Life in Tucson

An Experience: Nice or Not nice?

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The other day I went to Lee Lee, it’s an international/oriental supermarket in Tucson, AZ. For me it’s basically like a paradise, one of my secrets of survival living away from home. Why? Well, Lee Lee sells stuff that I cannot in the US mainstream grocery stores such as Walmart, Fry’s, or other places. Lee […]

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An Invitation: A Birthday Celebration

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The other day I went to a friend’s son’s birthday celebration. It was fun. But before that, my friend seemed to hesitate to invite me, not because she didn’t want to invite me, but because she was worried that it would be inconsiderate or inappropriate for me. She asked, “Do you celebrate birthdays?” I was […]

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Making Friends in the US

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Since I started auditing Japanese 101, I’ve been thinking about this. How do people make friends in the US? I’m taking this class with the undergrads. We meet every day from Monday to Friday, but I can’t see how we (or they) can make friends. I can say that we are classmates, but I don’t […]

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Permias Tucson, my extended family.

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Yesterday, December 16, 2017, I had a gathering with the Indonesian community here in Tucson. Oh, wait, I haven’t told you about Permias, no? Permias stands for Persatuan Mahasiswa Indonesia di Amerika Serikat, meaning Indonesian Student Association at the USA. Permias exists in each state of the US as long as there are Indonesian students […]