THE TYPICAL WEEK OF AN OFW ENGINEER IN SINGAPORE

Let me describe to you my typical week…

I work in an office in the South West of the island of Singapore. I have a small cubicle (6 ft x 9 ft), a lot better than what I’ve had in the past with S___. I have a large desk covering my front, right side and my back. On my upper right are three cabinets where I store my manuals and other stuff. On my rear are cabinets which contains my company T-shirts which I haven’t brought home. On my desk are the different CD’s for installation, manuals, my PC, phone and other office stuff.

This is my new working world right now. A bit of a change really – for the better, I feel. I don’t have the long 16 hour days that I had at S___. By and large, it has been OK – everybody here has made my stay comfortable so far. We eat together during lunch time and talk shop, and gossip (in a babel of English, Malay and Chinese). Except for the language and the strange accent when they talk, they are like any normal Filipino barkada discussing this and that.

I go home between six to seven. By then, it is still bright outside and I normally get off the bus a few stops from my flat. I walk the rest of the way home, buy food and dream of home.

When I get to the flat, I dress up, have a shower and watch TV while eating dinner – wash the plates afterwards, surf the TV with whatever is showing. After a while, I open the aircon, read a book and then finally get to sleep. I don’t normally sleep on purpose, most of the time, I sleep over reading a book (or watching TV). a bit boring sometimes.

During the weekends, I do a lot of stuff. I wake up at around six, and immediately do the laundry. By eight, I’d be finished and would dress up and jog to the park. Depending on what’s on at TV – I watch till around lunch time and sleep a while if nothing good is on. I wake at around four or five. Have coffee and prepare to take a bath. After taking my bath, I normally ride a bus to go to Orchard Road or Raffles Place. If I go to Orchard, I visit the large Japanese Bookstore (Kashimura or something)and watch a movie if there is anything good. Most of the time, I just walk around and enjoy the ambulance (ambiance ni ERAP, mahal yun!) and look at the people around me.

4 thoughts on “THE TYPICAL WEEK OF AN OFW ENGINEER IN SINGAPORE

  1. Batjay,

    Gusto mo po bang maiba ng kaunti ang routine ng iyong pamumuhay bilang OFW? May isusugest sana po ako na isang bagay lang na karagdagan po sa inyo pong pang araw-araw na gawain, kung iyo pong loloobin.
    Nais niyo po bang mag-bible study with me, just in 1 tanong isang araw tungkol sa pagiging relihiyoso. Tulad po ng ganitong tanong: Nasaan po ang Dios ng hindi pa Niya ginagawa ang langit at lupa? Saan po Siya tumitigil?
    Kung interesado po kayo sa aking suggestion na mag-bible study, pwede po kayong mag-reply sa akin thru this e-mail: yru2bc@yahoo.com

    umaasa po,

    john

  2. hi batjay,

    kumusta ka na sa merika?

    napa-dalaw kami ni wifey sa singapore last week. swerte nga na nagkataong singapore day pala nun. Ang saya ng celebration. naramdaman ko yung singaporean pride, gawa ng ang dami nilang nakamit sa iilang dekada pa lang.

    na-inspire ako, sa tutoo lang.

    ang dami naming bagong karanasan sa Singapore. Masaya mag-travel. Kumain din kami ng rotti, nasi lemak, rojak.

    Sadya kong pinuntahan ang first blog posts mo. gusto kong maikumpara sa naging karanasan namin. Gusto kong mabasa kung ano ang mga impression mo ng Singapore nung 2001.

    Ibang iba pala ang writing style mo nuon. medyo mabait ka pa nuon! hahahhaa! (‘di mo nga minura si John, eh! http://www.kwentongtambay.nicanordavid.com/archives/2001/09/the_typical_wee.html#comments)

    Humbling, isn’t it? to be in a strange world? Ngayon, panibagong mundo ka nanaman sa merika. panibagong kabanata.

    dami pa akong gustong isulat sa blog ko tungkol sa karanasan sa singapore. dami kong naisip habang lumilibot duon. di ko pa nasusulat. sana hindi mag-evaporate muna.

    ingat, batjay! malapit nang tumulo ang uhug ko.

    kitakits, pag-na-habol na kita some place in this globe.

    Edwin

  3. kamusta edwin.

    mabuti naman at nakabisita ka sa singapore. mabuti ka pa. miss ko rin siya kahit papano. naging tahanan kasi namin ito ng apat na taon. nami miss ko ang buhay namin ni jet doon. simple lang kasi – pasok opisina, uwi, labas para maglakwatsa kasama ang barkada, punta sa iba’t ibang bansa para magbakasyon dahil mura lang ang pamasahe. miss rin namin ni jet ang pagkain doon. at siyempre, miss namin ang mga kaibigan namin.

    pero, ok naman dito sa california. nakaka adjust na kami. mayroon na kaming apartment. nakabili na rin ng gamit sa bahay. pretty soon, magiging routine na rin at magiging tahanan na rin ito.

    medyo iba nga ang style ng pagsulat ko nung umpisa kasi malungkot ako nung time na iyon. kakarating ko lang sa singapore at mag-isa. jet will follow after 2 months. ginawa kong outlet ang blog para mawala ang lungkot.

    sige pre, kamusta na lang at hanggang sa muli.

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