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Pagrespeto sa Kultura (Adventures in Qatar and Oman)

Filed under: Travelogue — GSM0d at 1:43 am on Thursday, June 10, 2010

I’ll make my blogs short and sweet so that I can update it once or twice a week. Nakaka-guilty rin na di mag-update lalo na kung maraming sumusunod sa Gspot. I just watched the premiere of Sex in the City, sponsored by our friend Grace Ang of Mercedes Benz.

I was with the Eduardo sisters, both with their Birkin bags, and met more friends in Birkins like Salome Uy. Nagmukha tuloy  t*e yung Chanel GST ko kasi lahat naka-Birkin! Okay lang. What’s important ay HINDI eye-poor ang mga may hawak ng Birkin.

“Eye-poor” means matapobre, as defined by the Queen of all gay talk Imee Marcos.  Mata-pobre, eye-poor…All of them were cool, not eye-poor!


Panalong-panalo ang Sex in the City 2 lalo na sa mga witty dialogues!

“Lawrence of my Labia” was my ultimate laugh trip! Pumapangalawa ang pagtanong ni Charlotte (portrayed by Kristin Davis) habang nakatingin sa 42 pills ni Samantha (Kim Cattral) ng, “Can you swallow all of that?” Pagkatapos sinagot siya ni Samantha ng, “Have we met?” Clap, clap, clap!


Lalo kong ipinagmalaki ang aking pagkababae dahil sa Sex in the City. Lalo kong kinamuhi ang mga mapang-aping kultura tulad na lang ng mga babaeng napipilitang magsuot ng Burka at Niquab sa gitna ng init ng araw dahil kailangang itago ang pagkababae nila.

Naalala ko tuloy ang adventures ko sa Oman at Qatar nang makita ko ang eksena, kung saan kinukuyog si Samantha ng mga lalakeng konserbatibo sa palengke.

Let me share a few of my adventures in Oman and Qatar.

I just got back from a successful concert in Muscat, Oman with Jed Madela. Grabe ang init init doon, 54 degrees! If Manila is an oven, then Muscat is hell! Hell, only in temperature.

Muscat is a beautiful place. Para kang nasa set ng  Alladin. Lamps are sold in almost every stall in the market. “Does that come with a genie?” I asked the store owner. He just smiled. Di niya ata ako naintindihan.


Oman is part of the United Arab Emirates. It is an open city just like Dubai.  And as it is part of the arab emirates, it is a city in the desert, which explains the 54-degree temperature.

Pagdating na pagdating ko, sa sobrang init, ramdam na ramdam ko na ang baskil ko. Baskil for the sosyal is short for basang kilikili (bas-kil). It is a Tagalog slang term for perspiration in your arm sleeves. With Baskil, I decided to take my sweater off. Bigla ako pinigilan ni Tita Liz ng Western Union.

Tita Liz: Huwag, kukuyugin ka nila!

Giselle: Ha! Akala ko ba open city ito.

Tita Liz: Yes, pero bago lang. They are not used to skin. You have to respect their  culture.

So tiniis ko ang feeling ng may baskil. Sh*t.

Sabagay may point siya. Kinuyug na ‘ko dati sa Qatar. Dito nagbalik sa aking alaala ang eksena sa Sex in the City 2 na nagagalit yung mg lalake at kinukuyug si  Samantha sa palengke. Parang ganoon ang nangyari sa akin sa Qatar minus the galit factor.

By some bad streak of luck, there was a glitch in the travel booking that Qatar Airways did for me, such that, when I returned from London with a stopover in Qatar, the flight to Manila was the next day.

Qatar Airways arranged for me to stay overnight in a hotel in Qatar but they no longer pulled out my luggage because I already had a boarding pass. Besides, the luggage will go straight to Manila. That was the gist.

It was winter in London and December in Manila. So all I had packed for the plane ride were leather pants, a leather jacket, a pashmina shawl, a sexy inner tank top and my deodorant. Upon arriving in the hotel, I decided to change my money so I could buy a panty and some things I’ll need. It was 45 degrees outside since Qatar is also a desert.

I asked the front desk if Qatar was an open city and he told me I was lucky because they just declared Quatar as an open city several weeks ago. I went outside in my tank top.

