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I’m gonna tell you guys more about Kuwait.

As I was telling you in the first article I posted, I went went to a muslim country (Kuwait) and worked there for two years. That was the first time I ever rode an airplane and going abroad. I was actually kinda afraid that I might suffer culture shock. I think I did, but those episodes were never intense as those other Filipinos experience. I’m gonna credit that to the fact that I’m used being away from my family.

culture shock

a state of bewilderment and distress experienced by an individual who is suddenly exposed to a new, strange, or foreign social and cultural


So I stayed with a diabetic, 80 (?) year old patient. Later on, his leg was amputated because of a small infection from a wound on one of his toes which went wrong and the doctors didnt have any other option but cut it just above the knee.

fact: older generations of muslims, especially the arabs do not have records of their birth date. instead, these people would associate their birth date to a significant event that happened during that day. Commonly, these people would say “I was born on the day an eclipse occurred.”


It was pleasant experience over all. I guess I was lucky to be employed by an educated family. the problem I had with working there is that I wasn’t allowed to go outside of he house. I’ve been to the city twice when I was there, and that was it. The biggest problem that an expat in the middle east would experience is his independence. If their governments would abolish “segregation” of workers, it would have been more nice.

fact: there are two types of visas in Kuwait. Visa 20 is the one given to domestic helpers and house workers. Getting this type would signify that you are in full custody of your employer. Health insurance and other bemefits that an average company employee is entitled to aren’t present. Visa 18 is the visa granted to expats working for companies. People who have this has a more legal power in the state, and gives them the right to own a car and rent or buy a house, among other things.

Working in Kuwait opened my eyes. For one thing, it’s hard to work away from your family and friends, and even harder if you’re in a muslim country. Unlike in the US and other countries, expats in Kuwait has to bring their IDs when they go out. If a police asked you where is yours and somehow you dont have it, you will get arrested. Strangely, I never had my ID (fotaka in arabic) until i went back here in Manila. And yeah, I never had the chance to roam around except once or twice.

Another thing, our embassies are useless, and Filipinos working in those offices in the middle east are so dumb they don’t give a damn if you’re raped or whatever. I wish our government would take a full 360 turn and straighten things up.

In my opinion, the measure of an economic power is not about the how rich your economy is, its how about how you prevent you people from being exported as manpower and be slaves for other races.



April 10, 2009 Posted by | Journal | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment