Thank God I'm Filipino


I often hear the expression, "TGIF" every Friday when people say "Thank God it's Friday". Today I've learned another version of it in the noontime show, "Showtime" when a group of contestants wore a t-shirt with the logo: "Thank God I'm Filipino".

I always admire the wonderful places in Europe and US that I barely appreciate the many wonderful places that many tourists are drooling over. I have been so focused with what I lack that I fail to appreciate what the Lord has abundantly given me. I failed to notice that I have a great mom that has always been supporting me in all my decisions. Not everyone gets so lucky to have someone like her. I always dream about living in other countries because the people there all look so happy--or at least they do, in pictures. I envy that they need to wear layers of clothes during the winter season. I envy that they've got the latest gadgets. You see, I've been so much focused on the things I lacked that I barely got the time to appreciate what's right in front of me.

Today, one of the judges of the noontime show of ABS-CBN, "Showtime", Vice Ganda, made me truly appreciate who I am, what I have and forget about the many things that I still lack. One group of contestants that danced has one member that has a disability (oh, Vice Ganda wouldn't want anyone to call it that way but I gotta say it for the sake of clarity of the story). One member, his name is Berto, talked in their VTR about his hope that by the name his daughter would grow up and see him dance in the said show, she'd be proud of him even if he has disability. When it was time for Vice Ganda to give his feedback, what he said really got me. He told Berto that he shouldn't consider himself someone with disability because having really short legs is what made him distinctive and stand out from the crowd. He continued that he understand how people might judge Berto because of his situation just as people judge him because he's gay. However, he said that people need to look beyond what they see and discover the best in every person.

Vice Ganda has helped me understand, accept and appreciate everyone's uniqueness. We are all unique, just as everyone else. He also made me appreciate my nationality more because we're the only country that easily decides to rise every time we fall. Like there's no better decision but to rise and keep on fighting. I thank God that I'm a Filipino because even if we lack the fancy things that other countries may have, we're lucky to have the kind of bond and happiness that only Filipinos could make each other feel. In addition, if you can't have the things you love, love the things you have. By doing so, this life would be a much better.

Now I really Thank God I'm Filipino.

Nicole Edwards-Au Pair Scam


So lately I've been looking for au pair opportunities to get to work and study in the United States. The responses from host families weren't quick so I was surprised when a certain Nicole Edwards contacted me through Facebook. Now the scammers don't just use emails but also use the Social Networking sites to fool other people.



January 25 at 11:45am Report
Hello
I saw your ID on E aupair.Com and decided to check you here on face book.I am Mrs Nicole Edwards and i would be glad if you could take up this job to be the nanny of my daughters,and my instincts still tells me you will be a very perfect person for the job.Let me tell a little bit about my daughters,Their names are Casey and Jennifer,Casey is the oldest,she is 10 years of age while Jennifer is 5 years old,i will like you to take care of them when am not around and you treat them as if they are your sisters,All you have to do is to bath them,prepare them for school and make sure they are fine always.The name of my husband is Campbell Edwards and he works here in fabric company while i work for a Non governmental organization for less privileged and i traveled a lot(WHO),You are welcome to stay for as long as you wish..We stay here in 8 lake street Illinois Addison which is a nice place to stay.Kisses and Hugs
If you are interested you can just email me on (nicoleedwards88@yahoo.com)

Having been hanging out online for quite sometime, I do not easily believe in every thing that she said because for one, when I looked at her name online, there were not references to support her claims. I looked at their address on Google Maps and as expected, I didn't see any lavish home. All I saw was an intersection. I replied with my interest and here's the response that I got.


January 25 at 3:17pm Report
Hello Good to hear from you, How you doing? I have started telling my daughters about you and they cant wait to meet you. When will you be available?? you can stay here at my house for as long as you want...You will always be with them when am around and away, your monthly payment is $1500 and $200 i give you to buy anything for yourself as pocket fee..i would take you as part of my family


I know a very reliable, secure and reputable immigration office whom i trust who can get you a visa within a very short period of time. They help me and my friends with flight tickets and vacations reservations. Here is the email of the immigration office owenblames@gmail.com as soon as you contact them let me know.


I would like to inform you would pay part of the visa processing fees because the last time i helped an aupair from France pay for her visa and flight ticket she arrived the US and didn't work for me, For this not to repeat itself and me not look like a fool for the second time i have decided you pay part of your visa processing fees. I hope this is okay with you.
Kisses and Hugs

If I were as gullible as many other people, I would easily believe in her sweet words. I added her on Facebook and looked at her pictures. What sparked my doubt about her identity was when she only had 22 friends and most of them are Filipinos and some equally weird-looking names. Maybe she added the Filipinos to trick while the others are just for the support of her fancy claims.

I was surprised when I could no longer access her profile today, I must have been blocked or something. I asked her several things and that must have tipped her that I am suspicious.

She told me to contact Owen Blames for the processing of my papers. Emailed the guy, didn't receive any reply.

Today, we chatted and she has proven me that she indeed is a scam. When asked about the name of the organization that she works for, she paused for several minutes and told me, "To Help The Needy". I told her it's a weird name and said it's a relatively new organization. When asked where her kids study, she kept me waiting for like 5 minutes and came up with non-existent school.

Here are the screenshots of most of our conversations.

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A message that I sent "Nicole Edwards" telling her that I already knew that she's a SCAM. Notice that she then became offline.

For some weird reason, my internet got cut off and the other part of our conversation wasn't recorded.

What intrigued me most was when I asked her if what time is it in IL now. She said it's 10:38 AM (it's 10:38 PM when we chat). Having been working in a call center, I know for a fact that IL has CST and not EST (Eastern Standard Time). I asked her to speak with me on cam and microphone and she told me she's currently at work. I asked if she won't get caught chatting with me at work, she said it won't be a problem. Now that sounds like contradicting statements.

For all those who may be contacted by Nicole Edwards, don't believe her for she's a scam. She's not who she claim to be. For many people who would like to take advantage of the au pair program, contact your local agencies for safer transactions and DO NOT send money online. Also, don't believe everything they say, do your own research.