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.
Supermarket Goes Viral for Flag-Inspired Instant Noodle Display to Honor Independence Day
A supermarket recently went viral for its flag-inspired instant noodle display to honor the country’s upcoming Independence Day.
The creative display earned admiration from netizens – and was even noticed by the noodle brand, Lucky Me! Cool, isn’t it?
Supermarket’s Flag-Inspired Instant Noodle Display Goes Viral
There are people who are naturally creative – and they manage to make impressive artwork out of simple things that others might not even consider as artsy.
That’s what workers at a supermarket in Valencia City, Bukidnon, were able to achieve.
In a post that earned praise online and was reposted by several sites or groups, Bhen-j Agudera shared photos taken from the Lucky Me! noodle display at NVM Supermarket in the city.
What’s impressive is that the workers were able to create the patriotic display using the packs of Lucky Me! noodles arranged in the shape of the country’s flag.
This patriotic display is timely, considering that Independence Day on June 12th is just around the corner.
Of course, as pointed out by other netizens, this large flag will soon be broken by the customers who will be picking up their noodles from the display shelf.
Still, it also stirred patriotism among netizens who expressed admiration that the workers were able to think of a way to create the flag using their products. Brilliant, right?
Some people are calling for the brand to give the workers a raise or some sort of bonus for what they did here – after all, Lucky Me! certainly received a lot of free publicity from the viral photos.
However, some people also think that the company will probably lose some sales if the makeshift flag continues to be displayed on the shelves of this supermarket because customers might feel uneasy breaking the artwork.
How to Properly Display the Philippine Flag
During peacetime, the blue part of the Philippine flag should be placed on top. The red part is put on top if the country is at war.
Guy Tries Viral “Inverter Hack”, Ends Up with 9k Bill
A guy tries the viral “inverter hack” but instead of saving money, he ended up with a ₱9k electric bill! Ouch.
Viral “Inverter Hack” Goes Wrong, Guy Gets ₱9k Bill
There are lots of viral “life hacks” on the internet, but not all of them actually work or are true.
Many of these “hacks” can cost you a lot of money or even end up getting you in trouble (like the teens who tried the viral “overbaggage” hack).
Recently, netizen Rheez Ramos tried out a supposed life hack using an inverter air conditioner.
According to this supposed life hack, you need to keep the air conditioning unit on, and only turn it off once a week. It’s supposed to make your electric bill go down.
Without checking the veracity of the viral hack or monitoring their electricity consumption, Ramoa blindly followed the “hack.”
Imagine his shock when the bill arrived — and it was for over ₱9,000!
He said that their usual bill was just around ₱3,000 but it has skyrocketed to 3x the amount because of the fake “life hack.”
He jokingly posted on social media to find the person who made the misleading hack — and I would probably try to actually find that person if I were in his shoes!
Paying 3x your regular bill is not a joke, though netizens also slammed him for not using science to realize that the “hack” was fake.
Have you also fallen for a fake life hack on social media?
How To Determine If A “Life Hack” Is Real Or Not
This is actually easier said than done because many of these supposed life hacks have very convincing photos, videos, or stories.
Here are some ways to avoid getting duped:
- Try to check the comments section of the post — usually, there are people who either tried the hack and knew it didn’t work or those who can explain the science of why the hack is fake
- Research on your own — often, there’s actually some scientific explanation why the hack will or will not work
- Don’t try the hack unless you’re 100% sure that it’s real and safe to try
- Ask a second opinion from a reliable person
Husband Fails to Get Flowers for Wedding Anniversary, Buys Land for Wife
A husband failed to get flowers for their wedding anniversary but still went viral after choosing to buy land for his wife to grow flowers, instead.
Land versus flowers? We’ll also take the land, please. LOL
Husband Buys Land for Wife on Wedding Anniversary
It is every wife’s secret wish to receive a gift from her husband on their wedding anniversary or during other important moments of their lives together.
Not everyone gets to receive those gifts, of course.
While many husbands are unable to buy gifts out of poverty or because they have other, much more important priorities, there are also who do have the money but just don’t like giving gifts.
Some women might say that they wish their husbands would just get them flowers for their wedding anniversary.
Recently, a guy named Kael John Canoy made waves on social media after publicly admitting that he wasn’t able to give his wife flowers on their first anniversary! Uh-oh…
Is he going to be in big trouble?
Well, not really.
It turned out that he wasn’t being thoughtless or had forgotten the date. Instead, he had other plans for his family.
Canoy would soon go viral after explaining in his post that while he failed to get her flowers on their first wedding anniversary, he was making it up with an entire land where she can grow all the flowers she wants to have. Awwww.
Would you rather receive the land than flowers?
Well, considering that the land is going to last forever, and you can plant all the flowers you do want to have, then we’re all voting for land, too.
Buying Land and Other Real Estate in the Philippines
Buying real estate can be tricky in the Philippines, especially because many are still under a so-called “mother title” or a title still under the name of the seller’s ancestors.
To avoid issues, try to only buy land that already has a “clean title” (under the seller’s name or just one signatory).
Getting lots from a reputable real estate broker or under a property developer might also be a good idea.