From the last post, Miss Hoggy thinks maybe it’s good to open your eyes to some Filipino lingos and cultures
(Disclaimer: This is only done through Miss Hoggy’s observation, so could be way off)
Observation 1: Nobody really understands you if you speak in an accent other than American.
Observation 2: Your Filipino audience may do a take two, when you ask from the toilet. They don’t call it toilet here, they called it CR, aka Comfort Room.
Observation 3: There’s no such thing as peak time and off peak time in Manila traffic. Because, whether it’s on or off, there would still be as many cars, bumper to bumper, no joke.
Observation 4: Filipino cuisine, as there weren’t a lot of spices found in the islands of the Philippines, their food is usually very salty, sweet or sour. If your tastebuds are anything like mine, after 2 or 3 days, you may just want to have something lighter for a day or so to cleanse the palate. But they do do delicious bottomless– yes, bottomless iced tea in their resto (like restaurant)
Observation 5: They LURVE shopping malls. Every shopping mall you go to, there’s no shortage of people, day and night. And it’s everywhere, you can’t escape the mall. AMAZING… But they do provide the best Asian shopping experience, I say, even better than Singapore, KL or Hong Kong. (No, I didn’t go around shopping like a crazy chook, I was quite level-headed, seriously, because 20KG kept blaring in my head like a siren). However, I’m seriously considering… a shopping trip possibly, next time?
Useful Filipino lingo:
Marunong ka ba ng (pronounced nang) Ingles? -Do you speak English?
Salamat po- Thank you.
Hah, seriously that’s all the Tagalog I used, enough to get my Filipino audience to speak English to me. And I think with these 4 basic phrases, you’re pretty set in the Philippines. Hehe. ( I could be wrong, like if they answered Hindi to the Do you speak English question, then, may I suggest, keep walking?)
In the next Made in the Philippines post, I will throw in some of the insight on my favourite subject, History, in the very Filipino sense and how did this very history has changed the Filipino way of life. Babay!