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Jake Fernandez
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OMG YOU WROTE BACK!

I was starting to get worried about Santa. Good thing you came to the rescue Mrs. Clause! YEEEEEY!

Also it’s so fortuitous that you decided to write, on the EVE OF MY BIRTHDAY! Haha! You just made it a whole lot better!

It’s great that you found my instructions helpful. Santa seems to have had some trouble with it last year. He mistakenly sent the items to the North Pole instead of to California. That caused some headaches on his end. I’m sure you eventually found out. But it was nothing his Christmas powers couldn’t sort out.

Also, thank you for the kind words on my article. I too hope to eventually make it to Essen one day. I have Pandemic Legacy and T.I.M.E. Stories on a Pobox right now actually. But I think Christmas is the earliest I can expect it to arrive. Like I said, it takes a while to get stuff here.

I’ll be posting a review of Mysterium soon. Watch out for that! I’ll post a link here once it’s done.

Me and my girlfriend look forward to your gift Santa! While I said that we’re primarily eurogamers. I’ve put an Ameritrash spin on my wishlist, since these are games I’m unlikely to buy on my own without any advice. So your inputs on them is appreciated Mrs. Clause. In fact if you have any euro recommendations, those are appreciated as well!

Like I said, I really don’t mind if the gift takes a while. Just let me know so I can inform the Octavian the BGG Christmas Overlord hehe.
I look forward to hearing from you again. Oh and don’t worry. I’ll make sure to be “mahusay” hahaha. You mean “be good” right?

Merry Christmas!! Maligayang Pasko!!

Jake


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Dear Santa,



Merry Christmas! Or as we say here in the Philippines, "Maligayang Pasko!"

First of all, nice to finally meet you Santa! This is my 3rd year joining BGG's Secret Santa. And I’m happy to say that every year has been very rewarding (but not without its challenges!) Living all the way here in the Philippines means that extra steps need to be taken in order to send gifts or items (and avoid those dastardly customs fees!) But don't worry Santa I think I have a couple of suggestions to make things easier

Let me start by telling you a little bit of myself Santa. I think I have been a very good boy this year! In 2014, I told you about all the new things that were happening to me. New job. New girlfriend. 2015 is still a year of firsts for me. What am I talking about? Well I finally got to go to GEN CON this year!! Yes! I thought getting there was impossible to achieve. But me and a group of friends were able to scrounge up a plan to go the United States last August and maaaan.. what an AMAZING EXPERIENCE! I never even thought I'd be able to attend Gen Con ever. Makes me think Essen is now a possibility.

Also another first for me. This year (or rather this month actually), I started pursuing a long time desire of mine -- writing. Specifically writing about board games! I dunno, I've tried blogging and I guess I just couldn't be bothered with the technical stuff behind it. The breakthrough was when I recently reconnected with a couple of friends (edit: geeks) who are pioneering a geek news website here in the Philippines. You could say it's perfect. I just come up with content, they worry about putting it up. These are very exciting times for the board gamer in me Santa. Take a look at my first article here, maybe you can have the elves share it? http://www.ungeek.ph/2015/10/board-gamers-heed-the-essen-spi...

How about my actual gaming you ask Santa? Well every Thursday after work, around 3-5 of me and my friends meet up to play board games. I'm usually the guy who brings the games. I would say we're primarily a eurogame group, as our unanimous favorites are Palaces of Carrara, 7 Wonders, Dominion, Legendary: Marvel, Suburbia and Lords of Waterdeep.

Aside from the gang, I'm finding that I'm playing games more and more with my girlfriend as well. It’s great that I’ve gotten her hooked on the hobby. Her personal favorite is Ticket to Ride (we have almost all the expansions), but our favorites as a couple are Roll for the Galaxy, Five Tribes, and Castles of Mad King Ludwig.

