Filipina Wives · Perry Gamsby

Our daily bread – White and sugary!

I have written about food and eating habits here before, but food is such an intrinsic part of our culture and daily existence it deserves further discussion. I know from my own experience what it is like to live without foods we take for granted. Like bread made with salt and not sugar. If the… Continue reading Our daily bread – White and sugary!

Filipina Wives · Perry Gamsby

Going To da Probince – Pasalubong

There is a term used by those in the navy for anything taken ashore as a gift. ‘Rabbits’. It probably goes back to the days when they used to smuggle contraband like tobacco hidden in the carcass of a dead rabbit, or in the Australian context, something imported, like rabbits, foxes, pigs and so forth.… Continue reading Going To da Probince – Pasalubong

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Going To da Probince – Getting There

They say the journey is what it’s all about, not so much the destination. When you are going to da probince, the journey can be a very memorable part of the entire experience. But not always the most positive one. Make no mistake, the province might be an hour out of town, or it might… Continue reading Going To da Probince – Getting There

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Going To da Probince – The Language Barrier

Something you will hear many times when you first come to the Philippines is the reference to ‘da probince’, or the province. Filipinas in Manila will tell you they are going to ‘da probince’. This means they are going home, to wherever they come from. Those who are born in Manila may very well have… Continue reading Going To da Probince – The Language Barrier

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Hiya! That’s Hee-Ya, Not High-ya!

A word you may come across when interacting with Filipinos is ‘hiya’, pronounced hee-ya. It translates literally as ‘a sense of shame’. A common interpretation is to use hiya as ‘face’, as in ‘losing face’, although this is not strictly accurate. What is accurate is that it is vital that when you are interacting with… Continue reading Hiya! That’s Hee-Ya, Not High-ya!