Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Craze for Yoo Ah In

Sungkyunkwan Scandal

It started in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, a 2010 Korean historical drama depicting the life of the Sungkyunkwan scholars during the Joseon Era. The drama focused mainly on the life of the Four Sungkyunkwan Scholars called the Jalguem Quartet or what the fans called them "Joseon F4" and Yoo Ah In was one of them. He played the role of Moon Jae Shin, a moody and rebellious scholar.  It was the first time I saw Yoo Ah In and then and there he caught my fancy. He was too sexy to snob with his long hair, full lips, sexy eyes and  in rugged fighter ensemble completed with a bow and arrows tucked on his back. I was totally smitten! I dubbed him then Sungkyunkwan Scandal's Notable Actor.

Fashion King

After Sungkyunkwan Scandal, I started stalking Yoo Ah In (Lol). I searched every Korean Drama he was in. I saw Fashion King and he happened to be the lead actor opposite Shin Se-kyung. I watched it but quitted at the second episode after I read a comment that said he died on this drama. 😖 But I thought of finishing the drama. It's Yoo Ah In, enough reason!

Jang OK Jeong

Then a drama Jang Ok Jung came out in 2013 with Yoo Ah In being the lead actor opposite Kim Take Hee as Jang Ok Jung. Ah In portrayed the Crown Prince Lee Soon and later became King Sukjung of Joseon. Kim Tae Hee died in this drama as it was based on the real life of the royal concubine Jang OK Jung who was sentenced to death. But regardless, this drama with Yoo Ah In in it was a real gem. Heavy drama this was, but worth the watch.

Secret Love affair

This is the sexiest drama I have ever watched of Yoo Ah In. Two thumbs up for him on this because it challenged his versatility as an actor and he did it really well. He made me fall in love with him deeply in this drama. He is a great actor, that is pretty damn sure! 

He played the role f a young man named Lee Sun-jae with a remarkable talent in paino he is unaware of.  He worked as a quick delivery boy and met an Arts school director Hye Won, married and in her 40s who later unleashed Sun-jae's inner piano genius. The two later entangled in a passionate relationship, a secret love affair.

Six Flying Dragons

A 2015 drama Six Flying Dragons was another historical drama of Yoo Ah In. He portrayed Lee Bang Won, the 3rd Flying Dragon next to his father and teacher in their fight to end Goryeo and create a new era, Joseon. He later became the third King of Joseon. He reunited with Shin Se-kyung in this drama from Fashion King. Shin Se-kyung portrayed Boon Yi, Lee Bang Won's lover. Oh, I love them both together! 
I am currently watching this drama and I am still at episode 19. Long way to go but I am already addicted to the story and to these lovebirds!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

DH Job Application Abroad, You Think Easy?

If you think applying for a domestic help work abroad is easy,  you are wrong.  I was wrong before I experienced it myself. I thought it was as easy as 1, 2, 3 like getting in the office,  handing in your application, passing the interviews and tests and then flying to the country you applied for but it wasn't. It was a long process that requires a lot of patience, determination and endurance...and some money, definitely!

Household work is the most belittled job there is. We often hear remarks like "katulong ka lang" and "muchacha" in the Philippines. Meaning,  even before flying overseas,  we are already belittled in our home country. I did have a personal experience during the processing of my application. How sad, right? And the government calls you a hero?

You are only a slave! It stings but don't ever let it hinder you from going forward to attaining your goal. Household work is a noble job, so leave no room for arrogant people. Set your goal and work hard.  One won't dare try his/her luck abroad without a goal.  It could be a business, a dream house,  a college fund or simply a monthly family support and so on and so forth.  We overseas workers do have a reason why we are here working our ass out, getting enslaved. And whatever that reason or goal is could be attained easily if we are "masipag at matiyaga (diligent and persevering) at masinop at mapag-impok" (prudent and provident).

Application and Training (My Personal Experiences)

First application was at our local municipal office, Manukan. NOEC knocked on my door through our local government, I gave it a try. It was one of the good things my hometown had ever done for me - offering me a job. So I can say,  there was quite a progress, only the locals are too lazy or maybe too scared to try. I managed to tempt my friend slash neighbor Jeziel to apply with me. And lol,  we applied wearing shorts! 

So,  after filling out the application form followed by a short interview in a harsh Visayan dialect :), it was all done!  The interviewer then set a date, which was a week after for a formal interview in Zamboanga City.  We were given compensation for all our expenses. All expenses were covered up from passport to transportation. Thou I wasnt compensated for my passport because my pregnant recruiter was said to have spent it. It wasn't bad.  We got to travel to Zamboanga for free!
Midst of November I received a call saying I already had an employer and that my visa was being processed. I was like,  okay. I was lightheaded, it didn't sink in right away.

December, since I haven't done a thing, the agency started bugging me to work on my papers, get it all ready and fly to Manila for the training and medical exams.

Second week of January I left home for Zamboanga,  and from there to Manila.  Jeziel backed out from her application for a reason she couldn't leave her children.  For that,  I was thankful I didn't have any or I won't be able to leave as well.
Above was a street view from Zambo. accommodation. It was the night before my flight to Manila.  I was excited and nervous at the same time.
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