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FIFA World Cup Question

Stating the obvious Ronald asked, “Sino ‘yung takbo ng takbo na iba ang kulay?” while watching the FIFA World Cup 2010.
He didn’t know that these were referees.
Gab answered, “Taga-punas ‘yun ng pawis.”

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Posted by on June 30, 2010 in Dubai Friends

 

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One Week in China

Before jumping inside the taxi going to the airport, I told Ronald, Marish and Jade, “Oh! Huwag kayo makakalimot sumulat ha? Yung gamot n’yo huwag n’yo kalilimutang inumin. Lagi kayong magdarasal. Magsimba kayo palagi…”
Marish answered, “Hello!? One week ka lang sa Macau.”

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2010 in Dubai Friends, Journeyman

 

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Kapitbahay TV

Marish and Jade lives next door. Since they don’t have a television set, they drop by our flat just to catch the latest TV shows.

“Nung bata ako,” I told them, “Ganyang-ganyan din ako. Nakikinood sa kapitbahay. Awang-awa nga nanay ko sa akin kasi raw minsan uuwi ako at magsusumbong, ‘nay nilipat po ‘yung channel tapos pinalayas po ako'”.
“So mayaman ka na?” Asked Marish.
“Obvious naman, di ba?” I answered, “Tapos iiyak na ang nanay ko nun. Awang-awa sa sarili n’ya kasi simpleng TV ‘di n’ya maibigay sa anak n’ya,” I followed.
“Pareho pala tayo,” Jade shared, “Nakikinood lang din ako sa kapitbahay nuon.”
“Aaaaaahhhhh, talaga?” I answered, “Wala naman palang pinagkaiba ngayon.”

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2010 in Dubai Friends

 

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Punk Bus

“Hala!” Ronald screamed while watching the news, “Tatanggalin ang mga prankista ng mga school bus. Pabaya kasi ang driver.”
“Prankista?” I asked, “Punk ba sila?”

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2010 in Dubai Friends, TV Stuff

 

Sand Drizzle

“Maalikabok ngayon,” I told Zinnia.
“Sandstorm?” she asked.
“Hindi. Hindi pa storm eh, mahina palang. Parang ambon lang eh – Sand Drizzle?”

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2010 in Dubai Friends

 

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March of the Holy

Kuya Jun, our choir conductor, told us, “Kakantahin din natin ‘yung The Prayer of St. Francis bukod sa na-practice na 4 kanina.”
The choir complained, “Bakit ang dami naman, Kuya Jun?”
“Kasi hanga’t ‘di pa nakakapasok ang mga pari saka sina Bishop, hindi tayo titigil sa pagkanta.”
“Bakit kasi hindi na lang sila pumasok ng sabay-sabay,” Bubot suggested, “Sunduin na sila para papasukin na.”

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2010 in Choirboy

 

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Orlee Tries to Translate

“Follow up ko lang ‘yung certificate?” I asked Cathy, a kabayan from the insurance company that I usually deal with.
“Orlee, wala na. Napadala ko na last week.”
“Di pa raw na-re-receive ng kliyente eh. Dalawa lang daw ‘yung nakuha kanina.”
“Na-pick up na nga. Last week pa. Mag-pi-print nanaman ako?”
“Sino ba nag-pick up?”
“Hay naku. Paiba-iba kasi sila ng nag-pi-pick up ng documents eh,” Cathy complained.
“Sige. Describe mo nga sa akin ang nag-pick up nitong sinasabi ko sa’yo para masabi ko sa client.” I asked her.
“Yung nag-pick up last week ‘yung panot na Pana. Tapos kanina ‘yung mas batang Pana,” she described. Pana is the term Filipinos coined to describe Indians here in Dubai.
“Oh sige sasabihin ko ‘yan sa kliyente: Today it was the young Indian messenger. Last week, it was the… the… Anong English ng panot?”
“WAG MO NANG SABIHING PANOT! Basta ‘yung mas matanda.”

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2010 in Work Anecdotes

 

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