我們在愛爾蘭的新生活 – our new life in Ireland

So this is it, officially we broke up with America and moved back to Europe. Last week was crazy, image (3)especially since I had to do everything on my own. Not to mention there were 343492302385 problems with sending Biscuit, our boxes will arrive in 3 months because the company first ships them to Hong Kong (coincidence? I THINK NOT), when crossing the boarder Sing was the only one who was stuck in the line… but we made it!

And if you think that’s one of those boring, personal ‘Dear diary and the rest of the Internet’ post, you are right. But it’s a really big step for both of us and I want to share my emotions with you guys!

It’s not that I hate America or living there – I just didn’t fit. I was happy to move there and be with Sing (I also hoped at that time, that Momzilla won’t get a visa and I won’t need to deal with her great ideas), but from the very first day I felt it’s not for me. Everything was way too big and way too far. Although, you can’t have too big In-n-Out burger – you have no idea how sad I was eating my last one at the SFO.
On the top of those culture and lifestyle differences we were constantly worried about our status there – if I can get F2 visa, can he get the OPT, can he get working visa, what about me, can I get a spousal visa? I understand that, in the US there are plenty of illegal immigrants so they have to be strict on those going the legal path, but it’s really uncomfortable to worry about the next step.

Back in the end of 2013 I wrote a post about our future and what to do – try staying in America, go back to Poland or maybe take a risk and go Hong Kong. Of course my ultimate goal is to be able to move to HK for good, but for now I’m happy to be back in Europe. At that time, in 2013 we haven’t thought of moving to other EU country besides Poland. Don’t really know why.

And I really do feel happy, it’s a new beginning for us. Non of us ever lived here so we start from the same place, with no advantage. I also see that Sing seems happy. I haven’t seen him excited in a really long time, but when he came back from his business trip few weeks ago he was saying ‘In Europe is like this and that’ or ‘I like this thing more in Europe’ or ‘Did you know that in Europe…?’. Yes, babe. I knew. I’m European. But let him be excited like a little Sing on image (5)a garlic farm (Yes, we had a huge garlic farm in the Bay Area and yes, that’s like a Disneyland for him).

When I write this post it’s after midnight of our time and in only few hours I will have my first job interview since forever! Maybe that’s why I’m so happy? Finally I don’t need to worry too much if I break the law by writing or will we have to move the next day in case Sing get’s fired. I feel free – free to work, free to travel, free from all the government crap. Of course there are limitation and restrictions, rules and documents but as an intentional couple with a non-EU spouse I have to say Europe is more family-friendly than the US. Of course it has its cons like Momzilla finding out about it and moving in with us, because why wouldn’t she? Can someone block HK version of Google for her? I’m against censorship but I bet you understand the situation. I know she can be fun to read about, but trust me, you can’t live with for more than a month with a woman who complains about the last piece of food: yu eat it, you’re selfish; you give the last piece to the Little Prince Sing The First of His Name and she will claim you make him lose his face by giving him the leftovers. True story.

I’m so excited I can’t really sleep. We went through a lot to get here safely, to bring Biscuit with us, to deal with all the remaining stuff. I know how emotionally exhausting it can be so to help other AMWF (and any other international) couples since next week I will open up a special section on MyHongKongHusband about immigration to Europe, family law, but also how to bring your pet to Europe (everyone knows I would put Sing image (4)into the cargo area instead of Biscuit if I could) or how does American spousal visa interview look like. Hopefully my experience will help some of you.

I guess that’s it for now, my boring post is over. I will take some rest, get over my jetlag and start writing regular post. I really wish you stay with us during our new journey in Ireland, especially since Sing will be more frequent writer on this blog! And in terms of the law section, please let me know in the comment section what things are bothering you and you can’t really find the answer on the Internet – let’s build it up together!
For now – hugs and kisses (and licks from Biscuit) from cloudy, but charming Limerick.

Have you ever been to Ireland? How do you feel about it? Or maybe you decided to change your life over one phone call just like we did? Share your stories about this country or your personal experience with moving abroad, we would love to read this! 🙂

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92 thoughts on “我們在愛爾蘭的新生活 – our new life in Ireland

  1. oh woww.. hopefully you can deal well with your in law. but i think the last piece of the food is always an issue in Asia. same goes with Indonesian. haha.. mostly they will left 1 pcs aside, because they dont feel good if they are the last one who took it. like they are too selfish to finish it all. oh btw, goodluck for your job interview !

