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I was just thinking today about the things that have changed since I made my first trip to the Philippines some 17 years ago. It is like night and day, especially when it comes to communications.
In 1990 when I first visited General Santos City to meet my wife, it was like a different world. There was no internet (yes, I know there was for Universities and Military and such, but not for the regular guy like you and I). Even making a telephone call from Mindanao to the USA was difficult. It could only be done on Saturdays and Sundays, believe it or not! You could not use a credit card here in most cases. The only way that Feyma and I could regularly communicate was through writing letters and mailing them. That meant that it would take 2 to 3 weeks for my letter to reach here, then another 3 weeks or so for her response to reach me. It was a slow process! Especially when comparing with today.
Oh me how things can change in what would normally be considered a short amount of time. Now, I have three different VOIP telephone lines and can communicate on the telephone worldwide for only pennies. I can get on the Internet and do a voice chat with people in virtually any country of the world free of charge. I can go use a credit card at almost any decent sized shop here. I can use my computer to listen to radio stations back in the USA and keep up with what is going on “back home”. It is simply amazing!
I can’t imagine what life would be like here with the technology that was available on my first visit to the Philippines. I doubt that I would even live here if that was the case!