What’s new in TCK Goes Home…

Hey guys, it’s been a MINUTE since I’ve last written on here. I am back with a very exciting news: TCK Goes Home has a new family member (literally), Soyoon, who is actually my younger sister! We were at a cafe chatting away about our goals and dreams, and we thought that it would be really cool for the two of us to write about our experiences as TCKs/ATCKs on this blog! Not only will she be able to provide great insights from her experiences, she is a superb writer and my daily inspiration to aim for greater things! I cannot be more excited about her joining me on this project and really taking things to the next level.

We will be posting weekly posts related to our TCK experiences, our lives back home in Seoul, and (hopefully) lots of travel adventures. There will be new updates every Tuesday at 10am (Korea time) so be sure to stop by!

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How coming back home made me appreciate my family

appreciating family

Hello, TCKs, ATCKs, expats, wanderlusts… and Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it! Since I’m not in the U.S. anymore, Thanksgiving isn’t super relative to me anymore, however, the spirit of being grateful is still with me. And since we’re on the subject of being grateful, I wanted to share with you guys something that I’m very thankful for – my family.

Being ‘thankful for family’ might sound like cliche and a bit obligatory to some. It’s easy to take family for granted and think that they’ll always be there no matter what. We’re all guilty of this to some extent. This past year, however, was a wake up call for me and I took a step back, which allowed me to achieve a new level of appreciation for my family. Continue reading

Going to NYC + Seattle!! D-30: let the countdown begin!

In exactly one month from today, I’ll be hopping on a plane to visit New York and Seattle!! I am beyond excited for this trip and have been counting down forever! This will be a special trip for me because I absolutely love those two cities. You might remember from my previous posts that I went to Seattle last year around the same time, and I had a blast revisiting my “home.” Continue reading

Moving back to your home country? Here’s what to expect (+ tips for smooth transition!)

Moving back to your home country? Here's what to expect (+ tips for smooth transition!)

We always hear about stories of our fascinating life abroad, being multi-lingual, having friends all over the world, etc. Yes, the TCK life. But what happens when you’ve reached the expiration date of our beloved lifestyle and you have to pack it up and come back to your home country… Well, then. I must say, welcome to the TCK Goes Home club!

You may be coming back home for various reasons whether or not the decision was under your control. Coming back home will be a very overwhelming experience, good or bad. I remember as I counted down the days I had left in the U.S., I couldn’t even fathom the mixed feelings and emotions that started clouding my head. There was definitely a presence of uncertainty and the fact that I had no control over this feeling scared me. There’s something about “going back home” that sounds counterintuitive and a bit backward for us TCKs, who’s usually all about going to different places.

As an ATCK (adult TCK) who is 1+ years into her move back to her home country, I feel like I can speak on behalf of this topic. I’ve been through ups and downs (I still am actually, but isn’t everyone?) during the transition. So today I’m here to make that transition easier for you by breaking down what to expect when you go back to your home country! Keep scrolling to read more: Continue reading

Hey TCKs, where would you raise your child?

Where would you raise your child?

I firmly believe that the environment you grow up in can really shape who you’ll become. (I am a third culture kid, after all) Although the thought of raising a child is still daunting to me, I can’t say that the thought of where I would raise my child never crossed my mind. It’s fun and interesting to look back at all the places that have left an impression in my heart and upbringing and ask myself: if I were to raise my child, which one of those places would you go? Or would it be a completely new place that I’ve never set foot on? Continue reading

Watching our language: How language defines TCKs

Watching our language: How language defines TCKs

Today is Hangeul Proclamation Day in Korea, which is a day to celebrate the invention of Hangeul, or the Korean alphabet. I thought today would be an appropriate day to talk about something that is very relevant to us TCKs: language!

One thing that most TCKs have in common is that they’re multilingual – and yes, we’re proud of it. Whether you’ve fully mastered the language or know just enough to get by, you’re already a step ahead of the game from many of your peers.

Language is a very significant part of any TCK’s life. We grew up in places where they didn’t speak your parents’ language but as you already know, those all happened to be blessings in disguise! Because of these opportunities, we’ve organically acquired a very important and sought-after skill-set. We’re able to communicate and express our minds very colorfully using the different languages on our palette. We like to call ourselves global citizens, worldly, wanderlusts, etc… I truly believe that there’s nothing quite like language that defines our crazy (but exhilarating, nonetheless) lifestyle. Here’s how: Continue reading

Expat privileges: my experiences in Shanghai

Expat privileges: My experiences in Shanghai

Last month, a group of my non-Korean coworkers went to a free K-pop concert. At the mention of the word “free,” I immediately asked them (no shame) if I could tag along. They broke the bad news to me: “sorry, it’s only free for foreigners…WHAT.

Ok, so that was obviously a marketing plan to boost tourism in Korea, but still, the foreigners who attended don’t care about that bit – heck, it’s free! However, one thing is clear: that was one of the privileges of being an expat. Continue reading

3 awesome perks about living in your home country

3 awesome perks about living in your home country

Even just a few months ago, I was still trying to accept the reality of coming back home, trying to find a true sense of self as I adjusted to my new/old home. Fast forward to today, a little over a year since I’ve returned to Korea, I feel confident enough to say that I’m doing fairly well! As the emotional phase of transitioning waned away, I started noticing all these great perks that I didn’t see before (boo, sadness). It’s amazing what wonderful things you’ll find with just a simple change of perspective!

So today, I wanted to highlight a few perks (out of many) about living in Korea, my home country. If you’re a TCK who has just moved back to their home country or planning on going back, I hope you’ll find this post helpful or relevant!   Continue reading

How to rock at being the new kid at school

How to rock at being the new kid at school

September to me is always a bit bittersweet. While I do love the crisp autumn air, the leaves, and the sweaters, the ninth month of the year also is a sign that summer is officially over. It is also when students return to school, with their faces still glistening from the summer glow and eager (maybe not everyone…) to embark another academic year. Some might lean more on the bitter side on the bittersweet scale as they pack up their stuff and say goodbye to their loved ones and their home to go to a new “home.” I used to be one of them sitting on the bitter side of the scale. Continue reading

Would you date a non-TCK?

Would you date a non-TCK?

When I went to Shanghai a few weeks ago, I met up with one of my dear friends, who also happens to be a TCK. (a.k.a. awesome) We spent hours (snap)chatting away to fill in the 6-month void we had of not seeing each other.

Of course, what is girl talk without the juicy topic of “dating”? My friend brought up an interesting question that really piqued my mind.

“Would you date someone who’s not a TCK?”

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