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Nov
14
2016

Three ways to distract yourself from the election outcome

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With the news of Donald Trump being the new President Elect, many are upset with the results of this election. For Filipinos working abroad in the United States, this has some particular ramifications. It is no secret that Trump is very much anti-immigration, as well as very racist. He has been known to say incredibly racist and untrue things about Filipinos and would have them banned from entering the United States in the future. This combination could have a negative impact on the futures of Filipino workers in the Unites State of America, as well as their families. Many are considering moving to Canada, with the Canadian website for immigration crashing earlier today due to extreme web traffic that the site could not support.

As a Filipino worker, residing in America –you may have some tough decisions ahead of you when it comes to assessing your future as a working in the USA. However, for today you may be in shock or denial about the outcome of the election and may want to retreat and not engage with the issues for the moment. This is totally normal as this election result has changed a lot. If for today you want to try to distract yourself from this nightmare, here are three suggestions.

Play online casino games

If you want to escape the chaos of the election results, I do not blame you. One good way to keep yourself busy and distracted is by playing Royal Vegas online casino games. With over 700 great games to choose from, you can play for hours on end and not have to deal with the less than ideal reality! Games offered include poker, blackjack, slots, roulette as well as casual games like Keno and Bingo. You will also receive a new player welcome bonus of $1200, which can really help you win more money than you would have won without it.

 

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Watch a happy and funny movie

Sometimes a happy and funny movie that you really enjoy can be the trick to forgetting about the terrible things we hear in the news. Having a good laugh can really raise your mood and the general state of morale. Grab a bowl of comforting popcorn and sit back and relax. Good ideas for happy and funny movies include Anchorman, Zoolander, Little Miss Sunshine, The Hangover, and Wedding Crashers.

Do something fun with your family

In a time where a man so hateful has been elected to one of the world’s highest offices, it is a good idea to spend some quality time and do something fun with your family. Whether you go for a walk to the park or read stories to your kids tonight –try to do something fun to keep your mind occupied from everything that has just happened.

Hopefully, these three suggestions of activities to keep you distracted from the election results are helpful and provide some solace in this incredibly uncertain and difficult time we are now living in.

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Nov
13
2015

KAMING MGA OFWs, MAYAMAN SA RESIBO

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Kapag nasa abroad, wow! Ang nasa isip ng mga tao sa Pilipinas, ang mga OFWs ay sosyal, masaya, mayaman, etc. It was also the same thinking we had before we experienced working as OFWs. Hindi bawat OFW ay mapalad na gaya ng iba pero majority sa amin ay problemado lalo na when it comes to financial matters.

I am working in a remittance company here in Qatar. Every day when I am at work, halos lahat ng mga customers namin ay isa ang sinasabi “I’m here again, padala na naman. At ganon talaga”.  Nakakatuwa ‘di ba? Another thing which is common and is actually happening ay ang tawanan ng mga customers namin, talking about their families in the Philippines – about the text messages na dumarating at end of the month. Alam na! nagparamdam kasi malapit na ang pay day. But after sending the control number ng perang pinadala, wala ng feedback if they received the cash o hindi pa. Minsan kami pa mismo ang unang magte-text o tatawag just to confirm. But we understand kasi mahal ang international calls/text.  Buti na nga lang may social media na ngayon.

Kaming OFWs, Mayaman sa Resibo

Mayaman? Oo, mayaman kami sa resibo dahil monthly, we’re sending money to our families. Sa dami ng resibo namin, pwede na siguro kaming magtayo ng museum for our receipts na iba-iba ang services na nagamit at bansang pinagmulan. Bayani nga kami kung tawagin dahil sa aming sacrifices at maging sa aming great contribution for our country. Totoong mahirap ang malayo sa mga mahal sa buhay. Oo, masarap mamuhay sa abroad pero mahirap din. But for our dreams para sa sarili at pamilya, handa kaming magtiis.

Bakit nga ba sa resibo kami mayaman? Aside sa monthly support kasi namin for our family, yung iba may pinag-aaral sa college o kaya ay may project na pinapagawa – bahay or whatsoever. As much as we wanted to help everyone including our relatives na lumalapit eh wala na kaming maibigay dahil we also have personal needs at mahal din ang bilihin dito. Most especially yung mga OFWs na andito kasama ang asawa at mga anak nila, mahal din po ang tuition fees ng mga bata. Expenses pa sa daily na pagpasok ng mga kids kaya sana maintindihan niyo rin if talagang walang maibigay the moment na lalapit kayo.

Malaki man o maliit ang sahod ng mga OFWs dito, I tell you halos lahat ay problemado din sa pera lalo na kaming mga simpleng OFWs. If you will not experience working abroad, you will never understand kung ano ang sinasabi namin. Good thing lang talaga dito ay we are provided free accommodation and transportation by our company at higit sa lahat tax free.

Whatever the reasons are, we OFWs have the deepest reasons why we are here. It’s a challenge for us not to forget yung sarili din natin, kasi in the end, babalik at babalik din tayo sa ating bayan. Kaya SAVINGS is a must and we have to spend our money wisely.

– From a real-life OFW, guest blogger
 
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Aug
3
2015

Ako at ang Saudi

OFW ako. Engineer. Sampung taon na. Dalawang taon sa Qatar, walong taon sa Saudi. Hanggang ngayon nandito pa din ako. Ilang sandstorm na ang lumipas, ilang Ramadan na ang nagdaan. Pero okay naman. Eto, nakaka-survive. Malayo sa pamilya. Pero ika nga ng Maynilad, kaunting pasensya lang, dadaloy din ang ginhawa.

