Monthly Archives: August 2015

Kapatid Ako ng Groom

During last month’s wedding reception, my family’s table was the first to be served at the buffet table.

Since it was a served buffet, servers were assigned to scoop viands for the guests’ plates.
If you were there, you might have heard my sisters saying to the servers, “Hoy, dagdagan mo yung lechon. Kapatid ko yung groom. Nanay ko bumili ng lechon.”

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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in It's All Relative



Share Tea Videoke

Last Friday, our group was requested to sing on a Christian event at the Sheikh Hamdan Centre along Emirates Road. Since the place is far from the city centre, the organizers had to arrange a vehicle pick up which unfortunately took 3 hours as their initial vehicle booking failed.

This meant more time for the group to stay where we had to converge: At Share Tea Shop inside the Burjuman Metro Station. It was your typical tea shop with a few tables and to our fancy, a TV for the customers to look at while waiting. What was playing were your classic ballads with lyrics. Some of the members were already singing along.

A few more minutes and some of the guys were already belting on the top of their lungs. Some of the late members were already saying, “Huy guys! Ang ingay nyo. Dinig kayo sa metro sa baba!”
People passing by were already looking at us.

While the guys were singing along with Whitney Houston, I ordered a cup of tea. I told the service lady, “Miss ayus tong videokehan nyo ha.”
“Sir, pine-play ko lang po yan. Hindi po yan dapat sinasabayan,” she answered.

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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Choirboy


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Wifey & Hubby

One time, I called my wife, “Hey, wifey.”
She then answered, “Yes, hubby!”
I kidding-ly answered, “Yun lang naman ako sa’yo eh. Libangan!”
“Ewan ko sayo!” she answered snickering.


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Posted by on August 30, 2015 in Heartbeat



Transferable Vacation Leaves

While their boss was on leave, a friend of mine asked her colleagues, “Eh di masaya kayo ng tatlong linggo?”
They sarcastically answered, “Sana nga mas mahaba pa eh. May leave credits pa nga akong 19 days gusto kong ibigay sa kanya.”


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Posted by on August 23, 2015 in Work Anecdotes


Pacquiao As Our Only Topic

During our Brazilian honeymoon, we tried real hard to communicate with our fellow tourists. We, of course, only speak English so only those who are willing to speak to us are the only ones we can speak freely. Most tourists were Hispanics or Portuguese-Speaking.

One time, we met a Mexican couple who was not able to speak English.
I asked them, “Habla Ingles?”
They answered No so we just looked at them and smiled courteously.
We told them, “We, Pilipinas,” then pointed at them, “You?”
Then we just smiled, “Ahhh Mexico!”
Then without anything to talk about, they just screamed, “Pacquiao!”
“Yes! Pacquiao,” we answered and then screamed, “Barrera!” and that’s it.
It was funny and sad at the same time.


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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in Journeyman


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Asians in Brazil

In Brazil, I would always get the occasional “Arigato” or “Nihao Ma” maybe it’s the eyes, maybe it’s the nose.


“Akala ko pa naman makaka-blend in tayo dito, hon.”

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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in Heartbeat, Journeyman



Sweet Amag

During our Brazilian trip for our honeymoon, one hotel served a delicious-looking cake, she got one.
“Yuck! Lasang amag,” she screamed after taking a bite, “Tikman mo.”
“Lasang amag nga eh,” I replied, “Bakit ko titikman. Ang sweet mo!”


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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in Heartbeat



Ewww Healthy

I posted this on Instagram last month,

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I’ve put honey instead of caramelized sugar on my soya curd, “TAHO WITH HONEY.”
To which Paula, said, “Ewww healthy.”

After committing to a healthy lifestyle, I had a hard time maintaining that in the Philippines during my 2 week vacation for the wedding.

I shopped for healthy options for me and them: Granola Bars, Honey for sweeteners, Nuts instead of chips and soya milk and fruit juices for soda.
I told Sam (while Tem was there), “Sam, eto mga healthy food ha.”
“Saaaam, eto masarap oh,” Tem answered, “chocolate, sembe, coke, potato chips… yum!”
Sam torn between her morals, “Tito, mas masarap offer ni Tita Tem.”

The devil won.

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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in Health Buff, It's All Relative


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Higop Tae

To make contacts in the address book, Nanay would have a hard time the names of her contacts so for one ‘poso negro’ contact, ate Mimi helped nanay by naming it HIGOP TAE.

Sam was shocked at the name and laughed hardly.


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Posted by on August 22, 2015 in It's All Relative