GLOBAL EXPATS FEATURE: Ms. Molera’s Work of Art

GLOBAL EXPATS FEATURE: Ms. Molera’s Work of Art

How do you find comfort when things don’t go your way?

Most OFW’s  children embrace life abroad imperatively during such time they need to move in and follow wherever their parents are . They will never understand why they need to leave their friends behind nor switch schools and start all over again. Continue reading →

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GLOBAL EXPATS FEATURE: Around the World with Travel Pinoy Explorer

GLOBAL EXPATS FEATURE: Around the World with Travel Pinoy Explorer

Every year is another chance to make things right.

A clean slate of new opportunities can give way to more success in the future.
Just like our featured global expat who never gave up on his dreams.

Growing up from a poor family, Ken Millar, did everything he could to have a better life.

He belongs to a family of 10. His father, an American, abandoned him. He is one of those children who became products of the U.S Military Base is Subic, Zambales in the Philippines. Unfortunately, he wasn’t granted with any legal rights when the U.S Government cast off their duties on cases like Ken’s.

To make things worse, he got bullied by his peers; ridiculed and called many names.

Looking forward today, Ken is an epitome of success. Having travelled almost the entire world, he definitely knows that he already hit all the right marks to get what he wants in life.

He is currently living the life he never thought he deserves. Happiness and contentment seems very evident to our featured global expat. He beams with satisfaction as he experience every country he’s been to.

Here are Ken’s most valuable travels that you shouldn’t really miss!

His travels in Europe and Asia include the most picture-worthy destinations that any tourist would love to visit!

He also visited North America, particularly in Greenland, which is considered to be a world apart with all the glaciers and frontiers wrapping it all up.

Coming from someone who grew up in the Philippines, traveling the world made him realize how much of a paradise his country is. It would only have been perfect  if it would keep up with the progress of other countries he have seen and visited. He hopes that someday, the Philippines would be one of the most modern cities in the world.

In the future, he dreams of publishing a book with all his travels and memoirs about everything he’s been through.

By that time, Ken Millar have definitely seen more of life and more of the world.

We should definitely watch out and be inspired more by him.

Never be afraid to try and test the horizons. 

Happy New Year, PeN Pals!

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“Thank you.”

That’s what Mary Jul deserves.

Shall we find out what Mary Jul really looks like? She’s a Filipina living in Malaysia for almost a decade now. Join her PeN community when you download the app! Ask about love, work and family advice!

Already living in Malaysia for almost a decade, you can say that Ms. Mary Jul hasn’t changed a bit.

She is down-to-earth and wants nothing but a better life for everybody.

Judging from her actions, she could be an embodiment of a modern Filipino hero. She helps everyone who needs her; happily obliging to look for ways on how to make others’ lives a little more comfortable.

Got #hugot problems? Or simply want someone to talk to? Join Mary Jul’s community on the app! Community: ASK MARY


Sometimes, to the extent of giving them jobs and that means looking for one just so everyone can have a piece of livelihood.

For the 9 long years she stayed in Malaysia, rarely does she have a chance to explore and enjoy the beautiful country. And when she finally has the chance to go, she still spent it with someone who also needs her help.

That’s how Mary Jul is. Always helpful. Always thankful.

PeN would like to say thanks, Ms. Mary Jul, for making our stay in Malaysia truly memorable!

If ever you have problems with work, every foreign worker can count a friend in Mary Jul.

For real-life advice and other #hugot problems, just simply use the hashtag #ASKMARY and we will try to answer your questions.




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Global Expats Feature: Mai and Edward’s Family Life in U.K 

Global Expats Feature: Mai and Edward’s Family Life in U.K 

The experience of moving to a foreign country is such a daunting task. Leaving the place you grew up in and starting life anew is something that is expected by every global expat.

Leaving friends and families, being optimistic after bequeathing investments in the hands of relatives, ending an era of a cozy life in exchange of greener pastures sometimes add up to the worries of most of them.

Mai and Edward Brina’s daily life in United Kingdom as foreign workers constitute a much tremendous addition to their routine as if juggling professional life in the U.K is not exhausting at all. This young couple synchronize their schedules to take turns in taking care of their two adorable tots! Can you imagine keeping a job and having two kids in tow without help? Their daily itinerary may be a bit chaotic but they are truly blessed despite being extremely busy 24/7!

For this couple, good parenting does not mean being deglamorized. They make sure they tend time for themselves and of course, some couple time.

During quiescent days, they go out and explore the city. Sometimes, they visit neighboring European countries when they get the chance.

A literal walk in the park with the adorable kids.

Dad with Little Miss George and Baby Boss Gab. London Eye as their background.

Mom and Little Miss George. Behind them is the Big Ben.

The QUEEN! George and Gab’s mom looks classically chic!

Mom and daughter bonding with the pigeons!

The family at the Louvre Pyramid Glass.Look how cute baby Gab is!

What a priceless moment at the Eiffel Tower.

There is no right or wrong in parenting, it doesn’t come with manuals. Prioritizing what’s most important and having respect for each other can do wonders on parenting and family life survival.

