Entry for September 24, 2008 – Only In Da Philippines

24 09 2008

Hello. I’m back…


I had to take care of some business, but I’m back & I’m glad to see you here…


Come in, come in… Have you been waiting long?


Anyway, if you are expecting to see some more World Class Filipinas, you will have to wait, I completely forgot about that series.


But anyway today, I wanted to talk about the Filipino in general but have less time than I would normally want to spend on it, so I decided to repost this email that has been around the world for some time now, it does seem to originate from a Filipina (so well you can still consider this part of the World Class Filipina Topic).

Here it is with a few addition I made which I typed in in parentheses)

101 Ways To Tell If You’re Filipino

By smbea

I’ve always been sure about who and what I am. First, a female. Next, a Filipino. It’s often said that our culture defines what we are. How we see ourselves is more likely how other people will see us. We’re a sunny kind of people. We laugh at hard times and we smile in spite of everything. The typical Filipino is more likely to take an optimistic view of things, even if things are really bad. One of our better traits is our ability to laugh at ourselves. We’d laugh even if it’s ourselves we’re laughing at.

Though we’re a very mixed race, everything we do is distinctly Filipino. Our identity almost always shows wherever we are. Confused about your identity? Don’t know how Filipino you really are? Well, here’s a not-so-scientific way to find out. See if you’ll find yourself nodding your head more than you’re shaking it. You might find that these 101 things are a lot truer than if you took out your birth certificate.

1. You point with your lips. (I do?)

2. You eat using hands and you have it down to a technique. (smile)

3. Your other piece of luggage is a balikbayan box. (Sometimes all your luggage are balikbayan boxes)

4. You nod upwards to greet someone. (nodding my head)

5. You put your foot up on your chair and rest your elbow on your knee while eating.

6. You think that half-hatched duck eggs are a delicacy.

7. You have to kiss your relative on the cheek as soon as you enter the room.

8. You’re standing next to eight big boxes at the airport. (LOL)

9. You collect items from hotels or restaurants “for souvenir.”

10. You smile for no reason. (smile)

11. You flirt by having a foolish grin in your face while raising your eyebrows repeatedly.

12. You go to a department store and try to bargain the prices.

13. You use an umbrella for shade on hot summer days.

14. You scratch your head when you don’t know the answer. (scratching my head right now)

15. You never eat the last morsel of food on the table. (Of course I don’t)

16. You like bowling. (Of course it’s one of the Big B’s of Philippine Sports)

17. You know how to play pusoy and mah-jong. (I used to, anyway)

18. You find dried up morsels of rice stuck on your shirt. (LOL)

19. You prefer to sit in the shade instead of basking in the sun. (smile)

20. You add an unwarranted “H” to your name, i.e. “Jhun,” Bhoy,” “Rhon.” (Whhats whrong withh thhat? Maybe I should change my name to Jhaphs.)

21. You put hands together in front of you as if to make a path and say “excuse, excuse” when you pass in between people or in front of the TV. (Don’t forget to duck down)

