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Friday, June 10, 2005

After being in NZ for 10 yrs now, do you consider yourself a kiwi?

Good question, Jinkee. Sa previous post ko, I was explaining the different meanings of the word “kiwi”. That it could refer to a bird, a fruit or the people. In this question, Jinkee was using "kiwi" to mean the people of NZ.

Nabigla ako sa tanong at napa-isip, because I’ve never thought of it before. I guess the reason being that we never made any conscious effort towards assimilating with the kiwi culture. For some of us, when we decide to live in another country, we just live there and make the country an extension of our own. There is no deliberate attempt to change one’s personality from Pinoy to something else. If part of me has become kiwi, it would have happened at the subconscious level.

I’ve learned to like NZ food. Beef and lamb, cooked bland with a pinch of salt and pepper. Fresh, raw oysters (sarap!!!), green salads, mussels but cooked our Filipino way. Sandwiches ang baon ko sa lunch instead of rice. But given a choice, I’ll settle anytime of the day on sinigang, nilaga, adobo, asado, paksiw, piniritong isda o baboy, tuyo, tinapa na may sawsawan na kamatis at patis at bagong saing na kanin. Kamayan at taas pa ang isang paa. Sa dessert naman, yung pavlova nila sobrang tamis (parang yung brazo de mercedes sa atin). Mas type ko ang leche-plan o kaya yung sans-rival ng Pampanga.

I follow NZ sports like rugby and cricket, but still can’t appreciate their netball. Basketball pa rin ako. NZ history, I know very little of. It’s not as eventfull as ours anyway. In arts, their Maori dances are impressive, but ours, in my opinion are more graceful. I liked the kiwi films Whale Rider and LOTR but I still miss Filipino movies.

We only have very few kiwi friends. It’s still Pinoys we mostly mingle with. (Come to think of it, maybe it’s time we should actually make an effort to mix with more kiwis).

So that’s about how kiwi I am. Kaya siguro nagkaroon ng mga salitang “Kinoy” at “Piwi”, (terms we used over here to refer to Kiwi-Pinoy at Pinoy-Kiwi) because for most Filipinos in NZ, we always think of ourselves as Pinoys and that we can only be 50% kiwi at the most.

So Jinkee, yan ang long answer ko sa tanong mo. My short answer is: No, I’ve never considered myself a kiwi. Sa pasaporte lang ako kiwi. Sa isip, wika at gawa, Pinoy pa rin. Maging sa pagtulog, mga panaginip ko sa Pilipinas pa rin. And that probably won't change even in the next 50 years.

12 Comments:

  • haw nays naman.maige at ako nauna dito mag komento.haaaaaaaaaay buhay pinoy:)kung matawag kang kiwi dyan kauro ngiti ka lang sus wag mong seryosohin ang laki laki mo na 'eh!

    hehehe tama be proud pinoy kabayan:)

    blog hop uli po:)

    By Blogger LadyWhiteSpirit, at 11:25 AM, June 10, 2005  

  • You have an interesting story, and blog, even though I'm neither Filipino nor Kiwi!

    By Blogger Nettie, at 4:49 PM, June 10, 2005  

  • ika-nga ni Francis M eh... "the man from manila the killa the show stoppa.."

    By Blogger Senorito<- Ako, at 5:49 PM, June 10, 2005  

  • Ka Uro,
    I knew you would say that. Sa pagbabasa ko ng blog mo, ramdam ko na pinoy na pa rin ang sinisigaw ng puso mo.

    By Blogger jinkee, at 8:11 PM, June 10, 2005  

  • Piwi ?? hahahaha...

    Nothing to do with the recent blog

    1. Gaano na kayo katagal nag-rent bago nyo napagdesisyonang bumili ng bahay ?

    2. Ganno katagal bago ka bumili ng auto ?

    By Blogger Senorito<- Ako, at 10:01 PM, June 10, 2005  

  • nettie,
    appreciate you leaving a comment to my site even though you're not a filipino or kiwi. thank you very much.

    senor,
    we came to nz with NZ$25k cash. in 3 weeks we bought a car worth $8k. got a job in 1 month. in 6 weeks bought a house. paid $16k as deposit. after all fees were paid we ended up with only $50.00 in out bank account. but we're lucky houses were cheaper 10 years ago.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 10:59 PM, June 10, 2005  

  • Talagang isang tunay na Hulyan Makabayan yang si KaUro.

    Osimap edo inaus PiKi deng Pinoy-Kiwi ne.

    By Blogger Ka Elyong, at 3:26 AM, June 11, 2005  

  • Natutuwa ako dahil may mga tao paring pusong Pilipino, tulad mo at tulad ko, Ka Uro...ramdam ko na marami pa ring katulad natin sa mundo.

    KA URO, nope,di na ako magtatayo ng school dito sa Amerika, I'm happier being an employee than being an administrator...hahaha :D. I am in Washington DC po, not in Seattle, Washington which is another state here. Have a good weekend po!

    By Blogger TEACHER SOL, at 5:41 AM, June 11, 2005  

  • Yan ang Pinoy! Magaling makibagay ngunit hindi nakakalimot sa tatak Pinoy!

    By Blogger Rhada, at 8:48 AM, June 11, 2005  

  • Hi Ka Uro, special mention ka sa blog entry ko ngayon. Have a good weekend!

    By Blogger TEACHER SOL, at 2:35 PM, June 11, 2005  

  • Isa ka sa mga natatanging Pinoy na nagmamahal pa rin sa ating wika at kultura! Katulad ng ilan din pinoy na tinatawag nating "2nd generation" na ipinanganak sa ibang bansa ngunit nagpupumilit matuto ng tagalog at makilala ang aing kultura at bansa.

    By Anonymous Patrice, at 9:39 PM, June 11, 2005  

  • glad to hear that, ka uro. i know, kahit you would'nt post something about this, you are true-bloodied Filipino!

    cheers to you!

    By Blogger bing, at 3:47 PM, June 12, 2005  

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