You Know You’re an Expat Kid from Asia when…


* You can’t answer the question, “Where are you from?”
* You flew before you could walk.
* You have a passport, but no driver’s license.
* You watch National Geographic specials and recognize someone.
* You have a time zone map next to your telephone.
* Your life story uses the phrase “Then we went to…” five times.
* You speak with authority on the quality of airline travel.
* National Geographic (OR THE TRAVEL CHANNEL) makes you homesick.
* You read the international section before the comics.
* You live at school, work in the tropics, and go home for vacation.
* You don’t know where home is.
* You sort your friends by continent.
* Someone brings up the name of a team, and you get the sport wrong.
* Your memories of an ‘away’ game include another country.
* You know there is no such thing as an international language.
* Your second major is in a foreign language you already speak.
* You realize it really is a small world, after all.
* You watch a movie set in a foreign country, and you know what the nationals are really saying into the camera.
* Rain on a tile patio –or a corrugated metal roof–is one of the most wonderful sounds in the world.
* You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price.
* Your wardrobe can only handle two seasons: wet and dry.
* Your high school memories include those days that school was cancelled due to tear gas or riots, or demonstrations, those “corrupted countries problems… (REMEMBER THOSE BOMB THREATS????)
* You have a name in at least two different languages, and it’s not the same one.
* You think VISA is a document stamped in your passport, and not a plastic card you carry in your wallet.
* You automatically take off your shoes as soon as you get home.
* Your dorm room/apartment/living room looks a little like a museum with all the “exotic” things you have around.
* You won’t eat Uncle Ben’s rice because it doesn’t stick together.
* Half of your phone calls are unintelligible to those around you.
* You go to Pizza Hut or Wendy’s and you wonder why there’s no chili sauce.
* You know the geography of the rest of the world, but you don’t know the geography of your own country.
* You have best friends in 5 different countries.
* You’re spoilt. You know it. You’re VERY spoilt.

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