since i agree with what heymikey said, no point in answering your questions and repeating what was already said.
although i have yet to encounter this kind of balikbayan, one that would totally annoy me would be someone who would compare how life is abroad and here. let's face it, life abroad is comparably better but heck, no need to keep on repeating over and over again how bad the traffic is, how our roads are full of potholes, how our goverment is so corrupt, yadda yadda yadda. we already *know* that. no need to rub it in.
another trait that would irk me would be for a balikbayan to speak in english constantly and suddenly develop filipino language amnesia. let's face it, some pinoy balikbayan's are like this. they think that just because they know how to speak in english they're so much better than you are. my relatives in the US have lived there for over 3 decades and still speak filipino and kapampangan fluently. i don't see how a balikbayan who has only been in the US for a year can suddenly forget his mother tongue.
lastly, balikbayan's who'd flaunt their material wealth, like those who'd cover themselves from head to foot with designer items. puhleease.
Sa tinigin ko lucent ang laki laki ng pagkainis mo sa balikbayan. Social climber karamihan. Napaka bias mo. Sa aking magtinging pagsabi ka ng social climber eh may class or antas pa ang mga taqo sa filipinas. Kaya siguro tayo di umaasenso dahil kung nagtyagang magtrabaho ang mga pinoy sa labas ang tingin mo social climber. Ay naku at wala pang napundar ? wow ang galing pre judge ang lahat kaya yan walang malasakit sa kapwa pinoy at sa ka gayang mo masyadong makitid ang pagiisip
Neither hate them nor love them, but one thing's sure -- I can see them coming a mile away!
i'm just wondering exactly what you mean by that? i plan on visiting the philippines the first time in june and was wondering what exactly causes you to spot "them"?
hey. just want to apologise for my post above. i must've been sniffing something when i posted that. ha ha ha. didn't mean to say all balikbayans are like that. i'm sure there are nice ones too.
kameron4! i especially don't want to scare you away since i read that you're coming here in june. don't worry about speaking in english; the balikbayans i was ranting about are those who grew up in the phils then suddenly develop filipino-language amnesia after a few months in the us. but since you grew up there (and i assume your family didn't use filipino to converse with one another) then it's okay if you speak in straight english, twang and all. just don't get unnerved if people look at you funny. they'll realize soon enough that you're a balikbayan.
usually the color of their hair - lotsa highlights, colored blond, etc. the girls are usually wear revealing clothes, even the, uhm, "heavier" ones.
me, i'm bad at spotting balikbayans until they start speaking. and in fairness to the ones i've seen, they aren't flashy at all. i even dress better than they do. ha ha ha. keeding.