I'm getting jokes (some are meant for good, clean fun while others are plain malicious) on reasons for my going on leave for a year. Apparently, the dirty ones are rumor-spawned. The witty and well meant jests spring from very sincere and genuine people. Nasty or not, it's best to respond with a sense of humor to the sense of rumor circulating around.
Here's an example --
Colleague: So you're going on leave.
Me: Yes (smile).
Colleague: What will you do?
Me: Study. Take care of my family. Help my parents. There are lots to do!
Colleague: Bah! Marami kang pera (You have a lot of money to spare)!
Me: I will be a pauper for a year, believe me.
Colleague: I'm sure there'll be offers (winks twice).
Me: Yeah, may offer na nga for me to break into showbiz, e (I'm getting offers to break into showbiz)! Telenovela. And it has a working title already.
Me: Yup. Lambingan sa Library (Romance In The Library)!
Those who heard our banter knew exactly what the joke was all about. Poor colleague. He was left clueless amidst the laughter.