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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: Day 84

Grateful that we BOTH managed to use our miles to get upgraded for the DBX to JFK flight!

Initially I was a bit bumped because the miles I had been collecting for 2/3 years were expiring and the next stage of my visa process disallows me to leave the US for the most part of 2013. (I know right, first they don’t allow me to enter, then don’t allow me to leave!!!!!!)

There were some delays from the consulate in processing my passport so I had to change my flight back to the US. When I called them (emirates) I casually asked if I could use my miles to do an upgrade (I wasn’t that hopefully because it was less than a week to the day of the flight.)

LO AND BEHOLD! I managed to get us BOTH upgraded tickets with our miles, which was 90,000 miles in total. It wiped out our accounts, but totally worth it IMHO, coz we can’t use it for any flights anyways. The flights from NYC are only to DUBAI and hence require quite a bit more miles a bit to redeem an economy class ticket.

I was beside myself in happiness. What a way to travel to NYC to sign papers at city hall. I’m so excited to formally start my life in NYC, IN STYLE!!!!!!!!

Going to collect my passport with my K1 visa in a few hours. MEGAAAAAAAA YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Project Grateful 365: Day 77

23rd Jan 2013

Grateful that I PASSED MY K1 VISA INTERVIEW in the Singapore-US consulate!!!!!

Oh my tian! Finally after like 11 months, I was finally granted the VISA interview in the US Consulate in Singapore. I went to the waiting room with Kris, and came face to face with a sea of people all waiting for their VISAs.

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Kris was like, “Oh god, We’re going to be here forever!”

I was like, “We have waited for almost a year, what’s a couple of hours more?”

(hee hee)

#patsmyselfontheback

I am so ZEN now, I amaze myself.

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Anyways, we waited for about 1.5 hours which was much better than we expected. Turns out, I was actually 2nd in line, because there was a separate queue for immigrant VISAs.

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The interview was rather anti-climatic, the interviewer looked at the stack of evidences I submitted to USCIS (USCIS then forwarded it to the Singapore US consulate) and was basically like, ‘I don’t need anymore evidences, this is one of the thickest stack I have ever seen. All he wanted was my BC, Passport, Passport photos, I-134s, DS156 and DS156K forms

#KIASU-ism WIN!!!!!

I had another whole ring file which We Kris actually took a whole weekend to compile (I offered to help, but he’s very anal about organization and declined).

I tried offering the file to the officer a 2nd time, but he declined and smiled saying, ‘Its definitely a genuine relationship, I don’t need more evidences, you should get your VISA in a week by our pre-assigned courier.’

***YAYYYYYY***

I was like, ‘This is all? I’ll get my VISA in a week from now? YAYYYYYYYY, Have a nice day!!!!!! I BEAMMMMMMMM-ed very happily at him too!

The 2nd interviewer was nice, so I was pleased. I was not very happy that the interview was conducted in front of a huge room where everyone else was waiting, it meant that everyone could hear HIS questions and MY answers. #privacy-where-huh? But oh well, as long as we got our application approved!!!!

The 1st interviewer on the other hand, was very business like. After the 1st round, Kris asked me, ‘How was it.’

My reply was, ‘He’s like the male version of me.’

Kris: ‘HUH?’

Me: He’s very snippy, I tried asking a question and he was like so short/curt with me!

Kris: (laughing) Well at least you’re aware of that!

Me: -__-

Me: He was annoying la!!!! He looked at the passport photos I submitted and looked backed at the one I submitted last year where I had long hair. So to pre-empt his question, I said, ‘Oh, I cut my hair.’ and he went like, ‘You mean you cut your OWN hair.’

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#sonoying!

Me: Basically, he was short and snippy the entire time la and I had to smile sweetly and bite back all my snide remarks.

Kris: (just continues laughing)

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So that concludes my Interview!

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In any case, the BOTS ARE MEGA PLEASED!

I can go back home in about a week (crosses fingers) and start the other half of my Green Card process and maybe after 6-8months, I can finally get a job and/or study! Wheeeeeeee! Wheeee!

When I go back, I need to start applying for a GRE date and start studying!

Wheeeeeeeeeeee!

Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!