JOURNEY BACK HOME: AN OVERSEAS FILIPINO WORKER’S STORY

My one-year work contract with Cocoon Resort Maldives as a resident singer ended in March 2020 but because of the Covid-19 pandemic there was a lockdown and all business establishments and resorts were closed including Cocoon Resort. There were no domestic and international flights. I was supposed to transfer to my new job as a Sales Representative in a furniture company in Male City the next month but the manager called me and informed me that they will temporarily close their office due to the pandemic. I was very disappointed. I was stuck in the island resort of Cocoon for three months with no salary or allowance. The staff of the resort is not allowed to go out of the island except for those who are going home or for vacation. I waited patiently for the repatriation flight back to the Philippines.

The flight back to the Philippines was coordinated by the Philippine Embassy in the Maldives with Ace Travel. It was scheduled for June 10, 2020. I messaged my agent and the HR of Cocoon to include me in the flight. I was so happy I can finally go home.

The jetty at the Velana International Airport, Maldives
The Velana International Airport, Maldives
The Velana International Airport, Maldives

On the day of our flight, I together with another Filipina staff was taken from the resort to the international airport thru the Cocoon speedboat. Some Filipino staffs from another island were also with us. The travel by speedboat was about two hours and thirty minutes to the international airport.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Juls says:

    Thel, we’re glad you’re safe back home na.. 😊

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    1. Anithel says:

      Hi Juls. Thank you so much for leaving a comment in my blog. Please don’t forget to like and follow my blog. Thanks. Take care. God bless you.

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  2. Marichu says:

    It’s a shame you had to give up the Sales Rep job. This pandemic has taken away not just lives but also dreams, hopes and opportunities. I’m sorry for that , Thel. In the right time, it will come back to you. I’m glad that you are home safe and sound now. Such a long and tiring trip but it’s well worth it. Keep safe, Thel! xoxoxo

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    1. Anithel says:

      Thank you Chu. I hope and pray that this pandemic will end soon. I really want to work again in Maldives. Please pray for me Chu.

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