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This cheesy and cringe-worthy video is trying to “promote” Singapore

I love Singapore and I always recommend everyone visit at least once to experience its diverse culture, cleanliness, and amazing food. Unfortunately, I think the Singapore Tourism Board deterred some people from visiting after they released a very cringeworthy video aimed to bring tourists from the Philippines to Singapore. Thankfully, the video has been pulled from their site after receiving a lot of negative feedback.

You can still watch the video. However, I must warn you it’s pretty painful. Just wait until you get to the end…


(Thanks, Rob!)

Voices of Haiyan give voice to those affected by typhoon

Children hold signs asking for help and food along the highway, after Typhoon Haiyan hit Tabogon town

It’s been almost a month since the devastating Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been as much coverage on this catastrophe as compared to others, and it continues to dwindle as time passes. However, the people of the Philippines continue to need support and aid to help them rebuild. In order to spread awareness about this disaster and give a voice to the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan, Emily, our good friend Sara, and I decided to start an ongoing blog called Voices of Haiyan where personal accounts, stories, and photos related to the typhoon can be shared. By sharing these stories, our goal is to spread awareness around the world about the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the lives of these people.

In addition, we have teamed up with Doctors Without Borders to raise our goal of $1000 by Dec. 15, 2013 that will go towards setting up mobile clinics, inflatable hospitals and addressing the psychological impact of the disaster. Please support our efforts by visiting our fundraising page. The good news is, we’re already more than halfway towards our goal and we aim to surpass it!

Please help us spread the word, and we thank you in advance for your support and donations. You can also visit our Facebook page to share any inspiring stories you may have.  Together, we can all help bring hope to those in need this holiday season!

Miss Philippines beatboxes like a champ

Although we’re stoked about Miss China winning the Miss World competition, I’m kind of disappointed that Miss Philippines didn’t place higher given the Southeast Asian’s unique talent.

Quenerich Rehman, 23, kept the audience in suspense when she was introduced by the judge as having “the first ever performance of this type in Miss World.” Her beatboxing talent was not mentioned and the audience was in for a surprise when she broke into beats after singing a slow ballad. She even beatboxed to Usher’s “Yeah” and Cali Swag’s ”Teach Me How to Dougie.”

Other hopeful pageant contestants need to up their game. I want to see more out-of-the-box performances — perhaps a rap or even a comedic act.


Tim Tebow funding children’s hospital in Philippines



Did you know that Tim Tebow, superstar quarterback for the Denver Broncos, is technically a fob? Born in Makati City, Philippines, Tebow is giving back to his roots with his foundation by pairing up with CURE International to build a children’s hospital in Davao City. The facility will offer 30 beds, focusing primarily on orthopedics. It’s expected to cost $3 million and is estimated to be open in mid-2013.

“I was born in the Philippines and my parents have been missionaries to that area since 1985. The Philippines have always had a special place in my heart. I’m excited to be a part of this hospital that will bring healing to thousands of children who would not otherwise have access to care,” said Tebow.

I know there are some Tebow haters out there, but putting sports rivalries aside, you have to give him props for doing a good deed for his home country!


Fobby hottie of the month: Charice Pempengco

We received some some pretty angry comments on our last Charice post, which was about her getting botox. The truth of the matter is, we love her over here. I mean, Charice Pempengco, 18, seems to be the only fob artist to actually crack the American entertainment industry — she’s the first one to make it to the top 10 of the billboard charts. Utada Hikaru, Boa and Coco Lee each tried their luck over here, but sadly didn’t amount to much.

I’ve been a big supporter of Charice ever since I spotted her YouTube videos a few years ago. From singing on stage with Celine Dion to being trained by David Foster (now her godfather), she sure has come a long way in her career. However, her early life wasn’t very smooth sailing. Her father was abusive and, at one point, Charice saw him aim a shotgun at her mom. Charice participated in singing competitions just to make enough to eat. Having gone through so much adversity at too young of an age, she certainly deserves her success.

Speaking of Charice, I’m uber excited for her upcoming role in Glee as the Filipina exchange student, Sunshine Corazon!

My fobby flashback: Filipino comfort food

For someone who LOVES eating, I’m pretty terrible at cooking.  So I wanted to share with you guys how proud of myself I am for making one of my childhood comfort foods: Filipino eggplant omelette!

Also known as tortang talong, this is one of those dishes that you can’t find at any restaurant. . . it’s just one of those rustic, homecooked foods.  In Singapore, I grew up with a filipina nanny who pretty much raised me and my brother, and I loved it when she cooked traditional Filipino food like chicken adobo and eggplant omelette.

I have to admit, I felt pretty fobby roasting eggplants village-style over the open flame of my stove.  But as soon as I smelled the smoky eggplant fragrance and took a bite of this humble yet unique omelette, it took me right back to my childhood.

I love how simple, home-cooked food has the power to evoke those deep feelings of nostalgia.

Omg, omg, omg! Four dudes freak out over Filipino Miss Universe

Last week, Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete, was crowned Miss Universe 2010. Although Miss Philippines, Maria Venus Raj, made it to the top fifteen, I can only imagine the devastation these four guys faced when she didn’t win.  Watch their hysterical reaction to Miss Philippines’ making it into the top fifteen.  I think I saw one guy fly up into the air…

(Thanks, Quang!)

Maid inherits $4 million from late boss

Sometimes hard work really does pay off.  After more than 20 years of service, a Filipina maid in Singapore has inherited $4 million from her late employer.  Using the pseudonym “Christine,” the 47-year old  insisted on remaining unnamed for fear that her newfound wealth could attract the attention of kidnappers and other money-hungry evildoers.  The inheritance from her late employer, Dr. Quek Kai Miew, included cash and a swanky apartment near Singapore’s downtown shopping district.

“It was heartbreaking for me as I saw more years with Dr. Quek than with my own mother,” “Christine” said. “I am the luckiest maid in Singapore, with or without the money.”

In the US, having a maid is a sign of wealth and luxury.  But in Asia — particularly in cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong where it’s common for both parents to work — it’s typical for families to have live-in maids who take care of the kids.  Since I moved to the US, I often shy away from telling people that I grew up with a maid because I don’t want people to think I grew up as some kind of rich, spoiled brat.  But for me, growing up with a maid was like having a nanny whom I was super close with.  And even though she doesn’t work for us anymore, our maid who raised me since I was a little kid remains a big part of my childhood — I still stay in touch with her now.  Maybe it seems kind of crazy to most people, but I totally understand why “Christine” ended up with with four million bucks!

Jackson’s former choreographer and dancers visit Filipino prisoners

It has been awhile since I’ve seen these Filipino inmates release a new dance routine.  Well, I guess they were busy getting professional dance lessons from none other than Michael Jackson’s former choreographer, Travis Payne, and his dancers, Daniel Celebre and Dres Reid.  Amazing performance, but is this even a prison anymore??

Manny Pacquiao now a Philippines congressman



Manny Pacquiao Congressman PoliticianIn addition to his World Champion boxing title, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, 31, has just added “Congressman” to his resume.  He was sworn in yesterday in the capital of his impoverished province, Sarangani, where Manny told a crowd of 3,000, “I will be more effective in politics than in boxing.”  He has promised to work on improving infrastructure, medical services and security.

Considered a national hero in the Philippines, Manny also made it on Forbes‘ “most powerful” list.  His term in parliament will last three years, and he intends to keep boxing while serving as a legislator.

Go Manny, go Manny!  Check out his cool video tribute to him.  Man, I feel sorry for the guys who enter the ring with him.  Ouch!