Who among you family members work abroad?...

@aseretdd (13736)
Philippines
October 14, 2008 10:08pm CST
OFW's or Overseas Filipino Workers are the backbone of Philippine economy... in fact they are considered as the number one export of our country... a family is not complete without one or two or even three working aboard... just to provide for the family's daily needs... and education... These are my family members who work abroad... 1. Husband... in China right now... 2. 3 Uncles... one in Dubai... one in Diego Garcia... and the other one in Cuba... 3. Sister... Texas with her family... 4. Sister-in-Law... Korea... I myself was an OFW for two years... but decided to stay put to take care of my daughter since my husband is already working abroad... and my father already retired after being an OFW for more than 20 years... So... in your family... who works abroad?...
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@lrglara (1343)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
almost all of us are here in the mideast working. my mom, my dad, my brother, and me. my sister stayed in the philippines, working and will eventually join us. my cousin is in UK, whose brother is working in Taiwan. given a chance, i'll probably look for another job in another country. just for a change and other opportunities. :)
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
Wow... so there will be no one left in the Philippines to visit or really go to... are you planning to stay there for good?... Good luck to you... and i hope you find a much better job than the one you have right now... Thanks for the response...
@lrglara (1343)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
Not really. my intention wasnt really to settle to another country. i still love the philippines and would love to stay there. but opportunities are limited in our country and if there are chances which applies to me, why not! i would think about considering other jobs in other country! :)
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
17 Oct 08
I understand what you mean... i am just lucky that my before my husband went aboad... i landed a job that i suits my current lifestyle... flexible time... free internet access... and i can go home early... i think i am good for now... but i am not closing my door to a great job abroad...
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
17 Oct 08
Hello aseretdd....Oh I too have a long list of relatives who are working abroad,that a mere mention of their names itself is an impossible task.But I will just mention my brother in law's family as an example... My brother in law is working in China His only son is in the merchant navy and travles all over the world.Its difficult to locate him at any given moment. His only daughter is in Tokya ,with ehr husband. His wife is in India. Even to have a get together of this family is an impossible task...he...he....
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
20 Oct 08
Oh my... i wonder when was the last time they were together as a family... i guess it would really take year before they would actually meet up... i do not know if i can take that kind of set up... i was away from my daughter for two days... and i cried because i really missed her... Thanks for the response...
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
5 Feb 09
Thanks for the BR dear.......
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
You are very welcome...
@iyah10 (4116)
• Kuwait
15 Oct 08
You are absolutely right that Filipino people are the most exported products in any other Country and one of that is my wife and her family like in their family as well with her own Father: who travel first to Saudi Arabia when they are still young but the Father left them with another woman and it is my wife who tackle everything in their life that helped with her own Mother as well and the second is my wife: She travel here in Kuwait and work in the Hotel and here in my own Country and she have 2 brothers left behind but after we bring the brother for her in Kuwait and now he is also working in the place my wife work before in JW Marriott Hotel in Kuwait and the last brother just this year go to Saudi Arabia also and working in one of the Car company in there and it is only her Mother that has left in the house we bought for family and left with the 2 Sister-In-Law and the children in our house......
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Well... at least you are able to provide for the family members living in the Philippines... and with a little sacrifice and hardwork... you and your wife can save enough money to establish your own business and be able to just stay in the Philippines... Thanks for the response...
@iyah10 (4116)
• Kuwait
15 Oct 08
I hope my wife and I could do that soon but I think it is very impossible for me to leave there in which my Country Kuwait cannot allowed us to be living in another place unless if we will just have to go for vacation trip.....
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Well, time will tell if that will happen... but i hope it will be soon... so good luck...
@oyenkai (4398)
• Philippines
9 Mar 09
I don't have families that are OFWs but I do have families that are US citizens :) They work AND live there. That's different, right? I might be the first OFW in my family in the future :P Thanks for the response on my discussion!
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
9 Mar 09
Wow... that is quite rare... hard to find people in the Philippines who doesn't have relatives who are working as OFW's abroad... i guess your family is one of a kind... Thanks for the response...
@eichs1 (1934)
• Philippines
3 Mar 09
It seems many of my relatives are trying to have a job abroad. As of now, I have cousins in Canada, USA, UK and UAE. My cousins in Canada are all caregivers while those in the USA and UK are nurses. The one in UAE is an engineer working in a construction business. My sister is a domestic helper in Hongkong and so is one of my aunts. I think there is not much problem for those who can work abroad while they are still single. It is an opportunity for them to explore other countries while earning without so much concern left at home. The burden is too much for the mothers though. My sister and aunt in Hongkong have to leave their children to our relatives and even if the kids are in good hands, it is still heart-breaking to hear mother and child talking on the phone. Gosh! If I only have the means, I don't really want any child to be separated from his/her mother for a long time.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
4 Mar 09
This is the main reason why i opted not to return abroad... i have a 2 year old daughter... and just thinking of being away from her for years is already hearth breaking... so i decided to just stay here with her... it is just a good thing that i have a good job... Thanks for the response...
