Reverse Culture Shock

It’s so real. For the past two weeks, I’ve felt a bit… off. As my good friend Amy put it, it’s like driving your own car after someone else has driven it and changed the seat. It is the same car, but it just doesn’t feel quite right. These last two days though, I’ve begun to start feeling like myself again. I am starting to re-adapting into life in LA / California, which is nice but I miss Asia oh, so much.

This past week was incredible. First of all, my birthday was on the 5th. My roommate, Ashley, and my sister, Fiona, threw this awesome surprise party for me that they had apparently been planning for weeks without my knowing. I was blown away and did not see it coming at all. Having a surprise party was something I have always secretly wanted but did not think would happen. It truly made my 21st so memorable. The two of them also bought me a GO PRO! Shit. I feel like I don’t deserve it. They are fucking awesome.


On my actual birthday, I went out to Father’s Office! Somehow, this has started to become an on going tradition. Last year, a bunch of us went to Father’s Office for my birthday but since none of us were 21, we got it to-go and literally found an empty parking lot and ate our food on the floor. #ghetto but it was memorable for sure. This year, the few of us that were 21 all went there together and actually sat inside. The food was so good, I was actually speechless for awhile. Afterwards, we went to Mom’s Bar. Funny right? Father’s Office and Mom’s Bar. Ashley really wanted us to do that. “Do it for the Instagram caption” as she put it. I didn’t actually post a picture on Instagram though, haha.

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I’m starting to get my life back on track. When I first got back to America, I was filled with uncertainty. Everything felt a little weird, I wasn’t enrolled in all the classes I wanted to be in, I didn’t have a job anymore, and I felt a little out of place in my friend groups. Now, I’m starting to get back into the groove of things. My class schedule is settled, I got a tutoring job, I’m catching up on my friend’s lives, I’m settled into my new apartment, and I got a second interview for an internship! Woohooo.

This goes to a great start to a new year (: