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What Do Filipinos Ask Foreigners In The Philippines?
It is kind of funny, do you ever realize how tall or how short you are when standing next to someone who is taller or shorter than you? It kind of reminds me of my late mother-in-law's Great Danes (big big dogs). They bark this enormous "WOOF" and they pound with their giant paws and based on their size, you would think they could do some damage.
Great Danes, however, seem to be pretty unaware of their size though, because the minute a small dog gets aggressive, they shut up or run away. It's actually pretty funny to watch. They are strange, protective, territorial, loving, funny dogs. But you need to know when you get one, that it may be only for a while. They usually don't live past 8 yrs old.
Anyway, a couple of years ago, we (my husband, our daughter, and I) went to the beach (just at the back of our house) to go for a beach walk.
While we were strolling picking a few shells, taking photographs and stuff, there was a Filipino man approaching us. I believe he's a fisherman or something. He was holding a hand net in the reef came to the sand and approached my husband for a totally random chat.
Filipino stranger: "Military? What position? What state are you from? Where do you live? How long have you been in the Philippines? Is she your wife and is she your daughter? Are you surfing? Do you know Mike next door? blah blah blah"
My husband: (in his head) "Uhmmmm, I am not really interested. I am just here to swim."
Oh, he was VERY nice and genuinely interested. He had a list of questions to shoot. If my husband did not politely excuse himself, he would have had another 20-30 questions on his checklist to rattle off it. It was actually kind of funny and amusing.
If you are a foreigner in another country, have you had the same experience with a local? If yes, what was your reaction? I'd love to hear your stories.
Just sharing a little humor before we end the week. It has been busy, overwhelming, tiring, and stressful for many, and I just thought we needed some giggle in between our monotonous daily routines within the chaos. My day was long, hot, and sticky, we lost power for half a day and I took the chance to make myself busy. I did some laundry, cleaned the house, and helped my daughter with her last set of modules. Now I am here, finally. Whew. What a day it has been.
Today, let us look for reasons to smile, my friends. Anything really that makes you chuckle is really good for you and your soul. I promise.
Good evening, everyone and I hope y'all are doing great wherever you may be.