South Hill Ave Eagle Rock Blvd

My Biological Clock is Set to the Philippines

Adrian Deausen

I work the graveyard shift at a hotel. I start at 11 p.m. and finish at 7 a.m. I sleep on the bus. I’ve missed my stops many times, but I’m getting better—I’ve been timing my naps. I’m from the Philippines. When I work at night, it’s actually daytime in the Philippines. I think my biological clock knows that and I do my work just fine during the night.

I moved to the U.S. two years ago when my mom petitioned for me. To be honest, I didn’t want to move here. I felt sad to be leaving my dad. He had family there, but I was the one who took care of him. He passed away last year. Moving here was a tough decision, but my mom has sacrificed so much to build a life here for herself and for me. I wanted to honor that. Since my dad is gone now, I feel like I need to move on and build a life here and make him proud.

Map: South Hill Ave to Eagle Rock Blvd

By continuing to use our website, you agree to our privacy and cookie policy.
Zócalo wants to hear from you. Please take our survey!

Get More Zócalo

No paywall. No ads. No partisan hacks. Ideas journalism with a head and a heart.

You may opt out or contact us anytime.

×