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some of my friends decided to get a massage and they altogether went to a spa last friday.

the reason: one particular friend, let's call her "chinita", was kinda depressed because she wasn't able to watch the cinderella musical play a day prior because of the sudden flood in their area which was due to heavy rains.. their tickets, worth 1,000 pesos each, were forfeited and they decided to just reschedule the said plan. and so chinita wasn't quite herself the whole day. she did not feel like doin anythin... until we suggested that she get a massage. somehow, she became excited. and off they went.

during the massage, chinita kept on laughing and making some noises. the massage was a bit hard for her low pain threshold. meanwhile, another friend-lets call him kulet, found the massage too light for him, so they switched masseuses.. after a few minutes, chinita refrained from making noises and so everyone taught that she's already enjoying or has even fallen asleep.. from time to time, they hear the masseuses murmuring and speaking in a different dialect, chatting. my friends just let them be. after the massage, kulet asked the masseuses from what provinces they were., they said that they are from cebu, then kulet called chinita and asked, "aren't you from davao?"

the masseuses were surprised and hurriedly greeted them farewell, bumping walls and hitting baskets as they had gone out. it was kind of funny.

, as well as most residents of davao speak a different dialect, we, from Luzon, refer to as bisaya . both chinita and kulet had understood them all along. they said that chinita was lampa or that she was too soft and easily get hurt. IMO, what they said wasn't all that bad. even chinita said that she wasn't offended. we just thought it to be improper that they chatted during the massage. what made the matter even more rude is that they talked in a different dialect. who could have known what they were saying if chinita and kulet were not able to understand bisaya, right?

the same thing goes for all of us, we should never take advantage of the language barrier because it is rude. it's bad to talk about someone behind his back but it is more impolite to speak about that person in front of him in a language that he or she is not familiar with, right?

stolen photo from a forum(http://www.asiafinest.com/forum/lofiversion/index.php/t53057-300.html)

i have nothing against people who speak bisaya ok?? i have close friends from the visayas and mindanao. really cool people! mabuhay kayo! :) i just found the picture funny and somewhat related to my post.

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  1. dak  

    August 3, 2008 at 1:59 PM


    of course i knoe these 2 people pertained in this post...


    see?! i thot you have nothing to talk about in here... nice job! i like how the story was delivered. well done!

  2. my-so-called-Quest  

    August 3, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    aling ah!
    san ba yan? awayin natin at maresbakan! haha.

    pero rude nga un. dapat nagsabi sila sa manager nung spa. para hindi na maulit.

  3. philos  

    August 3, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Hmm... This spa sounds familiar... eto ba yung iniisip ko? They do that all the time, and they talk about me too hehe... and since the dialect ain't that far from ours, I somehow understand--not that I care. :p


    August 4, 2008 at 2:37 AM

    I always tell those indians in our nursing home to speak english coz im paranoid.

  5. Spife  

    August 4, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Nice photo editing effort :p


    BTW, I think it's the native speakers' prerogative to be rude while talking in a different dialect. It's theirs, anyway. However, situations like that often give them what they deserve. :p

  6. joyfulchicken  

    August 4, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Heh. Photoshop can be such a good comedy tool.

  7. Camille  

    August 4, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    spife: i wasnt the one who edited the photo. i have no talent when it comes to PS.. i really wanna learn though.

    ced: no need! as ive said ok lang naman un. ok parin yung massage nila. haha

    philos: eh thats a secret.. haha.. whats on ur mind ba? :p

    kris jasper: wag ka na mapraning. hehe.. magtagalog ka nalang

  8. TENTAY™  

    August 4, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Hi camille!
    anyways, mababait ang mga bisaya. well based on my experience, they're very sweet people. =)

    I saw on your old post, pichur of starbux, sa may westlife bldg yon diba? sa may west avenue un may pansit llido? don ako nagkakape every weekend. :) I'm from baler. QC ka diba! heheheheh!

  9. Chyng  

    August 5, 2008 at 12:10 AM

    hi camille!

    hhmmm, that's rude. but it doesnt mean that all who talk behind our backs are bisayas. worse scenes like this happen around.

    wala lang silang gmrc! hehe

  10. Spife  

    August 5, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Dear cams,

    I know ps & i can teach you.. if i had the time, hehe :p


  11. Camille  

    August 6, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    @tentay: yup qc nga ako. i live near that place ure referring to. hehe
    and yeah mabait nga mga bisaya. may friend ako e. carlos name nya pero we now call him ji-ar. junior kasi sha. hehe GR as in JR

    @chyng:yup. di rin nmn kami naoffend sa sinabi nila. hehe

    @spife: can you teach an old dog new tricks? haha mejo slow learner na yata ko. haha.. bu thanks anyways.. :p

  12. philos  

    August 6, 2008 at 11:20 PM

    Some thai massage that we both patronize? :p

  13. Camille  

    August 8, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    philos: hm? anu ? hehe.. masaya parin ako sa thai massage.. hehehehe

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