Even though I have moved back to the USA from the Philippines, I still have a Philippine connection. It is kind of a funny story.
Internet Technical Support
The first incident happened about 2 weeks ago. My wife and I had moved into a house that we have rented, and we got our Internet hooked up here at the house. There were a few technical issues, though, and I had to call the customer service hotline.
Shortly after the agent answered the phone I could tell by his accent that he was based in the Philippines. Just to make sure, I asked if he was in the Philippines, and he said yes. Next, I told him that I had recently moved from Davao City, Philippines back to the United States. He was surprised, and especially so when I started speaking a bit of Cebuano to him.
In fact, not only was he very surprised, he went out of his way to help me more than I ever expected. At the end of our call and he had me all fixed up, he told me that he had set it up where anytime I called customer service my call would be routed to him, so he could look out for me!
I have an eBay account which I registered years ago when I lived in the Philippines. A couple of weeks ago, I went and updated my address on my eBay account, giving my new USA address. I thought I was set.
I intend to start doing some eBay selling. I used to do that back in the 90s and made a fair amount of money doing it. It iis part of my plan for the type of business I will be involved in here.
Tonight I went and logged into my eBay account and I noticed that although my address had changed, all of my other settings were all related to the Philippines. For example, all monetary values were in Philippine Pesos, among other things. I tried to change these things, but the system would not allow me to make those changes.
I decided to call eBay
When I called, I could not detect that the person I was talking to was in the Philippines, she sounded very American. I explained to her that I had recently moved back to the USA from the Philippines. She played it cool and did not mention anything, but after a while, she asked me:
So, you used to live in Davao?
“Yes, I did” I replied, to which she said:
Do you speak Cebuano?
“Oo, kasabot ko ug Cebuano.” (Yes, I know Cebuano).
Well, needless to say, she became extremely friendly land helpful! In fact, she had trouble making the changes and had to go to her supervisor to find out how to handle this situation. She did take care of everything, though, and even gave me her name in case I need to contact her again. Ha ha…
So, I have a distinct advantage when I call a customer support number here in the USA, and usually, get rerouted to an agent in the Philippines.