Three steps outside the door of the hotel, five men approached me and stared. They maintained a distance of one meter respecting my personal bubble. But they blocked my way so I couldn’t pass through. Then another five approached, then another six. Sixteen men, all staring maliciously. Some were even panting. Parang aso. Para akong hinuhubaran sa kanilang mga tingin. Worse, para bagang pinagpaparausan nila ako sa kanilang mga isipan. Na-tense ang lola. Excuse me, komedyante ako. Hindi ako bold star!

Unti-unti akong umatras pabalik ng hotel. Feeling ko mare-rape ako in broad daylight. I successfully got back to my hotel with them still staring. Pagpasok ko, may nasalubong akong Pilipino. “Giselle sanchez, ano ginagawa mo dito? Huwag kang lumabas ng  ganyan. Di pa sila sanay sa braso. Kukuyugin ka nila!” my too-late-the-hero told me.

I had no choice but to cover up. Tense na rin akong mamukhaan ng mga manyak sa labas. I wore my leather jacket since it was the only clothing I had with sleeves, I wore my  black pashmina shawl like a niquab worn by Quatari women to cover their faces. I wore this in the 45 degree heat!  Ga-munggo ang pawis ko…para lang makabili ng panty! Nakakalokah!


To all PEPsters: Wait for my next blog. Part two ng Oman with Jed Madela.

I now have my very own entertainment column in Manila Bulletin that comes out every Mondays or Tuesdays so but the paper in both days.

I’m also leaving for six countries this June for a series of shows so always check my blog for more adventures with Asia’s Funny Girl—Giselle Sanchez’ Gspot!

25 Comments »

Comment by mabuhayph

June 10, 2010 @ 9:45 am

nice blog Ms G! Just an info, Oman borders United Arab Emirates but it is not a part of it. UAE consists of seven states, termed emirates, but Oman is not one of them

Comment by gsanchez

June 10, 2010 @ 11:42 am

This is Giselle Sanchez. I would like to correct my own blog. Based on further research, Oman is not part of the United Arab Emirates but is still part of the Middle East Countries in the desert. The seven emirates are the following: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. Thanks madame01 for your comment.

Comment by ennaoj05

June 10, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

hi Ms. G… I’ve been reading your blogs at talagang naihahatid mo sa mga tao ang emotions mo when writing your it. I admire your wit and humor. sana makapunta ka rin dito sa kuwait.. ‘coz i’m sure, you’ll have lot of filipinos laughing here.
the hijab (the cloth that the ladies wear to cover their faces) and abaya (the black dress that the ladies wear to cover their body) are a must for very religious women here in the middle east. at kahit nga maligo sa dagat, nakasuot talaga sa kanila un ng buo… walang tanggalan. hijab and abaya nga pala are the terms that they use here in kuwait, i just don’t know sa ibang lugar.
but nways, good luck sa mga shows mo… ^_^

Comment by shenead

June 10, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

Dito ka sa Bahrain… ok lang kahit makita nila kuyukot mo. Basta wag lang pupunta sa palengke. Huhubaran ka nila sa tingin, haha. Ok lang sa Mall na naka-shorts, or yung tipong nagpupumiglas dalawang bundok mo… hehehe.. Medyo liberated dito ang mga tao…

Comment by gingersnap

June 11, 2010 @ 1:36 am

i love that title para sayo…Asia’s Funny Girl – Giselle Sanchez’ Gspot! and i love your blogs too! super entertaining and nakakatawa. keep it up Gspot! congratulations nga pala sa series of shows mo. masyadong abala ang lola! but that’s good. it means maraming nag titiwala at bilib sa talent mo kaya madami ang kumukuha sayo. wait nalang kaming mga followers ng blog mo ng iyong next adventure!

