I hosted another friend a few weeks ago. He’s Australian who worked as an English teacher in Vietnam for more than a year. Though he enjoyed Asia so much, after his stint he made a decision to go back to his native land to pursue higher studies, and also to reunite with his family and old friends.
He stayed with me for about three days, and most of the time we basically spent together meeting other friends, roaming around Singapore, eating out, and exchanging views, stories & experiences. We also played arcade games and watched a movie.
After he left for Perth, I found myself thinking. When will that time comes when I’d say to myself, “It’s time to go back home.”
A colleague once told me the other day, “It seems like you’ve very much adapted to the Singaporean culture.”
It’s not the first time that I’ve received such a remark. Even the mom of my local friend got amazed on how ‘Singaporean’ I’ve become. She expressed that when we were having dinner once at a nearby hawker centre, after I ordered a dumpling noodle. WAHLAWEH!
In the aspect of social interaction, Pinoys in Singapore can be categorized into three:
First, Pinoys who hang out only with other Pinoys. Second, Pinoys who have wider circles and hang out not just with their fellow Pinoys but also with other races and nationalities as well.
Third, Pinoys who basically lock themselves inside their rooms after all the day’s work.
(to be continued)