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Marclee calls me Nongnong since I am his godfather. I thought, “Atong is also his godfather…” so for Marclee not to get confuse names having so many godfathers (thanks Ronald!) I’ve decided that Atong should have a separate name –Nongnog!

Atong heard me telling Marclee, “Marclee, I’m Nongnong. Ninang Mitch is Nangnang and Ninong Atong is Nongnog.”
Atong laughed hysterically, “Ninong na sunog!?”


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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Dubai Friends


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22090_10154245097384657_7773904274575962813_nWhenever Tin needs to set her foot down, she would call her daughter Lilly by her full name: Lilly Madison!
The little girl would know that her mom means business whenever she hears her second name.

One time, Lilly got mad at her toy and screamed, “Bunny Madison!”

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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in Dubai Friends



I Missed You Guys


Last Eid Al Adha, the Al Rigga group (and some new joiners) went to Al Ain and stayed for an all nighter at the Danat Resort Al Ain. We did our usual road trips, laugh trips and food trips.
During our poker session, Seff screamed, “Guys! I missed this. I missed you guys.”
Mark answered with, “Seff, ngayon mo lang kami nakasama tapos ‘I miss you guys’?”

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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in Dubai Friends


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Ronald and Marclee were sits in St. Mary’s Baby’s Room. This room is especially designated for children to eliminate the screaming and crying of kids inside the church.

Two weeks ago, during a Eucharistic Celebration, at a time when everyone seems to be quiet inside the room. Marclee pointed at this picture and screamed, “DOG! DOG! DOG!”


Ronald felt embarrassed as the little boy should have screamed, “Lamb! Lamb! Lamb!”
Tin and Patrick silently snickered and told us after, “Nakakahiya. Ang tahimik tapos biglang sisigawan nya yung tupa ng dog!”

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Posted by on September 7, 2015 in Dubai Friends


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Team Pari vs Team Tren

During one dinner with our Dubai friends (Rigga Babies), Marclee unfortunately fell and wounded his knee.

We all tried to scare him and told him, “Hala ka may lalabas na…”
Then at the same time, some screamed, “Pari,” while others screamed “Tren.”

“Pari? Pano lalabas ang pari sa sugat?”
“Tren ang sa inyo? Pano yun? Magkakariles pa sa sugat para lang makalabas ang tren?”
“Walang logic ang pari… Isang buong tao lalabas sa sugat ng bata?”
“Oo nga naman kasi logical na lumabas ang tren kesa sa pari.”


“Hala ka! May lalabas na tren sa sugat mo.” – Team Tren

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Posted by on July 5, 2015 in Dubai Friends



Jollibee Dubai Opens

The Jollibee gods have answered our prayers and a Dubai branch has finally opened yesterday at the Dubai Mall Food Court.

Ronald got in line as early as 10 AM and have managed to snatch 2 buckets of Chickenjoy, 2 Yum Burgers, Jolly Hotdogs and Jolly Spaghetti after two hours. It was, according to him, exhausting but it was the kind of exhaustion that was ok.

Everybody was happy just to get the first taste of the authentic Jollibee taste.

He told us the following anecdotes:

1. “Manager ng McDonald’s gusto pumila sa Jollibee.”

2. Ate (Other shops Filipino salesperson): Kuya! Dito na kayo! Ice Cream, walang pila.
Jollibee Buyer in line: Kunyari pa si ate gusto n’ya rin naman ng Jollibee.
Ate: Mamaya! (sabay kindat)

3. Foreign Nationals: Why is there a line? Is the food free?

4. Jolly Hotdog and Yum Burger ran out of stock at 4 PM.

5. Electrician of Jollibee helped with the packing of take aways. That’s how crazy it was.

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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Dubai Friends


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Lexus Prize

382183_300721936615367_319763021_nSt Mary’s Church have an annual car raffle.
Janice said, “Mananalo ako ng Lexus. Nararamdaman ko talaga!” chanelling all the fates.
“Hindi ka mananalo ng Lexus,” Atong negated the energies.
“Huwag kang ganyan! Mananalo ako,” she refused to lose.
“Hindi ka nga mananalo Lexus kasi Jaguar ang prize,” Atong told her.

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Posted by on January 10, 2015 in Choirboy, Dubai Friends



Buti Na Lang Cute

Learning the daily chores of little tots, I told Angela and Mitch, “Grabe pala yung mga bata. Wala naman pala talaga silang mga silbi sa buhay.”
“Bakit?” they both asked.
“Gigising, kakain, maglalaro, dedede, kakain, maliligo, matutulog, repeat lang sa hapon,” I complained.
“Ganun talaga.”
“Buti na lang cute sila. Kasi imagine-in mo kung pangit ang mga bata. Aayawan mo alagaan.”
“Siguro pag-tatrabahuhin mo yun, Kuya Orlee,” Angela said.
“Oo. Yung tipong, ‘Hoy tulog ka ng tulog! Magtrabaho ka nga,'” I answered.


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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in Dubai Friends


Spanish Dula-Dulaan

“Madali lang naman mag-Spanish eh,” I told Ronald, “Bakit ayaw mo magsalita?” We were in Spain and basic words are understandable. Numbers are the familiar. Basic terms are comprehendible.

“Ayoko,” he admitted.
“Para kasing nagdudula-dulaan,” he answered.

“Dula-dulaan?” I wondered.
Atong laughed and explained, “Kasi di ba sa mga play sa Pilipinas, sinakop tayo ng Spain kaya puro Español ang salita.”

“Por que!”


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Posted by on November 27, 2014 in Dubai Friends, Journeyman


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Pudy Ann Santos

2 weeks ago, Aries treated us for dinner in Agemono. Our homes do not have TFC so when the restaurant flashed the International Filipino Channel, all eyes were on it.

The new Christmas station ID have all the ABS-CBN Stars, including Judy Ann Santos: Judai if you’re feeling informal.
I kiddingly said, “Uy! Si Pudy Ann!”
Atong laughed and got the joke.
Our table slowly heard the joke as Atong retold it, “Kung ang Judy Ann ay Judai. Ano nickname ni Pudy Ann?”
Finally when it was Rollie’s turn to tell it to his new wife, Len, the joke he decided against it.
“Huwag n’yo sasabihin kay Len. Pag di nya alam isisigaw n’ya pa lalo,” he told us.

Since he didn’t wanna tell the joke, Atong told it to Len. Len screamed (the jokes answer here). “(Answer)!? Ano yun!?” she screamed loudly.
We all laughed and hushed her.
“Tama ka nga, Rollie. Isisigaw nya nga.”


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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Dubai Friends


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