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Life 101: Embarrassing Moments in Our Lives

Updated on August 7, 2012
Be much more helpful than creating his most embarrassing moment. (Photo Credit:
Be much more helpful than creating his most embarrassing moment. (Photo Credit:

We're shy to admit it.

What's your embarrassing moment?

A lot of us will keep it secret, since they reason out that it will do more harm than good,especially to their families or even the country. That would be some sort of scandal in a huge proportion.

Have you seen a model or a beauty pageant contestant slipping at the ramp? We can feel their humiliation, but to them, they take it in stride, making it a step of being noticed of and neglecting the fact that they're just clumsy or having jitters in front of the audience or viewing public.

For high-profiled personalities, their careless movements or remarks will always bring shame or disgust in front of their ranks.

A lot of stories are roaming around the monarchy of Great Britain or UK, since the times of the deposed princess, Lady Diana. Yet, those embarrassing moments always bring her closer to the masses or ordinary people of the world.

What I'm going to tell you is not a gossip. It really happened and this personal account is included in her memoirs.

Don't let this moment slip away from you.

Before you leave this hub, you should read the story.

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On the record

This inevitable incident occurred in the life of Barbara Bush, the wife of then Vice President George Bush, Sr. (before he became president of the United States of America).

Along with her husband, during a diplomatic visit in Japan, they attended lunch with Emperor Hirohito at Tokyo's Imperial Palace.

Sitting next to the Emperor, Mrs.Bush find the conversation an uphill task or difficult to start with.

To all her efforts at verbal exchange, the Emperor would only smile and say "Yes" or "No" with an occasional "Thank You" jotted in for good measure.

Looking around her elegant surrounding,she complimented Hirohito on his official residence.

"Thank you," he said.

"Is it new?" pressed Mrs.Bush.


"Was the palace just so old that it was falling down?"asked Mrs. Bush.

In his most charming , yet regal manner, Hirohito replied,"No,I'm afraid that you bombed it."

Mrs.Bush, feeling hot and red because of shame, turned to her other lunch partner.

Reading Reference: One Day at a Time by Francis J.Kong, a noted motivational speaker and financial adviser in the Philippines.

Embarrasing Moments

This one's for the books.

So what do you do when you get caught in an embarrassing situation?


Tell yourself,"This one's for the books."

But do apologize in case your honest mistake harms anyone. Try to make what you just went through as learning experience. So, at least, your loss of dignity won't be totally wasted.

For me, I rapidly overcome my shame whenever I commit inevitable mistake.

For instance,adding a teaspoon of salt to a coffee that will be served to them port captain on board ship. To admit my guilt,I personally said the word,"SORRY" to the master and said that I should take a rest, since we we're lack of sleep due to the overnight channeling and that long hours affected my clear disposition in the galley.

Everybody makes mistakes but it's the talent to laugh at one's mistakes and learn from it makes the experience stand out.

Read the Bible. Even the heroic characters were not perfect.

Imagine the humiliation of being crowed at by a rooster to signal a broken promise when you've just made a promise that you won't deny Jesus Christ as your best friend in all the world.



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    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @stricktlydating: Thank you for opening up yourself here. I have lots of shameful experiences that left a smile on my face, too.

      Just of late, kids at home were laughing to the sticky nose white mask that I put all over my face.My intention was to scare them, but instead a hilarious scene followed as I tried scaring them while I peeled of the sticky substance.

    • stricktlydating profile image


      6 years ago from Australia

      My most embarrassing moment... I went on a walk to the shop, and lined up to buy somthing, and only realised after returning home that I'd ventured out forgetting I'd applied a green mud mask earlier in the day... It had cracked and crumbled and my whole face was green except for my lips and eyes... I still laugh about it whenever I think about it.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @KoffeeKlatchGals: Thank you for laughing (lol!). Yes, I admire Mrs. Bush frankness. :)

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      How funny. I especially love the Mrs. Bush story.

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Ruby H Rose: Thank you for appreciating my strategy. I've been compiling stories about life and this is the best site to share it with.

    • Ruby H Rose profile image

      Maree Michael Martin 

      6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Yeah, sharing our most important learning tools is a good strategy, thanks for a wonderful hub about it. Helps me when my perfectionist gets in the way of my writing. Whew!

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @rcrumple: Yeah (lol!) It will pass and I'll be just my old self away from that 'unexpected' limelight in the house.

      They'll get over with it, in time...:)

    • rcrumple profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky

      When I was in the military, I once went out and got completely drunk on hard liquor. The next morning, I awoke with my head on the seat of a toilet. I rose and opened the door to leave. On the outside of the door a sign read, "Man Sick, Do Not Bother." I heard about that one for a long time! lol Hang in there. We all go through it! lol

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @rcumple: (lol) Well, you're persistent. :)

      Anyways, one of my friends took a picture of me inside the CR in full n_d_t_ (you know, hahaha!) . I intended to take a bath as I locked the door of the comfort room. Good thing, my face was hidden as I slept on the floor ( I passed out due to drunkenness). I was awakened around 5:00 AM the next day.

      I thanked them for being concerned about my health, since, I am also afraid that it can trigger a heart attack.

      They noticed my absence at the weekend drinking spree and started looking in my room and at the comfort room.

      Now, I promised myself not be get overdrunked whenever there's a party at home. (sighs). So, there (lol). My favorite song now is "Imagine" by John Lennon (with satirical words on it. (lol).

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @IntroduceCroatia: Thank you for admitting that it's part of our lives.

      As for our part, we should always be careful with we say or do. It can either redeem or ruin us in the end.

      Impression on certain person is lasting.

    • rcrumple profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky

      I'm asking... you know my curiosity is killing me! lol

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Benz B: Your 'ops' moments become you once it occur habitually (lol!). You're cool. :)

    • travel_man1971 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @rcrumple: Thanks for the early visit, although, I can't reply for almost a week.

      Just recently, I experienced my most memorable 'oops' in my life. I'm too shy to mention it but I am rebuttling as I make a big joke out of it, (lol!)

      If you'll ask me, I'll email you what happened last weekend. :)

    • IntroduceCroatia profile image

      Ante Rajic 

      6 years ago from Croatia

      Well, embarrassment moment is just a part of our life, it means that we care about other opinions. That can be good and bad.

      Voted up.

    • Benz B profile image

      Benz B 

      6 years ago

      I have way too many Ooops moments and im adding more all the time, lol. Great hub travel_man1971.

    • rcrumple profile image


      6 years ago from Kentucky

      I enjoyed this! I hadn't heard the Barbara Bush story before.

      Life is full of "Oops" situations. We just have to go with the flow and make the best out of them!

      Good Job!


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