Haha! My mom had some originals too, from which I learned a couple of things:
When I was small, it was: “One word is enough for an intelligent girl like Lorybeth” (more proactive version of “makuha ka sa isang salita!” Or “makuha ka sa isang tingin!” Pero kung isipin mo, hindi lang naman one word yon. But it actually worked for me). – hypnosis din.
In my teen-aged years, it became: “Sasabihin natin sa Daddy mo ‘yan”. – meaning of grave threat
When I became an adult: “Langga, obey. Honor your mother and your father, it is the only commandment with a promise” – religion also
Pag nadapa ako: “Brave ‘yan” (her version of “tahan na”) – isa pang form of hypnosis through reverse psychology
Pag may gustong toy: “Langga, wala sa budget. Next time na lang” – budget and finance
Pag gumagawa ng household chores while nakasimangot: “Langga, attitude. Sige ka, pumapangit.” – beauty tips
Pag naglalakad: “Straight body!” – beauty tips pa rin
Pag nag-p-practice ako ng declamation piece o kanta: “Langga, lagyan mo naman ng feelings” dahil para siguro akong tuod. Haha. – acting coach din si Mommy!
To which I’d reply with tears in exasperation: “feeling, feeling…wala pa ba akong feeling?” (Drama queen! Well, may fruits naman, at least, nanalo ako sa 5th grade declamation contest and 4th year high school singing contest. Haha!)
When she was doing graduate studies abroad: “Parang nasa office lang si Mommy” – psychologizing
See, Mom? I listen naman. Hehe. Happy Mothers Day! I miss you! I love you! 🙂