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Saturday, January 07, 2017

INGAT! 3 Stories of OFW STRUGGLES

Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) is never an easy task. It is always accompanied with sacrifice and hardship. As if the OFWs does not have a choice, they will do it for the future of their family.  A facebook user by the name of  Rachel Sarao, posted a video of an OFW named Mae Valencia Yecla as she cries for help. The OFW, who is believed to be deployed in Saudi Arabia, is claiming to be suffering maltreatment. According to her, she has been forced to sleep in the bathroom and given only one meal per day by her employer.   The meal consists of few pieces of bread and cheese.   Feeling miserable and helpless, she asked the help of a friend, who also does not know how to help her. She posted her video on social media hoping that somebody will finally help her friend.  However, an unconfirmed comment on the facebook post claims that he talked to the Saudi based employer and it is not true that the OFW was being maltreated. In fact, according to him, the mobile phone and the internet connection she used was provided by her employer and the OFW was only suffering from homesickness.   Homesickness or maltreatment, OFW misery is real. And if you are not ready for it, do not wish to work abroad.   -----------    An OFW from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia has been reunited with his family after  years of misery abroad, scavenging garbage bins for food. Ferdinand Acapulco, a construction worker in Al Khobar, was one of the distressed OFWs  from a company in Saudi Arabia who suffered loses leaving the employees without salary and stucked in the desert without any assurance of when and how they can get their compensation and finally go home. With the help of a local TV station in the Philippines, Mr. Acapulco is now with his family and was able to be home to celebrate Christmas.       -------   Another sad OFW story went viral on social media recently. It's about the OFW who was robbed by her boyfriend she found online. A facebook video post by Chasty Mangubat has almost 10 million  and the other with almost 3 million views as of this writing.  An OFW from Dubai who was so excited in meeting her boyfriend for the first time. In her mind, the much awaited moment is going to me a memorable one but later found out to be a horrible experience she will never forget in her entire life.  The OFW who has just arrived from Dubai, decided to spend an intimate time with her boyfriend in a hotel before going home and just like in a dream, she woke up and her boyfriend was nowhere to be found taking all her jewelries, cash and other valuables with him and all she can do is cry.     Trusting someone you hardly know can be perilous most of the time and sadly, some people must have to learn it the hard way.

Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) is never an easy task.
It is always accompanied with sacrifice and hardship. As if the OFWs does not have a choice, they will do it for the future of their family.

A facebook user by the name of  Rachel Sarao, posted a video of an OFW named Mae Valencia Yecla as she cries for help.
The OFW, who is believed to be deployed in Saudi Arabia, is claiming to be suffering maltreatment. According to her, she has been forced to sleep in the bathroom and given only one meal per day by her employer.



The meal consists of few pieces of bread and cheese.
Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) is never an easy task. It is always accompanied with sacrifice and hardship. As if the OFWs does not have a choice, they will do it for the future of their family.  A facebook user by the name of  Rachel Sarao, posted a video of an OFW named Mae Valencia Yecla as she cries for help. The OFW, who is believed to be deployed in Saudi Arabia, is claiming to be suffering maltreatment. According to her, she has been forced to sleep in the bathroom and given only one meal per day by her employer.   The meal consists of few pieces of bread and cheese.   Feeling miserable and helpless, she asked the help of a friend, who also does not know how to help her. She posted her video on social media hoping that somebody will finally help her friend.  However, an unconfirmed comment on the facebook post claims that he talked to the Saudi based employer and it is not true that the OFW was being maltreated. In fact, according to him, the mobile phone and the internet connection she used was provided by her employer and the OFW was only suffering from homesickness.   Homesickness or maltreatment, OFW misery is real. And if you are not ready for it, do not wish to work abroad.   -----------    An OFW from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia has been reunited with his family after  years of misery abroad, scavenging garbage bins for food. Ferdinand Acapulco, a construction worker in Al Khobar, was one of the distressed OFWs  from a company in Saudi Arabia who suffered loses leaving the employees without salary and stucked in the desert without any assurance of when and how they can get their compensation and finally go home. With the help of a local TV station in the Philippines, Mr. Acapulco is now with his family and was able to be home to celebrate Christmas.       -------   Another sad OFW story went viral on social media recently. It's about the OFW who was robbed by her boyfriend she found online. A facebook video post by Chasty Mangubat has almost 10 million  and the other with almost 3 million views as of this writing.  An OFW from Dubai who was so excited in meeting her boyfriend for the first time. In her mind, the much awaited moment is going to me a memorable one but later found out to be a horrible experience she will never forget in her entire life.  The OFW who has just arrived from Dubai, decided to spend an intimate time with her boyfriend in a hotel before going home and just like in a dream, she woke up and her boyfriend was nowhere to be found taking all her jewelries, cash and other valuables with him and all she can do is cry.     Trusting someone you hardly know can be perilous most of the time and sadly, some people must have to learn it the hard way.

