Bonding Day With Pinay Friends

Filipino expats lunch food by thelme55
@thelme55 (14014)
Germany
June 17, 2016 2:37pm CST
Hello MyLotters! How is it in your neck of the woods? Today, my Pinay friends and I bonded each other in the flat of my close friend G. My friend G set up the bonding when she knew that our friend J is free from work today. Just like me. G introduced us her new Pinay friend M who is very new to Germany. She and her 2 year old son are just 1 month here in our city and and they are feeling lonely and homesick. It was very kind of G to think how her new friend M be acquainted to us. Our bonding time was very good. We had a lot of fun talking about our lives here in Germany. We, the 3 old Filipino expats, were happy eating as well as we had Sinigang soup, Arros Caldo, anchovie dried fish and rice for our lunch while our new friend M got some tips from us. Do you have a bonding time with your friends? Do you spend it at home or do you go out? Enjoy your weekend MyLotters!
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@RasmaSandra (16585)
• Riga, Latvia
17 Jun 16
@thelme55 it has so happened that I have no actual friends here. All of my closest are back in the states and one in Canada. My only friends here are my hubby and my furry cat Sid. Glad you enjoyed your time with your friends.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
17 Jun 16
I see @RasmaSandra. Maybe you can make new friends there in Latvia. Yes, I am glad about our time together.
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@DianneN (74480)
• United States
18 Jun 16
I'm sorry you haven't made any friends in Latvia. Perhaps you should join some groups or volunteer to meet people.
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@RasmaSandra (16585)
• Riga, Latvia
21 Jun 16
@DianneN It's tough around here. People prefer to socialize with those they already know or with family. I do have a lot of relatives but they have unrelatived me long ago. It's alright plenty of online friends and a handful of sincere friends I keep in touch with.
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@MGjhaud (20749)
• Philippines
18 Jun 16
Can those tips be shared with us too? Hehe I dont hang out with friends anymore. Happens when life gets in the way.. I chat with them online though.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
18 Jun 16
Yes, of course I can share the tips with you @MGjhaud. Some of the tips what we gave to our new friend were: a) Don´t answer the very intimate and malicious questions being ask by Filipina neighbours living in the Philippines about your life being a wife of a young (24 years) German husband. It is not of their businesses. b) If you don´t like anything like food when ask by a German relatives, just say NO. There is no harm to be truthful of yourself. Germans understand that. c) Have your own opinion and don´t give up your own identity just because you are a wife now. Those are just some of our tips.
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@MGjhaud (20749)
• Philippines
19 Jun 16
Haha good tips. I'm sure M had fun and thankful she met you guys. It's a relief to find compatriots in a foreign land.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
19 Jun 16
@MGjhaud yes, indeed. How I wish there was a kababayan who had given me any useful tips at that time when I came here.
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@zarlamain (24531)
• United States
24 Jun 16
That seems really fun! Awesome!
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
24 Jun 16
Yes, it was @zarlamain. Thanks and happy weekend
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@zarlamain (24531)
• United States
24 Jun 16
@thelme55 Your welcome! Same to you!
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
24 Jun 16
@zarlamain thank you.
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@SIMPLYD (78118)
• Philippines
20 Jun 16
That was indeed so nice of your friend to initiate this gathering . A fellow countryman new to a foreign country certainly would need to be introduced to her fellowmen so she can also have friends there to whom she can share stories with , if ever she's feeling lonely . Your foods are indeed those that are what Filipinos in a foreign country misses .
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
20 Jun 16
So true @SIMPLYD. The food above is one of the feastive foods for us, It might be strange to those Filipinos, seeing us having a feast with dried fish, who have not experienced being in another country for years.
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@SIMPLYD (78118)
• Philippines
21 Jun 16
@thelme55 You know , whenever our daughter comes home , she asks for tinapa and dried fish .
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
21 Jun 16
@SIMPLYD I can relate to that. That's the first thing I ask for food when I arrive home.
@ridingbet (47270)
• Philippines
19 Jun 16
bonding time or reunion with my colleagues is always in a restaurant and the balikbayans pay the prices of the food. it should be everybody but they insist on doing so.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
19 Jun 16
I see. I can relate to that. I mostly invited my closed high school friends in my house there and we bonded together included dancing session. I cooked for my friends and let them try my European cooking and cakes. It was always fun. I think your way is good and have to try that @ridingbet so I don't have to tire myself
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@ridingbet (47270)
• Philippines
21 Jun 16
@thelme55 yes but how if your friends wish to try tasting the foods you prepare?but it is also good to blow out because there will be no after care.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
21 Jun 16
@ridingbet yes, sometimes it's good to just treat them somewhere with delicious food.
@jaboUK (53402)
• United Kingdom
17 Jun 16
That must be great to get together with your compatriots, and the new girl must have been so happy to meet you.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
18 Jun 16
Yes, she was so happy meeting us @jaboUK. She knows now whom she can turn to in case she needs help. It is hard for a new comer to Germany to acclimatize to the weather, food, people and homesickness. How I wish I was so lucky like her when I was new to Germany.
