Life can be difficult at times and some people find it hard to cope but if one realizes that God has endowed each and every one of us with the ability to hurdle life’s challenges then one will always end up triumphant. We all have crosses to bear and if we can only face whatever situation which comes our way in a more positive way, then we will surely not suffer. Situations – not problems – are there to help us hone our character, to help us become mature and to allow us to savor, at the end, the fruit of success. Having a very colorful life and having encountered some of the most difficult situations a person can ever have, I feel inclined to share my journey. You will learn a lot from my experiences for sure and you will get inspired as well.
Author’s Brief Bio
Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982.
By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of ‘Pinoy News’ a weekly supplement of KT.
In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then ‘Pinoy News’ as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues.
I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor for Suite101.com, a writers’ portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic ‘Overseas Filipino Workers’ was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007.
I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: “A writer will always be a writer.”
- Freda Editha O. Contreras