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Tembol Drama Special

Returning to Dubai for me is really hard. Leaving your friends and family back home is really tough. Especially on your first return.
I literally was a cry baby: Nasa Pinas lang ako kahapon! Huhuhu! Waaaahhhh!
Small things made me sensitive: Yan yung kanta nung nanood kami ng mga pamangkin ko ng sine! Huhuhu!
Even the food made me miss home: Mas masarap luto ng nanay kong dinuguan! Huhuhu!

009There was no difference for my younger sister, Tem. When she was due to return to Dubai 2 weeks after I left the Philippines (We had a two week gap), I called her in Cavite, “Tem, kamusta?”
“Eto, kuya, nagbibilang na ng araw pabalik! Sobrang lungkot.”
“Yung mga naiwan kong damit ha?” I reminded her.
“Kuya, naalala mo nung pauwi akong Pinas? 2 weeks palang nakaempake na ako. Ngayon isang araw nalang di pa ako nagbabalot pabalik ng Dubai.”

After she returned to Dubai, she wouldn’t answer my calls and won’t reply to my text messages, “Excuse me, ma’am? Baka nalilimutan nyo nga palang may kapatid kayo sa Dubai? Sana mag-reply po kayo sa mga message ko?”
Afew days after that text message my phone rang and it was her, “Aba! Buti naman at naaalala mo pa ako?”
“Kuya, wag ka ngang maarte ha?” She screamed, “Alam mo ang pakiramdam ng bagong dating no! Ayaw ko lang mahawa ka! Ano gusto mong makiiyak?”
“Ayoko!”
“Oh ayan! Kaya nga. Wag kang maarte. Di bagay.”

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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in It's All Relative

 

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Lamb Champs

Everybody was craving for lamb chops so we decided to eat out. Ronald said, “San kaya tayo kakain ng lamb champs?”
I, surprised by his statement told him off, “Bet, hindi lamb champs — lamb chops! Ano yun bagong product ng Jollibee?”

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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in Dubai Friends

 

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Bibliophilia

Part of being a proud bookworm and bibliophile is to boast books that I’ve read (hundreds of it) and my opinion on certain authors and novels (Stephanie Myer = Bad version of JK Rowling).

I like time travel stories and contemporary novels. I also like to explore new authors and exotic reads. Hindi erotic.
A big NO for me is to read those girly novels and chick reads: Shopaholic of the Yaya Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants.
My bookclubmates already know this but they complained, “Explore new authors nga ‘di ba?”
But I still insist, “Sana may ibang choice.”

I was assigned to decide which book to read for August and I’ve decided for the book club to read Of Mice and Men by Jon Steinbeck.
Fri-fri will decide the read for September and she told us, “Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers.”
Yesterday, when I went to Magrudy’s I walked the walk and talked the talk, “Umm, excuse me,” I feel proud buying books for myself, makes me feel as if I’m a professional book critic, “Do you have the Life on the Refrigerator Door book by Alice Kuipers?”
The sales clerk checked his computer, “Yes, sir. Follow me.”
We walked passed by fiction. Ah, thriller ang genre.
We then passed Horror and Thriller. Science fiction siguro?
After passing that section, also, he then turned to Young Adult and grabbed the bright pink book.
I kinda felt shy buying a book with flowers on the cover so I defended myself and spoke outloud, “Ummmm, aahhhhh,  my friend chose this.”
The sales guys told himself, “Whatever sir.”

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Posted by on August 30, 2009 in Tropapeeps

 

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Employment Perks

A few weeks ago, Ronald and DJ were reminiscing about their former posts.
Ronald, who used to work for Dunkin’ Donuts, said,”Dati oh! Lagi kaming may libreng donut tuwing magsasara na.”
“Talaga!? Wow! Ang sarap naman nun,” I told him.
“Wala ‘yan sa amin,” DJ answered, “May libre kaming kahit anong drink sa Starbucks.” She used to work for the coffee giant.
“Eh di pwede kang mamigay?” I asked her.
“Oo, Bhe! Mga pinsan ko nga nakaabang na sa uwi ko. Kinokontrata na ang iuuwi kong kape. Nakakasawa na rin kasi,” she answered.
“Eh kayo? Anong libre sa work mo?” They asked me.
“Ummmm…. Meron din! Insurance. Lagi nga kaming may discount sa insurance eh. Ang saya-saya nun. Everyday meron kaming insurance discount.”

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Posted by on August 30, 2009 in Dubai Friends, Work Anecdotes

 

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The Witch Doctor Is In

I dialled Cavite this morning, “Nay, kamusta kayo? Wala naman kayong nararamdaman?”
“Naku nitong mga nakaraan araw eh masakit ang mata ko,” she answered, “Kaya nga kanina galing kaming albularyo.”
“Taga-saan tong albularyo namang to?”
“Kakilala ng labandera natin.”
“Anong ginawa sa inyo?”
“May pinainom lang sa akin na parang isang basong tubig. Pero may lasa eh. Nakita ko pinatakan n’ya ng cologne eh.”
“Cologne? Anong lasa?”
“Eh di mapakla!” Nanay complained, “Eto nga kumakain ako ng ubas para mawala ang lasa sa dila ko eh.”
“Nanay ko! Pambihira! Cologne pa rin yun! Bakit n’yo ininom?”
“Eh, anak, nabasa ko nga eh: For External Use Only.”
“Eh ano na ang mata n’yo?”
“Ok na. Di na masakit.”
“Eh lunurin n’yo na lang ng prutas ang panlasa n’yo,” I suggested.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2009 in It's All Relative

 

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Fitting

A perfect Dubai faucet:

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Two hot water switches.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2009 in Desert Tales, Observant

 

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I’ll Be Over You

When I pee on public urinals, I sometimes sing, “I’ll Be Over You” for a reason I dunno why.
Last week, I just realized the very reason why: the maker of those public urinals is Toto.

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Posted by on August 29, 2009 in Observant

 

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