It wasn’t really my intention to visit these two untold historical sites of Georgia, the Uplistsikhe and Vardzia, the hidden gems of this magnificent country. My original plan is – to head off to Batumi after sightseeing Tbilisi. However, during my excursion at Tbilisi, I’ve met two working professionals (Lim & Kenny) from Malaysia who were also working in the Middle East. Our accidental meeting turns out to be the start of a new friendship, and they’ve invited me to join them with their itinerary on the following day.
We all know that working overseas is no bed of roses, it’s a painful sacrifice often coupled with success and failures. Whether you’re working locally or abroad, our ultimate goal is to provide our needs, feed our families, and save a portion for our retirement. Unfortunately, only a few overseas workers are able to save enough and prepared to forego their career abroad. Many are still returning back and forth despite having spent almost half of their lives abroad.
Have you ever thought of working abroad, haven’t you? Are you feeling jealous seeing your friends working in a foreign land? Or perhaps getting envious while watching your friends posting nice photos on their social media accounts. Admit it, you’ve wished to work abroad too or perhaps thought about it!
For most people, the idea of working abroad sounds very exciting, it’s like having a long vacation to another country. Seeing new places, meeting new people, having new friends, being able to buy new stuff and getting loads of money! Believe me, this is what you’ve thought about seeing your friends and relatives working abroad.
It’s four o’clock in the morning, the place is quiet and peaceful. The only sound audible is the alternating crows of the roosters echoing through the valleys signaling a bright new day is about to break out. A day full of hope and inspirations.
Meet Randy Custodio, 35, years old, an Account Specialist, in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an Overseas Filipino Worker. From Ilaya Bulo, Province of Quezon, Philippines.
The Metaphor of Life
Sailing alone into the deep blue sea hoping to catch fish to fill his rumbling stomach. As he paddles towards the middle of the ocean where he could see nothing, but the magnitude of the approaching swell.
He looked around back and forth, where there is no more land visible from the distance, realizing he has gone too far. His heart beats fast, though scared and daunted he continued boldly crossing the unrelenting waves that strike against his wooden boat as if yelling him – ‘you can’t make it to the shore.’
Christine, Single Mother of 3
Meet Christine, 30 years old, from Indahag Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. A single mother of three. After her failed marriage life, Christine was left alone raising and fending her three children. Thinking to provide her kids brighter future, Christine left the country and decided to work in Saudi Arabia way back in 2013.