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PostSubject: Have fun getting to know what a real Filipino is....   Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:47 pm

Have fun getting to know what a real Filipino is.

Family Matters

Your middle name is your mother’s maiden name.

Your parents call each other “Mommy” and “Daddy.”

You have uncles and aunts named Boy, Girlie, or Baby.

You have relatives whose nicknames consist of repeated syllables, such as, Jun-Jun, Ling-Ling, and Mon-Mon.

You call the parents of your friends and your own parent’s friends “Tito” and “Tita”

You greet your elders by touching their hands to your forehead.

The prospect of sending your elderly parents to a nursing home is inconceivable.

You abide by your parents’ house rules even if you are over 18.

You live with your parents until-and at times even after-you’re married.

You think nothing about hosting a houseful of balikbayan relatives for weeks on end-and can still smile about it.

You demand that your children sing and dance to amuse your friends and relatives.


Where we live

You decorate your living room wall with your family’s framed diplomas and certificates and plaques.

On your living room wall you display a shield bearing “The weapons of Moroland” alongside a giant wooden rosary and wooden tinikling dancers or Ifugao heads.

You decorate your dining room wall with a giant wooden spoon and fork and a picture of the Last Supper.

You keep a Sto. Nino shrine in your living room.

You keep a statue of a big, fat, laughing Buddha-with those pesky little kids crawling all over him-for good luck.

Your house has a “dirty” kitchen and a “clean” kitchen.

You recycle plastic shopping bags as garbage bags.

You use a bolo to cut grass in the yard.

You keep a tabo in your bathroom.

You used a halved coconut husk to polish the floor.


Health and Hygiene

You prescribe a ginger brew and a salt mouthwash to treat sore throats.

You use Vicks Vapor Rub as an insect repellant.


The way we eat

You eat with your hands.

You think a meal is not a meal without rice.

You use your fingers to measure the water you need to cook rice.

You can’t eat a meal without using a spoon with your fork.

You don’t need a knife to cut your food.

You think sandwiches are snacks, not meals.

These are Filipino BBQ. These are grilled and sold in the streets. These are dipped in vinegar before these are eaten.
Addidas – chicken feet
PAL – chicken wings
IUD – chicken intestines
Helmet – chicken heads
Betamax – chicken blood
Walkman – pig’s ear

You recycle bottles into water containers and store these in the fridge.

Your pantry is never without Spam, Vienna sausage, corned beef, and sardines.

You love to eat what others mistakenly refer to as “rotting fish.”

You prop up your knee while eating.

You can’t enjoy a meal without patis, toyo, vinegar, banana ketchup, or bagoong.

You eat fried chicken with ketchup and unripe fruit with giant salt crystals.

You eat fried Spam and hot dos with rice.

You like sweet spaghetti.

You like “dirty” ice cream.

You eat purple yam ice cream.


The way we drive

You hang your left arm out the window and wave your hand to signal a left turn.

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

You can squeeze 15 passengers into your five-seater car without a second thought.


The way we pray

You spend Holy Week either performing acts of penitence or vacationing.

You get together with family at a cemetery on All Saint’s Day to eat, drink, and tell stories by your loved ones’ graves

You can crack jokes, play cards or mahjong, and drink beer at funeral wakes and not feel irreverent.

You think the Christmas season begins in September and ends in January.
Christmas isn’t Christmas without a parol and a belen.

There are at least 50 people on your Christmas gift list.

You unwrap Christmas presents so carefully, so you can reuse the wrappers and bows for next year.

You touch your chin with your thumb every time you make the sign of the cross.

You make the sign of the cross every time you pass a church.


The way we travel

Your second piece of luggage is a balikbayan box.

You collect items from airlines, hotels, and restaurants as “souvenirs.”

You feel compelled to give “pasalubong” to all your friends and relatives each time you return from a trip.


The way we shop

You can’t make a purchase without haggling.

It’s an absolute must to go to duty-free shopping even when you’ve come home with several balikbayan boxes.

You use paper foot outlines when buying shoes for friends and relatives.

Pinoy body language

You point with your lips.

You scratch your head when you don’t know the answer.

You smile all the time for no reason at all.

You ask for the bill at a restaurant by making a rectangle in the air.

The way we speak

You can use ambiguous words like “kwan” and “ano” and yet be perfectly understood by another Filipinos.

You love to use the following acronyms:
CR for comfort room
DI for dance instructor
DOM for dirty old man
TNT for tago ng tago
KJ for kill joy
KSP for kulang sa pansin
OA for over reacting
MU for mutual understanding
TL for true love
BF for boyfriend
GF for girlfriend

You say “Uy!” or “Aray!” instead of “Oops!”

Instead of “I beg your pardon?” you say “Ha?”

You refer to power interruptions as “brownouts.”

You “open” or “close” the lights.


The way we are

You’re always late

You cope with serious situation by turning it into a humorous one.

You’ll go into debt for a celebration.

You like everything imported.

You always prefer to sit in the shade than bask in the sun.

You use an umbrella in fair or foul weather.

You love ballroom dancing and karaoke.

You hang your clothes out to dry.

You love to laugh at yourself and at others.
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