Don’t Guess, Just Ask!

I rather have strangers ask where/ which country i’m from, than assume/ claim that i’m Filipino!
Yesterday was my sixth encounter with the hairdresser, argh!
No offense to filipinos out there, but i find it annoying!  
In UAE, filipinos takes up much of the Asian expat population, so even if you’re Singaporean, Malaysian, Chinese, or any other Asian countries, you’ll automatically be referred as a Filipino.

Most people are proud of their given nationality and race, me included, so i find it rude to be labelled not of my own kind.

It’s a small issue Elaine, get over it.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dawn
    Feb 22, 2010 @ 16:04:23

    Hi Elaine…I’m one of your silent prowler, but I have the same sentiment as you….folks over here in Minnesota including the Asians think I’m Thai or Cambodian! Wanted to give them the evil eye but no choice, a smile instead and correct them! 😦


    • Elaine
      Feb 23, 2010 @ 09:05:26

      Thanks for dropping by Dawn!
      I still explain where i’m from (with a slight raised tone), haven’t reached the ‘fed up’ stage yet. 🙂



  2. whimsicaljottings
    Mar 07, 2010 @ 00:07:36

    OMG its the same here too!!! Doesnt help that I look vaguely similar. Its usually are you Filipina? Or are you Thai? It bugs me too.


    • Elaine
      Mar 07, 2010 @ 05:09:38

      Thing is, not many realize that other asian nationalities such as malaysians DO travel abroad for work/ residency, but sometimes can’t blame them, Filipino population is growing wide abroad. Tolerate lar :/


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