Diary of an Overseas Filipino Worker (Buhay ng OFW)

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An OFW life abroad is both a challenge and a fulfilling experience. Earning money for oneself, for the family, and for the county is vested with tons of pains, heartaches as well as triumphs and sheer joy.

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An OFW life abroad is both a challenge and a fulfilling experience. Earning money for oneself, for the family, and for the county is vested with tons of pains, heartaches as well as triumphs and sheer joy.

It’s almost a month when I left home and I still remember that very day I stepped into that plane full of anxious and fears of what the foreign land could bring. I am here and things have drastically changed from the day I left home.

Language Barrier

Aside from the time difference adjustment, I have worked hard to fit in. Middle East has a diverse culture of western, Indian, Asian and minority of different cultures from different parts of the world. The first struggle is to speak and listen in such a fashion that language barriers are reduced to a tolerable level. Communication has been one of the major challenges considering that we came from different backgrounds. Though English is widely spoken, the accent and delivery differ from one race to another. I also find it hard to communicate in the pronunciation key understandable to everyone. Is that a bad thing? No, I believe experience is enriching. I have learned a lot of way to communicate and I have also understood others. After a month, I learned to appreciate differences in terms of language.

Digesting Food

Finding hometown foods is also difficult since I am currently located in a country where pork is not popular; I scouted other alternatives to keep my stomach happy. For a month, I lived eating chicken and canned goods. These are the moments when I badly miss my mother’s great foods. At home, she would prepare a variety of foods from afritada, menudo (pork in tomato sauce with carrots and potatoes), fish in tomato sauce, healthy vegetables sauté in olive oil. At special occasion, she would prepare spaghetti, ham, grilled pork or fish, calamares (fried squid rings) and many mouth-watering foods. Those foods are nowhere to be found near me now and if I ever find them somewhere or in a Filipino restaurant here it will cost me five times of how much I could pay for it back home.

No regrets

There are countless reason why being an overseas worker is harder than I thought like the living condition, the space, lack of privacy, difficulty in work place adjustment, weather acclimatization, cultural diversity and etc; but the worst among the challenges is missing home big time. Every day, you think of your family, like what are they doing, if they are fine or have taken meals. You’ll be missing your friends, your hometown, your usual activities, the great moments you shared with those people you know and cared for.

Despite all of this life must continue. I need to be here to earn the money I cannot earn working in my country. This is the sacrifice I need to take to return the love from my family especially my parents. And I definitely have no regrets.

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Buhay Ofw, Family, Home, Ofw, Ofw Challenges, Overseas, Overseas Filipino Worker, Relationships, Working Abroad, Working Away From Home

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Nov 2015 (#)

It is tough especially for those who are quite attached to family. We miss many intimate moments of growing up with our loved ones. One needs to evaluate the position from time to time and move on, or move back! siva

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author avatar peachpurple
10th Nov 2015 (#)

there are many filipino working overseas too. Language problem and missing families are big issues

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author avatar Marcus Writes
10th Nov 2015 (#)

True indeed.

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