Archive | August, 2011

August Rush!

29 Aug

It’s like yesterday when I tweeted about my favorite month and how excited I am about it, now 2 more days and we will bid  goodbye to the month of August. Time flies really really fast.

August is indeed  special for me, since majority of the family member (including myself) born on this month. It is also start of Ramadan, wherein our Muslim brothers and sisters do the fasting for almost a month and offer more prayers. It also means less working hours for us. yehey!

I also called August a Pig-out Month, Lots of celebrations, gatherings, activities occured during the month. Lots of weight gain also… nyay!

August 11 – House Warming for our New House

August 18 – My sister and nephew’s birthday celebration

August 21 – Special Dinner from our Housemate Ching (she accepted a job offer from one company)

August 23 – My mom and hubby’s birthday celebration

August 25 – Company Iftar Dinner at Sheraton Hotel

August 30 -It’s My birthday and Start of Eid Al Fitr… Thanks for the Long Holiday (5 Days of Fun and Rest), supposedly we have work on Thursday since Public Holiday for Private sector were 2 days only (Tuesday and Wednesday). Thanks to my kind boss for an extra day. I considered this as a birthday gift!

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I would also like to say thanks for my sis Ayin, my colleague and PEBA for an Early Birthday Present… I’m so much blessed and happy!

My sister gave me a voucher for Aromatherapy massage, Aromatherapy Hair Spa and Full Body Scrub. Thanks sis… I really need this, my body needs a complete overhaul. hehehe


I’ve got dinner buffet for two (2) at Al Diar Dana Hotel from our supplier.

I’ve got 300 worth of Globe TipIDD Card courtesy of “Where the Heart is Photo Contest”. Very happy because it’s my 1st reward as a blogger even It’s an early bird entry only.

Thank you Lord for all the blessings! For giving me another year!

Thank you August! See you Next Year 🙂

Name Game

22 Aug

Isa sa mga dilemma ko nong 1st job ko abroad ay ang pagsagot ng mga phone calls. Prior to my permanent job kase, I was hired as a Front Office Staff (for 2 weeks) sa isang consulting firm dito sa Abu Dhabi and big part of my job is mainly pagsagot ng telepono. Napakasimpleng trabaho kung iisipin kahit hindi degree holder you can beat this job with flying colors, pero hindi dito sa UAE. Ikaw ba naman ang maka encounter ng sari saring accent not to mention the out of this world na mga names.

I encountered lots of weird names especially Indian, Bangladesh, Pakistan etc. The problem is napakahirap na nga i spell ng names nila, you can’t understand pa the pronunciation. Minsan kahit ipa spell ko yung names nila medyo hirap din ako maintindihan, they have different set of  alphabet yata 🙂 Like yung “L” they pronounce it as yel then yung letter Z we usually pronounce it as zee pero sa kanila its zed. Some Indian naman Z pronounce as J for example ‘zero’ they say it as ‘jiro’.

Sige, sabay sabay natin ipractice ang ilang mga Indian Names at subukan spell ng nakatakip ang mata lol.

Sreekumaran Thampi, 

Baburaj Raghavan, 

Prithviraj Chauhan, 

Yogalingam Paramanathan

Arabic names naman medyo madaling ipronounce,  you will notice lang na parang hindi na nag iisip ang mga parents nila, tipong otomatik na pag lalaki yung baby yun na ang name nila . Let’s talk about the most popular arabic name “Mohammad”. They just spell it differently like Mohammed, Mohamad, Mohamed, Muhammad. Some name naman is Ahmed, Ahmad, Mahmoud, Hamid. Kaya pag may tumawag na naghahanap ng ganyang name just get their full name, or else you might give the call to the wrong people. Minsan nga gusto ko i try sumigaw ng “Mohammad” sa Mall, I just want to know how many people will response :). Arab people  truly adore this name.

And syempre mawawala ba naman sa list ang mga Briton, isa sa mga sobrang nagpadugo ng ilong ko dito sa UAE. Maganda pa namang pakinggan yung accent nila imported na imported ang dating pero promise mahirap sya intindihan especially kung virgin ang tenga mo sa kanilang accent. Kung bakit naman din kase napakatamad nilang mag pronounce ng salita / name. One time sumagot ako ng isang phone call and  hinahanap nya daw si Po Smison, ilang beses ko talaga pinaulit, kundi ko pa pina spell di ko malalaman na  Paul Smithson pala hinahanap nya. Minsan tuloy I feel so stupid alam mo yun? parang yun lang di mo pa makuha.

Pero infairness ang nice ng mga names nila, lahat yata ng color sa Crayola meron sila:

Charlie Brown, 

David Green, 

Paul White, 

Norman Black 

Now… after more than year, I’m here again at the reception. Our receptionist kase is having her Annual vacation, kaya double job ako ngayon. I can’t help but to compare yung performance ko dati sa ngayon. I improved a lot, sanay na rin ang tenga kong marining ang buhol buhol nilang dila at mga tamad tamaran na pag pronounce ng salita.  Paminsan minsan na lang ako sumasablay mga once a day na lng… hehehe

Ok… Let’s play a game! What are the 1st three names you find in the Word Search Puzzle above.

