September 20, 2009
Working in a different country is hard for me at first, since its my first time working outside our beloved Philippines LOL! Anyway, handling the machines/ventilators are one of them, i studied them and manipulated them until I get familiar with the knobs and controls, next is, I always get lost!haha damn,its a big hospital with lots of hallways and turns and everything!!!
And the biggest challenge for me: the Indians!
Because I cannot understand them quickly when they speak to me. They have a strange way of speaking in English, they eat the words and they have a unique sound. Its a big issue since most of them are nurses and I have to communicate with them almost all the time!And there are more Indians here than Filipinos!
One time I was inside the isolation room, the Indian nurse came to the door and asked me:
nurse: Why is salami?
Me:huh? (clueless...in my mind:WTF is she talking about!)
Me:I don't know what you mean with salami?( is that the food?LOL i thought.) sister,please say it s-l-o-w-l-y...
Oh my gosh!hahaha I almost laugh so hard after I realized what she meant!
I have to ask them to repeat what they are trying to say 3 times before i could understand. That's why i have to focus my eyes on their lips when i talk to them so that i could read their mouth.
For my third month here, I guess I'm improving, I can get what they mean for asking them to repeat for only 2 times now!LOL