Ang kahirapan, walang trabahong mapasukan o kung mayroon man ay kulang ang sahod para ipantustos sa lumalaking pamilya, ang bumuo ng mga pangarap ay ilan lamang sa dahilan kung bakit tayo ay mangingibangbansa. Iyon ay di lamang para sa ating mga sarili kungdi para sa ating mga minamahal na maiiwan sa Pinas. Hindi madali ang maging bayani dahil dugo at pawis ang ipupuhunan mo. Talagang malaking sakripisyo ito na malayo ka sa iyong mga minamahal - pero mas maigi na rin ito kaysa ngumanga ka habang nangangarap.
I was lucky though because I did not experience much difficulty in acquiring an overseas job. My uncle-in-law who at that time was a chief accountant of the company Kawasaki Helicopter Saudi Arabia - Finance Department helped me get my current job by recommending me to the administrator of the company. A Philippine based recruitment agency, FB Allan processed my papers and I was able to go out of the country as a documented OFW.
When I arrived in my current location on March 23, 1994, I was first employed as a janitor/laborer. That will be my work position for two years and nine months. The management must have noticed my hard work because I was promoted to be a Facility Records Clerk. After some time I was again promoted to be an Analyst/Bookkeeper and this would be my job for nine years and three months.
The promotion did not stop there. On May 8, 2006, I was assigned as Secretary to the Vice President, then later as an Analyst. At present, the company I am working for assigned me to be the manager of a new showroom that sells home decors. From being a mere janitor, I had gone a long way and one can say that things just get better and better for me. Aside from working, I also devote some time for my other interests. While employed, I took up a creative writing course via email with the Writer’s Bureau in Manchester London from year 1999-2000. In 2001, I took up Journalism and short story writing course with the ICS, PA, USA.
My experience of Saudi life can be described as pleasant. I found the Arabs to be friendly and accommodating people. I also enjoy my new environment and was fascinated to see some of Riyadh's treks. Every weekend I go out with my peers for a trek. We had visited Riyadh’s National Museum, the red sand dunes, the hidden valley, the historic kingdom of the first king Saud of Saudi Arabia the Al-Diriyadh; Haer - the only place in Riyadh to experience the nice ambience of water lake and man-made-river, the dates plantation, the olaya which is the business center of Riyadh where the two landmarks the Al-Faisaliah and Kingdom tower are standing robustly, and the Al-Batha market which is known to be the Filipino market for anything and everything.
Even if it seems to be having the time of my life in Saudi, I still cannot deny that the Philippines is my true home. Among other things, I miss Filipino foods such as lechon, bibingka and sapin-sapin. I also long to celebrate special occasion such as Christmas, New Years, fiestas, etc, with my family and loved ones.
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