Common sense, is defined as “sound judgment derived from experience rather than study” Common sense has always come fairly easily to me. Maybe it was how I was raised or made to think by situations I was in. I really don’t know. I always considered common sense as the quickest way to get from point A to point B without conflict. Crossing the street doesn’t mean to me going to the corner and waiting for the street light to turn in my favor. For me it means crossing when there are no cars coming or there is an available and low risk time and place to do it.
Following is a perfect example of the lack of common sense as it exists in the Philippines. It is one of literally hundreds you will experience if you stay here on a permanent basis. It will be a reality for you every single day of your time here!!!! Just be prepared!!!
Just the other day a friend of mine was in a store and found something to buy. She had it in hand and went to the register to pay, but alas the register person was nowhere to be found. She waited a minute and then asked a sales person where the register person was and he said “she went out”. My friend asked how long until she comes back and he said he didn’t know. So she waited a little while longer hoping the cashier would return shortly all the while the sales clerk is right there with her.Finally my friend said she really needed to pay for her purchase and if he the salesperson could look for her, call her, get her or something so she could pay and he immediately said yes maam and went out the door and got the register girl who was just around the corner of the door the entire time LOL.
Common sense would have dictated that as soon as my friend asked about paying, he would have gone outside the door and immediately got the register person. Another example was the other day another friend of mine went to a private golf club to play. He used his GPS to get there.
The GPS had him going to a gated subdivision which he might have thought was the entrance to the club itself. So he arrives at the gate and the guard asks him his business upon which he answers that he is going to the golf club. The guard says that it was a private road for subdivision tenants and members of the golf club and he could not pass. My friends says that he is going to the golf club membership office to talk to them about becoming a member and he needs to get there and if the guard could call the office. The guard say he can’t do that and again says the road is private.
My friend then says (and is now getting agitated) so how am I to get there and the guard replies I don’t know sir. Now this back and forth goes on for like fifteen minutes and is going absolutely nowhere!!! Finally my friend is really livid and about to go postal and yells at the Guard “So you are telling me that there is no way I can get to the fucking golf course” to which the Guard replies well sir if you go back to the turnabout and follow it that way (he points the direction) it will take you to the St. XYZ subdivision and from there you can just follow the marked signs to the golf club. Amazing right. I mean Common Sense would have dictated that the guard way back in the very beginning when my friend first arrived would have told him this. It was later confirmed by the golf club GM that this is a reoccuring issue. You would think that they would just put a sign up at the private subdivision with directions on just how to get to the club so something like what happened to my friend is avoided.
Funny enough when someone does become a member of the golf club they have the option to buy a 250P car sticker that will allow them access to the golf club through the Private Road he initially went to LOL Well to be blunt, both of these situations are perfect yet VERY COMMON examples of the kind of brainless thought process that exists in the MAJORITY on the the Philippines so be prepared. Be patient or again risk losing your patience, getting angry and possible going postal because this will be the rule rather than the exception as long as you stay in the Philippines. Over time you will learn just take really deep breadths often when faced with these situations LOLPublished in