nakalimutan ko na yung ibig sabihin ng "bebot."

i couldn't help but laugh laugh laugh at the new BEP track, "bebot." ahahahaha i love it. even though the first few seconds of the song made me sooooooooooooo embarrassed to hear it.

but i love love love BEP. they rock. i'm sorry. they've become my personal heroes - my cliche good time, positive all the time band.

coz, if you are an overseas filipino worker, the hopes and dreams of the very last bunso hinge on the dollars you send back home.

if you are an overseas filipino worker, you're most likely wiping the beeehinds of u.s. people whose younger relatives themselves need to make a living and the best they could do is pay you and your agency to do this dirty work.

if you are an overseas filipino worker, you're most likely worrying over white bosses and black colleagues and hispanic customers and fellow asians who are hopelessly unreachable because all their accents are darn thick and you've never met anyone like them before, not even in the capital. that the first thing you and a rare filipino friend resort to are long conversations about home, how's your family, and hey, where are the other filipinos? want to go out this weekend?

and then there are the other pinoys who were born and raised here, those who went to school here, those who only moved here last year. where are they on the weekends?

sometimes, there's gathings and you go out. ooh, the fun. so fun. you go clubbing to forget, even for a moment, the next assignment because you might never get another chance, ever, again. and because you're mostly only in your early 20s, 30s, you remember what happiness is like back in vigan. baguio. manila. quezon city. diliman. malate. makati. caloocan. antipolo. angeles. los banos. calamba. cavite. tagaytay. naga city. puerto princesa. boracay. iloilo city. kalibo. dumaguete. bacolod. cebu city. tacloban. siquijor. davao city. butuan. dipolog. cagayan de oro. iligan. zamboanga city. basilan. jolo.

and then there is something other than work and learning about cultures to tell home about. your noble deed, a miniscule slice of the filipino experience, is momentarily lifted in this one song.

ang sarap. teka, sandali. isa pa nga. :-)
hey have you really been to bacolod?
hi there. no. a cousin moved there when he got married. i lived in quezon city. i've never been to most of the cities i mentioned in this post. i'm just calling out those cities, like a cheer.
Thank you for linking, girl. So you live in Chicago? I've only been there once, to visit, but I loved it there. Even the cold wind that goes straight for your bones.

Take care.
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