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Old 18th September 2016, 11:55 PM
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I brought my computers and am glad I did. The cost for what you get here is pretty high. My desktop is 6 years old and still has higher specs than anything I have seen here, and the tech here is crazy expensive. I just threw everything into balikbayan boxes when I moved.

When my wife wanted a laptop and after shopping around here for a while, I got her one from the US.

I have a couple BB boxes full of books on the way right now. I am helping out a local school library. The balikbayan boxes have no weight limit
I should have clarified that I'm bringing my new laptop with Windows 10 and six external hard drives, and two wireless mice. The furnished house I'm moving to also has a desk top computer I can use. I'll just pay for my internet account. A widescreen monitor, Acer the same brand I'm using now, and speakers I can buy there.

I knew there was no weight limit of BB's, I just didn't know if books will clear customs or not.

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I also intend to bring a few thousand US dollars in cash with me to get me through the first several months. Are there any limits on how much cash I can bring with me?
Appears to be no limit but amounts in excess of USD$ 10,000 should be declared. Always best to stay 'under the radar' and as you are only planning on bringing a few thousand dollars, you will be okay.
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I knew there was no weight limit of BB's, I just didn't know if books will clear customs or not.
Bullwinkle, here’s a few websites that could be of interest.

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Not exactly clear but food for thought. No mention of books not being allowed, so long as they are not of an obscene or immoral nature. What did you say you were reading?

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I typed ‘Books’ into the search box. The results were not exactly clear. Scroll down to items 12 & 13 for more lack of clarity. Note that items 13 relates to a father sending his daughter some books.

Personally, I’d be inclined to go with Tukaram and just top up the Balakbayan box with all the books I wanted and go for it. It's good to know the proper procedure but sometimes when there's no clear answer, there’s a danger of over-analysing these matters.
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I have a Kindle Fire and found that I couldn't purchase a book from Amazon from Germany with my UK Amazon account. I've not to my knowledge tried this from the Philippines but it's possible that you can only purchase within the country holding your account. Has anyone else had a similar problem?

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Bullwinkle, here’s a few websites that could be of interest.

Bringing Personal Items Into The Philippines
Bringing Personal Items into the Philippines
Not exactly clear but food for thought. No mention of books not being allowed, so long as they are not of an obscene or immoral nature. What did you say you were reading?

Books
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I typed ‘Books’ into the search box. The results were not exactly clear. Scroll down to items 12 & 13 for more lack of clarity. Note that items 13 relates to a father sending his daughter some books.

Personally, I’d be inclined to go with Tukaram and just top up the Balakbayan box with all the books I wanted and go for it. It's good to know the proper procedure but sometimes when there's no clear answer, there’s a danger of over-analysing these matters.
Thanks for doing that leg-work for me. I've just gone through a 4-day migraine spell, so looking at rules and laws isn't easy in that condition. I agree with you regarding books. I'm going to fill up a BB with all the books I can.

I also checked that Tariff Book at item 12 of the Tariff Commission regarding other items. I was particularly interested in whether I could bring my pillow in my suitcase, which I will have room for as it will easily compress and then "come back to life".

Chapter 94 is titled Miscellaneous Manufactured Items, but it doesn't cover pillows.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6X...gyQ3JJeDQ/view

I then found this advisory from a couple years ago regarding items for Typhoon Yolanda Relief. Advisory

It mentions pillows as one of the recommended items for foreign donations. I'm not sure if that would be only an exception for emergency relief, or if pillows are a generally allowed item. It's my favourite pillow, so I'll bring it anyway, and if its confiscated it won't be a great loss.
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