Culture Shock

Joke

Having just left the Philippines, a country I loved, my best friends, my home, and everything I knew, to head back to my birth country, which I knew nothing about. I attempted to adjust as best as possible, but 2 months into the new school, and the strange questions kept coming, did you wear a …

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Fish Eggs

It is all about food, is it not? When you move around all the time, you learn a great deal about your own taste buds. The number 1 rule in my house growing up was “You have to try everything once, before declaring your dislike of something”. At the age of 10, we were all …

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Languages 101

In the span of 15 years, I somehow learned and lost 6 languages, and yes you do lose languages. Governments don’t give language lessons to spouses or kids, even though, in reality, they actually need it more. I spent hours in front of the t.v. and reading magazines in other languages, you would be surprised …

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Insomnia

It is quiet, dark, and one can hear every single creak in the house, to every snowflake, rain drop, or wind gust outside. That amazing hour that you are completely alone with your thoughts and fears. When it first starts, you wonder what is wrong with you, desperately tossing and turning to find that comfortable …

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Permanent Brown

The deep colour of sun-kissed skin, the black hair, the beautiful dark eyes, it was always so intoxicating. My classmates were all so beautiful, the whites of their teeth seemed to ping with whiteness when they smiled, their eyelashes were long and full, and their skin was an incredible contrast to the whites of their …

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Men in Blue

I sat criss-cross applesauce in the big gymnasium, my head hurt. I was confused. We sat watching the police officer talk about block parents, 911, and running away from strangers. What seemed like hours, we were finally directed by our teachers to lineup and take pictures with the police officer. I ran to the back …

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The Bikini

 via  After a couple of months in a new country, you find a strange groove, you embrace the new, but you cling onto the strangest of strange in the old. One morning I was handed an itinerary, and a travel form. I looked down, I wasn’t sure I was reading it correctly, but it was …

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An Apple

  “what are you eating? asked Patti “An apple” I replied “You are healthy” said Patti I shrugged it off. Ate my apple and ran to the bathroom. The water had been turned off, and the toilets were clogged. It was 2 days into my new school. I looked at my watch, 12:30, ugh, 2 …

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