A Lesson in Frugality
Important lessons learnt as a migrant worker
1. Be frugal and save enough liquid cash on hand, as quickly as possible, to survive for about a year in case of loss of income due to unemployment, sickness or other unforeseen situations. Over the past 50 years I have been out of work and consequently out of income several times, but each time I survived fairly well due to having enough in the savings.
2. Don't expect to see any part of the money you remitted back home over the years. Your parents, spouse or siblings will find ways to spend all the money you have remitted.
3. Don't expect any special treatment from the Arabs, or anybody else, on the basis of common religion or nationality. You were hired because you were the lowest bidder to provide them with a service whatever that may be. They will hire your replacement as quickly as they can if they find somebody to do the same job for less to maximize their profit.
4. As far as your landlord is concerned, he rented you his property to earn money. If you cannot pay, he would want you out, so he could rent it to somebody who can pay the rent.
5. The golden rule of the game of life is to plan ahead and save your wealth and health for the latter days in your life.