Getting to Know Mompreneur Mitchteryosa
OCTOBER 09, 2015 BY OFWGURU
Mitch Carvalho is the owner of mitchteryosa.com, a site that features a variety of content such as parenting, OFW stories, beauty and fashion, home improvement and many more. She first created the site to document her first born’s antics and growing years. She is a mompreneur, having 2 lovely daughters while managing her own business. She also is an ex-OFW who worked in the Middle East for 10 years. Her inspiration for the site is that despite being far away from home, she can still update her family and have the feeling of being with them through it all.
OFWguru had an interesting conversation with Mitch, especially on her life as an OFW and during her workabroad.
Life Before Working Abroad
OFWguru: What was your life like in the Philippines growing up?
Mitch: I grew up in an OFW family set-up, where my dad was the OFW who gets to come home every 2 years. So basically, I know how it was. And yes, I lived a good life getting what I want.
OFWguru: What was your exposure to OFWs and the concept of working abroad at this time? Was it family and friends that are also OFWs?
Mitch: That time I wasn’t aware of the real concept. What I only knew was when you are an OFW, you earn big time without knowing the hardships that every OFW goes through.
OFWguru: How did you get the idea to become an OFW?
Mitch: The impression of earning good amount of money when you workabroad. Financial needs pushed me to do it.
OFWguru: How did you end up in Bahrain? What steps did you take to make it happen?
Mitch: I worked in Makati as an Admin/HR. This is why I had the access to the same recruitment agency that somehow helped me find a workabroad. I went through the due process, submitted my application and requirements and had an interview.
OFWguru: What were the bureaucratic, physical and emotional preparations you made?
Mitch: Unfortunately, I wasn’t really fit that time suffering from Anemia so I had to be under medication for a month, taking medicines religiously.
OFWguru: Did you encounter any resistance - either from family/friends or former colleagues?
Mitch: None really, instead I got tips and advice from friends who had experiences being an OFW.
OFWguru: What part of the process went well or frustrated you?
Mitch: I was able to complete my requirements with no hassle and gotten well after my medication.
OFWguru: At any point in the process, did you feel like giving up? If so, what was it and how did you overcome it?
Mitch: Never, because I’ve already convinced myself that I needed to do it for my family.
OFWguru: What do you do now? What are your overall responsibilities? Describe your day-to-day function.
Mitch: I am a mom of two girls, managing a small business and working from home. I blog at my spare time to make money and inspire others with my daily activities including my kids so that, at the same time, my husband gets updated to what we are up to as he also works abroad. In between, I drop and fetch my kids to and from school. Cook our meals. While the kids are away I do my online stuff. Check on my small business and spend quality time with my kids especially on weekends.
OFWguru: What do you do in your spare time? When do you take holidays?
Mitch: I blog, draw and watch movies. I take holidays when my husband comes home. It’s still a family thing that we do together like going out of town.
OFWguru: Do you find it easy to work/socialize in Bahrian?
Mitch: It is/was but of course, it’s more easier dealing and socializing back home as there is no cultural adjustment needed.
OFWguru: Is there an open-mindedness about women and Filipinos there? Were there disturbing situations?
Mitch: Yes, there is/was. Yes, there were, too. You know some Filipinos who are already committed back home and yet still display interest towards you and makes a fuss when you don’t entertain them or avoid them.
Romance and Family
OFWguru: Describe your life after work.
Mitch: For the first few months, it was hard. Work-home-work was my routine but right after meeting my boyfriend who is now my husband, everything became easier, and positively inspiring.
OFWguru: Do you have a family or a partner? Are they with you or back home in the Philippines?
Mitch: Yes, I have, an Indian national and still works in Bahrain. He comes home every year.
OFWguru: How do you communicate with them? How is your relationship with them?
Mitch: We call each other on different occasions and chat online.
OFWguru: How do the families back in the Philippines cope? How is your family coping with you being all the way there?
Mitch: We cope with hope that somehow someday, we won’t have to be miles away from each other. For as long as there is an open communication, it is still impossible to live a long distance relationship.
Filipinos in Bahrain
OFWguru: Is there a large Filipino community there? Do you get in touch with them?
Mitch: I believe so. At times I get in touch with them.
OFWguru: What do Filipinos do to support each other?
Mitch: It’s like ONE FOR ALL, ALL FOR ONE. Just one of the many traits that Filipinos possess.
OFWguru: What do you miss most from the Philippines?
Mitch: Family gatherings, and of course those times spent with friends.
OFWguru: How has being an OFW made life easier? Harder?
Mitch: Financially, life made easier. On the other hand, just the thought of living your life alone away from your family and home, it’s the hardest!!!
OFWguru: Do you have any fond memories? Any regrets?
Mitch: Many, Bahrain was where I started building my family, my own family. I had no regrets at all.
OFWguru: What lessons have you learned through this experience?
Mitch: Value of life and time, and yes money especially if it was a hard-earned money.
OFWguru: Finally, given the chance, would you encourage others to become OFWs too? Why or why not?
Mitch: If you are single, yes. But for someone who already has a family, and can get a better job back home, NO. It is always better to be with the whole family no matter what UNLESS you can well manage that majority of your activities will be done ALONE.
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