Monthly Archives: December 2012

Project Grateful 365: Day 53




Today on the last day of 2012, I am grateful for being alive

I am grateful for life, more importantly I am grateful for being born in a place where women can go out in the streets late into the night without being afraid of being killed/raped.

I think NYC is less safe compared to Singapore but it is still much better than many countries in the world today.

I hope that 2013 will see less bloodshed and more love in the world.

The famous ball is going to drop in times square tonight, hundreds of thousands of tourists are going to be crammed into the surrounding 10 blocks. I am going to watch amazon prime movies with Kris at home and watch the New Year madd-ness from the comfort of our couches!

We will celebrate with Broccoli Cheese soup and Vegetarian Pizza. He’ll probably have some beer and I’ll have my favourite Lemon San Pellegrino!

Broccoli cheese soup

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Pesto Pizza with Peppers and Caramelized Onions

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Fruit Salad from Santa’s stockings

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Bye Bye 2012, You have been good to me 🙂

Hello 2013, its going to an exciting one!

Project Grateful 365: Day 52

Grateful for 2012

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I am grateful for a list of things:

1) I was an Aunty for the first time. A PANK! Professional Auntie No Kids, you’ll get it if you read the Straits Times. 🙂 I spent 3 months with my precious micro sweetheart and enjoyed every single minute of being with him. He’s all cute and cuddly, with his wide eyed innocence, awfully adorable deadpan and ‘blur’ looking expressions. I love him so very much!

2) I moved to another country for the first time. The only other time I lived overseas for an extended period of time was in 2005 where I moved to Vancouver for a student exchange program, such good memories 🙂

3) I quit my first ever permanent job. Bittersweet I would say. I learnt a lot but was glad to leave and enjoy life for a while as a housewife/nanny/tai-tai!

4) I finally sorted and deleted photos my mountainous pile of photos. I went from 25,000  to 15,000.  I had procrastinated for a loooooong time. The photos dated from 2005 to 2012. I feel very accomplished. Now, it took 7 years to delete unwanted photos, so it might take 14 years for me to label each and every one of them. I still can’t decide if I want to put that in my 2013 to do list.

5) I jolted myself out of my own independent comfort zone and decided to build my life with Kristopher. We moved in together and basically were married in all senses of the word as we waited for the US government to process the VISA papers so we can finally sign those papers in New York! (Fingers crossed, it will probably be in Feb 2013!!!!!!) It has been a long time coming, but we’re at the tail end of the first part and I’m positive that things will run smoothly from then on!

On the 23rd of Jan 2013, I will have completed the interview. Chances are high I will pass that because there is ABSOLUTELY no rational reason they would deny the VISA, given the overwhelming evidence we have of our loving relationship with one another. (I knew there were benefits to dating someone who records EVERYTHING in his life, yes EVERYTHING! Every single cent he spends and every thing he eats every single day is RECORDED!!!!)

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Anyways, so here we are: once I get the approval after I pass the K1 visa interview (somewhere) around Late Jan 2013 or Early Feb 2013, I can fly to the US (With the K1 visa), get married in city hall and with the marriage certificate, start applying for the I-485 (Adjustment of Status to get a Green Card), I-765 (Employment Pass), and I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative (As his wife) to remain in the US. I will get my conditional green card (it lasts 2 years) somewhere in October 2013. It will have taken us 17 months to get a green card that lasts 24 months.

I know it all sounds very unromantic and all, getting paper work and marching to city hall. Thankfully I’m not one of those girls who are caught up over what they call the ‘dream wedding’. To me the marriage is more important than the wedding. Honestly I’m unwilling to share that moment with another 100-500 people because to me, the marriage is about just the both of us. I much prefer events with close family and friends because these people mean the most to me.

That being said, I’m confident that getting married legally will still be an important milestone in our relationship: to pledge our eternal love for one another and to set it in stone with a legal binding document. 😛

We did a cosy informal wedding/farewell party back in Singapore for my side of the family and I guess we’re going to do another cosy party for Kris’s relatives sometime in 2013/2014. (Who knows what other delays the Visa is going to bring really.) Food and alcohol are always good ways to bring people together. I think both of us dislike being the center of attention at parties, so we’re trying to make it as casual as possible. We want it to be a time for close family and friends to come, stuff their faces, and have fun. Then again, Kris’s parents have no demands on us to do anything, so we might just have a 4 person thing at city hall, just us both and his parents. We’ll see I guess!

