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.



About Tina

I'm a forgetful person. But I think a lot. Every day, a lot of thoughts enter my head. That's why this blog came to be: first, to keep my memories alive through the years, and two, to actually see how I and my thoughts have changed. Please note that I seldom draft or edit my posts. Sometimes, if I'm not careful, I offend some of you, my readers. And while I apologize for making you feel uncomfortable, I am not sorry for being honest or for making well-intentioned mistakes. I will however be the first to admit if I change my mind. Hence, do read and proceed with caution. My life is as colorful and as boring as you make it. I complain many days, but offer some encouragement in others. Life is fluid, it changes. So keep the positives and throw away the negatives, and I do hope that at the end of the day, you will enjoy reading the blog and leaving comments here and there if my posts touches you. Happy reading!
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