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Adjusting Abroad: Personal Experiences
« on: February 02, 2009, 02:05:40 AM »
For those who are now living abroad, what were the kinds of problems you experienced during your transitional year to your host nation? How did you deal with such problems. And how do you like your new found land?






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Re: Adjusting Abroad: Personal Experiences
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2009, 07:15:20 AM »
I arrived here in Canada July 18, 2006. That was about 3 weeks since my Nanay past away June 29, 2006. It feels like I was on the lowest point of my life. No other family except my husband and his Aunts and Uncles and cousins. No friends yet or Kababayan that I knew before. But I am thankful to have such a wonderful Aunts and Uncles and cousins. I consider them all as my second family.

Challenges:
1. homesick: Indescribable feeling how I missed my family so much
2.the cooking, I didn't know how to cook back home (now I am a good cook hehe ).
3. the winter, I cried during my first winter and said to my husband, I wanna go home.

Now, I am braver and stronger to accept challenges in life. Have faith and love, and most important, prayers.

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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2009, 10:39:52 AM »
i came summer time
it was 930 pm
and there was still sunlight
ah, where am I?
that was funny.

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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2009, 04:15:05 AM »
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Re: Adjusting Abroad: Personal Experiences
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2009, 04:25:57 AM »
Now I know that Glacier is outside Pinas, unsa man wa ko kaayo masayod sa uban kay adunay pseudo names.

I came in Europe 1981, we landed first in Zurich Switzerland. The snow was 4 m high and there was a deer in the side of the runway.We  proceeded to Dusseldorf Germany.
It was very cold but my in-laws were great.
I missed my friends and officemates in Davao City especially the radiodramas.
I was not able to adjust to potatos, i get stomach ache, especiall creams, tarts and cheese.
I enrolled myself to learn the German language.
After two years of marriage I got my divorce; cause is alcohol abuse of my ex-husband RIP, he died after that he was barely 33.
The rest is struggle, struggle and struggle.

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Re: Adjusting Abroad: Personal Experiences
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2009, 06:10:07 AM »
abot ko canada 4 years ago, january which is the cooldest month of the year  unja wa pa gud ko nagdala jacket pero ako banana ne tagbo naho nag andam na sija jacket para naho hehehe aguy pagawas namo sa airport as in tugnaw di ay gud ....

i missed my family backhome of course and my relatives and friends
i missed the foods
and then the  chikka-chikka unja tambay sa tindahan ,mga laag-laag ug labi na maligo dagat sakay lang baroto
aguy naka suway nako boating diri kauban sa mga amego sa ahong bana wa gud ko nalingaw nice boat lagi pero perti man ka rough ang dagat grabi ka bawod as in di na gud ko mo usab ug uban

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Re: Adjusting Abroad: Personal Experiences
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2009, 08:00:30 AM »
My mom came to the 'states in '89. In 1991, she came back to bring my father, my sister Angel and myself to the 'states. It was January 1991 when we arrived. I remember it so clearly. My entire family and extended family were gathered in Tagbilaran Airport to see us go. That was the last time I saw my Mama Luz face to face. :'(
I can still remember my Nanay Mellie, I can still hear her voice and her embrace. Pinching my cheeks.
I can see my Lolo Ciano, who drove us to the Airport with his truck. He picked me up with his strong arm and gave me a big embrace.

We flew from Tagbilaran to Manila. And from Manila, to LA. From LA to JFK International in NYC.

I saw snow for the first time in my life. Tugnaw kaayo. I saw Americanos and Americanas, lol. I saw different people I've never seen before. Speaking in a different language (English).

When I arrived in the 'states I only spoke Bisaya and a little chinese (thanks to education from Bohol Wisdom School, lol).

I started kindergarten in St. Aloysius Elementary School in Queens, NYC. I had to learn English in the ESL Bus (English as a second language). And within 6 months time, I was already speaking english, writing in english, lol.

I saw my Ante Beth and Uncle Steve for the first time. They took us to Atlantic City, New Jersey. Oh man, i saw so many signs in english and i couldn't stop reading the signs, reading each street sign, couldn't stop saying hi to all the 'Americanos ug Americanas' hahaha.

Lonely man at first kai ako ug si Angel raman sa balay.

