I thought my short stay in the Philippines would be some sort of a 'vacation' since technically, I'm leaving my work behind in Japan. On the contrary, my 2 weeks stay became much more stressful because of undergoing the tedious process of applying/registering government documents (POEA requirements)
During my first day at the POEA, I went there at about 5am just to secure a good queue spot fronting the gates. While squirming with other applicants hoping to be considered in the day's priority cutoff, a thought suddenly hit me noting that I am already one of those so-called OFWs. Even at 5am, the line was already long. Good for me that most of the applicants were seamen; who are classified under a different category for the daily cutoff. My application falls under the skilled/professional type.
I already have a medical certificate (taken before my 3 month business trip) but the POEA requires the checkup to be held at an accredited health unit. Thus, I have to undergo another round of medical test again. My BP rose up again and I waited for about 3 days to finally 'pass' the BP level. I really have to closely monitor my BP from now on.
Now I'm back here in Japan. Experiencing a post-sore throat phase. Going to start reporting to our client on the 25th. Happy Holidays!
posted by ScIoN 7:50 AM