Board topnotcher, nagtrabaho bilang toilet cleaner at fish vendor bago nakamit ang kanyang dream job sa Australia

“Board topnotcher ako sa Pilipinas at naging toilet cleaner ako sa Australia. And I’m proud of it.”

Ganito ilarawan ni Jao Jundam ang kanyang buhay bago niya namakit ang kanyang tagumpay na minimithi sa Australia.

Ang post ni Jao ay nag-viral online kung saan ibinahagi niya ang kanyang buhay mula ng magpunta siyang Australia at makipagsapalaran.

Si Jao ay 25 anyos na at nagmula sa Taguig City. Matapos niya gumradrate ng kolehiyo at makapagtapos sa kursong Nursing ay naisipan niyang makipagsalaran sa Australia.

Kwento niya, hindi naging madali ang kanyang buhay. Dahil kailangan niyang suportahan ang sarili ay kinakailangan niyang magtrabaho doon.

Photo courtesy: Jao Jundam/Facebook

Saad niya, marami na siyang nasubukang trabaho gaya ng paglilinis ng kubeta, fish vendor kung saan naranasan niyang maglakad ng 1 oras para lang makapunta sa merkado kahit sobrang lamig ng panahon.

Naging ‘barbeque boy’ rin umano siya, naging waiter, naging personal care provider, cashier at marami pang iba.

Maraming tiniis na hirap si Jao para lang maka-survive sa Australia. At lahat ng iyon ay naging sulit. Dahil sa wakas ang dating pangarap lamang niya ay nakamit rin niya makalipas ang limang taon.

Isa ng ganap na registered Nurse sa Australia ngayon si Jao.

Kaya naman may mensahe rin siya sa mga kagayaniyang pinoy na nangangarap rin.

Aniya, “Having the life that you want doesn’t just happen because of luck. Becoming the person you aim to, do not happen just by dreaming about it. Dreams will remain just dreams if you do not act upon it. Turn your dreams into goals, turn your goals into a plan. Execute your plan and see where it takes you, either way, you experience; either way, you learn; either way, you grow.”

Dagdag pa niya, magtiwala sa Panginoon dahil “He’s always in control. We plan but He executes.”

Basahin ang kanyang buong kwento:

Board topnotcher ako sa Pilipinas at naging toilet cleaner ako sa Australia. And I’m proud of it.

Today, as my age turn 2 decades and a half (di talaga masabing twenty-five na eh noh? HAHA), I would just like to share the most recent liberating yet humbling experience I had. It happened in the last five years of my life which started when I decided to migrate to Australia.

A lot of people, especially in social media, think that I’m “lucky” to reach the position where I am now. They think everything was smooth and easy when I moved here. Of course, most of my posts are about me travelling the world, achieving goals in my acads & career, eating the best food the world can serve and smiling widely in front of the camera.

Little did they know that before I have started travelling the world, I have to walk for 1 hour in the freezing cold winter morning of Canberra just to work and sell fish in Belconnen market. Yes, I was also a fish vendor. I also have to fry “liempo” under the blazing hot summer of Canberra during its annual Noodle Markets. Yes, I was also a barbeque boy, and a waiter, and a personal care provider, and a cashier and many more. Haha! I have to endure the extremes of weather to earn enough money to help my family pay my expenses during my stay in Canberra.

Little did they know that before I have achieved my goals in finishing my Bachelors and Masters degree and landing a stable nursing job, I have to fail multiple times in Uni due to the culture shock I have experienced upon studying in Australia. I have even been accused of plagiarism which put my last semester in jeopardy. And as an “above average” student in the Philippines when it comes to academics, little did they know that my self-esteem went down the drain many times in a way that I have to drown myself just to get it back.

Little did they know that before I have eaten the yummiest food in the world, I have to be mindful of the number of meals I have to consume in a day. Back in Canberra, I have to cook 2 “ulams” which were often Sinigang and Tinola because they’re the easiest and cheapest to cook. Once I have cooked them, I separate them in containers of 3 a day so that it will suffice for a week. I also remember buying a $5.00 cake and slicing it in 7 so that I can only eat one slice/day. HAHA!

Lastly, little did they know that before I was able to smile widely in front of the camera again, many times, I have to look at myself in the mirror in tears while asking “Kaya ko pa ba?” But with every time I ask myself that question, I will always answer myself back saying “Kaya ko pa. Ako pa ba?”

Living the life that you want doesn’t just pop up on your FB notification or IG activity. Having the life that you want doesn’t just happen because of luck. Becoming the person you aim to, do not happen just by dreaming about it. Dreams will remain just dreams if you do not act upon it. Turn your dreams into goals, turn your goals into a plan. Execute your plan and see where it takes you, either way, you experience; either way, you learn; either way, you grow.

And if your plans fail, it’s ok to break down, pinaghirapan mo yun eh. Pero piliin mong lumaban ulit, nang paulit-ulit. Change your plan, but not your goal. Remember where and why you started the journey. And remember that He’s always in control. We plan but He executes. I’m a firm believer that He puts us in our respective places with our own purposes. And with that purpose, we strive and succeed. In Shaa Allah.

Start from the bottom. Walang maliit na gawain o trabaho kung marangal. Then when you’re up there, look down and help those who are struggling to climb up. Trust me, achieving success feels way better when you have someone to share it with.

Most especially, cherish the people who were with you when you were yet “no one.” To my family, maraming maraming salamat. The Jao now would not be as strong as he is if it weren’t for you guise. Nuks! I love you. 💙

Yes, we only live once. But if we do it right, with no regrets, once is enough.

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