This is what being Filipino is all about



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This is what being Filipino is all about..........

This is a test.


Scoring: Give yourself
3 points - if you can relate to the following characteristics yourself
2 points if it relates to an immediate family member (mom & dad)
1 point if you know someone who has the characteristic
Mannerisms and Personality Traits

1.You point with your lips.


2.You eat using your hands - and have it down to a technique.
3.Your other piece of luggage is a balik-bayan box.
4.You nod your head upwards to greet someone (Pinoys got this from the Spaniards. Mexicans do this too)
5.You put your foot up on your chair and rest your elbow on your knees while eating.
6.You use a rock to scrub yourself in the bath or shower.
7.When taking a shower...you don't, you use a tabo.
8.You have to kiss your relatives in the cheek as soon as you enter the room.
9.You're standing next to the eight big boxes at the airport.
10.You collect items from hotels or restaurants "for souvenir's sake."
11.Your house has a distinctive aroma.
12.You smile for no reason.
13.You flirt by having a foolish grin on your face while raising your eyebrows repeatedly.
14.You go the department store and try to bargain the prices.
15.You use an umbrella for shade on hot summer days.
16.You scratch your head when you don't know the answer.
17.You never eat the last morsel of food on the table.
18.You go bowling.
19.You play pusoy and mah jong (Pinoys got this from the Chinese).
20.You find dried-up morsels of rice stuck to your shirt.
21.You prefer to sit in the shade instead of basking in the sun.
22.You add an unwarranted "H" to your name. i.e. Jhun, Bhoy, Rhon.
23.You put your hands together in front of you as if to make a path and say
"Excuse Excuse" when you pass in between people or in front of the tv.
24.You put your arm at the other person's shoulder if he or she is a close friend of yours.
25.Your middle name is your mom's maiden name.
26.You like everything that's imported or state-side.
27.You check labels on clothes to see where it was made.
28.You hang your clothes out to dry.
29.You are perfectly comfortable in a squatting position with your elbows
resting on your knees.
30.You consistently arrive 30 minutes late for all events.
31.You always offer food to all your visitors.
32.You unwrap Christmas gifts very carefully, so you can save and reuse the
wrapping (and especially those bows) next year.
33.You only buy Christmas cards after Christmas, when they are 50% off.
34.When there is a sale on toilet paper, you buy 100 rolls and store them
in your closet or in the bedroom of an adult child who has moved out.
35.You always leave your shoes at the door.
36.Your parents know how to launch nasal projectiles.
37.You iron your own shirts.
38.You play a musical instrument.
39.You pick your teeth at the dinner table (but you cover your mouth).
40.You twirl your pen around your fingers.
41.You fight over who pays the dinner bill.
42.Your dad thinks he can fix everything himself.
43.You majored in something practical like engineering, medicine or law.
44.When you go to a dance party, there are a wall of guys surrounding
     thedance floor trying to look cool.

45a.You live with your parents and you are 30 years old. (And they prefer it that way).


45b. If you're married and 30 years old, you live in the apartment
     next door to your parents, or at least in the same neighborhood.
46.You have a collection of minature shampoo bottles that you take
     every time you stay in a hotel.
47.You don't use measuring cups.
48.You feel like you've gotten a good deal if you didnt pay tax.

49.You always look up phone numbers in the phone book, since calling


     information costs 50 cents.
50.You treat Filipino sales people nicer.
51.You only make long distance calls after 11p.m.
52a.You like Chinese films in their orignal undubbed versions.

52b. You love Chinese Martial Arts films.


52c. Shao Lin and Wu Tang actually mean something to you.
53.You have a drawer full of old pens, most of which don't write anymore.
54.You e-mail your filipino friends at work or school, even though
     you only sit 10 feet apart.
 55.You use a face cloth.
 56.You've joined a CD club at least once.
 57.You know someone who can get you a good deal on jewelry or electronics.
 58.You've been on the Love Boat or know someone who has.


     Vocabulary:

59.You say comfort room instead of bathroom.


