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Mader Pakar

translation-blog-300x300An Indian colleague asked, “When are we doing that report?”
“Later in the afternoon”, I answered. I was busy that morning.
“Pakar!?”
“What fucker!?” I asked him.
Taken aback he slowly answered, “Paka means– Sure?”
“Oh ok…” I answered,  “Pakar.”

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2013 in Work Anecdotes

 

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TBT #7: Mmmmmm…

I just realized that the characters in this blogpost no longer works for our company. This was just 4 years ago:

imagesCAG1MN89We had an office party last Friday night at my boss’ house in the Arabian Ranches. Staffs if different nationalities were there and the food was really good.

As I was trying a milk-based Indian dessert, I wasn’t able to contain myself and told Roger, “Mmmm… Sarap!”
“Yes?” somebody answered, it was Sara (accent on the last ‘a’).
I should’ve kept my mouth shut as I ended up explaining the meaning of sarap and how the dessert was good and how I was talking to Roger and how his name sounds like the word sarap.

Complicated world.

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Human Milk

An Indian colleague tasted a piece of pastillas I brought in the office. She’s very particular on Filipino ingredients so when she asked, “Cow milk?”
“No!” i answered, “Human.”
She almost threw up and stopped her.
“I swear, Orlee, one of these days… I’ll get you.”

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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How Are You in Filipino

India-vs-the-PhilippinesSaurabh, an Indian colleague, asked me , “Orlee, how are you in Filipino?”
“Perfect. It’s my first language so I speak it very well.”
“No,” he told me, “What is Filipino?”
“It’s a language. Based on Tagalog. Tagalog is a dialect but the whole Philippines speaks it so it’s called Filipino.”
“So how are you?”
“I’m fine.”
“What is HOW ARE YOU IN FILIPINO!?”
I laughed when I realized it, “Kamusta ka…”

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2013 in Dubai Friends

 

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Kita Kits

I taught my Indian colleague a new word — Kita kits, Tagalog slang for “see you”. This is also a name of one of the Filipino bars here in Dubai.

Today, he tried to practice the word to the Filipina receptionist in the company next door, “Kita kits?”
“What?” The Filipina answered, “You want me to go out with you?”

“Orlee, is ‘Kita Kits’ a name of bar?” he asked me.
“Hahaha! Yes!”

Sabado-Nites

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2013 in Work Anecdotes

 

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Remember This Day

“Will you help me with this?” I asked my colleague.
“Yes,” he answered, “But I need to finish this first.”
“Really? So you won’t help me now?”
“No.”
“Ok. Remember this day.”

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Work Anecdotes

 

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Office Pasalubong

“Orlee, what did you get us?” my team mates asked me.
“Ummm… extra hands for work, a lighter job… Taking away some tasks assigned to you,” I answered.
“Fair enough.”

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2011 in Work Anecdotes

 

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