640 – my k.s.a diaries

26 Jun

In the mood today to share my story, just wanted to open up, might as well be helpful on freeing heavy weight in my heart and motivate at least one human being, reading this. As of the moment, I’m typing in note app on my phone, lying on our shared king-sized bed, covered up again with my thick blanket because it’s cold in our room and I don’t want to be seen by my roommate and I don’t want to be distracted. Just me, and my thoughts. My real story.
Reasons why I’ve decided to work in KSA:

  • I’m tired of working hard with a small salary in a stressful environment. I wanted to have growth in my nursing career. I wanted to challenge myself even if I only have my two years clinical experience and months of volunteering. I took risk and step out of my comfort zone. 
  • I wanted to follow my sister in KSA. I don’t know if she knew that even if I have my best friends, I’m always attached with my sister. As much as possible, I never wanted to be separated with her. But she’s always the mature, strong but soft-hearted, and independent woman that I’ve known. She always wanted to leave out in our house because of her work distance from our house. That’s an excuse also for my sister to enjoy her youth, the fact of being away from the sight of our strict dad, so I understand her. But you know, I’m always sad whenever she’s leaving.. she’s like my second mom, most esp. when our mom is not always around. 
  • Of course.. to earn more money. I didn’t came to a poor family, only in middle-class as they called it. My mom is the bread winner, she’s working as nurse at Kuwait ever since she was in her twenty something until now; while my dad is just at home for the longest time I’ve known since we’re a baby with no interest to work again ever, his main role at home is to take care os us, me and my siblings. I’m a frugal type of person, but if I’m with my favorite human, I can spend like a princess. I’m not a fan of credit card and debts. I value money that’s why I saved a lot, at times.. Among my siblings, I have a lot of savings compare to them when we were studying.. my siblings always spend a lot on stuff that’s not important using our mom’s hard-earned money. I study hard to make my parents proud at me esp. my mom who’s very hardworking. We’re not poor as I told you, but I even applied for grant-in scholarship when I was in college. Money is the devil to most families, also to us. Money is always an issue in our household. I always cry like a baby. I hate it. I hate myself for the fact that because of money, responsibilities at home, the sight of my dad and brother fighting and disrespecting each other, and my dad who’s having self-pity almost every day, I ran out, I escape, and pushed myself to work here alone, all by myself through application, registration, flying here, going to my assigned hospital and room, until I resigned, I will still go home alone. But I appreciated now the art of being alone. There’s a good thing I learned and discovered about myself while being alone. 

My silent struggles in KSA:

  • A lot!!!! Like language barrier #1, being and living independently, wearing a tarha/hijab, can’t access my Spotify, eating my fave foods, controlling my wanderlust peg to travel, adapting alone for three months, adapting with my flatmates, sharing stuff with my flatmates, walking or doing errand outside alone day/night, not so good accommodation – food allowance/mess money/budget and transportation, unfair treatment of doctors to nurses, toxic duties, mental health, physical health, spiritual practice, social skills, creepy Saudi men, even teenagers!!! And homesickness maybe 10%.. in addition, it’s also a struggle to be a fangirl here, maybe 30%!!! And manyyyy more to mention.. Everyday I struggle but I will not tackle in every detail.. maybe someday if I can able to share it without any hesitation or doubt.. coz we all do struggle, it’s part of life and it’s part of our growth. No pain, no gain.

Reasons why I will not renew my contract and decided to quit my secured job:

  • I’m not genuinely happy.
  • I do not deserve this.
  • Safety is a must priority, *females!!
  • I am more than deserving for better growth and opportunities out there.
  • I decided to enjoy my youth by giving myself an early birthday gift, to choose joy and follow my dreams. I’m still confused and frustrated right now, but I hope I can figure it out and be fully ready on what I really want to do for the next years to come. 
  • I am not a slave for money and for the fact that they refused to give my employment certificate if I didn’t serve here for three years minimum. WTH. Imagine working in a month with only six days off, I heard some MOH with only four days off in a month, as in whaaaat!!!!!?? OMG. Luckily, I have a privilege for extra offs from my kind head nurse. That extra off was the accumulated extra hours of work. For example, in a week you have a total of eight hours overtime, so it will be one day extra off. Coz overtime pay here is zero SR. Charity for some areas. 
  • I’m not quitting because I can’t do this job anymore being a premature charge nurse and because of toxicity or what, coz we all know it’s part of the course.. *sometimes I can just sit on my duty doing nothing, and watching k-dramas, that’s our benign days goes. I just don’t want to be ignorant anymore of the language barrier among my patients and health team. I learned only basic Arabic, yes I survived but I still can’t properly teach proper education on my patients for example.

