Marjun Lester Desales is an OFW working in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He is currently employed at Palm Jumeirah Monorail System. Before he started working abroad, Marjun worked at the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Authority Line 2 System from March 2003 to December 2011.
Initially, Marjun did not have any plans of working abroad, as he was contented working with LRT. But luck struck, and he received a job offer in Dubai. And the rest is history. Presently, he owns a computer shop, and he can buy all the things he wants. Working abroad has a lot of perks, and Marjun surely enjoys these perks.
What makes you decide to work abroad?
Before I don’t have any plan working abroad because I don’t have a passport and I feel contented working in LRT, I just try to send my CV to a friend (in Dubai) and to my surprise I received a call from the agency asking me if I don’t like to sign their job offer letter. That’s the time I decided to work abroad even without passport, I’m very lucky because the agency waited for me to get a passport.
How did you apply abroad? Will you please tell us the procedure, so those who are planning to become OFWs can have an idea how? What is the hardest part of being an OFW?
For me, it’s God’s plan to work here abroad. I just send my CV to a friend and maybe the company gets interested on me so the agency called and assists me in all the requirements needed and all are FREE (no placement fee) except the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) fee which I think less than 500 pesos. To those who are planning to become an OFW, I think ask yourself first if you are ready enough because being an OFW has too many consequences especially if you have a wife, sons and daughters. Hardest part is that you will miss lots of good memories when you’re away from your family, friends and love ones.
What are the things you have established/bought since you became an OFW?
I have a computer shop, a motorcycle. I can buy a high end mobile, laptop, gaming console, air Jordan shoes. Before hanggang tingin lang.. hehehe. May natapos na akong bayaran na equity ng bahay, on hold muna ang pagpapagawa for personal reason.
Do you have a bad experience as an OFW either abroad or in the Philippines?
I think sa accommodation or sa tinutuluyan, abroad or sa Pinas or kahit san lugar pa hindi maiwasan siguro talaga dahil may mga tao talaga na makitid ang pag iisip. Kaya sabi nga “kalma ka lang boy” haha.
Do you have any plans in mind so that you don’t have to work abroad for the rest of your life?
Yes, magkaron ng iba pang business dahil hindi naman masasabi kung hangang kelan ka sa abroad.
How do you handle being homesick (homesickness)?
Skype or chatting o matulog ng lasing.. hahaha
Do you think the popular social media platforms can help fight boredom? Why?
Yes, siguro dahil sa may chat din nalilibang ka. May makikita na mga magaganda na mga photo or video, hindi lang lugar diba.
What are the things you regret not doing because of your time spent working abroad?
Celebrate with your love ones on special days or making good memories with them. Lalo na yun na-miss mo yun paglaki or development ng baby mo.
Most people don’t realize what it’s actually like to be an OFW. They think that OFWs just travel and have fun abroad. Can you share your real situation as an OFW so people understand what you really do? Can you give tips or advice for people who are planning to go abroad?
Sa nakikita ko dito, marami pa din OFW na mababa ang sweldo na tingin ng pamilya sa Pinas ay sobrang laki ng kinikita ng kaanak o mahal nila sa buhay dito. Kelangan pa nila magpart time para pandagdag sa sweldo nila at meron din naman nakikipagrelasyun sa iba kahit ibang lahi or Pilipino may asawa man o wala para lang magkaron sila ng ibang susuporta sa pangangailangan nila. Kaya ikaw mag aabroad ka? Be sure na MATIBAY ANG LOOB mo para hindi masira ang pamilya mo na iiwan mo sa Pinas dahil pag naging mahina ka kahit san bansa ka ang isang pagkakamali mo pwedeng ikasira ng buhay at pamilya mo!