Lessons learned by lady expats in UAE

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Filipinas share the most valuable lesson they have learned out of their experiences and escapades while working abroad.


Kristine is Marketing and Project Manager, Caxton Group (A Praxis Global Research Group Division)

kristine 2“I have carried a smile with me always – it is never far away – even if I am having a stressful and  unproductive day. Even when people can’t see me, they can feel my smile. My smile has served me well – and I take it with me everywhere.”

  • While working abroad, you will encounter several challenges that will leave valuable lessons in life. I have learned to always wear a good attitude. Working with different nationalities is like living in a jungle, it’s really a matter of survival. Filipinos were hardworking people and one of the best character we’re admired of is our “pakikisama” that’s why most Pinoys were very in-demand around the globe.
  • Living alone means being responsible for your finances. It’s easy not to care about savings when you’re living under your parents’ roof; but when you’re living alone, and you have to pay for your flat rent and your meals, it’s a different story.
  • I don’t think I have ever valued my family as much as I do now. You truly realize their importance once you’ve spent time away from them. I always relish my chats and phone calls with my mom and dad.

“In a foreign country, you will find out the different stereotypes of Filipinos. There were even times some Filipinos experiences discrimination, but that only strengthened my Filipino Pride. I was always proud to be a Filipino, and I always corrected any misconceptions about us. Last and not the least, I have come to realize that my OFW life gave me the strength to face my fears, embrace inevitable changes and celebrate successes for me to appreciate and understand the real purpose of my so-called journey.”

PAULA RAMIREZ, Senior Human Resources Assistant, The Emirates Group

pau1 “A friend once told me that the most uncommon best thing about me is that I am so naïve in a positive way. Wala daw masamang tinapay para sa akin. I am the type of person who always strives to see the best in others and maybe that’s the reason why I gain friends easily. I believe in John Locke’s idea that people are inherently good. I am the ‘what you see is what you get’ type of person.”

  • Have FAITH. Seek comfort in God’s loving arms not on any other temporary felicity. Being away from your family and friends will definitely push you to the other direction but being closer to Him and trusting Him with your life helps you focus on your life goals and your true mission why you are here in the first place and that is to work for the betterment of the families we left at home. Make money but don’t let money make you.
  • We should always try to excel in whatever field we are into and make our nation proud. No job is ever too small if you do it with great love and passion.
  • Don’t forget to look back to where we’ve all begun and be proud to be Filipinos because we are world-class and God’s favored people.

“When I look at my life now from a distance, I can say that I am just starting. I believe there’s a lot more that I can accomplish, more things to see, more lives to touch, more hurdles to overcome and more areas for self-improvement. ”


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IMG_3984THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is a journalist, historian and book author who traces his roots from two Philippine jewels – Laguna and Antique.  While in Dubai, he enjoyed his expat life documenting the struggles and victories of migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. In 2014, he released Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in the United Arab Emirates. Connect with him on facebook.


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