I’m leaving on a jet plane…

There really is no better way than to just say it as it is.  YES, my family and I will be relocating to The States.  And YES, the reason for my lack of blog presence these past few weeks is because we have been busy preparing for our trip.  Hubbs and I will be relocating to complete our short-term work assignment and of course, Ethan will be following us too.

In fact, we just got back from Kuala Lumpur a few days ago after attending the US Visa interview at the US Embassy, and will be leaving next week itself for California.  In fact, in an Amazing Race kinda style, we almost didn’t make it for our scheduled Visa interview, because we kinda lost our bearings that fateful morning.  But we made it to the embassy eventually, waited and waited for our turns (me with those butterflies in my tummy), and finally it was all over.

Well, I couldn’t contact most people I knew in KL too because it was a pretty hectic trip and to top it off, both my hubby’s and my cellphones’ batteries went dead on us.  And silly us, we neglected to bring our chargers along.

In spite of that, I am proud to say that we did cover a lot of ground this trip, literally, while in the Klang Valley.  Since it will be several months before we see the traffic-jammed roads in KL, we drove around visiting our siblings during this trip.  From Crowne Plaza Mutiara KL, we drove to Bangsar to visit hubb’s brother’s family. Then the next night, we drove from Damansara to Seri Kembangan to visit my brother and his family, taking a total of TWO hours to get there, and getting lost along the way as well, but nevertheless never giving up.

And may I just say that I am SHOCKED that there are so many cars on the roads in the Klang Valley at any given time of day.  At 3pm, we were stuck in a traffic jam along Jalan Ampang.  And even at 9:30ish pm, when most Penangites would be at home relaxing with a cuppa, and reading the papers, cars were thronging Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Kuching and Lebuhraya Mahameru like ants!

Anyway, we are back home in Penang now, doing the last bit of packing and stressing before we head off for The States.  As we tick off the list of things-to-do before we say goodbye, we feel the stress and burdens slowly lifting off our shoulders.  The past few weeks have proven to be a rollercoaster of ups and downs for us: finalizing the location of our apartment in the US, filing and getting ready the petition for our L1 Visa, wondering whether the petition packet from US will arrive on time, gearing up for the all-important interview, getting the shipment ready, making sure all bills have been accounted for, cancelling whatever needs to be cancelled and in the past few nights, sleeping at odd hours in the night and becoming walking zombies in the day.

…but we are taking it one day at a time…we don’t know what to expect, what the future holds for us, but I am certain this will be one opportunity of our lives we will never ever forget….

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30 Responses to I’m leaving on a jet plane…

  1. jemima says:

    HE knows what is best for you & your loved ones, my friend.

    Take care & stay in touch… ‘coz no distance is ever a problem when it comes to friendship.


    The Giddy Tigress says: That is so sweet! Thanks! *hugs*

  2. jazzmint says:

    wah…all the best

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks dear!

  3. Blur Mommy says:

    Great timing! Lots of summer clearance sale at the outlet malls now!! Hehe…. Which part of CA will u be going?

    The Giddy Tigress says: I’ll be in San Jose, CA.

  4. PB says:

    This is an awesome opportunity for you and we’ll miss you of course but why should we when you will be updating us on your life in the US of A? 🙂 All the best and stay safe! *hugs*

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks PB! Updates comin’ up soon!

  5. rinnah says:

    You’re leaving by next week? That’s so fast… don’t forget to email or blog when you’re safely there!

    The Giddy Tigress says: I will, don’t worry!

  6. Tine says:

    Oh my, what great opportunities! Here’s wishing you all the best 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks Tine!

  7. Bart says:

    Keep in touch through your blogs, yah? All the best!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks, I will!

  8. narrowband says:

    Wow. All the best, and have a safe and pleasant flight! Look forward to your entries from the States!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks!

  9. mistipurple says:

    What a surprise! All the best, Giddy Tigress, and Mr Tiger and Little Tiger, lol!
    When you’re settled and all, get your tigress butt back in here, k?

    The Giddy Tigress says: I will, I promise!

  10. sasha says:

    wow this is really a surprise. But anyway , here or there, we’ll still see u around. Just take good care of yrself k? 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks, I will!

