This news doesn't come as any surprise to me at all. I'm certainly not plugged into all the key economic indicators of the the country but my observation is that the people who could and should really be showing leadership and driving this country into the future could fucking care less about anything except their pockets.
There's nothing wrong with wanting to make money but at some point, people who have a lot of power and influence should use some of it to edify the basic character of the people. And, by and large, most Filipinos just don't think about anything but Facebook and mall-cruising.
The lower classes have no idea who much they're being screwed (e.g. absolutely shitty internet service, shitty cell phone service, shitty consumer products..e.g. electronics, etc.).
The average store worker over here is really taken advantage of...that's what I hear. I heard that the stores hire these young people to work and then fire them before they reach the 6 month point because their worker's rights increase once they've been with the company for 6 months.
The the people who really have money just go about their day with no real concern for trying to push the people toward higher levels of entrepreneurship or business.
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CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE. Does it sound strange that Thailand's performance could impact the S&P 500? It does to me! One of the top performing countries over the past few months is Thailand...until last week!
I've been wondering if and when the economic woes of 'the West' were going to effect places like Thailand that seem to be eternally pleasant. Maybe this is an indication?
After a short up-hill hike, you reach this stunning waterfall - With a number of other smaller falls and standing pools along the trail, making it a fun time to get some exercise then get wet!
I went to Laos only one time. I remember buying a 'hippie bag' bag that I kept for many, many years but eventually lost. I hear that Loas is still a rather sleepy country but I'm sure that it's very pretty and would make a great 2 weeks trip. If you were just wanting to live someplace to get away from the metro life...it would probably be good for that too.
The average holidaymaker packs five devices when they escape on a break, research has revealed, while more than half with a work smartphone (53 per cent) said they planned to take it away with them this year.
Globe and Mail Philippines bets on joining gaming elite with mega casino GlobalPost President Benigno Aquino opened a giant $1.2 billion casino on Saturday to kick off the Philippines' high-stakes bid to join the likes of Macau and Las Vegas in an...
The Economist (blog) Bountiful work, but scant wages angers Cambodia Taipei Times However, as the number of international clothes companies tapping into Cambodia's workforce grows, so does anger at the low wages and tough conditions that come with...
I just mentioned this in a previous post. Companies are taking advantage of Cambodia's labor force. It's probably OK...up to a point.
TTR Weekly Sweltering Thailand struggles to save energy as Myanmar gas is cut Reuters BANGKOK, April 5 (Reuters) - Soaring temperatures could send Thailand's electricity demand to a record high on Friday just as imports of natural gas from Myanmar...
Interesting that their economies are related like that, I think. For most people though, especially people who can 'get out' easily, I doubt it's a big deal. Or most certainly for those people who live along the coast and water.
The Nation Life in Thailand not that bad after all The Nation Halfway into their term in Thailand, which started on November 1 last year, to teach English at different schools, the young teachers were pining for their families and the fresh air at...
I wish I would have gotten into ESL teaching earlier than I did.
Troubled Thailand. Milton Osborne (p2) The Monthly (subscription) Troubled Thailand. Milton Osborne (p2). Part 1 | Part 2 Over the past year our TV news and newspaper front pages have shown us chaotic images from Bangkok and across Thailand.
Megacommuters: 600,000 in U.S. Travel 90 Minutes and 50 Miles to Work, and 10.8 Million Travel an Hour Each Way, Census Bureau Reports (RT @uscensusbureau: Megacommuters: 600,000 in US travel 90 min & 50 miles to work.
To me, this is just another reason to 'work from home'.
Sometimes when you get to thinking about something there's a word in the depths of your mind but you just can't bring it into focus. Anyone who travels tends to try to find words to express various qualities of the places and people they meet along the way. I've always believed that most people share a lot of the same qualities but I also think that different countries and cultures have characteristics that are uniquely theirs.
Just by way of background for what I'm going to 'rant' about here, I remember
a couple of years ago, ( when I still lived in S.Korea) reading where somebody described the S.Koreans as 'the Irish of Asia'. I'm not totally sure (because I've never been to Europe) why they made that comparison but the person who wrote the article seemed to think that the Irish were characterized by periods of great levity and joy and also great drama and sadness.
But I could definitely see that that description did frequently apply to the S.Koreans quiet often. They are like that. Oftentimes very.....silly and at other times very dramatic. Before you try to argue that point with me...just look at S.Korean TV.
I will also say that, other than the butt-hole school administrators I worked for,
I liked most S.Koreans and I liked life in S.Korea in general. One thing you
can say about S.Korea (that you can't say about the Philippines) is that everything works there and people always know how to do their job.
But that got me to thinking about words that describe personality as they can be more broadly applied to cultures. Since I've been here in the Philippines,
I've got to admit that, in sum, I haven't liked it and the reason is because of the attitude that most Filipinos seem to have about getting things done and
dealing with people.....especially foreigners.
Generally speaking, they don't like being held accountable or holding others accountable. And if you're a foreigner who says something about it, they think you're being unfair rather than taking it as constructive criticism.
But, back to my point: the behavior I see in the internet cafes.
Internet cafes are mostly frequented by kids and younger people and I've got
to say that generally speaking I've never seen a ruder, wilder, more discourteous, group of little snot-nosed brats anywhere I've ever been. Most certainly not in any of the internet cafes I ever went to in Seoul.