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@jaboUK (53402)
• United Kingdom
18 Jun 16
@thelme55 My Thai daughter-in-law felt the same when she first came to England. Luckily there were a few of her compatriots already here to help her. Of course we did all we could to make her feel welcome (we love her to bits) but there's nothing like having friends from the same background, talking the same language.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
18 Jun 16
@jaboUK I agree with you. I work with Thais here in our city and I could imagine what your daughter-in-law missed when she first came to England. I am sure she missed the hot Thai food as well before she met the other Thais. Have a nice weekend!
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@just4him (110170)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Jun 16
I did some bonding with my sister and her friend last week. We went to a restaurant.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
19 Jun 16
That's great @just4him. I am sure you had lots of fun.
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@just4him (110170)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
19 Jun 16
@thelme55 We did!
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@DianneN (74480)
• United States
18 Jun 16
How nice to get together. Yes, our friends and we get together socially quite a bit. Mostly, we go out, but sometimes have lunch, cocktails, or dinner here or at their homes.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
18 Jun 16
That´s great @DianneN. It´s been a while since I was out at night time with my friends. We usually do bonding before their husbands come home from work.
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@DianneN (74480)
• United States
18 Jun 16
@thelme55 I usually only do lunch with my girlfriends. I wouldn't leave my husband alone to fend for himself in the evenings, unless it's important for me to be elsewhere. We always go out with couples in the evenings.
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@gr8nana6 (2207)
• United States
18 Jun 16
When I lived in Florida a bunch of us German ladies would get together weekly. That was nice to include the new addition.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
18 Jun 16
@gr8nana6 yes, I am sure it was nice to meet your fellow country women. It is good to chat with our friends who speaks the same language like we do.
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@gr8nana6 (2207)
• United States
18 Jun 16
@thelme55 Yes you are right, I sure miss living down there I don't know any German ladies here where I'm at.
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• Preston, England
18 Jun 16
I usually meet friends in pubs or their homes - things are too tense at my home for inviting friends round for visits
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
18 Jun 16
Yes, I rather meet my friends out of the house but they prefer to bond at their homes because we usually cook together our Filipino food. Thinking about pub makes me thirsty of Guinness @arthurchappell
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• Preston, England
18 Jun 16
@thelme55 Guiness is always good
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@skysnap (17822)
17 Jun 16
yes i have my own set of bonding time. mostly during the weekends.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
17 Jun 16
That's good @skysnap. Sometimes, we bonded on weekends. That is if we are all free from any obligations.
@skysnap (17822)
17 Jun 16
@thelme55 yes some good friends are outside city. so they come in during weekends.
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@Tampa_girl7 (24928)
• United States
21 Jun 16
Sadly all of my friends live a distance from me. We don't get together as often as I'd like.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
21 Jun 16
I seldom see my long time friends as they are living far away from me but we have contacts through fb and skype. These friends I bonded with in my post are new to me @Tampa_girl7
@acelawrites (10933)
• Philippines
20 Jun 16
You and your friend are so kind to help the new Filipina expat and her two sons cope with the new environment/life in Germany.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
20 Jun 16
@acelawrites we are glad that we could help. We have been there in her situation now and so we know how it is to be in another foreign country. She has only 1 child.
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@cherriefic (4331)
• Baguio, Philippines
20 Jun 16
What a good way of spending the weekend! Hope you enjoyed!
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
20 Jun 16
Yes, it was a good time for us @cherriefic. Thanks.
@miniam (9244)
• Bern, Switzerland
17 Jun 16
seems like a good time looking at the photo.I do meet up with friends every 2 weeks when it`s warm and sunny outside,then we go shopping,lunch together,have dinner then go our seperate ways
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
18 Jun 16
That is a very well spent time with your friends @miniam . That was what I was doing with some of my older friends before they went back home to the Philippines spending their retirement years.
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17 Jun 16
I have not hang out with my friends for months now.Since March,I have been busy .
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
18 Jun 16
@Iam_jauntyjen I think it´s time for you to bond with them. Just have a few hours break from whatever you are doing.
@Corbin5 (100138)
• United States
17 Jun 16
Such a wonderful time for all of you!!! Yes, every now and then, I do meet up with friends so that we can all catch up on each other's lives and just have fun.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
18 Jun 16
Catching up every now and then with our friends lives is good @Corbin5. It refreshes us.
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@ida123 (6267)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
17 Jun 16
Your picture makes me hungry on this early morning, the anchovie dried fish, the sinigang soup and the arros caldo. Thanks for this pics, it gives me an idea on what to prepare for this lunch.
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
17 Jun 16
You are very welcome @ida123. Looking at the photo now makes me hungry again.
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@nomus24g (21506)
• India
17 Jun 16
seems the get-together was fun filled :)
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@thelme55 (14014)
• Germany
17 Jun 16
Yes, it was indeed fun @nomus24g. Thanks.
@Beatburn (3914)
• Philippines
14 Mar 17
Dilis!