In few weeks we start the year of sheep. My year, because why conceive me in the time that would give some cool sign. Well, at least I’m not a monkey like Momzilla. Coincidence? I-THINK-NOT.
And since it’s my year it would be great to do something with my life. I know what some of the people coming to my blog might think ‘Do you want to be more Asian, that’s why you chose your husband’s culture over yours?’ or ‘Why start so late?’ – I can bet there will be at least one person with that though. I can assure you it has nothing to do with culture. Or maybe a bit – the reason I never do my ‘Western New Year’s resolutions’ is really stupid. New Year happens too soon after Christmas and the amount of food my parents prepare is huge, I’m still eating it two, three weeks later. My strong will is as strong as Sing when you ask him to do the laundry – suddenly his back aches, he starts to moan and he cannot move the dirty laundry to the machine.
As a sheep I have huge hope for this upcoming Lunar Year to be truly mine – past two years in America were really rough to me, mainly because of my visa limitations that in the end made me feel like losing little part of me. It was hard to ‘go back public’, I had no idea what to talk about. I know Biscuit is cute but not everyone wants to hear about her (just joking, I know you would love my Biscuit stories).
There are things I like in America, there are also things I dislike in it, I guess ‘American Dream’ was not mine to be. I was little bit of third culture wife – somewhere between my own culture, my husband’s culture and local culture, but I couldn’t really fit into the last one. But now it all changes because we are moving to IRELAND on March 2nd!
It’s not Hong Kong but Sing tried to cheer me up by saying ‘At least when you get a driving license you can prepare yourself for driving in Hong Kong’. With such a good public transportation in back there I don’t need a driving license, unless I become a bus driver. Very bad one. So if you ever see a ‘ghost sister driver’ in any of HK buses I would suggest you to take your Octopus away and just wait for the next one. My driving is like real-life GTA.
Anyway, that’s the main reason the blog is dead, my social medias are dead too, even I’m almost dead. Since Sing is staying in Ireland until February 11th I’m dealing with literally everything. Alone. Without a car. Good I have a friend who helped me with some boxes from home depot, but last two weeks is just constant packing, selling things on Craigslist – I never met so many people in such a short period of time, I’m dealing with boxes to be shipped in a container and the most important thing: arranging trip for Biscuit. Seriously, it’s so complicated and expensive that I actually could buy 53.(3) Biscuits instead.
I have so many post remaining from our Hong Kong trip and so many connected with moving abroad/bringing your non-EU partner to Europe etc. that I will write in the future. I think it might be really helpful since AMWF community is growing so fast! We’re also looking for a flat to rent, we need to sell our car and buy a new one back and million other things.
I’m so tired, bit guilty for not committing to this blog as much as I wish I had, but I’m also extremely excited. New journey await us in the year of sheep. Non of us really lived in Ireland so it’s fresh start for both of us, but this time it’s me who will have the advantage. In San Francisco and Bay Area Cantonese-speaking community is much bigger than Polish one. In Ireland we go to Limerick – city with LOOOOOTS of my folks and very little his. There’s only one Asian store in Limerick so when he went shopping there for the first time everyone was staring at him because they didn’t recognize him as ‘their own’. And did I tell you I will get a job? Sing’s company needs EU workers and guess who got asked? It’s still not confirmed but let’s hope it will be a good way to start our life there.
I’m slowly closing the American chapter in our lives, for Sing it’s much much longer one – I packed his memories in paper boxes, some of them got sold (‘I have that TV longer than I know you’) and everything is happening so fast, but I finally feel alive. I also hope our experience will come other couples who make decisions, want to move, maybe take their pets. It will also be a little different because I think there will be more posts about our life as AMWF couple in a very non-Asian community, more ‘guide posts’ on how EU citizen can help their NON-EU spouse and our Polish-Hong Kong family, since I will be only 3h by RyanAir from my parents – there will be much more interaction than when we’re so far away etc. I hope even thought our environment changes you will still be with us and enjoy the upcoming posts!
Any advice on moving abroad you want to share? Or maybe do you wish I covered any specific topic? I know I still miss all the food posts from Hong Kong, but I can write your ideas down and use them in future! And thank you for being with me for past HALF MILLION VIEWS!