60.You say "for take-out" instead of "to go".
61.You "open" or "close" the lights.
62.You ask for "Colgate" instead of "Toothpaste".
63.You ask for a "pentel pen" or a "ball pen" instead of just a pen.
64.You refer to the refrigerator as the "ref" or "pridyider".
65.You say "kodakan" instead of "take a picture".
66.You order "McDonalds" instead of a hamburger (pronounced ham-boor-jer).
67.You say "Ha?" instead of "What?".
68.You say "Hoy" to get someone's attention.
69.You answer when someone yells "Hoy!"
70.You turn around when someone says "pssst".
71.You say "Cutex" instead of nail polish.
72.You say "For a while" instead of "please hold" on the telephone.
73.You say "he" when you mean "She" and vice versa.
74.You say "Aray!" instead of "Ouch".
75.Your sneeze sounds like "Ahh-ching" instead of "Ahh-choo".
76.You prefer to make acronyms for phrases such as OA for
     Over-Acting, "DOM" for Dirty Old Man, and "TNT" for, well you know.
77.You say "Air Con" instead of "A/C" or air conditioner.
78.You pronounce the following words: "Hippopo-TA-mus", "com-FOR-table",
     "Bro-CO-lli", "Montgo-merry Ward."
79.You say "brown out" instead of "black out".
80.You say "Uy" instead of "Oops".
81.You start with the word "Actually" when your are trying to explain something.
82.You know what MJ means.


     Home Furnishings:

83.You have "Weapons of Moroland" shield hanging in your living room wall.


84.You use walis tambo and walis tinguing as opposed to a conventional broom.

85.You own a karaoke system.


86.You own a piano no one ever plays.
87.You have a portrait of the Last Supper hanging in your dining wall.
88.You have 2 to 3 pairs of tsinelas at your doorstep.
89.You have a tabo in the bathroom.
90.Your house is cluttered with burloloys.
91.You have a rose garden.
92.You display a big Laughing Buddha for goodluck.
93.You have a shrine to the Santo Nino in your living room.
94.You own a "Barrel Man" (schwing!)
95.You have a parol during the holidays.
96.You cover your living room furniture with bedsheets.
97.You lampshades still have the plastic covers in them.
98.You have plastic runners to cover the carpets in your house.
99.You refer to your VCR as "Beytamax."
100.You own a rice dispenser.
101.You own a turbo broiler.
102.You own a lamp with oil that drips down to the strings.
103.You have a giant wooden spoon and fork hanging in the dining room.
104.You own capiz shell chandeliers, lamps or placemats.
105.You have a wooden tinikling dancers on your wall.
106.If you're under age 20, you own a really expensive walkman; if
     you're over 20, you own a really expensive camera.

     Automobiles:

107.You own a Mercedes Benz and call it "Chedeng".
108.You have a fake-banana display attached to your car window.
109.You own a huge van conversion.
110.You car chirps like a bird or plays a tune while it's in reverse
111.You have a rosary on your car's rear view mirror.
112.Your car horn can make three or more different sounds.
113.You have those air fresheners in a bottle.

     Family:

114.You have aunts and uncles named "Baby", "Girlie", or "Boy".
115.You were raised believing that every Filipino is an aunt, uncle, or cousin.
116.You dad or your uncle was in the navy.
117.Your mom or sister is a nurse.
118.You get smelling kisses from your grandma.
119.Your parents call each other Mommy and Daddy.
120.You have a family member that has a nickname that repeats itself.
     i.e. "Deng-Deng", "Ling-Ling", or "Bong-Bong".
121.Your parents house is always cold.
122.You mom drives her Mercedes to the Price Club.
123.If you don't live at home, when your parents call, they ask if
     you've eaten, even if it's midnight.

124.Also, if you don't live at home, your parents always want you to come home.

125.Your parents tell you to boil herbs and stay inside when you get sick.
126.Your parents send money to their relatives in Philippines
127.Your parents use a clothes line.
128.Your parents are never happy with your grades.
129.Your parents ask you for any of your Superstore coupons so they
     can use it to buy gas at the Superstore Gas Station. These are the same
     parents who drive the Mercedes.

130.Your mom and all of her MJ friends always complain about how bad


     each of their children are.
     Food:

131.You put hot-dogs in your spaghetti.


