Category Archives: VISA

STUPIDITY THAT KNOWS NO BOUNDS

 

 

 

 

 

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HUH? YIYI DO THESE PEOPLE HAVE BRAINS?

This is baby Ice’s reaction to the entire saga of my lost paperwork!

So today I logged into USCIS and the response was that my documents were sent to the National Benefits centre and was asked to call them to resent the documents.

YAY right?

No bloody way!

I called and the representative told me, oh we cannot submit a request to mail back you the documents because on June 12, a SERVICE request was made by you indicating that the package was not sent to you. (NO SHIT SHERLOCK!)

So a service request was made then to find a lost package. Therefore, you have to wait 30 days, i.e. call back on July 12th before we can submit another service request to mail you back the documents.

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?

YOU HAVE MY DAMN DOCUMENTS RIGHT IN YOUR PILE OF CRAP BUT YOU CANNOT SEND IT BACK TO ME??

THEN WHY THE HELL DID YOU ASK ME TO CALL YOU BACK SO THAT YOU CAN MAIL ME BACK THE DOCUMENTS IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DO IT ANYWAYS?

OH AMERICA!

I.HAVE.NO.WORDS.

Project Grateful 365: SSN application, MOPEY days and Columbia Teachers College

Day 114, 27th Feb: HAPPY THAT THE SSN was easy peasy!

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Today I am grateful that the application for the SSN went super smoothly. After I enter the USA with my K1 visa, I need to bring that visa into the office and apply for a Social Security Number. Unlike the K1 visa which took ~200 years, the SSN application was super easy peasy. I went in and out of the office within 20 minutes and the peeps were friendly and relaxed. SO AWESOME to deal with a pleasant and happy-to-be-at-work government officer/clerk! We even chatted about her Chinese bamboo plant!

In case you’re living in Manhattan! CLICK here for more information about applying for your SSN!

 

Day 115, 28th Feb: Grateful for an insightful talk about my future goals!

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I went for a graduate talk in Columbia’s teacher’s college and was quite happy with the courses they offered. Compared to CUNY’s open house, they were way more welcoming/organized/efficient and had more/better programs. Well Columbia is better endowed than CUNY, so its not surprising I guess.

I love being in class, I love interacting with children and little ones. I like the influence and difference I can make as an educator right in the class room. But I also know that policy/educational leadership/curriculum planning can help me further the things I want to push through in the education system. Those would help aid me in furthering my dreams of opening a play school!

I love being in the classroom but I’m also interested in educational psychology and school counselling. I find the gifted education system appealing and the special needs program rewarding.

SO MANY CHOICES!!!!!

Happy problems nonetheless, better to be presented with an array of choices than to be STUCK with one, I dare say!

Day 116:, 1st March: GRATEFUL FOR BEING ABLE TO TURN THAT FROWN UPSIDE DOWN!

 

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Today started out mehhhh. I suddenly missed home (family, esp that little cutie pie of mine and my friends lots). Bouts of homesickness hits me from time to time, but its normal of a new immigrant.

I try not to dwell on it and be grateful of the opportunities I have in this city instead. I have come to terms with the fact that I cannot be happy as a lark everyday, but I will NOT allow my self to wallow in self pity, just because.

I have it pretty good (all things considered) and I must be thankful for that and focus on the HAPPYs and the GOODs! *determined face* So I got quite a bit done, I booked 2 hotels in the Virgin Islands, found out about Driver’s licensing in the city, a cheap and good driving school, went to IKEA to get household related items and is currently preparing to make PAD THAI for dinner!

**edit of Pad Thai. Its GOOD!!!!

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Pad Thai goodness! Vegetarian!

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Fried Tofu, a lot of oil, but not all that bad after I filtered it out!

YAY!!!!!!! ME for turning a moppy day into an effective one. As my hubby says, ‘Turn that frown UPSIDE down’! Since its Friday night, we’re going for a walk and maybe a movie tonight! WHEEEEEE. I want to go for HAPPY HOUR, but Kris finishes work late and its not as if I can DRINK anyways. I think BARS need to have a happy ice cream hour!

Project Grateful 365: Grateful for getting a marriage license in a pretty short time!

So in NYC before you can get officially married, you would need to apply for a marriage license, wait 24hours before you can go into city hall and get someone to officiate the marriage.

Then, BAM! You’re married! So roughly takes 2 days for a legal union to happen in this city.

Well I think in total today we waited for about 1.1.5 hours and we were out of there, license to get married document in hand. 🙂

The big day is 22/2/2013. 

We’re both very eggcited! Actually it really is NOT just me being eggcited!, because just as we were coming out of the NYC City clerk office at 141 Worth street, Kris whispered into my ear, ‘I’m very excited.’ I looked at him surprised and he said, ‘Its a very very important day of my life.’

