I look like a Filipino?

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I went to the spa for a free massage. The free massage voucher was from a credit card company. As expected after every free the massage, the spa consultant came over to try to sell me some spa package. But before she started, she looked closely at me and asked whether I'm a Singaporean. She quickly turned to her records upon realising that I would have written it there. I told that that I'm Singaporean. She was convinced after viewing my records. She said," Don't mind I say this but you look Filipino," and then she sniggered. I'm not sure what that snigger meant.

Was she sniggering because she was laughing at herself for guessing wrongly? I doubt so.

Option A

As a Singaporean, what's the first word that comes to your mind when you hear "Filipino"? Be honest.

















I think "maid". There are doctors, nurses and other professionals who work in Singapore but "doctor" really isn't the first word that would come to my mind. (I have utmost respect for maids and domestic helpers who come to Singapore to work. They play an important role in our society.) [Stereotyping by Occupation]

The spa consultant was probably sniggering because she thought I look like a Filipino maid. My elder sister sometimes gets mistaken for a maid by door-to-door salesmen. But she turned that to her advantage by saying "Ma'am not in" and shutting the door immediately.

Well, so ok - maybe I'm a Filipino maid... I have no money to buy your over-priced spa package! (Nevermind how I got that credit card in the first place)

Note: This may be a sales tactic - to make people feel bad about themselves so that they would make the purchase in their desperation to prove something.

Option B

There are many hot-looking celebrities who are part-Filipino:
- Michael Copon (Power Rangers, One Tree Hill) [See picture here)
- Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat dolls) [See pictures here]
- Vanessa Minnillo (MTV's TRL)[See pictures here]
- Enrique Iglesias [See pictures here]
- Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) [See pictures here]
- Laliane Vergara-Paras (Lizzie McGuire) [See pictures here]

Did she mean to say I look hot? Aww.... thaanks!

16 comments:

~Pink Miu Miu~ said...

Philippino not so bad..i usually get mistaken as tran..that's worse rite =)

Yu-Kym said...

They ask you whether you are a tran?? Maybe cos your boobs are big!

Anonymous said...

umm...you look really chinese to me...

David said...

Yu-Kym,

Found this post when reading these archived posts. Form your photos alone, one might mistake you for a Filipino.

That being said, once you speak, your accent would end such conjecture.

Stereotypes are interesting. In the States Most people when meeting a Filipino expect that they are either a Doctor, engineer, nurse or some other professional!

That reflects immigration laws and who seeks to come the States for opportunity.

My wife is a Filipina. She has been an American citizen for many years. However she is often mistaken as being Chinese.

Recently in a Filipino cuisine restaurant the Filipino-American waitress asked my wife if she was indeed Filipino.

Interesting that when the waitress found out my wife was from the Philippines we suddenly received more attention and service!

Here in the States just being Asian would draw many men to give you attention.

David

Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.

-- C. S. Lewis

Anonymous said...

David,

"Here in the States just being Asian would draw many men to give you attention".

Coz you Yankees have not met Singaporean Chinese women the likes of Yu-Kym yet. lol

curious cat

Anonymous said...

David,

If I may ask...why have you chosen a Filipina (I'm sure a fine woman she must be) for your wife? Why not one of your own white women?

curious cat

David said...

CC, most American's think Asian women in general a very attractive.

Malay, Chinese, Korean or Filipina, the important thing is the women, not the country of origin.

The cultural differences are often a big draw.

Why did I marry a Filipina? After many decades of dating, and years of being dateless, with causcasian women, this one wonerful Filipina found me worth getting to know, and I recipricated.

Common interest and curiousity grew into friendship, friendship grew into love.

That all started almost 23 years ago!

Even Asia-American women are simply different from Caucasian women.

Get a grant and do a study, you might get rich and famous, or if not so fortunate, infamous.

David

The Christian has a great advantage over other men, not by being
less fallen than they, nor less doomed to live in a fallen world, but by knowing that he is a fallen man in a fallen world.


-- C. S. Lewis

Anonymous said...

David,

She is indeed a very lucky woman to have found you and you her! I guess those many years ago, chances of relationships not working out for whatever reasons are rare because moral values are stronger.

But these modern times, what are the chances of less well-off asian women from less developed or poorer countries wanting to find eg a white man just for the purpose of escaping poverty etc? Love and compatibility being furthermost from their minds?

And what are the chances of such women falling prey to unscrupulous white men out only to exploit these women! Because men of your upbringing and righteousness I believe are so much more uncommon than before.

I'm just using white men as an example. It's not to say that other coloured men are angels. keke

curious cat

David said...

CC, I did not realize that 1989 was such a primitive time! ! !

The relationship with my wife was built. We have had ups and downs like most encounter.

The difference with us, is that we chose to grow together. Couples with strong personal agendas often grow apart and go separate ways after a divorce.

If my wife was from a poor family one can only speculate what might have happen.

Some women overseas still play this game.
They want to get to the States, they pretend to fall in love with an American, or make a deal with the male. Marry the women, help to immigrate and become a legal resident. Then if she really does not like the man, they again divorce and part ways.

This happens less frequently now.

David

As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people
the permission to do the same.


-- Nelson Mandela

Anonymous said...

hahahha didnt mean those times of yours were so primitive but felt that marriages like yours amongst younger couples these days are less likely to last as long or as strong. Thanks for the info David!

curious cat

David said...

CC, quite the contrary appears to happening.

Marriages between Caucasian, (American men),
and Asian, Asian-American women are on the increase.

Perhaps American men are getting smarter, looking beyond traditional expectations and finding Asian women more appealing, both as women, and partners.

To many American women, are simply to caught up in being independent, to independent.

Some women here have expectations regarding men that make Yu-Kym's look quite modest.


At times all of us experience fear. But don't allow fear to keep you from being used by God. He has kept you thus far; trust Him for the rest of the way.

-- Woodroll Kroll

Anonymous said...

David,

Perhaps its not a matter of American men getting smarter. Instead, it's likely he has no choice if he wants to end up marrying someone compatible to him. If he continues to pursue the "independent thinking, Yu-Kym type" American women, he would end up like the books on the library shelf....just like us Singaporean men who are still single. Many Singaporean males too has to resort to marrying women from other Asian countries quite possibly for the same reasons many of you Americans are doing. These modern emancipated women are just too complicated, demanding and energy sapping to handle. lol

curious cat

David said...

CC, an independent Filipino women is demanding in different ways than an American women.

One thing most Filipina's demand is fidelity. The love in return however is worth the loyalty.

Yu-Kym has mentioned she values loyalty, and if one is loyal and trustworthy to her, she is likely the best type of friend one could want.

Loyalty and fidelity are virtues not known by many married people in all societies.

Why do you think divorce is so common?

David

God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds. He spoke a Book and lives in His spoken words, constantly speaking His words and causing the power of them to persist across the years.

-- A. W. Tozer

Anonymous said...

Absolutely David! But that Tozer is crap! lol

curious cat

David said...

CC, after 2000 plus years Christ is among the most loved and hated figurers in history.

Christ has more followers now than at any other time in history.

David


'Difficulty' is not a word to be found in the dictionary of heaven. Nothing can be impossible with God.


-- Charles H. Spurgeon

Anonymous said...

David,

I don't hate Christ, I think he is a great man if ever there is such a person. I even love him. Same with God!

But some of his followers....hmmmmm...enuf's said. Therefore, Christ having more followers now than ever before cuts no ice with me. I have my own mind!

Spurgeon crap!

curious cat