I Like Your Color

I like your color, said an Arab Woman to me early this morning.

I was on the boat with them and we were able to exchange pleasantries before they left the resort.

I said, this is not my natural color. I got burned by always walking under the sun. I don’t even swim or sun bath every day. I pointed to my feet and showed her the ‘slipper marks’ or the ‘tan lines’ if that’s how it should be called.

Do you not like it? She asked. She might have thought I didn’t for I tried to explain how I got this skin tone.

I said, oh I like my color. And I honestly do. Though maybe she didn’t believe me because I was laughing.

I laughed because I recalled my sister’s comment on the photo that I sent her. She asked what exactly am I doing here in the Maldives and why  my skin color is just a little bit less than dark chocolate?

Sometimes I wonder, if everyone in the world, would just appreciate everyone else’s skin color, would there be racism?

The Arab Woman asked if I am a Maldivian and I politely said no. I told her where I am from.

After finding out where I am from, she immediately asked me, so Kamusta ka (in a funny accent) means hello?

I said, it means How are you?

She asked again, and Mabuti means I’m fine?

I said, yes.

And how about bye bye? How do you say that?

I said, we just say bye bye.

Wherever I go, whenever I say where I’m from, people will try to say Tagalog words. Just like what we do when we see, let’s say Koreans, for sure some of you tried saying Annyeonghaseyo, and maybe Ni hao to Chinese nationals.

We only know the greetings, but we still try to speak their language, even with just a knowledge of very few words. Some do this to impress others, some to make fun of the other nationality.

But in the end, why do we try to learn greetings in different languages?

I guess, we want to learn, understand and offer respect to people – their way. Somehow, we are trying to reach out them. And we all do this unconsciously most of the times.

Sometimes I wonder, if everyone in the world would just try to understand and respect each other, how peaceful could our world be?

25 responses to “I Like Your Color”

  1. Yes, peaceful it can be if look beyond color skin or language we speak. But some look at the left while some look at the right.
    I also wonder what if every human had same color and same facial tones. But then, how would we able differentiate who looks at the left and who looks at the right.

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    1. Very true Hammad. It would be good if people won’t be judged by their color or language…

      I guess if we all have the same language we will all still have differences 🙂

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  2. I just read today in Inkology: Laundry is the only color that should be separated. Thanks for this post!

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    1. I like that line too….laundry is the only color that should be separated 😊 thanks for reading

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      1. No worries! Your stay in Maldives is very interesting

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        1. Hihihi Maldives is an interesting place 😄😄😄

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  3. Sometimes I wonder, if everyone in the world, would just appreciate everyone else’s skin color, would there be racism? –aywa! let’s embrace our skin color beh. 😀

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    1. Lamang nako sayo beh hahahaha

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      1. araykupu beh. hihi

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  4. A very powerful message. Your color does not define your worth. That is how things should be. 🙂

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    1. True indeed. Thanks for reading Sweta 🙂

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  5. The world would have been a little more peaceful and worth living for. HAHA.

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    1. Wahahahah tama ka dyan 😄😄😄

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      1. Nakakamiss ring tumambay dito at maghasik ng lagim 😂😂😂

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        1. Wahahah ambusy mo kasi kakaakyat at kakasisid eh 😆😆😆😆

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          1. Hahahaha. Hindi ako sumisisid. Di ako marunong non. Float lang ang namaster ko. 😂😂😂

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          2. Wahaahhaha si patatas pala ata ang pala sisid 😜😜😜

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          3. Sirena ehh. 😂😂😂😂

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  6. embrace your tan.. not everyone can get tan… believe me! my friends are envious of “our” color…

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    1. Hahaha yes i like this color 😄😄

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      1. my friend tried to rub her skin to me… hoping it would rub into hers… hahahaha! as if!

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        1. Hahahaha ano ka magic lamp 😄😄😄

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          1. kung me genie lang sa loob ko, sana ako na lang ang nagwish.. hahahahah!

            nung nakaraang nag-beach kami, ambilis kong umitim – kita agad ang tan line. i told them i dont want to go to the beach anymore kasi ang itim ko (this is among a group of caucasians)… they’re all like.. “oh! poor you!” hahahaha!

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