It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in the U.S. for a month or for a decade; there are sure to be moments when you will feel the dreaded homesickness. You’ll start to think about loved ones back home and all the street food you used to enjoy and before you know it, you’ve got the blues. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to chase melancholy away.
Stage a Videoke Sing-Off
Filipinos love to sing: This is a fact. A quick way to stop feeling down is to hit the high tunes of your favorite ballad. If you’re tired of beating your own top scores, have friends come over and have a musical showdown.
Munch on Goodies from Home
Snack time or “merienda” is sacred among Filipinos. For a quick pick-me-up, munch on lumpiang shanghai or turon that can be bought pre-packed at specialty stores. Grab snacks like Clover chips or Sky Flakes saltine crackers. Some Asian grocery stores and restaurants even offer authentic Filipino halo-halo, cassava cake, and bibingka.
Watch a Filipino Movie or Show
Comedy, romance, horror—take your pick. A good Filipino movie can distract you from feeling too wistful. Aside from being entertained by local actors, you get to see all the familiar places in the country. It’s almost like taking a tour back home without leaving the couch. You can also subscribe to Filipino channels so you can be updated on the latest news and shows in the Philippines.
Have an Authentic Pinoy Meal
This is probably the best way to combat the blues! If you have the skills—and the ingredients—whip up an appetizing pot of adobo of kare-kare. Those who don’t know how to cook can head to Filipino watering holes where home-cooked dishes are served hot and plenty. Most Pinoy restaurants have an awesome food line-up that includes bulalo, pinakbet, pansit, and exotic delicacies like balut.
If you’re looking for Asian ingredients, snacks, or even a videoke machine, some specialty stores in North Carolina have all of these items. A few Filipino groceries, such as Oriental Store Of Raleigh Inc., also have a restaurant where one can fill up on dishes that will make you feel like you’re in the Philippines. You can stock up on all types of Filipino food and drinks or try Japanese, Thai, Hispanic, Chinese, and African products.