This is a subject that comes up so many times in the Philippines and even from myself. It really is an issue that so frustrates me. It does not seem to matter if you are in a city or the province the NOT AVAILABLE or “I really don’t care” as I prefer to call it is everywhere. For those of you visiting or to visit the Philippines soon then be prepared as NOT AVAILABLE is available everywhere. It is in every hotel, every supermarket and especially in every restaurant. It is the most used term you may hear in the Philippines.
Not available is simply the product or service you have asked for is not available. Even though you have ordered it from the menu or even phoned somewhere to confirm they have something, only to get there to be told it is not available.
Today I tried some simple tasks.
First for my fourth attempt to get some keys cut locally (called duplicates in the Philippines). Everytime before I went there he was NOT available. TODAY he was! But, he told me he was taking a break and would not be available.
Next I went to Jolillebee burger stall. This is not a shop, but an on the road vehicle supplying a service. First of all Chicken not available. Oh, well how about the burger known as Champ- not available. OK, one small burger with coke. Guess what the coke is not available.
Nevermind there as a small restaurant and bar up the road with loads of country flags outside. I will just go in there and get something. I ordered Chicken and Rice from the menu and after waiting five minutes the lady told me that the chicken was not available. CHICKEN NOT AVAILABLE!!
Well, now I am getting fed up. I decide to go and get some load for my internet and guess what every shop told me that it was NOT AVAILABLE. This is SMART that half the country use and it is not available. So, I just assumed that simple trip out to get a few simple things was nothing but a failure. So back home to do some work on the internet. Now, you guessed it. The internet was not available thanks to a problem with the Smart network.Yes, I am ranting, although I did not at the time as honestly moaning to locals about service just goes nowhere. Everyone knows that management systems and services in the Philippines is bad, so locals just accept it and that means NOTHING CHANGES.