Since I have been in Taiwan for about 6 months, here are my personal tips on how to adapt in a foreign country:
1) Learn the language
It helps when you can speak a little of the language. It makes basic communication easier and definitely makes your life easier too. Its good to learn up basic words like numbers, directions and how to order food. You can pretty much survive if you have these three. I know you are assuming that the English language is an international language but not most places practice it. So heads up!
2) Find other people from your home country
This is the most common thing anyone would do. Its normal to find people of your kind in other parts of the world but surprisingly I have yet to find Malaysian students here in Taiwan! The reason why I believe finding people from your home country would help is because, they probably would have been there longer and are able to assist you if needed.
3) Don't compare food
I know its hard being a Malaysian and being robbed of all the deliciousness and spices of multi cultural food, but it is what it is. Learn to adapt with local food and if you ever get bored, then there's always the good old classic bread and jam that is available practically everywhere.
The many perks of being in a foreign country is definitely the opportunity for you to travel and explore the country itself. Plan your weekends for short getaways and discover the beauty of the land you are in. You never know how lucky you are until you allow yourself to feel it.
So there you have it, my 4 personal tips on how to adapt in a foreign country. You might have your own tips, so let me know in the comments below! 🙂
Calgary, Alberta 2012
Growing up, I have seen how my parents had to make ends meet. We weren't from a poor family, nor were we from a rich family either. But my parents defined being rich in terms of having a roof over our heads, food on our table and definitely family who love us.
Growing up, I have heard countless times of the stories of the days when my parents were growing up as kids. My mum had to farm and help her mum run errands at the market and my dad had do bring herds of cows to graze and plant paddy. Life was tough for them but they managed well. Education was never neglected and they both came out to be my greatest role models in life.
I was 7 years old when my parents gave me "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" for my birthday and I was 9 years old when they gave me the famous "Rich Dad Poor Dad" book. So you see, I had the best of both worlds all along. Imagination and Reality. At a young age I was instilled with the thoughts of becoming a leader, a writer and a financially independent individual.
I started travelling around the world at a very young age. It was when my Dad was pursuing his PhD in Geology that we were living in the UK as a family for 4 years. Thinking about it now, I was lucky and fortunate enough to have such loving parents who managed their opportunities well and gave me and my brother the best life had to offer.
I became a child with a creative mindset I guess. I was never set out for the technical stuff but for the most creative and intrinsic details of life. I became a wreck and a warrior at some points of my life but today, I regard myself as the lucky one.
The lucky one because of my Mum and Dad who have never failed to show me that failing is always the first step to learning. The lucky one because I think I have the most amazing parents on earth and I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.
Being the lucky one I hope to one day achieve greatness and make them proud of me. Having them beside me is the greatest blessing I can ever have.
I love you Mum & Dad 🙂
*I bet all of us have stories about our parents that we wish to share with the world, I hope you guys enjoyed this read. I tried to keep is as short and detailed as possible. Cheers to all awesome parents out there! 🙂