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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

My Filipino Dream

Simpleng buhay lang naman talaga ang hinahanap ko. Ayoko ng complicated. Ang gusto ko lang kasama ko pamilya ko, magkaroon ng sasakyan, ng sariling bahay, stable income, mapag-aral ang anak sa magandang paaralan, paminsan-minsan makapamasyal, mag-dine out, maglakad-lakad sa mall, sa park o sa beach, kumain ng tamang diet, at tumanda nang hindi nangangamba sa kinabukasan ng aming anak, sa sariling kapakanan at kalusugan.

Yan ang aking Filipino Dream. Opo meron palang tinatawag na Filipino dream. Actually first time kong nabasa ito sa blog ni TeacherSol. Ang alam ko lang dati yung American Dream -- tumira sa Tate, makapagtrabaho, umasenso at yumaman. In America, if you have the skills, guts and determination and with hardwork you can become rich, multi-millionaire pa kung gusto mo. The nice thing about the American dream is that everyone who dreams it has the chance to realize it.

Lately, nauuso na rin ang NZ dream. Marami sa atin mga kababayan ang nagnanais mag-migrate dito sa New Zealand. Hawig din ito sa American dream, ang nakikita ko lang na pagkakaiba yung salitang “yumaman”. Opo, this might come as a surprise to some, but becoming rich here in the Land of the Long White Cloud, although not impossible is more difficult compared to the USA. Hence I’ve never equated the NZ dream with becoming rich. Kasabihan nga namin mga Pinoy dito: “Sa NZ, hindi ka yayaman, pero hindi ka rin maghihirap.”

What NZ dream offers is modern living just like in America, comfortable, but not extravagant. A stress free, simple and more laid-back lifestyle. Uncomplicated. Para ka lang nagbabakasyon. Exactly, the way I described my Filipino dream above.

Masaya ako na malungkot.

Happy ako because the way things are progressing in my life, I’m close to seeing my dream to fulfillment. Ilang taon na lang, mortgage free na kami (sana nga). Three years, matatapos na sa secondary school ang anak namin. Then while waiting for retirement, I can dream of some luxuries, such as a house by the beach, or a boat maybe. It is a good feeling to dream. And an even better feeling to wake up knowing your dream is within your grasp.

Pero malungkot din ako. I’m saddened because I know people back home, close friends even, driven by despair and mounting difficuties in life have given up hope and stopped dreaming. They used to be dreamers like me, but slowly their Filipino dream evaporated to become just that, a dream, an impossible dream.

I want to scream at them and tell them not to lose hope. To do something rather than just blaming others or the country for lost opportunities. To tell them not to stop dreaming. A bright future, starts with a dream, a vision of tomorrow. Then one has to work on it...TODAY.

25 Comments:

  • Ka Uro,
    Your blog is a real source of good advices and inspiration to people. I think if we keep on encouraging people this way the world would be a better place to live in for all. Keep it up, kabayan!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:12 PM, May 18, 2005  

  • Ka Uro,

    As always, a very nice blog... keep it comin'... naging fan mo na yata ako, always looking forward to your next post.

    By Anonymous RayCer, at 3:33 PM, May 18, 2005  

  • Hi Ka Uro,
    Don't worry, di naman lahat tumigil nang mangarap. But I do admit that we've started to situate our dreams elsewhere. Pero nakuha ko rin yung punto mo, meron ngang ilan na di na makuhang mangarap, puro kayod nalang na walang pinapupuntahan. Hindi din makaalis o walang opportunity na umalis. Hindi din naman sa wala silang ginagawa: they work very hard to provide for their families. Pero kulang pa din. That such conditions exist, that such conditions make it impossible for even a hardworking individual to achieve a modicum of comfort: yun ang sad diba.

    By Blogger Sassafras, at 4:50 PM, May 18, 2005  

  • Thanks Ka Uro for giving us inspiration and hope. Allow me to share this adaptation of a favorite quote from George Bernard Shaw. It goes... "Many people see things and ask "Why?", but I dreams of things that never were and ask "Why not?"

    Thanks again for making my day...

    Dami mo na fans ha... Balang araw, magkakaroon ka na rin ng iyong personal "stalker"!

    By Anonymous Deacon Blues, at 5:32 PM, May 18, 2005  

  • raycer and kabayan anonymous,
    thanks for the complements.

    sass,
    kakalungkot ngang isipin na kahit anong hard-work gawin ng iba parang enough lang para makaraos. i'm happy for you that as you said you've situated your dreams somewhere. i pray that your dream will come true. however, i'ld also like you to have a fall-back plan just in case things don't fall into place.


    deacs,
    that's one of my fave quotes too. is having a personal "stalker" a sign that you've made it? kakatakot naman yata deacs.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 8:22 PM, May 18, 2005  

  • yan ang gusto ko sa iyo ka uro eh, humble kahit haciendero na, dapat tawag sa inyo, Don Uro, hehehe bagay!
    sikat ka na, dami mo na fans, pwede bang mag-apply ng badigard?

