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Superstitions I Used To Believe In (II)

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I have listed some of the common superstitious beliefs Filipinos have practiced to. Check it here:

https://read.cash/@Jeaneth/superstitious-beliefs-i-grew-up-with-2af75cba


I was entertained by the comments I got from the first article. I agree that these superstitions were made to scare children. In my case, there were some which I practiced and got scared of too.

Cleaning the table when someone is still unfinished will not be married and stay single forever.

We were taught by our parents to do household chores as much as we can deliver. I learned to wash the dishes when I was 9 years old. I am not sure if that's early or already late.

One time I was assigned to wash the dishes after dinner. I remember I was following a series in ABSCBN's Wansapanatym, which I got so into it.

We ate our dinner but our father has not arrived yet. I can't remember where he was up to so he missed eating the dinner with us. We just finished eating our dinner when he arrived. He took his plate intended for him and grabbed his meal.

Meanwhile, as a determined child who wants to accomplish things right away, I cleaned the table while my father was taking his dinner.

I was surprised by his reaction. He raised his voice and scolded me because of what I did. He said it was disrespectful. I was so confused but he told me that when someone is still eating because it's major disrespect.

I believe this superstition did not apply to my situation at that time. My father is already married, obviously. I have not witnessed someone did not get married after being swept in the dining table.

In real situations, you would really find it disrespectful when someone dares to do that to you. It's as if you are not welcome to enjoy your meal and they are just forced to offer the service.

Saying Tabi-Tabi po in nature

Tabi-tabi po is a Filipino phrase that translates "excuse me or step aside" in English. This is a respectful phrase meant for spirits, ghosts, or elements in nature. You usually say this phrase when you visit places like forests, locations with big trees, around the woods, and inhabited territories.

This is a way of excusing yourself with no intentions of trespassing or disturbing the elements in nature that may have established a territory in that place.

I was with my classmates when we went to a river to look for rock because we had a school project. Our main objective was to collect rocks for our Social Studies subject. We needed to collect some that look like axes since our topic was Stone Age.

It was a long journey. We passed by many groups of trees. Finally, we arrived at the exact location. The river was so cold and it was surrounded by big trees. We took a bath and enjoyed our time. We collected stones and brought them home.

The day after, I felt so cold. I had a high fever. I skipped school and had myself checked by a quack doctor. He said that I was na "usog" or I have caused trouble to the last location I went to which was the river. That's when I realized that I forgot to say "tabi-tabi po".

So does this superstition apply? Or was it just coincidental?

When you accidentally bite your tongue, someone is thinking of you.

Many times, I have witnessed someone that when he/she bites the tongue accidentally, they would react to it and then ask someone for a number.

That number represents the letter order in the alphabet. If someone says 8, that signifies the letter H. Letter H could be someone who is thinking of the person who bites his tongue. Silly reactions would be crushes or enemies who may have resented the person.

One thing is for sure, you have to watch out for mouth or tongue sores.

Include money when you gift someone a wallet

A wallet could be a good gift to anyone during birthdays or Christmas. It is everywhere so it's not hard to look for one.

I used to gift my cousins a wallet because first of all, I ran out of ideas and it's easy to find so what else would you prefer?

My mom told me that I should put a paper bill or a coin when giving a wallet because it serves bad luck for money if you do not follow.

I still didn't bother because I know my cousins are extravagant by all means. Now that you can go shopping online, I'm sure their carts are full.

What does it have to do with the money anyway? Did it work on your end? I'll put a 1000 peso bill on the wallet I'll to myself. Let's see if it works. Haha

Missing things? Blame it on the elves!

I used to play hide and seek with my childhood friends. That was our favorite game. We play hide and seek the moment we get home from school. One would hide inside their houses, climb a tree, go under a canal, or hide at the back of a huge box.

If the group finally decides to stop and think of another game, we will huddle first and discuss things over. If the group decides to just watch tv, we'll watch.

That's when missing slippers happen. One would intently go outside to hide slippers. When it's time to go home, there's not a single moment when someone cries her worries out because she lost a slipper. The suspect would act innocent and tell the victim, "the elves took it".

This isn't only limited to a single circumstance though. There are things in the house where you have already exhausted too much energy of finding things but you still couldn't find it. Your mom is already pissed off because you can't get what she wants.

Relate? Haha


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I like the missing things, blame it to elves hahaha my mother always tells that to us. Yung tipong nasa harap mo lang kanina yung Susi, tapos nung kukunin mo na bigla na lang nawala hahaha

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2 months ago

Ako nung bata ako lagi din kami nag sasabi ng tabi tabi po😆. Pero ngayon hindi na yun ginagawa.

