“Mabuhay.” I bet you expected me to write that. It’s a Filipina blogging — isn’t that how we greet each other in the Philippines?
Well, no. The only times I ever hear someone say “Mabuhay!” is at Duty Free Philippines or at a Miss Universe contest.
I suppose the reason why I’m starting this blog is I’m tired…
- tired of being pegged as a great singer (though for the record, I do like singing but it doesn’t like me back);
- tired of people automatically assuming that, as an OFW or overseas Filipino worker, I’m a nurse / domestic helper / seafarer (all valuable and tough jobs, by the way) or that I’m either loaded with money (back home) or poor as a mouse (abroad). It’s strange to paint an entire nation’s overseas population this way;
- tired of seeing other OFWs work so hard for so long in difficult conditions abroad, only to have near zero savings when they finally decide to return to the Philippines for good. I work in finance, so I hope to share a few tips on how to manage our hard-earned cash;
- … and other stereotypes.
By sharing my thoughts here, I hope to give you another perspective on us OFWs and Filipinos in general.
I’ve been working overseas for over ten years with around seven of those spent in Singapore. I grew up as a third culture kid, but for the most part was raised in the Philippines.
I’m also a mom to a preschooler, so expect some posts about #momlife here and there.
Oh, and I’m two years in to learning an entirely new language, which has been made more interesting in the days of Covid-19.
I’m looking forward to reading your stories and hearing from you too. 🇵🇭 | 🇸🇬
Think critically dear readers,