From Madras to Manila

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Internet at home

Finally!!!! It took us 5 months to get a net connection here.

Month 1 - Scout market place for best net package. Zero in on local telphone major PLDT. Try getting through their customer service line every day!

Month 2 - Finally get through to a REAL person. Be told that you can't place the request as you are a lowly tenant. Owner has to call. Now switch from trying to get to PLDT to getting through to my owner (an extremely busy businessman)

Month 3 - Owner's secretary close to break down as she cant get through to PLDT, but unfortunately I can get through to her:-) I'm so 'Makulit' (nag in Filipino)!!! I give her the idea of emailing PLDT

Month 4 - Finally a Major milestone-we have applied for an Internet connection. However, we also need some extension sockets(We have 4!) at home disconnected. They cannot service two requests simultaneously , so sorry! Keep chasing PLDT till both are done.

Month 5 - Have become expert at sending stinker emails to PLDT. After many such mails, some indicating state of nervous breakdown pending Internet connection, someone fetches up on the day of the Fort Bonifacio stand-off. After half hour of pottering about..the impossible has happened. We have a net connection!! YAAAY.. no more spending 30 Pesos a minute trying to speak to family & friends.

That Sunday was indeed a red letter day in many lives.GMA got to keep her presidency, we got to keep our sanity!!!

6 Comments:

  • Good stuff Sandi!

    Amit still being stubborn and refusing to blog?!

    By Anonymous Souvik, at 6:41 PM  

  • Hi Amit,

    U dont write much, do u?

    We are in the process of moving to manila and as such it was great coming accorss your post. We would like to interact directly with you, if you dont mind. Please drop a line at
    mnish11@yahoo.com

    Look forward to hear from you.

    Regards,
    Manish
    Mumbai
    Assorted-short-stories.blogspot.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:39 PM  

  • ok so finally got your blog! wow you guys have been very busy! ( at least one of you!!)

    hope you guys have more success with the recliner/lazyboy!!

    we had tried to blog many moons ago, when the earth was young! did not meet with much progress and even less response! guess it was too personal and inward looking!!

    maybe if you have nothing to do and if National geographic gets really graphic you can check it out!!

    its http://perpetualhoggers.blogspot.com cheers

    Gen n Oz

    By Blogger goz_itsthedesouzas, at 9:48 PM  

  • Okay - it is stories like this that make me not miss the 'Pines so much - generally I miss it with an ache, but occasionally I remember incidences like this and think "Oh thank heavens for Ozzie efficiency!"

    By Blogger Kate, at 3:35 PM  

  • Funny story, but sadly, it is true. Ironically, I got PLDT to install their DSL service at our house after three weeks; but then again, it took only that much time because I dallied with the first two weeks before deciding to pound my fingers following them up by phone the following week. Perhaps your problem lay in that PLDT required you to course your request through your landlord. But at least you got internet up and running. :)

    By Anonymous Anna Sibal, at 5:50 PM  

  • Wow. This is the quintessential Philippines story. I went through something similar when I had my broadband installed. Except that I tried to get PLDT to install, then I tried Globelines, before I finally realized that I HAD to get broadband through my cable company because of a deal my building has with the cable company. It would be nice if they let you know that before you lose your sanity trying to figure out why you can't get anyone to show up to install your internet service.

    By Blogger Christina, at 9:46 AM  

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