Si papa ko naman pag may nawawalang gamit sinasabi nyang kinuha daw ni sangkay haha.

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2 months ago

Sino si Sangkay? Hahaha. Ako, nag tabi tabi po pa rin. Mahirap na. 🙈😅

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2 months ago

Haha ewan ko din kay papa😆. Ayun lagi sinasabi nya ehh haha

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2 months ago

Lahat ng nabamggit mo, Ate from 'wag mag-imis sa lamesa kapag may kumakain pa hanggang sa ibintang sa mga duwende o 'di nakikita 'yung biglang pagkawala ng mga gamit natin. Grabe, relate na relate ako. Hihi

Tapos kapag may nawawalang gamit daw is mag-ingay or biglang sumigaw tapos lalabas na 'yung nawawalang gamit kasi matatakot daw 'yung kumuha.

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2 months ago

Hahahahaha. Kaloka yang last paragraph mo. Di ko alam yan. Sisigaw ako ng "pera!" para bumalik lahat yung nangutang sakin. 😆

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2 months ago

Hahaha sabi ng Lola ko yarn. Di ko alam kung totoo pero ginagawa ko minsan. Uto-uto lang ih. 🤣 Ay tara ngang isigaw yan, Ateeeee. Baka sakali. Hahaha

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2 months ago

I can relate with the first and second one. However, the first one we were taught not to do so because as you said it is a major disrespect to someone who is still eating. There's no associated belief. While the second one I experienced in Pangasinan. I also experience being nausog where there were lots of parang supot-supot all over my body ksi I keep throwing water na lng pagka naghuhugas aq ng plato without saying tabi2 po.. d q lng alam qng coincidental xa

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2 months ago

Ang conto ng comment mo madam ha but I understand it naman. Haha.

Ilang days ka bago nka recover sa pgkausog mo?

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2 months ago

Omy, I have an upcoming article about that 'tabi-tabi' po but honestly, as a Filipino, I totally believe and also practice these superstitions at times.

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2 months ago

Because there's no harm of saying it right. It's a respect to the unseen. ❤

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2 months ago

Hhahahaha dun talaga ako sa the elves took it

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2 months ago

Hehe. Tulong tulong sila na kinuha ang tsinelas. 😆

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2 months ago

Na experience ko po yung nawawala yung gamit ko kahit alam ko naman kung sna ko nilagay. Tapos pag hindi na hinahanap, kusang nagpapakita 🤦

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2 months ago

So true 😆 one moment you'll just see it in an obvious location. Haha

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2 months ago

I'm definitely going to start putting money in the wallet when I buy one for someone! This is such a wonderful thing and now I am paranoid it might be true haha

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2 months ago

No harm in trying, buddy. Haha

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2 months ago

When you accidentally bite your tongue, someone is thinking of you.

hahah i always end with letter Q or i always give the number that lands on Q

Missing things? Blame it on the elves!

This one, for some reason, still seeps through my head for few seconds when I start looking for things that I, myself have misplaced hahha

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2 months ago

Is it safe to say that your fave letter is Q? Haha

The elves are the ones being blamed always. Too bad. 😆

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2 months ago

Haha i just know it is hard to think of someone whose name starts with letter Q haha.

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2 months ago

Here's another: When you eat the leftover of a pregnant woman, you'll experience vomiting and "paglilihi" like her. I did that a lot of times already.... and a lot of pregnant women have been asking me to buy them food.

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2 months ago

Unya, nglihi ka? Hehe. Hello there! 😁

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2 months ago

Hahaha nakakatawa ang "the elves took it", my hubby loves to do this prank. He hides the slippers 😂

I am not sure if the superstition is still applicable in this modern day, but it is still good to keep some. Like tabi-tabi po, so as to preserve our respect to the unseen.

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2 months ago

Classic prank talaga yang itago ang slippers eh. Hehe

I agree. No harm of saying it, right? 😁 we should learn to respect boundaries visible or not.

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2 months ago

Hahaha, natawa talaga ako sa "tabi tabi po" 🤣 Hanggang ngayon ginagawa ko yan sa atin. Natatawa na lang asawa ko ng sabihin kong, "Oy magtabi tabi po ka." Tapos tinanong to who? Nung sinabi ko sabi ba naman, "You're full of shit! " 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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2 months ago

Ang sakit nman mgsalita ng asawa mo madam. Kakaloka 😆😆😆

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2 months ago

Ganyan kami madam, pero tawang tawa kami ako tawang tawa sa dami ng superstition natin

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2 months ago

Mga pinoy talaga. Na kuha natin to sa mga Español eh. Haha

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