🙂 That made me smile.

If you know Kris, he has 3 range of emotions and that was a pretty strong one. He never gets excited, well very very rarely.

A good thing I suppose 🙂

Website for the NYC city clerk’s office for marriage can be found HERE

Good luck to all you love birds, hopefully you didn’t have to wait since Feb 2012 to get married like me!

Project Grateful 365: Day 92: Grateful for Emirates A380 Business class!


Jan 05, 2013

Westwards and Onwards

 

11 months later from our intended date of moving to NYC, I’ve finally obtained my K1 visa and am typing this on the 24hour plane ride to JFK. A long time coming but it just makes the fruit of our ‘labour’ so much sweeter.

 

We’re on the A380, Emirates J class from Dubai to New York CIty (JFK). Its an amazing plane! I love the business class seats on this plane much better than the SQ A380 business class seats. (I know I am so lucky/blessed/fortunate to be able to fly across the world in style!!!!!!!) 

 

I arranged for a mini surprise for Kristopher on our way here! I think I surprised him all right, till maybe 10 minutes before the surprise came when I was all chatty/eggcited like a 1 year old and he smelt something fishy. 

 

I told the guys that I was on a marriage-moon (gg to get married in the courthouse of NYC) and they arranged for a cake/flowers/champagne thingy! It was brought to our seats too! Its kinda blurry because its a polaroid so if you’re friends or family, its good excuse to come visit me in NYC because the picture is going to be on our fridge! (:P can’t fault me for trying)

 

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How’s that for our little marriage-moon on the plane? hee

Back to the A380. Its an awesome plane and here’s why!

 

 

The lounge was spanking new and clean. Its the new A terminal in Dubai I believe and the business class lounge was fantastically equipped. Initially we thought we would give it a miss due to our short layover time (1.5hours) therefore we were going straight to the gate. However the flight was delayed and therefore we spent a nice 45 minutes wait at the lounge. Best thing about the lounge? We could check right into the plane from that level. Awesome or what?

 

Nice comfy seats. Nice touch on the blood red rose
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Warm mood lighting

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I scream for Ice cream and Ice Ice Baby too

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Assorted Breads

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Happy me and ice cream. Didn’t have time to try the salmon or tart coz they started boarding. Bad move to go on time because they had problems with their system and a 20 odd angry business class passengers were standing there waiting 40mins.

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 INSIDE THE PLANE!!!!!!!!!

The seats were super new and excellent

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Pre Take Off toiletries from Bvlgari. The female version even came with a nice clutch!

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Roomy extension that folds into a bed. Even Kris could lie flat comfortably

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There was privacy/no privacy settings. (The rounded board beside me could be stowed away with a touch of the button, depending if the person beside you was cute or not, you could chose to put it up or down!)

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Massage functions (not fantastic tho)

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My favourite was the lil cupboard beside me, for drinks/laptops and whatnots.

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  1. We shared our cake with the other passengers/crew on board too. Spread the love we say.

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  1. Food was good, menu was extensive. Alcohol selection was awesome. The champagne that came with the cake was good, I stole a teeny sip because I’m allergic and don’t even like alcohol. So for me to say its good, it must be really good. I read the label later and realized the wines were vintages and pretty aged. My limited knowledge of spirits/wines/alcohol tells me that its a good thing. I think.

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Anyways in its totality, Emirates A380 business class has blown me away. Compared to SQ which had older seats, less sensitive touch screen and slighty rickety furnishings on board their J class.

What emirates lost out in was the super polite/amazing/excellent and sometimes over the top service rendered by the crew on SQ business class. I mean in SQ business class, you literally felt like royalty. Here it was pleasant and business like, without the extra smiles and pampering. I asked for a cup of coffee with my meal and it took 40 minutes to arrive, I had to ask twice and nobody apologized. I mean its no big deal really for economy class. At 5 times the price of an economy ticket however, most people on business class would not appreciate that. I accumulated miles for this trip so I didn’t feel much of a pinch and I understand its hard being a service crew for rich entitled people, so I always try to be polite and friendly. Sometimes, it doesn’t pay back, but I try anyways. I’m very very snappy towards rude people tho, Kris always tells me to ‘relax and breathe’ coz I get very annoyed with wait/sales/service staff who are rude to me. I mean I’m paying their salary, I don’t expect you to smile sweetly at me at all times, but a polite nod/smile would be nice, especially if I smile at you first!

That aside!!!! I’m super grateful for the opportunity to fly J class with the love of my life. I’m excited to see what 2013 and the Snake Year (according to the lunar calendar) brings for us.

I need to work harder to fly business class! Although I must say, I got lucky on the first flight that was on cattle class. 3 seats for me to lay down and sleep. WOOT WOOT. I feel so lucky! Like a LUCKY STAR!!!

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