Monday, September 11, 2006

the twin


I thought my life drastically changed when I arrived 2001 in France because marrying a foreigner would definitely change almost everything in me...But compared to what happened to the twin tower and to the people of America is what I call radical change. Mine was a small alterations or perhaps it was NOTHING.

Though that moment happened so fast but my memory is still lucid. It was when Americas changed it's pace in a split of seconds! Though, I haven't been to USA but since learning geography at school makes me learn about United States of America. It is obviously one of the most busiest and powerful country on earth. Life is fast forward.

Month of September (last month of wedding provision), I was busy preparing for our wedding details. Suddenly, the happiness I felt turned to melancholy and shocked at the same time. It was
September 11, 2001 that French televison diclose on direct the worst attack happened ever listed in the history. Who cannot forget the horrible and the saddest moment of America. New York is the largest city in the United Sates, with it's beautiful enormous buildings, mixed nationalities with different language and it's great cityscapes, including the famous World Trade Center which unfortunately turned into a dead city.

Today, let us commemorate all the victims because of this human made catastrophy. We thank all the unsung hereos that manifested during that terrible scene. It's been 5 years...and yet I felt like it happened yesterday!

Monday, September 04, 2006

ignorance has no place


It was Friday that we wanted to make a bank to bank transfer to Philippines. From our account to my sister's account since doing a withdrawal from ATM using our Visa Card is impossible because it is quite an important sum. That day, heading to our bank we were given a form to fill up. There were a lot of details asked and the only informations I have is the account number of my sister, the incomplete bank address (without zip code or postal code) and her house address. Therefore, the transfer was cancelled because they refused to accept an incomplete information. Out of hand, we were disappointed with the person who was accommodating us because service was not rendered as we expected him to do.

Today, my sister emailed me all the details and then finally I was able to make the transfer this afternoon. But the message I'm trying to reiterate here is that knowing our zip code is really consequential. Why ? Because I had the hard time filling up the form because they were asking the city and the zip code. My sister is living in Mandaluyong and the bank is in Makati so how the hell I would know every zip code of the Philippines. I'm trying to check google but the informations stated were not enough. We have many cities, districts and suburds in the Philippines and each of those have it's own zip code. It's like here in Marseille whatever district (arrondisement) you are living you need to put the postal code if not letters will be returned without them searching (the post office).

I learned my lesson well. I have noted everything concerning every addressess I have with zip code on it so then I will not have problems in the future. My conclusion.....Living in another country means knowing more of our country ! Probably, if I am still living in the Philippines I would not care about the zip code and I will maybe find it insignificant. Perharps having a better customer service is always we can be proud of. Even if the letter has no zip code the postman will still render a better service and assistance.