We think we know who we are but there are many things we don't realize - good and bad things about being Pinoy. Whether we have certain things of doing things right and getting above the law, we have certain traits and characteristics that makes us Filipinos. But the question is, are we proud of it?

I have been watching a series of social commentaries and satirical shows of Word of the Lourd, hosted by Lourd de Veyra, lately and I found it very interesting that he tackled every social issues affecting our country. He never took sides and did best in showing why we should wake up from our deep slumber. We need to root out political corruption, social degeneration, personal bad habits, and everything that is wrong in our country.

Uncertain / Unsure About Everything
When we are unsure of certain things or situation, we tend to supply an expression to fill out the blanks that could mean anything. Have you heard "Titingnan ko (We'll see)" or "Gagawan natin ng paraan (We'll find a way)?" Does it mean that we are just not articulate enough? Jose Rizal would be furious at us. No wonder he said, "Ang hindi lumingon sa kanyang pinanggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa kanyang patutunguhan." Lourd sums it up "Tayong mga Pilipino ay hari ng walang katiyakan. Kaya malabo rin ang ating gustong patunguhan bilang isang bayan." Have you tried the dead air filler of "Ano..." when you want to say something that you really can't explain?

Too Merciful
Don't get me wrong but Filipinos are sometimes too friendly and merciful. Unfortunately, we have this "delihensya" culture where plead for mercy when we can something to better ourselves. Are we just plain lazy?

Doing Things Differently
We can be irreverent at times. Does it reflect on the public officials we voted? We can only answer it if we look ourselves on the mirror. Unfortunately, we do things differently here!

Blind Religiousity
Filipinos are proud to be the predominantly Catholic country in Asia but do we know more from what we believe in? Many of us fumble when we are asked even the most the simple things that make our faith. Oh dear!

Votes Corrupt Officials in Power
We hate corrupt people on power but we keep on voting them in the first place. Why? Does it mean that we have to do this "People Power" thing all over again? How about a President we never voted in power so why let that person stay in power for 9 years? We can also have ourselves to blame!

Know-It-All but Ignorant
Filipinos are usually "nagmamarunong." We think we know it all but deep inside we don't know knothing about current events happening in the country and we meander around the issue. Instead, we know more about showbiz scandals and breakups even more!

Lechon Lover
We always love roast pig and it serves as the centerpiece of every feast we partake. But the pigs in power never go away yet we keep them on their seats. We should roast these corrupt and crooked politicians on their juices.

Good Singers?
We have so many great singers that we can't count of. Sometimes there are the worst of us, improvisation and creative thinking should be a big plus to an American Idol audition. Does inventing our lyrics count? We love to sing "My Way" when so many people got killed because of that song.

Lack of Historical Knowledge
Though Andres Bonifacio is a famous historical figure, we don't more about him. We mistaken him as Apolinario Mabini or Jose Rizal. Why? Lack of historical knowledge perhaps? Who killed Bonifacio? Batman? Sheesh, no wonder some Filipinos flunk.

Just like eggs, there are delicious and rotten people in politics. Some of them don't have the balls to face the truth.

"Kung ayaw, maraming dahilan. Kung gusto, maraming paraan." Need to say more?

Basketball Fanatic
We have always a basketball-crazy nation because whenever there are big sporting events, our lives revolve around it. Perhaps our life and fate is like basketball, we have to choose sides - the yin or the yang.

Bully or Bullied?
We tend to bend over the rules and take advantage of certain things to get personal gains. But there is one big bully that we can't get over the hump - corrupt public officials, powerful oligarchs, and global superpowers. You do the math and you'll know why.

Endure the Unendurable
We are contented for what we have that is why we don't see progress. Although patience is a virtue but does it mean that we have to endure uneven road when we go to work? Do we have to accept that corruption is the normal way of life in our country?

"Palakasan" Culture
We love sports but not all sports get the support. We support the glamorous Azkals more than the rather unknown Dragon Boat Team. We should support sports that we're good at.

Much Ado About Accessories
We love colorful items inside our cars. No wonder, jeepneys have certain items that we don't normally see from decals to furry stuffed toys. Aesthetic interest in art is what it is.

The Way We Talk and Express Ourselves
See the difference in the language we use when referring similar things in different situations? We tend to have double standards when censoring information on television. What do we need to know? How about sarcastic sideswipes from one of your friends? When it comes to social networking, we do stupid things just to be noticed by the online community.

We know what is right and wrong but some of us do the later anyway. Politicians don't have conscience as they use public money for personal gain.