Feeling miserable and helpless, she asked the help of a friend, who also does not know how to help her. She posted her video on social media hoping that somebody will finally help her friend.

However, an unconfirmed comment on the facebook post claims that he talked to the Saudi based employer and it is not true that the OFW was being maltreated. In fact, according to him, the mobile phone and the internet connection she used was provided by her employer and the OFW was only suffering from homesickness.

Homesickness or maltreatment, OFW misery is real. And if you are not ready for it, do not wish to work abroad.


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An OFW from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia has been reunited with his family after  years of misery abroad, scavenging garbage bins for food.
Ferdinand Acapulco, a construction worker in Al Khobar, was one of the distressed OFWs  from a company in Saudi Arabia who suffered loses leaving the employees without salary and stucked in the desert without any assurance of when and how they can get their compensation and finally go home.
With the help of a Coco Martin and local TV station in the Philippines, Mr. Acapulco is now with his family and was able to be home to celebrate Christmas.
Being an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) is never an easy task. It is always accompanied with sacrifice and hardship. As if the OFWs does not have a choice, they will do it for the future of their family.  A facebook user by the name of  Rachel Sarao, posted a video of an OFW named Mae Valencia Yecla as she cries for help. The OFW, who is believed to be deployed in Saudi Arabia, is claiming to be suffering maltreatment. According to her, she has been forced to sleep in the bathroom and given only one meal per day by her employer.   The meal consists of few pieces of bread and cheese.   Feeling miserable and helpless, she asked the help of a friend, who also does not know how to help her. She posted her video on social media hoping that somebody will finally help her friend.  However, an unconfirmed comment on the facebook post claims that he talked to the Saudi based employer and it is not true that the OFW was being maltreated. In fact, according to him, the mobile phone and the internet connection she used was provided by her employer and the OFW was only suffering from homesickness.   Homesickness or maltreatment, OFW misery is real. And if you are not ready for it, do not wish to work abroad.   -----------    An OFW from Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia has been reunited with his family after  years of misery abroad, scavenging garbage bins for food. Ferdinand Acapulco, a construction worker in Al Khobar, was one of the distressed OFWs  from a company in Saudi Arabia who suffered loses leaving the employees without salary and stucked in the desert without any assurance of when and how they can get their compensation and finally go home. With the help of a local TV station in the Philippines, Mr. Acapulco is now with his family and was able to be home to celebrate Christmas.       -------   Another sad OFW story went viral on social media recently. It's about the OFW who was robbed by her boyfriend she found online. A facebook video post by Chasty Mangubat has almost 10 million  and the other with almost 3 million views as of this writing.  An OFW from Dubai who was so excited in meeting her boyfriend for the first time. In her mind, the much awaited moment is going to me a memorable one but later found out to be a horrible experience she will never forget in her entire life.  The OFW who has just arrived from Dubai, decided to spend an intimate time with her boyfriend in a hotel before going home and just like in a dream, she woke up and her boyfriend was nowhere to be found taking all her jewelries, cash and other valuables with him and all she can do is cry.     Trusting someone you hardly know can be perilous most of the time and sadly, some people must have to learn it the hard way.






