December 1, 2010
It was a mixed feeling as I was leaving the remittance center the other day, glad that finally I was able to send my family the money they need this christmas season. It was bigger this time. They asked for an increase (oh di ba, parang tuition fee lang, may increase din!LOL) since it is the holidays. I understand.
I remembered the conversation I had with my sister: "could you please send more this time... too much expenses and we don't know if there would be enough left for us".
I wanna cover my ears and stop listening to them for a second. I wanna scream. Shout.
But I couldn't. I wouldn't.
Mom in Dubai is going through though times now. I wanna help. I should. But I don't have enough. So I'm doing the best I could to help.
I shouldered everything for now.
Because I should. I am family. They are my family.
A year ago, I was very hopeful to work abroad and save for my future. A dream house. A business.
But I'm on a different situation now.
I can't save up now.
No more shopping.
No more unnecessary spending.
As I was leaving the remittance center and closed the zipper on my bag...I just smiled and thought...more than half of my salary were all sent to the philippines and dubai...I only have enough to feed my self for the whole month...
Yeah it was a mixed feeling. Proud that I could help my family and a little low that after a month of hard work, all whats left is this much on my pocket.
But what to do Yani? :-)
So, this is how it really feels to be an OFW after all huh?
Suddenly a perfect word crossed my mind.
Yes, Mac, you are indeed now the breadwinner.