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Arrival in a new country is an exciting, scary, frustrating, confusing and lonely thing. Although initially we are awed, amazed, amused and astonished by the new sights, different culture, different architecture, differing business practices, we soon realize that we dont easily fit in. When we come into a different country carrying the baggage of our own cultural background, we find ourselves limited by our own experience. WE dont have the freedom of transportation or communication, the language may be difficult for us, even if we understand some of the basics, collocialisms and local idioms confuse us. We are prohibited by law from finding employment so we feel non-productive, useless, lazy or dumb. We start to lose the initial glamor we saw in our first weeks and become bored and lonely for a more familiar life. We think our life will be better if only we can return to the familiar things of HOME. Every Filipino goes through this but, what I am describing is MY FIRST YEAR living in the Philippines! Hmmmmmm :whistle: , you see it goes both ways. So what can you do?

1. Learn to DRIVE

2. Do some Volunteer work so u get used to the local culture and language

3. Apply for an EAD with your AOS so you can work and feel productive

4. Find local support groups

5. Familiarize with the local surroundings

6. Learn to cook and bake

7. If interested go to school to enhance your knowledge and skills

8. Because America is loaded with fast-food and lots of preservative, join an aerobics class to keep that petite figure u used to have

9. Dont forget to keep in touch with family and friends via internet, mail and phone but dont limit yourself to the past.

10. For animal lovers, get a pet, a dog or a cat, etc and teach them tricks.

The important thing is to keep moving forward, learning, challenging yourself, trying new things. Living in the past, even if that was a comfortable place limits your life. The advantage you have in the U.S is that you have the opportunities not always available elsewhere. Take advantage of them.

There is no place like the Philippines, but remember, you made a choice to live in the U.S., make the best of it and then enjoy those visits to the Philippines when you get the chance.

God Bless and Happy Holidays to all!!!!

The Badger! :star:


01/22/08 hired an immigration lawyer

02/28/08 I 129F sent it to the lawyer

03/03/08 I-129F Received at CSC

03/04/08 NOA1

03/05/08 Touched

07/14/08 NOA2

07/24/08 Called NVC and got our MNL case number

07/25/08 NOA2 Hard copy received

07/29/08 USEM Rcvd hard file

07/30/08 Paid document verification

08/01/08 Called USEM for interview appointment! (Thank you lord)

08/19/08 Medical Examination

08/20/08 Medical Examination (PASSED)

08/26/08 Interview (PINK Slip only)

10/08/08 Visa Printing! Yehheeyy! (after 48years of waiting)

10/09/08 Visa Printing Done and is ready for release

10/10/08 Visa delivered yippeee!

10/31/08 FLY DAY!!!! POE LAS, NV[/color] PLS BLESS OUR TRIP OH LORD!

11/03/08 Got married in Las Vegas

11/15/08 filed SSN

11/29/08 SSN Card Rcvd

AOS JOURNEY

12/10/08 send AOS & EAD Packet to Chicago Lockbox

12/18/08 Cashed check

12/26/08 Rcvd NOA

01/07/09 Biometrics Appointment/Done

01/12/09 Rcvd mail TRANSFER NOTICE TO CSC (AOS)

03/10/2009 Rcvd EAD

04/20/2009 GREEN CARD RCVD!!! No interview at all!

04/21/2009 Got Driver Learners Permit

The Will of God never takes you to

where the Grace of God will not protect you.

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nice post honeybadger..

sure it will be a big help to other pinays who are still in the corner sulking.. ( no offense meant) just got a lot of things to be thankful for..:D


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It seems that you are coping well there in KS :thumbs: .Happy Holidays!!! :star:


K1 Timeline

02/26/2007 - Filed I-129F

03/08/2007 - NOA1

06/05/2007 - NOA2

09/10/2007 - Interview

09/13/2007 - Visa Received

12/14/2007 - Flight to USA, POE-LAX

02/22/2008 - Wedding Date

AOS

05/29/2008 - I-485 received at Chicago Lockbox

06/19/2008 - Biometrics

08/25/2008 - Card production ordered

08/30/2008 - Green Card received

ROC

07/15/2010 - Mailed I-751 to CSC

07/19/2010 - NOA1

07/21/2010 - Check cleared

08/11/2010 - Biometrics

08/24/2010 - Card production ordered

08/27/2010 - Approval notice received

08/30/2010 - Green card received

N400 - Naturalization

08/08/2011 - Mailed N400 to Phoenix, AZ lockbox

08/12/2011 - NOA

08/15/2011 - Check cashed

09/07/2011 - Biometrics

09/09/2011 - Case status update - In line for testing & interview

09/13/2011 - Case status update - Interview scheduled

09/16/2011 - Interview appointment letter received from the mail

10/31/2011 - Test/Interview - Passed

12/07/2011 - In line for Oath Ceremony Scheduling

01/27/2012 - Oath Ceremony

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I wonder why this thread got moved from the '...your new life in America' section? the byline in that section says:

