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Malu Fernandez’s shit has hit the fan
September 8th, 2007 posted by JB under Career Tales, Living Overseas

This has been raging all over the OFW interwebs, and I had sort of ignored it because many other people much angrier (and have every right to be so) than I am have already poured out their rage using the most colorful language you can think of. It’s about this “lifestyle writer” Malu Fernandez and some article she wrote for People Asia. It’s about how Malu “suffered” from the OFWs’ “AXE and Charlie cologne” while her ‘Jo Malone melted into thin air’.

Funny because the first thing I’ve read was Malu’s defense of her write-up some days ago, not the actual controversial thing itself, insisting that she had meant it to be funny. When I finally saw these two pages of nouveau riche drivel, I have to admit Malu indeed fucked up. Yes, indeed it was funny — but only when told to a close circle of like-minded parvenu friends, and not as something that everybody smarter than Malu’s (presumably perfumed) pet chihuahua can read.

Here’s one of the more eloquent “rebuttals” from someone named Ingrid Holm:


Dear Malu Fernandez

FIRST OF ALL, How nouveau riche can one get? Did you marry rich? Did you suddenly come in to money? Your blatant displays of your ‘luxuries’ and ‘wealth’ and your comfort with using the word ‘elitist’ to describe yourself alongside the fact that you had to reference to ‘politicians in your family’ show that even if you did come from money, you certainly have no class.

You also seem to need to name-drop in every article that you write.

It really gets to me that you should complain about the coach seats on your Emirates flight. Honey, they aint small… YOU’RE FAT. Spare yourself some doughnuts and maybe your travels will be more comfortable… coach, or not.

MOST IMPORTANTLY. That you would put down OFW’s (Overseas Filipino Workers) is really DISGUSTING. It makes you sound more vile than what you described as the scent of their ‘AXE and Charlie cologne’ while your ‘Jo Malone melted into thin air’. Honey, without that perfume, you want to know what you smell like? Like a fat Filipino woman. The smell is probably more putrid than the smell of those OFW’s. Cause they sweat honest, hard-working sweat. The kind of sweat that keeps the Filipino economy going. They’re fucking brave. They’ve seen more than you, felt more than you, and fought more than you. You’re just a coddled fat Filipino woman, under all of that cologne, and that branded clothing that makes you feel more important than them.

It sounds to me like you get to fly Business Class when you travel for work, but when you had to pay for your own travels, coach was more affordable. You tried to hide this by grandiose references to your perfume and your designer wear, didn’t you? Tsk tsk…

You made some mention of having 17kg’s of make-up in your hand-carry. All the make-up and adornments in the world can’t hide how ugly you are inside. You aint that good-looking either, hon. Go to the gym, eat some fruits. You wrote that you wanted to slit your wrists because you were stuck in coach with all the OFW’s. I am MOVED every time I am on a flight with OFW’s. I am reminded of their resilience. Of how hard they work, and how they keep the Philippines going. The economy relies on their bravery. You should have slit your wrists, hon. And you are going to hell if you don’t change the way you think. Think of sitting in coach, imagining your personal hell as a personal foreshadowing.

I have lived in the Philippines, and I have also traveled the world. I’ve probably been to as many if not more places than you, seen more things than you, so maybe despite all of this money you seem to need to brandish and the places you have been to, you’re just an ignorant. This coming from a 20 year old girl.

You’re act isn’t classy. You’re not pretentious. You’re just some stupid woman, living in a third world country, thinking that because you jetted off to Greece and you wear Jo Malone perfume, you are suddenly something.

Take this from someone with the same ’socio-economic background’ as you, bitch. What a pitiful excuse.

I also happen to read things ‘thicker than magazines’, I go to University in London where I will finish with an Honors Bachelors Degree in May. I have a 1 year Marketing Economics degree from a business school in Oslo, and I graduated with an International Baccalaureate Diploma at age 17, if you were wondering. So no fucking excuses.

You could do so much more than you think, yet you choose to act like a proper twat. The kind of twat that people with some brains laugh at, the world over. Think of this as some more exposure.

I am ashamed of people like you.

OFW’S all over the world, working their tits off, deserve a public apology.


Scans of Malu Fernandez’s write-up on People Asia.

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[ # 1126 ] Comment from sir Kramic [September 9, 2007, 9:27 am]

even malu said its a joke, di naman dapat siguro ipangalandakan ang ganyang article sa madla, if Malu says na joke yun pero sa libo libong Pinoy na manggagawa sa buong mundo marahil kung ikukumpara si Malu sa kanila isa siyang alikabok lang sa napakalaking pundasyong naitutulong nang OFW sa Pilipinas, at isa pa wala siyang karapatan na i-joke ang mga Pinoy dahil isa rin syang Pilipino o baka naman isa siyang half, HALF PIG HALF STUPID sorry sa salita pero sana pinag isipan muna niya ang mga panunutya niya sa OFW and by the way if she says that having OFWs in a plane is a private hell, well seeing her with her white sleeves, balck shawl and shades overlooking the Aegen Sea is seeing satan impersonating a MATRONA who is fishing out for a white rich guy to sustain her caprice

[ # 1127 ] Comment from Darno [September 9, 2007, 11:13 am]

tsk tsk. siguro nga nagpapatawa sya. kaso hindi sya magaling magsulat kaya hindi na-established ang humorous intent. bottomline: palpak.

[ # 1128 ] Comment from deity [September 9, 2007, 1:27 pm]

she’s one hella classic example of a DOUCHEBAG.

call me snotty or anything, but upon reading her article before, i just rolled my eyes and farted. whatever opinion i had, i kept it to myself. i’m not going to waste an entry in my blog, not even a stroke of my finger to react.

the rhino doesn’t deserve it.

that’s all i can say.

[ # 1152 ] Comment from Rastafariana [September 18, 2007, 4:37 pm]

She also referenced ‘the duty free shop was overrun with filipinos selling perfumes and cellphones’ Siempre nag react ang mga taga duty free. So what? when you get more than a thousand dollars a month just by selling goods 8 hours a day, 24 days a month,who cares? Personally, she amused me,and she still does. Pathetic sia, JO malone? dang, my sister uses Penhaligon’s.nobody uses malone these days,it’s ssoo overrrr.Haha,kala ko makakaligtas sa iyo to JB. That bitch deserves a hard spanking.

[ # 1155 ] Comment from sir Kramic [September 19, 2007, 2:24 am]

i doubt kung di sya pumupunta nang duty free, the way she look sya yung tipong nagkakandarapa pag may sale sa mall pero syempre di sya aamin na sa sale sya bumili, still Malu has no right to drop those unkind words

[ # 1181 ] Comment from bondgirl4ever [September 26, 2007, 12:24 pm]

17 kgs of make up in the handcarry? how can that be possible? eh bawal ang cosmetics, liquid as handcarry, tapos 17 kgs pa? how can emirates allow that. yung baby powder ko nga sa handcarry pinalagay pa sa checked. tsaka handcarry— hanggang 7 kgs lang allowed.

[ # 1309 ] Comment from Diyosa [October 23, 2007, 8:49 pm]

hoy bondgirl, pakibitbit nga itong aking hembag…!!!

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