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So after working in Kuwait for 2 years, I went home and tried to find a work. I could’ve gone back there and continue it, but if my salary here would be just as much there, might as well stay. And so I did…

… and the recession began. It isnt a joke to find work here at the peak of US’s downfall. Staying in the Philippines for 5 months without a job isnt as hard as being broke in other countries. Here, you can stay home and your parents and friends would still give you food, shelter and everything else for free, even if you’re 45 years old. Asian families have closer family ties. You could still stay with them even if you’re old enough to work. After being a bum and all the while trying to pass my resumes to these companies for 5 months, I received an email telling me to report back and that they were thinking about hiring me. SoI did, and that is still my work to this day. In case you’re wondering why I posted those WoW articles, it’s because my company is selling and buying WoW accounts, as well as offering income to gamers. I’m gonnna tell you more of that in the future.

The one thing that surprised me, I’m already in a ripe age to have sex but I’m still not doing it!

I had an experience with a bar guy before, which was 8 years ago. And you know what? I felt bad about myself doing it, so I never did it again. In my opinion, it’s always better to do it with a guy who’s loving you, and both of you are in a serious committed relationship. A particular argued with me beforea nd asked me “but what if you can’t find a guy to love? What are you gonna do? jump out of the window?” Well maybe he has a point, but it’s case to case basis. One might not agree with the other, and others might agree with one.

Now Im asking myself, should I try to find something adventurous in my life, and not just impose the “go to work, go back home” policy to myself? But you can’t find love, right? They said that it just comes in your life when you you least expect it. I don’t think I’m a head turner, but I dont look like Shriek, and I do get some nice comments with guys sometimes (awww…….. how sweet of you <wink wink>), but as “Mary Poppins”, I don’t think I would go out and find myself a sex adventure. I’ve tried though, and it just wouldn’t work on me.

In other words, I’m in a stage of my life that its just completely flat. Oh yeah, remember the bar guy? that was the first and last, and didnt have another one in 8 years. You’d find it hard to believe, but I’m not lying on that.

April 17, 2009 Posted by | Journal | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Kuwait

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

–noun
a state of bewilderment and distress experienced by an individual who is suddenly exposed to a new, strange, or foreign social and cultural environment.www.dictionary.com

 

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