I went for my first Women’s Bible Studies & Fellowship at Park Street Church and I sooooo LOVE it! The reason? The women were so warm towards one another (and this, not pretentious) and there were 2 more other Singaporeans in the group!
Since this was the intro lesson, we basically…introduced ourselves (duh!). I learnt so much about Boston or US for the matter through the short session of introduction.
Of the 20-women group, a few of them were from California and mostly relocated because of their husbands. They shared that when they first came, it was hell for them. Some phrases popped out – mean Bostonians, reckless drivers, etc. Oh my! I wouldn’t expect fellow Americans to give comments such as those. One of them shared that she basically had to suck it up for the first 2 years in Boston but of course, after that, she found Boston lovely! =)
Mean Bostonians? Ken and I have not encountered such people except for the fact that we got shouted at by the driver of the T (train). Oh, actually they were not shouting at us; they were informing all passengers about the T. But everytime they shouted, we couldn’t catch a thing. Sometimes, I wonder why they have to waste their breath when none could really understand what they were yelling about. Just say slowly and properly!
Reckless drivers? Drivers who do not follow the rules? Oh baby! You have not been to the other side of the world. Come to Asia – Vietnam, India, Cambodia and China for example and you will get a RUDE shock! Many years ago, China was worse. I was totally annoyed at the endless horning of the vehicles when I was there in 1997. But look how much that has changed since then. Oh anyway, a Californian was just telling me that there is basically no point in having a car in Boston since the public transport is so good. Of course, unless you want to go out to the outskirts, you definitely wouldn’t need a car. AGREE.
And on the cold harsh weather? Wear a good, waterproof boots. The ones that we are wearing now are not going to help. And for the clothing? Just keep on buying until you find one that fits (meaning – able to shield you from the cold).
And then, of course, I had the pure joy of chatting with our 2 tropical girls. Woot! Oh my! I tell you, I was DYING to talk and we just went on and on until they realised they had to ‘collect’ their kiddos from the childcare. But it seems that there is quite a big community of Singaporeans here and many from Harvard and MIT, so they said. Well, I’m waiting to get connected with them!
So, there goes my first session. I can’t wait for next week!