Although it may seem obvious with the sunshine and everything else that separates the two countries but like today wandering off to get a security light after two fighting cocks got stolen as I passed out of the street one of our neighbours had his python laid out next to someone else’s and before someone looks to correct me between the different types of snakes these are actually imported pets. Sat out by their gate while the neighbours talked with their friend two 8 – 10 ft long pythons were laid out on the ground. The same house last week had found two bats from somewhere which they were opening the wings to make them give out high pitched sounds.
Same as yesterday headed up to the town to grab some diapers for the little one and generally I walk as I need the exercise and at night its fairly cool, on the way back sounds of laughter and screeching across the road suddenly seen a rather fat rat appear in the middle of the road flung by its tail. Obviously got in the wrong house this night as it pretty much guaranteed the last time his heart would beat.
Its these little things that really don’t bother me to be honest as I expect things to be different in another country. But the things that do bother me is things like trying to organise banking the way I need it. You can discuss in details your exact requirements and what your looking for to find the banking staff nodding their head in agreement and then doing everything you don’t want. E.g. the Paypal account that I opened with BDO that doesn’t have any agreements with Paypal so it doesn’t work. Or the fact a lot of officials are lazy in their work rather than saying what needs to be done, processed or followed up they will simply just leave things as they are until you ask a question and then they give you another small snippet of information. Truth of the matter 9/10 you would need to know the process to know what questions to ask for help!
Customer service with the larger companies is terrible at best and like today it was a case of I am off home had enough for the day. Problems with the banks, problems with immigration as they wouldn’t confirm the amount required for processing (obviously no corruption there!). Then thought we would drop by for SM after a nice lunch at Park Mall to find they wanted P700 for membership of S+R which you may think I am being petty but I did try to contact them and submit their online form but like most websites here they are half baked as if it gets started and people wonder off and do something else. An online application form that lacks an email to send it to and it won’t send automatically. Two weeks later still no response from their online support form. Typical and to be honest I am getting really tired of this crap every time I want something done. As you end up baby sitting everyone and might as well get a job at the company as your the only person who seems to want to get things done.
Anyway got home, found out the fighting cocks had got stolen, quick shower and off to Citi hardware which is a hardware store (stating the obvious) to get a security light with a PIR (Passive Infra Red detection). Its always nice to drop by there especially on a bad day.. may seem mad to others but I come from a construction background so wandering round a hardware store is a bit like someone sitting on a therapists couch you come out relaxed and although your problems aren’t fixed at least you escaped from them for an hour. The staff are always friendly and Joy my personal assistant is always quick to help me source things (think they are on commission in there). But the point is they are helpful, they will discount over a certain amount and on top of that always friendly why can’t other people grasp the concept? ohh and on top of that they know what they are doing.
So now back at home with a few new electronic toys, lights up and now just waiting to lockup the net-cafe to go home so I can start all over again tomorrow..lol