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Fil-Am Brothers Turn Alexa into a Pinay ‘Tita’ in This Hilarious Video

Just like any other culture, Filipinos have beliefs, mannerisms, and expressions that are common to many. But while these are common and often used in many places by many people, these can become hilarious when copied by foreigners or, as in the case of a now viral video, done by an inanimate object similar to Alexa.

Now, what is Alexa? Alexa is actually Amazon’s version of the popular Siri by Apple. You can directly talk to this virtual assistant and it could do a lot of things, including playing music, creating grocery lists, setting up appointments, send messages, make calls, ‘read’ Wikipedia articles, and so much more.

Photo credit: Frost and Ken / Facebook

While Alexa is quite useful, a pair of Fil-Am brothers based in Los Angeles, California found a way to use the device in a parody video that got a lot of Filipinos laughing. The video might be quite puzzling to foreigners – and they probably wouldn’t understand why the video was hilarious but many Filipinos certainly had a good laugh.

Kevin (Frost) and Ken Francisco turned their Alexa into a ‘Tita’, the general term Filipinos use for ladies (even if they are not related).

Photo credit: Frost and Ken / Facebook

This virtual assistant Tita had a lot of similarities to real-life Pinay titas.

For example, when Kevin asked the tita for help in finding him a girlfriend, the tita refused to help but told him, “You don’t need a girlfriend. You should be focusing on your studies.

That’s something a tita would surely say, eh?

But this Tita device knows a lot about what Filipinos do, say, and use around the house.

Photo credit: Frost and Ken / Facebook

For instance, when Kevin asked the Tita to add toilet paper to the shopping list, he was told that he doesn’t need toilet paper. He should use a ‘tabo’ (water dipper) – and this puzzled the US-based Pinoy. He had no idea what a ‘tabo’ is but Pinoys raised in the Philippines know that it is a water dipper used to take water from a ‘timba’ (pail). You use this in the toilet and even when you take a bath.

There are so many hilarious ‘tita’ things this Tita device did in the video – and Pinoys loved the hilarious parody video.

Photo credit: Frost and Ken / Facebook

Check this out and tell us which one you liked best:

Alexa who?! Titas in stores now! Available at your local Sari Sari store, Toys R’ Us participating Seafood City and some Walmart

Posted by Frost and Ken on Friday, October 19, 2018

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Kid Orders Snacks from Uncle’s Phone, But Shipping Fee is Higher than Snack Price

A kid orders snacks from his uncle’s phone, but the latter was surprised after learning about the order, especially because the shipping fee is higher than the actual snack price! Ouch.

Online Shopping

These days, it is easy for us to buy virtually anything and everything online! There are shops that offer various stuff, ranging from food and items you need at home to big ticket items such as cars and real estate. You can actually buy your own private plane or even your own private island through online transactions.

kid orders snacks from uncle’s phone
Photo credit: Andrew Pascual/ Facebook

But food is among the primary items bought online, especially during the COVID-19 crisis when everyone is forced to stay at home to avoid contracting the virus.

With kids being so tech-savvy these days, one managed to order some snacks on his uncle’s phone. The latter was rather shocked when a rider arrived at their house with the order, only for him to discover that his nephew bought something online – and the shipping fee is much higher than the actual item price. LOL.

kid orders snacks from uncle’s phone
Photo credit: Andrew Pascual/ Facebook

Netizen Andrew Pascual shares some photos taken from his online shopping app, showing what his nephew had ordered: a small pack of Oishi Pillows worth Php8. The kid bought only 1 pack of the choco-filled crackers.

Perhaps the little boy was craving for some snacks but there are no sari-sari stores nearby or perhaps he really just wanted to eat Oishi Pillows at the time. But the kid had no idea how online shopping works and that there’s a delivery fee for the item he bought.

kid orders snacks from uncle’s phone
Photo credit: Andrew Pascual/ Facebook

So, imagine Andrew’s surprise when the rider arrived with the boy’s order. The snack costs just Php8 but the delivery fee is Php69! Whew.

Note: Huwag ipalaro yung cellphone mo sa pamangkin mo 😑,” Andrew advised.

Netizens had a good laugh over Andrew’s experience, but told him he is still lucky that the kid only ordered some cheap snacks.

Such a big help na rin para sa rider. 69 pesos lang naman, buti nga hindi pa 100 piso hehehe,” one netizen wrote.

