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Friday, December 2, 2011

Crying on a YouTube Video

I left my family in Philippines to find a good and well compensating job here in Singapore.  This started as a plan and end up with no choice.

Of course, when you are only paid less than P20,000 (SGD600.00) a month, you'll have to think of other options, right?  Where do I get a budget for my house, food and etc...

Working abroad is a common situation in our neighborhood. It's either the mother or father that will leave the country to find the milk and honey for the family.

Since young, I am familiar with the words "abroad", "seaman", "balikbayan", and the last and the surprising is the "package".  This is not the 90's, but that was the 1980's era.  Almost every neighbor has one family member that is working abroad.

So, I realized that nothing changed the Philippines for three decades until now.  When will this STOP?

I don't think it will, because around 11 million Filipinos are working abroad.  The Overseas Foreign Workers (OFW's) are contributing to the Philippine economy through money remittance.

The only way how to get away from loneliness here is to go online and have a Facebook and watch videos from YouTube.

I was browsing the internet few minutes ago when I saw this video, it made me CRY!!!


Being an OFW is difficult, it takes a lot of courage and mind-setting.  This is serious and should be thought twice or even thrice...

8 comments:

  1. bkit po wala pa kyong post ngaung bagong taon? hehehe
    eniwey, ako po ay nagbabalak sumubok ng aking kapalaran jan s SG ngaung April.. mejo nagdadalawang isip din ako dahil me nagsasabi na recession ngaung sa SG pero me mga nakakausap nmn ako na successful ang job hunting nila doon. Call center agent po ako for 5 yrs tpos prev job ko 2 1/2 yrs nmn n secretary. Ano po sa palagay nyo me kalalagyan b ko s SG (ginawa ko pa kyong manghuhula hehehe)? binbasa ko po ung mga post nyo kc its very informative and helpful para s mga tulad ko...

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    1. Hi, thanks for reminding me to post in my blog. I was so busy with my job and barely have time to do the posting.
      Anyway, I have a new post now, please check it out. What I know is that there are a lot of call centers here in Singapore. This might provide you the job and March and April is a good timing for you to be here, this is the time when employees are transferring to other companies, after they were given their Chinese New Year bonuses.:D

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  2. sosyal, pagkareceive ng bonus fly me to the moon na ang drama. Happiness nmn un.. thank you po sa sagot nyo.

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    1. You're Welcome! That's the painful part for the employers, but it's the hard reality.

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  3. sir are we really required to have an invitation letter? I wanna go to SG but I don't have friends nor relatives who can send one to me.=(

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    1. If you don't have friends and relatives, book a hotel (cheap one) and ask them for an invitation letter or any document that shows that you have a place to stay in SG. You can show this booking to the Immigration once they ask. No government wants a squatter in their territory. Assure them that you have a shelter while you go on tour.

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  4. i need your suggestion re cheap hotels in SG. thanks in advance.

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    1. Hi, as of now, I have limited knowledge regarding cheap hotels. But you can check this link about the Fragrance Hotel...this is one of the cheap hotels in SG. Try to inquire for the price...

      http://www.benalagnam.com/2011/01/frangrance-hotel-selegie-contact-number.html

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