Last month (May 31 to be exact), marked my 12th years working outside of my beloved country. Congratulations to me! I survive – still surviving!
Twelve years ago I Decided to work abroad because of so many reasons and one of those was, of course I wanted to help my family, mostly eto naman ang reason ng mga OFW. Akala ko/namin kasi ganon kadali mag-trabaho abroad. Since I was young then I had that feeling na yayaman ako kapag nag-abroad ako. hahaha! Hindi ako na inform na kailangan ko palang banatin ang buto ko pati muscles ko ng bongga, kumayod kagaya ng kalabaw, at kumain ng tinapay at noodles lang sapat na.
The struggle was real. I had to fight the battle of HOMESICKNESS. Yes, I can work without sleep, I can eat noodles and bread everyday and I can work whole day and whole night but fighting with homesickness was really hard. Tapos hindi pa uso ang facebook noon at mga free calls from other Apps. Buti na nga lang my mobile phone na at pwedeng tumawag at may text (paano pa kaya yung mga nag-abroad noong unang panahon na puro sulat lang walang call and text). Isang taon ata akong iiyak nalang kapag biglang nakaramdam ng homesick/lungkot at gusto ng umuwi kasi miss na miss ko na pamilya ko. hahaha! . Natatawa nalang ako pag naalala ko to.
I really thank God for giving me good and understanding employer, friends and my spiritual family, they were one of the reasons why I survived and still surviving. I learned a lot with my twelve years journey. Blessings, trials, weaknesses, strength, the culture, the people and how to deal with this and that, I could really say that I made the right decision for not giving up and for following what God’s plan for me…