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As often as feelings dictate and as the budget permits. :) 

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Thread is moved from Off Topic to the Philippines forum, for recommendations of delivery services that have been used.


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I've used 1800flowers. Only because I could complain and get a resolution if something went wrong. 

 

They were quick and the flowers came from Manila and delivered nicely. 

 

First time was when my wife was still here in the US as a j-1 and I sent her mom flowers for her birthday. 

 

Then I did it for my wife's birthday last year and Valentine's this year.   It's a nice gesture to surprise especially when the delivery person would show up when the family is all gathered talking or eating. 


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Waste of time and money in my opinion to send flowers in the Philippines, plus there flower shops are sub standard compared to US Shops, and they variety isn't very good here. I was looking at florist in Robinson Mall near the  US Embassy yesterday, I would pass on buying theme here,  low quality in my opinion.

 

I had a wholesale Floral Business many years ago, I bought directly from the farms in Florida, California and Central America, And sold to the florist in the area. The mark up is unreal.

 

I suggest sending a Western Union for cash in lieu of flowers. 

 

 

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9 hours ago, Falcon Cara said:

Waste of time and money in my opinion to send flowers in the Philippines, plus there flower shops are sub standard compared to US Shops, and they variety isn't very good here. I was looking at florist in Robinson Mall near the  US Embassy yesterday, I would pass on buying theme here,  low quality in my opinion.

 

I had a wholesale Floral Business many years ago, I bought directly from the farms in Florida, California and Central America, And sold to the florist in the area. The mark up is unreal.

 

I suggest sending a Western Union for cash in lieu of flowers. 

 

 

Western Union!!!????  Yikes!!!  They are the worse for sending money!   Remitly or XOOM ... with Remitly being the better of those two.

 

As for flowers .. I guess you have never been in the Dangwa area in Manila  .. I was amazed at the variety of flowers I saw there.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangwa_flower_market

 

 

And you need to take a trip to Baguio for the Festival of Flowers  :)  

 

 


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On 5/11/2019 at 11:35 AM, TBoneTX said:

As often as feelings dictate and as the budget permits. :) 

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Thread is moved from Off Topic to the Philippines forum, for recommendations of delivery services that have been used.

I understand. My fiancè just wonder how he can send me flowers. I dont know what good delivery service to tell him. 

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There are a ton of beautiful flowers in the Philippines and plenty of great florist, I only ever ordered online once, and that was through people I knew there. Cheap and easy. Every other time I hand delivered them myself.


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On ‎5‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 9:37 PM, Hank_ said:

Western Union!!!????  Yikes!!!  They are the worse for sending money!   Remitly or XOOM ... with Remitly being the better of those two.

 

As for flowers .. I guess you have never been in the Dangwa area in Manila  .. I was amazed at the variety of flowers I saw there.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dangwa_flower_market

 

 

And you need to take a trip to Baguio for the Festival of Flowers  :)  

 

 

Not a big fan of markets here, Wet, Dry, Flower or Night markets.  I am tall and I spend half my time dodging low hanging items and then trying to avoid obstructions on my foot path.

 

Never had a desire to visit Baguio, seems super boring place to visit.   I rather spend times on nice beaches or rivers, I am in Panglao Bohol as of now checking the place out.

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1 minute ago, Falcon Cara said:

Not a big fan of markets here, Wet, Dry, Flower or Night markets.  I am tall and I spend half my time dodging low hanging items and then trying to avoid obstructions on my foot path.

 

Never had a desire to visit Baguio, seems super boring place to visit.   I rather spend times on nice beaches or rivers, I am in Panglao Bohol as of now checking the place out.

Not to mention the "kano" tax each time you go into any of the open public markets 


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3 hours ago, Falcon Cara said:

Not a big fan of markets here, Wet, Dry, Flower or Night markets.  I am tall and I spend half my time dodging low hanging items and then trying to avoid obstructions on my foot path.

 

Never had a desire to visit Baguio, seems super boring place to visit.   I rather spend times on nice beaches or rivers, I am in Panglao Bohol as of now checking the place out.

you sounds like my husband he's 6'5" he dont hate seeing markets but he hates the hanging tarps..you should visit Baguio they have a nice weather there..if you hate 99°F weather you should go to Baguio its a nice place to retire too for americans who don't like too cold and too hot weather 😁😁

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19 hours ago, FilAm24 said:

you sounds like my husband he's 6'5" he dont hate seeing markets but he hates the hanging tarps..you should visit Baguio they have a nice weather there..if you hate 99°F weather you should go to Baguio its a nice place to retire too for americans who don't like too cold and too hot weather 😁😁

As much as I enjoy to vacation in Philippines, I don't see myself retiring here.  Quality of life in Philippines is not what I like, I don't like the lack of infrastructure and overall the medical is poor here.  Top that off with sky high prices on food and gas and I would have to look at Thailand or Vietnam.   Plus with the PHilippines being so anti foreigners where you can't own land and or can't work here, then it a no go for me.   

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