Year-round, it grows dark between 6 and 6:30.
In the birthday song, the celebrant's name is not included.Where I have normally sung the person's name, simply another "happy birthday" is sung.
One of my favorite dishes (sisig) is made with parts of a pig's head.
A popular way to show respect to a person whose hand you are shaking is to draw that person's hand to your bowed forehead.
Blinking lights on the road is not a signal of yielding but a notice that the driver is "coming through."
Fifteen flavors of spam are available; grocery stores carry most of them.
Sanitation workers ride high atop trash in dump trucks with music blaring. They sort the trash as it is collected.
Much courtesy is shown toward the aged and infirm.
The attitude toward litter is what one imagines that of American citizenry to have been before the flood of PSA's in the late '60's.
Justin Bieber is very popular.
Rice is eaten with breakfast, with lunch, with dinner.
The way to evade a court summons for a traffic violation is to discreetly relinquish a 500-peso note to the traffic officer.
Christmas party parlor game I participated in: teams of one woman/one man are belted with a string from which another string falls inches below the crotch; from the male dangles an eggplant and from the woman dangles a plastic baggie with an egg inside it; couples gyrate to enable the eggplant to break the egg; the first couple to break the egg wins. (Elsie, asst. manager at Fred's, and I did not win.)
Tagalog's subversive borrowings from Spanish: "derecho" means "straight ahead"; "seguro" means "unsure."
I'm dreaming what may be the most vivid dreams of my life.