    By Blogger Tanggero, at 9:06 PM, May 18, 2005  

  • Tanggers,
    huwag, ayoko ng Don, baka tayo ma-tax.

    dami bang nabobola? kasama ka na ron ano? ako rin nga nabobola mo sa blog mo e. si deacon magaling din mambola yan. ewan ko ba kung may blog din siya. bilib din ako sa mga post niya sa backpack-nz e. dapat siguro magtatag tayo ng bagong blog. tawagin natin BolaBlog. ha ha. tagay muna.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:30 PM, May 18, 2005  

  • ganun rin ang pangrap ka uro. the nz dream. kaya nag-aaply ko dyan. salamat sa iyo at sa mga iba pa, binibigyan mo kami ng pag-asa na ituloy pa rin ang laban kahit na pagod na pagod na kami kumayod. salamat ulit.

    By Anonymous banjan, at 12:19 AM, May 19, 2005  

  • KA URO, sabi ko na pareho talaga tayo ng blog entries eh. GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE...di ba nga...hehehe. Parang binabasa ko ang nasa isip ko pag nagbabasa ako ng blog entries mo. Salamat sa link at pag mention mo sakin sa blog mo, pampadagdag ng traffic yan...hehehe. Like you, I dream every Filipino's dream - to have a better future in life. Na-link mo na ako dito, mababasa rin nila ang entries ko. Keep writing, Ka Uro!

    By Blogger TEACHER SOL, at 12:34 AM, May 19, 2005  

  • Hello..followed a link from Warm Stone. Piqued my ineterst because I have a lot of relatives in Aucklang, New Zealand. Muntik na rin akong matira diyan. Hope you don't mind if I link to your blog.
    It is sad to leave a country for a better future but if you think about history that is how countries are made. Sadder only that they used to come to our country now they leave it.

    By Anonymous Patrice, at 1:36 AM, May 19, 2005  

  • feeling ko ako nagsulat nito ah!hahaha pareho tayo halos ng pangarap.meron din akong pangarap na magtayo ng barbe Q han..yung may isaw isaw sa daan tapos adidas ng manok katuwaan lang ba...tapos may hotdog tapos kunwari madaming bumibili hehehe lahat ng magagandang pangarap ay gusto kung pangarapin dahil yon lang ang libre....sana'y magkaroon ng katuparan lahat ng hangarin mo sa buhay at ganun din sa pamilya.Nagbabasa naman ng blog si Lord siguro..at higit sa lahat nababasa niya ang nasa puso ng bawat tao.

    shige po

    By Blogger LadyWhiteSpirit, at 1:37 AM, May 19, 2005  

  • A bright future, starts with a dream, a vision of tomorrow. Then one has to work on it...TODAY.

    i think one cannot work on it here in the Philippines. parang mahirap sa ngayon. pero kung pagsusumikapan nang husto at hihingi ng Divine Intervention, makukuha naman.

    God Bless you for the inspiration you're sharing.

    By Blogger bing, at 1:47 AM, May 19, 2005  

  • it is interesting for us Americans when we hear of other having an American dream because we have a different notion for that. I have my Filipino dream - which is as simple as yours :) but wouldn't you know that it is harder for me to acquire it than my American dream?

    You are fullfilling a New Zealand dream which is the one you and your family have....

    have a nice day...

    By Blogger Cerridwen, at 2:14 AM, May 19, 2005  

  • ang filipino dream ko ay magawa ko sana o ma-afford ko ang lahat nang nagagawa ko at naa-afford ko dito sa amerika sa ating lupang hinirang. at higgit sa lahat ang filipino dream ko ay makalasap rin nang kagginhawan ang mga naghihirap na mga kababayan ko nang kahit kaunting kagginhawan na natatamo nang mga filipino sa iba't ibang bansa na katulad ko. may awa ang Diyos kamuka nang sabi nang iba at sa tamang panahon. huwag mawalan nang pag-asa.

    By Anonymous jr, at 2:45 AM, May 19, 2005  

  • Katulad mo Ka Uro, simple lang ang pangarap ko....iyong mapanatiling laging maayos ang pamilya ko. Higit sa materyal na pangangailangan, mas pinahahalagahan ko ang kalusugan, at matiwasay na pamumuhay. Hindi komplikado, di ba?

