24 April 2018

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How to activate roaming service when you're already outside the country?

When I left Philippines for a contractual job in Saudi Arabia, I was supposed to activate my roaming service at least 24 hours before my flight. However, I forgot to do it the day before my flight and I tried to activate it only two hours before my departure but to no avail, I didn't receive any responses from Globe. Because my activation request is too late already, it wasn't activated until I arrived at the kingdom. When I arrived, I said to myself, "the struggle is real talaga" because in this new environment and culture, securing a SIM card is not as easy as I ever thought. It would take a lot of time and effort, not to mention the need of a residence ID called Iqama which is a primary requirement in securing a SIM card here in Saudi Arabia. I was totally disconnected to the world for almost one week. Thanks to my newly found friends who happened to be my workmates as well, they shared their data connectivity to me for me to be able to connect to the internet. Five months since I arrived here at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, all is well now and I am thriving because I have already my Iqama and I already survived my culture shock.