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  2. Your post is anything but boring! I’m glad that you finally moved to a place that you can potentially like and enjoy the next phase of your life.

    (Although it is still early days, I would give you a few more weeks to discover every good AND bad things before I trust your declaration of love towards Ireland! 😀 )

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    1. I already discovered two bad things – IKEA is only in Dublin and they don’t do online shopping and everyone is cheap giving the ketchup to the fries 😀 in the US they just took the whole hand full of those little ketchup bags but here if I don’t ask they won’t even give me one 😀 same was in HK, when I asked them for one more (c’mon we had 3 large fries and they gave us two bags) the guy just looked at me with ‘what a cheapass’ face 😀

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      1. The US is all about super size…and getting more/refills! -____- I honestly miss the smaller portions that you get in HK, so you can eat more variety of stuff! 😉

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  3. Oh yay. I’m so happy for you. I completely get that feeling about not fitting in (well, I guess it’s different in your case). But I’m so glad you’re getting a chance to work again/make a life on your own.
    GOOD LUCK!!!

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  4. Yayy!!! I am so happy for you! You are really one of my favorite bloggers and I love reading your updates so just know that someone doesn’t find it boring haha. I am so happy that you are getting a job! I am still looking for work in Korea and I know I can find something eventually but just thinking about how you felt lost without a job in America makes me anxious. I would have felt just like you – I probably couldn’t take it for long. I am a little worried but I know everything will be find in Korea. I will need to meet new people and make new friends and my friends here are so close to me I know we will stay in touch. I really hope one day you and I can meet in Hong Kong!

    I think moving is really exciting and it’s great to hear that Sing seems happier. I have been the same way recently and I kind of felt bad because I spent most of my adult life learning Japanese and trying to get a job in Japan. Then when I came here I realized that a) this isn’t the place I want to live forever b) I need a different job and c) I am really ready to settle down and become part of a new family with Junkyu. I would always compare Japan and Korea like ”Ugh! In Korea this would never happen!” when I honestly have no idea whether I will really like it more or not. I think the change is what I need, though, and with Junkyu’s help I know I can feel more valued and understood. Going home alone everyday after an unfulfilling job is really making me upset. But I have a lot of great things planned before I move and I am getting excited to start my new life. I wish the best for you two and I hope momzilla doesn’t find out hahahaha.

    Ireland is an amazing place. So peaceful and the people love to laugh. It’s really beautiful and there are so many places to visit. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it after you’ve settled in more. The international law section is a great idea! I would love for you to add stuff for people moving to Asia as well if you can.

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    1. It’s so funny how our lives can change, we planned it out and in the end it’s not how we thought it will be. For short period of time having no job is great – everyday is a comfy clothes day haha so before you get a job in Korea don’t get too upset not having it, enjoy it while you can haha 🙂 I keep my fingers crossed for you as well! 🙂 thank you for such a beautiful and long comment!

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      1. Ah I have to find a job in order to have a visa to stay haha so I hope I can find something before I vacation back in my hometown. But I don’t have to worry too much right now. I am looking forward to all the events before I leave Japan. You’re welcome! I am excited for where our lives will take us this year!

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  5. One day I must visit Europe, in case you forget who I am. I am your former semi-neighbor! Wish you guys well in Ireland, post lots of pictures whenever you can. You can be our (the readers) guide to Ireland. Keep in touch! Maybe we will be in Hong Kong at the same time again just like last year 2014!

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      1. We lost of chance, I don’t know when this will happen! You must learn how to use Skype or get a account. Nowadays, skype interview is common I think, and so is chatting with friends 🙂

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  6. Biscuit looks so happy looking out of that giant window! I’m so glad she made it over safely. And, you and Sing as well of course, but I’m sure you understand the priority order. XD
    I’ve never been to Ireland even though I’ve lived close by most of my life, but I hear it’s lovely. Lush, and green, rolling hills and all that.

    Good luck for your job interview! I hope it works out! 😀
    Yay, Europe! I’m comfortable here in Japan, but sometimes I wish I was “home”, too. YJ wouldn’t mind being a house husband I’m sure… XD

    Also I look forward to reading about the various legal/visa issues. I have some friends going through the US one now, and it seems to be really complicated.

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  7. You are talking Biscuit to Europe,my friend is taking her dog to the US and she will have to be patient in the box she’ll have to live in some of the time while I find out where I’m going to live. Any suggestions?

