There is a lot to say about my first few weeks in Singapore. There is also a lot to say about my days before flying to Singapore. The experience is something that I will not feel again, probably. It’s a weird mix of being uncomfortable and curious at the same time. Let me walk you through my experience so far!
I started writing this on a United Airlines airplane, slowly realizing that I was heading to a new home with only five recognizable faces for the next six months. Things will be difficult – getting adjusted, learning the language, and figuring out Chinese culture. I did not know what to think, except to think about the faces of my loved ones back home. As I arrived in Shanghai, 14 hours later, I was immediately anxious to see China and my Chinese brothers and sisters.
You would think that a total of 17 hours traveling to Beijing China by plane would be exhausting afterward, but surprisingly … yes, yes it is, ha.
I still remember that summer three years ago when a 5-foot-tall teenager took a 12-hour flight and carried two 29-inch bags as she arrived on U.S. soil. I knew this would be a new adventure for me because, before I came to the U.S. from China, I hadn’t traveled so far away from home alone.
Hello everyone! In this week’s vlog, I talk about culture shock in Thailand and a few things I noticed that are different than the culture in the United States. Continue reading “Do You Sell French Fries?”
Culture shock. You’re bound to get it sooner or later while studying abroad. In these past seven weeks I’ve experienced quite a bit of it myself, and so has my friend, Frida.
In this video, Frida and I discuss three main culture shocks: WeChat and blocked websites, taking pictures and staring. But it doesn’t end there! We are constantly being surprised! Continue reading “Culture Shock: Part 1”