Of course there’s something I loved here in KSA, Southern region to be specific:

  • I really love the nice and cool weather here. I think I am born during cold season that’s why I was able to adapt really well. I didn’t got sick like common colds and cough, tonsillitis, diarrhea-like, fever and the ill-symptoms when you’re stressed. NEVER. Thank you God!!! Actually, I gained fat. I’m that kinda hiyang talaga here. 
  • Internet access – STC. Sometimes it’s craaaappyyyy but it’s way better than our connection in PH.. kdrama pa more!!!!!! Fangirl pa more!! Stream pa more!!! *I always got a message that I consumed my data faster than expected or usual. Hehe oh! serry. 
  • The abaya dress, because I can wear my PJs all day and night when going OUT even I didn’t took a bath. Haha! But I don’t like wearing tarha/hijab!!! My face is very different if I wear those. 
  • I’m happy that I’ve met and gained sisters here, our kabayan, then Indian, and Saudis. They said, we can be friends to all but only trust a few.. that’s so true.. I’m thankful that I’ve met Bessy Cheryl and Ate Grace here. I will do cherish and keep in touch the most to them when I will fly back to PH soooon πŸ’–

~ Before I end this sharing, I also want to tell that right now, I’m experiencing God’s delays, coz supposed to be I must be on my home country before this month ends.. but still I haven’t booked my return ticket, my passport’s not with me, not applied yet for bank clearance needed for my exit visa. All in hold because of this holiday’s celebration. Wow lang, diba? But I MUST HOLD ON TO GOD, HAVE FAITH IN HIM THAT IN EVERY THING I AM EXPERIENCING AS OF THIS MOMENT HAS A PURPOSE!!!!! Kakapit lang me, at makakauwi rin naman tayo, self

Thanks for reading!

Always be grateful 🌷

Love,

Nj

639

26 Jun

Underneath my own blanket, I can cover-up. 

My tears and my sadness.

Staring blankly yet overthinking a lot.

But how long I can cover and hide. 

How long I can stand being too emotional and down.

I have frustrations and rough moments in life too.

I’m not showing or telling my circle unless I’m okay to open up. 

I don’t like them to see my weakness. 

I don’t like when they’re showing sympathy.

I’m selfish on my thoughts and feelings. 

I isolated myself at times.

Honestly, this is me every time I woke up at the wrong side of my bed. And I know we’re on the same boat at times.. It’s okay..

Self, it’s normal. Return to being your usual self. This is not you. This is not what you want. 

There’s a trigger, but don’t pull it. Acknowledge it, but don’t dwell on it. Sorry it’s never been easy to do this, but try and try. Always be prepared to bottle up on your thoughts and emotions. You must take control and action on what’s on your mind.

On what I usually do to overcome all these negativity: 

  • Deep Breathe. *Ughhhh I am exhaling my bad breath and bad vibes!!!!
  • Play your feel good music. *Coz music comforts my soul. Music brings me a lot and all kind of emotions. I cannot live in a day without listening to music. 
  • Watch inspiring videos or short clip of animals and all cute stuff.
  • Pray and have a simple mindset that “Today is a good day to be alive, Lord.. for simply breathing and I am healthy, I am grateful.” *Huhu this is so powerful!

It’s very hard to maintain optimisim all throughout the day, coz yes I’m running out of it at times. But, be kind and gentle to yourself. Don’t pressure or try too hard. Relax. Have faith and You can surpass anythinggggggg!!!!!! Just keep moving forward. πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Love,

Nj

638

25 Jun

People can drain you.

But you got to be strong.

Stay away from that toxic people in your circle. 

Don’t mind their own drama.

Just go and move forward.

