PINOY COURTESY

I had a discussion with a Saudi friend regarding Saudization. I told him that if we analyze the program, it is not a really a threat to expats. Lalo pa nga kakong madaragdagan ang pangangailangan ng manggagawa mula sa ibang bansa. I already explained this is https://clinquantlife.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/isyu-ng-saudisasyon/ when I was invited by an OFW Organization in 2010 to shed lights on this issue.

Dinagdag ko pa na ang kailangan ng gobyerno ng mga nagpapadala ng Expats dito ay ireorient ang kanilang mga curriculum to fit the incoming labor requirements of Saudi Arabia. For example, Saudis are working now and they have raised their living standards dahil nga sasahod na sila. So they will start having the means to spend for services like beauty parlors, fitness centers, dress shops, among others. Doon puwedeng ituon ng mga bansa ang partitrain at paghahanda sa kanilang workforce.

He told me “I like the Filipinos very much. They work with high quality and have high sense of responsibility.”

I replied, “These two goes hand in hand. If you aim for high quality of ouput, you must have high sense of responsibility. This high sense of responsibility comes from the Filipino pride. We value so much the result of our labor that is why we really work hard to come out with high quality results.” Iyon bang proud ang Pinoy sa achievement niya.

HIs next question baffled me.

Sabi niya, “I consider the Filipinos as the most polite people in the world. In fact you are the only people in the world that have two words to show respect, the “PO” and “OPO”. But how come that in your country, you cannot show this respect to one another. ” Ang gulo gulo raw ng Pinoy. Napakamapulitika. Awayan. Siraan ng siraan.

He added, “You should show your respectfulness not just by saying “PO” and “OPO”, not by being respectful to other nationalities, but by being respectful to yourselves first. As a nation.”

Well said.

In our language it is called “Pakitang Tao”

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“This is your last warning, in a courtesy call. I am not afraid of the storm that comes my way. When it hits it shakes me to the core and makes me stronger than before. It’s not a question about trust but will you stand with us. ” – Thousand Foot Krutch

DISKARTE

May prequalifications para sa 3 malalaking projects  na kailangang masubmit kanina sa malaking kompanya dito sa Saudi. Deadline ay  3:30PM.

Ang komplikado rito ay ang mode of submission. Ang isa ay iaupload sa kanilang Portal, ang pangalawa ay isasubmit ng personal sa Contracting Office at ang pangatlo ay dapat ipadala raw through courier.

Uploading sa portal takes time at nagkukumahog na kami ng assistant ko na matapos on time. We have finished 2 at tinuruan ko siya magupload dahil uubusin ang oras ko kailangang tapusin ko pa ang isa.

Sa madaling sabi, natapos ko lahat at iyong pangalawa ay isasubmit ko ng personal. Ang problema ay ang pangatlo dahil late na ako kung sa courier ko pa ipapadala. Malamang ay after the weekend na iyon madeliver. Pareho kong dinala ang dalawa at may naisip akong paraan.

Pagdating sa kanilang opisina, iniabot ko ang No. 2 sa Contract Assistants. Then tinawagan ko ang officer na papadalahan through courier ng No. 3.

“Good afternoon, Mr. R. This is Mr. E from “Clinquantlife Courier Services” and I have a pack of documents for you.”

Tumawa siya ng malakas at sinabing “Mr. E, you are really smart. Hahahahaha. How come you now own a Courier Services? Okay, I will come out and accept your delivery.”

Sabi ko sa kanya noong kaharap na, “the instructions is through Courier, so here I am as a Courier..”

Tinanggap niya at sinabi sa akin na kung tatagalugin ay “naisip mo iyon?”

I answered, “I have to do find a way, that is my job.”

“We call it…. DISKARTE..”

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“Reach for the stars. The space race. Man on the moon. Your future. Curiosity staring out. In everyone’s eyes. Deliver us. Ingenuity right now. ” – Ultravox

 

SAGUTIN NGA NINYO ANG MGA TANONG NA ITO

I was having a discussion with somebody on how to cook laing. Naturuan ko na kasi siya gumawa ng laing using whatever is available material in the market. Dito kasi sa Saudi ay walang laing, kaya alternative ko ay Spinach or Girgir. At comparable naman sa lasa ng laing na gabi.

