Kumusta Bill & Lorna.  I also have a 1 in a million wife, from Manila, we now live in rural Australia.

We are wanting to send used clothing (from Salvation Army) to Manila. We intend to make cheap, quality clothing available in Manila. Any info/help regards shipping, shop outlet and staff.

We survive on Australian disability pension, so finances are very limited (we cannot afford to be taken advantage of).

Cheers & merry Christmas
Greg & Jena

Greg, I'm not sure about the best shippers from Australia but from the USA / Canada where 4 million Filipinos reside, Balikbayan boxes sent via LBC are best. Ask around amongst the Filipino in Australia about commonly used transport company that Filipino Australians use is probably best because from the USA we stuff these largest size boxes with as much as 80 to 100+ lbs for as little as U$ from Hawaii, LA/ SFO or NYC/NJ and from the Midwest USA for U$85. BTW before you jump into this alternative income choice be well informed that hundreds of Ukay Ukay shops exist and are very competitive in the Philippines. Many are directly hooked with both Japan and Korea who ship such used clothing by the container load and it can be bought in Manila by the kilo in bulk so you might think about buying it in Manila from one such supplier. Basically with all small businesses you need to do your homework/ ground work very well before making a decision to invest your limited funds. Also China ships huge amounts of overages and rejects from USA / Europe exports to the Philippines so you can also check that source. Good Luck but tread slowly in regards to business in the Philippines as it's NOT easy to make a peso.  


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Feel FREE to ask us about traveling, living, relocating, retiring and investing in the Philippines. Guests from 93 countries, the latest being a female PHD from Uganda, make our place in Manila an incredible meeting place for world travelers who exchange travel stories. We understand both the joys and the hardships of living and traveling in the Philippines.


I arrived in the Philippines in January 1980 to travel for 2 months; I stayed 4 months before reluctantly leaving. I met my Filipina wife, Lorna. an incredible stellar, "one in a million" individual in 1983 in Seoul and we moved to the Philippines in 1986 and opened our 3BR house to world travelers on a budget. After welcoming thousands of guests from 93 nations our place has grown to 38 bedrooms in 5 townhouse units, 4 of which are attached but will never lose its "Home away from Home" atmosphere. Almost everyday at The Townhouse Hotel there's a party-like social scene with vibrant, almost magical energetic conversations between our guests who have the pleasure to meet each other and share their life's many experiences.Often three groups with conversations in different languages are going on at the same time. So we've been exposed to every kind of person from all over the world and shared their experiences. Since arriving back in the Philippines Nov 2011 from traveling for 8 months my wife and I have been busy buying land, building houses and expanding our Boracay beach front resort, Casa Camilla for 16 months. Hopefully we'll be finished by the end of 2013 with a total of 50 apartments, 44 units for yearly stays and the six units in our house to be saved for short term stays.

Publications,, who asked me to apply with

some college 2-1/2 years - no degree - I've been traveling since I was 18, almost 30 years.

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Luckily, my wife and I have been semi-retired since we were 30 years old, almost 30 years.

Past/Present Clients
3000 to 4000 world travelers and guests on a budget pass through our guest house style Townhouse Hotel / Hostel each year since 1986 so we do get a lot of feedback and share a lot of experiences with people which we can then pass on to help others with their questions and problems

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