Some things just can’t be explained with words…that is why lawd God Jesus created gifs.
Allow me to present “my face when”, Peace Corps edition.
When I see another foreigner.
When I’m in meetings spoken in Tagalog/Bikolano.
When my friends from the states make references to current pop culture.
When I see homeless men changing clothes on the side of the road.
When trike drivers try to haggle me.
When I see my jeepney driver take a swig of Ginebra Gin.
When a mangy, starving street animal tries to touch me.
When I’m hanging out with baklas (“lady boys”).
When I try to play luksong lubid/Chinese garter with the kids.
When I happen to be online at the same time as my friends from home.
When someone else sings my videoke song.
When someone asks me if I want balut.
When I get texts from random numbers asking if I want to be their text mate.
When I get together with other volunteers.
When someone mentions they have food from the U.S.
When the roosters start crowing at 3am.
When people actually show up on time.
When I go to grab something and cockroaches/spiders/reptiles fly out from behind it.
When our city hired a truck to drive around for a month playing Teach Me How to Dougie for the town fiesta.
When I go anywhere in the Philippines because people are walking slow.
When I get a package from home.
When I’m forced to eat traditional food that I don’t like.
When I’m being introduced to local officials for the first time.