Belated Merry Christmas!! The year is almost ending and yet I have this feeling I won’t even notice it. This is what you get when you’re in a place where the usual holidays you enjoy are not being celebrated.
Back home, when the ‘ber’ months starts, streets are filled with colorful christmas lights and star shaped christmas decor that we call PAROL. Families put up their best christmas trees. Carolers,both kids and adults, sings christmas songs from house to house. Street food vendors serve christmas foods such as puto bumbong and bibingka. Ooooh! I could still remember how good it smells.
These are the few things I miss (big time)!! Along with planning the menu for our noche buena and medya noche (im not sure if I spelled it right) with my mom. I miss the fun in joining the holiday rush and the fulfillment I feel after preparing that perfect meal in our christmas table. I miss the fireworks and the sound of the trumpets kids blow when the clock strikes twelve. I miss how joyful everyone feels and how giving everyone is. Oooh! The joy of giving and recieving.
Now, Christmas day is just another regular work day. 😓
Our only reminder of Christmas.
They say you have to love what you have. Well, in my case, I have to love where I am.
Where I am right now may not be my first choice to experience being an expat. Admit it, most of us wants to be in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia or somewhere colder ( and poshier) than HOME. But hey, it ain’t bad here at all! Doha is not just all dessert, sand storm, camels ( I’d like to ride one soonest) and extreme weather. It may not be as open as Dubai but Doha still offers entertainment (places to go to and activities to do) that makes your stay worthwhile and helps kill homesickness. Its rich culture makes the place interesting. One just needs to know where to look. It may not be much for some but these places we have been to made us a happy expat.
I’ve always wanted to work outside my native country to have a greener pasture. I know it’s a cliche but it’s the truth. Sadly, from where I came from, earning big means leaving your family and your life.
So now I am starting a new job in Doha. Things are not as bad as I thought. I found out that I can adjust easily to new people. Seems like I’m getting to know myself a little better. This and a lot other reason why so far I am loving my expat life.
But it’s not all good though. Homesickness creeps in from time to time. There’s culture differences that I need to deal and get used to. And adjust to this 40ish degree celsius climate that welcomes me every time I step out from our building door.
To all the expat out there, how did you adapt?