Ruby Jane Giagonia-Caspe is described as an outgoing person, easy to be with, and a fun and loving individual. A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Mindanao in Davao City, she arrived in Abu Dhabi in 2018, and in a short period of time, she was able to secure a job as an accountant at Al Naser Electrical Construction Est. under the Receivable Section.
The Filipina accountant, 41, who is also a parent, said that the mere reason why she opted to work abroad is due to her three children and seek for a better opportunity. Way back in the Philippines, she worked as an administrative secretary for the Philippine Heart Association-Davao Chapter. Caspe had a colorful and active career in the Philippines. She had also a freelance stint as a travel coordinator. “Being a travel coordinator was a version of myself that is close to my heart. Not only was I part of our clients’ journey to exquisite places, but it also helped me in managing all the stress, from handling my clients’ demands. At the end of each tour, nothing can beat the fulfillment of satisfying my clients as they discover beautiful destinations. All the stress was always worth it,” she added.
Although she is a graduate of accountancy, this is her first accounting work. Until the present, she still finds it challenging. However, these challenges equipped her to be able to adjust not only to the nature of her work but also brought out the best in her. “I love what I am doing and it brings out the passion in me. It is most gratifying, especially when I am able to make use of my hard-earned salary for providing for my children,” she added.
For her, Abu Dhabi is a liveable city as it offers plenty of opportunities, including the availability and ease of transportation and the multiple shops and parks to hang out. “I feel safe and secured here. And what I like most about this city is that there are a lot of available leisure activities for someone who has an active lifestyle like me,” she added.
Caspe is also an active dragon boar paddler. She participates in triathlon, marathons, and obstacle courses once in a while. According to her, these activities are her stress reliever as it gives her more courage, strength, and motivation in life. “I may have started getting into these kinds of undertakings a bit late for my age but I am proud to have surpassed them all,” she further added.
Her involvement in a lot of fitness activities had also made her a good influence on her friend because, in turn, she encouraged them to try and discover how beneficial, and at the same time, enjoyable, being into fitness is.
Before coming to UAE, her goal timeframe to stay was only five years. She thought that was enough for her to be able to send her children to college, and then settle back in the Philippines. Considering that life is unpredictable, Caspe said that a lot has changed, including her plans. She said that a realization had crossed her mind and something in her made her want to go after an opportunity to help her go further and level up in life. “I want to take another milestone. I want to go to Europe and work there,” she said.
This thought made her decide to take a caregiver course from the Filipino Institute as she saw it as a stepping stone to pursuing and making her dreams come true.
“Life is a continuous process. Being determined and hardworking can help us uplift our lives. We should always keep ourselves reminded of our goals and the reasons why we are here: we strive hard for the benefit of our loved ones, and for us to live in the most convenient way. Our sacrifices will be rewarded, and lest we forget, we can always see the fruits of our labor, through the good lives of our loved ones. Let us also be careful in trusting people. Saying ‘no’ is not a crime especially when the effect is giving you difficulties. Always protect yourself at all cost,” she said.
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