our country is not poor but the government is selfish. my family and i migrated to the US last year. don't get me wrong - i love the philippines and i'm proud to be a filipino but there are things that our government can't provide our children.
yes, the salary here is big -- huge difference. if you're a nurse in the philippines, you're lucky if you can get 15,000 pesos monthly salary but here, a nurse can earn more than $4,500 a month. we're in california however, right now these are our expenses: $1,500 rent (apartment), electricity and gas bill $67, telephone, cable and internet bill $147, car insurance $700 (for 2 cars), grocery bill $90 a week and gas for our 2 cars $150 a week.
now, do you still want to stay in the philippines or take your chance and live in california?
me? i still choose to live here. we have 3 kids and the school here is free until they finish high school. i even applied for free meals in school and my kids were approved, they eat in the school cafeteria for breakfast and lunch and it's all free. we don't even have to buy any school supplies because the school provides what they need. we just buy them their school bags.
last year, we were still in the philippines, we live in a small apartment, we don't own a car. but now here in the US - we live in a condo (we're just renting) and we have 2 cars - a BMW 5 series and a Mercedes Benz C230. imagine that? we couldn't live like this in the philippines, we wouldn't be able to afford it. and you know what, my husband is the only one who works in our family.
life is hard here in the US but you know what? it's easier to dream and conquer the dream when the government is willing to support you.