Expat life used to mean missing a lot of special occasions from the home country. Now, thanks to technology, it means virtual parties.
Being expat means you have uprooted yourself from your home country, leaving behind most of your loved ones. This means, you rely mostly on technology and social media to connect with them regularly. Thankfully we have that option now. And a common scenario for expats like us would be celebrating special occasions with our loved ones who are miles away with a video conference.
For our family, it often means we bake a cake, sing happy birthday, blow the candle and eat the cake while our family (and the person whose birthday we celebrate) watch us. Or, vice versa – there’s a fun, crowded party on the other side and we watch (with longing) and wave to everyone and anyone who remember to check the video monitor. Usually, it is in both forms, because of the time difference. Sometimes, it is neither, because of technical challenges, such as a bad internet connection.
Such is our expat life.
Tomorrow, Papa is celebrating his birthday. Hoping for happy celebrations, virtual or otherwise.
//How do you celebrate special occasions with your loved ones from home?