132.You consider dilis the Filipino equivalent for French fries.
133.You think eating chocolate rice pudding and dried fish is a great morning meal.
134.You order things like tapsilog, longsilog, tocilog.
135.You instinctively grab a toothpick after a meal.
136.You order a "soft drink" instead of a soda.
137.You dip bread in your morning coffee.
138.You refer to seasonings and all other forms of monosodium
     glutamates as Ajinomoto.
139.Your cupboards are full of corned beef, spam, and vienna sausages.
140.You appreciate a fresh hot pot of rice.
141.You bring your baon to work everyday.

142.Your baon is usually something over rice.

143.Goldilocks means more to you than just a character in a fairy tale.
144.You wash and re-use plastic utensils and Styrofoam cups.
145.You eat purple yam-flavored ice cream.
146.You know that "chocolate meat" isn't really made with chocolate.
147.You think half-hatched duck eggs are a delicacy.
148.You have an ice-shaver for making halo-halo.
149.Your cloth tablecloths have tell-tale tuyo circle on them.

150.You gotta have a bottle of Jufran handy.


151.You use your fingers to measure the water when cooking rice.
152.Your neighbors complain about the smell of tuyo on Sunday mornings.
153.You fry Spam and hot-dogs and eat them with rice.
154.You eat rice at breakfast.
155.You have a frozen lumpia in the freezer.
156.Kikoman on rice all the time.
157.You eat the whole crab, not just the legs.
158.You have a vinyl table cloth on your kitchen table.
159.Your stove is covered with aluminum foil.
160.Your kitchen has a sticky film of grease over it.
161.You have stuff in the freezer since the beginning of time.
162.You use the dishwasher as a dish rack.

163.You have never used your dishwasher.


164.You keep a thermos of hot water available at all times.
165.You boil water and put it in the refrigerator.
166.You eat all meals in the kitchen.
167.You save grocery bags, tin foil, and tin containers.
168.You use grocery bags to hold garbage.
169.You hate to waste food; even if you're totally full, if someone says they're going to throw away the leftovers on the table, you’ll finish them.

170.You have tupperware in your fridge with three bites of rice or


     one leftover chicken wing.
171.You don't own any real tupperware-- only a cupboard full of used
     but carefully rinsed margarine tubs, takeout containers, and jam jars.
172.You also use the jam jars as drinking glasses.
173.You bring mangoes (or other produce) with you as a gift when you
     visit peoples homes.
174.The condiments in your fridge are either Price Club sized or come
     in plastic packets, which you save/steal every time you get take out or
     go to McDonalds.
175.Ditto paper napkins.
176.You never order room service.
177a. You carry a stash of your own food whenever you travel (and
     travel means any car ride longer than 15 minutes).
177b. These travel snacks are always dried. As in not just dried
     plums, dried ginger, and beef/pork jerky, but dried SQUID.
178.You own a rice cooker.
179.You wash your rice at least 2-3 times before cooking it.
180.You spit bones and other food scraps on the table. (Thats why you
     need the vinyl tablecloth).
181.Your parents vehemently refuse the sack of gold coin oranges that
     their guests just brought just to be courteous.
182.You have a teacup with a cover on it.
183.You reuse teabags.
184.You're a wok user.
185.You know all the waiters at your favorite filipino restaurants.
186.You have acquired a taste for bitter melon.
187.You like congee with thousand year old eggs.
188.You prefer your shrimp with the heads and legs still attached --
     means they are fresh.
189.You always cook too much.
190.You eat every last grain of rice in your bowl, but don't eat the
     last piece of food on the table.
191.You starve yourself before going to all-you-can-eat-sushi.

     SCORES:


     429-573: Welcome to America! Judging from your high score, you are an
     obvious transport from the Philippines. There's no doubt what your
     ethnic identity is. You're Filipino, through and through.

     285-428: Congratulations, you've retained most of the Filipino traits


     and tendencies your family has instilled in you.

     281 and under: You are OFT (Obvious Filipino Tendencies). Go with the


     flow to reach full Filipino potential. Prepare for assimilation.
     Resistance is futile!


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