Ber months na, OFW kumusta ka?
Kumusta ka na Makabagong Bayani?
I have spent my Christmas away from my family in Saudi Arabia and Singapore as an OFW for quite a number of years.
Usually, this is the time when I avoid looking at pictures of my family and friends. Looking at their facebook and instagram just makes me miss them more.
Read about my last post What OFW’s don’t tell you about life abroad?
Homesickness normally strikes during holidays and birthdays of loved ones. These are the times when there’s so much fun in the Philippines. We OFWs feel so much pain spending Christmas away from family. We just don’t normally tell people.
About 6 years ago, I was on my way to Manila from Dammam in Saudi Arabia. I was talking to the guy seated beside me. An OFW working in Saudi Arabia for 8 straight years without returning to Philippines for vacation. When the Pilot mentioned something like “We are near Manila Airport and about to land” I heard him shriek.
Someone uttered loudly “sa wakas malalanghap ko na din ang hangin ng Pinas
It takes about 8-9hours of travel time from Dammam to Manila. For someone who has not seen his family for years, the 8-9 hour journey is just so long.
Maybe you are wondering about my post for today. What message do I want to highlight? I know the hardships and pains of being an OFW. It’s very painful tobe away from our families.
Our remittances help the Philippine economy big time! That’s why we OFW’S are the modern day heroes, but we need to help ourselves first. We cannot work abroad forever. Remeber, you cannot bring back the lost time with your loved ones. Manage your finances well.
SAVE and INVEST so you can reach our dreams and goals faster.
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