July 15, 2008

Coming to the USA?

I am trying to write a page to put up on FOTI called something like: THINKING ABOUT GOING TO THE US TO STUDY? HERE'S SOME HELPFUL TIPS.
Are you thinking about it or have you already made the trip? If so I need your help.
So far I have written a few lines about food. What other topics do you think I should cover? Post your ideas here and let's kick them around.
Posted by Pete Black some time ago in 2004.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tanya: January 19, 2004 5:00 PM
Welcome back Peter and Bobbie! Here's one.. apply for a work permit as soon as you get here. If you're 16, Get your driver's license in Palau. Makes things easier when you get up here and want to get a state id or a driver's license. ANd once you get one of those, it also makes it easier to get a job off-campus.

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cila: January 21, 2004 5:00 PM
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cila: January 21, 2004 5:00 PM
sorry about that... get your birth certificate, get your immunization record(yellow card), if your coming for college get all your transcript, if you can take the TOEFL before you come up it will help alot, go see a dentist and get your physical check up, get your US ss# from the US embassy there, it is alot easier, let me see what else, hmmmm... oh, if your still in the grade school age and planning on getting into a private school? Get your baptismal papers with all your other stuff. hmmmmm... I think that is about it from this side.

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typ: January 23, 2004 5:00 PM
Learn the difference of cultures so you don't get really confused.

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typ: January 23, 2004 5:00 PM
you'll still get confused, but you'll be prepared to be confused.

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pete: January 23, 2004 5:00 PM
Great advice, you two. But what about the really important stuff? I mean food, of course.

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pete: January 23, 2004 5:00 PM
I mean, should you tell your room mate about sashimi before or after she eats the piece you gave her?

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typ: January 26, 2004 5:00 PM
Ohh.. that kind of thing....I still don't know the right answer to that question.

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typ: January 26, 2004 5:00 PM
Ohh.. that kind of thing....I still don't know the right answer to that question.

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soty: January 27, 2004 5:00 PM
i think that people should learn about the states before they come... i mean, they should know where Virginia is and where Oklahoma and what is the difference between Washington and Washington D.C. i was confused myself before coming here. You should learn the fifty states.
The food, there is a huge difference between the American food and the Palau food. Well, u can always go to a Vietmanese store and get what u want but everyone mostly eats american food. For Example, fresh fish, u do not get fresh fish around here. And if u are chewing, u better stop before coming...

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typ: January 29, 2004 5:00 PM
I just thought of this while cleaning up a work site. Not all parties have bar-b-q chicken and beer and you do not have to drink every pay day friday. McDonald's Big Mac isn't as great as tv says it is. KFC do not have rice. They only have biscuits. Bread is like the rice here. Chicken might have salmonella. Beef might have mad cow disease. Fish has mercury. You're better off as a vegetarian.

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typ: January 29, 2004 5:00 PM
Oh and all the seafood crabs in Maryland are male. I was told the yummy yellow things in there aren't eggs. So, don't get too excited about finding "eggs" like I did.

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Pete: January 30, 2004 5:00 PM
And then there is the whole thing about the different ways of being polite if you are eating with Americans. For example, here its polite to eat all the food on your plate and only take more if you are still hungry and plan on eating it all right then. And here it is polite to talk during the meal (but not when you have food in your mouth). And those words "please" and "thank you" get used A LOT. (I hope this note isn't impolite).

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cila: February 2, 2004 5:00 PM
That is very true... Eat with your elbow of the table too. Don't shovel your food into your mouth, spoon it. About the sashimi, I would tell the person first before they eat it, and yes those "thank you's" and "please" have to be used alot. Also, yes please don't talk with your mouth full that to me is just plain no manner. Even at home they tell us not to talk while eating or else you'll choke on a bone or something.

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yoyo: February 14, 2004 5:00 PM
LOL@KFC...lucky me, i still can order rice at KFC to substitute w/the mashed potato...but the mashed potato is good, too...yeh, rice here is a MUST in all the restaurants. they'll lose business if they don't include that. they know how islanders think of rice so they have no choice no matter how much they hate rice.
sorry, don't have much else to input for the important stuff to do or bring when moving here from Palau. i think tanya and cilla mentioned it all. oh yeah, just come w/an open mind and courage. it's not so scary after all, u know. i'd say for the college students, TAKE the SAT and TOEFL tests in Palau 'coz it's more expensive here. very important!
yes, quit the betelnut...u'll only suffer when u get here, and u'll also waste money if u think on buying them here. it's too darn expensive, and not even good.

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typ: May 2, 2004 4:00 PM
Yoyo
I heard they sell rice topped with spam and eggs at mcdonald's.

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typ: June 18, 2004 4:00 PM
In Echang, it's okay to have 10 or more people in one house, but it's not okay here.

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sharon: July 21, 2004 4:00 PM
Also, since there's no fresh fish, tapioca, taro, please bring two full coolers of those and share the wealth. but make sure they're freezed overnight and leave the ice out of the coolers. also, make sure that you have a bag around the cooler and tightly and correctly sealed. you will be rewarded if you do bring some up and share the wealth.

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RJ10: April 10, 2005 4:00 PM
About quitting the chew, and not having fish and rice in the states, I have only one question, where the hell in the states are you people reciding?. Cause I have been at the west coast Seattle WA, Portland OR, Cursicana TX, to Richmond and all over Verginia, Maryland and Flolida and they all have RICE and BETTLENUT and a whole lot of salt water fish, even FOOD Lions have Tuna and Red snappers. California in the other hand is like a huge pacific island cause it has every Palau local food you can find. Even smoked tuna. So I don't know where it is you guys are at, here in the states but you got to GET OUT MORE..
By the way, don't bother bringing your Palau drivers license here in hope of trading it to any state license cause it won't work.
And about sashimi, don't sweat it, cause americans know what it is, to them it's just plain Japanese SUSHI.
Ko meral funny, thanks for the laugh =)

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typ: July 17, 2005 4:00 PM
RJ10, thanks for your advice. We found rice at Giants. How amazing is that?
They have fish at Food Lions???! REally?
They still don't have rice at our KFC, so we prefer Popeyes. What bout you?
And having my palau's driver's license worked a lot better for me. But with MVA's rules changing every four months, I"m sure it's not that easy anymore. honest.

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Tek: October 26, 2007 7:16 PM
The big question is...what would you rather do? The saying goes, "the grass is greener on the other side." There's so much to say about coming to america but I'm not so sure if I can explain it very well. The only way to describe my exprerience is...hard,tough,and definitely a challenge. The only advise I would give the new comers is...be determined and never give up!