Overseas Gift Giving Secret
I want to share my guide to overseas gift giving.
Watch out for Scams
The first time that I tried to send a surprise gift to Lea, while she was in the Philippines and I was in the U.S., was on Valentines Day two years ago. It was a disaster at first, but I got saved.
I tried to use an on-line flower agency, that I found on a web search, based in Singapore that advertised sending flowers all over Asia including the Philippines. The flowers were supposed to be delivered to Lea’s apartment on Valentines Day.
The flowers never arrived, 🙁 . I found out that the web site was just a scam. They scammed me of $50. I was very sad that Lea did not get her flowers. Luckily, my credit card detected that this company scammed a lot of people and returned my money back to my account.
I began to think of a way to reliably send Lea surprise gifts in the future, then the light bulb went off in my head. Lea has 8 siblings (Filipino’s have big families, lol) and many friends. Therefore, I have become friends with her family and many friends on social media.
My Secret Use Family
Lea’s brother Mark was living with her in her Lipa City apartment at that time because he was going to college in Lipa and working at the nearby mall.
I secretly asked Mark through Facebook Messenger if he could buy flowers and chocolates for Lea’s Valentines Day present for me. Mark was very happy to do this for me and Lea got surprised with flowers and chocolates a day later than Valentines Day. I sent Mark a little extra money than what the flowers and chocolates cost and told him to treat himself to lunch for helping me.
Instead of treating himself to lunch, Mark (in traditional Filipino way) bought food to share for the entire larger family in Ibaan.The safest, most reliable and best way to send a surprise gift to your loved one overseas is by using family and friends.
There are several ways to send money overseas.
The most popular way is through is through Western Union. There are Western Union agents all over the world. Also, you can send money with Western Union right from your computer.
I have since found a faster and less expensive way to send money overseas for my overseas gift giving. I started to use a company called Remitly which saved me lots of money on fees for wire transfers. In fact, the fee is typically $0.00 if you can wait a few days for the money to arrive. However, if you want the money wired instantly, the cost is only a flat fee of $3.99.
The money can be wired into your loved ones bank account, if Remitly has a relation with that bank. Money is picked up at many locations.plus, if you sign up with Remitly, HERE through our site, you’ll receive a $30 gift card and 5 free transactions, if your first transaction is over $100.
Change of Plans
Mark moved out of Lea’s apartment and got a job in Manila, so I had to change plans for the next surprise. Ahhhh…. Lea’s sister May Ann next moved into Lea’s apartment. May Ann goes to college in Batangas City studying electrical engineering. Smart young lady…. She had a semester of on the job training in Lipa City so she lived with Lea during that time.
May Ann was also very willing to help me with my surprise overseas gift giving to Lea. I also sent May Ann some extra money for helping me. Each time, instead of treating herself like I told her, she gave the money to her father to buy food for everyone. Lea’s youngest sister Ivy (Selfie Queen) has also helped me on occasion.
Jaja (Lea’s good friend from work) even helped me in my overseas gift giving.
So if you want to surprise your loved one in the Philippines, try using family, friends.
Also, use Remitly HERE through our site, you receive a $30 gift card and 5 free transactions, if your first transaction is over $100.
P.S. Watch out for the cake monster. He does’t bite. He only eats cakes and gives kisses.