Thursday, September 28, 2017

Travelling to Philippines? Learn Common Filipinism

By Patricia Evans 

Are you planning to travel to Philippines? More than just the places you will be visiting, familiarize yourself with the idiosyncrasies of the Filipinos. Filipinism is one such thing you ought to consider if you want to be able to communicate with the locals more effectively.

Filipinisms refer to words that Filipinos have loosely translated from Tagalog words or expressions, causing confusion when used in conversations with native English speakers. Familiarity with these words is especially helpful for backpackers who prefer to interact with Filipinos on a deeper level.

"For awhile" 

After asking for room availability, the hotel receptionist may respond with "For awhile." You may get confused and think she means "Wait for a long time." What the receptionist is actually saying is "Wait for a short time," the American equivalent for the phrase is "Just a moment."

Locals may invite you to join them on a gimmick. Don’t get the wrong idea. While the word may mean practical joke back home, it actually translates to a night out with friends in the Philippines. Its American equivalent is party or hang out. Be ready to hear this a lot in Philippines, a known party destination.

"What is your course?"  
If you are a student, one of the first things Filipinos may ask you is, "What is your course?" This is sure to confuse native English speakers. What Filipinos actually want to ask is, "What is your major?"


You may also hear locals talking about taking a masteral. What they actually mean is that they are taking a postgraduate degree. Masteral is the term Filipinos commonly use when referring to a master’s degree.

“Get down” / “Go down” 
You may hear the phrases “get down” or “go down” a lot while taking public commute in the Philippines. Although it does not sound right, most travelers manage to get what the speaker is trying to say. And yes, it means disembark or get off.

Green jokes 
While drinking or partying, you might get into a friendly banter with the locals and start hearing them talk about “green jokes.” Although there may be enough context for you to understand what they mean, it would still help to know its American equivalent. The term refers to jokes of a sexual nature, or what you would call “dirty jokes.”

"I'll go ahead" 
You would often hear Filipinos say "I'll go ahead" when they are just about to leave. What they really mean is that they are leaving in advance of others. It is also the equivalent of "See you later!"


Be wary when someone invites you to a nightclub. While the term will have you thinking of a regular restobar, Filipinos actually use it to refer to a sex-oriented establishment or what you would call a strip club.

If someone asks you for a ballpen, don’t go thinking of any specific kind of pen. Filipinos use the word ballpen to refer to any kind of pen.

Locals might invite you to a swanky party and request that you wear a polo. Note that in the Philippines, this means a button-down dress shirt, not the short-sleeved collared shirt or casual, knit, short-sleeved shirt you use the word for.

"I am a professional driver"  
If a local starts telling you that he is a professional driver, he is most likely just saying that he is a capable, well-skilled driver. Although the term literally means he gets paid for his driving services, “professional” is often just a word Filipinos use to say that they are good at something.

"Your English is very slang"  
While the word slang is commonly used to refer to informal English words, it has a different connotation in the Philippines. When the locals tell you that your English is very slang, what they are actually trying to say is that you speak fast and with an accent that they find difficult to comprehend.


Someone in the Philippines might tell you she’s a tomboy. The first thing that may come to your mind is that she’s a girl who likes sports and other boyish things. In the Philippines, the word tomboy usually means a lesbian.

"I will be the one" 
If, say, you hear your guide saying "I will be the one," you might either get shocked or find yourself on the verge of laughing. Get a hold of yourself. It is simply his way of offering to do something, or the equivalent of “I'll do it.”

"You are mature"  
If a local tells you he thinks you are mature, do not get flattered. Much unlike what you may be thinking, he’s not telling you you are wise and sophisticated. In the Philippines, this is commonly uttered when someone thinks you are already old or you look mature for your age.

"You are advanced" 
This is yet another expression that could easily be misconstrued. When a local tells you, “you are advanced,” what he is actually saying is that you are ahead of schedule or that you are early. So no, it does not mean you are knowledgeable/skilled.

“Come again?” 

While this may have you thinking of being asked to return, it is really just an innocuous term for Filipinos that could mean any of the following: “I’m sorry would you please say that again?” / “Excuse me?” / “I didn’t get quite get that.”

Open / close the computer  
This is something you are bound to hear only from locals who do not have a good command of the English language. From time to time you may hear someone asking you to open / close the computer, the light, the TV or any appliance. What they actually mean is that they need you to turn on/off the appliance or the light. Now don’t worry about having to assemble or disassemble the computer.

While at the airport, the term hand-carry may be repeatedly mentioned. This is a term the British and Americans do not recognize. In the Philippines, it is used to refer to carry-on luggage.

Comfort room 
This is yet another word that is not common back home. CR or comfort room is a common term in the Philippines that is used to refer to toilet, shower room, bathroom, powder room, and restroom.

Keep in mind that just because something does not sound right to you does not mean it is necessarily wrong. Just as color is spelled differently in the UK, English has evolved into a different form in the Philippines. As long as you keep an open mind, communicating with the hospitable Filipinos should be a breeze.

Have fun in the beautiful country of Philippines!


About Patricia Evans 
Patricia Evans is an interior designer, Huffington Post UK blogger, and a full time mother. She worked in Marketing before but she quit her job to pursue her true passion: interior decorating. She is also into green and simple living; she loves traveling, cooking, and having tea."

