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Having a Positive Attitude

This morning, Thursday, my day off, I went to Starbucks for coffee, their cranberry and orange scone and to work on this article. Just as I booted my laptop, I struck a conversation with a lady at the next table. She was from northern Nevada and was here on business. While talking of our life’s situation, she commented on the fact I was very upbeat and looked happy and content even though I was a taxi driver and just...

You Have Changed – You are Not the Person I First ...

How many times have we heard that in our life? In our search for a relationship during our lives, we meet someone we are interested in starting a relationship. In the old days, it could be at school, at a club, a social event or at the office. We start a conversation and see if we are able to make a date and get to know each other better. In the beginning, we try to give the best impression to this person. Maybe a friend...

Cell Phones and Text Messaging in the Philippines

In America, I had no need for a cell phone. I was usually at work or home. For me a wired phone or here called landlines was my preferred form of communication. One time I had a cell phone. This was because being ignorant of the free phones included with a service contract. Well one year my mom told me, she wanted to have a cell phone in case of an emergency while out of the house.  I was thinking I would be nice and offer...

Language Barriers in the Philippines

As many Expats in the Philippines, I am guilty. My thoughts when moving here was it will be easy to communicate since everyone learns English in school. I had spent hours in text and voice communication with Elena for about 3 years and had visited her 3 times before I moved here. She and most of her family could communicate well with me. Some of her family just as with many Filipinos who had learned English in school, but had...

The power of a smile and a kind word

In the past, I have written about how I enjoy meeting and talking to Filipinos. As you walk through a mall, many of the sales people will say “Hello Ma’am/Sir.” Most people just walk by, but being an American, when people say hello, I stop to say hello in return.  Also at times when I am sitting and people watching, if someone looks to me and our eyes meet, I will nod and smile and most will smile in return. At most...

“It’s Over There” Communication Differences in the...

Communication is very different here, especially when it comes to time and directions. Here in the Philippines it is not right to point. I am not just meaning pointing to a person, it is pointing at anything. If you’re talking to someone or even driving somewhere and you ask, where is place this, you will get a response, “It is over there.” Over there can be across the street or on the other side of town. In America, if...