Man, the first time I arrived in the 'states I immediately wanted to go back home. Gi mingaw man ko ni Nanay Mellie, si Lolo ug si Mama Luz.

18 years ago. Almost 2 decades ago.

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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2009, 08:55:52 AM »
i came summer time
it was 930 pm
and there was still sunlight
ah, where am I?
that was funny.

Ako pod Glacier, summer na summer, nag sweater ko. Napansin jud nako nga ang mga tawo no tan aw nako. Buot sila nga gitugnaw lagi ko. Windy man gud pod.

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Re: Adjusting Abroad: Personal Experiences
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2009, 09:20:30 AM »
Ako pod Glacier, summer na summer, nag sweater ko. Napansin jud nako nga ang mga tawo no tan aw nako. Buot sila nga gitugnaw lagi ko. Windy man gud pod.

mga pareho ra man tingali pod nato nang manglingi kay og mga puti, wa may paki tingali hehehe. aw, ako diri, sure jud, sweater bisag july. way kompyansa kay unyag mabutdan, wa ra bay manghihilot diri

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Re: Adjusting Abroad: Personal Experiences
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2009, 10:20:41 AM »
Mao kay nakasabay jud nako sa skytrain, wla ka antus gipangutana jud, "Kararating mo lang from Pinas? kasi balot na balot ka eh.

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« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2009, 11:00:25 AM »
sus lisoda diay ug obhonon ta mo anha sa canada.. dina maajo tingali sa katugnaw...

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Re: Adjusting Abroad: Personal Experiences
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2009, 07:45:29 AM »

I arrived late January, peak of winter. There were snow all over but I felt so relaxed. I didn't wear any sweater indoors. hahaha until my aunt told me to wear one kay unya ug masakit ko. Nice kaayo ang feeling sa bugnaw.

It took me days to realized that I was already in another country.

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Re: Adjusting Abroad: Personal Experiences
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2009, 09:28:17 AM »
sus lisoda diay ug obhonon ta mo anha sa canada.. dina maajo tingali sa katugnaw...

murag mo-uyon ang ubo diri, fons. ang arthritis maoy dili.

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Re: Adjusting Abroad: Personal Experiences
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2009, 10:23:38 AM »
Lagi, murag pirmi ko sip-unon dri og ubo.

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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2009, 12:30:57 PM »
Naabot ko diri sa U.S july 2001 gikuha ko sa ako fiancee (now husband) sa atua.Summer pag abot nako diri.Unya sa akong future parents inlaw ko nagstay kay lain man paminawon mag uban mo ug balay sa imo uyab.Wala gyud ko gibati ug mingaw bisan usa kay ganahan ko sa place lingaw ko sa farm.Nabusy sad ko sa marriage class or sa atua na kay PRECANA seminar.Yes nagseminar gyud ko ug precana kami sa ako uyab kay sa catholic church man mi nagpakasal.Unya ang mommy sa ako fiancee iya sad ko tudloan cooking lesson basta na divert kaayo to ako hunahuna pag abot diri.
Ang ako ra na miss kay ang pagkaon.Lab as tinula ug ubang mga seafoods.Segi ko tawag ako mother ug family mao siguro wala ko mingawa nila.Sa nakauli na nuon ko first time sa atua unya pagbalik diha na ko nagminatay ug hilak sa kamingaw.

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« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2009, 12:07:27 AM »
When I first arrived, it was snowing. I always loved the snow ever since I arrived in '91.

I love the cold weather, i love snow, i love sledding, love skiing, love camping in the winter.

I've adapted to the environmental niche of Northern United States. The cold and snow belt. :P

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« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2009, 11:11:16 AM »
When I studied abroad in the Ukraine in the spring semester of 2006, I found myself wanting.

I had to take an intensive Ukrainian/Russian Course at the same time I was taking the courses required of my exchange program at the Kiev Mohyla Academy of Law and Sciences.

I was one of 12 Alleghenians that were selected to study abroad in the Ukraine. And reading and writing papers on the Soviet Union and its policies was one thing--discussing it in a history course--giving presentations on the Soviet arms trade, Soviet political alliances etc--but actually living and breathing and eating in a former Soviet Socialist Republic---is totally different story.

When I first arrived to Ukraine, I couldn't help myself from visiting every single Orthodox Church, every castle, reading the histories of each building, edifice, and plaza in downtown Kiev.

