First Timer: Be Strong with a Smile?

Stressed nurse (Photo Credit: narsako.wordpress)
Stressed nurse (Photo Credit: narsako.wordpress)

“I prayed for this. I asked God for this job, and He answers me. Yes! An answered prayer. But what happens? Life sucks! I want to go home…(stupid idea) “

Stressed nurse	 (Photo Credit: narsako.wordpress)
Stressed nurse (Photo Credit: narsako.wordpress)

To prove to myself and to my family that I am responsible enough, I decided to apply abroad. From all of the upside downs before, yes! Finally, I got this. I’m so excited to experience new culture, new environment, new working environment, and NEW PEOPLE. At first, things were good. Knowing each other, adjusting to each other, and learning a new language (Arabic). Of course, fear was there. Fear of rejection (very common).

I was assigned at the Dental Department. Cool! Honestly, I didn’t have any experience with Dental because in Nursing we really didn’t focus on this. Actually, I really didn’t mind where they assigned me. I am a fascinating person.  I know how to get along with different people and I love discovering different personalities and attitudes. I don’t speak if someone else is talking. I am a good listener. I use my five senses. One thing, I am optimistic. I am weak in front of God.

The most important things to me here is my job, my health, my safety and security. Though Arabic is hard for me (still learning it), I thank God my Doctors speak English well. In my four months here, I was assigned to 3 Dentists. Amazing! First was a female (no comment). Second was male – amazing dentist ever! He’s Syrian and his wife is Filipina. He knew how to speak Tagalong well because he studied at Lyceum Northwestern University Dagupan City. He taught me well. He’s a very professional doctor, and he knew how to multitask. He also taught me to conquer my fears. Frankly speaking, he has some Pinoy-like attitude. Third, my latest dentist, was female. Again?! But she was better than the first dentist. She’s very professional, but she’s the same with the first dentist in a way that they are demanding. They used their mouth too much.

On my first month, I made a stupid mistake. I trusted one person that I thought was trustworthy. She’s a kababayan. We spoke the same language. She’s been working here for almost 13 years. Imagine?! 13 years! I thought,  as a  new OFW, I will surely trust her than my new friends. There were seven new nurses in our batch. Three were transferred at Branch 2, and four were left behind. My roommates were Perfect GF and Perfect Mom (I just named them this way). The other one stayed at another room with an old staff.  Back to my stupid mistake, I shared everything with her.  Well, almost everything.  I shared with her things about my life and about my work. I also asked advice from her.  Sometimes, if I screwed up with my roommates, I shared it to her. I also answered all her questions about me and about my new friends. I even shared to her about my first dentist. These were the stupid f*cking sh*t mistake I’ve done. Until on my third months I discovered that she’s A DETRACTOR. I knew how stupid she was. Because she spread all my shared experience to my new friends, old staff, and I don’t know who else. It even spread to Branch 2. See? How f*cking sh*t she is. That’s why all my new friends confronted me. Even my first dentist! Sh*t! That was the worst thing I experienced in my entire life. All were or are angry to me. Like angry birds! But thank God no one slapped my face. Of course, as a cool relax open minded person (but ruined inside), I explained to my new friends. I just don’t know if they believe me. They’re different from me, but I understand them and I love them so much deep in my heart. I respect them and I also pray for them. I never confronted my stupid friend who spread the disease because I don’t want trouble. I just don’t because she always sings a song with lyrics like this: ”I miss the war…”

Now, I just don’t talk too much to my new friends, all staff, and doctors. I’ve learned from my mistake. I always remember this line from dentist 2 “Hayaan mo sila.” He is very cool. I truly respect him, his wife, and his son. Amazing family ever. Though not perfect, they love the imperfection. Strongest family I’ve ever met.

I will not forget this experience. This makes me even stronger. I don’t care if I have fewer friends, at least I have good friends here. I will have to focus on my job and work professionally… In Sha Allah, things will be all right.

author: sandypril


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  • there is a lot of things that we will experience in Working abroad. I could break or shape our character. The very person that we thought we can trust is usually the one who will betray us..

  • What doesn’t harm you will make you stronger. It may have been painful, but at least you have learned from the experience!

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