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Thursday, June 23, 2011

How Filipina am I?

i've been to multi-cultural homes here in perth, since 10 years ago when taking up the masters. there are some ways, in living with housemates from various nationalities and cultural backgrounds, where my being Filipino/ Filipina is really distinct. like these:

1. always washing after using the loo. cannot stand just using toilet paper to clean. in uni, rely on sanitary wipes than wash when reaching home. so that means using the most basic implement used by filipinos --- the tabo.

2. always inviting people to eat with me in every meal. that's basic i guess in our hospitality. 

3. although we're on a first name basis here with our professors and advisers, it still hurts me to call them 'jane' jane or jim (an emeritus professor in history) jim or carol (prominent anthropologist scholar) carol. so outside uni (in shops mostly), older people i meet, i still call 'sir', 'mam'

4. taking a bath every day. even in the cold winter morning. even if in between showering, lathering soap et al., i'm shivering!!!!!!!!!!

5. saying 'tabi apo' (Bicol word) every time i pass by bushes, do weeding etc. the spirits reside everywhere you know.

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