UPDATES: As of 15 March 2013
Hi to all especially to those who might be interested or have some friends who could be interested, but I am referring to those who live in Madrid.. Should you wish to improve your speaking talent and skill, have a bit of time to visit my public speaking blog at : http://speakoffdcuff.wordpress.com/
I coach and teach public speaking. Should you work in a company and that company you work in has scheduled a conference of sorts, there might a need for an inspirational or motivational speaker, then I can do that job too… just beginning to become so, and in the meantime I charge no expense. My speech could runs for about 20 minutes. But, I can bet you that my views about how you can be more positive in this time of crisis, could be of great value and worthwhile listening to.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
As of 13 March 2013.
Please visit my updates on the section “Latest news about the Philippines”, in which I have written about the current Conclave to elect a new Pope. It might be interesting for you have a look at what I have to say about the process. Thanks.
PLEASE VISIT TRAVEL SCHEDULES FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2013. I WISH TO INVITE THOSE FILIPINOS LIVING OUTSIDE SPAIN, IN OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES, THE USA OR IN THE PHILIPPINES AS WELL, SHOULD YOU DECIDE TO VISIT SPAIN, PLEASE LET US KNOW BECAUSE MY GROUP CAN TAKE YOU AROUND MADRID OR ANY OTHER PART OF SPAIN FOR TOURISM. HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD ADVISE US WITH AMPLE TIME TO DESIGN YOUR ITINERARY. SERVICE COST SHALL DEPEND ON THE ITINERARY YOU CHOOSE, BUT WE CAN ASSURE YOU THAT WE HAVE A MUCH BETTER SERVICE NOT ONLY BECAUSE WE SPEAK OUR LANGUAGE BUT ALSO BECAUSE IT IS ALSO A WAY TO ALLOW YOUR OWN KABABAYAN ABROAD TO EARN A LIVING. CONTACT US THROUGH THIS SITE AND WE SHALL GET BACK TO YOU ASAP. THANK YOU.
TO THE “PINOYS” – HOW IS YOUR LIFE ABROAD?
Before I proceed on discussing the title of my 41st article – I didn’t realize I have already done that many – I would like to take a deep sigh of relief about the predictions on the end of the world. Christmas day is over yes, but not the world yet, not as of yet now, and we approach a new beginning in 2013. Everyone is hopeful of the new year, as much as we have always been in the past years. But this time, I sense a deeper feeling of positive energy coming to blanket us all not because I need that positive mental energy to pull myself to success having opened a multi-service office dedicated to Filipinos here in Spain, but it is what everyone of us MUST actually conceive of and believe in, if we want to have good days ahead. I said MUST because we’ve got to change from SHOULD to MUST, the better concept of working for a change. We’ve just got to believe in our possibilities..that we can go further on to experience long lasting happiness, love and peace – what the world truly needs.
Let me go fast forward to the title. Yes, I am posing this question to the Filipinos (also known as Pinoys) abroad. How is your life abroad?. Answers to this question could be difficult if not easy. But I would venture on saying that the bases of the responses depend on many factors. However, the limited space to write a more elaborated dissertation impede me from giving an in depth argument on the topic so I specifically elected two factors that I think are the most likely reasonable bases for the responses and these factors could be: a) who is the pinoy answering; and, b) where he/she lives now. I will not discuss anything about these two factors but rather limit myself on the main question: How is your life abroad?
I expect various answers but, I could bet you my life that no matter what answers are given, I could come up with one conclusion which is applicable to all regardless who answers and what country he/she lives in. At the end of this write-up, see for yourself what conclusion I arrived at. Let us begin.
