- Sheena Marie Quiniahan shared her OFW story with KAMI
- She and her husband left their 9-year-old and 3-year-old children to work in Brunei
- Sheena shared her heartbreaks while being away from her children
Nothing could be harder than being away from your children while they are growing up.
Young mother Sheena Marie Quiniahan shared in a letter to KAMI some of her most heart-wrenching moments with her two children while she worked in Brunei.
Sheena and her husband decided to become overseas Filipino workers to make ends meet for their family.
Her husband left first. He was able to find work as a hairdresser in Brunei.
"Natuwa kami kasi matutupad na namin lahat ng pangarap. So nagstart na siya magwork. Tapos ako naiwan sa mga bata. Kahit nasa abroad na siya, naghanap pa rin ako ng trabaho para makatulong sa kanya," said Sheena.
They were raising two children. At that time, their eldest is 8 years old, and the youngest is just 2 years old.
However, because of house rent and medical exam loans, what they're earning was still not enough.
"Hindi pa din sapat kasi nagmimilk pa din ang anak ko. Nagdecide ako na sumunod sa kanya," said Sheena.
Luckily, she was hired as an assistant and manicurist by the same salon her husband works in.
"Hindi kalakihan ang sweldo. Kahit papaano nakakasurvive naman sa mga bills na bayarin tuwing buwan," said Sheena.
Her mother-in-law takes care of their children while she's away.
"Minsan napapaiyak na lang ako lalo pag kaarawan o may mga dapat gawin sa school na dapat andon ka na kasama mo mga anak mo. Pero wala, hanggang video at pictures mo lang sila makikita," confessed Sheena.
One time, Sheena cried when her sister-in-law sent her a surprising photo of her child.
"Nagulat ako at naiyak sa nakita ko. Nakatulog ang anak ko habang katabi pictures namin. Sabi ng sister-in-law ko, kinuha niya sa aparador at tinititigan niya daw. Napaluha ako habang nagchachat kami kasi alam kong namimiss niya kami pero wala kaming magawa, kailangan e para sa kinabukasan nila," shared Sheena.
Another time, she teared up when her youngest told her to take him with her.
"Nag-usap kami sa video call nung bunso ko, 3 years old pa lang siya. Sinabihan niya ako 'Ma, sama ako diyan.' Gusto kong umiyak pero pinipigilan ko ang aking sarili kasi at the time nasa work ako," said Sheena.
She couldn't help but ask God for help.
"Kelan pa kaya kami makakaahon sa hirap at kelan ko po kaya makakapiling ulit mga anak ko? Mahal na mahal ko mga anak ko. Kahit mahirap mawalay sa kanila sa loob ng dalawang taon ay tiniis namin," said Sheena.
The 29-year-old added this sentiment: "Akala ko masaya maging OFW kasi may sweldo ka. Kahit ano pala gawin mong pagtatrabaho kung hindi kayo kumpleto, hindi masaya ang buhay."
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