We've been in Adelaide, Australia for approximately 4 months now. And I've made it a point to reflect from time to time by writing in my journal. I'm so grateful for all the blessings and prayers that have already been answered. Indeed, God is good. But I'll save the deep thoughts for my journal and share with you random thoughts about Adelaide, Australia from this newbie's point of view.
- Words/Vocabulary. Although I've already known the common words with different meanings from what some parts of the world are used to, I realized that most of my international friends didn't understand a whole lot of them. Like:
Nickers - Underwear
Jumper - Sweater
Flannel - Face towel
Serviet - Napkin/tissue
Trolley - Push cart
Lift - Elevator
Chips - Fries
- Malls and most establishments close at 5 pm. Originally from a country where malls are huge and close at 9-11 PM and even have midnight or 24 hour sales, I really wondered, what is there to do after 5?? It gets frustrating especially when you need something from the mall after 5 PM but you get used to it. Thankfully, a lot of restaurants stay open past 5.
- Patronize Australia. I have to say, my shoppaholic eyes did not recognize the majority of the brands here. Apparently, Australia is big on patronizing their own products and minimize entry of imported brands. Genius move for their local industry, really. Coming to love all things Aussie now!
- Authentic food from different cuisines. Because of how multi-cultural Adelaide is, there is also a good selection of restaurants that specialize in food from different countries. Originally being from Cebu, Philippines, I am an absolute food lover who used to dine out every week. I didn't really expect to have too many options here but surprise, surprise. I found out that Chinese food and Indian food (and so on) taste way more authentic and delicious here simply because the people cooking them are really from those countries.
- Right hand drive. I've been driving using a left hand drive vehicle for almost 10 years and I am just not ready to drive on the streets here. I'll need a little bit more time..
- How ya going? "Hi! How are you/how ya going?" is a common form of greeting and I still get too lazy having to answer "Good. How are you?" when you know the person's going to simply say, "Good, thanks" too. Which brings me to my next thought..
- People are really nice and honest! While in most places, you can have valid trust issues and assume that people can/will cause harm to you, it's the opposite here. Basically, you assume that people are nice and honest unless proven otherwise. Of course you still find people who are exceptions, but being nice seems to be the norm here. And that's a really good thing.
- Grow old with you. I literally see old couples holding hands every single day. At the mall, at the bus stop, in the hospital. I watch them and I see that they're still so happy and in love - and that they're the best of friends. They say Adelaide is where old people choose to retire. And I can see why. It's calm, clean and life is well-paced here. And since I have the person I'm going to grow old with, maybe we'll grow old here too. ;)
|On me: Top and jeans- Forever 21, boots - Call It Spring, Jacket - Lyla & Co x Big W|
|On him: Jumper - Basic, Shirt - H&M, Jeans - Levi's, Shoes - Nike Flyknit Chukka|