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6 Things OFWs Miss About Filipino Homes

Because there really is no place like home

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Photography: Vincent Coscolluela

Every Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) can tell you that working in a different country is one of the most difficult things that anyone can do. You have to raise money for your placement fee, adjust to the change in temperature, adapt to a different culture, deal with discrimination (in some countries), and work harder than you have ever worked before. More than that, you must face and overcome the homesickness that anyone would feel from being a thousand miles away from the people closest to your heart.

While every OFW's experience is unique, there are certain things that we all long for and dream about. Here are the 6 things that OFWs usually miss in and around their Filipino homes:

  • Seeing your family and friends everyday

The first thing that every OFW misses is the sheer comfort of being surrounded by loved ones. For every deposit that they make and balikbayan box that they send, they think about the sleepless nights, the skipped meals, and the birthdays, graduations, and other special occasions that they missed.

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  • Being with your beloved pets 

Many people don't realize how much OFWs miss Bantay, Muning, and their other furry friends. On days that they come home to their sleeping roommates in their crowded apartment, most OFWs think about the loyal and loving companions waiting for their return to the Philippines.

  • Enjoying Filipino food

OFWs also miss adobo, sinigang, kare-kare, and the rest of the food that they grew up with! Although they can cook some of these, certain ingredients can be hard to find or unreasonably expensive in some places. And, of course, it will always taste better when it is made with love by Nanay or Lola and shared with the rest of the family. 

  • Sleeping in their own bed

 We have said it once, and we will say it again: there is nothing quite like sleeping in your own bed. Although the pillows may be old and the blankets may be faded, you will always sleep better in the spot that you have always curled up in.

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  • The small things around the home

Although you may have never noticed these things before, you will start to miss the familiar and comforting things in and around your home. You will think about the "Don't Block The Driveway" or "Ice for Sale" signs on your front gate, the Santo Niño with an everlasting garland around its neck in the living area, the tabo and balde in your bathroom, and the other details that you always took for granted.

  • The sights and sounds of the old neighborhood

This might sound crazy to anyone who has never spent more than a month away from home, but you will really start to miss the old sights and sounds in your neighborhood! After some time in a different country, you just might find yourself reminiscing over the early-risers sweeping in front of their houses and the children playing on the street.

How about you? What do you miss most about the Filipino home? Don't forget to leave us a comment on Facebook!

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