In one Sunday morning, I promised my friend to catch up with her in her house and she will cook me lunch and just hang out together talking about life, our current job, and career.
I woke up with all of my might, it was hard to be freshly awaken as I just had a long unique week. Things from work were bothering me, but In The END, It’s All Fine. I had a fantastic weekend to celebrate me getting off the work, went to an incredible seminar where young people were gathered and watched a Broadway show (yes! I love musicals!), and got home safely.
Okay so like per usual I was rushing to catch the public transport cos I don’t want to miss it, not on the weekends especially. Got to the station and it started to drizzle a little bit and the train was on-time. Tried to follow the map to go to my friend’s house, but unfortunately, the government is upgrading the public transport system. I could not find my way to get out of the station to take the tram. When I was wondering in between the platforms, a Taiwanese girl approached me. She asked for some direction for 2 grandpas and a grandma. Initially, her reason of asking was because she was lost and also the old peeps could not speak English.
I told her I am not familiar with the station where I got off the train but I need to find a way to my friend’s place. We ended up taking the same train going all the way to the CBD area just to find our way to catch the correct tram. We talked a little bit about life, she mentioned her working in a chocolate factory. She wanted to go to a secondhand marketplace. She also said it is hard to work in a factory to pack the chocolate as she was working in the operation in the office back when she was in Taiwan.
However, the pay is quite good. Well, the standard of living in Australia is well-known to be a good one. Earning a proper amount, and if you can then you could also have some leftover earnings for emergency purposes.
I asked her why she was not scared to talk to strangers, what if I took her somewhere or gave her a wrong direction? She then shared her story when she was an exchange student in China she got to survive too. It’s always hard to go overseas where they don’t speak your mother tongue language.
She was brave!
And she also mentioned how she always pity older people who cannot communicate and ask for help. What if her parents are lost and could not find their way back? What if no one can understand her parents.
I am reminded of my family too and our similarity is English is not our first language. I just don’t want anything to happen to them, especially when I am not around. Through this, I know people are still kind.