Signs of the Times: Part 1

Funny signage photos are… well, fun. Whether it’s published by clickbait sites or travel photographers who couldn’t help but guffaw at the grammar, mistranslation, or local humor, reading these signs is a good way to procrastinate.

I’ve been photographing signs from my travels since the mid-2000s, in hopes that I’d one day publish a book or blog post showcasing my “say what?!” collection. I almost forgot that I already have more than a dozen photographs waiting to elicit laughter from my audience.

Without further adieu, here is my first collection. Disclaimer: When translated to English, some phrases lose their essence and wit, so they may sound better in Filipino or its native Asian language.

At a Korean resort in Boracay, Philippines (May 2, 2006)

At a Korean resort in Boracay, Philippines (May 2, 2006)

At a town fiesta street market, Cavite City, Philippines (Nov. 12, 2006)

At a town fiesta street market, Cavite City, Philippines (Nov. 12, 2006)

While driving along Zapote Road, Las Piñas, Philippines (June 10, 2011) Translation: I'm looking for money, not a drag race.

While driving along Zapote Road, Las Piñas, Philippines (June 10, 2011)
Translation: I’m looking for money, not a drag race.

At a restaurant in Coron, Palawan, Philippines (March 15, 2009)

At a restaurant in Coron, Palawan, Philippines (March 15, 2009)

Denny's, Guam (Dec. 6, 2010)

Denny’s, Guam (Dec. 6, 2010)

Dangwa Flower Market, Manila (April 24, 2011) Translation: Don't throw garbage here, but you may pee.

Dangwa Flower Market, Manila (April 24, 2011)
Translation: Don’t throw garbage here, but you may pee.

Dangwa Flower Market, Manila (Sept. 25, 2011)

Dangwa Flower Market, Manila (Sept. 25, 2011)

In the middle of traffic along Gil Puyat Avenue, Manila (Aug. 19, 2011).Translation: Don't cross the street. Someone already died here.

In the middle of traffic along Gil Puyat Avenue, Manila (Aug. 19, 2011).
Translation: Don’t cross the street. Someone already died here.

A cockfighting supply store in SM Mall of Asia, Manila (Sept. 2, 2011)

A cockfighting supply store in SM Mall of Asia, Manila (Sept. 2, 2011)

A yard sale at Club Fiamma, Makati, Philippines (Oct. 22, 2011)

A yard sale at Club Fiamma, Makati, Philippines (Oct. 22, 2011)

The ladies’ toilet in Omni Aviation, Pampanga, Philippines (Feb. 11, 2011)

The ladies’ toilet in Omni Aviation, Pampanga, Philippines (Feb. 11, 2011)

A Japanese restaurant along Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Philippines (Sept. 3, 2011)

A Japanese restaurant along Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Philippines (Sept. 3, 2011)

Everywhere in Singapore (Sept. 2011)

Everywhere in Singapore (Sept. 2011)

YMCA Hostel, Singapore (Sept. 2011)

YMCA Hostel, Singapore (Sept. 2011)

YMCA Hostel, Singapore (Sept. 2011)

YMCA Hostel, Singapore (Sept. 2011)

In the middle of traffic along Macapagal Blvd. Manila (Feb. 2, 2012)

In the middle of traffic along Macapagal Blvd. Manila (Feb. 2, 2012)

Hong Kong International Airport (Jan. 2, 2012)

Hong Kong International Airport (Jan. 2, 2012)

Along EDSA, Manila (Feb. 7, 2013). Translation: Do not sleep here.

Along EDSA, Manila (Feb. 7, 2013).
Translation: Do not sleep here.

Outside Paradise Ballroom, Parañaque, Philippines (Oct. 25, 2013)

Outside Paradise Ballroom, Parañaque, Philippines (Oct. 25, 2013)



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