One of the first adjustments a Filipino living in America needs to work on, aside from how to say “suh-uhm” instead of “sahm-ting,” is how to stay synchronized with the four North American seasons, spring, summer, winter, and fall. Four different seasons that impact on every aspect of one’s life (not just on the wardrobe) can be a shocker to a migrant who grew up living in only wet and dry climates.
I’m a little fortunate that I’m a Florida transplant — the minor adjustment necessary is only for about three weeks in January when the temperature briefly dips into freezing. Other than those chilly weeks that somehow resemble Christmastime vacation in Baguio, the year-round weather in Florida is, well, not as flooded or as parched as in Manila, but typically tropical.
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