Before my brother came here for a short vacation, we had a lot of emails and online chats exchange. It was a process that Pinoy (Filipino) travelers go through when they are going to visit a family member abroad. Let me explain this further. When a Pinoy is going to travel abroad it is expected to meet up with some Pinoy family and friends alike. And this calls for "pasalubong" (presents from home). So I emailed him a list of the things I want him to bring to me when he comes here. They are mostly Pinoy food that I miss so much and are not available in the stores here.