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REVERSE CULTURE SHOCK – ROBIN FROM GERMANY

I am from Hanover in Germany, a city of 500.000 people neighboring Hamburg and Bremen. Do none of these cities sound familiar? Well, imagine Europe as a dart-board. Then Hanover would probably be close to the bulls-eye. That being said, we find ourselves in a pretty central position in a diverse continent, consisting of many … Continue reading REVERSE CULTURE SHOCK – ROBIN FROM GERMANY

DISCOVERING THE WONDERS OF MALAYSIAN CUISINE – MEIZHI FROM MALAYSIA

Have you eaten yet? Dah Makan ? You eat already ah? 吃料嗎? Malaysians tend to greet people differently. Instead of saying “Hi,” we will ask “have you eaten yet?” It is common to see this phrase as a conversation starter in Malaysia. Malaysia has a rich food culture, with the presence of different cuisines represent … Continue reading DISCOVERING THE WONDERS OF MALAYSIAN CUISINE – MEIZHI FROM MALAYSIA

MY JOURNEY FROM A VILLAGE TO AMERICA – WIWIN HARTINI FROM INDONESIA

“Halo, apa kabar?” is how I say “Hello, how are you?” in my native language which is called Bahasa Indonesia. I was born in a small village in the mountainous area where the majority of people speak Bataknese, my mother’s ethnic language that has a strong and different accent than Bahasa Indonesia. I grew up … Continue reading MY JOURNEY FROM A VILLAGE TO AMERICA – WIWIN HARTINI FROM INDONESIA