MAPITAGANG PINOY

Madalas akong umaattend ng meetings sa pinakamalaking Gas Company dito sa Saudi. At siyempre iba’t ibang lahi ang nakakasama ko.

Ang unang napuna ko, may isang particular na lahi na talagang madaldal kahit anong klaseng meeting. Magtatanong kahit walang kinalaman sa usapan ang tanong, meron magbibida ng hindi naman kasama sa pinaguusapan, may nakikipagtalo ng malayo naman ang katuwiran.. all para lang ipakita na marunong sila, experts o specialists sila. Ang these kind of people has low sense of humor, on the other hand. Nagtatawanan na lahat, sila di pa makuha ang jokes. Maybe, dahil mas concern nila ang makapagyabang, and they don’t care sa kung ano ang pinaguusapan.

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Isang maipagmamalaki ko sa mga meetings na ganito ay ang pagiging courteous ng mga Pinoy. Alam mo na pinoy ang nagsasalita dahil sa high level ng courtesy na ipinapakita.

Ibang lahi, magtatanong in a loud voice habang nakaupo and would not even raise their hand. Meron pang nagpapaliwanag ang speaker ay biglang dadahak, o sasagutin ang cellphone ng malakas ang boses.. di pa lalabas iyon, doon mismo sa meeting makikipagusap sa telepono.

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Sa maraming meetings na aking nadaluhan, pag pinoy ang nagtanong, magtataas ito ng kamay, at tatayo. Puro Sir ang maririnig mo at hindi nagtataas ng boses. Naka silent at di nakikipagusap sa phone habang me meeting.

Sabi ng kaibigan kong Manager na Arabo, “I know when a Filipino is in the meeting.” Napakagalang. Iyong mga bastos ay hindi Pinoy.

Pero kapag may umutot.

Tiyak..  Pinoy yun.

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“I am no better, and neither are you
We are the same, whatever we do
You love me, you hate me, you know me and then
You can’t figure out the bag I’m in.”- Sly and the Family Stone

 

TRASH

Pinuna ko ang aming Janitor (ibang lahi) kung bakit tuwing makalawang linggo lang niya kinukuha ang trash sa aking room. Biniro ko pa na namamaho na ako at natatabunan ng mga basura dahil tagal bago niya kunin.

Ang basura ko ay mga papel, mga shredded na dokumento, balutan ng tinapay, coffee, candy at ilan pang mga normal na makikita sa isang opisina. Umaapaw na talaga pag kinuha niya buti na lang nasa ilalim ng aking mesa.

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Habang kinukuha niya ang basura at pinapalitan ang liner, sinabihan ko siya, “don’t wait for the trash can to overflow, you collect 2x a week or weekly, I can see you just loitering around, no work so why can’t you do it more often.. “

Sagot niya, “I follow my schedule, every 2 weeks..”

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Pakli ko na medyo iritado, “you should empty my trash can more often, I don’t want it overflowing, okay. Next time, I will complain to HR. I am just being kind because I know you need a job, but you must do your job.. keep the office clean.”

Sagot niya, “Okay Sir, no problem. Your office, no more full trash can. I will make sure.”

Bumalik siya after 10 minutes, at kinuha ang aking trash can. Pinalitan niya ng mas malaki (halos doble), ang aking trash can.

“Now Sir, it will be not full when I collect.”

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“Distracting my work but I can’t make a stop
And my confidence on and my confidence off.
And I sink to the bottom and rise to the top
And I think to myself that I do this a lot.”- Avett Brothers

POWER PLAY – THERE’S ROOM FOR EVERYONE

Dr Stephen Covey said: Most of us learn to base our self-worth on comparisons and competition. We think about succeeding in terms of someone else failing–that is, if I win, you lose; or if you win, I lose. ..There is only so much pie to go around, and if you get a big piece, there is less for me; it’s not fair, and I’m going to make sure you don’t get anymore.

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Iyan ang mentalidad ng mga Pinoy sa ngayon. Parang bang laging naglalamangan, walang gustong magbigay. Pag me natalo, ayaw tanggapin ang pagkatalo, “pagresbak ko lagot ka.” Pag nanalo naman, belat talo kita.. At sangkatutak na ang sasabihin sa natalo. Sangkatutak na paninira, kulang na lang tadyakan at dikdikin. Ayaw bitiwan ang mental baggage na dala dala.