Post your experiences after arriving in America. How has your life changed? Share things like if you got work authorization; is it what you thought it would be; are you happy, etc.

so it seems the OP more than fulfilled that... could the mover please explain his/her decision?


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The Very Secret Diary of Legolas Son of Weenus - by Cassandra Claire

Day One: Went to Council of Elrond. Was prettiest person there. Agreed to follow some tiny little man to Mordor to throw ring into volcano. Very important mission - gold ring so tacky.

Day Six: Far too dark in Mines of Moria to brush hair properly. Am very afraid I am developing a tangle.

Orcs so silly.

Still the prettiest.

Day 35: Boromir dead. Very messy death, most unnecessary. Did get kissed by Aragorn as he expired. Does a guy have to get shot full of arrows around here to get any action? Boromir definitely not prettier than me. Cannot understand it. Am feeling a pout coming on.

Frodo off to Mordor with Sam. Tiny little men caring about each other, rather cute really.

Am quite sure Gimli fancies me. So unfair. He is waist height, so can see advantages there, but chunky braids and big helmet most off-putting. Foresee dark times ahead, very dark times.

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It is only natural to become homesick. This happens on a smaller scale when/if you move out of your parent's house or to another city. Finding ways to keep yourself busy is always an excellant idea.


Naturalization

3/23/14 - N400 package sent to Phoenix

3/27/14 - N400 package delivered

4/3/14 - NOA1 receipt date

4/4/14 - check cashed

04/29/14 - biometrics date

07/01/14 - interview date

xx/xx/xx - Oath Ceremony

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Great post!

My wifey is learning how to drive as we speak. LOL. She knew how to drive in Manila, yet not having it easy driving in Los Angeles.

We already finished our Interview for the Greencard and will be receiving it shortly.

We're trying to learn how to cook, bake, etc.

:P


ROC Filing date : 10-20-2010

NOA date for I-751 : 10-21-2010

I-751 Biometrics Appt Date: 12-01-2010

I-751 Approval : 02-08-2011

Green Card Received Date : 02-15-2011

AOS Filing date : 06-12-2008

NOA date for I-485 : 06-19-2008

I-485 Biometrics Appt Date : 07-17-2008

Interview Date : 12-05-2008

Approval Date : 12-05-2008

Green Card Received Date : 12-17-2008

EAD Filed Date : 06-12-2008

EAD NOA Date : 06-29-2008

EAD Biometrics Appointment Date : 07-17-2008

EAD Approved Date : 08-18-2008

EAD Card Received : 08-29-2008

AP Filed Date : 07-31-2008

AP NOA Date : 08-04-2008

AP Approved Date : 09-16-2008

AP Date Received : 09-22-2008

K1 I-129F Sent : 08-22-2007

I-129F NOA1 : 10-03-2007

Touch (RFE Trick) : 02-01-2008

I-129F NOA2 : 02-01-2008

Touch : 02-03-2008

NVC Received : 02-11-2008

NVC Left : 02-19-2008

Consulate Received : 02-25-2008

Interview Date : 04-22-2008

Visa Received : 04-26-2008

US Entry : 05-02-2008

Marriage : 05-16-2008

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Arrival in a new country is an exciting, scary, frustrating, confusing and lonely thing. Although initially we are awed, amazed, amused and astonished by the new sights, different culture, different architecture, differing business practices, we soon realize that we dont easily fit in. When we come into a different country carrying the baggage of our own cultural background, we find ourselves limited by our own experience. WE dont have the freedom of transportation or communication, the language may be difficult for us, even if we understand some of the basics, collocialisms and local idioms confuse us. We are prohibited by law from finding employment so we feel non-productive, useless, lazy or dumb. We start to lose the initial glamor we saw in our first weeks and become bored and lonely for a more familiar life. We think our life will be better if only we can return to the familiar things of HOME. Every Filipino goes through this but, what I am describing is MY FIRST YEAR living in the Philippines! Hmmmmmm :whistle: , you see it goes both ways. So what can you do?

