How coming back home made me appreciate my family

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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.Β 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 feelingΒ 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

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! Β  Continue reading

I went to revisit one of my homes, and you should too.

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I recently went to visit Shanghai for a week. As you may or may not know, Shanghai has a very special place in my heart because it used to be one of my homes for 4 years of my tender adolescent years. I was originally planning on travelling to either Taiwan or Japan, but I ended up going to Shanghai, and I am so, so glad I did. Continue reading

10 random thoughts I had about going to Shanghai

By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be on my way to or will already be in Shanghai. (*high-pitch giggle*) As if you can’t already tell, I’m super excited for my upcoming trip to Shanghai. I have not been back since 2011, and in fast-paced Shanghai 4 years missed could amass to about 10 years worth of change. So you bet I am excited to to see what have changed and what remained. As I’m preparing myself for the trip, there were these random thoughts whirling around my head. They go something like this: Continue reading

Hold on, I’m going home!!! (Well, one of them)

I'll be standing at the Bund to see this beautiful sight soon!

I’ll be standing at the Bund to see this beautiful sight soon!

For the past few months, I’ve been debating on whether I should visit Japan or Taiwan until prices went up and I couldn’t afford either of the places anymore. As you may or may not know, I have my two dearest friends in those respective countries, and the whole purpose of my trip was to have a reunion. Continue reading

LIFE UPDATE! + My “REAL” TCK Story…

LIFE UPDATE! + My "REAL" TCK Story...

This past July 1st marked my first year being back home in Korea. I’m sure I’ve sad this countless times, but I cannot believe how fast time flies by! This past year has definitely been one for the books. And I don’t mean that in a fun-filled, exciting-roller-coaster-ride way. But more so in a way that it’s been a time of great changes, something that will leave an impression in my life and upcoming future in a significant way. Sticking to the roller-coaster analogy, this year was a roller-coaster ride through a hazy cloud of uncertainty, hard decisions, and reevaluating myself inside and out. Continue reading

Things I deal with as a TCK all the time…

Things I deal with as a TCK all the time...

I love being a third culture kid. I embrace it as a unique characteristic that defines who I am. But like everything else, there are things that I constantly deal with, no matter where we go or who we meet. Coming back to the motherland was no exception, and there were some things I had to deal with repeatedly. Here are a few examples:

1. Getting my identity questioned. All the time.

I’m pretty sure this one is a no-brainer and a staple problem for many fellow TCKs out there. As a matter of fact, this very topic is what the concept of TCK is built around. To others, we’re very difficult to put a label on. How many times have you explained the story of your life to someone you’ve just met? And the struggle to crunch the whole story in just 1 minute? Psh, we’ve already mastered it. Continue reading

What I’m looking forward to the most about Seattle…

It is officially December. It snowed on the first day here in Korea to welcome the change in season. This also means I’m closer to my trip back to Seattle. I have been counting down for weeks, and I can’t believe it’s finally time! As you may know, I’ve lived in Seattle in the recent 5 years before I moved back to Korea, and it is a place very, very dear to my heart. Not only is Seattle beautiful and charming in its own way, I have memories made with wonderful people deeply embedded in the city. Ever since I moved, there had been many moments when I had some major nostalgia. Therefore, this trip means a lot to me for it’ll definitely caress the pain (?) away. Continue reading