Ang mga taong may malawak na pangunawa, may edukasyon, may breeding at maka Diyos, matalo o manalo, they see a pie with pieces enough for everyone, at hindi sila nagiisip na malalamangan siya ng iba.

Di na natin matatakasan ang kultura ng paglalaban. Tayo ay isang specie ng namumuhay sa mundo na laging nakikipagtagisan sa kapuwa, ngunit, subalit, datapuwat, pero iba ang pakikipagtagisan na natutuon sa tunay na diwa ng tagisan kesa sa pakikipagtagisang may kasakiman or worse may kabuktutan.

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Ang mga taong may paninindigan and who love what they do are competitive. Hindi nila mararating ang tagumpay kung hindi sila nakahanda sa tagisan. However, di nila ginugugol ang kanilang oras at lakas sa mga pandaraya at katusuhan. Hindi nila hinahadlangan ang kompetisyon dahil alam nilang maraming mga larangan ang kayang magexcel ang bawat isa. Kapag mahal mo ang ginagawa mo, kahit na anong husay mo ay hindi mo tatapakan o gagamitin ang ibang tao para ikaw ay makarating sa iyong inaambisyon.

At sila ay magnanimous in victory.

Hindi vindictive. Hindi nagmamayabang.

At higit sa lahat, they inspire and motivate other people.

They are focused to excel.

Not to bash. Not to cuss. Not to create intrigues.

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“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here. Here comes the sun, here comes the sun. And I say it’s all right.” – the Beatles

WHAT COMES OUT OF A MAN IS WHAT DEFILES HIM

There were two world leaders. Ang una experimented with drugs noong siya ay nasa college, he had a mistress, gustong gusto niya ang fine brandy at cigar, at kilala siyang nalalasing at very rowdy sa mga parties kahit noong siya ay nanunungkulan na. Ang ikalawa ay vegetarian and a nonsmoker; bihirang uminom, at beer lang, and he was faithful to his girlfriend. Ang Kongreso ng Estados Unidos ay ginawaran ang una ng pinakamataas na karangalan, samantalang ang ikalawa ay kinamumuhian hanggang ngayon. The first one was Winston Churchill, and the second one was Adolf Hitler.

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At hindi roon nagtatapos ang pagkakaiba ng dalawa. Sir Winston Churchill ay mild mannered despite what was described above, and most of all he is a good speaker, a motivational speaker, a respected one at that. Churchill’s stirring oratory is perhaps his greatest legacy. His wartime speeches famously gave the British lion its roar during the darkest days of the Second World War. He understood the power of words and he inspired his countrymen to rally and won against the Nazis. He never cussed.

Adolf Hitler ay naitalagang chancellor noong 1933 kahit na siya ay natalo sa halalan. Hitler quickly gained more power; pagkaraang mamatay ang presidente ng sumunod na taon, at siya ang inihayag na presidente in addition sa pagiging chancellor, giving him absolute power. Thus, Hitler became a dictator. As dictator, Hitler began systematically taking away civil rights and removing his opposition (parang me pattern ano?). Binigyan niya ng lubos na kapangyarihan ang kanyang mga alipores para hindi makapag coup laban sa kanya. Isa ring maituturing na good speaker si Hitler (in another way). Kapag siya ay nagsasalita, he would yell, cuss and wave his arms violently (sounds familiar).  At para lalong maexcite ang mga nakikinig at tagasunod gumagamit siya ng mga trigger words, tulad ng “conspiracy”, “cover-up”, “overthrow”, at iba pa. Another technique Hitler employed in his speeches was the “either-or” fallacy. By creating a false dilemma in the mind of his audience, he was able to convince them that although something was unethical, it was the only option. Naitanim niya sa isip ng mga followers niya na “sila lang” ang mataas/superior na uri ng mga tao, kaya dapat “walang karapatang mabuhay”, dapat “patayin” ang inferior race tulad ng mga Jews. Kaya naman nagbubunyi ang mga alipores niya sa pagpatay sa mga Jews noong panahong iyon.

What Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” is getting repeated over and over again in this world.

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Some will argue that it is better to have a foul mouthed leader who is honest and sincere, than a politely speaking leader who is corrupt and have hidden ambitions. But time and again, it is proven that Leadership is showing Respect to your followers, and this Respect is from the heart and comes out of the mouth.

