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Don't feel like an expat, not seen as a local...

Postby 1 Laksa, no chilli! » Sat, 04 Feb 2006 1:55 pm

'allo 'allo!

I'm a Singaporean who's been away for the last 11 years. Came back in August 2005 with my German wife (a true Berliner) and son (born in Germany, looking nicely German-Chinese, what a cutie).

It's kinda strange being back home after having spent such a long time in Germany and the UK (was in Beijing in between, THAT was interesting!).

As the subject suggests, I don't feel like an expat. I mean, I was born here, lived the first 21 years of my life here, I have family here, I have friends here (ok, they find me strange, but that's the job of friends, no?).

But I am constantly denied my claim to be a local. I'm expected to speak like one (I get laughed at when I try! "You speak funny!"...), I'm expected to know the latest developments - who's who, where to go (just who the hell is Stephanie Sun?!!?!!?), I'm called "posh" when I refuse to have wine or beer with ICE CUBES!!! :shock:

Gimme a break!!!

Anybody out there going through the same thing, feeling the same way?

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Postby JK80 » Sat, 04 Feb 2006 7:57 pm

I know what you mean with the beer thing, as a German myself... :lol:

But I guess you'll catch up pretty fast, beside the accent maybe. And why not having a few habits/manners imported? Be as proud of your would wide experience as the locals are of their local habits...

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Postby 1 Laksa, no chilli! » Sat, 04 Feb 2006 8:13 pm

Servus JK! Thanks for that, mate!

I do enjoy being different now and then, I must say. :wink:

How long have you been over here? What's the German scene like?

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Postby JK80 » Sun, 05 Feb 2006 6:20 pm

Well I'm here since a week and gonna stay at least 6 month. I didn't follow up the German scene recently since I havn't lived there since 1.5 years, but I guess they kept a lot of traditions back there :wink:

PM me if you'd like to catch up for a chat with a icecube free beer or sth..

Cheers,

JK

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Postby renter » Sun, 05 Feb 2006 6:47 pm

not an expat and not a local. Perhaps that is the best place to be. :lol::lol:


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