Airport Talks: A Day In The Life Of A Filipina Who Grew Up in Saudi Arabia And Has An American Accent

 Born in Manila, Philippines.

Grew up in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

Went to an International School whose sister school was based in New Jersey, USA; hence the American accent.

Had teachers, classmates and friends from all over the world — USA, UK, Canada, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, etc; hence my strange vocabulary at times.

Finished the remainder of high school and college back in the Philippines.

Talks (most times) with an American accent.*

*I’m good with impersonation and sometimes I just can’t help it, my accent changes depending on who I’m talking to. It comes naturally. LOL

That, my friends, is pretty much my life, in a nutshell.

While I think it’s pretty straight forward, there are still some people who get super confused as to where I’m from and where I grew up, why I talk like this, etc. Here are a few conversations I’ve had while traveling.

Convo #1: 

Stranger (S): So, where are you from? 

Reby (R): *in my American accent* I’m from the Philippines. 

(S): No, really, were are you from? Are you from the US?

(R): No, I’m really from the Philippines.

(S): Oh, but why do you sound like that? I could’ve sworn you’re from the States. 

(R): No, I’m Filipino. 

(S): But did you grow up in the States?

(R): No, I grew up in Saudi Arabia. 

(S): Oh ok, so are you part Arab?

(R): Nope. 

(S): *confuzzled*

Convo #2: (this one was actually with a customs officer)

(S): Where are you from? 

(R): Philippines. 

(S): Where do you work? 

(R): Philippines. 

(S): Where did you grow up? 

(R): Philippines and Saudi Arabia. 

(S): Did you, at any point in your life live in the US?

(R): Nope.

(S): Are you sure about that? I’m sorry for all the questions, I’m just trying to figure out why you sound just like me. 


Convo #3: via text message

(S): Oh, I’m sorry I don’t think I can make it anymore. I’m running late. 

(R): Oh don’t worry about it, there’s heaps of time left at the next stop. We can wait for you there if you’re still keen on coming. 

(S): Oh perfect! I’ll meet up with you guys there then. 

Upon meeting me and hearing my American accent.

(S): So are you not from Australia then?

(R): *laughs* No, I’m not. 

(S): Oh, I thought you were since you used “keen” and “heaps”.

(R): Yeah, I use words I pick up here and there. Sometimes they’re just a lot faster to say.

(S): *confuzzled*

Convo #4

Stranger (S): So, where are you from? 

Reby (R): I’m from the Philippines. 

(S): You have really good English. Do you work at a call center?

(R): No.

(S): How do you have an accent then? 

(R): Probably because I went to an International School..?

(S): Oh yeah? In Manila?

(R): No, in Saudi Arabia.

(S): Oh wow, ok. How was that? Are you part Arab? Can you speak Arabic? Isn’t it dangerous there? 

Pandora’s box: OPENED

Convo #5: When I’m not really in the mood to explain everything

Stranger (S): So, where are you from? 

Reby (R): I’m from the Philippines. 

(S): Oh, but you grew up in the States, didn’t you? 

(R): Yup, Hawaii. (I’ve been mistaken a few times as Hawaiian so what the hey)

(S): I knew it! There are a lot of Filipinos in Hawaii. Blah blah blah. 


Can anyone else relate to this?

About morenabeachbum

i love the beach--sand--sun--waves--tan lines--the sound of the waves--the feeling of sand slipping through my toes--i love the OCEAN!--i am an island girl through and through--i LOVE the PHILIPPINES--i am a FILIPINA--i love the smell of fresh cut grass--i love being outdoors--sitting or lying down on the grass is fun--soaking up the sun is even better--i love FOOTBALL--best sport in the world!--i like to think about the good times and smile about them--i wonder a lot about the could have beens in my life but i DONT REGRET--im secure with myself--i say what i wanna say--i'm liberated--i hate people who are "fake"--i'm very straight forward--i am vain--i love taking pictures of myself #selfie--im MORENA (Spanish for tanned/dark (dark hair, eyes, skin)) & i love my skin color! #notowhhiteningproducts #blech--i love love LOVE to shop--i'm actually an impulsive buyer *cringe*--i love learning about other people's cultures--i love traveling--wanderlust--i love learning new languages--im thirsty for adventure--i also love gummy bears, almond snickers and gushers--cheerios is the best breakfast cereal ever--i love green apples dipped in peanut butter or cookie butter from Trader Joe's--i also love peanut butter sandwiches with slices of banana in them--random... very random I am--i love looking for the best bargain places--i never hold back when it comes to love--i love with both my heart & my soul (take it, just take it all! LOL)--im a hopeless romantic--i can be pretty moody at times so i suggest you steer clear of me when i'm at that point (just sayin... you have been warned)--i miss playing football (aka soccer) regularly--i miss my college football team and my teammates (hey guys!)--i am enjoying my life--i'm crazy--hyper--im short--im talkative--i'm real--i'm a bit of a neat freak--bossy, too at times (oh well, just keepin' it real)--i am ME-- xoxo, morenabeachbum
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6 Responses to Airport Talks: A Day In The Life Of A Filipina Who Grew Up in Saudi Arabia And Has An American Accent

  1. Gabi says:

    This was really funny. I would enjoy getting people more and more confused 😄


  2. felixmich1 says:

    I literally LOLed while reading this HAHAHA


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