The Christmas break here in the Philippines has turned into a bit of a nightmare for small business. Usually over the Christmas/New Year period there are 4 public holidays, but this year President Arroyo, in her wisdom, declared an extra 3 non working holidays. Which with weekends added into the mix makes for 11 days without essential services like banks and the post office.
Great break for the wage slaves or nice overtime for major shop employees, but ATM’s are running out of money and it gives a whole new meaning to the old saying, “the cheque is in the mail”. Roll on Jan 5 and some normality.