Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Mabuhay Manila!

I'm going to Manila for the SEA Games. Not as a participant but as a supporterlah. Turn to today's Star backpage story and you'll see us Famemas members rearing to go support our athletes. (Ahem, first time I appear in newspaper backpage AND frontpage too. If not for Famemas, no chance for this 5-min of fame.)

If you're wondering what Famemas is all about, here's some info to enlighten you.

The Samsung Famemas Supporters Group was conceived by Samsung Malaysia Electronics in 2002 to promote the spirit of sportsmanship through supporting and inspiring Malaysian athletes to excel.

Famemas represents the combination of the word Fame and Malaysia. When spoken out loud, sounds like Famous - a reflection of our national athletes out to win glory and fame for Malaysia.

Since 2002, members of Samsung Famemas Supporters Group have been screaming their hearts out in fervent support of our beloved Malaysian athletes across the world – from the Olympics in Athens, the Asian Games in Korea to the SEA Games in Vietnam. It is the first official club that brings together hundreds of fun loving Malaysian sports-fans. Besides attending sports events to support our athletes, members of the Samsung Famemas Supporters Group can get of the latest news and updates on Malaysian sports at our website. Members can also the hottest topics on sports at our Forums or make new friends chatting with hundreds of other members online. Famemas also organizes other sporting activities like charity badminton, bowling clinics, Sunday jog and more to keep members in shape.

How did I make the cut for Manila? If you know me, you know the answer. Enter contest. 7 days all-expenses paid trip for a slogan. Not badlah. But then this is not a pleasure trip. It's a working holiday, if you please. We'll be in Manila to cheer our athletes and lift their spirits, not go gallivanting all over town. But of course all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so our sponsor has kindly arranged for some free time so we can sight-see and shop a little.

The organizers will bring our cheering arsenal along : Jalur Gemilang, kompang and thunder sticks. (Better quality ones, we're promised. Those used in the Vietnam Sea Games went limp after one round of cheering.) On our part, we just have to bring voices along, and of course lots of Strepsils and Fisherman's.

Time to learn some rudimentary Tagalog.
English / Tagalog

Welcome(greeting) / Mabuhay!
Good morning / Magandang umaga
Good day / Magandang arao
Good afternoon / Magandang hapon
Good evening / Magandang gabi
Noon / Tanghali

How are you? / Kumusta ka?
I am fine / Mabuti naman
OK / OK din
Thank you / Salamat
Thank you very much / Maraming salamat
You're Welcome / Walang anuman
Good luck to you / Mabuting kapalaran sa iyo.
Goodbye / Paalam
Long-live / Mabuhay (Mabuhay is used for a variety of positive greetings)

I/We / Ako/Tayo
You / Ikaw
They / Sila
He/She / Siya

Yes / Oo/Opo
No / Hindi

What? / Ano?
When? / Kailan?
Where? / Saan?
Who? / Sino?
Why? / Bakit?
How? / Paano?
How many? / Ilan?
How much? / Magkano?

What is your real name? / Yon tunay na pangalan?
How do you say .... in Tagalog? / Ano sa Tagalog ang .....?
What is the meaning of ....? / Ano ang ibig sabihin nang ....? / Ano yun ....?
I am learning Tagalog / Nag aaral magtagalog
I am / Ako nga
I am from England / Sa England ako
Your country is very beautiful / Maganda ang bayan mo.
I am happy / Masaya ako.

Time / Oras
I love you / Mahal Kita
Please / Pakiusap

Up / Taas
Down /Baba
Left / Kaliwa
Right / Kanan
North / Hilaga
East / Silangan
South / Timog
West / Kanluran
Far / Malayo
Near / Malapit
Bad / Masama
Beautiful / Maganda
You are beautiful / Maganda Ka
Cheap / Mura
Expensive / Mahal

Big / Malaki
Small / Maliit

I see some similarity between Tagalog and Malay. Yes!


KK said...

Wow, great! your change to be there to have a hula-hula performance is the envy of many ppl. Because many ppl who've very good "M-boleh" shouting skill are not given the FOC treats, the one like me..he he! Beside SEA games, as well get yourself a sea-bliss. Congra! Have a good-cheer there next week.

drbubbles said...


please come back with throat intact.

Kak Teh said...

Mabuhay Lydia,
Kumusta ka? Mabuting kapalaran sa iyo in Manila. Masaya ako for ikaw.

Sa England ako, kak teh aalborg said...

I don't believe you actually won this contest thingy!

Lydia Teh said...

p3p4, Thanks. No hula-hula and short-short skirts. We very sze boon one. Did you enter the contest? Try again next time.

Iskandar, I'm afraid I can't guarantee that but thanks for the thought.

KT, Mabuhay po. Mabuti naman. Salamat.
Ttranslation : Greetings (po signifies respect.) I am fine. Thank you.
KT's translation : Greetings Lydia. How are you? Good luck to you in Manila. I am happy for you. I'm from England, KT.

Ailin, Opo, opo. I did win it lah.

Jane Sunshine said...

Great Lydia. All paid trip to Manila!!!

Lydia Teh said...

Hi Jane. We just have to bring some money for souvenir shopping.

Razlin said...

Congratulations Lydia! Unfortunately I won't be one of those cheering our throats out in Manila :o(

I was looking forward to it though even with the 50% subsidy! heh heh.. yup, i took part in the easier one less competition. Say hello to our friends and this time, make sure I see your picture in the papers as well ok?

No need to malu-malu :p

Lydia Teh said...

Razlin, we'll certainly miss your "roar" at the Games. Pix in the papers : bukan I tak nak, sometimes editor don't want to put, hehe.

RojakBuah said...

Mabuhay...dh smp sana jgn lupa pi Greenhills, kalau tk silap...barang2 murah...

RunWitMe said...

Hi Lydia,


Vietnam was great. I had to give this one a miss as it clashed with Singapore Marathon. Hope to read all about your experience in Manila soon!

marsha said...

Wow, hope your cheers (and hard work) will bring some medals home. Congrats and...erm...good luck? :-)

Lydia Teh said...

runwitme, thanks! Will do.

Marsha, yes, yes it did. Will write about it.

midnite lily said...

and if you're shopping, "magkano?" =D