Loves to Eat and Drink
We love to share our food to your family and friends as a way of socializing with people. Even if your food you're eating are reduced to morsels. We also have this quirky habit of not eating the last slice of pizza or the last glass of Coke because we don't want to be judged as the person who ate or drank a lot. By the way, Jun Sabayton is the man!

Bad Names
Ever since last names were introduced in 1849, some Filipinos have acquired interesting and quirky surnames. Do you want to be named Bolbolito Bayagbag Jr.?

Different Sides to Sorry
Being sorry is the mark of being civil but sorry doesn't result to forgiveness. Remorse is the missing piece when it comes to asking for forgiveness. Maybe we should ask PGMA for this.

Baptism for New Shoes
When I have a new pair of Nike, I don't use it and show it to my friends right away because I know that they will take time stomping it until I see scratches and blemishes. I guess that's the Filipino way.

We are not ashamed to urinate or spit on public but not when we release a putrid smell of intestinal air. Why is it so? There is no written rule to it. Smokers tend to smoke on non-smoking areas while some people spit anywhere like there's no tomorrow. There are so many single mothers nowadays even though parents and authorities provide serious advice against premarital sex.

We know that life is difficult and buying the things we want can be costly. So we buy pirated and counterfeit goods from China to supplement our need for a touchscreen mobile phone or a flat-screen TV. Does it mean that we can't do anything about it? We love everything in small pieces.

Blaming Game
We always play the blaming game when things doesn't go our way. We attribute our misfortunes and shortcomings to other people. Everyone is to be blame and even God.

"Balato," "Delihensya," and "Utang na Loob" Culture
Although we are naturally gentle and friendly people but we tend to abuse it like asking for someone as if we are entitled to their money. People who don't give back are treated as pariahs of some sort. Does it mean that people have to depend on someone and not work hard to achieve what the person has attained? Before I forget, you can never pay a debt of gratitude when you're a Filipino.

It's the Nguso Thing
We tend to use our lips to point directions when it is much easier and understandable to point our fingers.

Appearance First
We want to look good always but in a certain way.

Respectful or Not
We keep wondering why some of us bow our heads put our arms in front as if we are swimming when we pass by people talking? All we have to do is say "excuse me." Unfortunately, we also tend to break the rules even if signs and billboards say otherwise. One person said this:

Bakit hindi ka mo?
-Merong Kalsada, wala namang sidewalk
-Merong sign na bawal magtapon, wala namang basurahan
-Merong pedestrian lane, hindi naman masyadong nakikita kasi kumukupas na ang pintura.
-Merong overpass pero meron namang pedestrian lane lang sa gilid
-Merong mga sign na nagbabawal, wala namang kaukulang parusa
-Merong mang parusa, hindi naman pinaparusahan
...ang pagbabago ay nagsisimula sa pag-unawa.

Filipino Time
We hate to say this but we have to admit that there is such thing as Filipino time. Agreeing upon a time that is not definite is somewhat confusing to some but Filipinos agree that the person that you will be waiting for will arrive at any time of their own choosing.

Now back to the question I asked earlier, are you still proud of being a Filipino? Let me know your thoughts and insights.

สวัสดี is the most wonderful sound that you hear when you touch down Thailand for the very first time. Although I learned it from countless films depicting the country and the Thai people, it is quite different when you hear it right from their mouth for the very first time.

สวัสดีคือเสียงที่ยอดเยี่ยมที่สุดที่คุณได้ยินเมื่อคุณสัมผัสลงประเทศไทยเป็นครั้งแรก ถึงแม้ว่าผมจะรู้ว่ามันมาจากหนังนับไม่ถ้วนภาพวาดประเทศและคนไทยก็แตกต่างกันมากเมื่อคุณได้ยินมันขวาจากปากของพวกเขาเป็นครั้งแรก

Sawasdee to you too! The friendly and down-to-earth people of this tourist paradise is the best people you can deal with. When it comes going around the island to finding the hidden gems that you couldn't find in any popular travel spots, the Thai are the best when it comes to making sure guests are well taken cared of. Even on a tight budget, trying a backpacker's den, like the place where I stayed, is still good - despite a few hitches a long the way. The people who managed the place and the staff that accommodate your every need make up its shortcomings.

