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19 Secrets That Overseas Filipino Workers Won't Tell You

Just because they live abroad, doesn't mean they live like kings and queens.

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1. OFWs don't have a ton of money you think they have.

A huge chunk of their hard-earned money goes straight to their families in the Philippines, which is the reason why they went to work abroad in the first place.
Twitter: @YourDubai

A huge chunk of their hard-earned money goes straight to their families in the Philippines, which is the reason why they went to work abroad in the first place.

2. They make unbelievable sacrifices to buy all the pasalubong you ask for.

Doesn't matter if they don't have decent shoes, just as long as they can buy you that Adidas or Nike you've been asking them to buy for so long.
Twitter: @benavidez1581

Doesn't matter if they don't have decent shoes, just as long as they can buy you that Adidas or Nike you've been asking them to buy for so long.

3. Not everyone live the Good Life abroad, you know.

Their staple for dinner can be instant noodles, eggs, or bread.
Twitter: @aldub_uae

Their staple for dinner can be instant noodles, eggs, or bread.

4. And they miss Filipino food. A LOT.

One of the first things they look for upon arrival at home? Filipino stores and restaurants.
Twitter: @MichaelGTecson

One of the first things they look for upon arrival at home? Filipino stores and restaurants.

5. That balikbayan box you've been waiting for? Yeah, they shed blood, sweat, and tears to fill that up.

It takes OFWs months to fill an entire balikbayan box because sending out a half-full one would be such a waste of money and effort. Be patient.
Twitter: @kryztyn98

It takes OFWs months to fill an entire balikbayan box because sending out a half-full one would be such a waste of money and effort. Be patient.

6. Watching a Filipinio TV show or movie can be a struggle.

They have to wait for it to be available online or to be released in whatever country they're in. Entertainment is always late.
Twitter: @misis_kucharski

They have to wait for it to be available online or to be released in whatever country they're in. Entertainment is always late.

7. OFWs can't afford to get sick because no one would be there to take care of them.

And also, sayang 'yung suswelduhin.
Twitter: @maiquelaki

And also, sayang 'yung suswelduhin.

8. Some of them take on extreme jobs they didn't even sign up for.

Some even work with machines that are big enough to crush them. And then there's always the risk of being scammed by an agency.
Twitter: @kikomhae06

Some even work with machines that are big enough to crush them. And then there's always the risk of being scammed by an agency.

9. And of course, there are the looooong hours they work to get that extra pay.

10. And when they get home, they still have to do chores because, again, no one is there to do it for them.

On top of being tired from a 12-hour shift, they'd still have to do laundry and cook dinner. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Twitter: @dethaldover

On top of being tired from a 12-hour shift, they'd still have to do laundry and cook dinner. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

11. They've missed so many family events.

Including fiesta sa barangay and the birthday of their mom's cousin's daughter's father.
Twitter: @ofcaldub_taiwan

Including fiesta sa barangay and the birthday of their mom's cousin's daughter's father.

12. Like they've missed seeing their children or little siblings grow up.

13. Holidays don't feel the same either.

Instead of watching fireworks or Christmas lights during the holidays, they're watching their family celebrate on Skype.
Twitter: @JudyPieters

Instead of watching fireworks or Christmas lights during the holidays, they're watching their family celebrate on Skype.

14. A lot of their days-off are spent alone in their apartment or boarding house.

Para makatipid na din, 'di ba?
Twitter: @angelflores0

Para makatipid na din, 'di ba?

15. Their number one enemy is self-pity.

And especially if their family is going through a rough time in the Philippines, which adds more pressure to their already stressful life away from home.
Twitter: @gotram02

And especially if their family is going through a rough time in the Philippines, which adds more pressure to their already stressful life away from home.

16. And of course, there's home sickness and separation anxiety.

17. And there's just no amount of phone and video calls that can cure it.

Filipinos have close family ties, after all.
Twitter: @Komiks13

Filipinos have close family ties, after all.

18. It's not like they wanted to leave their family behind, in the first place.

They just really, REALLY, need to do it so they can give their family a good life. If there's one thing OFWs have mastered, it's the art of sacrifice.
Twitter: @ElisaAngeles2

They just really, REALLY, need to do it so they can give their family a good life. If there's one thing OFWs have mastered, it's the art of sacrifice.

19. And in the end, nothing sounds better than the news of coming back home.

To the land of sinigang, adobo, pansit, and of course, family. <3
Twitter: @captainDOMbells

To the land of sinigang, adobo, pansit, and of course, family. <3

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