@gr8life (6253)
• Malaysia
2 Nov 08
Hello aseretdd, I don't have any of my family members working abroad. All of us are here in Malaysia and most of my family members except my two brothers and me, work as a government servant. My elder brother is a swimming coach and the youngest is working in a bank. The rest of the family are working in a different government department. There are still aplenty of work opportunities here and that's the reason that we don't have to resort working overseas, I think.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
3 Nov 08
I admire your country for that... here in my country... there are jobs... the salary is not enough to raise even just a small family... so most people would rather work abroad... i even considered working in Malaysia... but did not apply anymore... since i got pregnant... and i landed the job that i have now... but i am not closing my doors to working abroad again... Thanks for the response...
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@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
18 Oct 08
Hi aseretdd, here in my place, Malaysia most of the people here like to work abroad in our neighbor country, Singapore and the other one is Japan. My husband’s elder sister had been working in Singapore for more 13 years. Now she is retired and stays with us together. Both her son and her daughter in law are now working in Singapore as well. Before married my husband's nephew worked in Japan for several years. posting and take care.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
20 Oct 08
A lot of Filipinos work in Malaysia... mostly as domestic helpers... but i didn't know that Malaysians also like working abroad... and since Singapore is like practically on your country... i guess it won't be that difficult for you to find jobs there... so that is very nice... Thanks for the response...
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
My dad works abroad he's been there for 28 years and still counting. He likes working there because he climbed his way to the top. From being an electrician to a project engineer to the managing director. I am very proud of him!
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
Wow... your father must be a very hardworking person... most Filipinos are like that... especially if they are goal oriented... my father was already the supervisor in his department when he retired... and i think he really should because all of us... his children... are already finish studying... and have our own jobs... Thanks for the response... welcome to mylot and i hope you enjoy every minute of your stay here...
@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
15 Oct 08
My younger sister works as factory worker in taiwan and my aunti ie in america married with one child and a working mother too. I have friends in europe and in asia and also have offisemates in singapore.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
That is a good thing... is your sister enjoying herself in Taiwan... working in a factory can be quite tiring and monotonous... how about you?... do you have plans of workinga abroad too?... Thanks for the response...
@unuzzz (1274)
• Indonesia
15 Oct 08
hi aseretdd wow, you got lots of the family members abroad in my core family, nobody works abroad actually i want to work abroad.. hahaa i want to see the other parts of the world .. hohoo hopefully it'll become real.. hehee but some of my family members are working and staying abroad my father's eldest brother moved to HK and worked there his son work in an airline company in HK, and his daughter work in China one of my older female cousin work and got married in China some of my other cousins are in Singapore, Canada, USA, England, Australia writing it here makes me miss them.. huhuu thanks aseretdd !! XD
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
Wow... that is a lot too... i did not mention my cousins and father's cousins who are also working abroad... and it seems like that is the only way to go in order for a family to have a decent home and lifestyle... i know your dream of working aboard will become a reality soon... just be patient... Thanks for the response...
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
As for my family, I think I only have three family members who are working abroad, my two cousins working in the Taiwan and Singapore and my 2nd cousin is working in Dubai. Before we have four family members in the family, but my uncle resigned his work in Saudi Arabia and chose to stay with his family since his getting older too.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
That is already a lot... my father already retired from working abroad... and one of my uncles is going home and doesn't plan on going back... both of them would like to spend more time with us... their family... and like your uncle... they are also quite old to work abroad... Thanks for the response...
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
1. my father's been working abroad for 20+years.. he left before my older brother was born.. 2. my aunt's been working in New Zealand for a year now. 3. My Uncle and cousins- Germany
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
Wow... seems like you also belong to a family of OFW's... do you have any plans of working abroad in the future?... it would be a great experience for you... and it would be great if you can work with some of your relatives there... Thanks for the response...
