One of the things that amazes me here in SIN is that even though it has the same timezone with MNL, is that the sun rises and sets around an hour later than in MNL. So I would usually wake up later here because I feel that it is still too early to get out of the bed.
I woke up a little bit irritated too because I was informed that they had a meeting in the office last Wednesday and it just didn’t turn out good. I really wish I could fly back to MNL to at least defend the side of MIS. I am just upset to know that someone said that we are not paying attention to a recent issue where in fact we just (proudly) made a major update recently telling “Hey, we made an update and we are positive that this will solve the issues that we encountered recently”. It just makes me angry.
Anyway, I had a quick breakfast for I feel like I’m going to be late for the training. Went out of the hotel an hour before the training. Good thing that travelling from Bugis to Tampines is just a train ride away. It took me around 30 minutes to reach my destination. I also didn’t have a hard time looking for Abacus Plaza. So I came around 20 minutes before the scheduled time of training.
Mr. Renata Dharma from Indonesia will lead the training. I am with 3 Malaysian guys who also work for Abacus. One of them is Kelvin who joined me for lunch. We even had a picture with the “cup mascot” who I think copied his hands from Mickey Mouse.
I am really hopeful that I will learn a lot from the training and it will be helpful as well for the requirements of our office. I am somehow excited to start the project and to see it up and running soon.
I strolled around Tampines after the training. Maybe you just really need to entertain yourself if you feel alone especially in a foreign country. For sure this is how people who leave their family in the Philippines to work in a foreign country feels too, and maybe worse for some.
I feel friendly today to my fellow Filipinos. I passed by a booth of a cable TV service provider. A man approached me and asked if I am subscribed to any cable service provider. I looked at him. Maybe he recognized that I am a Filipino. Then I started to talk in Tagalog. Maybe my tounge is really longing to speak in Tagalog. I spent some time in their booth to the point that he was already asking for help how to download drivers for his soundcard from the internet. He invited me outside for few minutes to talk.
I would also usually fall in line to the cashier if I think if he or she is a Filipino. The other night, I bought mineral water from a 7 Eleven. The cashier looked at me and asked, “Ipaplastic pa po?”. I said “Hindi na po. Salamat!” And I smiled at her.
Last night I ate in KFC. The cashier asked me “What’s your order sir?” I answered “Zinger meal.” She asked me, “Dito po kakainin?” I smiled at her and nodded.
I appreciated the word “Salamat” last night and how I wish I can also be like that when I return to MNL.