Isang araw sabi niya, nakabili ako ng tapioca leaves, iyon pa mismo ginamit niyang salita ha. A okay kako. Then nagvolunteer siya, di ba tinutuyo muna ito bago lutuin para di makati? Kako, uu. E di papatuyuin ko muna ito. Himayiin mo ang leaves niya at putul putulin ang stem para mas madaling matuyo. Dapat nga pala hugasan bago patuyuin para malinis. Tapos sabi niya “naku, paano nga pala basain ang gabi?”. Hindi ako nakasagot agad.

Maraming mga tanong sa buhay na mahirap sagutin. Karamihan dito ay nagmula pa noong unang panahon at hanggang ngayon ay mahirap pa ring tugunan.

  1. Paano basain ang gabi?
  2. Alin ang nauna, manok o itlog?
  3. Bakit kung saan may sign na “Bawal Umihi Dito” o “Bawal Magtapon ng Basura Dito” ay doon pa umiihi at nagtatapon ng basura?
  4. Paano tumutubo ang Kabute sa pamamagitan ng Kidlat?
  5. Paano nagkaroon ng tubig sa loob ng niyog. At bakit tinawag itong “Buko Juice” ay di naman ito kinatas o piniga?
  6. Bakit pag sa lupa ang pagdeliver ang tawag ay “SHIPment” at sa barko naman ang tawag ay “CARgo”?
  7. Kelan puputi ang uwak at iitim ang tagak?
  8. Inuuuod din ba ang uod pag namatay?
  9. Kelan ba tataas ang quality ng “Brand X” at lagi itong talo?
  10. Bakit nasa labas ang brief ni Superman?

Marami pa iyan at alam ko na kayo rin ay may mga tanong na hanggang ngayon ay hinahagilap din ninyo ang kasagutan.

Pahabol: “Ang sardinas ay may LIGO, ikaw ba?”

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“How many roads must a man walk down. Before you call him a man ? How many seas must a white dove sail. Before she sleeps in the sand ?” – Bob Dylan

TERMINOLOGIES OF MY YOUTH

Maraming terminologies o katawagan noong bata pa ako na naririnig ko lang uli kapag nakakahuntahan ang mga kababata. Nakakapagpasaya at maluwag ang pakiramdam kapag naalala ang kabataan. Sino sa inyo ang natatandaan pa ang mga ire:

  1. Manguli – magligpit ng pinagkainan. “Ikaw ang nahuling kumain, ikaw ang mangunguli.”
  2. Sambakol – nakaburingot o ang mukha ay masungit tingnan. “Sambakol na naman mukha mo, mukhang napagalitan ka na naman ng Nanay mo.”
  3. Hambo – quick shower. “Hambo na at tayo ay yayaon na.”
  4. Dagsawin – tubig na panghugas, hindi puwede inumin o ipanluto. “Ituloy mo na ang dagsawin sa may banggerahan at tayo ay kakain na.”
  5. Tugno – marumi na, nanlilimahid. “Ayan sige laro pa sa alikabukan, ang tugno mo na.”
  6. Kulag – tirik na malagong buhok. “Ayan na ang kulag ang buhok di man lang magsuklay”
  7. Tigsi – pinaikli ng Tigsisingko. “Ang gamit na pomada ni Onying ay Tigsi, ung me drawing ng Beatles.”
  8. Sangit – init ng araw. “Ang sangit ngayon tamang tama pagpapatuyo ng palay.”
  9. Tangla – nanunuod ng patulala. “Nakatangla ka na naman diyan sa bintana.”
  10. Damsak – kalat ng tubig. “Nagdamsak ka na naman diyan sa labas, baka me madulas!”
  11. Sangyat – nasabit o napunta sa bubong / lugar na mataas. “Sangyat naman ang tsinelas ko sa bubong ni Mang Apyo pagtapon ni Uslok.”
  12. Adyo – akyat. “Ay hala adyo na kayo at nang makapagmeryenda.”
  13. Banton – itaas ang waist ng pantalon. “Ay banton muna at lumalabas na ang kuyukot mo.”
  14. Tangkaro – hindi matining. “Yanu ay, ipinagmalaki pa ang trumpo niya ay tangkaro naman.”
  15. Yurit – pisa. “Dahan dahan at baka mayurit ang kamatis.”
  16. Tambanero – laging naglalakwatsa sa kalse. “Tambanero ka kasi kaya balik ka sa Grade IV, disiotso ka na kaya.”
  17. Katay – isang tali ng isda (di pa uso ang kilo) – “Dumaan ka sa palengke at bumili ka isang katay na malaguno ha.”
  18. Ispanta – killjoy, di marunong makibagay. “Ispanta ka naman ay, saya na sana ng lakad natin.”
  19. Bala-bala – kunwari, di totoo. “Bala-bala ay matapang tayo para matakot siya sa atin.”
  20. Kuryog – nerbyos. “Yabang nito, kuryog ka naman pag kaharap na crush mo.”

