Bonus Filipino Round!

By: niftyba

Oct 17 2007

Category: Uncategorized

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Ok, I can’t help myself. Here’s a “You Know You’re Filipino If…” list. If you haven’t noticed, Billy and I are a mixed race couple. It’s strange saying that, because I’ve never really thought about it that way. It’s never been a problem, and I’m happy that we respect (most) of our difference. Music and style tastes, however… we’re going to have to work on that.

You Know You’re Filipino If… 

You answer to “Pssst!!”
• You point with your lips.
• You have relatives whose nicknames consist of repeated syllables like Ling-Ling, Bong-Bong, or Che-Che. (LIKE DON-DON!)
• You have uncles and aunts named Boy, Girlie or Baby.
• In your dining room there’s a picture of “Last Supper” – and on either side of it are a giant wooden spoon and fork.
• The furniture in your house is wrapped in plastic or covered in blankets.
• You use shopping bags as garbage bags.

• You have a piano no one plays.
You keep a tabo in your bathroom.
• You own a barrel man from Baguio.
• You can’t resist buying items on sale even if you don’t need them.
• You eat with your hands.
• and you cut your meat with a spoon and fork.
• You know a meal isn’t a meal unless there’s rice.
• There’s Spam, Vienna sausage and corned beef in your pantry.
• You eat or have eaten fried spam and eggs with rice for breakfast.

• Whenever friends come over, they ask for “meat rolls” and you know they mean lumpia.
• You greet your elders by touching their hands to your forehead.
• You always kiss your relatives on the cheek whenever you enter or leave the room.
• Your relatives sing karaoke when they come over.
• A party isn’t a party unless there’s line dancing (who doesn’t love the Todo Todo, Chilly Cha Cha and September???)

• You don’t get grossed out by balut.
• Your mom puts sugar and hot dogs in her spaghetti.
• Your Lola taught you to gargle with warm salt and ginger water when you have a sore throat.
• You always take your shoes off when you enter a house.
• You know what the “chocolate sauce” in dinuguan is actually made of

• The tissues in your bathroom came from Holiday Inn.
• You “open” and “close” the lights.
• Your friends know what it means to be on Filipino Time.
• You think Christmas season begins in October and ends in January.
• Your second piece of luggage is a balikbayan box.
• You’ve mastered the art of packing a suitcase to double capacity.
• You’ve ridden in a tricycle that doesn’t require peddling
• You hold your palms together in front of you and say “excuse, excuse” when you pass in between people or in front of the TV.
• Goldilocks is more than a fairy tale character to you.
• You say “prijider” instead of refrigerator
• Your Dad is/was in the Navy or your mom is a nurse or in many cases both.

• You leave a party with more food than you came with.
You’re seen with a boy who’s not Filipino and he’s automatically your boyfriend and everyone knows about it
You have Chinese furniture and walls screens in your house
Your mom or dad came from a family with at least 10 children
Your parents over exaggerate the time (ex:” hoy gising na ! its almost 12 o clock,” when it is really 11:15am)
• You pronounce “f’s” as “p’s” and “p’s” as “f’s” eg. pliffing = flipping , pork = fork [or vise versa ]
• Finding relatives at the airport entails scouring the crowd for a bunch of people fussing with a balikbayan box.
• Anyone whose name you can’t recall in conversation is referred to as “si ano”.
• Somehow there is always room for one more on the motorcycle or tricycle!
• You take off your shoes in the house.
• Your mom tells you to wear your “chanelas” when you go outside.

• You ask your mom what your “ulam” is when shes cooking.
• Your mom likes oriental furniture.
• You can speak one or more: tagalog, illocano, kapangpangan or cebuano
• You can understand either: tagalog, illocana, kapangpangan or cebuano
• You always have sardines in your pantry.
• You’ve eaten the bird of the balut at least once
• If you’re not the youngest in the family, you look like your mom.
• You like Kare-Kare.
• Church is a must on Sundays.
• The first thing you offer your guests is food.
• You like the “Black Eyed Peas” because one of the guys is Filipino.

• Taho is Deeeelish!
You believe its bad to waste food.
• Your mom tells you that its bad luck to sleep with your hair wet.

• You own a “walis ting ting”.
• You like ALL of the following: Sinigang, Nilaga, Tilapia, Dinuguan, Pansit, and Lumpia.

• Mango is a dessert.
• You get excited when you see a Filipino on an American channel.

• if you’re living abroad, you have family in the philippines that expect you to bring pasalubong that’s fancier than anything you even own yourself
• you know that the “white” version of “come here” is palm-up, fingers waving toward the body, but the pinoy version is palm-down, fingers moving toward body in sort of shoveling motion
• You nod backwards to say yes
• You raise your eyebrows to say yes
• You know that Adidas is more than just an athletic company
• You or your parents have a santo nino on the mante and a big wooden rosary hanging on the wall somewhere in the house
• When you know that “dat white one” means a CLEAR object and NOT white at all!
• You can measuring the water for cooking rice with two fingers
• The house you grew up in had a chandelier made of shell (capice)

• Your parents believed in various superstitions: like turning the plates at dinner if someone had to leave; saying “tabi tabi, po


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