Let us help our Leaders to show respect. Let us be together to prevent a “Cursing Generation”.

Anyway, I know that each one of us don’t want our mothers and sisters to be branded as “p…a”.

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“And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us. And if our God is with us, then what could stand against” – Chris Tomlin

JOKU (ジョーク) – 092016

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ASAWA INATAKE SA PUSO

HUSBAND: “Tumawag ka ng ambulansiya Honey, inaatake ako sa puso!”
WIFE: (kinuha ang cellphone ng asawa) “Dali Hon, ibigay mo sa akin ang password!”
HUSBAND: “Okay na ako Honey. Maayos na pakiramdam ko!”
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LALAKI KUMATOK SA KAPITBAHAY

“Pasensiya na pare,” ang kanyang sabi “ alam ko na pagod ka galing sa trabaho, pero kailangan ko ng tulong mo.”
“Anong tulong pare?” ang tanong ng kapitbahay.
“Alam mo di ako makapasok sa bahay, tulog na tulog naman ang asawa ko, kanina pa ako katok ng katok at tawag ng tawag. Iyon susi ko kasi ay nalimutan ko sa aking jacket na naiwan ko nakasampay sa tabi ng kama namin.”
“Anong gusto mong gawin ko pare?” tanong uli ni kapitbahay.
“Puwede ba pakidukot mo lang ang susi sa jacket ko na napalipat ang sampay sa kuwarto mo?”
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LALAKI GUSTO PAKASAL


“Your honor,”
 said a young man. “I’d like to get married please.”
“All right, what’s you age?”
“22, sir.”
“And the bride’s?”
“She’s 15 sir.”
“15? That’s too young and against the law!”
“I see,”
 said the young man. “Could you explain that to the man next to her with a shotgun?”
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GIRL WAITING FOR HIS GUY

GIRL: “Babe, where u na?”
GUY: “Naghihintay ng bus.”
GIRL: “Bilisan mo babe, inip na ako.”
GUY: “Okay, babe, Bibilisan ko paghihintay.”
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DRUNK DRIVER

A cop pulls over a car, and he asked “Sir, do you know how badly your car was swerving between lanes?”
The offender replied, “I’ve had 8 martinis, officer.”
“That’s no excuse to let your wife drive…,” the cop said back.
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OF LADY TAXI DRIVER

When I see a woman driving a taxi, I smile and think how far our society have come in terms of gender equality…
And then I wait for the next taxi.
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DALAWANG LALAKI NAGBABASA NG SULAT SA MGA NITSO

KANOR: “Pare, heto o 88 years old ng mamatay!”
PANDOY: “Mas matindi ito pare, 102 ng mamatay.”
KANOR: “Oh, mas grabe ito, 150.”
PANDOY: “Wow! Anong pangalan pare.”
MICK: “Kilometers from Baguio!”
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MAKE UP

To all the women that wear a lot of make-up:
Take it easy, it is called a FACE…
Not a COLORING BOOK!
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ASAWANG LALAKI NAGMUMURA SA CONDOMINIUM

Lalaki: “Ang gagong janitor nagyayabang na lahat na babae sa building na ito ay nasipingan na niya, puwera lang daw ang isa.”
Babae, napangiti: , “Hmmmmmmmmm, seguro si Ms Cruz, yong pangit na nakatira sa 8th floor ang hindi lang niya nasipingan.”
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DALAWANG LASING NAGLALAKAD SA RILES NG TREN…
LASING1 : “Pre . anhirap naman netong hagdan! Andaming steps!
LASING2 : “Di lang yan pre! Ambaba pa ng hawakan!
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BUNTIS NAGLILIHI SA ITIM NA MANGGA

PATROCINIA:  “Gusto ko ng itim na mangga.”
PROCOPIO: “Eh wala namang itim na mangga?”
Naglalakad sa kagubatan, may nakita si Procopio na puno ng mangga. May bunga doon ng itim na mangga, dalawa nga lang. Pinilit ni Procopio na pitasin ang itim na mangga
KAPRE: “Amang, itlog ko yan.”
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FIRST BOYFRIEND DAW

On wedding night, man asks wife: “Akala ko ba first boyfriend mo ko? Bakit? hindi ka na virgin?”
WIFE: “Ikaw talaga ang first boyfriend ko. Yung iba, customers ko lang. Peks man!”
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DU30 TABLOID

