Last night was a great night. Our high school barkada (Poveda + LSGH) tries to meet up at least every other month, and last night, we decided to have dinner at Pancake House at Bonifacio High Street, then we headed over to Hobbes & Landes to bond over our new favorite board game, MISMO!


MISMO is a fun (aka ‘kwela’) board game created by a bunch of creative OFWs! Basically, each person is given 10 cards with different words, names, or phrases on it, all of them relevant to Pinoy pop culture. For example: “Bahay Kubo”, “Seiko Wallet”, “Sarsi”, “Kuya Germs”, “Wowowee”, Darna”, “John Lloyd Cruz”, and the like. There are even cards like, “Yung pinakacute dito” (the cutest person here) or “Yung mga naka-tuck in dito” (the people here with their shirts tucked in). Then the dealer for the round spins the two roulettes, and when the roulettes stop spinning, the arrows will point to two different adjectives. For instance, some possible combinations would be: “Sosyal” + “Malabo” (High class + confusing?) or “Simple” + “Makulit” (simple + persistent/annoying) or “Kagalang-galang” + “Mabaho” (respectable + smelly). Then you’ll have to choose one of your cards that you think best fits the description, then you put it facedown in the middle. The dealer shuffles all the ‘entries’, then opens each card, one by one. When all the cards are open, the dealer counts to 3 and everyone has to vote by placing their “Boto ko!” (my vote) chip on top of the card with their favorite answer.

For instance, in one of the rounds yesterday, the words that popped up were “Sosyal” and “Nakakaloko” (High class + sinister/sneaky). And I threw in the card “Yung mga naka-tuck in dito”, seeing that the only 2 people in the group with their shirts tucked in were the 2 guys who were with us. :) That cracked everyone up and I won! If you win 3 rounds–each win gets you either a “Mis”, “mo”, or “!” chip– you win the game.

Trying to describe the game isn’t as fun as actually playing it…so I say, just go and check it out! :)


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