When Mitski completed her Asia and Australia tour, it was right before the winter holidays, so rather than flying back on holiday prices to America, she decided it would be cheaper for her to stay on that side of the world. The singer decided to go to Malaysia, where she'd spent a lot of my childhood, but she came to regret her decision. This song finds Mitski singing about the alienation she felt there. She explained to Genius
"I thought it would be great, like finally get to decompress, except I didn't prepare for how fricking lonely it would be to just be all alone in a country where no one knows me, while everyone else I know is having holiday's with their family and friends. I was also really tired and just the idea of everybody I know being at a different time zone and having holiday's without me–it was just a combination of a lot of things. But yeah, I f---ing broke down."