Winter in the Tropics

It’s clear that winter in Boston this year has had its ups and downs. With the Bomb Cyclone storm immediately followed by 40 degree temperatures, I can’t decide if this is a harsh winter or a mild one. Up until this year, winter wasn’t a concern I had. I grew up in Malaysia—a place where it’s summer all year long. Here are some of the ways things are different in the tropics:

1. I never have to consider how many layers to wear.

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Day or night, July or December, I can go out in a crop top and shorts and not have to worry about getting cold.

2. There’s no such thing as a “white Christmas.”

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Similarly to Australia, we spend Christmas in the heat, but without the surfing Santas.

3. I pretty much gave up on makeup because I’d just sweat it off anyway.

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In Boston, the struggle is keeping my skin from cracking due to the dryness. In Malaysia, the struggle is staying dry.

4. We don’t get to wear snuggly Christmas sweaters.

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They are called sweaters for a reason, I guess...

5. Since we don’t get wear sweaters, neither do the doggos.

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6. The sun sets at 7pm and rises at 7am everyday.

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I look out the window in Boston and think it’s 8pm when it’s only 4pm. Maybe it’s just an excuse for me to take more naps.

7. Cute sundresses are socially acceptable all year long.

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This is where Jess from “New Girl” should live.

8. The “summer bod” is required all year long.

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My version of the summer bod is a little chub and lots of noodles, and maybe 2 sit-ups throughout the year.

9. We have to travel quite a ways to experience snow.

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10. Some think summer means shaving is a necessity. I say, nay.

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