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PH Embassy and POLO-OWWA hold Post Arrival Orientation Seminar

The Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi together with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and the Overseas Workers Welfare Association held the Post Arrival Orientation Seminar (PAOS) at the POLO-OWWA grounds. In attendance were Vice Consul Von Ryan Pangwi, Assistant...

Belt and Road Initiative, not China’s business alone: President Xi

WAM: ABU DHABI, 19th July, 2018 (WAM) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that despite China being the initiator and propeller of the Belt and Road Initiative, however, it is not his country's business alone. "It should also welcome other countries to board...

PH cops say sorry for anti-rape tips. Here’s why

After earning the rage of netizens, the Angono Municipal Station issued an apology to the public regarding their anti-rape tips. The cops clarified that they only intend to remind everybody to avoid being a victim of rape. While their apology mentioned that the...

Former Dubai OFW loses everything on a roll of the dice

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On a roll of the dice, “Noel” bet all his savings from abroad. Read his letter to #TheFilipinoTimes below:

Dear TFT,

I’m Noel and I have worked as an sales supervisor in Dubai for 12 years. In May 2014, I decided to return home and worked shortly for a luxury hotel here in the Philippines. However, I was laid off due to my underperformance.

As you can probably tell, I am now facing a difficult time in my life. I have lost everything I love and own because of that one big mistake.

Let me just share that I had a simple life in the Philippines before I moved to Dubai in the early 2000s for work.

I grew up in Laguna where I also met my wife. Shortly after our wedding, I risked my chances by going to the UAE.

With my monthly salary of Dh5,000 (Php72,000) for 3 years before I left the UAE, I was able to build a better life for my family. We had afforded to buy a house in a subdivision when my wife and I learned that we were about to have our first-born.

But for the past two years since I returned to the Philippines, my family did not know that I have frequented some casinos in Manila. It started out as a fun boys’ night out but I kept coming back whenever I feel stressed. The stress-relief turned into a nightly ritual, betting on horse races, playing poker, slot machine, you name it. It was so easy to get lost in the fun of it all when you have a fortune at bay.

But of course, as gamblers would tell you, when you enter a play, you either win or you lose. My losses outnumbered my wins, and I did not mind, I continued playing.

What little money I won, I also lost in the succeeding rounds of play. I did not know that it felt like that, I could not stop. I even borrowed a huge sum from my brother, without telling him the real reason.

Before I knew it, I have drained my bank account, which contains all the money I earned in Dubai and I am drowning in debts to different people.

It was too late when I realized the trouble I was in, my family and friends found out eventually and I was forced to stop gambling.

My wife was pregnant when she left me, taking our one kid along with her. I have tried contacting her through her parents but they would not let me see my baby either.

I am now trying to get back on my feet. I need to earn the trust of my wife and my friends. I am living with my parents so they can stop me from going back to my old habits.

If only I could turn back time, I would not the same mistake again.

For my fellow OFWs who are reading this, share my piece and take it from me: always prioritize your family and do not let years’ worth of hardwork go into waste because of unhealthy habits, not just gambling.

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PH cops say sorry for anti-rape tips. Here’s why

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