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Monday, October 22, 2018

Is P50,000 Enough for OFWs' 3-Week Vacation in the Philippines?




After a year or two of working abroad, a well-deserved vacation is the most awaited part of every Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Not just for OFWs but also their families are looking forward to these days to come. For many OFWs, if not all, vacationing in the Philippines is like a feast — non-stop eating, drinking, shopping, and catching up with family and friends.   But for some, going back in the country is also worrying about relatives and neighbors asking for money and "pasalubongs" from abroad especially if you don't have enough fund to spend on vacation. But how much money OFW should have when vacationing in the Philippines for three weeks or a month? Is P50,000 enough?  One OFW narrates on Reddit about his recent vacation in the Philippines and talks about his frustrating experience when he visited his relatives in the country. The Reddit user came under the name of "crazy4dcoffee" who lives in the USA. Recently, he paid a three-week vacation to the Philippines with his grandmother and was given a $1,000 allowance by his parents to spend during his stay in the country. He thought that the pocket money is a bit too much but when he meets his relatives, he found out that he was wrong.  “[For two weeks], I stayed with my mom’s sister and her family. Now let me tell you this – the block that my aunt lives on – their cousins, and other second and third cousins live there. Some of them I have no idea who they are but my luggage was packed with gifts for these people and also cash,”   He said that he immediately lost P11,000 from his pocket money because of the cash he gave his Filipino relatives.  “Now I had P39,000 left. I still had 17 days left. I thought it would last me but no it did not,” he said.  He even got mad when some of his relatives asked him to pay for their electricity bills and tuition fees. Not only this because some of his relatives would put him in a  difficult situation by asking money from him in front of everyone else so that he won’t be able to refuse. Some are also stealing instead of asking money and other items from him.   “I’m not trying to make it look like all Filipino relatives are like this, but why do you think just because I’m from abroad, I am mayaman or rich like why can’t I just be me? Of course, I have money. I’m on a foreign land on vacation. But it does not make me a walking bank account,” he said. “Also hate when they guilt trip you for not giving money and tell sob stories so you feel bad and give in,” he added.  The Reddit user even recalled times that his relatives invited him to eat outside, but asked him to pay for their meal for 12 people. He also talked about ungrateful relatives who cannot be happy with his pasalubong because of the shoes she wants is not there.   “Also, my mom’s sister got a lot of clothes. She got two shorts, t-shirts, and even some chocolates, but got mad at me because the shoes she requested wasn’t there. I had to explain to her that I had no more space in my luggage and that she got a lot already, it won’t be fair. She said next time we go home she expects the shoes. My blood was boiling to the max,” he said  “I hate that I feel this way but why are some relatives such parasites,” he said at the end of his post.  Indeed, for OFWs, it is stressful and frustrating to have relatives that treat you like an ATM just because you are working abroad. So for OFWs who are heading home, do not tolerate these traits and slowly educate your family members and relatives that working abroad is not an easy job. Also, learn to say "No" when someone asks for this and that. Remember you don't have to give in to everyone's demand.  Set your budget when vacationing home because no amount of money is enough if "party here and party there" is the situation on your vacation.

After a year or two of working abroad, a well-deserved vacation is the most awaited part of every Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Not just for OFWs but also their families are looking forward to these days to come. For many OFWs, if not all, vacationing in the Philippines is like a feast — non-stop eating, drinking, shopping, and catching up with family and friends. 


But for some, going back in the country is also worrying about relatives and neighbors asking for money and "pasalubongs" from abroad especially if you don't have enough fund to spend on vacation. But how much money OFW should have when vacationing in the Philippines for three weeks or a month? Is P50,000 enough?

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One OFW narrates on Reddit about his recent vacation in the Philippines and talks about his frustrating experience when he visited his relatives in the country. The Reddit user came under the name of "crazy4dcoffee" who lives in the USA.

Recently, he paid a three-week vacation to the Philippines with his grandmother and was given a $1,000 allowance by his parents to spend during his stay in the country. He thought that the pocket money is a bit too much but when he meets his relatives, he found out that he was wrong.

He said that he immediately lost P11,000 from his pocket money because of the cash he gave his Filipino relatives.

