Monday, February 25, 2013

Working Overseas

Why do overseas workers choose to work abroad?

Have you heard of doctors going abroad to become nurses? Why does a medical doctor preferred to become a registered nurse abroad, instead?

I gave birth to my eldest daughter in 2006. Parents always wanted the best for their kids so I have chosen one of the best pediatricians in our city to take care of my daughter, Dr. Arnel. He also happens to be my mother’s student in high school. When I was in the labor room, the interns interviewed me and also asked me who would be my baby’s pediatrician.  I told them it would be Dr. Arnel. The interns were happy to inform me that my baby is lucky because Dr. Arnel is really one of the best. We visited his clinic several times, for my baby’s monthly vaccines, check up for her cough and fever. I can say he is really expert and superb in his profession. But when my daughter was six months old, he informed us that he will be leaving the country. He already passed the nursing board exam and his papers are all processed in working abroad as a nurse.  Yes as a nurse. My mother being her teacher before, discouraged him, but he said, being a nurse abroad is just his stepping stone in pursuing his career as a doctor, abroad.

Some Filipino medical doctors have chosen to become nurses in United States not for their career growth but because they earn more than 12 times what they are earning in the Philippines. There are also cases where engineers are working as technicians or document controllers abroad and some college graduates even degree holders are working as domestic helpers to earn more. There are also lucky ones who are practicing their profession abroad and also earning more but away from their families. There are luckier expats who are earning much and are able to bring their family with them abroad.

The only main reason I see why most expats, OFW’s are working abroad is because of financial stability they want to have for their families. It is the financial stability for the love of family. I am working here abroad so I can give my daughters a better future. I was a QA Team Leader in the Philippines before but my salary is just enough for my personal needs. My husband has a good paying job but still our family expenses are more than what we are earning. We even have loans. Now, we are both working abroad. We are sacrificing being away from our lovely daughters believing we could provide them a better life.

Do you want to see your daughter cry in hunger or see your son cry because  you can not  buy the toy he wants or see your mother suffer due to old age, ailments because you don’t have money to let her be checked by doctors . It is not easy to bring down your pride, disregard your ego, downgrade your professional level, and above all be far from your families but because of the desire of being a good provider to your family so they can enjoy a better lifestyle, expats can endure all of these.  

Abu Dhabi-OFW-Working Overseas

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Be like Maya the Aggressive Dreamer

Jodi's character Maya has one ultimate dream- to become a flight stewardess

Telenovelas became part of our lives. We get emotionally carried away with the scenes and episodes. It’s like a drug, very addictive. You can’t wait for tomorrow wondering,what happens next. It completes your daily life. You even dream about it during your sleep. Even think about it when at work, and chat with your friends, post on your facebook, click like to the telenovelas FB fanpages. Now you’re smiling because, it’s true.

There is one telenovela craze in the Philippines entitled “ Be careful with my Heart.” Everyone will agree that “Be careful with my Heart" stands out from all other telenovelas. It‘s even a finalist in the 2013 New York Festival World’s Best Television and film in the telenovela category. It is a combination of love and comedy story spiced with simple problems in life. The only telenovela without violence as commented by all .Let me give you a glimpse of “ Be Careful With My Heart."

It is a story of a simple lovely lady named Maya. Due to family financial problems, Maya decided to work in Dubai so she can help her family and take a step to follow her dreams in becoming a flight stewardess but she became a victim of an illegal recruiter. When she arrived in Manila for her flight to Dubai, only then that she knew she was swindled by the woman who offered her the job. Maya was stuck in Manila with no money or place to go.Fortunately, she met Mr. Richard Lim, (also known as Sir Chief) handsome, rich, widower. Sir Chief has a big influence in the Airline Industry so Maya grabbed this opportunity to reach her dream. Maya accepted Sir Chief's offer to be the temporary nanny of his children, in exchange of the help that he will give to Maya, in becoming a stewardess.

Upon entering in Sir Chief's mansion, Maya became so much attached to the family.Since Sir Chief's wife died, the family's joy died with her.Maya gave life to the mansion.She was able to bridge the gap between Sir Chif and his children. Maya made their house a home. A home that is  full of love, joy and "positive vibes."As she became close to the family, Maya fell in love with Sir Chief but this will not stop her from reaching her dreams. She became a working student. Maya is so aggressive in achieving her goals. She is now having her flight attendant training in Time Airways.And the story of Maya and Sir Chief continues in ABS-CBN, TFC and some websites...

What is my point in sharing her story?

Be like Maya.She has her compelling reason why she wants to be successful, and that is her family. That is her "emotional why," which made her very aggressive and desperate in reaching her dream. She gets whatever she wants. She works hard for it with urgency.She is a woman of action.Problems won't stop her.She never                                   gives-up. Maya became stronger in life's challenges and more focused to her goals.She decides what will  be her future.

You can also get anything you want in life, you just need to find your emotional why and act aggressively,urgently.

Life is like a telenovela. Problems always come and go, we laugh and cry but these should not stop you in wanting to improve your life in whatever situation you are in now. I want to quote this from Brother Bo Sanchez," Don't just watch your life, be the script writer of your life and make it a happy ending."

God will be with you throughout your journey.


Abu Dhabi-OFW-Be Careful With My Heart-Maya Dreamer