I received the following pictures (Amazing!) and titles/captions from TCK photographer Rob Oandasan to be included in my Families in Global Transitions proposal and TCK/CCK multi-arts production next Spring 2010. Enjoy!
1. There is always someone less fortunate than you.
As TCK's, we sometimes we forget we are the fortunate ones. We might get lost in our personal problems, but we just have to remind ourselves that there's always someone less fortunate than us.
Picture: A makeshift home on a boat on Pasig River in Manila, Philippines.
2. Don't be picky with what you eat.
I used to be a picky eater. I quickly realized how much I would have missed out on if I continued to be a picky eater. The world offers so many delectable dishes - be adventurous and keep trying on new things to eat!
Picture: Sashimi at the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo Japan. It was so fresh, the fish head was still moving.
3. The world is a beautiful place we need to preserve.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel to many beautiful and pristine locations. Being a city dweller all my life, the difference between places that are man-made and those that miraculously remain untouched for me is more pronounced.
Picture: White sand beaches in Boracay, Philippines.
4. Respect other cultures, in all its aspects.
We are all taught to tolerate people who are different from us. But to actually go through the culture shock and learn how to live with these differences makes you learn this lesson in a more personal way.
Picture: Different bathroom settings in Singapore.
5. Slow down and enjoy the view.
TCK's daily lives can be very hectic. With so many different things to keep track of, we can often forget how important to is to take a breath and just enjoy the view.
Picture: Ice Skating in Central Park, New York City.
6. Look at the bigger picture/Keep an open mind.
It is sometimes easier and cognitively more convenient to look at things through one view. Our experiences as TCKs force us to look at some things from a broader perspective.
Picture: A view of a couple of churches through a hole in the wall at the Emperor's Palace in Rome, Italy.