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Another sad OFW story went viral on social media recently.
It's about the OFW who was robbed by her boyfriend she found online.
A facebook video post by Chasty Mangubat has almost 10 million  and the other with almost 3 million views as of this writing.

An OFW from Dubai who was so excited in meeting her boyfriend for the first time. In her mind, the much awaited moment is going to me a memorable one but later found out to be a horrible experience she will never forget in her entire life.

The OFW who has just arrived from Dubai, decided to spend an intimate time with her boyfriend in a hotel before going home and just like in a dream, she woke up and her boyfriend was nowhere to be found taking all her jewelries, cash and other valuables with him and all she can do is cry.





Trusting someone you hardly know can be perilous most of the time and sadly, some people must have to learn it the hard way.



©2016 THOUGHTSKOTO

Saturday, April 10, 2010

THE FROGS WHO WISHED FOR A KING

The Frogs were tired of governing themselves. They had so much

freedom that it had spoiled them, and they did nothing but sit

around croaking in a bored manner and wishing for a government

that could entertain them with the pomp and display of royalty,

and rule them in a way to make them know they were being ruled.

No milk and water government for them, they declared. So they

sent a petition to Jupiter asking for a king.


Jupiter saw what simple and foolish creatures they were, but to

keep them quiet and make them think they had a king he threw down

a huge log, which fell into the water with a great splash. The

Frogs hid themselves among the reeds and grasses, thinking the

new king to be some fearful giant. But they soon discovered how

tame and peaceable King Log was.


In a short time the younger

Frogs were using him for a diving platform, while the older Frogs

made him a meeting place, where they complained loudly to Jupiter

about the government.







To teach the Frogs a lesson the ruler of the gods now sent a

Crane to be king of Frogland. The Crane proved to be a very

different sort of king from old King Log.


He gobbled up the poor

Frogs right and left and they soon saw what fools they had been.

In mournful croaks they begged Jupiter to take away the cruel

tyrant before they should all be destroyed.



"How now!" cried Jupiter "Are you not yet content? You have what

you asked for and so you have only yourselves to blame for your

misfortunes."




- Moral of the Story -

Be sure you can better your condition before you seek to

change.


©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The TORTOISE and the DUCKS Lessons Learned

Aesop Fables

The TORTOISE and the DUCKS Lessons Learned




Well, we all know na ang pagong, dala dala niya ang kanyang bahay sa kanyang likod. No matter how hard he will try, he cannot leave home. Sabi nila, Jupiter, one of the gods, sabi nila punished the tortoise kasi napakatamad daw nito, at stay-at-home lagi na hindi siya dumalo sa wedding ni Jupiter, kahit pa especially invited siya.



Anyway, after so many years, sumasama lang ang loob ni pagong ang wish he had gone sa wedding nay un. Kapag nakikita niya ang mga ibon na lumilipad-lipad, and ang mga rabbits at chipmunks and other animals ran and patalon-talon, lagi niyang pinapangarap na Makita niya rin ang mga bagay na dapat makita. Laging malungkot at discontented ang pagong. Gusto niyang makita ang mundo, pero hayun niya dala-dala ang kanyang bahay at maliliit na mga legs na halos di makayang kargahin siya.



One day, nameet niya ang dalawang pato at sinabi niya ang kanyang hinaing.



“Matutulungan ka namin na makita ang mundo,” sabi ng mga pato. “Kumagat ka lamang dito sa stick na ito, at dadalhin ka namin sa itaas kung saan makikita mo ang buong kabayanan. Pero tumahimik ka lang, kung hindi ikaw ay labis na magsisisi.”



Tuwang-tuwa ang pagong. Kumapit siya ng maigi sa patpat(stick) gamit ang kanyang mga ngipin, ang dalawang pato ay hinawakan ang bawat dulo ng patpat at lumipad sila paitaas sa mga ulap. Kitang-kita ng pagong ang ganda ng tanawin mula sa itaas at halos lumuwa ang mga mata sa nasisilayan. Biglang may dumaan na uwak, and nagulat sa pagong na nakalipad, sabay sabing,

“Ito na seguro ang hari ng mga pagong!”