Miss those days when we call our teachers “maestro” at “maestra”, and “nognog” is the playful black boy, not the corrupt VP.

Sana ang mga salitang ito ay manatili sa puso ng aking mga kababaryo at huwag mapalitan ng mga salitang kolokyal sa kasalukuyang panahon.

By the way, what is the difference between “Hawot”, “Espada”, “Balbakwa”, “Bislad”, “Tuyong Nokus”?

Pabebe lang po.

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“The grass on the ground will be my sheet. I gotta get some village life, oh. When my body need a lover.” – Eddy Grant

WE ARE WHAT WE THINK WE ARE

Water purification involves several process/stages.

Sediment Filtration where particles like dirt, sand, grit, slime are being taken off by special filters.

Next is the removal of various metallic elements through a process known as ion exchange then water  moves into  over-sized granular activated carbon beds. Carbon filtration (also known as charcoal filtration), which utilizes a process known as adsorption, is a particularly effective technique for chlorine removal. Pesticides, herbicides, and other organic contaminants (especially volatile organics) are also removed at this stage.

Then water passes through Ultraviolet light for disinfecting process and the 1 micron filter after which high pressure is used to force water across a membrane while impurities are left behind. This process is called Reverse Osmosis.  The final stage is ozonation, a very powerful disinfecting process and is capable of oxidizing a very broad range of contaminants.

Our mind is like a water purification process. It takes whatever comes in and purifies it so that it’s ready to go out. It refines. Whatever junk the mind allows in will eventually find its way out and reflected in our behavior and attitudes.

Ang banal na kasulatan ay may sinasabi tungkol sa mga filters ng ating isipan na makakatulong sa ating kaligtasan.  In Philippians 4:8   “Finally whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about those things.”

It advises us to use the filters of our mind, the very basic function of our brains, to THINK:
First He advises  us whatever is T-rue;
Then, whatever is H-onorable or noble and right;
Whatever is I-nnocent or pure;
Whatever is N-ecessary or lovely, winsome, pleasing
And whatever is K-ind which is admirable.

God asks us to think of the best in anything we do. Because that is the key para tayo ay maligtas sa kapahamakan.

Ang ating isipan ay isa sa mga kayamanan na inihandog ng Panginoon sa atin. Dapat natin itong pagyamanin at palaging i-filter ang masamang kaisipan. Bilang anak ng Diyos, dapat tayong mag-isip na kaagapay ang espiritu ng Panginoon. The way we protect our mind is the way how we THINK.

Tayo ay nagiging tayo base sa ating pag-iisip.

“As a man thinks in his heart so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

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“Jesus, You are the way . You are the way and I will follow,. You are the way, the only way and I will follow. Whatever is true. Whatever is right. Whatever is pure. Whatever is light. Lead me in the way everlasting. Don’t ever stop.” – Chris Tomlin

 

 

 

BECAUSE ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS

I parked my car and walked towards a building in Aramco for a meeting. I notice a laborer (Indian nationality ) sleeping at the side of parking walkway and a pack of porrota and dal (flat bread and cooked split mongo or lentil) beside him. Siguro kako nagpapahinga iyong laborer bago maglunch. E bakit sa semento samantalang sa tabi ng parking ay damuhan at may ilang maliliit na puno.

After my meeting, I decided to buy 2 strawberry filled dough and water at kako ay kainin ko na lang sa kotse papunta naman sa next meeting ko. Pagdating ko sa parking, nakita ko iyong laborer na itinapon ang pagkain niya.

