7 Unexpected Things To Help Jumpstart Your Life Abroad



BY ANNE QUINTOS

Once you've arrived, unpacking boxes and suitcases you've brought from the Philippines to your new life abroad is your first rite of passage. Although you're set to conquer big dreams, it's the small things that can sometimes help you push through.

Here are the ordinary items that you've never thought can make a difference to OFW life:

#1: Alarm clock

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Nobody's there to wake you up. And while you can set an alarm on phone, good luck not being tempted to snooze it on a cold weather, a lonely day, or a jet lag. A sturdier, louder old-fashioned clock is still more dependable.

#2: SIM card and call cards

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On your first few months, you'll establish one important rule for yourself: be reachable at all times. You'll need two SIM cards: one for local calls and one special SIM card that lets you connect with family and friends in the Philippines at discounted rates.

Always be on the lookout for cheaper call rates. Call cards, even in this age of Skype, Line, and Viber, can still be useful in times of emergencies or pangs of homesickness.

#3: Pen and paper

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You'll have lots of time alone in your room when you're living on your own. When you don't have anyone to talk to, listen and get in touch with your emotions. Writing, sketching, or just doodling can surface your innermost thoughts (plus there's no danger of sounding like a schizo).

#4: Soy sauce and vinegar

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Distance makes the heart grow fonder. While you're salivating for the real flavors of home, find a Filipino store and buy suka't toyo. Make Adobo - do-it-yourself goodness!

#5 Picture frames

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Be reminded of your loved ones. Call it sentimental, but these can give you some emotional boost when you need it. Tired? Look at their smiles. Lonely? Imagine them being with you through your journey.

#6 Pillows

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Now, now... Need someone to cry on? Lean on? Your pillow will be there during your battle against homesickness. You can even give them names...we won't judge!

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The pocket-sized book will help you get the most out of your overseas journey! From your vision as an individual to your mission as a global Filipino, Abroad Me is a refreshing companion that you can take with you. Order it online, or find it in local bookstores.

As they say, it's the small things that count.

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