Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Singing Filipinos

Filipinos love to sing. They sing all the time, and loud too. You will be in the grocery store, and they are singing as loud as they can, pushing their basket through the aisles, while picking out their vegetables. It's great. I was kind of shocked at first, because I can never imagine randomly singing at the top of my lungs... not in public anyway. But it seems to generally be accepted here.

Filipinos also love their karaoke. Just about every shop sells karaoke equipment, whether they are an electronic store or not. And there are signs everywhere you go, advertising karaoke equipment for sale or rent. I haven't been to a karaoke bar yet, but believe me... you will be the first to know about it!

The Coco Beach had a barbecue dinner and "entertainment" the night we stayed there. The entertainment was students from the near by college. They came around to everyone's table and sang songs. Now, I thought this was hilarious. Some how, "Killing Me Softly" doesn't sound the same in a Filipino accent. They were much better when they were singing in Tagalog, than when they were singing in English. I posted 2 of the videos. You can't really see them, and we are all talking in the background, but you'll get the picture.

We are talking in the background of video 2. But you can still hear her.
In case your interested, I have given you the manuscript version...

Lee: I'll give you a 100 pisos to go sing with them
Me: 100 pisos? You would have to give me a hell of a lot more than that. (I sound so enthused huh?)
Lee: I'll get you that massage you ordered.
Janice: (whining) I just want my dinner
Greg: Are they working on the lobster over there?
Janice: I have no clue, they have been working on it for 5 hours... ew... Lee... gross... that had suction cups on it." ( Lee just ate an octopus.)
Me: hahahahaha (Laughing at how horrible the singing is.)

We are quite a group.