All in all I’ve got to say that this year has been crazy. No one else can say they’ve seen or done what we did in their first year of marriage. We constantly joke that there is no topping this and from here on out it’s down hill, but in actuality I like to think that we’re just getting started. There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored and Syd and I intend on seeing every bit of it.
This experience has made me appreciate what we have here in America and that it is the best damn country to grow up in. For example being able to safely drink the water out of the sink, knowing that people won’t be shitting the streets or that I won’t be constantly ripped off over simple purchases. I’ve also gained valuable insight as to who I am and what my parents had to struggle with when they first arrived here. I know I’ve covered my identity in previous blog entries, but it’s still worth noting. Ethnically I may be Chinese, but culturally I’m Taiwanese, but most importantly I’m American through and through. As for my parents their struggle was real, my dad came to this country with two suitcases and $600 in his pockets, he didn’t speak any English and got a job within the first week of being in the country. Now he owns his own business, is fluent in English and owns his own home. Living the American dream. I’ve gotten a whole new appreciation for what they’ve been able to accomplish while living here in America. I cannot image doing what they’ve done in China even though I have a leg up on them with the language.
So to answer some of the commonly asked questions
Q: What was your favorite country?
A: Have to say Greece and I loved Santorini. The food, people and sights have just won me over completely. Visiting all the Greek islands is now on my bucket list.
Q: What was your least favorite country?
A: Vietnam, I like to tell people that we just bombed the shit out of the place and they’re still recovering from it. We’ve traveled throughout China and parts of S.E.A and I never witness poverty like I did in Vietnam. Other than the food, for me anyways, I don’t feel that there’s much else to offer.
Q: What’s it like being back?
A: It’s just nice being back home in a country where I know how to do shit. I know where I need to go if I’m ever in need of something oddly specific, like a sealant for a leaky shower. Also just being able to jump in my car and go places and not have to map it out in advance.
Q: Is there anything you miss about China?
A: I’d have to say some of the local street food is missed and just the energy of living in a city, but for the most part China can go fuck itself.
What a crazy fucking year we have had. I cannot believe that it is over. Del Taco yesterday was amazing and I did cry because it is the greatest food! Don’t judge me! It was nice having my dad pick me up since it was full circle, he dropped Wally and I off at LAX 9 1/2 months ago and now he is picking us up in Orange County. Crazy how things change yet stay the same. I am proud to be an American and a born and bred Cali girl! No place in the world is better then Cali. There is not a lot I can say about this journey that we have not said a thousand times. I cannot believe this is how we spent the first year of our marriage and now we are coming up to our one year anniversary. The world is our oyster and Wally and I are just getting started. I hope you all have enjoyed the blogs. Wally and I have had fun writing and telling our stories. Thanks for being on this journey with us and sharing our ups and downs. No matter what happens Wally and I have each other and know we can survive anything together. I am so glad to be home. I can’t wait to go back and hit up the cheap markets. I could really use a haggling high right about now. When we do finally go back to the city it’ll be nice because we know the city inside and out. Get some Chinese breakfast burritos and DAN DAN MIEN! As this is being written Wally is shaking his head. I love Shanghai, I don’t like the people, but I’ll never forget Dunkin Dates with my love. This blog will always be a great memory and reminder of a fun and adventurous chapter of our lives.