AIR PRESSURE. EAR PRESSURE…

We were on board the Pakistani Airlines Jet to Hongkong after performing our assignment in Thailand. Maraming meetings at market studies na ginawa para sa product ng una kong pinasukang kompanya sa Pilipinas. It was early 1983 and kasama sa aming work ang 2 days R&R sa Hongkong.

Ang airline ay medyo luma na at pagtake off ay medyo masakit sa tenga dahil sa difference in pressure, ambient and cabin. Bago bumaba ng HK Airport, pumagitna ang dalawang stewardess at nagsimulang magdemonstrate. Me action habang nagsasalita. “You unwrap the chewing gum (Action: bukas ng chewing gum), chew it in your mouth while the plane is descending (Action: subo at nguya), and while you chew, your ears will be relieved of pressure build up (Action: turo sa loob ng tenga)”.

The landing was smooth, at habang ako ay papalabas ng eroplano, napansin ko ang isang pasahero na inaasikaso ng stewardess.

Me hawak na tweeze rang stewardess at hirap na sinusungkit ang chewing gum sa tenga ng pasahero.

Ang siste, di naintindihan ng pasahero ang sinasabi ng stewardess. He misinterpreted the actions mula sa pagsubo, pagnguya, at ng ituro ang tenga, isinuksok ang chewing gum sa tenga niya.

Communication… look what you’ve done…

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“Oh, thank heaven for the microwave. Can’t ignore technology. It’s so easy to communicate. How come you’re not hearin’ me. Communication. Say the words.” – Janet Jackson

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