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Bridging Cultures with Filipino Warmth in Denmark’s Professional Landscape

When I first landed in Denmark, a piece of advice lingered in the air: “Your colleagues are just colleagues; they’ll never be your friends.” Coming from a culture where everyone is a potential friend, the idea seemed peculiar, even alien. Back in the Philippines, the whole town could be my Facebook friend, and we’d chat on Messenger as if we’d been best friends since kindergarten.

So, when I moved to Denmark, it was like navigating uncharted waters. Can I invite my colleagues for a cozy dinner at home? Should I suggest a weekend cinema trip? The lines between professional and personal relationships felt blurred, and I was determined to infuse a bit of that Filipino warmth into the chilly Danish air.

Me and my former collegue Dorthe

One day, I decided to throw a party. An old Filipino tradition we call “salu-salo” – a gathering filled with laughter, good food, and a dash of karaoke.

Karaoke Party
I always say “I’ll make a filipino buffet!”

I extended the invitation to my colleagues, eager to share a slice of my culture and bridge the gap between our worlds. The response was mixed; not everyone was immediately open to the idea. Some seemed skeptical, perhaps unsure of what to expect from this Filipino soirée.

Thorwing party during Corona Lock-down

But I persevered. I kept throwing parties, inviting colleagues old and new, hoping to break down the invisible barriers that separated us.

Slowly but surely, friendships began to blossom. We laughed together, shared stories, and discovered common ground that transcended the professional realm. It turns out, Danish and Filipino cultures, while different, weren’t so incompatible after all.

TGIF With Anja and Gitte

Danish Reserve Meets Filipino Warmth:

In Denmark, the culture is often described as reserved and respectful of personal space. Colleagues maintain a level of professionalism that may initially appear distant to someone accustomed to the open, familial warmth of Filipino relationships.

With my best collegue ever, Mette

Yet, as the parties continued and the barriers crumbled, I discovered the warmth beneath the Danish reserve. While they might not shout their affection from the rooftops, Danes express care through small, thoughtful gestures and genuine, direct communication.

Bonding moment with Mette, she was giving me Body Therapy (because I was broken hearted hahahaha)

Balancing Act: Finding Common Ground:

We are no longer collegues… but BFF’s

The key, I realized, was finding a balance. Balancing the vibrant, extroverted spirit of Filipino culture with the calm, composed nature of Danish culture.

We are keeping in touch…

It was about appreciating the subtle warmth beneath the surface and understanding that friendship, in Denmark, often starts with a sincere, albeit reserved, nod.

Me and Mette at Salsa Dance

As the years passed, my social circle expanded. Danish friends embraced the boisterous Filipino gatherings, and I embraced the tranquil Danish coffee meet-ups. The fusion of these two worlds created a unique tapestry of friendships that defied cultural boundaries.

One of a kind friendship…

So here I am, a Filipino in Denmark, breaking the stereotype that colleagues can’t be friends. In this diverse tapestry of cultures, I’ve learned that while we might express warmth differently, the desire for genuine connections and camaraderie is universal. After all, friendship knows no cultural borders.

A Day in Denmark Where the Sun Plays Hide-and-Seek

As the alarm blares in the pre-dawn darkness, I reluctantly peel myself from the warmth of my blankets, stumbling into a world that seems perpetually cloaked in shadows.

Yep, welcome to Denmark, where during certain times of the year, the sun plays a game of hide-and-seek that leaves us all feeling a bit like nocturnal creatures.

So, here’s the drill: when I kick off my workday, it’s a cosmic guessing game. Is it really morning? Night? Somewhere in between? I haven’t seen the sun, and frankly, I’m starting to wonder if it’s taken a vacation without telling anyone.

Before and after work

After a day’s hard work, I step out, only to be greeted by the same darkness that bid me farewell in the morning. It’s a bit like living in a perpetual twilight zone, minus the eerie music.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Where’s the sun? Is it on vacation in the tropics, sipping a piña colada? Well, it sure feels that way. But hey, in the spirit of making lemonade out of the Nordic lemons, let’s talk about the bright side of the shorter days.

1. Cozy Vibes All the Way

Sure, the sun might be playing hide-and-seek, but that means it’s prime time for creating the coziest nooks imaginable. Blankets, fuzzy socks, and a warm cup of something delightful become essential accessories as we embrace the hygge life. Who needs the sun when you’ve got the warm glow of candles and the soft hum of your favorite playlist?

2. Lights, Camera, Action

Denmark doesn’t mess around when it comes to making darkness look good. The streets, the windows, even the bicycles—it’s like a twinkling wonderland out here. The Danes have mastered the art of turning the absence of sunlight into a spectacle of sparkling lights that could rival the night sky.

3. Embracing the Twilight Adventures

When you can’t have sunlight, why not have a bit of twilight magic? Nighttime walks become a whimsical adventure, with the soft glow of streetlights and the occasional twinkle of stars. It’s like stepping into a fairytale, and who wouldn’t want a bit of magic in their daily commute?

4. Bonding Over Darkness

There’s something uniquely bonding about collectively enduring the shorter days. The shared groans as we leave work in the dark, the knowing nods during that coffee break when we’re all desperately yearning for just a hint of sunlight—these shared moments create a sense of camaraderie in the face of perpetual dusk.

So, while the sun might be playing a prolonged game of hide-and-seek, we’re mastering the art of finding joy in the shadows. After all, who needs constant daylight when you’ve got the warmth of community, the charm of twinkling lights, and the undeniable allure of a cozy Danish winter night? Bring on the darkness—I’m armed with candles, blankets, and a smile that shines even in the absence of sunlight.