Martin Andanar, the Presidential Communications Operations Office chief, says the Du30 administration may publish it’s own tabloid. They haven’t decided yet what to call the tabloid but Du30 is keen on calling it, “Balitang Ina Mo.”
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PERKS OF BEING 60 YEARS AND ABOVE

Kidnappers aren’t interested in you.
In a hostage situation, you are likely to be released first.
People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.
Things you buy now won’t wear out.
No one expects you to run – anywhere.
People call at 8pm and ask, “Did I wake you up?”
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SUPERMAN TAKING A PLANE

As I stood swaying at the British Airways ticket counter, the sales agent asked, “May I help you, sir?” “Yes,” I slurred as I unzipped my Superman costume to get my wallet, “one way ticket to Amsterdam please.” “You’re unable to fly, sir,” he replied. “You’re too drunk.” I said, “I know, mate, that’s why I’m getting a plane.”
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BOBONG EMPLEYADO

BOSS: “I think you’re not too bright at all. But you have come early to work for the past two years. You deserve a reward. “
EMPLOYEE: “Thanks, boss! What’s my reward then? “
BOSS: “How does a brand new car sound? “
EMPLOYEE: “Vroom, vroom…”
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APPLICANT BEING INTERVIEWED

INTERVIEWER: “Why did you leave your previous job?”
APPLICANT: “Because once they fire you, they won’t let you stay!”

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AT MIDNIGHT… WIFE’S MOBILE PHONE BEEPS.

Husband checks it & gets angry. He wakes his wife up.
HUSBAND: (angry) “Who is this person saying “beautiful”?”
Surprised, wife checks her mobile phone.
WIFE: (very angry) “Hey! Use your eyeglass… ‘It’s not beautiful… It’s battery full!!’”
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GIRL ANNOUNCED HER ENGAGEMENT TO HER FATHER.

FATHER: “Does this fellow have any money?”
GIRL: “Oh! Dad, you men are all alike.  That’s exactly what he asked me about you!”
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APO NAGYAYABANG SA LOLA

APO: “Lola, ako po ang pinaka-unang natuto ng ABC sa school!”
LOLA: “Very good ka, apo, wag mayabang!”
APO: “Lola, ako din pinaka-mabilis magbilang ng 1 to 10.”
LOLA: “Ok yan, wag kang makulit ha!”
APO: “Lola, ako na rin pinaka-matangkad sa school!”
LOLA: “Malamang! grade 1 ka lang pero disiotso ka nang hinayupak ka!”
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KASAMBAHAY PINAGLINIS NG REF

A lady of the house returned home one afternoon and asked her new maid, “Did you clean out the refrigerator as I told you?”
“Yes, ma’am,” replied the maid. “And everything was delicious!”
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GUWAPO BA AKO?

Mommy, guwapo ba ako?”
“Itanong mo sa girlfriend mo.”
“Wala akong girlfriend, Mommy.”
“Exactly!”

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“Ganyan nga, kaibigan . Tawanan mo ang iyong problema . ‘Wag mong isipin nang todo . Baka ikaw ay maloko . Tumawa ka, bakit hindi . Tawanan mo ang ‘yong problema? – Freddie Aguilar

VENERATING HOTDOG, NOODLES AND ITLOG (HOTNOODLOG)

“Meryenda tayo Sir after ng game ha! Birthday ko.” Sabi sa akin ng isa kong kaibigan while playing basketball. Pinagsaluhan naming ang inihanda niyang pansit, nilagang itlog at tinapay. Kapansin pansin ang pansit niya ay instant noodles na hinaluan ng hotdog. “Pasensiya na Sir, iyan lang ang kaya natin para magcelebrate.”

Inisip ko na hindi lang siya ang pinoy dito sa Saudi na nabubuhay sa Hotdog, Noodles.at Itlog. Move over Adobo at Kanin or Tapsilog, tinalo na kayo ng Hotnoodlog. Dalawa ang dahilan kung bakit naging Hotnoodlog ang OFW food sa gitnang silangan.

Una ay madali itong iluto. Sa kaabalahan sa trabaho, hirap na dinaranas sa gitna ng init o lamig, sa inis na nararanasan sa mga Boss at kasamahang ibang lahi, pagod at gutom na darating sa tirahan ay Hotnoodlog ang mabilis na makakasapat sa gutom. Kung kakain sa labas, puro mamantika at mahal ang presyo ng iyong makakain.

