"I grew up in Singapore but then we moved to London when I was 6. We are back after 10 years away and now I have 2 years to learn Singlish before NS starts! I like it a lot better here than London. In London I needed permission from my parents to go anywhere because it’s not safe. Here they are happy for me to take public transport and cabs so I have a lot more freedom."
“Those are my parents. They’ve been married 55 years. They met when my dad was visiting Mexico as a young man. He saw my mom at a party, but he couldn’t speak a word of Spanish, so they just sort of looked at each other and giggled. Everything was very formal back then, so he asked a mutual friend to obtain permission for him to contact her. My mom gave my dad her address, and when he went back to America, he would write her a letter every few days. He’d write the entire letter in English, and then get a Spanish dictionary and translate it word by word. My mom says the letters barely made sense. But after he’d written many letters, he went back to Mexico and they went on their first date. There were adult chaperones and everything, they didn’t even kiss or touch. It was all very formal. And after a few dates, they decided to marry. Her family thought she was crazy to marry this weird American who kept writing the letters. But she said she knew he was the one. Get this—- just two years ago, we were all visiting Italy. And I busted the two of them making out in a corner. I snapped a photo. Dad’s got Mom pinned up against a wall and he’s macking her hard.”
“I lived in Paris until I was thirteen. Around that age, I began to fight with my father and stepmom. I’d always tell them that I wished I could move to America to live with my grandmother. One day, my stepmother told me: ‘You always say you want to go live with your grandmother. Well, you’re going to live with her. We bought you a ticket.’ The day I came to America was the most frightening moment of my life. When I landed at the airport, I couldn’t speak any English. I didn’t know how to find my grandmother, and I didn’t know how to get home.”