Love,

Nj

637

24 Jun

I am grateful I am alive and I am healthy. All for God’s glory πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

Today’s simple joys:

  • 10 hours of sleeeeeeep!!!!
  • Again, n a p for 2 hours ??? while listening to music. #myfavehobby 😴
  • Listened to music all day esp. Fight my Way’ Osts, Blackpink’s As if it’s your last(goshhhhhh!!! LSS FOR DAYSSS! It’s so good, I want to learn their choreo while singing this songggg!!!! Ughhhhh jebal ~), and watched other MVs and Vlogs on Youtube Channel of Ellie G, Hiam, Kris Lumagi, Laureen Muy and etc!
  • Pampered with tea tree mask and aloe vera soothing gel!! (Very relaxinggg! I hope they will help me minimize my pores…..and the smell of aloe vera plus the txture on my face ughhh πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š)
  • Sweet for today: ice cream!!!
  • Snack for today: cucumber! ☺️

Gooodnight, loves! I’m so thankful that I’m back and I finally updated my blog.. so sorry for not updating this for more than a week because I’ve been busy(okay, lamest excuse I know). Now, the OC in me is happy to see my journal track calendar is filled!
Always be grateful 🌷

Love,

Nj

636

23 Jun

This coming Sunday will be a special day for Saudi people, and all Muslims, Eid celebration! So here, we prepared decorations in our ward! Thanks to Cheryl, Anusha, Ate Leona, and Neena for helping me. Success! So happy that I was able to draw and use my creativity to decorate again. As you see, I love rainbow colored theme. I only used my available scrap materials that I kept. I drew this mosque, not that perfect though because I just sketched fast then marked it with black pen. It’s like that I went on mornin duty because I went home together with Che. Creating art is simply my happy pill. I love creating. I love decorating. I love designing. I love arts as general. Even though it was creepy to walk alone early in the morning, literally feeling that I’m walking on a deserted island alone.. croo croo. This decorating stuff is not an obligation that I must do, hence I already resigned, yet, I volunteered to start decorating. They became motivated to put decorations when I arrived in our ward. Hihi. I’m really thankful to people who appreciates my simple efforts to make art. Just thank youuu!!! It’s fulfilling on the inside. My artistic soul is happy! 
Always be grateful 🌷

Love,

Nj

635

22 Jun

Gold is a good investment, as my father said to me, and Dong Man said too, to Ae ra on Fight My Way previous episode.. Hehe. I’m in Saudi Arabia, land of gold, and for the sake of buying a souvenir gift for myself.. I gave in and bought gold accessories in Souq, together with my flatmates. For 600 SR, I bought a 21k necklace chain and a ring. Still, I’m in search for a good pendant.. next time, I will post my necklace chain if I have this pendant already. For now, I wanted to share a snap of my ring!!!! 

I fell in love with the design, (simple yet pretty) and it fits perfectly to my ring finger huhu 😩

Honestly, I always take loooooooong time before I decided on what I will buy.. but this time, when I saw this.. okay, I must buy it! Sometimes you have that quick and good feeling on buying stuff, right? Same feels.

Hoping that I will never lost this ring for the rest of my lifespan. My very first ever gold ring purchase! Take a lot of care of it, self!!! 

Love,

Nj

634

21 Jun

Part two of my cooking series.. charrr!!!


Who wouldn’t love spaghetti!!!!??? 😻

Nope. Not me. One of My f a v e 🍝

So.. what’s for today.. hmmm.. let me be a cooking master for today.. haha! 

Ingredients that I used: (me, sounds like a pro hahaha 🀣)

  • Minced Chicken (supposed to be I will use beef but we forgot to buy huhu)
  • Oil
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
  • Cheese
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Pasta/Noodles
  • Hotdog
  • Secret add: condensed milk (But again, I didn’t used today because we forgot to buy!!!! Huhu)

Let’s start cooking! 🀣 Thanks to Youtube, *ofcourse, I watched again before cooking 🍝 just to be sure that I will not forget the steps..

  1. Thaw that chicken and hotdog.
  2. Heat pan, then add oil.
  3. Slice into small bits that onion and garlic.. *but since I’m afraid with using knife.. I’m unsuccessful on cutting the onion into small and thin cuts 😒 
  4. Saute your sliced garlic and onions, then add the chicken, then the hotdogs!! *I love the smell while saute-inggg..
  5. Add salt and pepper while cooking.
  6. Add the sauce.
  7. Add the sugar and cheese.
  8. Taste the sauce according to your preference (me, I want a sweet sauce) and it’s done!
  9. On the other pan, boil the water for cooking pasta.
  10. Add oil on boiling water.
  11. Add that pasta.
  12. When pasta is slightly cook, add salt.
  13. Check pasta if it’s soft, all cooked, and it’s done! 🍝🍝🍝🍝🍝🍝

They liked my spag, it finished fast 😳 I just ate one plate of it !!?? Okay, but I’m thankful that my flatmates liked it 😻

Never stop learning, ayyy never stop cooking.. advice on my twenty-four years young self! ✌🏼

Always be grateful 🌷

Love,

Nj

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