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Aug
27
2014

Filipina Samaritana Commended for Returning Lost Wallet

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A former call-center agent from the Philippines returned a found wallet to a university professor.

The good samaritan

The good samaritan

Marsha delos Santos-Brunswick found the purse dumped near a train station when she was about to catch a bus home. She searched the inside and found the ID of the owner. She Googled the information and succeeded in reaching Dr. Carol Pretlow, a Norfolk State University professor.

Dr. Pretlow was robbed by a man while waiting for the train.  Though she was not harmed, her bag was stolen.  But she was more than thankful that her purse was returned. It was not the money she was thinking about. Her dad’s picture inside the wallet is way too important for her. The professor also said that it was the only picture she has of her parents and she considers it her angel spirit, making it more important than anything else.

Though Brunswick declined receiving reward from Dr. Pretlow, the professor seek the help of a newschannel to thank the Filipino. Dr. Pretlow invited Brunswick over for a lunch. But she was surprised with a NewsChannel 3 People Taking Action award together with a $100 Visa gift card which came from a community sponsor Southern Bank.

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Aug
11
2014

Pinay Maid became a Restaurant Owner Abroad

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When it comes to Filipino food, Panga’s Bulalo and Laing Restaurant is the place to be.  Cynthia Panga, a former household service worker is now a business woman and the owner of the said restaurant  in Salalah, Oman.

super maid

Pangan’s luck in the food business began when her former Omani employer offered her the chance to manage a restaurant.

Five years naging katulong ako, nag-part time ako ng seven months.  After that, may nakilala ako, amo ko. Nag-offer siya sa akin. Offeran kita, kaya mo bang mag-manage ng restaurant?” she said.

Panga has been in Oman for 22 years, single-handedly providing for her three children after her husband left them.  She accepted the offer even though she did not have any background in running that kind of business.

That decision proved to be the best as her luck started coming in and she was able to start her very own restaurant business. She is also sharing the blessings by providing jobs in her business to relatives and other Pinoys.

She still finds time to support to the Filipino community.  The restaurant also enabled Pangan to send her children to school, save, and invest in properties in the Philippines.

See and apply to service and domestic jobs at: www.workabroad.ph posted by POEA-licensed agencies.

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Aug
6
2014

Once-Conjoined Filipino Twins Now Living Separate Lives

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The separation 10 years ago of conjoined twins from the Philippines wasn’t perfect, but the boys’ mother says their survival is reason enough to celebrate the anniversary.

 

One twin dances to Michael Jackson tunes and uses an iPad, plays video games. The other has significant, possibly permanent, problems walking and talking.

 

The boys, now 12, were born joined at the top of their heads, unable to sit up, stand straight, eat normally or see each other.

 

conjoined twins

 

Their case was accepted by the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Carl and Clarence Aguirre were separated on August 4, 2004.

 

The boys shared a bridge of brain, 5 or 6 centimeters long, which had to be divided.

 

The lead surgeon, Dr. James Goodrich said that there was some degeneration of Carl’s right parietal lob, which controls the left side. The boy suffered seizures, now controlled with medication, and has limited use of his left arm and leg.

 

He uses a wheelchair and leg braces, and there’s hope he’ll eventually be able to walk on his own, though Goodrich doubts there will be a full recovery.

 

Arlene Aguirre said her son can utter just a word or two at a time, such as “thank you” and “bye.” Carl spends the school day in classes for kids with multiple disabilities and gets occupational, physical and speech therapy.

 

She said, Clarence, who can be difficult to understand when he speaks, also get some special instruction in communication. But unlike his brother, he is an attention-seeking pre-teen who leaps up to high-five visitors and is quick to show them his favorite video games.

 

Both boys wear helmets to protect their skulls. Once they’re fully grown, the skulls will be patched.

 

They have not been back to their hometown of Salay, Misamis Oriental and Arlene said she misses her family. The family lives in the U.S. on a medical visa. Arlene Aguirre said she hopes that she and her sons can eventually become American citizens.

 

As a single mother, she is getting easier as the boys grow up in their white house behind a picket fence off a busy road. She has a support network of friends who come on weekends to stay with the boys while she buys groceries and runs errands.

 

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May
30
2014

How to Prevent OFWs Homesickness

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Homesickness is a form of anxiety that occurs when the world feels less stable around them. Their thoughts are split between trying to adjust to their new surroundings and thinking about who and what they have temporarily left behind.

HomesicknessThe truth is, living abroad is one of the most unique and fulfilling experience that you’ll ever have over the course of your life. It’s important not to let that degree of homesickness prevent you from enjoying the travel experience. Here are a few ways how to prevent homesickness, so that you’ll be able to enjoy the adventure.

  1. Have a hobby. Keeping yourself busy with what you love helps in defying your gloominess.
  2. Realize technology. The use of cellphones, facebook, twitter, instagram, skype or even fast airline will connect in seconds or minutes and arrive in a few hours to our beloved homeland.
  3. Create a daily routine. This means not just waking up at the same time and cooking yourself a great breakfast, but also incorporating something fun or interactive like going to a nearby market to buy something or meeting with friends for some sports activities.
  4. Party, drink and dance. Just keep in mind that consuming alcoholic drinks must be within good limits. But drinking or partying helps avoid sadness and homesickness.
  5. Send gifts back home. This will give your days a fun purpose, keep you connected to those that are important to you like your family or friends. Consider giving gifts from your new country and send them back home.
  6. Have a good run. Running, jogging or even walking helps a lot in relieving the gloomy emotions. Have a good run and your gloominess will simply weaken, it helps promote negative energy to positive one.
  7. Explore the new country. Ask around for great hiking destinations and try to see how many you can accomplish before you leave.
  8. Strive to excel in work. Striving to do best at work is better to keep yourself busy with anything. It is a good way to keep away from homesickness.
  9. Do something scary. Do something you find scary or embarrassing to reduce your anxiety in a new place.
  10. Work on positive thinking. Try to learn and to think positively all the time.

 

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May
28
2014

I’m A Hardworking OFW, but My Wallet is Often Empty

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He is an engineer in the Land of the Rising Sun for almost two years. He has a family as his motivation and inspiration for working hard abroad. But, even with his high salary grade, it seems everything is still insufficient. Why is this so?

wallet

Most Filipinos think that if you are working abroad, you are instantly rich. Wrong. Payouts may be higher than here in our country, but it doesn’t guarantee being wealthy in a snap. Not with a family that is overspending from what is being received through remittances.

With the first part of the salary received, things will be bought as a sign that the family is starting to do well. There will be new furniture and appliances. There will be new clothes for everyone. The children will then be transferred from the public schools to private schools. Frequent strolling in the mall will be part of the weekend activity.

For the next remittances, the house will be renovated, or new house will be built on the land that was purchased in a subdivision or village. Whatever the children would want to have would be given right away. Every new gadget that is out in the market and hot for the lifestyle would be bought, even if it is not a necessity anymore.

Overspending and not setting a budget for the family’s need is the main reason why most OFW families are still not satisfied with their life. Even if an OFW work hard abroad, when his family is not wise enough to spend the money he earned, everything will be insufficient for them.

Instead of splurging on luxuries, why not save on the children’s future, a business, medical insurances, and family emergencies. One cannot know how long he will be strong enough to work in other countries, how long he will be far from accidents or disasters, and how secure he is with the company he’s working on. So saving for the future is a first on every OFW family.

–Audrey

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