…These are not a problem for me anymore. Being a Filipina of course – we easily adapt!
Since I was 16, my family and I would fly here in the US every 2-3 years and spent our summer vacations here with family. And back then as much as I like to visit, I never imagined establishing my roots here. But, I guess we are supposed to be where we are supposed to be and I found my new life here in the Tricities, Washington.
When I moved here, I didn’t really know a single soul – except for the knowledge that I will be working at a facility in Pasco, WA. And the only other person who can actually shed light on some of my dilemmas was my sister who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I have been able to work around these trivial dilemmas, I just find it amusing now that I think about it.
1. An Aisle just for Cereals!
Back in The Philippines, we only had 1-3 shelves dedicated for breakfast cereals. I remember growing up and my usual choice was either cocoa rice krispies or frosted flakes. And it’s nt just cereals, you have an abundance of choices of everything just in your local supermarket. That’s why one of my favorite past times now is just hanging out and checking stuff that I really don’t need at Target or Fred Meyer.
2. Where is the Tabo? Where is the Bidet?
I knew this way even before I moved here that people use toilet paper to take care of business. Well, during my first month – I had to make my own makeshift timba at tabo and happily take care of my business the old fashioned Filipino way! However, when I had a man around he happily got me a bidet. He bought the first one in Home Depot and bought our other two over at Amazon.
3. I Have to Gas Up Myself?
Unless you live in New Jersey or Oregon, you have to fill up gas on your own. Having been used to having “kuya” fill your tank with gas and even give your window a quick clean up while gassing up. Doing it on my own the first time was quite daunting. I kid you not that there was even a time that I left my gas tank open right after filling it up. It was so embarrasing! I was just not used to sequencing it just yet.
4. What the heck is a Deductible?
When our HR department started explaining our benefits, medical, dental insurance, retirement options. I was just lost. I still am mind you. It took me awhile what a deductible mean, what amount is easy on the pocket but high for my monthly premium should I or Sky ever needs to use our medical benefits. I still am lost with all these insurance jargons – but I am slowly but surely getting the hang of it.
5. How Does a Carwash work?
Do I drive it up by myself? What the heck do I say if I wanted my dash wiped and vaccummed? Another one of those nerve wracking first time that I didn’t have to worry about back in the day when all we needed to do is get a hose and wash our own cars in our garage with soap and water and a dose of “tire black” to make the tires shiny. The guy was forgiving since he saw I was full blown asian and didn’t exactly know how to explain it – he did and took my car along with the keys and took it in to wash the inside and outside without a fuss. However, I still like the way I washed my car back in the day.
Well, needless to say that this OFW has adjusted pretty well in the short span of time that I’ve been here. Just never be afraid to say “I don’t know.” “I don’t understand.” and the magical “I need some help!” 😀