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  8. Sounds like a great adventure for you 2, As an American ” Gwai Lo ” with Taiwanese wife, I find your insights very entertaining and interesting. Cant agree with you more on the ridiculous way we treat our honest immigrants and on the inherit merits of the Inn & Out burger, literally one of the few foods I miss from home 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about Ireland, always wanted to go…

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  9. All the best for your interview! It is also great to hear that Sing seems to like the country and that Biscuit is safe and sound as well 🙂

    A garlic farm, did I read right? I wouldn’t go wnywhere such place, me no like garlic, at least not in huge amounts my MIL seems to devour. I think the section about immigration/laws will be interesting but also very complicated as there is no standard law yet. Just think about Germany where you even need a A1 German language certificate of you want a visa to stay here for a year or two…

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    1. You know it is the same for the Netherlands if I had wanted to take my husband there straight from outside of the EU. He would need to have a certain level of Dutch and be tested on that and his cultural knowledge of my country. Lots of difficult hoops to jump through. I also needed an already established fulltime job in the Netherlands, a house to live and means to support him. But if we moved to any other EU country but my own all he needed was me using my treaty rights (which meant just being a jobseeker – you don’t need a job offer- was good enough and some savings in the bank to be able to support yourselves until you find work) and then he can work and live in that EU country with me no problem. We chose England and it really was that easy. Still did not understand why it had to be so hard to import him to my very own country though. But now that we have lived in another EU country together using my EU treaty rights, we fall under the exception rule and I can finally easily import him to the Netherlands as well, without him having to pass all these tests or me having to meet financial or job requirements. So now my country has finally become an option. We also jave the option of moving to Japan because all you need there is be married to your Japanese spouse and you’ll get the right to live and work there.

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      1. It is really weird that in the European Union are so many different standards on this topic. Thankfully my wife already lived for a few years in Finland and we were married with a German child together so she didnt need any of those tests, but still it is really a huge barrier for many people

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    1. It just didn’t click between me and the US, I guess lack of driving skills was like lack of spark on a date 😉
      Some of the rules are universal some of them are not so I hope to clarify all of the problems for Ireland and Poland 🙂

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  10. Hey Lina; I went to Limerick when I was a child! It was a business trip for my father and the family all came with him. I haven’t been since. I am glad that you all got there safely and that you will be able to work! It is pretty exciting; good luck with the hunting!

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  11. I know exactly how you feel! The happiness and freedom you’re experiencing after all that visa BS and worry in the States. When we moved from San Francisco to England less than two years ago, it was like heaven. We were supposed to live in the Bay Area longer than we did, but we impulsively decided to move to Europe (after another American problem arised and were so sick of it and we had had enough) and a month later we were here. Could not believe how easy and expedient it was, as a married couple and me being European. We received Yasu’s EU family permit within one week of application from the British Embassy in New York. We quickly packed up and left the States! No more OPT and F2 worries and restrictions, and no more health insurance worries. Now we are free! We both work fulltime without restrictions, we can stay as long as we want and build a life and family here (we’re expecting a baby in 6 weeks!), we go to the dentist, doctor, and hospital without worrying about money. Europe is the land of the free, not America. You two made a good move! Enjoy your new Irish life and good luck on the job interview!

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  12. Good luck for your job interview and am happy you and Biscuit arrived safely! As for being a ‘dear diary’ post, every post whether it’s written by you or Sing makes be laugh aloud. I wish you happy times in Ireland and looking forward to hearing about them! xo

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  13. Oh my! I didn’t know you were both leaving the US for Ireland (Schengen!). I hope everything goes well with the big move, and although I’m a little sad I didn’t get to meet you in San Francisco, I’ve never been to Ireland, and perhaps, I can get out there. However, it would be very exciting if you both can get what you want, especially in a place like Hong Kong. I want to go back to Hong Kong for another month … preferably not in June or July. All my best to you both! 🙂

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  14. I was living in Ireland last year (Aug 2013-Aug 2014) before moving to Beijing! Though I wasn’t in Limerick but just south of Dublin. I loved the country though and all the people I met. You must go out to The Arans, Galway, Connemara, Donegal, up the Antrim Coast, drive the Ring of Kerry, and so much more. It is an absolutely beautiful, interesting, and alluring country.

