Inday is the generic name for ‘housemaid’. During the 80’s and the 90’s, Inday was personified as a freckled Visayan-speaking young woman who is often the subject of ridicule and slapstick in movies and on television.
This year, Inday rose from the lowly ashes to become one of the most popular virtual celebrities to ever hit the text messaging world. Inday is no longer an illiterate provincial lass but a loquacious English-speaking housemaid ready to face and battle Miriam Defensor-Santiago in any debate.
Here are some of the text jokes:
“A change in the weather patterns might have occurred causing havoc to affected surroundings. The way debris are scattered indicates that the gust of wind is going northeast, causing damage to the path it is going…” – sagot ni inday sa amo nang tanungin kung bakit nagkalat ang basura sa likod-bahay (Inday’s answer when her Master asked her why there were garbage in the backyard)
Amo: Inday di ba nanood ka ng The Buzz kahapon? Bakit daw umalis si Angel Locsin sa GMA7? (Inday, you’ve seen The Buzz yesterday, right? Why did Angel Locsin leave GMA7?)
Inday: Sometimes people choose to leave not because of selfish reasons but because they just know that things will get worse if they’ll stay. Leaving can be a tough act and it’s harder when people can’t understand you for doing so.
Amo: Inday bumili ka nga ng mga isda.. o nga pla inglesira ka… would you please purchase many fishes for our this week’s meals?
Inday: Judging from your statement I believe you meant a variety of fish. The term “fishes”, although rarely and even erroneously used, connotes a plethora or an array of different kinds of the aforementioned gilled creatures. But the more pressing questions before I traveresed the road to the wet market would be: What certain type of fish? Fillet or not? Frozen or just right smack the day’s catch? (Pauses) Aaah… by manner of careful extrapolation, given the meager budget in this houshold’s quasi-peasant middle class taste, I assume then I will source the staple “galewng-gowng”. Am I correct?
Inday: You meant the freshwater milkfish? Then the “ba-ngooz” is it!
“La vida no es una broma actualmente. El dinero es tan duro de pasar. Puede usted bajar el precio parci mi? Soy ya su compradora avido diario por favor?” – si Inday tumatawad sa merkado ng isinama siya ng amo sa España (Inday trying to bargain when she went to Spain with her Master)
*Drunken shrimp and blue lobster meat with caviar serve with milagrosa rice (red avriety) and apricot sauce
*Vegetables in balsamic vinegar splashed with extra virgin olive olive
*Lychee and peach salad with sour cream cheese topped with lemon zests
– baon ni Junior sa daycare na inihanda ni Inday (Junior’s lunch prepared by Inday)
“Bloody hell!!! What the f*ck did just landed on my cutie top? I mean I’ve spent all day just to make myself look fabulous. I think I’ll have this eewy thing removed in a whip wham of time!” – reaction ni Inday nung natalsikan sya ng mantika habang nagluluto ng tilapia (Inday’s reaction while frying tilapia)
“Ipomea aquatica has become the constant ingredient to this Filipino delicacy which is very helpful in the digestion during the peristaltic process of the food we intake. Due to the continuous rains and floods, the harvest of the said vegetable has lessen the production in the market.” – banat ni Inday kung bakit walang “kangkong” sa nilutong sinigang (Inday explains why there’s no chinese spinach in her ‘sinigang’)
“Heavy fire that exerted by the stimulus affect the best conductor of heat which is the steel, causing the “oriza sativa” which is the scientific name of rice to change its state of color, smell as well as the taste.”- sagot ni Inday nang tanungin siya ng amo kung bakit nasunog ang sinaing (Inday’s explanation why the rice is burnt[?]/burned[?])
“Off you go! Under no circumstance this house would relent to such unabashed display of vagrant destitution!”- si Inday, pinapaalis ang makulit na pulubi sa gate… (Inday while shoving a beggar away)
“Allergens triggered the immune response. Eosinophilic migration occurs to the reaction site and release of chemotactic and anaphylotoxin including histamine and prostaglandins. These substance results to increase circulation to the site promoting redness.” – sagot ni Inday nung tanungin ni Sir kung bakit may rashes si Junior (Inday explains when asked by her master why Junior has rashes)
“Compromising safety with useless aesthetics, the not-so-well engineered architectural design of our kitchen lavatory affected the boy’s cranium with a slight boil at the left temple near the auditory organ.” – sagot ni Inday nung tanungin kung bakit may bukol si Junior (Inday’s answer when asked by her master about why Junior has a lump on his forehead)
Had it not been for the smelling salt, I must have collapsed moment ago. Junior has become a little monster to me. Remember the head accident he had? As if it wasn’t enough, he was summoned by the principal of his shabily run academe. Oh such an erudite bunch of baboons! I never lot being a governess can be such a strenuous employ.
Walanghiya ka! Magpadala ka ng pera! Nasa ospital nanay mo, dumugo ang ilong kababasa ng pesteng sulat mo!
“Physical stress and excessive work may result to serious damage to one’s body. It is therefore essential that once in a while we take a break from our usual routine to replenish the lost energy we once had.” – sabi ni Inday sa amo noong humingi siya ng dayoff (Inday requests for a day off)
“I have computed the chair’s fair value less cost to sell, and the value in use using projections for 5 years and a pre-tax discount rate. Accordingly, the value in use is lower, so I decided to sell the chair. This in accordance with PAS18 on Revenue, PAS16 on Property, Plant, and Equipment, and PAS36 on Impairment of Assets!” – sagot ni Inday kung bakit niya binenta ang sirang silya (Inday answers why she sold her master’s defective chair)
“Guess what? The not-so stunning guys keeps on staring at my newly manicured nails while the copy-cat-freaks envy my stylish cut mane. Unfortunately after a great day at the spa, I’ve to step on this muddy and stinking place just to purchase some veggies!” – si Inday, nakikipagchikahan sa tindera sa palengke (Inday in the wet market)
“I stay awake in the coldness of the darkened sky contemplating why, for some reasons, has my emptiness made itself manifest, extending to that niche where I was given life and growth, that because of austerity I was made separated from…” – Inday… hindi makatulog dahil nahohomesick (Inday can’t sleep because of homesickness)
“I am solitary. I find it hard to succumb into slumber, though the downpour of rain should’ve made it easy. This exuberant emotional glue I have for you, cannot be simply washed away. The multiplicity of what I feel for you is inevitable. This isn’t platonic. It’s real, true romance.”- Inday, nageemote sa may bintana, habang iniisip si Dodong, ang boyfriend niya (Inday looks out of the window while thinking of her boyfriend Dodong)
“The statute restricts me to love you but you have the provocation. The way you smile is the proximate cause why I love you. We have some rules to think of. We have no vested rights to love each other because the upper household dismissed my petition!” – ganito nakipagbreak si Inday kay Dodong [driver ng kapitbahay] (Inday breaks up with Dodong)
I hereby tender my irrevocable resignation as your employee effective today. It has been a pleasant stay in your domicile, but owing to personal reasons I am compelled to move on. I would like to thank you and your good management for the wonderful experience accorded to me during my stay.
“I believe that my trained skills and expertise in management with the use of standard tools , and my discipline and experience will contribute significantly to the value of work that you want. My creativity, productivity and work efficiency and the high quality of outcomes I can offer will boost the work progress.” – sagot ni Inday sa interview ng bago niyang amo (Inday in an interview with her new employer)