either be covered, plasticized or boxed for protection to prevent leakage and eventual transport damages. What do I usually put in the boxes? Best of Belgian products naturally, ranging from beers to chocolates and non perishable goods. I usually prepares lots of candies and chocolates for the children in the neighborhood. It is my way of sharing the people around us a little of our blessings. It makes me happy seeing the kids happiness for even little things. They love chocolate spread, I don’t know why I don’t like it myself. So I do see to it that It I have lots of it. The only problem is that I have to keep the bottles in plastic bubbles one by one so it takes me a lot of time to finish a dozen of them. 02

What else? A lot of other silly things my husband cannot find out there or things we had to buy from afar such as an aluminum drainage cover. Am not kidding 🙂 its about 7 kilos and will make one of my box heavier than it should, but yes hubby hates everything that ever gets rusty, so there it is 🙂

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We are so used to a modest kind of living and sharing is a part of our life. Family is also very important for us. Since we spend Christmas and new year down there with my family last year. We are celebrating with Hubby’s family here in Belgium this year. Then we are off to go and have a four months slow life interface in the countryside. I will probably bore you with my stories, but surely learning other cultures can also be a way of understanding diversity. See you around!

Published by Nena

I am a 45+ immigrant, born and raised in the coastal area in the north eastern region of The Philippines, currently residing in Belgium. I am a believer and though conservative in nature, a social person and loves travelling and meeting people as well as exploring places, studying cultures and history. Whenever at home I just love to enjoy the nature and its constant changes, takes photos, writes chronicles and make myself busy either doing crafty things, tinker in my garden or enjoy cooking simple good food.

5 thoughts on “Literally boxing with my gift boxes

  1. Laguna is not that far from Alitagtag. My brother is going home in April. He has a friend in Laguna who owns a resort. His friend’s last name is Bacaro. I think that’s how you spell his name. I can’t go home. My husband is on dialysis so we have to stay in the states for his treatment. Nice meeting you here.

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  2. Where are you from in the Philippines? I’m from Batangas. I haven’t sent any Baligbayan box because from where I live now, there is no Filipino store. A couple of years ago, my brother from New Jersey came to visit and I gave him two big storage boxes to send to Mom.

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