I miss everything about the Philippines 🇵🇭. The food, the places, and the people. But I have to work for my family back home.
I am feeling sad and happy at the same time now. Sad that I am away from my place of refuge that has taught me to value life and the people dear to you. Happy that I can explore new places and experience different cultures while staying here in Europe.
With what I can earn here, I pray that the goals I have set for myself will come into fruition in just a year or two. Also, I’m ecstatic to finally be able to achieve one of my dreams-to travel the world. With enough money, I’m sure it will definitely happen in due time. Oh, there are lots of places I want to see! That’s why I chose to stay here in Ireland.
But before I end up daydreaming about the jetsetting adventurrs, let us first celebrate for a new year of chances, opportunities, and beginnings! Cheers for 2017 with this Irish pride! Happy new year everyone! 😘
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and our almost twenty years Christmas tree is up! We’ve had this tree since I was in grade school and yet it still is standing tall at eight feet. Look at the base of the tree, it’s wrapped with tape to so it stabilizes. I actually wanted to buy the tree myself from my hard earned money, back when I thought that I’ll be in Ireland in the month September. I know there are cheap ones that can be bought online, but it never did happen. I’m still here in the month of November! Still here! The family is struggling financially, so we utilized this old but extravagant tree for another holiday season. There’s always a next time! I’ll make sure that next year, I’m personally going to buy it when I’m on my vacation.
Since my schedule the another week was hectic, I wasn’t able to lend a hand in putting Christmas decorations at home. Too bad I didn’t saw the excitement on my nieces’ faces! But since my flight schedule on the 19th was canceled due to the new ruling of DOLE, which I actually discussed on another blog post that links here, I have another few days to spend with the whole fam bam. I don’t know why DOLE is ever strict on name hire applicants. They should give us hassle free transactions because our employment papers are legitimate with all the employer’s tax certificate and verified papers. They’ve been trying to make our lives a living hell, to be honest. They even turn down applicants! Well, whatever it is their reason, I hope it’s for the good of the many Filipino migrant workers, not just nurses. (more…)
This will be a blog update on the last processes of my overseas employment at POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Agency). And this is done only by direct hire or name hire applicants.
There is a new DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) ruling for those who are direct hire or name hire applicants! It will take another week before your documents are approved and get your OEC. So don’t book flights just yet! The new ruling took effect last November 2, 2016.
Before I flew to POEA Manila, I underwent a medical exam from any of the POEA Accredited Clinics. I took it last October, but my blood pressure was kind of high as well as my WBC. So, I had to take some medications before going back to the clinic for the doctor’s approval.
Our agent told us to bring a little something for our future colleagues in Ireland. I was hesitant at first knowing that I have a strict guideline on where my small amount of money will go. I still have to pay for my medical examination. My luggage, half empty and still needs to be filled with clothes for the winter season. I was talking the issue with my future colleague who is also a Filipino about why the need to buy a little token of gestures for them. Well, I guess a typical Filipino mentality wouldn’t hurt (except our wallets!).
I told her that if she sees something cheap but good, then she can message me on messenger. Since we both are from Mindanao, I immediately thought of giving something very local. Two things that came to my mind are:
I only have at least a month to prepare for the things I’ll bring with me to Ireland during winter! Imagine my life in just 30 kilograms of baggage? That’s absolutely mental. I also have to clean my cabinets and drawers with stuff I could no longer use in a colder environment.
Honestly, there are a lot of clothes I need to dispatch, but I really don’t know where to start and who the right people to give them. I’m a very sentimental guy; I keep all things bought and gave until such time they get exhausted through usage. In the last three years, I only wore around four or five of my shirts when going out, and two pants. Other things, I keep to myself for the rainy days or until I lose these stubborn fats, still with tags! LOL. 😀
A few days ago, I received a message from my agent that my atypical work scheme is already available. Thank God! It has been pending since the time my colleague and I received our NMBI decision letter (June 2016). I don’t know why they waited for us to finish processing our NMBI to finally create our contracts! Such a waste of time, and to me, inefficiency! I actually had a word war with my agent. But, I’d rather not talk about it. Let go and let God!
After applying for the RCSI Aptitude Test, my employer applied for our AWS (Atypical Work Scheme Permit). AWS is a permit that we overseas nurses use to enter Ireland. But it is only used for Adaptation or RCSI Exam purposes. It lasts for up to three months and can be renewed for another three. So we got time to finish things up to be registered as general nurses in Ireland.