Yvonne Colin-Jones is Singaporean by birth, a sociologist by training, and a cross-cultural trainer, facilitator and coach with a human resource background. She is also the author of the book We Remember: Cameos of Pioneer Life, a social history of Singapore, using oral history as a medium of documentation. She has lived in 3 continents and works with multicultural, globally mobile populations.
All expatriates can survive in the Philippines, but to thrive it is important to not only understand the local culture and way of doing things but to accept that a culturally different way of solving dilemmas can be effective.
Travelling to Dos Palmas, just a few months before hostages were taken from this magnificent resort. Many years later, I still remember kayaking through the mangrove swamps and snorkeling in the waters around the huts built on sandbanks in the ocean, with breakfast provided.