Top 5 things I miss about the Philippines

I’ve lived in Aus­tralia for eight years now, and I’ve got used to the dai­ly grind. How­ev­er, there are still moments when I’m remind­ed of what I’m miss­ing for emi­grat­ing to the Land Down Under. Here are my top 5 things I miss about the Philip­pines apart, of course, from my dear fam­i­ly and friends.

miss about the PhilippinesTop 1: Cheap and relatively good quality clothes and shoes

Many peo­ple who go to the Philip­pines say that the price of brand­ed items is as high in oth­er coun­tries. Well, yeah, but who said you should buy them there? The Philip­pines has its local brands, and a good num­ber of them are good buys — not just because they’re much cheap­er, but because the qual­i­ty you get for that afford­able price is sur­pris­ing­ly good.

Top 2: Distinctly Filipino foodmiss about the Philippines

I miss our stinky, salty, sweet and fat­ty food. I also miss the street food that I remem­ber set­ting aside mon­ey for. Pic­ture these: mang­gang hilaw with ala­mang o asin (green man­go with shrimp paste or salt), fish balls and squid balls with its tasty but most like­ly dirty dip, banana cue (deep fried bananas coat­ed in caramelised brown sug­ar), chicharon (pork crack­ling), dirty ice cream (It’s not dirty, or is it?) and many more.

Top 3: Overstaffed shopping malls

When­ev­er I go to Myer and David Jones, I find myself miss­ing the swarms of staff in The Land­mark and SM Malls. Tills are not always manned in these big Aussie depart­ment stores as the staff also assist cus­tomers around. It’s not rare that I had to ask a sales assis­tant far from the cashier to help me process a purchase.

miss about the PhilippinesTop 4: Malls open during my shopping hours

Aus­tralia is quite odd as its mall hours are very sim­i­lar to the com­mon 9 to 5 employee’s work hours. This means that on those rare occa­sions I had time to do some shop­ping, I was greet­ed with the announce­ment that the store’s about to close in 15 min­utes. I don’t under­stand this! Shop­ping on week­days is an impos­si­bil­i­ty for peo­ple like me. Week­ends are bet­ter for shop­ping, but the stores still close at 5 or 6.

miss about the PhilippinesTop 5: The word ‘po

I miss hear­ing ‘po’ in con­ver­sa­tions. The word ‘po’ is used to show peo­ple old­er than you respect. The word makes me proud to be Fil­ipino. In this fast-paced and con­stant­ly chang­ing world, it’s good to know that Fil­ipinos still recog­nise respect to be an impor­tant val­ue to have.

If you’re a Fil­ipino liv­ing over­seas, I invite you to share your top 5 things you miss about the Philippines.


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Top 5 predictions for Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4

predictions for Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4

Now that we’re mid­way through sea­son 7 of Game of Thrones, we’ve already seen many sig­nif­i­cant char­ac­ters join forces. This sea­son has also hint­ed the use of aero­planes or time trav­el as the vast seas and impos­si­ble long stretch­es of lands have been crossed much quick­er than expect­ed. What else is going to hap­pen in sea­son 7? Here are my top 5 pre­dic­tions for Game of Thrones sea­son 7 episode 4.

Prediction 1: Khaleesi will start to fall in love with Jon Snow.

predictions for Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4

Amidst the crazy plan­ning ses­sions to con­quer the 7 King­doms, Khaleesi will start to see Jon Snow in a dif­fer­ent light. The King in the North will not, how­ev­er, notice Daenerys’s extra atten­tion and will just car­ry on min­ing the all-impor­tant dragon’s glass.



Prediction 2: Jorah Mormont will rejoin Daenerys’s gang.

Just when Khaleesi has start­ed to become exas­per­at­ed at the lack of suc­cess of her team, Jorah will resur­face after get­ting a new leash on life thanks to Sam. He will take up from where he had left off before he sought a cure for his illness.

Prediction 3: Bran will freak more people out.

Bran, who’s just arrived home after a seem­ing­ly end­less trav­el, will con­tin­ue to shock peo­ple with his unso­licit­ed rev­e­la­tion of visions from the past. He will be stunned when he sees Jon’s past. He will realise that he’s not the only strange char­ac­ter in the show.

Prediction 4: Cersei will try to conquer Winterfell.

predictions for Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4After learn­ing of the real killer of Jof­frey, Cer­sei will be more dis­traught and narky than usu­al. Because she will yearn to attack her ene­mies or an ene­my as soon as pos­si­ble, she will decide to con­quer Win­ter­fell. Bri­enne of Tarth will work hand in hand with the Wildlings until Jon Snow’s returns with Khaleesi’s angels to take back their home from the Lannisters.

Prediction 5: The Mother of Dragons will let his children fight with her.

predictions for Game of Thrones season 7 episode 4In episode 3 Khaleesi indi­cat­ed a strong desire to get Dro­gon, Rhae­gal and Vis­e­ri­on to help her fight the war against the Lan­nis­ters. Despite get­ting NOs from her team, Daen­erys will let them join the fight. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I sus­pect one of them will get hurt.

These are my pre­dic­tions for Game of Thrones sea­son 7 episode 4. Read more about Game of Thrones here. We’ll find out very soon if any of them are right or even close. Hap­py watching! 🙂