Yea, though I walk through the valley of death

T: anong katangian ng mga amerikano ang gusto mo?

S: that they love to bitch about things. gusto ko yung fact na mahilig silang magsalita at mag voice out ng mga opinions. that in a meeting, you can shout at each other about work related matters pero pagtapos ay back to normal. walang personalan, ika nga. gusto ko yung exchange ng mga opinion – nagiging mas creative ako sa mga ginagawa ko dahil nakikita ko ang lahat ng mga angulo. gusto ko yung fact na pag may sumingit sa pila, may sisigaw sa likod na puno ng mga salita tungkol sa mga part ng lower anatomy. it’s a refreshing change from the way asians do it (ie, tahimik, timid, keeping things to themselves).

T: anong katangian ng mga amerikano ang ayaw mo?

S: that they love to bitch about things. too much sometimes. bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch. the weather’s too hot – bitch. the weather’s too cold – bitch. the gas prices are over $3 – bitch. walang kape sa coffee pot – bitch. mas maliit yung actual order na pagkain sa fastfood kaysa doon sa nakalagay sa picture – bitch. ultimo kaliit liitang bagay – bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch. minsan nami miss ko tuloy how asians do it (ie, tahimik, timid, keeping things to themselves).

31 thoughts on “Yea, though I walk through the valley of death

  1. Only you mylab, only you.

    Ikaw lang ang alam kong makakapagpresent ng ganitong bagay which would be nothing more than humorous at the outset and another one of your smart-alec-y-tongue-in-cheek observations but when you really think about it, it actually makes so much sense and presented in with the profundity of your sarcasm.

    Kaya ka hindi nakakasawang basahin e.

    Labyu! 🙂

  2. This is a great post, very insightful & analytical.
    Tingin ko the difference between E & W lies in the fact that in the W they are trained to voice out their thoughts & feelings at such a young age, samantalang sa atin we were told to the bone “if you have nothing good to say, don’t say it”. But somehow we honed ourselves to put our angas in writing (think blogging!), which, in general, the W’s are not up to snuff. Tell the average American to write down his thoughts, and guess what’ll he do (in lieu of wrong spelling, poor syntax)? Right, he’ll probably bitch.

  3. Interesting ang observation niyo sir Batjay. Sa atin sa pinas, pag may sumingit sa pila at sinigawan mo, siguradong away na. Dito sa Singapore, hindi rin nila pinalalampas yung sumisingit pero hindi naman sinisigawan, its either kakausapin ka with sarcasm o isusumbong ka sa may authorities.

  4. first time ko sa singapore eh nag bitch yung kupal na intsik kasi akala nya inunahan ko siya sa pila ng taxi waiting area.

    From bangkok to phuket…sobrang mag recline nang chair yung american..nainis ako…dami ko sinabi…”you think you can do that to asian?”.Ayun natakot na, hindi siya makatingin sa akin pagbaba ng eroplano.

    Sa New York, ang kukulit ng mga kids sa ferry going to Liberty Island…i told them to go somewhere else, ayun nagalit sa akin…”wewantithere!”.

    Dito naman si Pinas, kapag matagal i serve ang food…”miss, inorder ko yan for my lunch and not for dinner.”

    Bitch noh?

  5. What I’ve learned to do with constant complainers is ask them what they would do to solve the problem or situation, and then get them to act.

    Example:

    CC: Ah s**t, there’s no coffee in the pot again! There’s never any coffee in this damn place!

    Me: Hmmm, well what do you suggest we all do to make sure we never run out of coffee?

    CC: Well the a**hole who drinks the last cup should make a new pot.

    Me: Perhaps you should send an email to (boss) and suggest that should be office policy. What do you think?

    CC: (Grunts and walks away). Tameme siya!

  6. boss linnor! musta na diha sa sugbu? maraming salamat ulit sa pag comment. i love and hate bitchiness. para kasi itong art form, may mga taong magaling magdala ng pagiging isang bitch. yon ang mga endearing sa akin.

  7. hey robbie. thanks for the feedback. actually, isa ako sa mga nagwawala pag may sumingit sa pila, kahit nung nasa pilipinas pa lang ako. sa singapore din, bitchy rin ako sa mga pila at mga kakupalan.

  8. hey CBS.

    welcome back. thank you very much for the great feedback. it is both insightful and funny at the same time. i even snickered at the ending – hehehe. salamat for the laugh. what you said is true: we asians are indeed trained to keep our thoughts to ourselves and just do whatever is at hand. the people from the west on the other hand, speak out, complain. think loudly before they do whatever is at hand. parang peacock ano?

    kaya nga, i love it when the ugly duckling gets the prize in the end. yan pang isang pinoy trait – dehadista at rooting for the underdog.

  9. hello mr. batjay, tama po kayo sa observation nyo. when i worked in our US office, naculture shock po ako sa kanila dahil kahit manager nila ay hindi sila natatakot na magsabi ng opinyon nila. pero natuto rin ako, and i started voicing out my thoughts, pero syempre,pa-sweet pa rin ang tono pag nagsasalita, para hindi halata na i’m bitching…;)

  10. Angela,
    Tama ka maraming mababaet na CANADIAN….kase…

    Magluto-CANADIAN
    Maglaba-CANADIAN
    Maglinis-CANADIAN
    MAghugas-CANADIAN
    MAgligpit-CANADIAN
    Magsaing_CANDADIAN

    at wala silang reklamo di ba angela?hehehehehe

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