สวัสดีกับคุณเกินไป!ผู้คนเป็นมิตรและลงเพื่อแผ่นดินของสวรรค์ท่องเที่ยวนี้เป็นคนที่ดีที่สุดที่คุณสามารถจัดการกับ เมื่อมันมาไปรอบ ๆ เกาะเพื่อหาอัญมณีที่ซ่อนอยู่ที่คุณไม่สามารถหาในเรื่องจุดท่องเที่ยวยอดนิยม, ไทยที่ดีที่สุดเมื่อมันมาถึงการทำสิ่งอำนวยความสะดวกแน่ใจว่าจะได้รับการดูแลอย่างดีจาก แม้ในงบประมาณแน่นพยายามแล้วแบ็คแพคเกอร์เช่นสถานที่ที่ฉันเป็นยังคงดี - แม้จะมีปัญหาน้อยนานเป็นวิธีที่ คนที่มีการจัดการสถานที่และพนักงานที่รองรับทุกความต้องการของคุณให้ขึ้นบกพร่องของ

I'm glad to have met a bubbly and entertaining woman driver that brought us from the airport to their place safely. I am fortunate enough to meet the people who made our stay meaningful and interesting. You may mistake them as concert performers or rockstars but they have all-around skills from serving our breakfast and making their famous smoothies that captivated newbies and hardened backpackers alike!

ฉันดีใจที่จะได้พบคนขับผู้หญิงฟองและความบันเทิงที่นำเราจากสนามบินไปยังสถานที่ของพวกเขาได้อย่างปลอดภัย ผมโชคดีพอที่จะพบกับผู้คนที่ทำเข้าพักที่มีความหมายและน่าสนใจ คุณอาจผิดพลาดพวกเขาเป็นนักแสดงคอนเสิร์ตหรือโยก แต่พวกเขามีทักษะทุกรอบจากการให้บริการอาหารเช้าของเราและทำให้สมูทตี้ที่มีชื่อเสียงของพวกเขาที่หลงรักมือใหม่และแบ็คแพ็คแข็งเหมือนกัน!

Unlike typical backpacker bunkhouse and halfway stays, the place is really awesome because it incorporates interesting artworks and items that completely jolts your senses! Up-and-coming Thai artists present their work for every guest to see and I must say that these innovative art pieces are awesome.

ซึ่งแตกต่างจากที่พักราคาถูกทั่วไปที่จะน่ากลัวมากเพราะมันรวมเอาศิลปะที่น่าสนใจและรายการที่สมบูรณ์ทำให้คุณประหลาดใจ! ศิลปินไทยนำเสนอผลงานของพวกเขาสำหรับผู้เข้าพักเพื่อดูทุกวันและฉันต้องบอกว่าเหล่านี้ชิ้นงานศิลปะที่เป็นนวัตกรรมใหม่ที่น่ากลัว

Upper Left: Different panoramic scenery and crimson red curtain
Upper Right: Painting of a Thai Chinese couple
Lower Left: Collection of hats, including an interesting looking Aymara headdress
Lower Right: A samurai drawing
Left: A paper mache of playing cards
Upper Right: A shirt lamp
Lower Right: Abstract artwork that somewhat resembles a puffer fish

Although not quite as spacious as you want to, there is a certain element to the place that makes it unique in a certain way and typical on the other. The rooms are in a separate building while the main building houses the art gallery / bar / Internet cafe / chill lounge if you may call it. There is enough place to start your conversation with the friendly and always-smiling Thai staff, the intimidating and unpredictable American, Australian, and European backpackers, or the rarely-seen fellow Asian tourists on a tight budget.

แม้ว่าจะไม่ได้ค่อนข้างเป็นที่กว้างขวางตามที่คุณต้องการมีองค์ประกอบบางอย่างไปยังสถานที่ที่ทำให้มันไม่ซ้ำกันในวิธีการบางอย่างและที่อื่น ๆ ทั่วไป ห้องพักอยู่ในอาคารที่แยกต่างหากในขณะที่บ้านอาคารหลักอาร์ตแกลเลอรี่, บาร์, คาเฟ่อินเทอร์เน็ตและเลานจ์เย็นถ้าคุณอาจเรียกมันว่า พอมีคือการวางเพื่อเริ่มการสนทนาของคุณด้วยพนักงานคนไทยที่เป็นมิตรและเสมอยิ้มข่มขู่และคาดเดาไม่ได้แบ็คแพ็คอเมริกัน, ออสเตรเลียและยุโรปหรือไม่ค่อยเห็นนักท่องเที่ยวชาวเอเชียคนที่มีงบประมาณ จำกัด

Just in case you get lost, find the JungCeylon mall as you look for the place. Check out the Google Map below for more information:

ในกรณีที่คุณได้รับหายไปหาศูนย์การค้าจังซีลอนในขณะที่คุณมองหาสถานที่ ตรวจสอบ Google Map ด้านล่างสำหรับข้อมูลเพิ่มเติม:

I tried a couple of favorite Thai food from restaurant to cafeteria-style cooking. I must say that Thai food has a certain taste and appeal to my palate. Spicy ones are no-no for me but lemongrass and delectable ingredients are what I need. Gastronomic adventures are countless but if you want to try something different then you have to take your chance on South American cooking in Thailand. Try the tasty grilled chorizo and the kebab style meat skewers. In my case, I partake upon Cuba Libre! hamburgers in ciabatta bread. No one can go wrong with that.

