Diary of an OFW going home for vacation

I am excited to go home and be finally reunited with family but more so I am excited to be finally relaxing and not having to think about my commute from house to work and what to do and what not to do on a daily basis of survival here in Dubai.  Its not all glory and highs and ups being an ofw… but then again this is not a rant about ofw life abroad. I will save that for another day.. haha. This is more like a vent-out of trying to be not misunderstood for being a cheapskate although that is what I am. And close families know this of me.  I am not the type to be bringing home all fancy pasalubongs just to please people.  I am even thrifty on holidays when it comes to gift-giving and that is just me.


Of chocolates, lotions and soaps for pasalubong.

These seem to be the most requested items from relatives for pasalubong. The top contender would be Nivea lotion, Cadbury, Snickers, Toblerone, Dove soaps. Understandable coz these items are way too expensive to buy locally in Manila.

My dear family and loved ones, please dont think that you are not as important if you do not get a single bar of dove soap from me…. its not you its just me.. really!

Lend me your ears my dearest…

Unlike other ofw’s that save up for balikbayan boxes and pasalubongs I deem it not wise and smart to be doing so in my end. For one, my salary is not that big to accommodate everyone’s wish for a simple pasalubong…coz if I am to give to one relative or friend, I am going to end up giving to the whole gang. Just to avoid someone’s ill feeling towards me for being “forgotten” be it intentional or not.

It may be said to love yourself first… I guess that is what I am.


the search…

I have booked my ticket but I have no place to stay when I get to Manila. That is why I resorted to finding rentals online and started connecting with classmates to ask around hoping for a good deal.  On the average, condominium rentals are between PhP15,000 to PhP18,000 for a studio. Some would add association dues, cable, internet. electricity and water bills.  They would also require a 5k to 10k security deposit, of which will be refunded after they have inspected the unit for any damage and the bills settled.

Facebook pages have numbers of posts from owners to agents but it is always a good bargain talking to owners of course.  Agents however, can cater to my budget and made my search a bit easy.  I also came across Rent to own posts, of which I almost decided to get an RFO (ready for occupancy) units from seeing all those gorgeous, instagrammy pictures of these condominiums around the metropolis.

Facebook has made the search easy.  I can just type in which area I am looking at.  In my case, Cainta and Pasig.  I love these areas and of course this has been home to me.

So far so good.. I am still empty-handed though.  I am able to find a good deal somehow..but I have not stopped looking around.

For now, the best offer I got was for a 2 bedroom unit, fully furnished and just a stone away from a well-known supermarket and a short walk from an SM mall.  It is also just along the road, so commute will be easy.  Amenities included a gym, swimming pool and a 24-hour security post at the gate. I got this for good discounted price from PhP25,000 originally.  That did not come easy, I haggled and bargained before the owner finally said YES. Well, the fact the the owner’s sister is my highschool mate added an extra point for the win. 


Photo credit to the owner.