Mine are Mary, Jonah and Solomon. What’s yours?

When Pinoys talk, the world listens

3 Aug

I just want to share this article from Gulfnews, (the most widely spread Newspaper in UAE) published last July 28, 2011 . It’s not everyday we heard/read good news about Filipino specially in the Middle East, where the usual story is the struggle of OFW. This particular article is something that Filipino should be proud of. Here it goes:

When Pinoys talk, the world listens

Pulished by: Gulfnews, July 28, 2011

Filipinos have most accent-neutral language in the world, says survey, making them ideal for jobs where communication is key

Dubai: In a city of accents, where many struggle to understand each other, it may be best to find a Filipino to intermediate.

Two new surveys done by BBC and IBM show that the Filipinos have the most “accent-neutral language” in the world. And it shows in the number of call-centres cropping up all over the Philippines. Earlier, the Indian accent was considered the most neutral, in that most people from most countries can understand when an Indian speaks English. The Filipinos have now claimed that title, according to recent research by IBM, which shows there are now more call centre agents in the Philippines – 350,000 – compared to 330,000 in India.

In Dubai, most front desk, hospitality, reception and telephone operator jobs are given to Filipinos, headhunters say. “Any position which requires the employee to have clarity of voice and an accent that is neutral to most ears, is being filled by Filipinos,” Adrian, an HR manager for an international firm in Dubai, told XPRESS.

“If you look at the staff that man the Metros, the telephone operators for a majority of five-star hotels, receptionists at international corporations… they’re all Filipinos,” he adds. “Ten years ago, those positions were held by Indians. Today, the Indian accent has been put in second place to the Filipino accent.”

Mark Nevaro, a 28-year-old call centre agent from Manila, told XPRESS his background in learning the Americanisms of the English language have helped him secure his job of executive secretary in Dubai.

“To an American, the Filipino accent is very clear and neutral,” says James G., general manager of a trading firm in Dubai. “To our ears, a Filipino answering the phone is more understandable than an Indian accent.”

As Nevaro says, “Filipinos can easily adjust to different accents. We can talk to just about anyone in the world, from the British to the Americans, Australians and Canadians, and we’ll be understood. We may sound a little different from them, but at least they’ll understand what we’re saying. The accents of some of the other nationalities are so strong and harsh that the rest of the world may find it hard to comprehend what they’re saying.”

Multi-national accent

Lawrence Anderson, a secretary from Ilo-Ilo in the Philippines, says it was his background as a call centre agent for a Canadian service provider that helped him land a job where he could be coordinating with a team of people from all over the world. “Although there may be others who have similar qualifications to mine, I believe it is the clarity of my accent that landed me this job. That and the fact that Filipinos have a knack of being able to blend in just about anywhere. We don’t wear our national dress to work, and we’re very Westernised in the way we dress and speak. Naturally, it makes us the easiest people to deal with for people coming from all over the world.”

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I have also quoted some comments from the readers: LOL to the 1st and last comment 🙂

Having read the article, I doubt if the team from the BBC or IBM really knew English. The Filipinos might have a fairly reasonable accent. However, their grammer is horrible. They fail to understand the difference between ‘come’ & ‘go’. They always seems to expect you to ‘go’ when in fact you have to ‘come’. On the other hand, the Indians mainly from Central & Northern India who originate from metropolitan cities like Bombay or Delhi have a better accent that is more appealing to the ears as well as grammatically correct. 
Bruce, Dubai 

Dealing with Filipinos is always easy because of their openness and culture. And the way they present things to customers is very encouraging from other nationalities. Being an Indian, I always prefer to speak with Filipinos at the reception than Indians. They are usually helpful in giving proper information in a business-like and ethical way. 
Harrish, Dubai

No doubt about it … also the friendliest and the most helpful, not to mention usually beautiful and sweet smelling 🙂 What a pleasure to be dealing with kabayans.
Norman, Dubai

Not at all. Filipinos in the first place and then the Indians? Are you serious? You just made me laugh loudly.
Sami, Abu Dhabi

For themselves, I think yes. But to compare them with other nationals? No. But for me, every nationality has their own accent which suits them. So it’s not that they are so special accent for Filipinos. I would say that they have a polite accent — because thay are polite people. Bye.
Shuja, Karachi

No, I disagree. Indians have the most neutral accent, but of course only the trained ones. I’m tired of hearing “My prend!!!!!” calls from some of my friends. But Filipinos are the most presentable people, much much better than Indians. 
James, Doha

I can’t get over that “GRAMMER” thing (Bruce from Dubai). It is my intention to just read the comments but that “GRAMMER” thing keeps popping on my head. Talk about people trying to look intelligent-but-they’re-not. Huh.. gotcha! LOL.

Odet, Manila, Philippines