As bad as it sounds, it is typical for Filipinos to ask a ‘pasalubong’ from someone who went abroad. Either you’re working there or just having a trip, there’s always someone who’s expecting a ‘pasalubong’ from you.
And as kind as Filipinos could be, it is in our hearts to want to give our loved ones even friends, things that could make them happy which is sometimes being taken for granted.
And this is the sentiment of an OFW in Riyadh
Ricardo Olivares, an OFW based in Saudi Arabia posted on his Facebook timeline that sometimes it feels tiring to treat someone good, give them ‘pasalubong’ because, whether you’re good to them or not, they always have something to say.
He said that OFWs are not obliged to give everyone a ‘pasalubong’. That they did not go home to treat everyone outside, give them gifts etc. Instead, they go home to rest, to enjoy, and to spend time with their family.
Said that he hopes that one could learn to appreciate and be contented of what was given to him. Because howsoever that person` remembers you.
Read the post:
Minsan, nakakadala talagang magbigay ng pasalubong kapag nagbabalik-bayan ka! bigyan mo man sila o hindi, meron at meron silang masasabi sa’yo, na kesyo “ito lang”, “nagbigay ka pa”, “kuripot naman”, “‘yan ba ‘yung abroad?”, “tatlong-taon sa abroad heto na ‘yun?”.
Una po sa lahat, hindi po nagbabalik-bayan o umuuwi ang isang OFW para bigyan o pasalubungan kayong lahat, walang obligasyon ang isang OFW na bigyan kayo ng mga tsokolate, sabon, pabango at kung anu-ano pa! umuuwi ang isang OFW hindi para manlibre, magregalo, mamigay o magpamudmod ng kung anu-ano. kundi, umuuwi sila para pansamantalang makapagpahinga, makapaglibang at makasama ang kani-kanilang pamilya’t mahal sa buhay.
Sana, subukan n’yo ‘hong mag-abroad, para po maranasan n’yo rin ang mga naging sakripisyo namin, ‘yung mga pagtitipid, pangungulila at kalungkutang nararanasan namin at ng ating kapwa-OFW sa buong mundo. Matuto po sana kayong magpasalamat, makuntento o ma-appreciate man lang, dahil kahit papaano’y naabutan at naalala kayo nung tao.”