Comment by codename_adik

June 11, 2010 @ 2:37 pm

hi miss giselle..i always read your blog.i find it intelligent at the same time entertaining.you are one hella writer.you made me laugh and at the same time ponder on things everytime i read your entries.

but on this one, i’m a bit disappointed in some lines you uttered. This one: “Lalo kong kinamuhi ang mga mapang-aping kultura tulad na lang ng mga babaeng napipilitang magsuot ng Burka at Niquab sa gitna ng init ng araw dahil kailangang itago ang pagkababae nila”.

hindi mapang-api ang kultura ng mga arabo.yun ang kautusan sa religion nila. I believe Qatar is an ISlamic country. and in ISlam, women are not allowed to flaunt their beauty. it’s only for the perusal of their husband. bawal ipakita ang di dapat ipakita, gaya ng legs, tyan, cleavage, etc.etc.. These should be covered. para saan?para makaiwas sa mapagnasang tingin ng mga kalalakihan.hindi lang natin naiintindihan pero kung alam lang natin, para din yun sa kabutihan ng mga babae.Para naman maging karespeto respeto sila.DI ba nga mas mukhang decent ang babaeng matino ang suot na damit kesa sa kita na ang kaluluwa?

i respect your opinion but sana next time di na ako makabasa ng ganito about any culture dito sa blog mo. magsulat ka na lang ng experiences mo sa ibang bansa.mas ok pa yun.

just my two cents

Comment by princess_tameika

June 11, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

antaray mo talaga G spot..
mag cocomment pa lang sana ako tungkol sa oman at uae pero na e correct mo na…
oman is not part of the emirates..it is just a neighboring country of uae..
hehehehe…
more blogs please..
dapat nga araw araw para nakakaaliw…
hahahaha
goodluck sa series of concerts mo…

Comment by sandalwood

June 11, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

DISAPPOINTING!

This is the first post of yours that disappointed me. Mapang-aping kultura? Someone like you who I thought to be prosgressive shouldn’t be making assumptions that majority of the women wearing burka are FORCED to do it. You didn’t explicitly say pero why use such words as mapang-aping kultura? As if naman practiced ito ng karamihan. Sigurado ka ba na bahagi talaga ito ng kultura nila o maliit na minority lang sila. Media has a way of spreading stereotypes. Someone like you who graduated with honors should know such basic thing. I live in a city where it’s fairly common to see women in burka/niqab. Let me tell you that only a small portion of them are forced by their parents or husbands. Pero it’s funny that we condemn this but we don’t condemn the entertainment industry which prefers women to show more skin even if in some cases they don’t want to. Exactly what is the difference between forcing someone to cover-up and showing her skin? Typical mentaly of Western colonial feminists.

Iba ang kultura ng mga Arabs. That is true. We have to respect it. Filipinos can’t ask for respect if we can’t do the same thing. Yan ang problema ibang mga Filipinos sa Middle East. Akala nila pwede nilang ipilit ang Filipino culture by wearing skimpy clothes gayun ngang karamihan ng babae nakabalot. Pambabastos ito sa kultura ng host country mo. Tayo bilang mga OFWs/OCWs, whether we like it or not, we have to assimilate din pero hindi naman kelangan nakaburqa kasi sa city ko basta hindi ka nakasleeveless at nakaluwa ang ahem mo, walang problema. Kung ipipilit natin sa mga Arabs ang kultura na kinigisnan natin, hindi lang tayo ethnocentric. Bastos pa tayo kasi pasalamat nga at nakukuha pa ng trabahao sa M.E. tapos hindi man lang magawang respetuhin ang kultura nila.

Isipin mo kung sa simpleng beach biglang nagtanggal ng bikini ang isang European tourist sa Pilipinas? Hindi rin ba siya kukuyugin o kung hindi naman ma-harass? Diba isang uri din ito ng pambabastos sa Filipino culture (maliban na lang kung nudist beach somewhere in Puerto Galerra yun)? Sanay man tayo makakita ng babaeng nakashorts, hindi tayo sanay makakita ng babaeng nakaexpose ang b r e a s t s. Ang keyword lang RESPETO.

Comment by sandalwood

June 12, 2010 @ 12:14 am

And for the person saying na sayang naman at hindi nila napapakita ang beauty nila. Why speak for them? Alam mo ba ang nararamdaman nila? Paano kung pinili nilang suotin yun? Ano ang mararamdaman mo kapag sinabi sa iyo ng isang European woman na “poor brown Asian woman from the Philippines, can’t even show her beautiful b r e a s ts and free it from the constraints of a brassiere?”

