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
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
Fall means many different things to different people. To some, it means stepping on beautifully colored, crunchy leaves. To some, it means bidding adieu to summertime fun and preparing for the colder weather. (sweater weather, anyone?) To some, it means the start of school. The list goes on… And some might wonder, “why in the world is she talking about fall when we’re already halfway deep into the season???” Continue reading
Social media is an integral part of our lives. Actually, I take that understatement back. It is an inseparable part of our lives. We use social media for various reasons; to stay in touch with friends and family, to build an online presence, to access news, or just for fun. What’s great is that there are many different social media outlets to cater towards these different needs and purposes.
Social media can play many roles for us TCKs. We may use it to see what our friends from the other side of the world are doing, to share photos from your recent trip to southeast Asia, or to build connections wherever you are.
However, as much as I would like to go on about how great social media is, I must also bring light upon the downside. While social media can be fun, it can also lead to FOMO (short for ‘Fear Of Missing Out’) and unreasonable comparison. Today, I wanted to talk about social media and how it can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Scroll down to read more: Continue reading
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
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
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
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
It is officially the night before Chuseok, one of the biggest national holidays here in Korea. I often like to compare Chuseok to America’s Thanksgiving. (If you’re not familiar with the holiday, read about it here) While they might not be the exact same, the magnitude of the two holidays sure is similar. Big feasts, family gatherings, travel nightmares, etc…
This year I’ll be spending my second Chuseok with the family since I’ve returned to Korea. It’s also something I should get used to since last year I was so busy with just trying to adjust to my new life at my new/old home and I didn’t really get to fully enjoy the holiday. As the buzz and excitement around Chuseok continues to build up, there are some thoughts that inevitably popped up in my head: Continue reading