Pasalubong (n.) – It is a thoughtful practice in The Philippines and a beautiful Filipino untranslatable word that refers to gifts or treats someone brings back home from a trip.
This is why you probably need to get ahead of Filipinos at the check-in counter in the airport. It will take forever and back to get their bags in.
But the more bags, the more love. Have you ever thought about that? No, because you only think about yourself. So I guess just suck it up. Such is life.
Pasalubong does not have to cost the Earth; often it is the smallest of stuff: keychains, bracelets, magnets, shirts, or packs of food.
But as is with most things, a little goes a long way. It is the thought that counts.
Pasalubong implies that I may be miles away but I still remembered you. Sweet, eh?