FOCUS ON OUR RESPONSIBILITIES NOT RIGHTS

“I’m Starting With The Man In The Mirror
I’m Asking Him To Change His Ways
And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer
If You Want Make The World A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change”

No candidate is perfect. However..

Let us not see personalities. Let us not look at a hero. Let us not focus on a knight in a shining armor  who claims he can save us from the wretchedness in our country. Let us not see a parent who will put Band Aid or Curitas in our small wounds. Let us not admire someone whose answer to criminality is killing. Let us not allow history changers. Let us abhor cursing, adultery and hooliganism for it will send a message to new generation that these are normal and better than being patient, sincere and understanding. Let us kick out thieves who pose like saints during elections.  Let us not listen to glib talkers who avoid the issues and instead tell us of his achievements and experiences.

Let us see the macro management capability, a city is not a country. Let us see connections, machinery and diplomatic experience, our President represents us internationally both in foreign trade and politics. Let us see  the desire to act on a “sense of duty” not by desire to achieve personal or political ambition. Let us see a leader, his sense of persuasion, refraining from use of power to silence offenders but persuading them to change. Let us see somebody who can provide the “fish rod” not the “fish” (dole-outs) to our people.

Let us choose a leader who will invest in building bridges, not walls. Books, not weapons. Morality, not corruption. Intellectualism and wisdom, not ignorance. Stability, not fear and terror. Peace, not chaos. Love, not hate. Convergence, not segregation. Tolerance, not discrimination. Fairness, not hypocrisy. Substance, not superficiality. Character, not immaturity. Transparency, not secrecy. Justice, not lawlessness. Environmental improvement and preservation, not destruction. Truth, not lies.

Let us see ourselves. Let us see OBLIGASYON rather than KARAPATAN. Let us see PAGSUNOD SA BATAS rather than PAGPAPATUPAD NG BATAS. Who needs the police, the tanods, the judges, to catch “lumalabag sa batas” when all of us are “sumusunod sa batas”.

We always WANT SOMEBODY TO CLEAN UP THE MESS THAT WE CREATE. No President will succeed if the populace will not start cleaning its act.

The development must come from us. And when the new president gets elected, whoever he is, let us support him and do our share. Let us all correct our faults as citizens. Let us be responsible. Let us do what we can for our country not what these candidates can do for us.

Change starts from RESPECT.

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”I’m not afraid . To take a stand. Everybody. Come take my hand. We’ll walk this road together, through the storm. Whatever weather, cold or warm. Just letting you know that you’re not alone. Holler if you feel like you’ve been down the same road” – Eminem

I’VE GOT A LOT TO BE THANKFUL TO SAUDI ARABIA

Those of us working here in Saudi were often looked down sa pinas, sometimes you’ll hear remarks like “Saudi ka lang pala” or “Bakit ka nagtitiyaga roon”? Mas preferred ng karamihan pag sinabing Middle east ay sa Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Bahrain just for one reason.. masyado raw mahigpit ang Saudi. Maraming bawal. Masama raw ugali ng mga Saudis.

Depende lang iyon sa attitude at kung ano ang nais sa buhay ng isang worker. Kaya tayo nag-abroad at nagsasakripisyo ay dahil nais natin ang kumita ng maayos at makaipon. Dito, the place itself will discipline you, makakaiwas ka sa mga unnecessary na pagkakagastusan at sa mga bisyo.

I have a lot to be grateful sa bansang ito not only in terms of earnings:

  1. Bawal ang bisyo dito.. Alak, Babae, Sugal, Droga – nakafocus ka sa work. Nakafocus ka sa mga gawaing pangdevelop ng sarili mo at sa pamilya mo. Puwera na lang kung naghahanap ka pa rin ng mga layaw ng katawan na iyan. Isa ka sa kapag nahuli, ay sisigaw na nang kung gaano kasama ang mga Saudis, o tatalakan ang gobyerno na walang ginagawa para sa mga manggagawa. Bawal na nga gusto mo pa gawin.
  2. Medical Care – lahat ng workers ay may Medical Insurance. Wide ang coverage. Everyone is taken cared of.
  3. Tax Free – ang earning mo ay tax free, di binabawasan ng gobyerno rito.
  4. Minimal ang nakawan – ikompara mo sa pinas, nakakakain ka sa restaurant na nakahambalang ang iyong gadgets, ang bag, ang wallet na hindi mawawala. Maglakad ka sa kalsada, pumunta ka sa malls o mataong lugar, di ka magaalalang madudukutan (kalaban mo lang ay ang amoy putok… hehe)
  5. Cost of living ay mababa – compared sa ibang Middle East countries, ang bilihin dito ay mas mura. Sa pagkain lalo na. Ang aking basehan sa pagkain saan man ako pumunta ay ang presyo ng Big Mac Meal. Sa ngayon ay $3.20 dito sa Saudi, sa UAE ay $3.54, Qatar ay $3.50, US ay $4.93, Canada ay $4.14, Bahrain ay $3.50 (please see http://www.statista.com/statistics/274326/big-mac-index-global-prices-for-a-big-mac/). Renta ng bahay, gasoline, gasul, tubig ay mas mababa.
  6. Bihira ang violence – compared sa pinas na normal ang sapakan, batukan, suntukan, barilan, saksakan, dito ang pinakamatinding away ay sigawan. Takot na manakit ng kapuwa kasi ebidensya iyon against the aggressor.
  7. Well maintained ang mga public parks and facilities – makakapagjogging ka, makakapagexercise, makakapagswimming, makakapagpicnic or simply meditate ng maayos.
  8. Benefits – mandatory ang accommodation or housing allowance, transportation or transportation allowance, GOSI, medical care, paid leaves, end of service award, family status na libre ang pamasahe, visa at covered ng medical care.

Iyong point no. 4 ay may karanasan ako. I lost my wallet three years ago with my Residence Identity Card, Aramco Card, ATM, Medical Card and some amount of money were there) were returned to me. Yung nakapulot ay gumawa pa ng paraan para makontak ako. Wala akong calling card na nakaipit, nakita niya ang calling card ng Doctor ko, tinawagan niya at ibinigay ng Doctor ang aking number. At wala ni isa mang nawala sa aking wallet. Please read:  https://clinquantlife.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/this-happened-to-me-reposted-from-fb/

As I said, the problem lies in our attitude.I found that Saudis are generally friendly, generous and hospitable people and not like the stereotypes you might have been told at.

Ang totoo niyan, kung ano ang nakukuha nating bentahe sa pagtatrabaho sa Saudi compare sa Pinas ay siya ring bentahe na nakukuha natin sa ibang bansa. Nagkakaiba lang sa kultura, kaugalian at pamamalakad ng pamahalaan.

May kasabihang “when you are in Rome, do what the Romans do..” Para lang iyang nakikipanuluyan ka sa ibang bahay, sundin mo ang patakaran sa bahay na iyon.

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“Wanna thank you. Freedom in stride, love, peace of mind. We just wanna give Gratitude
Got plenty love we wanna give to you. With good music and we’re tryin’ to say. That the Good Lord’s gonna make a way. ” – Earth, Wind and Fire