Natutuwa ang pagong, at sa magkahalong galak, tuwa, saya at excitement, sumagot ng...

“ Maraming Salam…”



Nang bigla niyang buksan ang kanyang mga bunganga para sumambit ng mga kataga, napabitaw sa kanyang pagkakakagat sa stick at siya ay nahulog, kung saan tumama siya sa mga batuhan at nawalan ng hininga.


Maraming lesson ang kwento na ito. And the Thoughtskoto will be featuring all throughout our blogging life stories like this from Aesop and many others and try to share our own thoughts and what are the lessons we can learn that will help us become a little kinder, a little better.



First: Laziness is mediocrity is to evil.




Laziness, it won’t lead farther than to where we are sitting right now. There is so much to learn, there is so much to be done. I firmly believe that most of the simple and poor people in this world who become successful, are those who work hard and those who are not ashamed working with their hands.



Second: Our enemy is a green eyed monster named Jealousy




Jealousy, will always makes us feel miserable. “If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself…” says in the Desiderata. We need to accept what we are and who we are, but always remembering that we have the power to choose for the better without jealousy and envy towards others.



I love this quote from the Serenity Prayer that was cross-stitched and hanging at the wall in our house.


"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to changethe things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference"




Third: For your Eyes Only




We were told not to, but we still did it. It happened to me, and I am simply so stubborn and so hardheaded. I need to keep my mouth shut, and give silence a chance to pass, and experience the peace and tranquility of being away or not a part of the noise and evil sounds of this world. In high school we call it reflection, in college, we call it introspection, and in my life I call it solitude. One moment where we can ponder and think what has happened to our lives, what we been doing, and where we are heading.



Sometimes, I need to follow even the simplest rules, to survive. Sometimes, in order for me to experience some great success, I need to be quiet and savor the things that are wonderful to behold. That’s the problem with the tortoise, he was so overjoyed, that he overcome, and forgotten that he need not open his mouth.



Sa buhay natin, maraming bagay ang mas mabuti pang hindi sinsabi, or wala kang sinasabi than later be sorry.

There are things that as my mother used to say;

“For your eyes only.”


©2010 THOUGHTSKOTO

Monday, August 31, 2009

Dear Arvin De La Pena, Lessons 101 For You

Ang post na ito ay payong kapatid, payong kaibigan, payo bilang isang blogero, payo bilang isang KABLOGS.


Denelete or nakaunpublished na ang post mo na "Mukhang Pera" na nagdulot ng pangit na karanasan sa atin. Gusto ko bilang matanda sau, oo inaamin ko, matanda ako sau ng three eight and one fourth na matutunan mo ang mga simpleng aral na ito sa mundo ng blogging.




1. Ang mga bullet messages sa Cbox ay nagpapahiwatig na ang bumibisita sau ay maaring nagmamadali, hindi makapagbasa ng post or simply walang interest sa blog mo o ayaw makipagkaibigan sau, maliban na lang kung kilala mo na ang tao na yun. Magcomment ka sa comment page or comment box, nakakatulong ka pa sa blog owner, nakikita ka sa Google Search Engine, nakakadagdag ng pogi points sa profile views at higit sa lahat nababasa ang mensahe mo kaya pag may nagkagusto ng comment mo, napupunta sa blog mo at nagbabasa ng mga gawa mo.


Bakit nga ba masarap ang naka-base or nakauna sa pagcocomment ng post ng ibang blogero? Kasi unang-una nababasa ang comment mo ng lahat ng magcocomment dito at higit sa lahat naeexpose ka sa madlang blogero kaya traffic increases also.



2. Wag kang magsalita ng mga masasagwa or nasty comments sa comment/post mo. Maaring bastos ang ating ugali or pag-iisip pero I am honestly, easily offended ng mga mura or pagmumurang salita, or beyond decency na mga lengguwahe. Katunayan, kapag may nababasa ako na post na nagmumura nasasaktan ako. Namimili ako ng mga binabasa or bloghop at nililink sa sidebar ko. Wholesome is always awesome sabi nga nila. Para sa akin, ang gumagamit ng mga swear or foul words, mga bastos at nakikita or nababasa sa mga vulgar na pahayagan at magazine ay isang indikasyon na mahina ang vocabulary at discipline ng isang tao. At kapag dumating ang panahon na at lost of words, yun lang ang lalabas sa bibig.



