Monday, March 29, 2010

Another Filipina in the Neighborhood

I was about to start my day on the computer when the doorbell rang. I wasn’t expecting any UPS or USPS delivery that day so I have no idea who it was. I looked through the main window but couldn’t see any vehicle by the driveway. Could it be another Jehovah’s Witness ringing every house in the neighborhood to distribute some religious flyers? Man, I just woke up, haven’t washed my face and certainly not in the mood to greet some young white stranger at the door with just my pajama bottoms and cami tank top with no bra underneath. I’ve decided to ignore the unexpected buzzer. All the window blinds are closed so whoever was outside the door can’t tell if there’s somebody in.

But my curiosity got the better of me, so I tried to cautiously peek in one of the small windows and saw a raven-haired woman on purple sweats probably in her late 50’s. Ooops! She looks like a Filipina but I couldn’t be sure so I’ve decided to open the door and find out. We exchanged “hellos” and she asked me right away if I were a Filipina. I told her yes and that I speak Bisaya. I let her in and she seemed to be a nice lady. She’s from Bacolod but she lives in the U.S. for almost 40 years now. She had lived in San Diego for 28 years and 10 years here in Lakeview. I was so glad I found a Filipina in the area. I had been so sure there was none considering the size of the town but I’m glad I was wrong. She said there are lots of Filipinas in the area as a matter of fact and she promised to bring me to future gatherings so I can meet the rest as well. Boy, I was so happy to meet her. We talked a little bit about this and that. I asked her about the neighborhood since she has lived here longer than me. We both like how peaceful our neighborhood is, definitely no need to install home security systems inside the house. She lives just 2 houses right behind us.

I got curious how did she know about me. She said her American husband saw me one afternoon while walking around the neighborhood and told her to come by and say Hi. Yeah, I remember that! It was last week. The weather was excellent so I decided to walk around a bit for fresh air and some exercise. I enjoyed it until a fierce looking, medium-sized brown dog barked at me like it’s his first time to see a short brown-skinned woman on earth, lol. It scared the hell out of me. The dog was on a leash and was tied to what seemed to me like a clothesline. But when he saw me walking, he got excited and decided to run after me. He was successful! I was so tempted to scream but when I stopped walking and looked at him straight through its eyes, he stopped running after me but continued to bark. Whew! I decided to just go home and calm myself down but I didn’t want to walk back home on that same road so I took a shortcut. I walked on the neighbor’s yard that takes me back to our own backyard. The whole time, I was hoping nobody will see me and tell me it’s offlimits or worse shoot me for trespassing, lol! That’s probably when the Filipina’s husband saw me from their window. Gosh! I was embarrassed. I thought nobody had seen me, haha! She didn't mention anything about it though. But I’d rather be told I’m not allowed in their area than to be ravaged by a dog. Alright, I might be overreacting! He might just be “all bark but no bite” but still I don’t want to find out.

8 replies:

Twerlyn said...

oi daghan d-i filipino diha, maau jud..yay unsa nganong naa man iro nakagawas.. i hate dogs! hehe!

.Skye. said...

Hi Jenn! Thanks for visiting my site. You have no idea how happy i am when i found out you're a filipina too. I met, like, 2 already thru blogs.

That is so cool, a fellow pinay knocked on your door to meet you. I don't know how i got the phobia of someone ringing the doorbell... i am a little too paranoid!

Bchai said...

LOL...OMG, you're much, much nicer than me. I'd probably let that woman sit outside forever. I don't like random solicitors at the door, no matter who they are.

That's awesome you met another Filipina at your neighborhood. She lives right by you, no less! She's also pretty forward to head over to your house and ring your doorbell! Now you guys can meet more people in the area. ;) should be careful cutting through people's yards too! Good thing that dog didn't break free from his leash! ;) (He was probably lonely, and got super excited to see you come by though.)

""rarejonRez"" said...

jenn, trust me, bisan asa nga town diri sa US ug bisan unsa ka gamay, you can always find a filipino. the same thing in any parts of the world. matud pa lagi, sa pluto nalang walay pinoy! :P

My Life as A MOM said...

That's cool, now you will have some PInay PArties to go to. We have tons here in where I live. I have about 4 or 5 close by but still, not like PInas where you can walk to their houses.
I would love to walk around where I live but I'm so scared of the dogs around the area so I stay home, LOL!

AdinB said...

Hello ate! Unsa na gani na inyoha place dihaa? Pwede ta makabisita? hehehe.... bitaw oi nice kay naa ka silinga dihaa na pinay pod.. ako diria usa ra ka pinay intawn here in our small town... mga 64 napod sya pero abtik pa kaayo.. sya rapod akoa kaila diria nga pinay tawn and I have never been to any parties sa mga pilipino.. waaaaaaaaaa.... sige nalang next time nalang pod.. hehehe.. take care!

Lainy said...

What the hell of an experience, Jenn. I used to hate dogs before Ewoks came into our lives, hehe!

It's a good thing you've met a nice Filipina in the neighborhood. It's not everyday that you'd get to meet peepz like her. One who would go out of her way to befriend you.

Dean and Lee Schroeder said...

hahaha makahadlok ang mga aso labi na pag ang breed eh mga wild looking and big dogs scares me too.

Maayo na lang naa na kay filipna neighbor diha Jenn.