Our next OFW interview features Apple, who has been living in Dubai for about 3 years now. He is currently working as a Flair Bartender for OUNCE Facilities Management LLC. Prior to this, he was a bartender for TGI Fridays at the Mall of the Emirates.
Due to his outstanding talent and skills, Apple has made a name for himself in the bartending world. He has won the World Bartender Championship in the Middle East region. What’s more, he had the honor of representing the UAE at the Asia Pacific World Bartender Championship held in Taiwan.
Behind all this success and achievement is a man who has great love for his family. As the father to a lovely pair of twins, Apple considers his daughters as his greatest inspiration. You can read more about his story in the following OFW feature:
OFW Profile: Flair Bartender in Dubai
1. Tell me about yourself.
2. Why did you come to Dubai?
3. What were your previous jobs?
4. How do you find your current job? Are you happy/satisfied with it?
5. Are you able to save in Dubai? Why/How?
6. Is it difficult to live in Dubai? What are/were your struggles? What’s life like outside work?
At first it was not easy to adjust myself sa lahat ng bagay. Pero habang tumatagal unti-unti ko nang natutunan ang laro ng buhay dito sa Dubai. Naging daan ko yung pagkapanalo ko sa World Bartender Championship sa buong Middle East. Lumaban din ako sa Taiwan to represent the UAE sa Asia Pacific World Bartender Championship.
7. What do you Like about Dubai?
8. What do you NOT Like about Dubai?
Wala naman so far! Yung init is normal na lang sa akin every summer, kasi even in Pinas naman sa tirik din ng araw ako nagtatrabaho….hehe.
9. What are your plans in your career/family/future?
Gusto kong mag-grow pa yung career ko at mas marami pang matutunan at makuhanan ng mga idea… One step at a time, ika nga… Basta may tiyaga ka sa lahat ng bagay, makukuha at makakamit mo rin yung bagay na pinapangarap mo… Sa family, yun mapagtapos ko ng pag-aaral ang kambal kong anak at matapos ang bahay na pinapagawa ko para sa kanila. I also want to put up a business in the Philippines someday.
10. You have any tips for Kabayans when working/finding work/living in Dubai?
Tips ko para sa ating mga kababayan na OFW sa lahat ng sulok ng bansa… Maging matiyaga lang tayo at mahalin ang ating mga trabaho… Normal lang na maka-experience tayo ng mga hindi maganda. Isipin nyo na part lang yan ng pakikipag-sapalaran natin for us to be stronger para sa ating mga pamilya. Gawin natin silang inspiration. Mag-save tayo ng pera natin. Isa ito sa pinaka importante. Alagaan natin ang health natin dahil ito ang pundasyon natin. Pray tayo, always have faith in God at sa mga sarili natin.
*Photos provided by Apple
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