As you begin your retirement in Cebu City or Manila one thing you will pick up on fairly quickly is the use of short names for things and in the local language.
Abbreviations, abbreviations, abbreviations everywhere, there’s an abbreviation for just about everything here. For instance a bathroom in the Philippines is called a “CR” short for comfort room, “SM” for a mall or shopping mall or supermarket. “Air-Con” for air-conditioner, “REF” for refrigerator, “TC” for take care, ”CP” for cell phone. And a few also common in the US are “PC” for Personal Computer and “FYI” for your information. Even McDonalds has an abbreviation here, it is known as “McDo” There are also expressions commonly used for things like pointing, as to say over there, you would makes your mouth similar to kissing and move your head in the direction you want them to look. If you agree with something they are saying you raise your eyebrows a couple of times in agreement. You will hear a lot of “oo” sounds this also is an agreement, it is not pronounced with a long o rather somewhere between a short o and a long o and said very rapidly and sometimes said as a single short “o”.
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