Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nosebleed


I hosted another friend a few weeks ago. He’s Australian who worked as an English teacher in Vietnam for more than a year. Though he enjoyed Asia so much, after his stint he made a decision to go back to his native land to pursue higher studies, and also to reunite with his family and old friends.

He stayed with me for about three days, and most of the time we basically spent together meeting other friends, roaming around Singapore, eating out, and exchanging views, stories & experiences. We also played arcade games and watched a movie.

After he left for Perth, I found myself thinking. When will that time comes when I’d say to myself, “It’s time to go back home.”



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A colleague once told me the other day, “It seems like you’ve very much adapted to the Singaporean culture.”

It’s not the first time that I’ve received such a remark. Even the mom of my local friend got amazed on how ‘Singaporean’ I’ve become. She expressed that when we were having dinner once at a nearby hawker centre, after I ordered a dumpling noodle. WAHLAWEH!


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In the aspect of social interaction, Pinoys in Singapore can be categorized into three:

First, Pinoys who hang out only with other Pinoys. Second, Pinoys who have wider circles and hang out not just with their fellow Pinoys but also with other races and nationalities as well.

Third, Pinoys who basically lock themselves inside their rooms after all the day’s work.

(to be continued)


24 comments:

  1. I'm pinoy #3. Though I'm pinoy #2 sometimes.

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  2. baka sa third ako nabibilang.

    sir, di na ba kayo masyadong naghahanap ng rice after working in singapore? diba pinoy loves rice. ehehe. napaisip lang aq.

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  3. ikaw na ang maraming kultura sa katawan. hehehe

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  4. ang dami mong kaibigan na ibat bang lahi.....

    siguro nung elementary ka ikaw ang Mr. United nation?

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  5. wala ata ako sa tatlong nabangit. lol.

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  6. Would it be safe to say then that you are the 2nd kind of Pinoy?

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  7. more likely na pinoy #2 dapat mas mahirap labanan ang homesck kapag pinoy#3 ka hehehe pero di ako kasama sa mga yan hehehe

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  8. I bet you already have a SG'ean accent. My friend already has! =)

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  9. im pinoy # 3 din at pinoy # 1
    hahahahahahaha

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  10. hello, gasoline dude.

    napadaan lang po. like ko yong 3 kinds of pinoy. :]

    salamat.

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  11. gusto ko din ng australian friend. LOL

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  12. mr. congeniality ikaw na nga!! tagal ko nang di nakadalaw dito :)

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  13. Mukhang ang tagal mo na kasi diyan sir gasdude eh. Kaya astang singkit ka na din. Haha. Ang dami mo namang friends na Aussie.

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  14. i am... pinoy #1, #2, and mostly #3. may sociable autistic ba? that's more like me.

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  15. second.... i like to interact with other races as well,

    wala namang mawawala eh, ehehe

    :)

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  16. Ikaw na ang napaka-gracious na host!!! Napakabait mong friend! It's you already

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  17. mostly pinoys i know, like myself, are type #1. ;-)

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  18. Alla mak kuya! hehehehe! Lah! :)

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  19. hahahahaha kaw na yung nasa 2nd category. .ikaw na.. pero ayun naman talga ang dapat... magkaiba man ng lahi parepareho rin namang tao. hahaha. kaya magkaibgan lang ng makipagkaibgan

    -kikilabotz

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  20. So in which category do you belong LAH?

    Aba'y sa tagal mo diyan, talagang na-absorb mo na ang way of life diyan. Baka ma-realize mo na lang, diyan mo na gustong mag-settle. Hmm...

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  21. Siguro pwede rin akong maging Pinoy #2 if bet ko sila i-friend. Wehehe. But usually I'm Pinoy#1 and #3.

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  22. hindi na pinag iisipan you are PINOY NUMER TWO TWO TWOOOOO!

    bansagan ka ba naman MR. CONGENIALITY ng wholewide blogosphere kung wala lang.

    eto bago mong bansag, MOST HOSPITABLE HOSTO! :p

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  23. ang dami mong friends!

    isa kang cross-culture pinoy. (anu nga ba yun?) hehehe

    itong post mo ay... tissue nga?!!

    =)

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