I’ve been busy these days since my parents-in-law have been staying with us since our “jesa” (ancestral rite) two Saturdays ago. They sleep on mattresses called “yo”. They will be with us for the rest of the month. Even though I’m working and I have my own family to take care of (and a full-time job to boot), I still have to do my duties as a “myeoneuri” or daughter-in-law. See, I’m not getting any special treatment as a foreign wife.
Anyway, I received an email today about a website apparently written by a Pinay entertainer here in Korea simply titled “Saklolo”. While I’m not sure about the veracity of what’s written in the blog, I’m aware of what’s happening to some of our kababayans here in Korea. In fact, I get updates from people who email me asking for help. When I tell them to call the embassy they’d answer that the Philippine Embassy couldn’t help them or that they are intimidated by the civil servants working there.
From time to time, I also get emails from people asking my opinion about accepting a job as an entertainer. I don’t really know any Filipino working as an entertainer in Korea but I’ve heard, read and seen stories from people and the media about how some (not everyone) of those who came here as entertainers end up being “juicy girls” for the bars near the American bases. Of course, there are those who are successfully working as singers or band members for the big hotels in Korea but those who needed help are the ones who attract media mileage (and rightly so). I usually tell those asking me to simply be careful and never accept anything that doesn’t go through the right channels. Everything has to be legal.
“Saklolo” might be an interesting read for those planning to come here as entertainers. Her experience doesn’t happen to everyone but it happens.