MANILA — Actress and YouTube star Ivana Alawi was once offered by a stranger a private jet ride going to Japan after she posted about craving for Japanese food.
Ivana recalled the peculiar experience when asked in her latest vlog to share a grand gesture she has received from a man who is courting her.
It was her sister, Mona, who brought up the jet example, but Ivana disagreed, saying it was not grand — just arrogant.
"Nag-crave ako, nag-post ako ng Japanese food. Matagal na siya nag-di-DM sa akin. Sabi niya, 'Puwede ba kita ligawan? Sunduin kita ng private jet, ta's punta tayong Japan, ta's kakain tayo doon,'" she narrated.
Her reply: "Sa tingin mo sasama ako sa 'yo papuntang Japan dahil lang may jet ka?"
Speaking in general terms, Ivana advised men to start courtship through a genuine connection or friendship.
"Ito lang masasabi ko: Hindi porke't may pera ka, makukuha mo lahat ng gusto mo. Sometimes you just have to be good to people, you have to be friendly. Kung gusto mo makipagkaibigan, makipagkaibigan ka," she said.
"Pero hindi porket may jet ka, sa tingin mo lahat ng babae sasama sa 'yo? Hindi ako. Ibahin mo ako. You have to make ligaw to me, or you have to be friends with me. But hindi ako sasama sa 'yo dahil lang may jet ka at kaya mo akong pakainin sa Japan. Boy, meron namang mga Japanese restaurant dito."
Instead of being impressed, Ivana recalled feeling annoyed.
"Nainis talaga ako doon! Pinaka mayabang. Hindi siya bongga. Mas gusto pa 'yung mga simple: bulalo o kwek-kwek. Pero 'yung yayabangan mo ako. Ni-reject ko talaga," she said.
Narrating how she ended the conversation, Ivana said: "'Hindi ako interesado.' 'Why are you rejecting me on the spot?' 'Kasi mayabang ka.' Ako pa lang daw 'yung nag-reject sa kaniya. Sabi ko, 'Nye!'"
Ivana, who is currently single, has been open about her past heartbreak, which she said has made her more cautious when it comes to romance or entering a new relationship.
The topic of courtship was one of several brought up in Ivana's latest vlog, which was a question-and-answer with her and her sister Mona's followers.
Watch the full episode below: