It’s hard to travel alone add there that you don not know anyone from the places you are going to. Then you don’t even know how you would communicate because of language barrier. But these things just makes the journey more exciting.
Namit Chicken Inasal at Manokan Country, Bacolod City
You just have to be curious, as for myself, I always rely on my natural charm and charisma.
Anyway, I just want to share the new words I learned as I backpack. These are Ilonggo words:
Day 1: NAMIT - delicious / masarap
This is my favorite expression after every “first” taste of the new place I go to. I used this in Piaya, Inasal and Guimaras Mango
Day 2: PALIHOG - please / paki
Because I rely on people’s help, I use this as a sign of respect. The Visayas don’t use “po” and “opo” as the Tagalogs do.
Day 3: KAGING-KAGING - crispy / malutong
When I ordered pork barbecue, I heard someone said, “kaging-kaging.” I learned that is for the barbecue to be crispy, so that it is more “namit.”
Day 4: DOUBLE-TIRE - minibus / jeep na parang bus
When I was in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental going back to La Carlota I rode a tricycle. The driver asked, “Ceres” o “Double-Tire?” Of course, I said “double-tire.” Its a mode of transportation found in the roads of Negros. It has 6 tires 2 at the front and 4 at the back that’s why its called “double-tire.” It is much “barato” too compared to Ceres, which is the bus company.
After the attack! Namit talga!
By the way, “Inde ako kabalo mag-Ilonggo, gamay lang”
Translation: “I don’t understand Ilonggo that much.”