TRAVEL WORD OF THE DAY: PASALUBONG

 

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?

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20 thoughts on “TRAVEL WORD OF THE DAY: PASALUBONG

      1. This is a very sweet post 🙂 Travel has no language. Would be nice to write about different travel words from different countries. 🙂 I would want to do a post on that!

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              1. In India and in the hindi launguage we have a traditional phrase : Atithi Devo Bhava. It means guest is equivalent to God. This term is used a lot in tourism advertisements here. Another word is chalo ghoomne which means- Let’s go out for an outing.

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  1. Hi there! Thanks for liking my blog post. I’m actually going to be writing about pasalubong/souvenirs, too! I take it a bit seriously sometimes and love to buy items that the destination is known for, rather than the usual keychains (ex. inabel from Vigan, etc.) 🙂 Cheers!

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