We’re making our last major family trip to the Philippines for the foreseeable future given the high cost of travel. It will be a big reunion for all of us after spending last year there, me as a student minister with the UU Church of the Philippines. I did go back in February briefly, and was impressed to see the growing numbers of the Metro Manila/Quezon City UU group that I helped ground, and the urban poor fellowship of Bicutan.
Here are some of the numbers that we’ve been pondering in preparation for the trip:
- 1 new baby, born April 9.
- 5 business days needed to receive new passport.
- $180 dollars needed to expedite and express ship the new passport.
- 4 round-trip plane tickets, 2-stop, using the last of my 240,000 United Airline miles.
- 10% of full fare plus taxes for the infant seat – roughly $400.
- 12 bags allowed, 2 per fare passenger, 3 for me as I’m a United Premier 1K, and 1 for the infant.
- 840lb of luggage allowed, including 50lb promised to UU Philippines for books, 10lb for rice to a family friend, and several hundred pounds of gifts.
- 10% Value-Added Tax potentially applied to all imported gifts.
- 1 used electronic per returning Filipino citizen allowed (we’re planning to bring an LCD TV).
- 2 in-country trips planned, to Dumaguete and Bohol.