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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.

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

    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.

    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.

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

    4. And they miss Filipino food. A LOT.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    Twitter: @maiquelaki

    And also, sayang 'yung suswelduhin.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Twitter: @angelflores0

    Para makatipid na din, 'di ba?

    15. Their number one enemy is self-pity.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Twitter: @captainDOMbells

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

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