It's expensive to be an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)

1/12/2016 Japhet 0 Comments

It's expensive to be an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)

Checking out price tags and converting it to Philippine currency, who among you does this before you purchase something in a foreign land?


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According to a friend working overseas "kapag convert ka ng convert, hindi ka mabubuhay dito sa Singapore. You need to purchase your needs in order to live a good life. Ano pa at nagtrabaho ka sa ibang bansa para alagaan ang pamilya kung ang sarili mo hindi maalagaan." I suddenly remember the rule in first aid; you cannot save others if you can't save yourself.


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When you choose to work in a country that can give you good fortune, you also have to expect expensive demands - high cost of living. You need to live at the moment and adjust, making you a participant of that country's economic up’s and down.


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In order to live and earn the right fortune when working outside of your country, you need to be wise with your decisions.


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Do not be an impulsive buyer. Buy what you need – those that are efficient for your daily activities. If you are staying in a country that do not offer tingi-tingi products like what we have in the Philippines then make sure that what you are buying can last to your designated period of time.

Consider healthy options. You can regrow your own food from the cut outs of your previous dish. I found this very interesting photo on facebook (originally from http://jerryjamesstone.com/) that I keep on my phone for reference. This will surely be a huge cut to your daily budget.



Cook your own meal. It’s cheap and it’s an opportunity for you to nurture and expand your taste buds. It’s also a good practice of your and every Filipino’s innate skills in cooking yummy meals. Diba?


It's expensive to be an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)

Open an account and save! Effin Save! I know it’s hard, but setting aside needs and wants is a must in order to save money. Consider simplicity and efficiency in every purchase. Ano bang magiging value ng binili mo to improve your living?

Be happy! Make sure you enjoy what you are doing. Stress and depression will only cause too much spending on unnecessary relievers.

It's expensive to be an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker)

Lastly, let your relatives know how hard it is to live outside of your own country. Do what my sister did, invite them to come over your place and let them spend their own money for all their needs. Hahaha! Kidding aside, it is important that your family knows what you are going through. I understand your dilemma; just like saving, it’s hard because of this certain mentality “Japan-japan sagot sa kahirapan”. They think you being there will make the whole family rich, but that is only a possibility and not everything is instant! In order to avoid dramas at kung ano-ano pa sa pamilya, set your long term goals with them. Make them understand that in order to achieve these goals, their participation is a must. Tigilan na rin kamo yung pakikinig sa sinasabi ng 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Family. Focus sa goals!

Working abroad may mean a lot to every Filipinos who wants a detour to absolute financial gain. But we must consider the odds – the reality that there’s no express ride to your destination if you are not willing to pay for it. Being an OFW is expensive, pero kaya mo yan. Magaling tayong mga pinoy diyan.

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The more I immerse myself to different cultures and people, the more I realize how to value life - that you should live it in balance and with a well state of mind. I want to meditate!  

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