Twitter: @patricia016
LinkedIn:  Patricia Evans

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Introducing the all new Huawei Nova 2i and its ambassador Hannah Delisha!

Phones nowadays are more than just phones. They are our lives at the palm of our hand. Our contacts, our entertainment, our memories - all captured and stored in one device. It's no wonder that phone brands are constantly improving their products to keep up with the era of selfies, instagram shots and daily vlogging. 

Following the introduction of the iPhone 8 and X as well as Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Huawei today launched the all new quad-camera Nova 2i, the latest member of the Nova 2 series. The event also introduced Hannah Delisha as nova 2i's ambassador at the event held at Ryi and Lynn, Bangsar.

Friday, September 22, 2017

UberEATS Launched in KL - at last!

Being a true Malaysian, food remains an integral part of my daily life. Just ask my colleagues and family. I'll be the one running around the office at 12noon sharp asking the all important question...

"What to eat ar?"

Of course, being the lazy bum that I am, I end up eating around the office area most of the time or bringing food from home simply because traffic jams, looking for parking and queuing/hunting for table scares me. I am sure many of you can relate.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fly to Europe with KLM's Dream Deals

Flying to Europe on a grand adventure is the dream for many. Just imagine landing in romantic Paris and having a whirling journey through the countryside until you end up somewhere in Moscow. Just a dream, you say?


Not anymore because from 19 to 29 September 2017, KLM will offer Dream Deals for air tickets from Kuala Lumpur to selected European and American destinations. Promotional fares are valid for travel from 01 November 2017 to 30 June 2018. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Explore Authentic Japan with Erwan Heussaff on Life INspired

Set to premiere on Tuesday, 19th September at 10pm (MY/SIN/HK) with back to back episodes, the all-new Life Inspired Original Series- Japan Authentic, a 2 part series follows Erwan Heussaff as he explores the road less travelled in cities such as Iiyama, Hida, Noto, Sasayama, Ine and Tanabe, where local produce are at its freshest and the people are most welcoming.

In the series, Erwan,  who is also a lifestyle video creator and culinary enthusiast, meets up with some locals along the way to truly experience a side of Japan not many may know off. From activities like jungle trekking through the Shin-etsu Forest, mountain boarding at Madarao Kogen Ski Resort, experiencing a Kiriko Festival or tasting the fresh local produce straight from the farm, the series aims to open a different chapter from the book of Japan.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Coolblog adds Malaysian-spired drinks to its menu

Let's face. Malaysians do love their local flavours. Case in point - Nasi Lemak, cendol, salted egg yolk and durian.

In conjunction with Hari Malaysia, CoolBlog Malaysia has launched Rasa Rasa Malaysia, its new range of colourful flavours catered to Malaysian taste buds. The new drinks were unveiled in conjunction with the celebration of Merdeka and Malaysia Day, incorporating flavours that are distinctly Malaysian and derived from local desserts.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Viper Arena 2017 race recap

Another round of Viper Arena and what a fun round it was. 6km, 15 obstacles all within the vicinity of Shah Alam Stadium which just not too long ago, was a Sea Games venue. And once again Team Huh now upgraded to Team Fuh made an appearance, all decked out in red now. 

Here's a video compilation of our fun night out. 

Video captured and edited with iPhone SE using VivaVideo and Splice app. To read my other write ups on Viper Arena: 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

AirAsia Launches World’s First Freedom Flyer Programme

AirAsia yesterday unveiled the world’s first Freedom Flyer Programme aimed at making it easier, faster and better for loyal guests to earn AirAsia BIG Points. The overhauled loyalty programme, powered by AirAsia BIG Loyalty, is based on a unique membership status system determined by how often guests fly - the more guests fly with AirAsia, the faster they will earn BIG Points, regardless of how much they spend on fares.

 AirAsia BIG Loyalty CEO Dato' Eddy Leong flanked by AirAsia Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun (centre left), AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (centre right) and cabin crew at the Freedom Flyer Programme launch. 
How it works 
The four-status system starts with Red status for guests who fly 13 or fewer one-way short-haul flights in the preceding 12 months, through to Gold and Platinum, and all the way up to Black for those who fly 50 or more times with AirAsia.

Friday, September 8, 2017

30 in Japan: Tokyo Michelin Star Shinjukukappo Nakajima restaurant [Day 3]

When it comes to good food, Japan has plenty, possibly due to the attention to detail and care the locals put into the preparation. But more often than not, good award-winning food is often associated with expensive.

Not at Nakajima. Located in an obscure road/alley in Shinjuku, this unsuspecting basement restaurant is the winner of one Michelin star for one simple ingredient. Sardines.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

30 in Japan: Kamakura and Enoshima [Day 1 and 2]

I am officially 30 years old. I am officially in my 30s now. I am..still mentally in my 20s so basically nothing has changed.

Except achieving one of my dream of spending my birthday in Japan. Like any true Japan-fan, a birthday getaway to the Land of the Rising Sun was the goal and on my 30th birthday, I was in Japan at the top of Mouth Fuji.

But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me start with the first town we visited upon arrival in Japan during our trip on 1-9 July (summer season). Kamakura was beautiful, peaceful even except on weekends when it's becomes the ideal beach getaway destination for visitors from Tokyo. I booked our two night stay at Webase Hostel Kamakura, near Yuigahama beach and two train stops away from Kamakura station.