  11. Leah says:

    Wow, that’s a quick trip you have to take.
    I don’t know how you did it in two week! It took me months to tidy up everything before relocating to the States two days ago.:-)

    The Giddy Tigress says: Well, we were all in a blur too, but we tried our best to do everything as much as we could!

  12. Susan says:

    Hey, best wishes to you Gal.

    I’ll be sure to lepak around here for more of ur State updates

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks!

  13. Ryan's mami says:

    Wahhh, so nice!!

    Have a safe journey!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thank you!

  14. Paik Ling says:

    You’ll be missed!!! All the best and may God bless you all when you’re in CA 🙂 How long is the “short” term assignment? You take care yah……with you being preggers and all. Make sure you walk the aisle lots when in that long haul journey. *MUAKS*

    The Giddy Tigress says: We’ll be away for about 10 months. You take care too, and pls do keep in touch!

  15. KittyCat says:

    Hey, all the best! And have a safe flight there 🙂 Will definitely wanna read all about your relocation and how Ethan is enjoying the sun, surf and the babes LOL

    God Bless!

    The Giddy Tigress says: He’ll be a surfer dude, that’s for sure!

  16. Audrey says:

    Time sure flies doesn’t it? Before one can say Americoyce, you’re already set to leave… sigh. So have a great grand time growing baby No. 2 there, and raising Ethan too 🙂 ALL THE BEST dearie!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks dear…will catch up with you online! You take care too!

  17. Bosscat says:

    you are leaving. we are yet to meet. LOL

    ALL THE BEST! and take care!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks!

  18. Adino says:

    This is exciting news. Wish you and your family all the best, a safe trip and a wonderful time of discovery! I hope you will still update this blog.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks! I will definitely try my best to update my blogs as much as possible!

  19. wen says:

    boo hoo, boo hoo…. wish u all the best and keep us updated!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Aiyo, don’t cry laaaa… I’ll be back…

  20. lilian says:

    Wuah….great news! If I don’t catch you in church, Godspeed and God bless!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks! See ya around!

  21. ablogaway says:

    Bon voyage, dear. Have a safe journey and do keep in touch, ya. Saw you in church yday, but too bad didn’t manage to catch up with you. Hope to read more of your new life there. Take care.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, hope life’s treating you well too. Take care!

  22. Pink Cotton says:

    wow…how lovely!

    wish you all the best and don 4get to update us on your new life in US 😉

    God bless!

    The Giddy Tigress says: I will, thanks!

  23. Wuching says:

    congratulations! have a good life

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thank you!

  24. JJ says:

    I’ve not been following up your blog for a long long time. Lo and behold, you’re coming to the states! Do come and visit us…. wherever you might be.

    The Giddy Tigress says: You’ve been in the States for quite a while too, haven’t you? Hope life’s treating you superbly well!

  25. mistipurple says:

    How is the Giddy Tigress’ family settling?
    Hope all is fine. Thinking of you often.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Aww…that is so sweet. We are fine here. How have you been?

  26. Chen says:

    Take care Giddy Tigress and all the best in to your future undertakings in USA
    Hope everything is going on well 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks Chen! Hope everything’s good on your end too!

  27. LB says:

    Oh wow!! But we haven’t had a chance to share a plate of Canning Garden Chee Cheong Fun! How can? 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Oh, we’ll have that chance later…hope you’ve been doing fine!

  28. Hijackqueen says:

    This is truly a surprise. How ‘short’ will your assignment be? Hope to catch you on the www again. lol

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yep, I love surprises 🙂 and surprising people! We’ll be here for like 10 months. Catch up with you soon, yeah?

  29. huisia says:

    Wooo…that’s a great chance! All the best to you! Then how about your No.2? Where to deliver the baby??

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks. Baby no. 2 will be delivered in the States 🙂

  30. zewt says:

    oh mine… to greener pastures i am sure…

    sigh… reading this is making me reconsidering my options again. got my aust visa but am not sure if i wanna move in the current economic turmoil. God help me…

    anyway, i wish you all the best!

    The Giddy Tigress says: Thanks Zewt! Well, I know you’re gonna make the right decision! God will give you the answer. Take care!

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