While visiting Guam this week, we stopped in at the Air Force Base Exchange Food Court one day for lunch. After living in the Philippines for nearly 3 years, it was an easy lunch choice for me to make…I was having a Philly Cheesesteak! My wife decided on Popeye’s Chicken so as she walked over to that counter,I moved towards the “Fresh Hot Subs” counter. I noticed the only employee working was a middle-aged filipina who was grinning widely as I approached. She had already noticed us and while my wife was standing at the adjoining counter, she immediately started in with the 100 questions. “Is your wife filipina? Where is she from? How many children do you have?”….and so forth and so on. I explained that we were just traveling and were heading back to the Philippines in a couple of days, which was then followed by me having to answer even more questions.
As I explained that we were flying out Space-A from Anderson AFB to Clark Field in Luzon, she looked completely confused about my itinerary so I injected “Your husband, he is retired military, right?” as if that would help me guage her understanding of the military air travel system. She paused with a frown, then with a look of dismay says “No, my husband is not in the military…he is only Ilocano.”
Even in Guam, It’s More Fun in the Philippines!