A Pinoy nurse lost his housekeeping job in Canada but becomes a COVID-19 frontliner, finally working in a job that’s close to his profession.
Nurse Turned Housekeeper
It is not a secret that many Pinoys dream of finding a job outside the country to give a better life for their families. But landing a job in your profession is a big challenge. That’s why many go to these foreign countries to work as unskilled workers, using this as stepping stone to eventually finding a job in their profession.
Frank Pangan worked for over 10 years as nurse in the Philippines. He dreams to follow his mother and sister in the US, but his visa keeps getting denied. After his fourth try to get to the US, he changed his dream and applied for Canada where he applied as international student.
Pangan finally fulfilled his dream of going to a foreign country to work. As an international student, he was allowed to work part-time. Thus, he found a job as a housekeeper at a hotel, earning $14 to $15 per hour.
“Mahirap magkudkod din ng mga kubeta. Tama lang naman ‘yung mga kikitain namin just to pay for the house rent,” Pangan admitted.
A manager at a rehab facility in New Jersey, Pangan’s mom Generosa did not approve of his choice of work.
“Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Franklin, hindi ako nagsakripisyo, nagpakahirap para makatapos ka [tapos] ipinagpalit mo bilang housekeeper.’ Masakit sakin ‘yon,” she said.
Pangan was determined to work, despite being a housekeeper. He felt that he was one step closer to his dream. But the COVID-19 crisis hit. The university was closed and Pangan lost his job at the hotel. He didn’t know what to do and thought about giving up, unsure about his future now.
But he weighed his options and decided to try find a job. With the pandemic affecting so many places, there’s a shortage of healthcare workers. Thanks to a friend, he landed a job as a Personal Support Worker (PSW) at a retirement home.
The retirement home had several positive cases but his training as nurse came in handy. As a frontliner handling COVID-19 positive patients, he has to work covered with PPEs. He remains optimistic that he would live through the crisis and see his family again, whom he had not seen in over 8 years.
“Nakakapangamba, kasi s’yempre ‘yung paa mo, parang ‘pag papasok ka sa trabaho, ‘yung isa nasa hukay. Pinagpe-pray ko every day, sana matapos na ‘to. Sana matupad ‘yung pangarap ko, nag-iisa lang ‘yun, makasama ko ‘yung nanay ko, makasama ko ‘yung kapatid ko,” Pangan said.
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What’s a Retirement Home?
A retirement home is a facility that is specifically designed for old people. It sometimes has an overlapping function with a nursing home as the healthcare needs of the residents might also be catered to.
Photo of Giant ‘iPhone’ Extra Extra Max Goes Viral
The trend continues for bigger phones, what with the many capabilities that these larger models offer to users. But how big is too big for these phones? Well, you’ve got to check out this ‘iPhone’ extra extra max that’s super duper big! It’s about as tall as a kid! Whoa.
But is it really a phone? LOL
Giant ‘iPhone’ Goes Viral
During the era when Nokia dominated the market, people favored the smaller phones. It came to a point that the smaller the phone, the more expensive it is because it’s packed with all the capabilities of the much larger models but it a very compact size.
Of course, that only held true for a couple of years when phones were simply used for calling and, later, texting. But as these gadgets evolved into ‘smart’ phones, bigger screens meant better options for the users. The internal specs matter, of course, but many people now prefer bigger screens. Thus, there are also plenty of tablets and phablets in the market today.
So, what’s the size of the largest phone you’ve got? The average phone size these days are at 7” while phablets and tablets are at around 11”.
Yet one guy in Quirino Province posted photos of an iPhone that’s so much larger than the usual size – and it is even as large as a kid! Can you just imagine the price of that one, if that’s really for real?
“iPhone lovers, labas!” netizen Ryan Ballesteros joked as he posed with an iPhone that’s nearly as tall as him. Netizens soon dubbed the item as an iPhone Extra Extra Max. LOL.
But why is this phone so big? While there were a number of netizens who thought he got the wrong item from a bogus seller, Ballesteros later explained that it is actually a table that looks like an iPhone, not a gadget.
What is a Phablet?
A phablet is a modern gadget that’s a cross between the smaller smartphone and the much larger tablet. It has capabilities of a smartphone, including an option for a SIM card slot and, possibly, memory card upgrade, but is of a much larger size than a regular smartphone.
Popular Hobbies That Can Actually Make You Money
A lot of people have different hobbies that they enjoy doing whenever they have free time. While many hobbies cost you a lot of money, there are actually hobbies that can help you make money!
Gaming with Vlogging
Many would say that gaming is such a waste of time and money, yet a lot of gamers have earned a lot of money in this hobby. Most of them are able to achieve that through vlogging.
It gives you free food and fresh vegetables, but gardening can also help you earn some extra cash. Remember that vegetables can be so expensive these days.
Love doing music? You can earn money with that, too. You can sell your music on various platforms such as BeatStars, do music videos on YouTube, or accept tutorials.
There are many people who are so talented with DIY crafts and various art materials. You can sell those handicrafts to earn some extra cash.
A lot of professional photographers started out as amateur photography enthusiasts who simply snapped photos here and there to build their portfolio. Once you’ve mastered your craft, you can sell these pictures, join photography contests, or offer your services as photographer for photoshoots and events.
If you have a knack with words, writing can also be a profitable hobby. There are a number of sites hiring freelance writers. You can also write a book and have it published for profit.
Drawing and Painting
These kinds of artwork truly require talent. If you know how to draw, paint, or do other art crafts, then this can actually sell for a lot of money. You could also be commission to create artwork for various clients.
There are people who actually earned money by selling coffee – and they discovered this business just because they love making coffee. If you have the equipment at home, you can open a coffee shop outside the gate and start earning money now.
Baking and Cooking
People love to eat – that’s a fact. That’s why home businesses for baking and cooking have become so popular. If you love making delicious foods, then this hobby can also help you earn some extra cash.
No-Cost Organizing Hacks for Your Home Makeover
Planning on upgrading the look of your house but don’t have a big budget to do it? Don’t worry because you can actually have a home makeover at no cost at all.
Download Interior Design Apps
There’s a wealth of interior design apps that you can download for free. There are even plenty that allow you a 3D view of your layout and lets you put in various elements, including kitchen utensils, media items, artwork, and various items.
Rearrange the Furniture
You’ll be surprised at how different your house can look just by rearranging the furniture. You can start with the bedroom. How about pushing the bed to one side or changing its orientation? You can move a table near the window to create an office space with natural lighting.
Experiment with the look or use the app you downloaded before moving the heavy pieces around.
You can free up space in the house by getting rid of chunky furniture and old boxes filled with junk. Deep cleaning the house is actually a great idea because you can make the furniture pieces shiny again. You’ll be amazed that these items might actually look like they’re new, just with a few minutes of brushing.
Add a ‘Catch All’ Box
One thing that really reduces clutter in your home is a ‘catch all’ box put at strategic places. Put one on a table filled with chargers and whatnots. This is also useful at the living room and even in the kitchen. Of course, you can pick a fancy box or container so that this would still upgrade the look of the place. A lovely tray would do the trick.
Organize Stuff According to Frequency of Use
There are plenty of stuff at home that you rarely even use. If you don’t want to get rid of these items but don’t need it now, place these at the topmost shelves or in back cabinets. Put the ones you frequently use in easy-to-reach levels.
Make sure to label the boxes and closed cabinets to ensure that you won’t have to open everything if you need something.
Put Some Plants Inside the House
Got some plants outside the house? Bring some of them in! Just make sure to rotate the plants you bring in so that these can also get much-needed sunlight.