It’s our second full day here in Austin, TX and things have been… so far so good. We’re a bit more settled in and Fu started work yesterday.
We’ve both never been to the USA before, and it’s been interesting experiencing how different it is from Japan and Singapore!
The thing that stood out the most was that things here are bigger.
Roads are wider, cars are bigger, food portions are larger, buildings are bigger, selection (of anything, really! TV channels, groceries, anything!) is crazy huge!
People too, are bigger. I don’t mean that in any offensive way, ok! It’s just an observation! When walking to the immigration counters, I noticed that the view is very different from what I see in Japan. People here are much taller and er, broader… horizontally… here. (did my attempt at political correctness work?)
Their personalities are also bigger. They are very unreserved and much louder than what I’m used to in Japan. Not that it’s a bad thing, just that it takes some getting used to.
Oh yes, the apartment is also bigger! The place we have now is actually much bigger (and better) than our apartment back in Tokyo wtf.
Anyway, let me show you some pictures!
Apart from the big-ness, there’s also… English! So much English!!! I think my English will finally be put back on track again. LOL. Ever since moving to Japan, I felt like my English has rapidly deteriorated and this blog was one of the sole means of maintaining any standard of English (although I slip in Singlish at times, heh. More fun that way leh!) There were so many times I couldn’t find the word in English, although I could express it in Japanese!
To be honest, I’m a bit conscious about how I look and that I stand out from others. I don’t really know how friendly Austin is towards foreigners and I’m still mentally bracing myself for the possibility of being “scolded”.
You know, like those horrible racist videos you see on FB or Youtube where some local yells at the foreigner to “Go back to where you came from!” etc?
Although I do think I’m being quite ridiculous la, because so far people in Austin have been nice and friendly!
On to our first meal in USA is… – Hold your breaths ladies and gentlemen! This is a historical moment! –
Haha, kinda fitting for Texas, eh?
Sorry. Even though we’re in Texas where they’re more famous for meat than seafood, my instinct is still to order seafood! Turned out quite good actually!
A hilarious incident occurred at dinner. We thought we had to order at least a drink (which turned out to be untrue) so I ordered from the only drinks listed in the menu, which were cocktails.
The waitress immediately asked, “Could I see some form of ID?”
HAHAHA. Do I look like a teenager?!! REALLY???
Well, I suppose I should be flattered… but I dunno… I don’t mind (ok, actually I love it LOL) when people say I don’t look my age. But er, teenager kinda slants towards looking naive/stupid/unworld-wisely rather than youthful. Isn’t it? But I shall not complain. I will just assume she meant young, not stupid! :D
On a parting note, here’s one of the lessons we learned.
What do you call these?
If you said “serviettes”, yay! Us too!
But that’s not what they’re called here, sorry!
They’re called napkins here!