Talking Taglish

Taglish is a blend of the words 'Tagalog' and 'English.' It refers to the infusion of English words and phrases into Tagalog, the primary language of the Philippines.

But to me and thousands of other second-generation Filipino-American immigrants, Taglish is much more than just a way of speaking. It's our way of life.

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    Mike Chua | July 22nd, 2011
    In 2007, Randy Pausch ‘82 delivered his riveting Last Lecture. In the lecture, Randy urges listeners to pursue their childhood dreams. “Dream big. Dream without fear,” he said. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the message until the spring of 2011. I was...
  • Mike Chua | July 12th, 2011
    Over the last few days I’ve been stationed in the rural village of Macanip, Leyte. I’d update this blog much more often but, unfortunately, I don’t have access to the internet out on the farms.          ...
  • Mike Chua | July 5th, 2011
    “So Mike, what is it that you do here?” I’ve been asked this question several times in the Philippines. At first, I tried to be vague. “I do scientific work,” I would tell them. But this answer did not satisfy most questioners. “I work with water...
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    Mike Chua | June 24th, 2011
      Apparently, I’ve come to the Philippines in the middle of typhoon season. Lucky me. The latest typhoon to batter the Philippine Islands is aptly named Typhoon Falcon. I know I’m not a meteorologist but did weather officials really have to...
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    Mike Chua | June 13th, 2011
    The time difference between Manila, Philippines and Providence, Rhode Island is exactly 12 hours. Unfortunately for me, that means a long week of jet lag.  My body (and the roosters here) have been refusing to let me sleep past 5. So, one...
  • Mike Chua | June 9th, 2011
    I’m three days into my stay here in the Philippines, and I’m still trying to get accustomed to the different way of life. One thing that I don’t mind getting used to, however, is the selflessness and kindness of the people who I have met so far....
  • Mike Chua | June 3rd, 2011
    “Mike! When are you coming home to the Philippines?” asked my aunt, over the phone. I’ve never been to the Philippines, yet, the word “home” felt right. Over the next two and a half months, I’ll be traveling throughout the provinces of the...