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  15. I love Ireland so much, i travel to Ireland last year, next time i will go to Limerick, Highly recommend Sligo, love that place so much, study and work made me feel tired in HK, but i can take a deep breath in Ireland, i love her green and peace!(Also Guinness!) good luck to you and your family in Ireland!
    P.S sorry for the poor English LOL

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  16. This is such a wonderfully exciting and happy post. I wish you continued joy.

    It’s also a great instruction for the rest of us on the perils and qualms of being an immigrant in the U.S. Right now I’m writing about my father who came from Sweden in 1910. There were problems, but in many ways I think it was easier and more welcoming for him at that time.

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  17. how did you get an interview so quick? Were you jobsearching whilst in the US? And how did you get around having no referees?

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    1. Sing was here before with his company, we live in a flat rented by the company and also company was a place I had my job interview. Of course it’s no serious job like engineering or something, more like ‘office manager’, but it’s a good start before going back to school 😉

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      1. Office manager is actually a very good offer for someone straight from unemployed… I had to apply for hundreds of office jobs before I got a junior role…

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        1. nepotism at its finest, but it was his boss idea since even thought I was unemployed (obeying the law) I know how the company works, I know how to use programs they need, how to use more complicated office machines, know who is who and what they do etc. – in the end the new ‘Irish boss’ (just got promoted yesterday when I was there) will pick a position for me: in the end it might not be a thing, but I have to say Sing’s workaholism helped me a lot during those two lazy non working years. hopefully I can get any job (instead of being non-profit blog writer 😉 ) because job market now is tough, especially after a long break like that. if there’s nothing they can offer me now I will keep on looking, don’t want to stay at home anymore 😦

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  18. I’m sorry the US didn’t treat you right. I’m all for opening the borders like the good old days — document and tax everyone, but let them in. (This attitude makes me very popular among my white brethren in LA.) But I am so happy for you and your new adventure, and even more pleased that Biscuit made it. Talk about stressful! Good luck, and pictures, pictures, pictures if you get them!

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    1. it treated me nicely, just all the visa problem made me feel unstable. we were paying Social Security Tax like citizens but SIng couldn’t benefit any of it Still it gave us some nice savings and very decent life so I can’t complain about this 🙂

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  19. Just visited Dublin this week on a school trip. My third time in the capital. Great city, I love walking the streets, talking to the locals in a pub or at tourist attractions. It’s a great country, hope you’ll adapt soon and have a great life there.

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  20. I’m a bit sad we didn’t get a chance to meet! But super glad to hear that you both are enjoying Ireland. A fresh start for the both of you can be a good thing! 🙂

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  21. CAT! Caaaat! I take it that railing-walking furball is your Biscuit? One of my biggest concerns about one day moving to Korea is my dog… Where do you put a husky in an apartment? Very glad to hear you’ve gone back to the EU, and that you can live a bit more of a normal life there. Work restrictions are not fun at all

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  22. Congrats that you finally made it!! I personally would think ireland is better than hong kong… I am currently living in HK and I am still trying hard to settle in.. Ireland is a beautiful place so have fun exploring it!!!

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  23. I’m so glad you both like Ireland so far. I’ve never been there, but one of my grandmothers was Irish. She moved to Canada when she was a young woman, but the Canadians sent her back to Ireland and threw my dad and his brothers into an orphanage. (I’m going to write about her in my next blog.)

    It’s good that you’ll be able to work in Ireland. Working makes a big difference. We lived in the Philippines for more than 15 years, and although my husband’s job was secure, I was never able to work. I spent my time taking care of my kids, doing volunteer work, and taking up various hobbies. But I really missed being able to work.

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  24. Congrats on the move! I must say, I’m a little jealous, as I was in the works of settling down in France (yay Europe!) but now due to some family issues I’ve come back to Taiwan for a bit, which isn’t a bad place to be by any means, but now I’ll have to go through the visa process again, etc., so I totally understand your struggle back in the US…although for me it’s the opposite haha. Good luck with your interview! Let us all know how it goes 😀

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  25. believe it or not, with the decade long stay in the united states many years ago, plus my recent visit to dallas this past december, i have YET to try in-and-out-burger. uhuh. sad, right? but is it worth it?? i get mixed opinions from friends. anyways, hope you kicked ass at the job interview.

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  26. Congratulations on your returnal to Europe! As I will probably be moving back to Europe soon with my beloved cat, I would love to know more about the process. So please please share your experience with pet relocation in the future!

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  27. Good luck …. been there before for 12 days. On a job following professional cyclists from the Philippines compete in The Ras (The Race), their version of the Tour de France.

