Bahagi ng aking trabaho ang pumunta sa mga kompanya para mavalidate ang mga information na aming nakakalap sa ibat-ibang sources. There is no better validation than going to the customer and inquire if the upcoming projects that we learn are correct. Ang products and services kasi namin ay industrial in nature at diktado ng merkado ang pagbibenta nito. Kaiba sa consumer products na ang benta ay dumidepende sa kung paano ipresent ang produkto, paano ipackage, ang kalidad, ang kagalingan kesa ibang produkto at ang malaking bahagi ang pinapapel ng advertising. Sa aming produkto, kailangan na ang iyong pananaw ay nasa darating na panahon. Sa mga proyekto o sa mga schedule ng paggamit ng iyong produkto at serbisyo.
I greeted the Pinoy secretary at konting tsikahan at balitaan sa Pinas kasi galing siya ng bakasyon. Then, I was called by his Boss at nagusap kami. Nagpakuha siya ng Chaii (hot tea with milk and sugar) at ng Zatar Pie sa maliit na tindahan sa lobby. The discussions were so informative at napakalively. The Boss then called his Secretary, “please call Mr. Ali and tell him I am coming after 30 minutes.. ayos ba?” To which his Secretary replied, “Ayos Sir”
He then explained that he knows a lot of Filipino words because he has Pinoy as his Secretary, as Engineer, QA and Safety Engineer, etc. and he find it really so easy working with Pnoys. He added that Pinoys are courteous and always smiling. Tumaba naman ang puso ko roon bilang Pinoy.
While about to leave his office, I heard him being reminded by his Filipino Secretary, “Sir, reminder. Meeting at Room C-22 in 15 minutes.”
“Aregleyted, ” he replied.
By the way, the Boss is a Saudi national.
“Some like the high road, I like the low road. Free from the care and strife. Sounds corny and seedy, but yes indeedy. Give me the simple life.” (Etta Jones)