|Facade of the Post Office in NIA, Quezon City|
Isn't it exciting? After finding cheap or rare stuff from international sellers, your item will be arriving soon. Many of the sellers are located abroad, so international shipping takes several weeks to reach here.
Once your item arrives here in the Philippines, the postal office will send you a card to pickup your stuff. The card specifies which Postal Office you should pick it up. For example, mine is at NIA in Quezon City.
If you're going to commute, I found several ways to get there. But the easiest would be to get off at Centris in Quezon Avenue. Then walk along EDSA, make sure that you're walking on the side where the MRT travels to North Avenue. If you're on the wrong side, you may have to go a long way back just to cross the highway!
Again... from Centris, just walk along EDSA toward the first corner, which is 'National Printing Office'. From there, turn left until you get to the next corner. The Postal Office should be easy to spot from there.
Once inside, head to Window 37 and present your card for assistance. The clerk will ask for a valid ID from you, and then you will sign on a logbook.
You will be asked to wait to be called from Window 39. Depending on the queue, it may take around 15 minutes or more. Once called, they will open your parcel in your presence, for inspection. Then they will ask you to pay a fee. (I asked how they compute, they told me it was 12% Tax + 1% E-VAT.)
There. It's over sooner than you think. Very smooth process.
For my first ever ebay purchase, I was full of uncertainties about what to pay, what process, how long it all takes... plus all the horror stories I heard/read. I'm thankful and fortunate to have a smooth experience. I hope my sharing of this experience was somehow enlightening and shed off some of your fears.