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Ronny Chieng: The International Student

Adopting yet another TV show into the Netflix watch list is a daunting task for many. We already have a backlog, do we need another one? The answer is YES if it’s Ronny Chieng: The International Student.

Delivered with smart comedy, it’s about campus lives of students with multi-dimensional characteristics (read: each weird in their own way) who come from a potluck of culture.

Packed with degree dreams and dorm-living dramas, the show is downright relatable.The beginning of the show transported me back to my first day in university when I was the excited girl standing in front of the class door ready to make friends with the strangers staring back at me.

These people on TV were me and my dysfunctional friends circle back then, navigating through early adulthood with such carelessness.The show made me nostalgic. No, not to go back to school, just enough to binge watch it in one sitting and call in sick to work the next day.

Elvin Tay

I thought I was enough of an adult not to fall in love with a fictional character on the screen (I mean no more after Dwight Schrute and Ron Swanson), boy I was wrong! Enter Elvin Tay, the Vietnamese student who unwillingly became Ronny’s friend. Elvin is smart, sarcastic, unapologetically ambitious and cooks amazing egg-tart.  I wish I had an Elvin during my Uni time. Heck, I wish I was Elvin back then!

Y-egg tart-ilicious

As the saying: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, I fell completely in love with Ronny Chieng: The International Student TV Show after watching an entire episode dedicated to the egg-tarts. If you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a favor, watch it now and watch it at least until the egg-tart episode before you continue adult-ing for the day.

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