More often than not, if you receive a “balikbayan box” from a relative living overseas, not all of your neighbors are happy with what they see. Some become envious of the fact that you have someone very close to you who lives overseas and thinks of you so he / she sends you a box.
The 10 Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) friends I asked how it feels when their family, friends and loved ones request for presents to be sent via “balikbayan box” they all gave positive replies. Although sometimes they can’t buy all the gifts their loved ones wish for all at the same time, still, OFWs are able to find similar items or close to what they have been requested.
Buying gifts most especially in time for the Christmas season means wise budgeting for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). They don’t buy all at once. When special offers, sale, promos abound malls and shops, that is the usual time they buy gifts. As for the loved ones who receive the “balikbayan box”, a simple thank you, lots of care for the gifts requested and most of all, lots of appreciation for the Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) who has sent the “balikbayan box” – all these simple gestures mean a lot.
Let me ask the reverse, how would you feel if a “balikbayan box” is delivered at your neighbor’s doorstep? Be happy for him / her because the person who sent the “balikbayan box” may be a father, a mother, a husband, a wife, a son, a daughter or simply a relative, has his / her heart in it too.
(photo credit to LBC EXPRESS WLL)
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