You Know You're An Expat If....

4:36 AM

It's the time of the year to share another funny forwarded emails to you guys. Enjoy!


*You can't answer the question, "Where are you from?" (And when you do, you get into an elaborate conversation that gets everyone confused and/or makes you sound very spoiled.)

*You flew before you could walk.

*You think California is cold.

*You watch National Geographic specials and recognize someone.

*You run into someone you know at every airport.

*Conversations with friends take place at 6:00 in the morning or 10:00 at night. (I had friends calling me at 3 a.m here in Kuwait coz it was already 8 a.m in the Philippines and vice versa.)

*Your life story uses the phrase "Then we went to..." five times.

*You can speak with authority about the quality of various international airlines.

*You get offended when someone turns down an offer for food.

*You live at school and go home for vacation.

*You treasure pork and root beer as highly-valued commodities. (Uhm, self explanatory? lol)

*You have ever had to wait for prayer call to be over to finish shopping.

*You are fascinated by any wildlife bigger than a gecko.

*You know the true meaning of"football." (and in your mind can hear the shout, "GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!")

*You know that it truly is a small world.

*You have ever gone to the "hammam" or endured a "shamal."

*You get all the jokes in Aladdin.

*Rain is still one of the most wonderful sounds in the world. (It definitely is!)

*You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price.

*Your wardrobe can only handle two seasons: hot and warm.

*Your school memories included uck-and-cover drills.

*You are used to being stared at.

*You think VISA is a document stamped in your passport, and not a plastic card you carry in your wallet.

*You call a chicken burrito a "shwarma."

*Your dorm room/apartment/living room looks a little like a museum with al lthe "exotic" things you have around.

*You've heard of or tried "hubblybubbly."

*You've woken up in the middle of the night to watch the Superbowl on cable.

*You have sat in a "men's" or "women's"section in an airport, hospital, or restaurant.

*You know the geography of the rest ofthe world, but you don't know the geography of your own country.

*Your best friends are from 5 different countries.

*You're spoiled. You know it. You're VERY spoiled. (Yeah well..)

*You ask your roommate when the houseboy is scheduled to come clean.

*You have never spent a summer with your friends from high school because you all go back to your home town/state/country June - August

*Camping involves duning, getting stuck and counting how many camels you saw.

*A sports tournament involves flying to another country in the Middle East.

*You remember when the first McDonalds in your country had its grand opening.

*You got days off school for Christian and Muslim holidays. (Working days off!)

*You secretely wished the rulers of other Middle Eastern countries would die so that you got days off school.

*Not being able to eat in public during the day during the holy month of Ramadan.

*Traveling to the states required buying candy, CDs, and Abercrombie and Fitch clothing for your friends back overseas. (Friends in the Philippines wonders why I hogged and panic buy books and CD's. They thought Kuwait doesn't have a bookstore or a record shop. LOL)

*You are used to giving directions according to landmarks, not street names. (You got to especially if you can't pronounce the street names)

*It's normal to wake up and have four or more Pakistani men fixing your AC.

*You didn't know how to do your own laundry until you left for college.

*How come the houses in America don'thave servants quarters? (Botherbrother actually asked the other way around. How come we have servants and they got quarters? He never had a housemaid in the states.)

*You are used to seeing Arabic commercials dubbed in British English about Lux soap, Carnation condensed milk and Dove shampoo.

*Seeing police drive on the shoulder of the road and cut people is not unusual.

*You know someone is referring to Pepsi when they say "Bebzi".

*Having a walled in, cement house is standard.

*Ford Explorer sized cars seem small compared to Toyota Land Cruisers andNissan Patrols.

*One word: 'yala'. (Yala!)

*You have a box of red label tea in your cupboard. (It's some sort of addiction. Tsai anyone?)

*You prefer to bring lunch in a metal tin

*You call a taxi a limo, and are confused when it's not a mercedes

*you roll your eyes everytime you hear a politician/news reporter say "eye-rack".

Tell me, which one of the above can you relate? I can't relate to all of them so I guess i'm only a semi-expat =D

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