Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Things I like about the Philippines, #9

Filipinos are generally wonderfully creative and artistic.  One of my favorite things about living here is their love of music and their lack of inhibitions when it comes to singing.

There are two sides to this coin (think karaoke at midnight) but the part that I love and would like to emphasize is that it is perfectly acceptable to sing out loud almost anywhere.  One time I was riding along on a jeepney when suddenly the guy sitting across from me burst out into song.  Loudly.  I was the only one who looked twice.  

Many times I've been shopping in a store and a sales person in the same aisle as me suddenly chimes in with the music playing on the loud speaker system.  They have no qualms about that at all. 

I decided to experiment with this.  I was curious what people would do if a foreigner, who already sticks out like a sore thumb, burst out into song in the grocery store.  The answer?  Nothing!  They didn't even look twice.  I love that!  Now I don't have to feel weird about humming along to the radio or singing a song of my own.  

Now, isn't that refreshing?  Who cares what other people think?  Enjoy life a little!  If your heart feels like singing, then sing!  We should all learn a lesson from the Filipinos on this one.

You may be wondering what happens if the person who is singing along can't carry a tune.  Nothing.  They are welcome to sing too (think karaoke at midnight).  :D


Ken said...


Donna Amis Davis said...

You are a breath of fresh air, Valerie!

Jenny said...

I feel silly if the person in the next car even sees me singing, let alone hears me!