Growing up in Finland

Updated: Nov 18, 2020


Foreigners in Finland Online Magazine
Photo by Juha Roisko

1. What were your first thoughts in moving to Finland?

I was very excited to see my mother because I have not seen my mother for many years. I was also excited to see the snow. I was eight then. I remember coming here in spring, and we had massive thick jackets, but it was spring in Finland, and people were using thinner jackets. 


2. What was the difference in your upbringing in the Philippines and Finland?

It has been 31 years since I have lived in Finland. I am more a Finn because I like how you get to be yourself, get genuine, and be honest and straightforward. I do what I think is right. I also follow Filipino culture by respecting older people. Also, Filipino rice is life for me. I will never give up Filipino food. 


I do what I think is right. I also follow Filipino culture by respecting older people.

I remember the Philippines as a rigorous country. My fathers' relatives raised us in a strict and conservative environment while our mother was working abroad. I remember that we were not allowed to go out anywhere, because we lived in the city. I didn't have friends there. In Finland, we were freer to play outside with friends, and we were more independent. 


My mother was a single working mother, and she raised us, four kids, all alone. That is why my siblings and I do not know how to cook Filipino food. Most Filipinos are shocked that we, as Filipino women, do not know how to cook.