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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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