I'll admit that I live in a very lower middle-class part of town but nevertheless here's what I see:
These kids come into the cafes in swarms, like starlings or crows or grackles descending on a tree in a field. And they play online computer games...
against each other or in teams. Supposedly there is the option of communicating with other team members via a mic and the internet
connection but, no...... these disrespectful little snots can't be bothered to do that. They just scream out their directions, exhortations and celebrations to their buddies sitting around them.
And nobody seems to notice or care....certainly not the 'managers' of the place. I'm sure I know the reason why too. It's because (#1) they're Filipino
and Filipinos don't like confrontation. They want to do the least work for the maximum pay, and (#2) they're not paid enough to 'take control'.
In many cases, if there's not too many of them, an adult can ask or tell them to, first...'please keep it down, guys!'. And if that doesn't work (which it usually doesn't) you have to show a little more anger and raise your voice. That seems to be all they understand but even then it's hopeless if you're in a cafe with
75+ of these little monkies all screaming and yelling at the same time. It's really total chaos.
Of course then they think you're The Grinch and you can hear them muttering and talking their brand of shit in their language, amongst themselves. But...that's just what it takes. Often, they leave shortly thereafter and you can hear their little smart-ass comments as they leave.
But my point is, what would you call that kind of behavior other than "childish" and "undisciplined"? And it's no wonder that the country is run by a rich 'caste' of approximately 80 families who simply live above and apart from the 'unwashed masses'? It's no wonder that the country's primary claim to fame is low-cost and compliant labor.
My question is...who's raising these kids? Don't they have parents that teach them anything about how to act in public? Before I came here I expected to find a culture of tradition, respect and propriety but.....boy have I been surprised!
That's what 'character' is, you know....'when you do the right thing even if nobody is watching'. But I see very little of that in these kids. There are about
4 or 5 internet cafes in the neighborhood where I live and all but one of them is like that. I don't exactly know why the one that's quiet is that way. Maybe because it's not air conditioned.
And another thing that's indicative of a bigger problem in the Philippines. I
don't see any indication that Filipino business owners know anything about management and training their employees..at least not in the PC cafe business.
You almost can NOT go into any Filipino small business and find the owner. Instead you'll find just 'kids'... or peons who very, very rarely have any authority or initiative at all. I doubt that hardly any of them are more than 20 years old.
And when you complain about something, like the noise in the PC cafes, they just look at you like you spoke in some far-away language that they saw in a Star Trek movie. They usually just don't react at all. Usually you just get a blank stare and a weak smile.
Still nothing happens. They don't do a damn thing except sit there, surf their own internet, and take people's money. Their idea of doing their job is, at the most, finding you a seat and perhaps a headphone/mic that works.
As a matter of fact, at one particular PC cafe that I frequent a lot (only) because it's got a particular game that I like, the cashier there likes to listen
to pop music through the speakers there where she sits. The whole friggin' place sounds like a dance hall. She'll turn it down if I ask but every time I do she acts like I'm a grumpy 'old guy'.
I doubt that most of these people would even know how to call the fire department if the place was burning down.
From what I've seen, in middle class neighborhoods anyway, you don't see people coming into PC cafes to get any work done. It's everybody either on Facebook (which is at least a relatively quiet activity) or they're playing these stupid games and screaming and hollering.
But I've got to say that 'childish and rude' really describes most of the kids
that I see.
It's been a while since I've been in the US so I don't know what's 'service' is
like there now. But I doubt it's this bad. Of course, back there you don't see PC cafes on every block like you do in SE Asia.
But in the US at least I'd have the advantage of speaking the same language and that might make it easier to communicate. Of course there'd also be the probability that somebody some young hoodlum in the joint could pull a gun
But Filipino employees don't seem to care. They seem to think that as long as it looks like they're doing their job, sitting in the right chair, smiling at everybody, saying 'sir' and 'ma'am' (which they love to do)...they're doing their job. It's really frustrating.
The only places where you can usually expect to find good service and help are businesses that are at least partially foreign owned business. They seem to be the ones that have solid management and employee training programs.
I know that's certainly the case with banks and any of the major fast food franchises. There are exceptions of course and one such exception is Jollibees...a very well managed Filipino fast food franchise. It's actually bigger than McDonalds here in the Philippines. They're always very smart, quick and courteous in there and the food is pretty good too.
But this attitude of childishness and 'oh well...whatever' about everything is really holding this country back. I don't see a very bright future for the country if these kids are an example of their leadership of tomorrow. Until they get a handle on this all-too-common lack of appreciation for acting like adults and being professional...they're never going to live up to an otherwise excellent potential for being a place where people will enjoy living and working.
The Philippines isn't what people think it is...that's for sure.
I asked Letitia to tell me about her work, which she does in the first part of the video. I then asked her to tell me a story about the difference Canine Colors has made to a client. She responded by telling me the story in the second part of the video.
From mountain village B&Bs to renovated farms, yurts and even a rectory, Alastair Sawday chooses 10 hideaways in rural Spain to escape the crowds (RT @karuneshsblog: 10 of the best rural retreats in Spain.
I'll bet Spain would be nice. It has a very turbulent 20th century history that most people don't realize.
430000 foreign tourists visit Philippines in Jan Philippine Star MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) -- Foreign tourist arrivals in the Philippines in January reached 430,000, a 6 percent increase than that of last year, President Benigno S.
Probably a good thing for the Philippines. Left to their own, I don't think the Philippines would move ahead in various quality standards nearly as quickly. They're just too complacent....too 'nice'. But of course, that quality is one of the reasons call centers like them as employees and also why, when properly trained and supervised, Filipinos do a good job.....usually.