Allan John Navea Abao is currently working in Dubai. He’s 34 years old and is the eldest of two siblings. Allan wanted to become independent and to embrace what life has to offer, so he decided to work in another country. He is satisfied with what he’s earning at the moment and he’s enjoying his work and time abroad.
1. What makes you decide to work abroad?
To be independent
2. In your experience, what is the hardest part in applying abroad as an OFW?
The hardest part perhaps is STRESS as a result of not receiving any calls and you need to extend your visa so you can stay a little longer
3. Is your salary enough to support family members still studying and household expenses?
In my case Maybe..Maybe because ,don’t wanna sound arrogant, I am not oblige to send my monthly salary to my parents or sibling.
4. What is the hardest part of being an OFW?
Loneliness and when homesickness strikes
6. If you have a second chance, which country will you work in as an OFW?
7. Do you have a timeframe when to stop working abroad?
10 years as of this writing
8. What time of the year you choose to be with your loved ones?
9. Are you satisfied with what you are currently earning abroad?
In my status yes I am
10. Do you enjoy your current job abroad?
Yes but hoping for a better one
11. What are the benefits you get in working abroad?
More on personal improvement..you will learn to live your life on your own.
12. Would you ever consider working in your home country again?
13. Did you have a hard time adjusting (sleep, food, hygiene) while working abroad?
Not that much
14. How do you handle being homesick (homesickness)?
When that strikes I just roam around and eat anything I fancied.
15. Do you think the popular social media platforms can help fight boredom?
16. What do you miss in the Philippines?
Aside from my family of course foods
17. How do you deal with sadness when talking to your sick loved ones?
Well it’s really hard though when you can’t do anything and the least you can do is to send them money for medical purposes when all you wanted is to personally be the one taking care of them
18. Is it true that OFWs have crab mentality whenever they go abroad?
Well I haven’t encounter as such but I’ve heard some Filipinos are having those traits especially those who are in higher position instead of helping our fellow Filipinos some even pulling them down and belittle those who are in lower positions
19. Can you give tips or advice for people who are planning to go abroad?
Well I am not in the position or shall I say I’m not really good in giving advices but all I can say is to prepare yourself for any undertakings that may come your way while working abroad..But I know for Filipinos nothing is impossible and we are more than willing to sacrifice everything for our family and loved ones