SINGAPORE – Long Distance Relationship or LDR is a challenge to all OFWs. Before smart phones, Skype, and other advanced communication tools, for many young OFWs, it is unimaginable how the older generation of OFWs keep in touch with their families and loved ones back home. Call cards and letters In the 80s and 90s call cards were used to call overseas. Starting from 30 minutes to one hour, an OFW could hear his/her loved ones voice from the other side of the world. Call cards were not reliable because of intermittent signals, although it’s a brief conversation but meaningful....
Having a child not only brings happiness, but it also strengthens the couple’s relationship as they enter another transition as a family. There is no turning back when it comes to having kids. Parenting is a complicated process by itself, looking after mini-humans and grooming them to become the best person that they can be. But what could be a more challenging arrangement between a parent-child relationships? Painful decision The “Expanded Maternity Leave Law” in the Philippines grants pregnant mothers a 120- day maternity leave and 30 days from previously 7 days paid leave for fathers. This gives parents enough...
OFW Christmas Away from the Philippines
Filipinos are excited about “ber” months. In the Philippines, you know it’s the beginning of the Christmas season when you hear the classic Christmas songs of Jose Mari Chan playing in the malls and the radio stations. Chan’s songs like “Christmas in Our Hearts,” has become part of any Filipino’s music MP3 playlist or CD compilation. Soon houses and establishments would be putting up Christmas decorations and lights to signal the coming and most awaited season of the year. This would mean months of planning and scheduling of Christmas parties to organize and to attend to. For parents and godparents,...