Ok, so I read the BDO fun, and it made me remember a recent excursion.
Shot down to Mamburao (top pf Mindoro Occidental) for a few days to have a look around. Was with a Filipina who happened also to be a lawyer, but whether its possible to be a Filipina and a lawyer is quite a different story.
Back to the Mamburao story. So needed some food and some booze. Off we went to the nearby markets on a street with lots of stalls lined up, chairs and tables, covered roofs, looked good.
So went to the chicken stall, and said, two beers and two plates of “something or other”. Sorry sir we
don’t serve beer her. Hmm, so I says, So where ? “Sir just a few stalls that way” and hand signals.
So out comes the two plates of food. That is important they still served part of my order. I paid.
The lawyer sits and guards the food. I shoot off to the stalls a few vendors down, buy some beer and come back. Of course its been opened by the booze vendor. Before leaving I say can I bring the chicken back here? “Sorrrry sirrrr only our food”. Hmm! Off back to the chicken palace.
“Sorry sir, you cannot drink beer here”
Hmm, I started to smoulder. I said something like “OMG I ask for beer and food you say dont sell beer I say where you show me and you serve me the food, I go get the beer and now I cant drink it here”
Double blank stare.
Fire is appearing. “so what do i do run between the stalls to eat and drink” and “you sent me to get my booze” (and I did not swear though words like dumbfuck were thought.)
Triple blank stare.
Actual flames now. Listen fuckit just give me money back and I will go drink me booze and buy some food from those guys”
Quadruple blank stare, stunned silence.
Then almost a whisper, “you want your money back” and “yep” and immediate melt down blank stare, this stuff was not computing, the poor lass was in absolute melt down.
Flames and Sparks. “Shit I could get better organised food and booze in middle Africa, what is it with you. Give me money back and I will go elsewhere buy some chicken and and drink me beer ” (which btw had been opened by the other stall)
Fortunately before the young lass had a nervous breakdown the owner who had heard everything, a middle aged woman, outside the stall said “give him his money back”
Well the story continues, eventually got some food had the beer and the food, and the Lawyer says “how come your criticizing my country” (re africa and service)
Oh I think I borrowed the blank stare.
One thing fer sure most Filipinas never think when they do something its solely about handing over the cash in this case the Php for the chicken.Published in