5 Things I Didn't Know Before I Moved to USA
In retrospect at my one-year stay in the United States of America
|Carousel near food court INSIDE an outlet mall!|
In the initial days here in the US I compared everything–from places to prices–to what I was familiar with back home in Bangkok. Every other weekend my husband took me shopping to the big stores and retail stores around, at times to shopping centers, and sometimes to Galleria and NorthPark, the upscale shopping malls in Dallas. I realize I actually could have saved hundreds of the thousands of bucks I’ve splurged so far if I’d gone to the smaller off-price department stores instead like Ross, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Burlington Coat Factory, Big Lots, and outlet stores or surplus warehouses for certain items. I didn't know there was a lot of good stuff to shop at those off-price or discount stores.
|Where Alok took me for my first lunch in US...bah.|
|My food intake has no limits. At Indian fast food joint.|
Then there were some appliances that surprised me. Such as dishwasher – had somewhat heard about it but hadn’t seen one. I thought it was really cool how it washes dishes by spraying hot water and then uses heated-dry method, sanitizing all the utensils while I’m away watching series back-to-back on Netflix. Initially, I didn't know that dishes had to be lined vertically and separately, that bowls, glasses, or anything with depth had to be placed upside down to be cleaned from within or water would collect inside if kept face up, that plastics went on top rack, that utensils systematically arranged for a full load was more efficient, or that everything had to be lightly rinsed first so that no food remained before putting in dishwasher. No free lunches, eh? Oh well, no complaints; dishwasher sure is a time-saver. And sometimes an amuser. My aluminum ice cream scooper and aluminum pressure cooker came out charcoal colored.
|At a live game for the first time in US, for Baseball.|
Besides the dishwasher, the types of washing machines I had seen in the past had the dry 'button' or dry 'section' that only squeezed out extra water from the clothes, and then you hung the clothes on racks and ropes to let them dry. But over here, I didn't know there were two gigantic separate machines and the twins are called Washer and Dryer. The dryer uses heat to remove moisture from clothes and in about fifty minutes you have the whole load of clothes dried, almost ironed, ready to put back in closet. Wonderful. Now I only wish there was a Sorter-Hanger machine too, you know, to separate the clothes and automatically put each in the hangers, because this easy life has made me quite a lazy bum.
Oh, speaking of bum – I didn't know there would be only toilet papers (bathroom tissues) in toilets here, no bum guns (aka water spray pipe, or toilet hose). Nowhere. Even Thailand, India, Laos & Myanmar have the bum guns in toilets, but USA doesn't. WHY!? I don't know if it's an ecological concern to use more toilet paper and save water. Paper and water can be recycled, but I don't know how flushed paper in water helps the environment. What I do know, though, is the water spray sure cleans arse better.
Apart from that, I love everything about this country – both the place and the people. I didn't know USA was so incredibly amazing.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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