    By Blogger Rhada, at 7:20 AM, May 19, 2005  

  • salamat sa lahat ng nagcomment. ang purpose ko lang naman talaga in my post is to make people reflect their situation and the direction where they're going. i don't mind if people agree or not. but from what i've read, most do have simple dreams like me.

    banjan, sana matupad ang hangarin mo at ng iyong pamilya na makarating dito. ganoon lang naman talaga, all we can do is try and do our best.

    cerridwen, i sensed that you're saying that sometimes it is easer to be rich and yet remain unhappy or not at peace with oneself. mahirap ang dinanas mo but i hope you find happiness. sana naka-recover ka na.

    mam sol, good morning mam, present po ako. hindi yata 'great minds', para sa akin 'simple minded' lang ako.

    bing, i see your point about how difficult it is to work on your dream today in the Phil. which is exactly the reason why a lot of pinoys left or are leaving. that includes me. i really hope things will get better back home.

    lws, gusto ko ang mga ideas mo, very down to earth, simple lang, pero may value ika nga. tulad nung sinabi mong bibili ka ng mga baloons at pamimigay sa mga batang magdadaan sa tapat ng bahay niyo, i like that. only someone with a kind heart will think something like that. o ano, nakuha mo na ba ang winnings mo?

    patrice,
    thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. marami ka pa lang relatives dito. sana you visit them someday. go ahead link me up. link din kita ha?

    jr, kuha mo ang boto ko. sana nga maging totoo ang pangarap mo.

    rhada,
    simple lang ha? kaya ba pinalitan mo na yung kenwood system mo ng BOSE? kung sabagay mas uncomplicated yung bose, mas maliit e. advance happy bertdey kay hubby. may bagong toy na naman siya. pagpasensiyahan mo na ang mga lalaki. mahilig talaga sa mg toys. habang tumatanda, lalong nagiging expensive ang toys.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 9:06 AM, May 19, 2005  

  • To dream for something BIG inspires us to try even harder in life. To realize it brings us to the stage of Fruition when we finally receive it.

    However, no matter how much we aim and work for something, not everyone is rightfully commensurated for their efforts. Often, there are many limitations and trials along the way. Even with the thought that all things being equal, some people will emerge to seem more blessed than others. And yet,this does not mean that the blessed ones
    deserve more than the hapless ones coz they have both done their best.

    On occassions when we fail inspite of everything good that we've done, we must rely on the fact that God's love and His power will fill up all our inadequacies and our reward is reserved for us in the Eternal Life. What we have earned here will never be in vain if we trust in Him.

    Life on earth is temporary, it is the Divine Life that we should starting building for. Only then, we will be able to achieve our ultimate dreams and make them realities and that state will NOT be a temporary bliss but eternal.


    Mystica

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:36 PM, May 19, 2005  

  • mystica, Ganda ng comment mo, wala akong masabi. Dapat talaga gumawa ka na rin ng sarili mong blog.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 1:10 PM, May 19, 2005  

  • Ka Uro,

    Maraming salamat sa compliment mo. Sa totoo lang, I am a BIG fan of yours at inaabangan ko ang mga write ups mo. I love your topics coz pang-masa talaga. Inspired ako sa mga sinusulat mo and I admire you for being so humble and down-to-earth. Sana nga makastart ako ng sarili kong blog pero kumukuha pero ikaw ang aking mentor.

    Mystica

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:25 PM, May 19, 2005  

  • Ka Uro, dami mo na talagang fans! Si Mr. Tanggers, nagpri-prisintang badigard. Pwede ba kitang maging idol!

    Nagtayo na rin ako ng blog.

    http://deacon-blues.blogspot.com

    Starring kayo doon!

    By Anonymous Deacon Blues, at 6:00 PM, May 19, 2005  

  • deacon, congrat sa blog mo. gusto ko sanang magiwan ng comment sa blog mo pero na ka turn off yung option sa blogger. i-turn on mo. isa yon sa mga settings.

    hanep sa unang post! bilib talaga ako. nung una ko pa lang mabasa yung mga comments mo sa backpack, alam kong magaling na writer ka na.

    couldn't wait for your next post.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 6:09 PM, May 19, 2005  

  • Ka Uro,
    Salamat, ni-link na kita.
    Madami akong relatives sa Aukland, 1 tito at 2 tita pati na buong maganak nila. Hahaha. Know anybody by name of Zenaida Low? Tita ko yun :)

    By Anonymous Patrice, at 4:05 AM, May 20, 2005  

  • Patrice, real estate agent ba si Zenaida Low? Parang nakikita ko ang picture niya sa Property Press. Sa Northshore ba siya nakatira?

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 8:32 AM, May 20, 2005  

  • medyo nawala ako for one month and half kasi nagbakasyon ako sa pinas after 2 years I'm presently in UK working, In my experience, I lived and grew-up in Tondo,I felt bad dun sa mga kaibigan ko and even some relatives na hindi makabot ng pangarap, I feel the same thing as you are, As I thank God for this chance nagpapaaral ako ng pamangkin para naman maabot din niya ung pangarap niya sa buhay.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:05 PM, July 16, 2005  

  • I used to really dream big pero I always get my hopes up and watch them fall every time. Gusto ko rin lang naman maging stable kami ng mama ko, since ako ang breadwinner. I know the only way to do it is to get out of this country. Pero mahirap para sa akin kasi 2-years graduate lang ako, yung mga may degree nga nahihirapan. Butas ng karayum talaga ang dapat kong pasukan, ano?

    By Anonymous Jonha, at 1:27 PM, March 22, 2010  

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