Life is Different in the Philippines…

Manila is hotter than expected. In the daytimes, it reaches around 36 to 40 degrees C.

The streets are dusty and many people’s skin are leathery dark, peddling things in the streets despite the scorching heat. Water costs Php 15 (around USD0.25) but this is expensive. It’s better for me to just take some water from the office in a thermos.

I am a lot poorer. 🙂

Of course, with less money to be made, I need to spend less. I never spend more than my means anyway. Regardless, I still like the good things. Just the other day, I secretly bought a nice long embroidered dress from Zara. These little things make me happy.

I have to be careful of my family’s feelings.

My dad is 78 and acts 8 at times. We make excuses for him because he is our dad and you have to forgive your dad for these things.

My mom is lovely but can be in your neck at times. She has a tendency to repeat her instructions over and over to ensure that we are listening to her. It’s a mommy thing. I think when I get older, I may be like her.

My brother is tall and charming when he wants to. He can also be a bit arrogant at times, but that’s what happens when you started your own business. Sometimes, you are proud because you believe you’ve accomplished much.

I am still the same — a bit stubborn and opinionated, but I look at these experience with open eyes.

Anyway, life is different here in the Philippines. You bump into so many different types of people.

For example, today, I visisted six of our customers. My brother owns a car accessories business and I help him whenever I can.

I will tell you about it one day. 🙂

Sorry for not being a better writer — watching American Horror Story while writing this long-awaited entry. So, it’s a little bit all over the place.

Okay, will write again when I am in a better mood.


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