Expat Advice: Culture Shock in
Iloilo City, Philippines
An American expat in the Philippines offers advice on what it's like to live in the island and be married to a Filipina for over 28 years.
What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?
Been married to a Filipina for 28years...
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If they speak another language in your new country, do you speak the language? If yes, did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad? If no, are you planning to learn the language?
No, slowly learning
Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?
Just lack of access to certain foods
How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?
As expected, craving certain foods, have found some, still looking for others
Expats often talk about going through the "stages of culture shock." Examples include the honeymoon phase, the irritation-to-anger stage, the rejection of the culture stage, and the cultural adjustment phase. Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?
Not really. We have only been here 3 weeks and ware doing a lot of traveling
What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock? These might include things such as anger, depression, anxiety, increased eating or drinking, frustration, homesickness, etc.
Just getting tired of fish and rice. Not enough vegetables in most foods
What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?
Weather, people, low prices
What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?
Jeepney exhaust, crowded streets in larger cities, lack of access to foods including salads.
Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Manage your expectations before you make the move like we did
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