Just like other new parents out there who are thrilled and overwhelmed by their new responsibilities, Edward and Mai Briña do it differently in style. They keep it fun with a positive attitude, always ready to take on new battles. And one thing’s for sure no matter how hard it is, they’ll do anything to provide what’s best for their growing family.


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Yvette Mejia is a 28-year-old lady who spent her early years in the Philippines.
A nurse by profession, she migrated to Canada in 2014.
Betty, her friends fondly call her, wasn’t sure what to expect.
Unlike other migrant stories, Betty’s was different. Since she’s staying with her relatives, she didn’t have to deal with homesickness that much.
Though she was excited for her first trip outside Asia, she knew a lot of uncertainties await her. It was her first time to be away from her family and taking a 360-degree turn from her life back in the Philippines certainly frightened her.

During their trip from the airport to her new home, her cousins told her about trail hiking and other outdoor activities that she can enjoy and get used to.
Unless she did the Grouse Grind, she was told, she can’t be considered a true-blue Vancouverite yet. So, to Grouse Grind trail she went.
The Grouse Grind started it all and the rest is history.
Back in the Philippines, Betty used to enjoy early morning jogs with her friends. She also loved yoga and the calmness it brought her.
So when the idea of trail hiking came in to picture, she was game for it.True enough, it took her to places she exactly hoped for!
Betty realized how lucky she is to live in Vancouver.
“Who wouldn’t be excited to go and explore if you see that view, whether you’re driving or on the skytrain, everyday? We are surrounded with nature and it was just a matter of having the time to explore all these beautiful sites “, she said.
Take a peek into Betty’s new world!
Tunnel Bluffs
Located at Squamish-Lillooet D, BC, Canada. Hikers still opt for it despite having strenuously steep trails. Betty being here twice simply means it’s worth the sweat!
Brandywine Falls 
Brandywine Falls is a popular spot and a breeze for hikers. It only takes a 10-minute walk going to the waterfalls. Here you can see the entire trail of Brandywine Falls Provincial Park.
Joffre Lake
Fishing, climbing, hiking, camping and this view? Perfection! A 4-kilometer hike will take you to this paradise.
Stawamus Chief
Claimed to be the second largest granite monolith in the world, The Chief towers 2,297 ft. above sea level.  Despite its high elevation, it has no railings or safety installations. Ropes for rock climbing can also be accessed.
Deep Cove
Found in North Vancouver, it has everything an outdoor enthusiast needs. It has parks, forests, mountains and skiing activities conveniently located in near proximity to each other.
Betty celebrated her third year in Canada last August 2017.
She said,”Hiking brings about a different personality in all of us”. It also teaches us how to live life. ” The trails would test your physical strengths and weaknesses. Most of the time, we help out and cheer each other on when we get to the tricky parts. By the end of the day, everyone will be tired but you can always count on someone to help you make the last push and finish the hike”, she added.
Betty has surely come a long way and hiking played a good role on her journey.
She’s thankful for new opportunities that opened new experiences, new friends and all the life lessons that came with it.
For more of Betty’s hike pictures, you may download the PeN app in Google Playstore and Apple App Store. Follow the ‘Global Expats’ community to see the pictures. 



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Check out this awesome  team in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia consisting of Filipino common workers! For a nation who customary sends their natives in other lands to contribute to their economy's growth, there's nothing unusual anymore when a Filipino decides to leave the country for good in exchange of a greener pasteur. Adjusting to a new life depends on every unique situation but when a dearth of homesickness kicks in, Filipinos appear to have mastered the spirit of 'Bayanihan' and knows pretty sure how to cure a 'Kabayan' longing for home.
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Global Expat Feature: Her Life In A Nutshell

Global Expat Feature: Her Life In A Nutshell

She thought she was dying. For a while, her world stopped. How can it possibly happen to her when she knew in her heart she has never done anything to deserve a lump on her chest. A lump that could compromise everything in her life. Could it be The Big C? She hopes not.

Donna Yasmin has an established career in Kuwait. She is a full-blooded Filipina working for Gulf Lead, a leading consultancy firm, that provides training in safety and quality for professionals. She is good in what she does, something that her employer knows. She is reliable and trustworthy, a real asset and role model. Continue reading →

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Easy Money-making Concepts For Filipinos While Working Abroad

Easy Money-making Concepts For Filipinos While Working Abroad

The Philippines’ very own overseas workforce has done so much for the economic growth of their country. In March 2017, the total remittances from OFWs all over the world have gone up to $2.615 Billion hitting a 10.7% growth compared to its previous performance in the same quarter of 2016, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Piipinas. Sure, it is a good news for everyone, but it could still get a lot better if the OFWs themselves are  taking advantage of the good results they’ve been majorly contributing to. Continue reading →

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Banking Perks For Overseas Filipino Workers

Banking Perks For Overseas Filipino Workers

Are you an OFW looking for wiser banking options? This one is definitely an advantage for you! Sending money is now made easy for Filipinos working overseas. Banco de Oro designed a fixed interest-bearing peso savings account for OFWs and their beneficiaries to maximize the potential of their salaries when remitting money back home. Continue reading →

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