Tinanong ko: “Why did you throw your food?”

“Already no good. It’s my food left yesterday, ” he answered.

“So you don’t have food anymore and it is very hot (48 degrees) no water also? Why are you sleeping here when you can sleep in the grass near that tree (pointing to a small tree).” I asked.

“Sir, it’s very hot there. Also hot air comes, now too much air, very hot air. Here because of these cars, no air coming. Better rest here, ” he muttered.

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A gush of PITY engulfed me. Ako at mga kasama ko sa office, ang mga office workers all around here are enjoying the comfort of air conditioned room, while this guy, who’s receiving a meager salary, and helps us enjoy a clean surrounding, well – trimmed lawn, healthy plants is here nagtitiis sa init makapahinga ng konti.

Immediately, I took out the bread and water I bought and gave it to him.

I didn’t know that we were being watched by 2 saudi employees of Aramco about to board their car. They approached us and each of them gave the laborer 10 riyals and water.  I felt I was used by God that time to show this man, the laborer that concern for others knows no races, nor position, nor color of skin.  Because all men are brothers.

Another man passed by and saw what we were doing.  Kababayan nung laborer.

Dumaan lang siya.

Walang paki.

Perfect na sana title ng article ko.

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“Because all men are brothers wherever men may be. One Union shall unite us forever proud and free. No tyrant shall defeat us, no nation strike us down. All men who toil shall greet us the whole wide world around.” – Peter, Paul and Mary

MERCIES IN DISGUISE

Walang sinuman sa atin ang nakakanas ng mga suliranin, pagsubok, pagdurusa at walang katiyakang direksyon sa buhay. Walang sinuman sa atin ang perpekto at nakakakita ng hinaharap dahil tayo ay gumagalaw sa isang mundo na maraming mga pagkakaiba… lahi, ugali, paniniwala, atbpa.Walang sinuman ang nakakaalam ng kung ano ang haharapin nating bukas sa ating buhay.

And there lies the beauty of life. Unpredictable.

Kaya huwag maniniwala sa mga manghuhula. Kaya nga tinawag na hula, walang katiyakan. Kapag hindi nangyari ang hula, lusot pa rin ang mga manghuhula. Hula nga e. In our lives it’s almost inevitable that we we will face problems, challenges, and uncertainty. If it were perfect and predictable, the we wouldn’t be much different than robots. Kung tayo ay di nakakaranas ng mga ito, wala tayong pinagkaiba sa mga robot na de susi, na programmed para gumawa ng paulit ulit na bagay. Predictable.

From Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching (Way of Life) “When you change the Way You look at Things, the way things look change.”  Ang buhay ay base kung paano natin ito tingnan. Madalas ang mga pagsubok at pagkabigo natin ang nagsisilbing pagpapala upang tayo ay lalong magsikap.  Sometimes your biggest failure, sets you up for your greatest success.

And this brings me to a song by Laura Story, ang “Blessings”

Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops What if Your healing comes through tears What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy What if trials of this life The rain, the storms, the hardest nights Are your mercies in disguise

https://youtu.be/D40kWcRJbwI

Mararamdaman natin ang presensya ng Panginoon sa mga pagsubok at paghihirap. Di tayo nakakabuo ng mga muscle sa katawan na hindi natin gagamitin. Kapag tayo ay nagwork out, naglaro o nagbuhat, me mga nararamdaman tayon muscle pains sa sumunod na araw dahil ang mga ito ay di natin nagagamit noong una. Ganun din sa ating buhay,

Me mga katangian tayo na di natin nagagamit at di narerealize na ito pala ang solusyon sa mga struggles and trials natin. Nais ng Diyos na tayo ay pagpalain sa pamamagitan ng katatagan, kagalingan at tiwala sa Kanya bilang ating lakas, takaakay, tanggulan, kanlungan at pag-asa.

These may be disguised as trials, but the blessings hiding in there are a-plenty.

For the taking.

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“It’s the scars that make you stronger. It’s the hard times that make you wise, It’s the sweet things that only time bring, yeah, That arrive like a blessing in disguise” – Bryan Adams