Mura at madaling makabusog. Wala pang 5 riyals ay may pagkain ka na. Ngunit, ang tunay na dahilan kung bakit Hotnoodlog ang madalas na pagkain ay ang pagsisikap ng isang OFW na makatipid at may maipandagdag sa ipapadala sa kanyang mahal sa buhay sa Pilipinas para sa:

  1. Birthday celebration ng mga mahal sa buhay
  2. Pambili ng gamot para sa me sakit
  3. Pangtuition ng anak
  4. Panggastos sa fiesta, pasko o bagong taon
  5. Pambili ng mga gamit sa eskuwela
  6. Pambili ng gadgets na hinihiling ng anak
  7. Panggastos sa field trip, excursion o pamamasyal sa mall

At marami pa na tinatamasang kaginwahan (isama na natin ang layaw) ng mga mahal sa buhay, bunga ng sakripisyo ng isang OFW.

Hanggang kailan sila kakain ng Hotnoodlog? Hanggang kailan sila patuloy na magbibigay? Hanggang kailan sila mananabik sa sinigang, pinakbet, crispy pata, ginataang langka, atbpa.

Habang buhay ang pag-asa. Pag-asa na isang araw ay matatapos ang kanilang sakripisyo at makakauwi na for good para makapiling ang pamilya.

Sa Hotdog, Itlog at Noodles may pag-asa. 

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“For you, he’s the best he can be / Oh, child don’t you know? / Your daddy love come with a lifetime guarantee” – Sade

RESPECT VIS-A-VIS RESPONSIBILITY

A Mechanical Technician (Mr. MT) has just finished his shift and started packing up his tools. He was in a hurry, that he haphazardly placed the equipment in the shelves and the drawers.

He noticed a break in the insulation of the Electric Drill, but did not mind it and told himself he is in a hurry to get home. He’s got to talk to his chat mate in the internet this night so he must be home soon. Mr. MT even thought that the second shift technician (Mr. FL) will take care of that defect, or if he will not notice it, then maybe a simple electric shock will be experienced and then Mr. FL will repair it.

Happy and sleepy with the previous night’s internet chat session, Mr. MT reported for work the next day. He proceeded to take his tools and equipment from the shelves and from the drawer.He plugged in the Electric Drill but got shocked from the electricity coming into his body. Fortunately, when he fell down, the Electric Drill got unplugged, and he was saved from being electrocuted.

At the company clinic, while being treated from electric burns, he learned that Mr. FL was ON LEAVE the previous night.

Respect comes in various forms. It could be a way to address another person, the manner of listening to their opinions, respectful greetings, appreciating others’ responsibilities and actions, understanding wants, needs and manners of others and a lot more. Giving respect means giving value to their being, ideals and beliefs.

Respect is associated with responsibility. The more respectful somebody is, the more responsible he is. He values respect because he is responsible. He exhibits sense of responsibility in his actions, in his posts, in his comments, in his remarks. He exudes an air of honor, high education and values.

Observe how respect and responsibility have gone astray nowadays. Look at how people irresponsibly post and share news, issues, gossips without verifying what they are posting. I have seen a friend reposted an item which had a headline that goes like this “ADDITIONAL TAXES FOR OFWs”. He flavored his post with curses, expletives, and blames on the administration. However he did  not bother to click on the link to read the full article of some stupid and irresponsible blogger.

The article started with “The BIR Commissioner upon hearing the recommendations of some lawmakers strongly remarked that she does not agree on imposing ADDITIONAL TAXES FOR OFWs.” That blogger whose name is also hidden, took only those words and created an impression that the BIR Commissioner wants to lay down additional taxes, thus hatred on some readers who have already a bias on the administration.

Like the above short story, we may realize that one of these days we, ourselves, will suffer the consequence of our being irresponsible and disrespectful.

Nowadays, our society rejoices in the killings, injustices, disrespectful behaviors, bashing, rumor mongering, and reposts / share them irresponsibly.

Somebody cries injustice only when it happens to him.

Living seems to be  “pa-kembot kembot lang”.

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“And I find it kinda funny. I find it kinda sad. The dreams in which I’m dying. Are the best I’ve ever had. I find it hard to tell you. I find it hard to take. When people run in circles
It’s a very, very mad world, mad world.” – Gary Jules