I am really so amazed now at how easy it is to communicate somebody from the other side of the world. Can you believe it, just 2 decades ago it was hard for me just to make a phone call to Bob in the States. I had to go to the phone service office and make my call there. I had to wait in line for my turn and its only on the weekend too. Can’t call abroad during weekdays. There are times when I would go to the office that the line to call abroad is off. Gosh, I had to wait until the next week for me to call again. I really wonder sometimes, how did we make it? During that time we were also using the post office to send our mail. It took me like a month to get Bob’s first mail and vice versa.
Nowadays with email in just seconds the other person gets it instantly. You can even use your cell phone now to send email. Cell phones were popular in the States in the mid or late 90’s. I remember when we took our vacation here in the Philippines in 1999. My goodness I didn’t know then about texting. As soon as the plane hit the runway, you could hear a lot of noise in peoples pockets. At first I thought the people were just playing games. I didn’t realized that it was a text message. Philippines were way ahead on that than in the States. As you know the texting were being popular in the States in the early 2000s. If not that we move here I probably don’t know and would be lazy of texting. I hated it at first. I hated carrying a cell phone here. In the States I usually leave my cell phone in my car or just inside my purse. Now, I can see a lot of people in the States carry their cell phone with them. A lot of people now know how to text too. Once in awhile I received text from my friends from the States and some other countries. I think its more expensive here for texting than in the States not sure on that though.
Here even the people plowing the fields in the middle of nowhere has a cell phone in his pocket. Sometimes me and my nieces here were talking about their neighbor in Patag, my birth place. In that place a lot of times you can’t get signal from our cell phone provider. We have to find a good spot to get the signal. Its really a pain. We will have a good laugh sometimes my niece told me that a their neighbor in Patag whose job is to get coconut wine (tuba) from a coconut. What he does he will climb the coconut tree and he will text or call his daughter who works in Manila or other place in the Philippines. He has good signal on top of the coconut tree!
A thought struck me a few days ago. A friend of mine lives in the States for over 2 years now. She’s been having difficulty adjusting to being alone there. I mean with just the husband and the kids of the husband with them there. I feel she’s really lonely for a family there. My gosh I was thinking of my time in the States before with myself and only Bob and his family were my immediate family there. I didn’t have any close relatives in the States. For me it was very hard at first. A lot of nights we have to run to Bob’s parents house just for me to cry my heart out with mom (Bob’s mom). She was really a big help for me and Bob. I found some friends. They too were having difficulty, but at least some of them had cousins or friends that live in a different State that they can communicate. They also tried to tell mom their lonely times there. Thes get together were the best part we could talk and share our loneliness. Calling to the Philippines in the mid 90’s was getting better then. We have what we called the calling card. Just scratch and get the number in the back of the card. It was pretty good back then. Sometimes the connections were horrible, can’t hear the other end or they can’t hear me. It’s frustrating sometimes, but it helpedw me at that time. I have been trying to connect with some of my friends back in the States. Most of my friends were way older than me a few were younger. The older ones, they will just let their kids do the email and stuff. The kids would tell me that “mom’s not really into the internet thing”. Usually we just talk on the phone. Lucky for me we have Vonage. It’s just like talking on a regular phone. Good connection too. It’s a US line and it rings here in our house in the Philippines. So, I can talk with my friends anytime with no problem. Some friends want to communicate in Skype no problem too. Of course to have internet here you get an internet provider. Right now we are using SmartBro. We are happy with it. We even have 2 SmartBro accounts in our house. It’s easy to get it too.
Now, to connect with an old classmate or long lost family member just use Google or some other way of looking up in the Internet. Amazingly you will find what you are looking for. The internet really is the best way to communicate. I know most of us can’t live without it. I know for sure if our internet be off in just few hours we really get upset. We are internet and cell phone addicts.
Do you think the instant communication would make the people more homesick? Would it be better do you think to not communicate with the loved one (the person that lives abroad) more often for them to adjust easily? What do you think guys?