3. Gawin mo na lahat. Alipustahin mo ang blog ko, magpatumbling-tumbling at split ka, pero wag kang mandamay ng pamilya or manira ng reputasyon. Hindi ko alam kong anong magagawa ko kapag pamilya ko ang dinamay mo. Katunayan kaya ako nagmumukhang pera at nagkakandahirap-hirap dito sa Saudi dahil sa pamilya ko. Kaya ako nagtitiis dahil sa pamilya ko. So, sa ngalan ng pamilya, utang na loob, please kapuso, wag mong idamay ang mga walang malay lalo na sa blog or sa comment or kahit saan sa internet.



4. Huwag mong gawing katatawanan or bastusin ang 12 milyon katao na sandigan ng pamilya, kinabukasan at ng bayan mo. Ang OFW ay tatlong letra lamang pero may malalim na kahulugan. Kung isa kang ex-OFW, alam mo yan, kung wala kang relative na OFW, dapat kang makiramdam.



Inaamin ko hindi perpekto ang mga OFW. May mga taong nagiging infidel or nangangaliwa, may mga taong nagiging gahaman, sakim at nagiging mukhang pera. May mga OFW na parang mga alamang ang ugali, kapag ikaw ay naging successful or naging maayos sa trabaho, naghahalo ang balat sa tinalupan sa inggit, paninira at tsismis at kulang na lang ipako ka sa krus. May mga OFW na hindi masaya kapag nagiging matagumpay ka. May mga OFW na hindi nalulungkot kapag nagkamali or nagfail ka. May mga OFW na nangingiti kapag nag-iisa kapag na-badluck ka.



Pero iilan lang sila. Sa limang taon kong pamumuhay at paghihirap sa mainit na disyertong ito, sari-saring kwento at karanasan ang aking narinig at nakita. Ang OFW para sa akin ay mga taong may pangarap sa buhay. Ang pangarap para sa sarili at kinabukasan ng pamilya na siyang nagtutulak para magtiis, that's where they draw strength to fight the terrible loneliness, and carry on even the most menial tasks at hand.



5. Ang pagbloblog ay hindi kahit kelan man sinusukat kung gaano ka na katagal sa lansangan. 2005 pa ako nagsimula, pero marami pang akong natututunan at gustong matutunan, para pa rin akong Grade 6 kung magblog. Gusto kong magblog dati para magsilbing inspirasyon ng aking mga mahal sa buhay at kaibigan, pero natalo ako ni The Pope ng Palipasan at ni Bhing ng Gumamela sa Paraiso sa KABLOGS AWARD ng most Inspiring Blog. {hehe, sorry kanya-kanya pala tayong diskarte dito sa mundong ilalim, kaya di pala ako natalo, naungusan sa ganda ng mga post} Mga blog na halos wala pang isang taon pero magagaling at nakaka-antig ng damdamin. Kaya wag tayong magmayabang na matagal na tayong nagbloblog, tuloy lang tayo sa pagbibigay sigla at pagsilbing inspiration sa ating mga kababayan, nakakalibang, nakakapagbigay-alam, at nakakapagpadami ng kaibigan.



Iilan lang yan sa mga lessons na dapat nating matutunan, Arvin de la Pena. I wonder if one day, magcocomment ka rin sa comment box ko. Yung matino ah. Yung ayun sa post ko, yung related sa entry ko na toh.



Walang halong biro, sumulat ka ng maayos, matino, magaling, na walang inaapakang tao at walang sinasaktang damdamin, lalo kang sisikat.



©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Starve the Problems, Feed the Opportunities

“Starve the Problems and Feed the Opportunities” - Peter Drucker

"Effective people are not problem-minded; they’re opportunity minded. They feed opportunities and starve problems." - Dr. Stephen Covey

I simply love this quote that I printed it in big paper a long time ago 

and posted it in the wall of my room.



