.Maybe it’s a fob thing, but it has never occurred to me that I might need to take vaccine shots before traveling around Southeast Asia. I’m going back to fob-land tomorrow, and I’ve always found it curious how people load up on vaccines before traveling to Asia.
I mean, I know that mosquito-transmitted illnesses like malaria and dengue aren’t unheard of, and I’ve had my fair share of food poisoning. But if I told my parents I was going to get shots for our trip to Malaysia this weekend, they’d look at me like I was crazy. We’ve been traveling there since I was a little kid, so I’m sure we’ve developed an immunity to most fobby germs. As my mom would say in Cantonese, “Dai kwun sik sai kwun,” or literally, “Big germ (i.e. people) eats little germ.”