Wednesday, June 27, 2007

what i can do to reduce the pain of adjusting to US

Hi LT,

You asked how to reduce the pain and stress.

  1. keep healthy. Lving in such a difficult place, every little effort makes me feel good about myself.
    1. Remember that many advertised fast food is less healthy than we eat in S'pore
    2. avoid too much unhealthy snacks esp. during long office hours. tough for some people. I try to bring fruits and "healthy" biscuits
    3. regular exercise. tough for most people.
    4. take breaks during long work hours
  2. help my wife who is under more pain than me
    1. find some full-time activity to occupy her time
    2. spend quality time together
    3. try to get her to make new friends
    4. try to get her to become interested in learning English
    5. try to get her to find some new hobbies
    6. live around Chinatowns, where she can find Chinese food
  3. work long hours and feel good about it. This helps my adjustment.
  4. make new friends. I didn't find any time for this, since i was so busy with job and a million other "important" things.
  5. call home regularly
  6. increase income
    1. a mobile phone that can receive Chinese SMS from our families in China. We can't afford it now.
    2. better accommodation
    3. less time wasted on commuting. Extremely important to me.
    4. my wife will afford many foods that are simply priced beyond us
    5. more sight-seeing. important for my wife. There are so many places to see in this vast country.
    6. perhaps a more suitable training course for my wife. Right now many of them are just too expensive
    7. some new clothes for her

 

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