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Just like the Program in National Geographic, Lock Up abroad. I name this blog post as Living Abroad. What is it to be like living abroad? What are the pro's and cons? You might be looking only at the salary you will be able to receive and not taking into considerations other things. I would like to share to you my experience on Living abroad. I will try to share my feelings and point of view leaving out our Dear Philippines and taking advantage of this opportunity.
Saying Yes on a job offer was a breeze. Given the amount of salary was way too huge. So for about a month of thinking,I grab the opportunity. At the back of my head I was thinking that it would only take you 6 months of hardwork compare to 5 years I'll spend working in Manila. I work as a Broadcast Support Manager but still pursue my OFW opportunity. I will not use the term OFW Dream since I'm actually half-hearted on my decision. Everyone in the family is excited that finally we will be able to pay for our debts and mortgage. It will be a three months of sacrifice and after that a debt free me! Little that we know that everyday it will be hard for each family member.
How many of you went abroad not because of money? We'll aside that you are tourist. You go abroad because we need money. It is the very reason why. Aside from the neighbor and friends in a social media that adds pressure on their achievement. I found out that not all who went here landed on a good job but that is not the point of this blogpost. If you are living abroad or you will be Living abroad take note of the following:
1. Full-heart Decision.
2. Ability to swallow your Pride.
4. Hardwork with perseverance plus Good Luck!
5. Find great friends as much as possible.
6. Look for great Taxi or car lift. You'll be needing their service and its much safer to find a Filipino driver.
7. Educate yourself on the culture of the country you are working.
8. Network.... you'll need this once you sense they're firing you up.
9. Silence and self assessment.
10. lastly, SMILE!
It's really hard to live abroad. You only care about yourself. You have to find your food. You have to do your laundry, dishwashing.. and the best part of it..... When you are sick. You have to send yourself to the hospital. It was a daily battle that you are talking to yourself alone in the mirror and just wishing you are HOME. And out of all this crazyness you still persist to stay because of the great salary.
For the last advise if you are like me that have leave my family....Just think of the MONEY and that everything is Temporary. 1 year is enough to save a lot of money and headback home....
I'm currently working here in Qatar as a Senior Engineer for a Broadcast Station.. and I love the salary! hahahahahhahaha