Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

You know you are in the Philippines…

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In the Philippines, most women become Mums in their 20s. Even though the new generation tends to have less children, most of the Filipinas have between 4 and 6 kiddos when they reach 35. Hence, another little cultural shock when I visited a doc this morning:

The doc, checking my file “Good morning M’ame Estela! so you are 43?”

– Yes.

– how many children do you have M’ame?

– 2, a girl and a boy

– 2 only? (long sorry face) but (with a genuine big smile) how many grand children ?”

… Ahem…

Age is all relative: as long as you have a relative older than you, you’ll always be the young one. Gotta call my Mum right away!


25 comments on “You know you are in the Philippines…

  1. listentothebabe
    June 2, 2015


  2. Hubert
    June 2, 2015

    poor you… as long as the other kids at school/kindergarten don’t ask your kids why Granny is always picking them up I think you are fine… 😉

    • estelea
      June 2, 2015

      you re mean ;)) I don’t think they would dare because I am still much younger than most of the Dads…

  3. I’m wondering how the doc recovered from that one.

  4. desleyjane
    June 2, 2015


  5. LifestyleswithLia
    June 2, 2015

    I smiled the whole way through reading this!

  6. estelea
    June 2, 2015

    he almost had a heart attack when I told him that a real granny (65!) had just gave birth to 4 in Germany…Making me a very young Mum in comparison. Again, it’s all relative!

    • Hubert
      June 2, 2015

      …and she is now mother of 17 kids… slightly above European average…

      • estelea
        June 2, 2015

        Very slightly 😉

  7. amommasview
    June 2, 2015

    Hehehe… Oh no…

  8. lexklein
    June 2, 2015

    At the college where I teach, the cultural norm is similar to what you see in the Philippines, so at my “advanced” age, I am very often asked if I have grandchildren! The first time it happened, I was utterly shocked and depressed, but now I just smile and say “Whaaaat? My kids are way too young to be married or have kids!”

    • estelea
      June 3, 2015

      When I told you you were inspiring 😉 I am now using the same line!

  9. bouaziz
    June 2, 2015

    Te plains pas!à quelques poussières d’années,tu aurais pu être arrière grand’mère….

    • estelea
      June 3, 2015

      Bah, tant qu’on a la santé.. vais peut etre prendre un pt RV chez le coiffeur pour cacher mes 2 petits cheveux argentés 😉

  10. anotherday2paradise
    June 2, 2015

    Oh my goodness! 😯

    • estelea
      June 3, 2015

      I know….My heart skipped a few beats !

  11. Donna
    June 2, 2015


  12. LDG luciledegodoy
    June 3, 2015

    Hilarious! So, grandma? Kidding you.

    • estelea
      June 4, 2015

      Bah, as long as I am aging like a good wine (and not like a cheese)….

      • LDG luciledegodoy
        June 4, 2015

        You’re a young and gorgeous lady and this man thought so too when he asked you about kids!
        Your comparison with cheese is great! Lol

      • estelea
        June 4, 2015

  13. Ann GrubbsnCritters
    June 7, 2015

    Lol. How dare he! You don’t look a bit over 30! 😄 Xxx.

    • estelea
      June 8, 2015

      I know!!! I concluded the guy was blind. As simple as that.

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