Happy New Year!

Calgary, Alberta
February 9, 2016 11:54am CST
Yesterday Chinese all over the world celebrated New Year. And this year is the year of the monkey! To all wonderful Chinese in mainland China and Taiwan including those in Chinatowns in every cities of the world - HAPPY NEW YEAR! My wife and I went to the mall yesterday to buy some personal necessities. Before going home, we ate lunch at the food court. An elderly Canadian couple, thinking we were Chinese, greeted us - "Happy New Year!" My wife and I smiled at them and I greeted them back - "Happy New year, too!" The woman said they celebrate new year on January 1. I replied that we also celebrate new year on January 1. We are not Chinese, we are Filipinos and we are Christians. The woman, appeared surprised, mused - "O, I see!" I could not forget the day a middle-aged Chinese man asked me - "Chinese?". I said no. "Vietnamese?". I said no. "Cambodian?" I said no. He looked at me momentarily then he said smiling - "Aha, Japanese!" Japanese are smart people, so I almost said yes. I said no. Then he asked: "Who are you?" Whew! Note: Complementing photo is courtesy of Pixabay.
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@JudyEv (134918)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Feb 16
An Egyptian touter tried to engage Vince in conversation once and the conversation was similar. 'American?'. 'No.' 'English?' 'No.' Ah, you from the moon.' Viince thought this was clever so said 'yes' whereupon the man said 'Ah, you know my people'.
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• Calgary, Alberta
10 Feb 16
@JudyEv hahaha! That is funny! The Egyptian, I guess, meant your husband was an alien like him when he asked if he was from the moon.
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@brokenbee (8033)
• Philippines
17 Feb 16
Really? You look like a Chinese or Japanese? Hihihi! Somebody also asked me befpre if I'm a Chinese when I was reviewing in Manila. The student thought I was one of those students from a prestigious university with Chinese students. But when I said I am not and I am from the north too, she was surprised that I'm from the same province like her. Happy new year! And happy vday!
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• Calgary, Alberta
17 Feb 16
So, @brokenbee, you must have a drop or two of Limahong's blood . . just like me!
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@brokenbee (8033)
• Philippines
18 Feb 16
@antonbunot ahahahaha maybe... i got those singkit eyes... lol
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• Calgary, Alberta
18 Feb 16
@brokenbee So, we must be related by blood! O, noooooooooo! My heart says NO!
@SIMPLYD (83051)
• Philippines
16 Feb 16
So why didn't you tell him that you are actually Filipino ? Hey , what's keeping you busy that i haven't seen you for days here already ?
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• Calgary, Alberta
8 Apr 16
@SIMPLYD I would be lying if I tell you I was chasing girls! . . No, I got more hours in my part-time job.
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@SIMPLYD (83051)
• Philippines
11 Apr 16
@antonbunot That's what is nice abroad . One can still be accepted for jobs even if they are past 40 already .
@LadyDuck (176202)
• Switzerland
10 Feb 16
Do you believe they know where Philippines are in the world? They are still thinking.
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• Calgary, Alberta
10 Feb 16
@LadyDuck . . . LOL . . . Most likely, they don't know. They think all Asians are Chinese . .
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@LadyDuck (176202)
• Switzerland
11 Feb 16
@antonbunot I did not know, I can make the difference.
• United States
9 Feb 16
Hhaha lolz..how could he say Japanese too lolz That is funny my friend..just goes to show what people assume .. Happy New Years anyways
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• Calgary, Alberta
10 Feb 16
@TiuarasOceanView . . . I don't know! Maybe I looked Japanese to him from left angle, Chinese from right angle, and all Asian nationalities from all different angles!
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• United States
10 Feb 16
@antonbunot haha I remember when I worked in factory (chicken factory) all Laotian would say to me "Vietnam lazy" and Vietnamese would say to me "Lao lazy" hahahahah They did not seem to like eachother group.
@paigea (22484)
• Canada
14 Feb 16
It is funny how people assume. Most of us could be from anywhere really.
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• Calgary, Alberta
8 Apr 16
@paigea Yeah . . I might think you are Italian or French, too, if did not know you are Canadian.
13 Feb 16
Happy new year to you as well.
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• Calgary, Alberta
8 Apr 16
@jellybean My belated thanks!
@Lucky15 (33698)
• Philippines
9 Feb 16
he is Filipino, ahahaha maybe you look more of those mentioned sir than a Filipino
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• Calgary, Alberta
10 Feb 16
@Lucky15 . . You know I came from the North (Ilocos), where Chinese pirate Limahong, Japanese bakero soldiers, and Spanish conquistadores settled long before we were born . . . so, I may have a touch of Chinese blood, a touch of bakero blood, and a droplets of Spanish conquistadores DNA . . that is why I may look Chinese at a certain angle, Japanese at another angle, and Cambodian, Laotian, Malaysian, Indonesian, Mangyan, and so on all angles! That was why the Chinese got confused of my nationality!
@RasmaSandra (19660)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
9 Feb 16
@antonbunot that was amusing. You should get T-shirts that simply say Filipino. or proud to be Filipino. Anyway Happy Monkey Year!
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• Calgary, Alberta
10 Feb 16
That is a good idea . . . I got monkeyed!
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@amadeo (73143)
• United States
9 Feb 16
that was cute there.
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• Calgary, Alberta
10 Feb 16
LOL
@zarlamain (24885)
• United States
19 Jun 16
Seems like a very fun event!