ฉันพยายามสองของอาหารไทยที่ชื่นชอบจากร้านอาหารโรงอาหารการปรุงอาหารสไตล์ ผมต้องบอกว่าอาหารไทยมีรสชาติบางอย่างและขอให้เพดานปากของฉันคนเผ็ดเป็นไม่มีไม่มีสำหรับฉัน แต่ตะไคร้และส่วนผสมอร่อยเป็นสิ่งที่ผมต้อง การผจญภัยอาหารนับไม่ถ้วน แต่ถ้าคุณต้องการที่จะลองสิ่งที่แตกต่างกันแล้วคุณจะต้องใช้โอกาสของคุณในการปรุงอาหารอเมริกาใต้ในประเทศไทย ลอง chorizo ​​ย่างอร่อยและเนื้อเสียบไม้สไตล์สะเต๊ะ ในกรณีของฉันฉันมีส่วนร่วมกับ Cuba Libre! แฮมเบอร์เกอร์ในขนมปัง ciabatta ไม่มีใครสามารถไปอย่างผิดปกติกับที่

The skewers reminds me of a sharp steel foil that can puncture you like Vlad Dracula did on the hapless Turkish invaders 500 years ago!

ปฏักแจ้งเตือนฉันของฟอยล์เหล็กคมที่เจาะสามารถที่คุณต้องการ Vlad Dracula ได้ในตุรกีบุกรุกเคราะห์ร้าย 500 ปีมาแล้ว!

Sweet tomato, crispy French fries, ciabatta bread with quarter pound real beef patty, TLC, and Swiss cheese
(มะเขือเทศหวานมันฝรั่งทอดกรอบ, ขนมปัง ciabatta กับปอนด์จริงไตรมาสเนื้อขนมพายมะเขือเทศผักกาดหอมและชีสสวิส)
Did I said that I love cats? I never realized before that cats in Singapore are quite humongous but I was taken by surprise that their Siamese counterparts are the same too! Though not as playful as our "stray" cats back home, they are quite cute and lovable especially the cat I stumbled upon in the Buddhist temple and the place where the large Buddha was erected.

ไม่ฉันบอกว่าฉันรักแมว? ฉันไม่เคยรู้มาก่อนแมวที่ในสิงคโปร์มีขนาดใหญ่มาก แต่ฉันถูกนำด้วยความประหลาดใจว่าคู่ของพวกเขาสยามเดียวกันด้วย! แม้ว่าจะไม่ได้เป็นขี้เล่นว่า "หลงทาง" ของเราแมวกลับบ้านพวกเขาจะค่อนข้างน่ารักและน่ารักโดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งแมวที่ฉันเห็นในวัดในพุทธศาสนาและสถานที่ที่มีขนาดใหญ่พระพุทธรูปที่ถูกสร้างขึ้น

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The monkeys were quite an attraction as well. In fact, there was one monkey who tried to steal a bottled water from a tourist. As a result of giving food to these wild animals, the monkey thought it was food. Bad idea. At least, I took a picture of three monkeys lining up like our very own comedic threesome - Tito, Vic, and Joey.

ลิงค่อนข้างน่าสนใจเช่นกัน ในความเป็นจริงมีหนึ่งลิงที่พยายามจะขโมยน้ำดื่มบรรจุขวดจากการท่องเที่ยวเป็น อันเป็นผลมาจากการให้อาหารเหล่านี้สัตว์ป่าลิงคิดว่ามันเป็นอาหาร ความคิดที่ดี อย่างน้อยผมเอาภาพของสามลิงแถวเหมือนสามตลกของเราเองมาก - ตีโต้วิกและโจอี้

Tito, Vic, and Joey
One bad monkey who stole a bottled water from a helpless tourist
After a whole day of checking the best places in the island, I end the day with a bottle of Chang beer and watch the sun goes down in this relaxing and memorable view.


If you have your own Thailand adventure, please share your memories and unforgettable trip to this one enchanting place.


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