Nung unang salta ko dito sa Saudi, aaminin ko, oo na-culture shock ako. Yung pakiramdam na napunta ka sa ibang dimensyon ng mundo. Ano ba naman malay ko, eh sa mapa ko lang nakikita ang Saudi noon; malay ko ba namang makakaapak ako ngayon. Sabi nila madami daw camels dito. Yun ang unang inabangan ko dito, eh kala ko ba disyerto to? Eh dinaig pa yata ang Makati sa gaganda ng mga building! Sabi nila matutusta ka daw sa Saudi, kasi nga disyerto, walang puno, waiting shed; puro kaktus at mumunting tubigan lang. Pero iba ang nakita ko. Isang bansang may asenso.

Unang salta ko sa Saudi. Maalam naman ako sa Ingles, kampante ako dun. Naka-dalawang taon na ako sa Qatar, so sisiw na lang ang Inglisan dito sa Saudi. Pero na-nosebleed ako sa lenggwahe ng Arabo, grabe mapapalaban ako. Pero dahil flexible ang dila ng mga Pinoy, naka-adapt naman. Sa pagsulat ng Arabic napapraktis na din.

Sabi nila yayaman ka daw sa Saudi. Naalala ko nung bata ako kapag ang tao may suot na makakapal na gintong alahas, ang laging dialogue “iba talaga pag nakapag-Saudi”. Grabe pala ginto dito! Gasolina? Walang problema, sagana sila dito. Yun nga lang kung anong mura ng ginto at petrolyo, yun namang mahal ng tubig. Di katulad sa Pinas, hanap ka lang ng poso, wantusawa na.

Taon-taon nagtyatyaga ako. Okay naman ako sa sahod, worth it dahil hindi kulang para may matira sa akin at may maipadala. Strikto sila dito sa Saudi, kaya ang mga luho naiiwasan. May naiwan akong asawa at anak sa Pinas, pero dahil ang mga babae dito sa Saudi ay kadalasang balot na balot, malayo ako sa temptasyon. I love you Ma!

Makikita sa balita na laging negatibo ang balita tungkol sa Saudi. Pero kung tutuusin, para sa akin, pakiramdam ko mas ligtas pa ako dito kesa dyan sa Pinas. Bihira ang krimen dito, lintik naman kasi ang parusa! Yun nga lang, meron talagang mga pang-aabuso. Lalo sa mga domestic worker. Mababa kasi ang tingin sa kanila eh. Ang hirap sa loob lalo kapag kababayan mo yung nababalitaan mong nagawan ng abuso. Yung iba naman, malakas talaga loob. Pati kagaguhan dinala dito, hindi natakot sa parusang pugot-ulo o death penalty. Kaya ikaw na nagbabasa nito, kung balak mo sa Saudi, sumunod ka lang sa batas, wag gagawa ng katarantaduhan. Kung lalabas ka, dalin mo ang iqama mo, basic lang yan pero ambigat ng parusa kapag hindi mo nagawa.

8 years and counting. Gaano pa kaya ako katagal dito? 2 more years para sarado isang dekada? O mag-stay sa lupa ng mga Arabo hanggang sa kaya?

Contributed post by JT

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May
25
2015

Boat People: What will happen to them?

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Hot topic sa media ngayon ang tungkol sa mga ‘boat people’. Sila ay mga Rohingya people na mula sa bansang Myanmar. They’ve decided to leave their country dahil sa sigalot ng dalawang grupo – the Buddhist community at Rohingya Muslims – which had left hundreds of people dead and another hundred thousands of people homeless.

 

Nakakaawa ang kanilang kalagayan. Mabuti na lang, kahit magulo rin dito sa Pilipinas, hindi pa naman umaabot sa ganun ang sitwasyon nating mga Pinoy. I can’t think of scenarios like this na maranasan ng Pilipino.

 

And amid this issue, nag-volunteer ang ating gobyerno to provide humanitarian relief and assistance for the asylum seekers and refugees. This was after other Southeast Asian nations, like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia rejected the boat people. Let us prove daw that we Filipinos are compassionate and hospitable people.

 

Indeed we Filipinos are like that. We have proven it to whole world long ago, during World War II when then President Manuel Quezon ordered that the Jewish refugees from Europe be welcomed to the country. And when we provided a village in Palawan for the Vietnamese people to settle in when they flee from the civil war in 1970.

 

Oo nga at likas sa ating mga Pilipino ang pagiging matulungin. At ayaw nating mangyari na kapag tayo naman ang nangailangan ay wala rin tumulong sa atin. Pero ang tanong, sa bilyong tao sa Pilipinas, sa dami ng naghihirap, and with the present situation of our economy, can the Philippine government manage to adopt these Rohingya refugees and guarantee their welfare in our country?  Or it would only bring another shame to us dahil tumulong tayo only to make these people suffer too, in the end?

Nakaabang ang buong mundo, will our country extend help to these foreign refugees sa kabila ng katotohanang marami ding Pinoy ang kumakalam ang sikmura? Pero kung hindi natin sila tutulungan, sino pa ang kukupkop sa mga Rohingya?

 

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May
20
2015

How to Stay Happy as an OFW

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The reality of a foreign working environment and the necessity to immediately adjust to a totally new culture and language can be overwhelming. It would not be surprising if an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who always wanted to work abroad may seriously contemplate quitting after some time.

To snap out of these career busters, check out the tips below:

Love what you do. You can easily find joy in your work by recognizing the importance of your profession. Realize that your work makes the lives of others easier and better. The skills and the values you acquire while working also makes you a better person.

Count your blessings. Not everyone is qualified or is given the chance to work in a foreign land. Bear in mind that many Filipino workers back home aspire to be in your position.

Read more tips for migrant workers. 

 

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