It's been 2 months since I moved here to Cali and I still feel like a tourist. Everything is still new to me. The norms, the culture, the weather (that I'm having a hard time getting used to), the people living here, and don't forget he food.
Flying in from Manila, the first thing I felt different was the weather. Just stepping out of the plane, I felt the cold air through my sweater, my hands shaking, being able to see my breath going through my nose while exhaling. The sudden change in temperature made me feel weak. I'll never forget my second day here that I had fever because of that. Good thing that I'm slowly getting used to the weather now.
Have you ever received a compliment from a total stranger out of nowhere? I did and really didn't know what to reply so I just thanked him. The people here are actually nice. Contrary to popular belief that they are rude and disrespectful. If you happen to bump into one, it's more likely that they're having a bad day. Just like us they have it too. They are human after all. if you shop in malls in Manila you'll probably heard of this line "Hi Ma'am Sir, (insert product brand here)". It's way different and way more cool here. Instead of Salesladies/Salesmen, they are called store representatives. This their usual line here, "How are you doing today? Just want tell you that we have (insert current store promotion here)" If you need anything I'm (name of store rep) Just call my attention if you have questions. All day everyday I'd choose the latter cause it's more formal.
Being a guy who loves to eat, it is essential for me to be able to try food that aren't available back home. First off is Portions. The large back home is just the regular size here, sometimes its found to be classified under the kids' meal. Next up is Taste. The term "too" is something I use often. Too sweet, too salty, too sour, with the exception of too spicy because I eat spicy food rather well. Last thing is Price. Prices of food are different from here and back home. But i won't really convert prices because food and drinks are rather a necessity. As long as you can fill your tummy with good food just indulge.
There are a lot of things for me to get used to here and I gotta admit, I do miss home. But since I'm here due to very important reasons I'll endure. Sorry if I didn't put any pics.
'Til next time. :)