After a year or two of working abroad, a well-deserved vacation is the most awaited part of every Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Not just for OFWs but also their families are looking forward to these days to come. For many OFWs, if not all, vacationing in the Philippines is like a feast — non-stop eating, drinking, shopping, and catching up with family and friends.   But for some, going back in the country is also worrying about relatives and neighbors asking for money and "pasalubongs" from abroad especially if you don't have enough fund to spend on vacation. But how much money OFW should have when vacationing in the Philippines for three weeks or a month? Is P50,000 enough?  One OFW narrates on Reddit about his recent vacation in the Philippines and talks about his frustrating experience when he visited his relatives in the country. The Reddit user came under the name of "crazy4dcoffee" who lives in the USA. Recently, he paid a three-week vacation to the Philippines with his grandmother and was given a $1,000 allowance by his parents to spend during his stay in the country. He thought that the pocket money is a bit too much but when he meets his relatives, he found out that he was wrong.  “[For two weeks], I stayed with my mom’s sister and her family. Now let me tell you this – the block that my aunt lives on – their cousins, and other second and third cousins live there. Some of them I have no idea who they are but my luggage was packed with gifts for these people and also cash,”   He said that he immediately lost P11,000 from his pocket money because of the cash he gave his Filipino relatives.  “Now I had P39,000 left. I still had 17 days left. I thought it would last me but no it did not,” he said.  He even got mad when some of his relatives asked him to pay for their electricity bills and tuition fees. Not only this because some of his relatives would put him in a  difficult situation by asking money from him in front of everyone else so that he won’t be able to refuse. Some are also stealing instead of asking money and other items from him.   “I’m not trying to make it look like all Filipino relatives are like this, but why do you think just because I’m from abroad, I am mayaman or rich like why can’t I just be me? Of course, I have money. I’m on a foreign land on vacation. But it does not make me a walking bank account,” he said. “Also hate when they guilt trip you for not giving money and tell sob stories so you feel bad and give in,” he added.  The Reddit user even recalled times that his relatives invited him to eat outside, but asked him to pay for their meal for 12 people. He also talked about ungrateful relatives who cannot be happy with his pasalubong because of the shoes she wants is not there.   “Also, my mom’s sister got a lot of clothes. She got two shorts, t-shirts, and even some chocolates, but got mad at me because the shoes she requested wasn’t there. I had to explain to her that I had no more space in my luggage and that she got a lot already, it won’t be fair. She said next time we go home she expects the shoes. My blood was boiling to the max,” he said  “I hate that I feel this way but why are some relatives such parasites,” he said at the end of his post.  Indeed, for OFWs, it is stressful and frustrating to have relatives that treat you like an ATM just because you are working abroad. So for OFWs who are heading home, do not tolerate these traits and slowly educate your family members and relatives that working abroad is not an easy job. Also, learn to say "No" when someone asks for this and that. Remember you don't have to give in to everyone's demand.  Set your budget when vacationing home because no amount of money is enough if "party here and party there" is the situation on your vacation.
He even got mad when some of his relatives asked him to pay for their electricity bills and tuition fees. Not only this because some of his relatives would put him in a difficult situation by asking money from him in front of everyone else so that he won’t be able to refuse. Some are also stealing instead of asking money and other items from him.
After a year or two of working abroad, a well-deserved vacation is the most awaited part of every Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Not just for OFWs but also their families are looking forward to these days to come. For many OFWs, if not all, vacationing in the Philippines is like a feast — non-stop eating, drinking, shopping, and catching up with family and friends.   But for some, going back in the country is also worrying about relatives and neighbors asking for money and "pasalubongs" from abroad especially if you don't have enough fund to spend on vacation. But how much money OFW should have when vacationing in the Philippines for three weeks or a month? Is P50,000 enough?  One OFW narrates on Reddit about his recent vacation in the Philippines and talks about his frustrating experience when he visited his relatives in the country. The Reddit user came under the name of "crazy4dcoffee" who lives in the USA. Recently, he paid a three-week vacation to the Philippines with his grandmother and was given a $1,000 allowance by his parents to spend during his stay in the country. He thought that the pocket money is a bit too much but when he meets his relatives, he found out that he was wrong.  “[For two weeks], I stayed with my mom’s sister and her family. Now let me tell you this – the block that my aunt lives on – their cousins, and other second and third cousins live there. Some of them I have no idea who they are but my luggage was packed with gifts for these people and also cash,”   He said that he immediately lost P11,000 from his pocket money because of the cash he gave his Filipino relatives.  “Now I had P39,000 left. I still had 17 days left. I thought it would last me but no it did not,” he said.  He even got mad when some of his relatives asked him to pay for their electricity bills and tuition fees. Not only this because some of his relatives would put him in a  difficult situation by asking money from him in front of everyone else so that he won’t be able to refuse. Some are also stealing instead of asking money and other items from him.   “I’m not trying to make it look like all Filipino relatives are like this, but why do you think just because I’m from abroad, I am mayaman or rich like why can’t I just be me? Of course, I have money. I’m on a foreign land on vacation. But it does not make me a walking bank account,” he said. “Also hate when they guilt trip you for not giving money and tell sob stories so you feel bad and give in,” he added.  The Reddit user even recalled times that his relatives invited him to eat outside, but asked him to pay for their meal for 12 people. He also talked about ungrateful relatives who cannot be happy with his pasalubong because of the shoes she wants is not there.   “Also, my mom’s sister got a lot of clothes. She got two shorts, t-shirts, and even some chocolates, but got mad at me because the shoes she requested wasn’t there. I had to explain to her that I had no more space in my luggage and that she got a lot already, it won’t be fair. She said next time we go home she expects the shoes. My blood was boiling to the max,” he said  “I hate that I feel this way but why are some relatives such parasites,” he said at the end of his post.  Indeed, for OFWs, it is stressful and frustrating to have relatives that treat you like an ATM just because you are working abroad. So for OFWs who are heading home, do not tolerate these traits and slowly educate your family members and relatives that working abroad is not an easy job. Also, learn to say "No" when someone asks for this and that. Remember you don't have to give in to everyone's demand.  Set your budget when vacationing home because no amount of money is enough if "party here and party there" is the situation on your vacation.
The Reddit user even recalled times that his relatives invited him to eat outside, but asked him to pay for their meal for 12 people. He also talked about ungrateful relatives who cannot be happy with his pasalubong because of the shoes she wants is not there.
After a year or two of working abroad, a well-deserved vacation is the most awaited part of every Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Not just for OFWs but also their families are looking forward to these days to come. For many OFWs, if not all, vacationing in the Philippines is like a feast — non-stop eating, drinking, shopping, and catching up with family and friends.   But for some, going back in the country is also worrying about relatives and neighbors asking for money and "pasalubongs" from abroad especially if you don't have enough fund to spend on vacation. But how much money OFW should have when vacationing in the Philippines for three weeks or a month? Is P50,000 enough?  One OFW narrates on Reddit about his recent vacation in the Philippines and talks about his frustrating experience when he visited his relatives in the country. The Reddit user came under the name of "crazy4dcoffee" who lives in the USA. Recently, he paid a three-week vacation to the Philippines with his grandmother and was given a $1,000 allowance by his parents to spend during his stay in the country. He thought that the pocket money is a bit too much but when he meets his relatives, he found out that he was wrong.  “[For two weeks], I stayed with my mom’s sister and her family. Now let me tell you this – the block that my aunt lives on – their cousins, and other second and third cousins live there. Some of them I have no idea who they are but my luggage was packed with gifts for these people and also cash,”   He said that he immediately lost P11,000 from his pocket money because of the cash he gave his Filipino relatives.  “Now I had P39,000 left. I still had 17 days left. I thought it would last me but no it did not,” he said.  He even got mad when some of his relatives asked him to pay for their electricity bills and tuition fees. Not only this because some of his relatives would put him in a  difficult situation by asking money from him in front of everyone else so that he won’t be able to refuse. Some are also stealing instead of asking money and other items from him.   “I’m not trying to make it look like all Filipino relatives are like this, but why do you think just because I’m from abroad, I am mayaman or rich like why can’t I just be me? Of course, I have money. I’m on a foreign land on vacation. But it does not make me a walking bank account,” he said. “Also hate when they guilt trip you for not giving money and tell sob stories so you feel bad and give in,” he added.  The Reddit user even recalled times that his relatives invited him to eat outside, but asked him to pay for their meal for 12 people. He also talked about ungrateful relatives who cannot be happy with his pasalubong because of the shoes she wants is not there.   “Also, my mom’s sister got a lot of clothes. She got two shorts, t-shirts, and even some chocolates, but got mad at me because the shoes she requested wasn’t there. I had to explain to her that I had no more space in my luggage and that she got a lot already, it won’t be fair. She said next time we go home she expects the shoes. My blood was boiling to the max,” he said  “I hate that I feel this way but why are some relatives such parasites,” he said at the end of his post.  Indeed, for OFWs, it is stressful and frustrating to have relatives that treat you like an ATM just because you are working abroad. So for OFWs who are heading home, do not tolerate these traits and slowly educate your family members and relatives that working abroad is not an easy job. Also, learn to say "No" when someone asks for this and that. Remember you don't have to give in to everyone's demand.  Set your budget when vacationing home because no amount of money is enough if "party here and party there" is the situation on your vacation.
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Indeed, for OFWs, it is stressful and frustrating to have relatives that treat you like an ATM just because you are working abroad. So for OFWs who are heading home, do not tolerate these traits and slowly educate your family members and relatives that working abroad is not an easy job. Also, learn to say "No" when someone asks for this and that. Remember you don't have to give in to everyone's demand.

Set your budget when vacationing home because no amount of money is enough if "party here and party there" is the situation on your vacation.


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