Do we focus on our problems or our opportunities in life?

Most of the time in our lives we focus too much on our problems in life, as well as focusing too much on the past. We should remember that there not much to be gained from looking backwards instead of forwards.

No, don't get me wrong, I am not trying to discount the rich lessons we can gained from our past experiences and failings but what I am trying to say is, its time to move on.

Do you feed your problems in life? 

Kung sa tagalog pa, ginagatungan pa ba natin ang naglalagabgab (now I am not sure if that word is right, lol) at to borrow the word of Hulascoop, masalimuot na buhay?

Are we too absorb by every minor and major problems that confronts us day in and day out? Are we too preoocupied by the challenges and seemingly insurmountable trials and problems that besets us? As a person, do we focus and even magnified our afflictions and infirmities in life?

WE SHOULD START TO EXAMINE OURSELVES. 

DO NOT FOCUS ON THE PROBLEMS OR YOU WILL BE MISERABLE. 

I AM NOT KIDDING. 

NO ONE SAYS, WALLOW IN SELF-PITY AND YOU'LL LIVE. 

OFTEN, when we are down, and we don't get up, we don't have the courage to stand and fight anymore. Thus, we end up losing the game. Losing is fine if we give our best, but if we lose because we did nothing, that's what we call, LOUSINESS.

"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."

Life has so many issues, but focus on the most trivial and important things rather than the not worth dealing with. 

STARVE THE PROBLEMS.

(pasensiya na, gutom na ako kaya I am ranting about anything here, hehe)

DO YOU FEED OPPORTUNITIES?

Do we grab every good offers, every open opportunity for advancement, for learning, for discovering something about ourselves, about the world we live, about the work we are in?

We live in a world with stiff competition, and with tremendous outpouring of knowledge and information in the web.

Do we take advantage of every good things, of every opportunities?

I encourage all to do so. 

The largest problem with focusing on problems is the distraction from concentrating on the current opportunities.

Simply put,

Starve the problems and they die.

Feed the opportunities and they flourish and live.

©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sikat sa Labas, Bulok sa Loob

"What good is the acquisition of proficient riches, knowledge, beauty and skills if the person doesn't have the values that will enable him/her to use these things well?"

Ako po ay dating technical engineer ng Asia Pacific environmental company sa Metro Manila nuong 2004 bago ako nagdesisyon na mangibang bansa. Isa sa mga ginagawa ko ay ang bumisita sa mga plantang sinusuplayan namin ng mga industrial chemicals and to check and do some testing.

On the way sa Sta. Rosa, Laguna one time ay napapadaan ako sa isang car manufacturing na planta. May mga nagrarally sa labas ng gate ng kumpanya. Isang pagkahaba-habang banner gawa ng sako at pulang tinta ang nakabalandra sa gilid ng kalsada na nagsasabing 
"(insert name of the brand here), sikat sa labas, bulok sa loob!".

This caught my attention and while driving pondered about the meaning.

Actually, that time the car I am driving was exactly the car brand being mentioned.

Pero along the way, and I have shared this relation many times in my write-ups, my blogs, my speeches, my Sunday talks, and lessons, that along the way, mas malalim ang naging meaning.
Merong mga taong kagaya ng isang Boyet Fajardo, sikat na clothes designer na inalipusta daw ang dalawang employee ng Duty Free.

Meron mga taong sikat, iniidolo ng masa, hinahangaan ng mundo, pero walang values, walang modo, walang puso.

Meron mga taong sobrang yaman, pero gahaman. 
Meron mga taong sobrang talino, pero walang respeto. 
Meron mga taong gwapo at gwapa, pero walang asal na maganda.
Meron mga taong magagaling, pero pabaya sa pamilya.

What good is the acquisition of proficient riches, knowledge, beauty and skills if the person doesn't have the values that will enable him/her to use these things well?

