In my case, I suspect it was the incomplete address. Anyhow, I requested that they send the mail to my home address the following day-Friday. If they send it in the morning, before noon, for sure I will get it by Saturday. And I should even be able to mail it back on Monday since I know of a same day delivery service from Penang to Kuala Lumpur.
Thankfully, Butch, the Philippine embassy staff heeded my request. I stayed and waited at home last Saturday and my mail arrived by 1pm. Immediately, I posted my “balota” at the POSLAJU office at TESCO, a big supermarket near my house. Hopefully, my vote should have been received this morning by the embassy just before their 3 pm deadline!
I didn't really want to vote in the beginning but I changed my mind at the last minute. Mainly, I wanted to prove if this "absentee voting" system would work. And secondly, I wanted to support a Mindanao party-list candidate.