Now for some good news after a rather negative way to start the new year.
I was able to collect my blog’s earnings from Google AdSense via the Western Union Quick Cash Method and this is my first time to do it. Yeah, the service has been available since last year and I would have shared my Western Union payout story if my blogs were performing better. (ehem!)
Anyways, I did not go directly to a Western Union branch but in a bank. I looked for one near the Asian Institute of Management and luckily, the Banco Filipino branch in Paseo De Roxas was affiliated with Western Union. Before going there, I copied the required information from the AdSense site to be able to get the cash.
As soon as I got there, things looked good because there was no queue anywhere. I was prompted to the New Accounts section to fill out the Western Union forms and the bank officer asked for two valid ID cards. A few minutes after, the bank officer asked me sit down and wait for my name to be called by the teller. (yes, the transaction will be finished on the teller counter.) Good thing I had some class readings with so studied a bit while waiting. (How boring can you go: studying inside a bank with few people.)
My wait was around 10 minutes when the teller called my name and happily I got and went to her. A few signatures here and there and I got my dollar bills. However, here’s a little warning: When the money you will receive has non-whole amounts, like in my case 4 cents, you will get them in the Peso equivalent.
All in all, my Western Union/Adsense transaction took about 30 minutes total. Not bad, but the x-factor here is that make sure to go the bank or your preferred Western Union agent on a non-peak time. I had an experience with Xoom a couple of years back… Oh wait, that’s a different story.