Aside from those preferences, I guess there are some games I like so much more than anybody else. I'm a huge fan of Small World for instance, so much so that I got a copy of the Designer Edition for myself (I haven't played it yet though). I also really love Risk: Legacy and playing through its campaign was my best gaming experience ever. (Period!) I also think that Merchant of Venus is the best adventure game that’s pretending to be a eurogame. But that's just me. And every once in a while, I try to get some ameritrash gaming in. We’ve tried run a Descent 2.0 campaign many times. But alas. We didn't have the gaming fortitude to go through a whole campaign. I would like to go through one someday though.

Other things? Well I religiously update game ratings whenever I play a new game. So if you feel particularly curious about my preferences, you can look at my profile. I also have been recording plays since 2013. So I have a pretty complete record of all my plays on the geek.

Now about what I told you at the start, about how to get stuff here in the Philippines... personally I see two options. One option is the method I myself employ when I buy games from the US, and have asked my previous two Santas to use too. It is through a freight forwarder, that receives games/items on my behalf in the United States. Upon instruction, you can then have them consolidate it in one box and ship it to me here. The advantage of this method is that it avoids all customs and taxes. It is quite convenient. It is also very good for shipping multiple items from different sources, since they consolidate it for you. The only downside, is that it takes 2-3 months to get here. For the past two years, I’ve received my Secret Santa gift after Christmas usually. I really don't mind. I've been getting great gifts from my Santas Also, they've slightly increased their rates recently. So I would put that into consideration when looking at this option. The elves will not be happy if you cut corners I know hehe But if you're particularly keen in trying this out. I will post the instructions at the bottom of the letter.

The other option is to order from some of the local stores here. They are fairly reliable. The only downside I would say is that their stocks can be quite limited. It takes 4-6 months for new items to arrive here in the Philippines. Also, they can be quite pricier at a per game basis, as they have to put a margin on the items to cover for shipping. That's why I find it more cost effective to ship multiple games through the freight forwarder instead. I just fit as many games as I can inside a box (usually the smallest can fit 3-4 games). But nonetheless, ordering through local retailers is a good option to consider Santa, and I personally recommend www.gaminglib.com or www.ludogames.ph.

And that's it. Phew. You know every year I promise to write a shorter letter. And every time I just end up writing a longer one. Haha. I hope I at least entertained you Santa. I look forward to hearing from you soon. November figures to be a very busy month for me. Aside from the kickoff of the usual holidays, it will be me and my girlfriend's first anniversary on the 12th and then followed shortly by my 30th birthday on the 18th! Big things are up ahead!

Thank you for reading my letter Santa. Happy Holidays.





P.S.
How to ship to the Philippines using ocean freight:

What follow is a logistical step by step Santa. Bear with me. I'm sure you'd much rather be swooping through chimneys but unfortunately.. there are no chimneys in the Philippines. I've outlined how to send packages through a US ocean freight forwarding service called: www.pobox.ph

1) Create a free account at the website! You will have to use your real name and upload a photo ID. But you will to use my home address when asked for a shipping address. The rest of the details should be yours (such as email and username).

2) Send the items to their warehouse for receiving and consolidation!

Attn: "Your Name"*

1102 Arroyo St. Unit B

San Fernando, CA 91340

Tel no.818-3604938

3) Once there's a tracking number for the items, log-on with your account at the Pobox website and click on the "My Items" tab. Input the items you have sent one by one/line by line with the corresponding details such as tracking number (Very important! If it's a bit tedious, you can have the elves do it!)

4) Once the courier has confirmed that the items have been received at the warehouse, go back to the website and then My Items again, which should now reflect a time stamp for the receipt of the items. (Sometimes it takes a day for them to update). Turn your attention then to the drop down box at the upper left corner, select SHIP ALL ITEMS IN THE WAREHOUSE then click SUBMIT.

5) In a few days, you will receive an invoice in your email with an option to pay for the shipping through credit card or Paypal.

THAT'S IT! Very hassle free and easy. Let me know if you have questions!


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Registration Date: 2010-11-14
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