Proud to be a Pinoy!

June 14, 2007. I called my next passenger, an elderly, to walk through the metal detector... and as soon as she got in front of me,

She said: "Are you from the Philippines?"
ME: "Yes Maam."
ELDERY: "Come and give me a hug." [She then proceeded to hug me, and I have to lean downward as she is a very small lady to return her hug.]
ELDERLY: "I just came from the Philippines. Lovely country. And you people take care of your parents... you don't put them in nursing homes."

And before I could say anything, she walked away to get her stuff.


Job Update:

I just finished a 5-day intensive training.

I take back what I said about this job being a "no brainer" job! It is definitely NOT!

Training week was really stressful. We need to be certified before we can go to the next level... and each level has more [heavier] responsibilities... mistake cannot be tolerated, it could mean termination.

The written exam was ok, I only made 2 stupid mistakes and 2 wrong answers resulting from questions/procedures that wasn't very clear to me.

But the practical exam was the stressful part. We need to remember each and every step! If you skip one step, you're out! If you didn't find the hidden weapon, you're out! And even though we've been practicing the procedures from day 2, we didn't have any trainor to really look at how we're doing until it was day 4. And day 5 was the practical exam day!

I volunteered to be the first for the practical exam [11 am] as I don't want to prolong the agony of waiting and waiting all day long. I feel that I did pretty good, but the result wasn't given until 3 pm. It was a very long day!

After only 1 month on the job, I am now on level 2. This also means an additional $1/hour increase in salary. I guess I'm lucky, because some people have to wait 2-4 months before they reached level 2.

This job also gets more interesting as you go up... but its riskier too. There is no job security here. As I said, one mistake could lead to termination.


Junnie said...

just remember that we Pinoys really value family...and we value hardwork too, so both of your entries in this post are really related. Proud to be a Pinoy too!!!

Heart of Rachel said...

That's very touching. I'm sure that woman was moved by what she experienced in our country.

Congrats Jo for your acceleration to level 2. Keep up the good work!

evi said...

great job, jo!

what the lady said is very true.

Gina said...

That is a heartwarming little encounter. Kung ako seguro , naiyak ako :-P Ganyan ako ka-emotional at kadaling ma-touch that sometimes I wished I were less easily touched by kind gestures and words. But that was really nice Jo.

Congratulations on your promotion to the next level. You go girl!

Surfergirl said...

moments like that make the exhausting job --and of course being pinoy--so worth it.
congratulations on your level promotion!

Linnor said...

What a pleasant encounter with the elderly woman... Makes you wonder how she came to know that about Pinoys.

Ang bilis ng transition mo to the next level. Galing! :) Congrats!

lady cess said...

aaawww. that must have been so heartwarming! cheers to the pinoy!

gloria said...

I'm not a pinoy, but have always been mistaken for one because of my name, my look and even my race (I'm Bisaya). If people say they mistook me for pinoy because I look like one, then damn, I take that as a compliment. Everyone knows pinoy ladies are the best looking asian around! =D

Oh, and one of my uncle married a pinoy too. That qualifies my pride now? Hahaha.

Even pinoys mistook me for pinoy. Woo ha. I should learn some Tagalog to match it.

JO said...

Hi Junnie,
Iba talaga ang mga pinoy!

Hi Rach,
Yes, I wish I had time to chat with her some more... but it was a very busy hour when she pass by.

Hi Evi,

Hi Gina,
I was deeply touched. Don't really know how to react.

JO said...

Hi Jean,
Yes it does. Thanks!

Hi Linnor,
I wish I knew the reason behind her visit to the Philippines. She's caucasian btw.

Hi Cess,

Hi Gloria,
Bisaya, Ilonggo, Cebuano... -- Pinoy pa din lahat!

Toni said...

Proud to be Pinoy talaga! Nice hug!

Agring said...

Congrats Jo for for getting into level 2. I missed what job is this?

so very true abt what the lady said.

fennymun said...

Hi Jo, glad to know that you are getting to level 2 in your job now. It certainly sounds like a challenging and risky job! BTW, what the old lady did is really amazing and heart-warming, indeed.

Patrice said...

Something we can be proud of. Congratulations on your "promotion" so to speak. More power!

JO said...

Hi Toni,

Hi Agring,
Working for the aiport as a screenning officer.

Hi Fenny,
Thanks! It is getting more interesting these days.

Hi Patrice,

tintin said...

Wow what a way to boost a weary worker's spirit huh?!

I echo Junnie's sentiment.

JO said...

Hi Tintin,
Thanks! It definitely made my day!

auee said...

nice to know the woman actually saw our good side

Congrats on achieving level 2, sounds tough.

JO said...

Hi Auee,
Yes. Really glad to have encountered her even for a few minutes only.

Francesca said...

basta, eskayted ako, 33days na lang uwi na ninyo sa pinas! wag kalimuts sunblock and shades ha? kahit rainy season, pero ang taas ng araw don, baka masunog ang balat.
And bring mangoes, sarap non!

JO said...

Hi Francesca,
Di na yata season ng mangga.