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  28. Shared your blog with my sister in Dublin (she started the Irish Born Chinese group a few years ago 😉 ). We are well impressed with your journey! Hope you enjoy Limerick (tis my hometown can you believe it or not). Here’s some stuff to get you started 😀

    If you have a Friday off, pop into Dolans for the music and atmosphere
    weekend mornings The Milk Market for some Tai Chi, tea, and general munchies. Joanna (Tea4You.ie) does some lovely loose Tea leaves.

    Don’t forget to visit the University for nice walks and food.
    – The Living Bridge (nice relaxing stroll on a not-rainy day)
    – loads of evening shows in the Concert Hall.
    – and downstairs in the concert hall you’ll see Industrial Designers busybeeing in their studio 😉 Check out their 3D models in displays.
    – and if you are out that direction in Castletroy, there is a cute litttle MiniGolf centre just past the University. Fun afternoon out and it’s indoors.

    It may be odd, but you’ll find all our cinemas in Limerick aren’t in the city, but in the outskirts of suburbs or shopping malls (Odeon / Showtime / Omniplex ). Someday we shall have our city centre cinema back (dreams for the next 10 years).

    Pick up a copy of the ‘Limerick Post’ newspaper if you are in town (every week), they are FREE and you’ll find them in most shops, Centra/Spar/Mace etc.. The same for the Limerick Chronicles, there is a lovely section called “I Love Limerick” by Mr Richard Lynch. He’s a lovely fellow.

    PS: avoid the funny/odd people in TrackSuit/ Athletic wear, especially if they have pants/trousers tucked into socks. They ARE NOT nice people some of them. I guess they are what the Brits called “Chavs” or “skangers” ( yes bad for me to label anyone like tthat, but it is the stereotype). Just avoid them/ignore them as best as possible especially at night time. I’ve been doing that most of my life and it’s part of growing up here 😉

    Enjoy life in Limerick!
    born and bred here, parents from Hong Kong 😛
    / V
    If you want to know more email me or my sister (whykay@gmail.com) anytime.

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    1. oh wow! thank you so much for such a long message, I can’t believe that someone on my blog is actually from here! 😀
      I will definitely e-mail you at some point, you’re now my guide! 😀
      I’m so happy! 🙂

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  29. No problem! 😀
    Oh forgot one more thing.
    – Limerick is home of The Cranberries (“Dreams” and “Zombie” are most famous songs),
    – we love Munster Rugby

    Always try to avail of Early Bird menus if eating out.
    There are a couple of Polski shops in town, one is on Nicholas Street, in the Medieval part of town near King John’s Castle. (Don’t go there at night, scary teenagers afoot)
    you’ll find there is a huge Polish population in Ireland, maybe 300,000. They are a great community, I hear there is even a Polish school in Limerick teaching language, history and culture. (The Chinese didn’t even manage to do that in 50 years here)
    The Locke Bar is one of the best pubs in town.
    The Hunt Museum is worth a look (unless you find that stuff boring)
    The Limerick City Art Gallery is beside the People’s Park. Nice cafe, but the park is only nice when it’s sunny 😛
    Finally I introduce you to our local hip hop satire comedy duo ‘The RubberBandits’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljPFZrRD3J8

    If you can understand their thick (heavy) Limerick accent, you will be fine.
    #ThatsLimerickCity
    Here are the Lyrics to the song (excuse the language, and maybe NSFW because of expletives) COPYPASTA:

    ‘Horse Outside’
    ” I’m at Amanda’s wedding
    in a church on Thomas street
    I’m lookin at the bridesmaid
    and she’s lookin back at me
    and when the service ends
    ask her if she wants a lift
    back to the hotel, and if goes well
    a finger and a shift

    she says “Fitzy drives a Mitzy
    and he offered me a spin.
    Enda hava a Honda
    so I might just go with him.
    And Darragh Gibney said he’d bring me
    in his Subaru.
    So what the fuck would make you think
    I’d wanna go with you?”

    I said fuck your Honda Civic
    I’ve a horse outside.
    Fuck your Subaru
    I have a horse outside.
    And fuck your Mitsubishi
    I’ve a horse outside.
    If you’re lookin for a ride
    I’ve a horse outside.

    She said “I don’t believe ya.”
    I said “it’s Fuckin true
    I swapped him for a bag of yokes
    in 1992.
    And I don’t need insurance
    I don’t need no parking space
    and if you try to clamp my horse
    he’ll kick you in the face.”

