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Onli in Da Pilipins
Sunday, August 19, 2007
It's funny that you never realize how unique Filipinos are unless seen from a foreigner’s perspective. Erika and I are so used to the frequent visits of our company executives, especially our QA counterparts from our head office in Canada. Guess what is the first thing they noticed coming from the airport?

The pollution? Nope.

The scorching heat? Nah ah.

The first thing they observed was the way Filipinos drive. They are simply amazed at how we find “order in chaos”. They likened our highways (notably EDSA) to a main waterway where there are no lanes to follow and you are free to switch lanes from left to right just like boats and that lanes painted on the road are only there just so we know how to measure how wide our highway is since they observed that we normally can fit six cars (with buses and trucks included) in a three-lane road.

Other observations include:

  • We blink our headlights first to oncoming traffic before crossing an intersection.
  • We can honk our car horns as often as we want (beeping your car horn is considered rude in other countries).
  • Everyone has the “right of way”.
  • Instead of defensive driving, we practice offensive driving.

Pinoys (Slang for Filipino) interpret the stoplight as green = go, yellow = go faster, and red = go at your own risk

Typical Pinoy Jeepney

They are also impressed with the pinoy jeepneys and how the individual arts represent the personality of the owners and drivers. The sky high antennas, the colorful body stickers usually images of saints and/or family members, the sarimanoks at the front of the hood etch. It’s a good thing they didn’t ask me the meaning of one of the signs that we saw hanging at the foot rail of one of the jeepneys when we were crossing Ortigas. It read“Anak ako ng tatay kong baog!” READ: I am the son of my infertile (sterile?) father. I am not sure if I have translated it correctly. Perhaps you can help me translate it in a more appropriate term?


posted by ruther @ 11:51 PM  
  • At 8/20/2007 4:36 AM, Anonymous bhurlai_lycel said…

    that's so funny ate.. anak ako ng tatay kong baog.. nyay!

  • At 8/20/2007 5:06 AM, Blogger .: jackie :. said…

    haha..kaya nga ba sometimes i thought of not going back to PI nalang. pero what can I do?un ang motherland.

    I guess it's what makes them Filipinos.Signature na natin yan.

    It's either you get rid with it or get over it.

  • At 8/20/2007 8:17 AM, Anonymous Ai said…

    I could relate to this entry thet.The first time i was here I was like surprised by how particular they are with traffic regulations. That an ignorant like me was like impressed with how they really abide traffic laws. Unlike there in our country, talagang no right ruling when it comes to traffic but we are really good drivers esp. if traffice..we can still manage na lumusot kahit di natin lane. And what more we honk our cars there more..here mortal sin yun if your driving not unless its an emergency or that your mad with another drive but really its considered rude here. Heheh! Well, iba talaga if pinoy.

  • At 8/20/2007 12:18 PM, Blogger russtot said…

    wala yan sa nakita kong sign "anak ako ng tatay kong supot" at pinagmalaki pa!

  • At 8/20/2007 8:30 PM, Anonymous rex said…

    "anak ako ng tatay kong baog"

    my translation?

    "my mom's a b*tch"


    "he ain't my daddy"


  • At 8/21/2007 8:41 PM, Anonymous MundRay said…

    pano ngka anak kung baog yung tatay niya? haha
    adopted lng ata siya...

  • At 8/21/2007 10:16 PM, Blogger kat said…

    lol, it also proves another thing: sobrang galing magdrive ng mga pinoy :) kahit siksikan na sa daan, nakaka lusot pa rin yung iba.

    "onli in da pilipins!"

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