Marami akong naging amo, kakilala at kaibigan na maaring maihalintulad ko sa ganyan.
Mabuti pang maging isang simpleng tao, masaya sa pamilya, marunong makisama sa mga kaibigan, tapat at magalang. Mabuti pa ang maging simpleng tao, di man kagandahan o kagwapuhan, basta't marunong makitawa at mag spend ng little time sa pagtotouch ng puso at isipan. Simple lang, pero "rock"...nyehaha!
:)

©2009 THOUGHTSKOTO - Sikat sa labas, simple sa loob...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Life Changing Moments


October 2001, nasa MRT ako, kagagaling ko lang sa pressure na trabaho, maraming phone calls, maraming projects, maraming worries. Galing ako ng North Edsa station papuntang Taft Pasay, and from there take the LRT to Pedro Gil para imemeet ang may-ari ng company namin na noon ay nakacheck in Midtown Hotel, near Robinson's Ermita.

Magulo ang isip ko, mainit pala, dati na magulo. hehe. Hawak hawak ko ang Philippine Daily Inquirer gawa ng pagsunod sa news about sa 9-11 na nangyari sa America. Nakaupo ako't nakapikit ang mata at nagrelax ng huminto ang train sa Boni station. Biglang napuno ang area kung saan ako nakaupo, may isang nanay at tatlong mga anak ages between 7, 5, 3 na pumasok at dahil likas na gentleman, sa dami ng mga gentle dog sa loob ng station na nakamake-up at nakapowder pa ang mga mukha at gagala sa greenbelt at ayala, ako'y tumayo at pinapaupo ang mag-ina. 

Ang mga bata ay makukulit, maiingay at sa sikip ng MRT ay nakuha pang maglaro, maghabulan, at magsisisigaw. Ang nakapgtataka ang ina ay tila walang pakialam. Di ba niya naririnig na ang mga bata ay maiingay? Di ba siya nahihiya sa inaasta ng kanyang mga anak? Nanay ko po, nakakabulahaw ang tili, iyakan at sigawan, at nakakawala sa matinong pag-iisip ang habulan, at muntik pa akong masundot ng lalaking panganay. Gusto kong pasimpleng pingutin or pinch sa kamay yung pangalawa na walang pakialam nakatayo ako sa tapat ng kanyang nanay habang sia ay punta dito't balik sa nanay niya ng walang pakialam. 

Di ako nakapagpigil, sinabihan ko ang nanay. 

"Ale, yung mga anak niyo po, ang iingay, nakakabulahaw po sa mga pasahero, pwede po bang patahimikin niyo?"

Parang walang narinig ang nanay, nakatingin sa malayo, at parang walang pakialam. Kaya inulit ko ng medyo malakas sa gitna ng maraming pasahero.

"Ah, Ate, yung mga anak niyo po, sobrang ingay at makulit, pwede po bang sawayin niyo?"

Sagot ng nanay na biglang gulat at napatingin saken, at dun ko lang napansin ang namumugto niyang mga mata.

"Ha? Mama, pagpasensiyahan niyo na po, kagagaling lang namin ng Polymedic Hospital, at kamamatay lang po ng kanilang ama. (Humahagulgol na ng iyak ang nanay, ako naman parang binuhusan ng nagyeyelong tubig) Di ko alam ang gagawin, at di ko alam paano ko sasabihin sa kanila"

Di ko alam ang nangyari saken during that time pero bigla akong nanlamig. Naawa sa nanay, nahiya sa aking sarili, at nakalearn ng isang napakahalagang lesson. 

Be sensitive towards others feelings.

Sometimes in our lives we are focused on what we want and what will comfort us, without regard or without thinking about others. Naiingayan ako, and Im sure yung ibang pasahero din pero ako lang naglaks ng loob magsabi dahil seguro ako lang ang hindi naging sensitive na ang nanay pala ay nagdadalamhati.

Nakakahiya.

Bago ako bumaba ng Taft Avenue, nalaman ko na ang nanay ay taga Cavite, ang asawa ay nagkasakit ng cancer sa brain, at nagtratrabaho sa may Manggahan sa Gen Trias. 

Nag-abot ako ng isandaan bilang abuloy.

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