Not all women are interested in showing their beauty. In Arabic culture, it’s something that you can only share between other women and your husband. Obviously, Filipino women are different but that does not make Arab or Muslim women pitiful because they decide to cover up.

Sorry for commenting twice. I know it’s not my blog but sometimes, the prejudices of our fellow Filipinos are too much to handle. The way we judge other culture, we act as if our culture is superior. Eh kung culture lang ang paguusapan hindi ba ang mga ancient civilizations gaya ng mga Babylonians etc ang may napakaraming contribution sa human civilization as a whole from Math to Astronomy to Medicine, etc. Can we, Filipinos, say the same thing?

When my Hindu friend commented something negative about Christianity, na-offend ako kasi based on ignorance and prejudice yung comment niya. I make it a point that I don’t judge other cultures and religions because you don’t want to be in the receiving end of it.

Comment by sylvester

June 12, 2010 @ 10:13 am

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hi GSPOT!! namiss ko blog mo!! sobrang funny talaga ang Sex and the City, mas nakakatawa sya compared sa first, mas maraming funny dialogues and scenes, nweys, can't wait for your next blog! btw, matanong ko lang, bakit nga ba bawal maglabas ng skin, sa mga ganung lugar??? masamba ba yun, kung tutuusin mas mainit sa kanila noh pero bawal magpahangin ng balat? LoL!

Comment by Blonde_Skinny_Bitch

June 13, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

…Ms. Giselle religion or no religion? …knowing you I thought you’re gonna fight for your rights as a Woman to wear anything she wants! uh huh! …but No no no no and NO! …you have disappointed us all sisterhood! …coz if you think of it judaism, muslim and christianity all sprang from the same old testament book! …if that’s ssso how come “Beyonce” raised in singing church choir, now dressed up in the latest NY hooker fashion west of 5th Ave!!! Oops! hahaha :D

…even the arab women loathe the idea of wearing burka! …coz did you noticed at karaoke club, the women are wearing I Dream of Jeanie outfit dancing to Bollywood like there’s no tomorrow to satisfy these hornee boogerbrain men! sick! :(

…thank Allah! Carrie and rest sang “I am Woman hear me Roar!” …coz it’s about time countries like this give women a Voice! uh huh! :)

…coz I am strong! …strong!
…I am invincible! …invincible!
…I am Woman! :)

Comment by Blonde_Skinny_Bitch

June 13, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

…if I were part of the “Sex in the City 2″ movie, …move over Samantha! religion or no religion! phoohee! …Hell, i’ll be skinny dipping on the pool surrounded by half nayked gorgeous Aussie swimming team in their skimpy speedoes, hmmm …eating a large ripe banana and having an absolutely fabulous time! uh huh :D

Comment by sunshinearaw

June 13, 2010 @ 4:09 pm

luv ur funny stories G!we waited for soo long for this.pls write more often.
you amaze me with ur writing style! keep it up.
i looked at kablog of rachel d. and all she talked about is herself as in i,me,myself and about what good people they are.she always judgmental so i stopped reading her blogs.and then when there are comments that do not agree with her, she’s too defensive and cannot take any criticism.oh well, back to you.
i wish you well in all of your trips.you make pinoys happy all over the world.God bless you.
i love your blog and john sweet lapuz so please keep it coming.

Comment by Blonde_Skinny_Bitch

June 13, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

…your experienced being gangrape by those hairy Arab men, I’m somewhat skeptical but Arab men doing the nasty with other men or transvestite just like the blogger here! Now that’s true! …coz Sodom and Gomorrah just happen to be in their backyard! …it says so in the Koran! uh huh! …hhhot! :D

…I once met one of the prince of UAE at Las Vegas, oooh tall, dark, handsome, and smelling ssso Dolce&Gabanna! …you know demure me! so we head straight to his Bellagio suite! …he insisted me to f*ck him in the arse??? …I said “but I’m not that kinda gggurl!” Oops! :(

Comment by PinoyIrish73

June 13, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

Hi Gissele, thank you for another entertaining blog, nakakaalis ng boredom even if it’s just for the few minutes to read every word na sinulat mo. I admire you a lot for taking the time to entertain people like me through your blogs, it’s not an easy task to take all your experiences in a particular place and then write it in a blog like you do. You must be a true-blooded comedian to be able to do that kc you have to keep your audience in mind and how to make them laugh with everything that you do. so for that…clap,clap,clap to you too. Keep it up Gurl!

