Believe it or not - this was my first Thanksgiving away from family. I’ve always traveled home for it (as per my Mother’s request/demand). Given the 27 hour flight standing (metaphorically) in between Thanksgiving in Texas or Singapore, it was not an option this year. But luckily, a wonderful co-worker organized an Expat Thanksgiving for a proper meal with friends. We had turkey, green beans, stuffing, biscuits, cranberries - and even amazing pumpkin and pecan pies. I made my world famous guacamole for an appetizer. Even though it’s a bit non traditional, I have to slip in a little Texas whenever I can…
The great thing about living abroad, you get to experience holidays twice - once during your time zone and again when it happens in the States. It’s great to see everyone’s updates and what they are thankful for as they are waking up on this one fine Thanksgiving day.
When I think about what I am thankful for this year, two things creep to the top of the list. First and foremost, I am thankful for my family and all their support. It’s a big year for us, given the birth of my niece and nephew. I couldn’t be happier for my brother and sister-in-law and their adorable new additions to the family tree, Cecilia and Charles. I am looking forward to meeting them in person over Christmas. And although I don’t say it enough, I am of course appreciative of my parents for always providing me support, even if they don’t agree with my decisions (which is rare, considering I have a good head on my shoulders).
Secondly, I am continuously thankful for having the opportunity to fulfill my dream of working abroad. A few years ago, I considered this my BHAG - big, hairy, audacious goal. I guess I need to aim higher now. I can’t get home for Thanksgiving because I live in Singapore? I mean, that’s not a bad problem to have.
So as my Thanksgiving comes to a close, I hope all my friends and family in the States enjoy the day. I will be living vicariously through you tomorrow as I read all your updates.
Oh and to my Longhorns playing tonight - please beat the Aggies. We don’t get a rematch next year and I would be most thankful if we left the rivalry on a high note.
[Please note: This is probably the sappiest post you will ever have from me. No need to worry - I’ll be back to my snarky self in no time.]