Seryoso ba iyan? Hahaha. Sana dinamihan na lang ang order para win-win situation. Pero hindi naman lumagpas sa 500 pesos so okay pa rin iyan. Enjoy!” another commented.

Photo credit: Andrew Pascual/ Facebook

How to Avoid Kids’ Accidental Online Shopping Orders

If you let kids use your phone, make sure to logout from online shopping apps and other apps that involve any money or you might be in for a big surprise.

Another option is to hide the apps in a folder; though that’s not fail-safe as kids could still find the app inside the folders! Logging out of the account is still the best option.

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Netizen Shares Impressive Room Transformation as Quarantine Project

A netizen shares the impressive room transformation he did as quarantine project – and the results are simply amazing! The room went from an ordinary one to something that you can truly be proud of having as your room. It’s even comparable to ones on glossy home magazines.

impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

Quarantine Project

Netizen Nelo Coloma shared that he always feels amazed every time he enters a hotel room. Because his room at home is really just simple, he had always wished to have a comfortable and nice room to live in.

impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

With that in mind, he always tells himself that one day he will also have a room like that. It might not be the same as a hotel room, but it would at least be something that looks almost like one.

impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

In a series of photos, Coloma shared that before the transformation, he did not mind what curtain his mom would put on the window as long as it keeps the light out. Perhaps he works on a night shift so he has to sleep at day time.

The room was quite disorganized, with things scattered here and there. His clothes are hung on a rack and the room looks rather drab.

Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

At first, he thought of just painting the room on his own but realized that is actually hard work. So, he hired some guys to help him out. First, a white base coat was placed on the walls. Then, most of the walls were painted in dark grayish blue. One side is left in white for effect. The ceiling was also painted in white.

Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

The lights were replaced and mood lights were also added around the room. Instead of tiles, the floor was covered with a nice carpet. The bed was topped with a comforter and some artwork were added on the walls.

impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

A flat-screen TV now occupies one wall and other lovely furniture pieces were added in the room. It’s amazing that the space looks so much different than it had been before, with just some paint and finishing touches! Wow.

Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook
impressive room transformation
Photo credit: Nelo Coloma / Facebook

DIY Home Renovation

Home renovation projects can be quite expensive, but you could be wasting more money if you do it yourself and you actually have no idea how to do things. It would be a good idea to research on what design you want to copy or make for your house.

Consult an expert, if possible, and hire people to work on more difficult tasks like painting (especially ceilings!) and doing carpentry or masonry work.

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Creative Pinoy-Style Birthday Cake Made of Lumpia and Pancit Bihon Goes Viral

A creative Pinoy-style birthday cake made of lumpia and pancit bihon goes viral, with many netizens admiring the brilliant minds who created this delicious ‘cake’.

Creative Pinoy ‘Cake’

During birthdays and other special occasions, Pinoys love to serve various types of pancit dishes, ranging from pancit canton to pancit bihon to other options like pancit Malabon, palabok, and many others. Lumpia is also a popular option, with variations like lumpia shanghai, vegetable lumpia, and fresh lumpia, among others.

Of course, cake is also another a popular item, no matter what the occasion might be!

But a family recently created a mix of everything – a cake that’s made from lumpia and pancit bihon. Wow. Isn’t that delicious and so creative?

Pinoy-style birthday cake
Photo credit: Mary Jane Quiniones‎ / Filipino Cooking Group

On Facebook page Filipino Cooking Group, Mary Jane Quiniones‎ shares their family’s version of the so-called ‘Filipino cake’ made especially for her brother’s birthday.

Shaped like a regular cake, this special ‘Filipino cake’ was made from lumpia sticks wrapped with a ribbon. The inside part is filled with pancit bihon topped with sliced kalamansi, a ‘Happy Birthday’ decoration, and two star-shaped candles.

The striking design looks so creative, but many also admired whoever created this cake. After all, it would surely be difficult to make the lumpia sticks stand up to create the border for the cake while building the cake shape. Moreover, you can’t also just rely on the pancit bihon to hold the shape in the middle if the lumpia borders are not in place.

Many were curious how they made it. In the comments section, Mary Jane explained that she put rice at the bottom of the cake before adding the pancit. That’s likely how she was able to make the pancit bihon hold its shape.

This certainly looks delicious!

Popular Pinoy Foods: Lumpia and Pancit

Lumpia and pancit dishes are popular in the Philippines. Both were introduced early on by Chinese settlers in the archipelago. Despite the Chinese influence, both dishes have evolved over time and are distinct parts of Pinoy cuisine.

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