Just a couple of weeks ago we were alarmed by authorities about tainted milk products sold in the market from China. Ironically, I already finished 1 whole pack of White Rabbit (the chewy white one with the edible filmy cover? Loved it enough to buy 5 packs) when the news came out that night after I was about to devour another pack. For those of you who aren't aware what Melamine does, here's the score: Melamine causes kidney malfunction (among other health threats) when ingested, inhaled or absorbed through skin.
Well... Big shocker there.... The news about tainted food products and hazardous toys and what not from China has always been around... Resurfacing a couple of months or years after it has died down on its own accord. But you can't always throw caution in the air... I was glad I threw out the last 4 packs of those candies. Can't always be too sure you know...
But enough about the food scare. Let's talk about something else. I have lived in this country long enough to realize that most of the big establishments and companies are ran by Filipino Chinese magnates. Another big shocker but what's my point exactly? We'll get to that. Recently, I was on a trip to Singapore and I was even more shocked to see more Chinese people. I guess I'll have to face the facts. They're everywhere. If you haven't got a clue yet, they have the biggest population in the world. 1.3 Billion and counting. As a matter of fact, if they all jumped in unison, cataclysm would result. Well, scary thought but that's just a rumor anyway. There's a remote possibility of that happening.
Don't get me wrong though. I don't have a problem with that. I've got Chinese friends. Lots of em in fact. Pretty cool to hang out with. And my niece's "boyfriend" (which she continually denies) is filipino chinese. And she's only 2 by the way....
In fact, I do admire their skills when it comes to business and money. I have seen what they can do. Gokongwei, Tan, Sy, the Gaisanos (the owner of all the Gaisano malls in the Philippines) to name a few. And to think most, if not all of them, started out with almost nothing. I have always wondered how they all could do that. What's their secret? Do they have lucky charms like a mutant snake man lurking underneath their malls? Feng shui? Is it because they're stingy when it comes to money? Or maybe their resilience and tenacity. Probably that and the possibility that luck runs in their blood. Well, whatever it is, we have alot to learn from them. Heck, if all Filipinos were like them, this country wouldn't have been a thirld world country to begin with. And another thing, how come they never get fat?
So, what does this all have to do with me wanting to learn Mandarin? Alot actually. We already know that the Chinese has outnumbered any other race on this planet in terms of population right? They actually comprise 1/3 of the world's population. If they all worked together in unison for their country, imagine what it can do to countries like America. China, as you all know is a sleeping giant. But once it rises from its slumber... who knows... it might even be more powerful than America. Someday, everybody will stop learning English and people will instead learn to speak one Chinese dialect or two. I choose Mandarin because most Tsinoys here are taught to speak in Mandarin. Besides, since the odds of having a Chinese boss in the Philippines is really high, might as well learn their language. Who knows where that will land me.
If we can't possibly beat them, better yet, join them and enjoy it. :)