Pinoy Ko Bai

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Last Friday, I attended an open forum about my culture as a Filipino, organized by Christian Life Movement. The thing is, even though that I know some of Filipino values, I was still able to learn more about what being a Filipino really is. Example, how we always say bahala na in every situation that we already made all the effort we can do and just leave the things we can’t control anymore and just hope for the best to happen. How we are very hospitable, that we always offer the best we have to our visitors. And how we should all remember that we are citizen of our country, and above that we are people of God.

I like how they picked their speaker because they were involved in different fields. A psychologist, a lawyer, and a priest. All three have different topics and they presented their talk  in a good funny way and really made us-especially me- know more about Filipino culture.

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 Photos by Zach Escobedo

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One Night Abroad

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Almost a week ago. Smartling, an online translation software company, emailed me about their One Night Abroad project. It’s how will I spend my one night in a foreign country. What would I wear, do, eat; but the most important thing is how would I overcome any language barriers to communicate with others.

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I like to go to the beach so I would choose Maldives as my country. Philippines is a country with a lot of beautiful beaches, but I like to see and explore the world of waters in a different way, in different views, in a different country. One night might be okay, but a lot more days will be better. As for how I spend my night, of course I can’t resist to swim knowing that this country have a wonderful beach, watch the stars above, see the natural phenomenon seen at night and just feel and see the beauty of the island. Just imagining the idea of  living the moment in peace and tranquility makes me feel surreal. About the food? Maybe exotic, but legal. Just a taste of uncommon is not a bad idea, right? :)

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When we travel to a foreign country we always believe that if we know how to speak English it would signify that we will be okay and able to communicate easily with the locals. But what if they can’t speak English? Being a Filipino, speaking the universal language is not actually a problem. But what I believe is that the best language we have as a human is our SMILE.  In fact, I found out recently that the Philippines is the No. 1 in the 10 Happiest country in Asia based on their instagram photos. Smile is just a simple act that can make someone’s day better. One smile can change the mood of anyone. Studies show that something as simple as someone smile can activate the muscles in your face to make that same expression, without you even being aware that you are doing it. Crazy, right? And by that, wherever I go, I’ll bring this smile of mine to say thank you, welcome, I’m glad, It’s wonderful, and any words to communicate and somehow by smiling I can overcome language barriers in any parts of the world. You can too, so smile. :)

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20 FACTS ABOUT ME

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My friend Hana tagged me on instagram this. Since I don’t have any idea what to put up in this blog, I thought, why not this? So let me share with you 20 facts about me. :)

1. I love DOGS. I got my first dog when I was 7 and I named her Michelle.

2. I just instantly love people with DIMPLES. I don’t know why, but there’s something with that thing that I can’t explain. Maybe because dimples are adorable and cute, or maybe I’m just jealous because I don’t have any. :(

3. I only drink SOFT DRINKS when I don’t have any choice. I got trauma drinking soft drinks before because I burp through my nose (until today). Weird but true.

4. I love HELLO KITTY but I don’t like CATS. So when Sanrio said that Hello Kitty is not a cat. That was a big relief. HAHA.

5. PIGGY BACK RIDE. Love doing this.

6. PINK lover. Forever and Always.

7. FRUSTRATED SINGER.

8. The best way to get me to do something is to tell me that I can’t.

9. I don’t eat any RAW MEAT or FISH like kinilaw (a Filipino raw fish salad made of fresh anchovies fillet mixed with vinegar, chili, onion, ginger, calamansi juice, salt and pepper. ) Sounds delicious right? But, no thanks. :)

10. I don’t like SPICY FOODS.

11. I like IQ QUESTIONS because it is the only way I can test my brain if it is still working.

12.  I love JOKES. But most of the time I’m the last one to get it.

13. Never been afraid to any HORROR MOVIES, that’s why I keep on watching until I find a movie that scares me enough  until I can scream to death.

14. When  I CRY, I always look myself in the mirror to see how ugly I am while crying.

15. Every time I use STRAW while drinking, the straw will never be in its original form after I used it.

16. I’m super dependent on my PLANNER and PHONE.

17. I don’t like COFFEE. I prefer Milk or chocolate.

18. I believe in fairy tales, happy ending and forever after.

19. Most of the people told me that I have a SHORT TEMPER. Well, I don’t have a short temper. I just have a quick reaction to bullshit.

20. I’m COMPLICATED. Deal with it. :)

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