Definitely, pinoys who are able to read this article would have various answers/reasons/ideas about how they live their lives abroad. At this juncture, I see only one answer from a pinoy and that is – “I live well enough”. Majority of Filipinos abroad (quote/un-quote) really “live well enough”. How? Because the “force of nature” is for anyone who is not in his/her own country, has to live a good life. The world outside the Philippines is much more demanding than when you are in your country. Survival is the name of the game outside your own. It is not a joke to live thousands of kilometers away from your family, relatives and friends – your loved ones. It is more or less like the appearance of being a “castaway” like the movie of Tom Hanks – where he only had “Wilson” to talk to, to play with and most of all “to live his illusions with!”. Pinoys abroad are “castaway” themselves. They confront a lot of challenges, their family with them or worst without their family to at least be comforted when most needed. Being alone abroad is like a “punishment in exile”, because you’ve got to stand on your own and rely upon “friends” or sometimes whosoever you could consider as an ally. But you’ve got to be watchful about who to consider an ally. To be abroad is like being in a jungle where all forms of “animals” walk freely and you, at their mercy. And this is the point that is always misunderstood by our “loved ones”, who we left back home. Because what they know is that, if you are abroad, your life is but a “greener pasture”. But the truth of the matter is YOU’VE GOT TO STRUGGLE!!, something unknown to those back in our country. The response of “living well enough” is in reality, a superficial connotation of “STRUGGLING”, because the pinoy’s attitude is more of trying to conceal what ills them, what hurts them, because shame and embarrassment prevail and the consequence is to hide the true state on how they live their lives more so when they are in a foreign country.
But we’ve got to admit to our families, relatives, friends and those others who are back in the Philippines, that life abroad is not at all a “bed of roses” as they think it is. Life is HARD, HARD and HARD ABROAD!.. This is not what is understood in the Philippines. It is completely MISUNDERSTOOD!. Although there are pinoys abroad who are successful, who have “struck a gold mine” of sorts but, how many are they? A handful, a few, you can count them with your fingers. But definitely, before hitting that gold mine, they had to suffer first, they had to struggle, they had to “sweat blood and tears”. When will Filipinos learn that “the truth will set them free” as the scriptures say. Most of the pinoys live in “false pretense” about their true state of condition. This “false pretense” about ones true condition is close to committing a “crime” to your own being – which shouldn`t be the case. While back in the Philippines, a good percentage of our loved ones live their lives out in some sort of “temporary luxury”. The large majority of the society become dependent from their relatives abroad, and the Philippine government itself exert halfway effort to help improve the living standards of the Filipinos at home because anyway, aid comes from the outside and in fact, a good part of the Philippines’ economic growth is contributed by those pinoys who are working and living abroad. Despite the economic growth the Philippines is experiencing now, there remains a big gap between the rich and the poor which should be corrected. But let me leave that issue aside and focus more on what I have started.
The way of life pinoys abroad live is comfortable in a way. But, so here goes the but, the majority live on a day-to-day basis. They think less about themselves because they are most concerned about sending/remitting money to their family and relatives in the Philippines. What happens therefore is that they “feed” themselves with “luxuries” by possessing better looking clothing, better electronic gadgets to at least serve to cover up their true state of condition. That is how pinoys abroad are and anyone who tells me the contrary is “hiding” the reality. This is my conclusion, WE TAKE REFUGE BEHIND THE SHADOW OF OUR STRUGGLING STATE TO HIDE WHAT IS THE TRUE CONDITION WE HAVE IN OUR LIFE!.
I wanted to continue with my arguments, but I thought instead of writing a sequel which I will publish next. That sequel will be about “how Filipinos abroad relate themselves to one another”.
Meanwhile, Happy New Year to all and I shall be in touch again come my next issue. As I mentioned at the beginning, we survived 21 December but the threats that this world is moving towards “extinction” remains within an arms throw away. All the best to everyone and may 2013 be a wondrous year for us. I am positive that change is coming. We all know that change is always something for good. I want to leave you with the following life inspiring passage that could help you face the new year with a bang!. Contemplate on it and keep it always in mind and go for that change to have a better future: “WHAT THE MIND CAN CONCEIVE AND BELIEVE, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE”… All the best to everyone!..HAPPY NEW YEAR!.