Highlights from the International Relations Office
Our office had the distinct honor of meeting His Highness Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein of Jordan at a Gala and CEO Roundtable where trade, innovation and humanitarian ideas were exchanged and friendship forged between Jordan and San Diego. We assisted in outreach for the events which were hosted and coordinated by our esteemed member, Ms. Jacqueline Isaac (Stephens & Isaac).
Thanks to our long-time supporter of WTCSD, Mr. Charles Robins, we attended, as his guests, the 39th Annual Leadership Awards at the UPA C Gala.
At an event celebrating the Filipino American community of San Diego (FilAmSD) we met with His Excellency, Ambassador Jose L.Cuisia, Jr., the Philippine Ambassador to the U.S., who would welcome a Trade Delegation from World Trade Center San Diego in the future.
A dinner in honor of Former President Ramos was hosted by the Filipino community and Glenn Barroga, one of our esteemed members, was Master of Ceremonies. Glenn and his wife Pat are long - time friends of President Ramos and Mrs. Ramos. Mrs. Ramos enjoyed shopping in our local Malls and the President was disappointed he did not have time to play golf…it is not unusual for him (he is 84 years old) to play two rounds of golf in one day! He is as vibrant a leader as ever and his love for his country and its people is undisputed from the work he does to forge relationships between San Diego and the Philippines…he is truly a hero in his own time! A Trade Mission to the Philippines is in the works for the future.
I had the pleasure of seeing them off at the airport as facilitation in arrivals and departures is one of the many services offered by the International Relations Office.
International Etiquette Corner – Observations and Solutions
Dire insult! Sitting with one foot draped over the other knee is an absolute insult anywhere, but most especially, when in the presence of dignitaries from the Middle East and Mexico.
Salty Issue! Boarding House Reach! If you need something (in a dining situation) just ask the person next to you, who will pass the message on to the person nearest the object of your desire, instead of reaching across the table for the salt! When asked to pass the salt, pass the pepper shaker along with it.
The sound of cracking Plastic Bottles/Knuckles! At a meeting, when no glasses are available and you are served water in the bottle, be aware of the cracking sound of plastic when you squeeze the bottle. I’ve seen people do this when the bottle is empty just out of habit…body language can be interpreted in many ways and this action shows how nervous one is! By the way, the same goes for cracking knuckles!
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