@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
15 Oct 08
[i]Hi aseretdd, I have also relatives abroad, My aunt and her whole family as well as my first cousin(dad's side) with her family too and and dad's relative first cousins with their whole family also! I just arrived here and I didn't meet them yet, far from me and we are just calling from each other! It's very sad to be far from the family but only if we can find a great and descent job in our Country, I am sure no one wants to be away from their loved ones![/i]
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
That is very nice... in the long run you would be able to meet them... and it will be like a reunion... when my father was working abroad... he had a US visa so he would always visit my sister and her family before he goes to the Philippines for a vacation... and that was a good thing... Thanks for the response...
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
My parents are in abroad because they were petitioned by my mother's sister. They have been there for two years and yes, they do send remittances. These remittances make our country very stable.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
16 Oct 08
I agree... the remittances that OFW's send is like the back bone of our economy... and that is the main reason why we are not yet feeling the effects of the world economic crisis... i just hope that OFW's will not lose their job because of this crisis... Thanks for the response...
@romer08 (223)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Almost all of my cousins, aunts and uncles work abroad. But in our family, we dont have a family member working yet and I'm eldest son though I have plans to work abroad but not this year. I'm still gaining experiences here and enjoying my life here in the Philippines coz I know if you go abroad and work there. It will be hard for you to stay there if you miss your parents anf friends.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Well, i did not mention my cousins and second cousins who are currently workinga abroad... i agree with you... if you plan to do this... enjoy your life here in the Philippines to the fullest... because i am sure that when you are there... there will be nothing to do but work work and work... that is based form my own experience... Thanks for the response...
@mykmari_08 (2466)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
I am a Filipino myself, friend, and I do agree with what you mentioned here about overseas Filipino workers in one's family. Among my primarily family members which included my mom and dad and three younger siblings, none of us have ever worked in foreign countries. My father has been a public school teacher for more than three decades now but he may soon retire from his job because he is already in his late 50's. Earlier this year, my mom and her other officemates from a government agency were offerred an early retirement package which most of them availed, so at present she is tending a small store aside from taking care of my nephew. I'm the eldest among four siblings. I'm with my third employment where I've been with this firm for nearly four years now. The male sibling next to me, modesty aside, is a licensed ECE (electronics and communications engineer) graduate. Eventhough he has a brighter career if he works overseas, he decided to stay with his present employment here in the country. Then, my younger sister next to him is also employed locally. My youngest sister is still in college taking up a business course. In short, no one in my primary family is an OFW. But I'm afraid that several months from now, I'd be the first among us to work overseas, if God permits. I do have my own family now, with one daughter for a child. Her future education is the very reason I would have to undergo this sacrifice. Also, the company I'm with is planning to close shop by the end of this year or until the first quarter of next year. I think I forgot to mention that I do have a lot of relatives who are working abroad, most of them are seamen or nannies or some have married foreigners and eventually lived in other countries.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
You are very lucky that you grew up with your whole primary family intact... not a lot of Filipino families are as lucky... and i do understand why you need to go abroad... since you can provide you own family a better future if you do so... rather than live of the meager earning you will get here in the Philippines... Thanks for the response...
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
my father works in libya. he has been working there for i'm not really sure how many years but all i know is that he was already working there since i was in elementary and i'm already in college right now. it's been quite a long time already. he's and electrical engineer and he works in an oil company.=D
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
Wow... that is quite a long time... i think he will keep on working there until you and your sibling are finished studying... that was what my father did... he recently retired since we are all finish and have jobs... and he already has a house of their own... Thanks for the response...
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
9 May 11
I don't think that there is anyone in my country who doesn't have a family or a friend or an acquaintance that has left overseas. I have lots of relatives and friends abroad who have immigrated, some working and some studying. I still need to see myself go overseas, just for the reason of traveling. I don't have any dream of residing abroad. Most of whoI know still wants to go back home and retire. I guess, there is no place like home.
@kiran8 (15399)
• Mangalore, India
21 Apr 11
Hi asertedd, Even in India many people work abroad, though the trend is now reversing with many opting to come back and work here since the economy is really looking up .In my own family, my husband is in the merchant navy which means he is sailing most of the time.My son is in Boston, in the USA working there after having completed his masters in information technology and finance at Carnegie Mellon.My daughter is married and plies between Dubai where she works and Switzerland where her husband works, and most of my relatives are working abroad mostly in the Arabian countries....I have a happy time visiting them when ever I feel like, I am sure you too must be doing the same...all the best
@SViswan (12071)
• India
5 Feb 11
My father is in Africa(Sierra Leonne). Our whole family was in Kuwait till 10 years back. My father has been abroad for more than 40 years now. One of my uncles is in Kuwait, one in Muscat and another one in Ghana(Africa). One of my cousins is in the US and his brother in the Phillipines. Another cousin in Japan and his brother in Dubai.