How It Was

02/10/99 After more than 10 hours flight, I finally landed in Bahrain. That was already 1am. Ate Bing from the Agency informed me that there will be someone to fetch me up at the airport holding a placard with my name on it. I looked around. No one was there. Until one guy approached me “Michelle?” I was afraid. I simply checked his uniform, when I saw the company’s logo, I was relieved. He took my bag and brought me to the parking lot. However, there’s still this feeling that what if he’s not the one? Hehehe! I was totally relieved when I finally saw that placard that he was supposed to be carrying with him. It was inside the van. He must have left it there. I was just quiet…. Not even a single word came from my mouth. I was new, what do you expect. Then he started, “here’s your photo, that’s how I recognized you”.

After 30 minutes, he took me inside the Resort and said “this is where you will be working everyday. I’ll get you something to eat before I take you home. It’s just 3 blocks away from here.” I said “okay, thanks!” He handed me a cheese burger and can of coke after few minutes.

We went to the staff accommodation, guided me to where I was supposed to stay. To my dismay, the room was empty. There was no cupboard to unload my stuff. I could only see a bed with bed sheets and 2 pillows on it. I didn’t say a word, but I guess he noticed my disappointment. Guess I was lucky…. There was one room with its light still on at 2am. He knocked her door. It was Ate Detty… she offered that I could spend the nights with her and her flatmate until I get settled.

The next day she was also the one who took me to the HR Office. I was first assigned to work in the General Manager’s Office. At that time, the Secretary was going on vacation, so they thought I could substitute her first. I was so nervous… But I didn’t have the right to say no. Not yet. I spent more than a month over there before I was transferred to the F & B Division, where I met my ex-boyfriend, Mr. D Carvalho

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Blogger since 2007 | Home-based Marketing Assistant | WAHM | Ex-OFW | Music enthusiast | Cactus and Succulent Hobbyist | A 41 y/o mom of two lovely girls sharing her adventures as she walks through motherhood and having to do most things on her own while her Indian national husband works miles away from home.

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