6) I made a few friends both in the US and Singapore. Making friends is hard for me, I have plenty of acquaintances but very few people I consider friends. Facebook is not an indicator of friendship! 😛 I’m actually hard to really know, behind my ‘deceptive’ bubbly persona. I have a strong guttural instinct when it comes to people and usually within the first 30 seconds, I know if that person is one that I would want to hang out with a second time. I’m fiercely loyal to the current friends/family I have and would always rather hang out with them or alone. I find it tiring to make new friends, especially people I need to socialise with but don’t really want too. So I’m rather happy to meet some people these year that I feel I can hang out with for many years to come!

All in all, it has been a good year for me lots of changes, lots of adjustments out of my comfort zone but it has taught me many little lessons. People say that the first year of marriage (or living with) your partner is the most difficult, I am proud to announce that I loved every bit of it! I look forward to building the rest of my new life with Kristopher!

I feel very blessed with everything that has happened this year and I look forward greatly to what 2013 has in store for me/us 😀

My wish for 2013 is for more peace/less violence, more financial equality and more smiles/joy/happiness around the globe!

#PeaceOUT

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Project Grateful 365 Day 50 (28th Dec) and Day 51(29th Dec)

Day 51: Today I am grateful for Kris’s extended family

I’ve met them a couple of times now and they have never failed to welcome me warmly into their lives. I think they have a little difficulty understanding my accent, but they are always patient and genuine in wanting to hear what I/We have been up too. Its nice partaking in their family ‘reunions’ in gramma’s cosy and warm apartment!

On a side note, I feel very Chinese every time I travel away from the big cities. I guess less so, in Vermont, but still I never see much Chinese people in the way up to Burlington. Over breakfast (at the hotel), there was this elderly lady who seemed to be so curious about me. I noticed from the corner of my eye that she would look up after every bite of cheerios she took. When I looked up, she would be slightly embarrassed and looked back down at her cheerios. For some reason, it tickled me greatly.

I wandered along the hallways of Gramma’s retirement community and noticed that every single one of the residents seem to be white anglo saxon. Just sayin’.

Day 52: Today I am grateful for Kris’s patience! 

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We started at 2(Essex) and got off at 21(NYC, Penn Station)

We had a long trip on the Amtrak from Essex to NYC and took us over 9 hours. I fell asleep a couple of times on Kris’s shoulder and he just stayed very still while I snuggled on his arm and snoozed away. He’s my favorite pillow in winter, big strong and warm. He’s super sweet that way, never moving because he doesn’t want to wake me up and would rather let his arm go to sleep. I feel very very loved every time I wake up on his arm! I feel a little bad tho, but he doesn’t seem to mind that much. 😛 He’s very patient with me, so I am thankful today for that today. (and for the million times other times I fell asleep on his shoulders!) *kiss kiss for kris kris*

Project Grateful 365 (Day 49)

Today I am grateful that we got to spend time with Kris’s grandma!

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She’s just the sweetest and most adorable gramma in the world. She’s also very cheeky and we share a common passion for ice cream. I think we hit off in the first 30 seconds we met, then again she’s such a lovable gramma that I cannot think of anyone that wouldn’t just love her!

Project Grateful 365: Day 47

Today I am grateful that I got to be part of Kris’s family and celebrating Christmas with them.

*Kris tells me I’m extra special because I’m the ONLY person in the world besides their Grandparents who celebrated Christmas with them. YEAH!!!! *pumps fist*

 

Christmas in America is done on an UNBELIEVABLE SCALE.

Here’s some pictorial evidence, I would like to respect their privacy so no photos of Kris’s family!

This is me! Super eggcited about the Christmas Stocking, because Santa filled it up. It was also hand sewn with lots of love from Anne. *wipes tear*

 

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Happy me, posing with my loot. Notice the other side of my stocking says Grampa! It used to belong to Kris’s grandpa, whom I’ve heard so much about but never got the chance to meet. So I’m happy that I’m sharing a stocking he once used!

 

 

 

 

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Kris being a clown. (as usual :P)

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The Bots! Looking super happy and ultra BLISS-ED OUT!

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Close up of my wonderful stocking.

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AND! Of course half way across the world my family has also celebrated Christmas! Boi Boi’s first christmas! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY LOVES BACK HOME!!!!!

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