Some things (or should I say most things) are no longer sacred…life…be it that of a child’s, a woman, an old lady or a man of cloth…everything has been turned into travesty. It is such a dismay that men have managed to make a mockery of themselves. I belong to the vast majority of Filipinos who "invades" the internet everyday in the hope of finding greener pastures abroad. I have (as some may put it) wasted time, at times deprived my children of attention, cancelled rendezvous with friends just to be able to speed up the possibility of leaving the country for a better life or what not. Hence, last week when I received an email of a job offer in Canada, I almost fainted. I began fabricating dreams that would include bringing my parents, sisters, and other relatives sightseeing. In my momentary space in time I was opening an account for my mother and sister-in-law so that we could send them money and that they may never be deprived again. I hurriedly visited my mother and decided to break the news, reminding here even, that for now this job offer would be hush-hush until I receive the visa. My mother stood in front of me teary eyed and in a split second I was squished into her very tight embrace. It was at that point that we began crying both softly at first which turned into incoherent sobs. I could but hear part of what my mama was saying “don’t worry….sacrifice….bright future….grandchildren….pray….”. I told her this time Canada will be her second home (yeah!). And so I went on to fix my documents and suddenly in the middle of doing so, I felt strange and decided to check out their website which was legitimate enough. However, I still felt that there was something amiss so I emailed no less, the VP of the said company and did not have to wait long for a reply. I've been had! ....well....almost.... I was advised not to send out any money in case the fraudster should ask for such. Of course I felt devastated but more relieved that I did not go as far as giving out pertinent personal details. I started to cry as I just spent 1,000 pesos for my documents and gas which was supposed to be money spent for “bonding time” with my children. Nonetheless, looking back everything seems to be comical even if it was such awaste of time and energy but of course in all that has happened this is one lesson very well learned!