Comment by chikka247

June 14, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

Saw you in Taoyuan, Taiwan last June 06 during the Joint celebration of Migrants’ day and Phil. Independence Day, you were the life of the program, the crowd really enjoyed your antics, even the Taiwanese, who can’t really understand what you are saying, but was entertained by your actions

Comment by bears

June 15, 2010 @ 6:38 am

nice blog ms. giselle! may natutunan na naman akong word..BASKIL :p

Comment by Blonde_Skinny_Bitch

June 16, 2010 @ 6:55 am

…this blog needs some excitement, like it used to! …ssso are you ready bbbeaches??? Oops! :D

…if i’m gonna wear burka and niquab to cover myself up, I’ll make sure I’m also wearing my birthday suit! …ssso just in case a small breeze passes by, I’ll cool myself! uh huh! makes sense doesn’t it! :)

…asss to why Arab men can wear hijab dress is beyond me!…they sure can getaway with crossdressing! Oops :)

Comment by Ysnuque_cai

June 16, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

@sunshinearaw, tama ka jan about ke Ms. Rachel.. inaaway nga ako dun ng mga supporters nya, di nila naiintindihan ung sabi ko na constructive critism..

Comment by Ysnuque_cai

June 16, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

@codename: i respect po ung opinion mo.. mdyo na offend ka sa line ni Ms. G about sa mapang-aping kultura… me point ka po jan..

But para po sa kaalaman ng nakakarami, ala pong nakasulat sa Quran na kelangan itago mukha ng mga babae, buhok at katawan po ang dapat… Even Kadhija ang wife ng messenger nila, eh minahal nya dahil bukas ang mukha nya, but nakatago ang buhok, lagi nyang pinagmamasdan si Khadija habang ngtatrabaho.. even before po sa Islam, allowed ang magwork ang babae at ipakita ang mukha, wag nga lang syempre ung ibang bahagi ng katawan na magdudulot ng pagnanasa.. But as time goes, aminado rin naman ang mga muslim na kawork ko, tao na mismo ang ng implement ng pagtatago ng mukha ng mga kababaihan…

Comment by mycomment

June 18, 2010 @ 5:54 am

hi ms. giselle.. i work here in dubai kya nkaka-relate ako s “init” n nirereklamo mo, hehehe.. pro swerte n rin kmi kc d nmin nid mgabalot ng katawan d2.

pro, d po part ng UAE ang Oman..

ingat.. God bless..

Comment by sunshinearaw

June 21, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

@ysnuqui cai

oh really? well, like i said, i do not ever wanna visit her blog site bec im sure she is praising herself to high heavens as usual!

besides, i think sya lang din ang nagco-comment dun or her friends. kakatawa pagiging fanatic nung iba making me doubt the credibility. i’m sure she’s d one or gumawa sya ng iba-ibang account and praise herself all the more.haha!
haay, dont stress over it, not worth it.
i also live abroad and i read PEP to de-stress but for the first time tlga, hindi ako naaliw. i like sweet lapuz,gisel sanchez,candy..yung kay rachel lang talaga ang bigat ng dating and not kakaaliw kasi puro pamimintas and sya lang magaling sa lahat.
well, based on one article on her, she is really papansin pala. so deadma!!
keep on reading nalang gisel’s. so aliw!

Comment by yarrie

June 23, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

test

Comment by Stuckupbeach

July 2, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

I think you embellish your statements just to make it sensational. I live in Qatar for several years now and I tell you, Qatar in December is fairly cool dipping below 20 degrees as our winter time starts on this month. 45 degrees?!! What an outright lie. We get that tempt from May-Oct and starts to cool down bit by bit by Nov as winter grips the northern territories. Also you should go see our malls, there you will meet several european women who wear dresses that leave nothing to the imagination. Di sanay sa braso? Oh please. And kinuyog? In broad daylight?! You have this illusion of self importance para makuyog by showing just your braso. I doubt it! I just stumbled on this blog by mistake, not coming back… ciao ciao, my dear.

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