So here’s the beginning….

12 Aug

Before we got married, we did consider a few options on where to live. We considered New Zealand, because it looks like it’s a really beautiful place to live. We considered Australia, because both of us have lived there before and also my sister is there. We considered Singapore too, it’s slightly western and it’s still close to my home. And of course we also considered Jakarta, Indonesia, even though traffic is crazy, the air is heavily polluted, the city still has its charm on me, and not to mention my whole family and life is here. But finally we did agree on Alaska.

I remember when we first met; my husband said that one day he wants to go back there to live, to settle down. He had a wonderful childhood over there, he always telling me all this stories about he and his little brother had so much fun building forts and castles from snow. (it’s funny to call him his little brother, he’s a loadmaster on a C-17!! If that’s not bad-ass I don’t know what is).
I grew up here, in Jakarta.. it’s a city jungle.. I don’t have anything to complain about with my childhood, it’s great! Me and my friends in the neighborhood spent our after-school-time-before-get-yelled-at-for-playing-too-long riding bikes, making all sorts of ‘play food’ with leaves and flowers that we can gather in the garden, and all other mud-dirty things. But as every developing city is, my city has transformed so so much in the past 10 years. The big field that we used to play badminton in has transformed to another housing block. The big empty road that we used to play soccer in now is really busy with heavy traffic. Kids nowadays never go out and play anymore, they stay home playing with their own computers or PS3, since playing outside now is practically impossible. We don’t have parks that we can go to, every green areas have transformed into big shiny malls. Not to mention traffic.. sigh.. according to the transportation bureau, the growth of cars in Jakarta is 200% per year!! The traffic is so bad, the distance between my office and my house is 10 KM, if it’s a ‘no-traffic’ day I get home in an hour. If it’s a ‘bad traffic’ day, I could get home in 2.5 hours! I don’t want to waste my precious time in traffic anymore.
Besides, if the goal is living in Alaska, everywhere we go it’d be just temporary. I don’t really like the idea of moving, so yeah.. we’ll be living in Alaska 🙂

Which….. brings us to another hurdle/speed bump/call it whatever you like : Visa 🙂
We looked up many ways on how to obtain a spouse visa, and we read so many horror stories about it too. There’s a couple who has to live separately for 7 years until the visa got approved, or there’s a couple who simply got denied for whatever reason. Let alone the mounting documents that you have to submit and the supposedly scary interview.
Well…. If you’re looking for drama, this is not the case. I got my visa in under 2 months!! :):)
It really is a blessing :):)
The process had been very very easy and smooth, it’s almost hard to believe to be honest.

We’ve set the date on when we’ll be leaving Indonesia, it’s September 16th. My feelings have been really mixed up. I am excited to live abroad, I am happy to start a new life with the love of my life but at the same time I am sad to leave my family and my life that I’ve known for so long.
I’m sure I’ll be happy, my husband’s family is very supportive, warm and welcoming 🙂

So here I am.. a girl from Indonesia, about to have a journey of my lifetime 🙂
When life gives you snow, drizzle them with syrup and condensed milk on top! 😀


One Response to “So here’s the beginning….”

  1. Jeaner August 13, 2010 at 1:16 am #

    Your life is about to get very exciting! Your story doesn’t sound all that different from mine about 30 years ago when we moved to Alaska. Enjoy every minute of the journey. See you soon!

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