22. Your middle name is your mothers maiden name. (Sadly)

23. You like everything imported or “state-side. ” (Guilty as charged)

24. You check the labels on clothes to see where it was made before buying. (By instinct)

25. You hang your clothes out to dry.

26. You are perfectly comfortable in a squatting position with your elbows resting on your knees.

27. You consistently arrive 30 minutes late for all events. (Sadly that is still early for some of us)

28. You always offer food to all your visitors. (Constantly & feel hurt when they do not accept the offer)

29. You say “comfort room” instead of “bathroom.” (Cumport ruum?)

30. You say “for take out” instead of “to go”

31. You say “open” or “close” the light. (Instead of turn on or turn off)

32. You ask for a “pentel-pen” or a “ball-pen” instead of just “pen.” (Sometimes I still do)

33. You asked for “Colgate” instead of “toothpaste. ” (Hmmm)

34. You refer to the refrigerator as the “ref” or “pridyider.” (Instead of a fridge)

35. You say “kodakan” instead of take a picture.

36. You order a McDonald’s instead of “hamburger” [pronounced ham-boor-jer]

37. You say “Ha” instead of “What.”

38. You say “Hoy” get someone attention.

39. You answer when someone yells “Hoy.”

40. You turn around when someone says “Psst” (I hate it when I do that)

41. You say “Cutex” instead of “nail polish.”

42. You say “he” when you mean “she” and vice versa. (Hahahaha)

43. You say “array” instead of “ouch.” (Yes sometimes with an American accent)

44. Your sneeze sounds like “ahh-ching” instead of “ahh-choo.” (Local)

45. You prefer to make acronyms for phrases such as “OA: for over acting or “TNT” for, well, you know.

46. You say “air con” instead of “a/c” or air conditioner.

47. You say “brown-out” instead of “black-out.”

48. You use a “walis ting-ting” or “walis tambo” as opposed to a conventional broom.

49. You use a “Weapons of Moroland” shield hanging in the living room wall.

50. You have a portrait of “The Last Supper” hanging in your dining room.

51. You own a karaoke system. (LOL)

52. You own a piano that no one ever plays. (Hahaha)

53. You have a tabo in the bathroom. (Only one)

54. Your house has too many burloloys. (LOL, don’t forget the car)

55. You have two to three pairs of tsinelas at your doorstep. (A lot more really)

56. Your house has an ornate wrought iron gate in front of it. (LOL)

57. You have a rose garden. (You got me)

58. You have a shrine of the “Santo Ni��o” in your living room.

59. You have a “barrel man” [you pull up the barrel and you see something that looks familiar. Schwing…]

60. You cover the living room furniture with bedsheets… (Funny, I have actually seen some people do this)

61. Your lamp shades still have the plastic cover on them. (LOL)

62. You have plastic runners to cover the carpets in your house. (Once I did)

63. You refer to your VCR as a “beytamax.” (Not anymore)

64. You have a rice dispenser. (I threw it away)

65. You own a turbo boiler. (Nope)

66. You own one of those fiber optic flower lamps. (Never)

67. You own a lamp with oil that drips down the strings. (Nope)

68. You have a giant wooden fork and spoon hanging somewhere in the dining room. (No)

69. You have a giant wooden tinikling dancer on the wall. (No)

70. You have capiz shells chandeliers, lamps, or placemats. (Hmmmm)

71. You have a Mercedes Benz and you call it “chedeng.” (Of course but sometimes I call it Benz)

72. You own a huge van conversion. (We used to have a Kombi, German engineering)

73. Your car chirps like a bird or plays a tune when it is in reverse. (Hahaha)

74. Your car horn can make 2 or 3 different sounds. (Onli in da Philippines)

75. Your car has curb feelers or curb detectors. (I don’t know about this)

76. Your car has too many “burloloys” like a Jeepneys back in P.I.

77. You hang a rosary on your car’s rear view mirror.

78. You have an air freshener in your car. (Of course)

79. You have aunts and uncles named “Baby,” “Girlie,” or “Boy.” (Luckily not me)

80. You were raised to believe that every Filipino is a aunt, uncle or cousin.

81. Your Dad was in the Navy. (I wish)

82. Your mom or sister or wife is a nurse. (No)

83. You have a family member or relative that works in the Post Office. (No to this too)

84. Your parents call each other “Mommy” and “Daddy” or “ma” and “pa.” (Hmmmm)

85. You have family member that has a nickname that repeats itself, i.e.”Deng-Deng, ” Ling-Ling” or “Bing-Bing” (Hahaha, no)

86. You put hot dogs in your spaghetti. (I guess so)

87. You consider dilis the Filipino equivalent to French fries. (Funny but no)

88. You think that eating chocolate rice pudding and dried fish is a great morning meal. (I miss that!)

89. You order thing like tapsilog, tocsilog, or longsilog at restaurants. (I miss that too!)

90. You instinctively grab a toothpick after each meal. (Not really)

91. You order a “soft drink” instead of a “soda.” (Hahaha, not anymore though)

92. You dip bread in your morning coffee. (On occasions)

93. You refer to seasonings and all other forms of monosodium glutamate as “Ajinomoto.” (No I have never used MSG in decades)

94. Your cupboards are full of Spam, Vienna Sausage, Ligo, and Corned Beef, which you refer to as Karne Norte. (Only in da Philippines)

95. Goldilocks means more to you than just a character in a fairy tale. ( 🙂 )

96. You appreciate a fresh pot of rice… (Very, steaming hot at that)

97. You bring your “baon” most of the time to work. (Never really had, but okay on occasions)

98. Your “baon” is usually something over rice… (Not anymore)

99. Your neighbors complain about the smell of tuyo on Sunday mornings. (I miss tuyooooooooo)

100. You eat rice for breakfast. (I miss doing that too)

101. You use your fingers to measure the water when cooking rice. (Is there any other way?)

(Onli In Da Philippines, “aminin” some of those are what make you who you are– true blue Pinoys & Pinays).

ONLI IN DA PHILIPPINES: embedded from ourphotoworks Flickr page





2 responses

25 09 2008
anna m

Hahaha! Thanks for this post. Made my unhappy/gloomy/weird friday happy 🙂

25 09 2008

Your comment just made my gloomy thursday evening, brighter too.
You are most welcome & thanks, anna.

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