Most definitely not the opera

Most definitely not the operaA little flurry of excitement around here: last week I taped a short segment about homesickness for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio show “Definitely Not the Opera.” A producer had emailed me the week before to ask if I’d be interested in sharing my story about A Snowstorm in Singapore on air. Would I!

I trucked down to the studio a few days later and babbled into a microphone for half an hour or so. Fortunately for the good people of Canada, my verbal diarrhea was edited down to a mostly coherent 5½ minutes. (I threw in a few “ums” to keep it real. LOL!)

You can access a podcast of the entire show through the DNTO website. Or you can just listen to my bit, below.

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About Maria

I'm a Canadian repatriate, former expat spouse, mother to two TCKs (and one yellow Lab), mentor to new immigrants, writer, reader, world traveller (grounded for now). I write about expat/repat issues and am still trying to figure out my place in the world.
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6 Responses to Most definitely not the opera

  1. DNTO, how cool! I’m a fan. Although neither christmasy nor wintery, a seasonal foam party sounds wonderfully festive!
    And also, did you, like, totally die when you had to wear the headphones and hear yourself talk? I totally did the first time I ever had to speak into a mic. But you sounded amazing!

    • Maria says:

      Thanks, Erica. I actually have a degree in broadcasting, so it wasn’t too weird to be in the studio. The difference is that in the past, I was always the one who shaped the audio and video into the final product. This time I didn’t have that control, and it was completely nerve-wracking. I’ll tell you when I totally died (you’ll understand this, being Canadian): the tree house from Mr. Dressup is in the lobby of the CBC centre. I can’t believe I didn’t take a photo — Casey and Finnegan’s house!

  2. That was so nice Maria… Its funny how a little thing can completely throw us off guard and we find ourselves longing for “home”.

  3. What a cool opportunity! I loved your story, and it did make me tear up when you described the moment of feeling really homesick, even when everyone you loved was right there. I get it!

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