    “I don’t pay no tax
    Fuck NCT.
    You’ll arrive in style
    if you ride with me.”
    And the boys are walkin over
    jingling their keys
    I look the fuckers up and down
    and give them one of these

    I said fuck your Honda Civic
    I’ve a horse outside.
    Fuck your Subaru
    I have a horse outside.
    And fuck your Mitsubishi
    I’ve a horse outside.
    If you’re lookin for a ride
    I’ve a horse outside.

    giddy up now baby
    bless my soul
    I rode the fucker round the field
    back since he was a foal.
    He runs a bit like Shergar
    and he jumps like tir na nog.
    he looks like Billie Piper
    after half an ounce of coke.

    And the boys are lookin jealous
    as I lead yer wan away.
    Just before I close the door
    I look at her and say
    “Would you be my girl?”
    and she says, “I will a course
    if you grab me by the pony tail
    and ride me like a horse.”

    Yeah, fuck your Honda Civic
    I’ve a horse outside.
    Fuck your Subaru
    I have a horse outside.
    And fuck your Mitsubishi
    I’ve a horse outside.
    If you’re lookin for a ride
    I’ve a horse outside.

    Checking your booty fine
    your gonna loos a laa
    I’m gonna take you out to MULLINGAR!”
    copyright http://elyrics.net

    Now that you’ve heard this song, you are offiially a Limerickian! Hurray 😀

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    1. yay me! 😀 Sing has been to that pub to watch some football when we had no TV at that time 😀 we live at Harvey’s Quay building and we have a Polish store next to Burger King at Arthur’s Quay. Any good Chinese food in the area? I know Aroi is owned by Chinese, there are few stores and the only thing I found was the Jasmine Palace. I know Sing is craving 😀

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      1. It’s hard to find Dim Sum/’Jiao Lao’ type restaurants outside of Dublin in the Hong Kong sense. The Chinese restaurants here cater for very westernized tastes. For example the Irish love their Chips/French Fries with Curry, but I hear you don’t get that in Chinese take away outlets in the States 😛
        But no harm for your husband to ask the waiters for specifics. Don’t forget to ask for less oil, less MSG, and less salt where possible 😉

        Jasmine is expensive, but has great scenery/setting. Their Sunday Buffet is very popular for groups.
        WokKing is casual dining similar to CafeDeCoral (dai ga lok) in Hong Kong.
        Overall the food is the same in all the Chinese restaurants. My family runs the one on William Street (oldest in the city at 52 years) but we have our local fans.
        The Japanese/Chinese restaurant ‘Aikitsu’ on Catherine Street (near Silke’s Stationary Shop) used to do some Dim-Sum. But not anymore after they changed their Business.
        Aroi is a great shop, good variety to the mix and the boss is doing a good job. they recently opened a second outlet in Cork.
        Lebanese food: Mejana (Thomas Street, across the road from O Connors) has a nice lunch menu.
        Italian: The best Italian restaurant in town is “La Picola Italia”. They are on O’ Connell Street, but be sure to book a table on weekends. They also have a Pizzeria next door.
        SeaFood : try the ‘Curraghawer Pub’ across the rive from the Castle.
        The ‘Azur Restuarant’ beside the Locke Bar also does decent SeaFood, but don’t do go early on in the week as the fish won’t be as fresh.
        I’m a big fan of Taikichi Japanese as well. The city is slowly getting more multucultural 😀

        Shopping: find all the Asian groceries at “Cheong Heng Hong” on Henry Street, just past the red brick church. They have a couple of parking spaces: https://plus.google.com/117074993635065686262/about?gl=ie&hl=en

        BookShop & Art: ‘O Mahonys’ is the biggest book shop in Limerick, and ‘Easons’ is the best place for NewsAgents/Magazines/gifts.

        ‘Silkes Stationary’ is the Art Suppliers on Catherine Street.
        Catherine Street is nice, check out “Lucky Lane” on Saturdays for bric-a-brac. http://luckylane.info/

        Next weekend is the May Bank Holiday weekend. It’ll be a few days celebrations called RiverFest : http://www.limerick.ie/riverfest
        Hope it’ll be sunny!

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    1. I like Californian weather more haha it’s always gloomy, I think the last time when the whole week was sunny was in May or June, it’s July now and every day is 17C and rainy 😦 but it’s more convenient for us to live here, flights around Europe are cheap and we found pretty good deals to HK from our local airport 🙂

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