What time is it?
I am not late. I am just running on Filipino time. It is a term linked for being always late. For example, if you are inviting people for a party about 5 o’clock in the afternoon, the guest usually comes at 6-6:30 or later. It is one of the habits commonly seen in some of the Filipinos. We might make many excuses for a Filipino being late. This may include traffic, weather conditions and etc. but we may never get late if we wake up early and plan ahead, right? It is an attitude or we’ll say a habit of being late or not on time for any kind of instances like events, meeting, occasions, or whatever. Some Filipinos are even late for job interviews, that s maybe one of the factors why they missed good opportunities in life, some don’t care anyway. The good thing on the other hand is that Filipinos are optimistic and say there is still next time. Being late for one hour or even more is normal for some Filipinos, traffic is sometimes to blame, but for me that is a lame excuse because I am a Filipino myself and I sometimes get late but you can change that attitude if I want to. Leaving the house earlier and in time to be ahead would be much better and is one of the best solutions to stay away from traffic and avoiding rush hour.
Though it doesn’t apply to all it is the reality. It may sound embarrassing as it shows a picture of tardiness among Filipinos, but it has been tried and tested to be true these days. When we compare to other countries especially English speaking countries, punctuality is highly and strictly observed. They have the appointment process in which you book for an appointment. For example, if you want to go for check up in a clinic, if you don’t come on time your appointment will be void and cancelled and you have to pay a fine if you don’t give them a call and reason why you fail to attend the said appointment.
There is a saying that Time is Gold.
Yes it is very true, and it’s for us individuals to use our time wisely to have a productive day. Just an advice to give to those who are still tied up with Filipino time, make a change and be on time for once. You will see the satisfaction it gives plus giving more time with other part of life.