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I asked for patience and God sent me to the Philippines

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I have learned a great deal about patience over these last 20 years and I received most of my learning in the PI. After a few visits I learned that patience was absolutely necessary for a good stay in the PI. How has your patience been affected by your time in the PI.? I know we all have some good patience stories. 

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I too have learned to be much more patient.If you don`t you will go crazy here.I was at J mall immigration in Mandaui the lady behind the counter said "wait a while sir" I said would it be ok if we go and get some breakfast as we have been travelling 3 hours.We went off had something to eat and as we walked into immigration a man behind the counter called us over with our PPs and exit clearance. I have learned which things are going to be a problem and how to deal with them so my brain does not explode.Of course there is always some times you cannot avoid crap.

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Teaching Driver education for over 30 years  taught me to be more patient 

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1 hour ago, Mark57 said:

Teaching Driver education for over 30 years  taught me to be more patient 

I bet it did. I remember teaching my children to drive and the test of my patience.

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2 hours ago, Mark57 said:

Teaching Driver education for over 30 years  taught me to be more patient 

I hear you!

 

Doing assessments for already ‘trained’ heavy vehicle drivers isn’t much better :)

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I thought I was relatively patient until I came here - I have since discovered that I have a tolerance level and, like an alarm clock, when the tolerance level is reached, I go off!

It's not so much being kept waiting, It's being kept waiting for no apparent good reason.  

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I am heading out today for a 3 week break and reset my patience back to zero.

I find if I stay off the roads I can manage alright but once I had out and have to deal with them I stray off course.

Yesterday I was driving along at the same speed as everyone else 30kph, when a van came out at me from the left hand side, with me heading into the gutter to avoid contact, they just don’t care.

Last week at the store I was waiting at the counter, the only one there, when finally someone came to serve me this woman butted in and started to give her order as though I was invisible so I said in a loud voice ‘’wait your turn’’.

i just do not understand how rude these people can be, I could go on and on and on but I won’t just get out of here for a while.

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Because the tricycles are king of the road here and drive along at 25kph to save fuel, I drive along at 20kph to conserve fuel and wait till I have a procession of the behind me, then I go home.

Who in the hell told these people that driving along at night without lights on conserves fuel? Or is there some other reason?

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3 minutes ago, Onemore52 said:

Or is there some other reason?

Laugh icon.jpg Yup! No working Lights of course:571c66d400c8c_1(103):

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It is best to have your patience working well before you get here.  They will test it.

I had a patience test the other day...

I gave up on their banks long ago. It is easier and more efficient to us my US bank and a phone app but my wife likes to keep a local BPI account.  I noticed  a sign on the ATM the other day saying that after 18FEB the BPI cards without chips will not work, please go to your branch for a new card (franchise banking, so you have to go to 'your' branch for a lot of things).

We go to our branch and they have an envelope with my name on it waiting for me.  But it has only 1 card. I ask about getting my wife a card. They give me a form (ATM card request) and point to a desk. I go to the desk and the woman has no idea what she is supposed to do with me. She asks the guy and he says I am supposed to have my wife fill out the form and take it back to him. Still, no one knows why I was sent to the woman's desk. My wife fills out the form and gives it back to the first guy. He then sends us to a cubicle. The guy there looks at the form oddly. Says it is wrong and that I have to fill out the form with my info (right form, wrong person's info).  Turns out I have to fill out a 3 page form to request the card they told me to pickup, and had already printed. I fill it out and he gives me my card and wishes me a good day.

But

I ask again about getting my wife her card. He says it takes a different form. So I give him one of my patented 'ok idiot, that is why we are here, let's do this' looks. We fill out the form and he wishes us a good day. So I ask when/how we get her card. He says to come back in one week for it.

3 desks, 2 sets of forms, plus an incorrect form, having to ask about her card a minimum of 6 times, and 45 minutes later we are done. Simple, right?

Simple...but...

I may have lost my patience a few times.  Yeah, hate to say it, but I did.  I had to ask 3 people, and fill out multiple forms, and still not get any closer to getting her card. The idiocy astounds me at times (and I let him know in no uncertain terms).But I never raised my voice.  ha ha. 

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