“You have very big eyes!”
That's from the Korean lady seated in front of me (two years ago). I was busy discussing something and I noticed that strange look in her face. She was just staring at me, which made me thought she was just attentive. When I asked something, I realized she wasn’t actually listening. She was just awed by my “big eyes”.
If it was from a fellow Filipino, I would have been offended, but from a Korean, it’s a compliment. I learned later on that they have this double eyelid craze. The absence of it is like having flat nose for Filipinos. It’s not considered very beautiful. I just remembered this when I saw a related topic featured at National Geographic. Never know this has gotten so big among our Asian neighbors that they’re willing to spend money and go under the knife to have it.
When my co-employee saw the girl, she reacted: “Panget pagkagawa ng mata, halatang fake!”.
The girl happened to have surgically made double eyelids herself, which I didn’t notice.
Now, when I see those Korean and Taiwanese actors, I can't help but think: fake double eyelids.