Why, I even signed up in a Ukranian Skii trip to the Carpathian Mountains--which was on the border between The Ukraine and Romania, Poland and Moldova.

With my own eyes, we stayed in the small villages of Lvov, at authentic Ukrainian pastries. Honored with Village dancers and festivities.

At first, the language barrier was rather obvious, but within 1-2 weeks time living in Ukraine and taking a course--my fluency in Cyrillic was obvious--and could converse in basic Ukrainian/Russian with common folk. Obviously, what gave me away was my thick American acceent--and Asiatic-Mongolic phenotype. lol.

When I took a trip with some fellow students to the Crimea--we stayed at a Tartar-owned hotel and were served with authentic Turkish/Tatar food. With yalk milk.
A ukranian historian, who gave us a tour, asked me, "Sir, are you a Mongol?"
I answered him, "No, but am A Filipino"

That started our long conversation on the Mongol invasion of Ukraine in the 13th centuries--and the rich history of the Mongol Empire. And to admit, struck my interest. Heavily.

In my life, I only read about Mongol History--or Kievan Russian History--but to actually live and breath it. To touch old forts, keeps, and castles and see the cannon holes that were made by the invading Turkish and Mongol Armies of some 5-6 centuries past, was totally different.

By the time my semester in Ukraine came to an end in August 2006, I found myself wanting. Yet again. Ukraine became almost my adoptive country. The people were courteous, gentle, and accepting. It is definitely one good characteristic of Eastern European Culture.

I look back at my year spent in Ukraine with nostalgia and warmth. Definitley, I would like to visit Ukrainya and Russi'ya in the future.

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Ukrainian Colleagues/classmates




A train station in Kiev. I took this route almost everyday to go to class.


Streets of Kiev


Soviet Monument


The Medical College of Lvov


Yes, read those on a daily basis. And can still read cyrillic. hahaha.
Intimidating at first, but its rather easy to read.

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« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2009, 11:30:07 AM »
Some more pictures in my travels in the countryside.


Overlooking a village


An Old Church; reconstruction


Ukrainian soldiers demonstrating armored warefare


This was taken at a local historical museum by Lvovsky Oblast ne,
Remnants of old Nazi helmets, weaponry etc.
I had the honor to tlak to old Soviet veterans on their experiences with the Nazis.
They asked me about 'Philippines' hahahaha
One old Ukranian soldier veteran asked me, "How is Manila?"
And "Marcos Marcos?"

hahahaha!



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« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2009, 12:06:36 PM »
Naabot ko diri sa U.S july 2001 gikuha ko sa ako fiancee (now husband) sa atua.Summer pag abot nako diri.Unya sa akong future parents inlaw ko nagstay kay lain man paminawon mag uban mo ug balay sa imo uyab.Wala gyud ko gibati ug mingaw bisan usa kay ganahan ko sa place lingaw ko sa farm.Nabusy sad ko sa marriage class or sa atua na kay PRECANA seminar.Yes nagseminar gyud ko ug precana kami sa ako uyab kay sa catholic church man mi nagpakasal.Unya ang mommy sa ako fiancee iya sad ko tudloan cooking lesson basta na divert kaayo to ako hunahuna pag abot diri.
Ang ako ra na miss kay ang pagkaon.Lab as tinula ug ubang mga seafoods.Segi ko tawag ako mother ug family mao siguro wala ko mingawa nila.Sa nakauli na nuon ko first time sa atua unya pagbalik diha na ko nagminatay ug hilak sa kamingaw.


hala pariha gud ta raquel ana sad ko wa man ko bati-a mingaw nakaaagwanta gud ko 3 years nga wa uli sa pinas pero pagnakauli ko adto june 2008 sus perti na noon mingawa

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Re: Adjusting Abroad: Personal Experiences
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2009, 11:17:51 PM »
Janjan 3 years sad ko usa nakauli pero mao jud to wala lagi ko gimingaw pag abot diri.Pagbakasyon na nuon lagi ko unya pagbalik diri laina sa akong gibati adto oi.Mukalit ra ko hilak ug minatay mag atubang sa garden heheheh.Common diay siguro ni nga feeling sa di mingawonon first time diha na sa ikaduha pagbalik mohilak.

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