Sunday, March 18, 2007

"Aling Tessie"

She’s been here since God knows when. Hmmm, maybe around 10. ..or 15 years ago to be exact, I wouldn’t really know. She was with us for as long as I can remember. Aling Tessie, or Tesi as we call her, has been working as our house help ever since I was a kid. She actually saw me grew up to be a man and practically knew me half of my life.

When I was a kid, I remembered playing pranks on her whenever she’s working:

Riiiiiing! Riiiiing!
Me: “hiluu, pwidi makipag-pumpal?!?
Tesi: “Uhhh.. sigi..
(Then I’d be laughing my ass off)

Or, I would turn off the lights when she’s cleaning the bathroom:

Click!
(I would hide inside the closet)
Tesi: “Sinu naman nagpatay ng ilaw? Nakakahilu! Alan! Buwang ka!

..And scare the crap out of her:


Me: "Tesssssiiiiiiiiii putooo, pambili ng putooo!! limang pisooo!!!"
Tesi: "Ay bayag, Utis!! Anak ng kabayo!! Ehek!! Buwang ka!"

Plus, she has these three great alibis that she uses until now if she’s late or will be absent for work. For some reason, it always worked for her.


First would be that someone had died:
Namatay yung kapitbahay namin, nasagasaan ng trin.
Namatay yung tiyahin ku.” (She had a lot of dead aunts, believe me.)

Second was, her husband and their son was drunk and killed each other:
Lasing ang mag-ama, muntikan nang magsaksakan, nadamay nga aku..
Itong si Lando, Lasing na naman nung umuwi eh pinigilan ko ang ama, baka buntalin!

And the third one would be that one of her five (or six I think) kids was in the hospital, suffering from an unknown, incurable disease.

She’d also use these excuses right after getting her salary at the middle and end of the month.

Aling Tessie won’t follow any of my requests anymore. She would pretend that she didn’t hear me whenever I ask her to do something. And, even if she does, she would simply say, “Gawin mo mag-isa mo. Ikaw nakaisip eh!

-which is fine. Because she is, after all, part of the family.

Hababerdi Tesi, and more berdis to come.

21 comments:

Athena said...

Gosh. Pahiram naman muna kay "Aling Tessie"... Huhu. Busted na talaga ako sa work and housework.

Anonymous said...

hehe tsong 20 years na si manang tess, 3 years old palang ako at uhugin, nasa bahay niyo na sya eh, hehe payat pa rin -huehuehue

Anonymous said...

yeah i remember the "may namatay" alibi lols. -i-s-e-y-

Asignatura said...

@athena: sure, basta iikot mo yung susi sa likod nya. Crank model pa kasi siya. They're now selling Aling Tessie, hulog piso model. Each sold separately.

@yano: hmmm.. Di ko na nga alam eh. Di ko na matandaan. Sobrang tagal niya na sa amin. Minsan nga, gusto ko na awayin para umalis na. hehe.

@-i-s-e-y-: Oh really now.. :p

Anonymous said...

may attitude na si aling teysie.
-mulate

Anonymous said...

when i was a kid, tessie used to wash my ass after i take a crap, afterwards she would cook supper.

Asignatura said...

@mulate: iskeyri nga. baka siya ang gawing tigapagmana.

@yano: no wonder you really enjoyed her cooking. And you also told me that you liked that nutty after taste in her dishes.

Anonymous said...

im not yano

Athena said...

With reference to I'm not yano to Asignatura: Ayan. Wag ka daw assuming. Wehehe...

Oh well, kapag nagdecide ka na wala ka nang magawang pranks sa kanya, palipatin mo sa amin ni Aling Tessie, pamamanahan ko siya ng isang paso ng Tanglad. (Iyon na lang ang tanging buhay na halaman sa bahay, wala na kasing nagdidilig.)

Sana lang hindi niya expertise ang Kare-Kare kasi walang kumakain dito sa amin noon. (Mukha kasing tae. Eeeeeew.)

:-D

Alan Tanga said...

@not yano: sorry naman. tao lang. :p

@athena: i never ran out of pranks to do with aling tessie. she's just too.. err.. flexible na lang. ahaha!

nakow. yun pa. adobo adobo lang yun at prito prito. minsan sunog minsan hilaw. hehe.

Anonymous said...

i banged tessie on your kitchen counter, she was like "oooohhhh i can't believe youre allan's friend"
- not yano

rosas said...

tamad! tamad!

Athena said...

Kahit sunog, kahit hilaw, lamang tiyan din iyan. (Does this comment makes any sense? Toink me!)

Alan Tanga said...

@not yano: ikaw ba si doggie? or si badung?

@rosas: ikaw tamad!

@athena: napapaghalata ang sobrang kabangagan. :p

Anonymous said...

tamad!!!!! infinity

Athena said...

"Bangag???" haha... Lokong Alan! (toinks!!!) I hetchu. :-P

Alan Tanga said...

@anonymous toyo: ikaw tamad!

@athena: hehehe. no comment. bangag din ako eh.

Athena said...

Adik! :-P'

Anonymous said...

bring it back down, bring it back down, tona-a-a-a-ayt.

hmmm walang bagong post? hmmmmmmm

- somebody told me you had a boyfriend who look like a girlfriend that i had in february of last year, its not confidential, i got potential a rushin' a rushin' around.

_NeuRos_ said...

havent met her yet, but i already liked her! :Plol

Anonymous said...

aling tessie..nanay ni marie- lala, sino pa nga ba