Happy Slip Peelings Video and My Dad

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The other night, my husband and I slept at 2:00 AM because we enjoyed watching Happy Slip’s YouTube videos. You know, we needed our endorphin fix. The Peelings video hits close to my heart for many reasons because of my dad. The quirky characters played by Happy Slip as the “aunt” and “mom” display so many similarities to my dad’s Filipino personality. Is it old-school now?

(gasp), I see myself in them too.

1. When Christine corrects her aunt for saying “don’t beat the bush”.

Whenever I correct some of dad’s idiomatic expressions, he gets offended and retorts back “I teach MBA and my students love me”.

2. Christine has a headache, then the aunt suggest Vicks.

Dad’s number one medication whenever colds hit us, was to hand over the Vicks vaporub. He swears it is effective. After a while, he would ask “How are you Peeling now?”

3. The mom who refers to “feelings” as Peelings

I guess I can understand why dad often says Peelings instead of “Feelings”. There is no letter “F” in the Tagalog dialect. It gets bad when he says “E-BEN IP” for “even if”. Then again, Tagalog does not have the letter “V”. Dad never learned to speak English till he went to college.

4. The aunt convinces Minnie, her daughter to play the piano for the mom.

I remember how my dad (particularly) required us to play the piano after dinner. As he watched all seven siblings play from the living room couch, I could see his wide grin as if beaming with pride. When I got married and noticed I had no piano in the living room, he bought one. He said “Your girls should play the piano”.

5. You have to take your vitamins, says the mom.

After my mom died of breast cancer, my dad became obsessive about our health. He’d buy Clusivol vitamins, often reminding us that we can’t afford to get sick since we lived far away from home. At the time of my mom’s death, I was studying in Manila far from my hometown Cebu province.

Now that I am mother, I believe I am a bit more “globalized” than my father but no. Based on the above scenarios, I see myself acting like them in some ways:

1. My kids occasionally correct me for the wrong idiomatic expression only because I cannot keep up with the youth’s latest lingo. For instance, I was impressed at my nephew’s uber-smart roommate that I innocently remarked Oh you’re such a nerd. Marielle said, “Mom you don’t say nerd”. Eek.

2. I offer Vicks to my daughters when they have ant bites, or suffer from aching muscles. Just like dad.

3. I find my daughters correcting me for mispronounced words such as the word, “Poem” which I used to pronounce as poh-wem. Mom, it’s poh-uhm. My Speech Teachers must have taught us the wrong pronunciation because poh-wem is how I recalled it to be. Definitely, I don’t mistake “F” for “P” though.

4. When the kids were in their teens, I’d often say “play the piano for your lolo”. The girls were “obedient” then and complied with much hesitation but not anymore. Since they turned 14 years old, they can’t be cajoled to play for us.

5. Funny how I nag my kids to take their daily vitamins and to sleep early. Just like dad did.

I still am my dad’s daughter after all. His words never really left me especially now that I am a parent. Even if he died five years ago, I feel his presence in the way I act towards my daughter. The Peelings video brought so much memories. Dad is still in my heart.

Do you see some similarities in your upbringing with the Peelings Video?

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1354 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

  • ouch… i love vicks. i have a big bottle in my bag, which i sniff whenever i feel like it. hahaha!

  • @lady cess- There are many kinds of vaporub but Vicks is the best!

  • This is just too funny 🙂

    My mom is the Vicks advocate. Sakit ulo..vicks. Sakit likod…vicks. Mabaho…vicks. Kagat ng lamok..vicks.

    I have an aunt who is so similar to the auntie in the video. Ganyang ganyan siya. Down to the hair…and her daughter (unica hija din) plays the cello 🙂

  • @kongkong- it’s funny because now it’s my turn to e a Vicks advocate. Wow will you show the video to your aunt?

  • I love HappySlip!! She cracks me up every time. Yes, I can relate. I know this sounds like a plug, but if you go to my blog you’ll know I’m not lying; my mom has lots of funny sayings. I also wrote a funny post (Elsie, the ARP?) about how she behaves in movie theaters. Our parents annoy us, certainly, but God forbid anyone ELSE should criticize them…thanks for the chuckle.

    P.S. in case you were wondering, I found you on RSSHugger.