1. Learn to DRIVE

2. Do some Volunteer work so u get used to the local culture and language

3. Apply for an EAD with your AOS so you can work and feel productive

4. Find local support groups

5. Familiarize with the local surroundings

6. Learn to cook and bake

7. If interested go to school to enhance your knowledge and skills

8. Because America is loaded with fast-food and lots of preservative, join an aerobics class to keep that petite figure u used to have

9. Dont forget to keep in touch with family and friends via internet, mail and phone but dont limit yourself to the past.

10. For animal lovers, get a pet, a dog or a cat, etc and teach them tricks.

The important thing is to keep moving forward, learning, challenging yourself, trying new things. Living in the past, even if that was a comfortable place limits your life. The advantage you have in the U.S is that you have the opportunities not always available elsewhere. Take advantage of them.

There is no place like the Philippines, but remember, you made a choice to live in the U.S., make the best of it and then enjoy those visits to the Philippines when you get the chance.

God Bless and Happy Holidays to all!!!!

The Badger! :star:

Amen to that honeybadger...i surely trying to get my self into the American way of life..so far so good...Happy Holidays everyone!


LOVE IS PATIENT, LOVE IS KIND. IT DOES NOT ENVY, IT DOES NOT NOT BOAST, IT IS NOT PROUD. IT IS NOT RUDE, IT IS NOT SELF-SEEKING, IT IS NOT EASILY ANGERED, IT KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS. LOVE DOES NOT DELIGHT IN EVIL BUT REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH. IT ALWAYS PROTECTS, ALWAYS TRUST, ALWAYS HOPES, ALWAYS PERSEVERSE. LOVE NEVER FAILS.

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nice post honeybadger..

sure it will be a big help to other pinays who are still in the corner sulking.. ( no offense meant) just got a lot of things to be thankful for..:D

Thanks mrsartis! :star: I hope it sure does help!

Happy Holidays! :dance:


01/22/08 hired an immigration lawyer

02/28/08 I 129F sent it to the lawyer

03/03/08 I-129F Received at CSC

03/04/08 NOA1

03/05/08 Touched

07/14/08 NOA2

07/24/08 Called NVC and got our MNL case number

07/25/08 NOA2 Hard copy received

07/29/08 USEM Rcvd hard file

07/30/08 Paid document verification

08/01/08 Called USEM for interview appointment! (Thank you lord)

08/19/08 Medical Examination

08/20/08 Medical Examination (PASSED)

08/26/08 Interview (PINK Slip only)

10/08/08 Visa Printing! Yehheeyy! (after 48years of waiting)

10/09/08 Visa Printing Done and is ready for release

10/10/08 Visa delivered yippeee!

10/31/08 FLY DAY!!!! POE LAS, NV[/color] PLS BLESS OUR TRIP OH LORD!

11/03/08 Got married in Las Vegas

11/15/08 filed SSN

11/29/08 SSN Card Rcvd

AOS JOURNEY

12/10/08 send AOS & EAD Packet to Chicago Lockbox

12/18/08 Cashed check

12/26/08 Rcvd NOA

01/07/09 Biometrics Appointment/Done

01/12/09 Rcvd mail TRANSFER NOTICE TO CSC (AOS)

03/10/2009 Rcvd EAD

04/20/2009 GREEN CARD RCVD!!! No interview at all!

04/21/2009 Got Driver Learners Permit

The Will of God never takes you to

where the Grace of God will not protect you.

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It seems that you are coping well there in KS :thumbs: .Happy Holidays!!! :star:

Hi MP!

how are you? I bet you are having a GREAT Time with your family in PI! How's mom?

YES, I am doing good! thanks again and Happu Holidays! :star:

I wonder why this thread got moved from the '...your new life in America' section? the byline in that section says:

Post your experiences after arriving in America. How has your life changed? Share things like if you got work authorization; is it what you thought it would be; are you happy, etc.

so it seems the OP more than fulfilled that... could the mover please explain his/her decision?

YEP, I agree with you! :star: Happy Holidays!!! :star:


01/22/08 hired an immigration lawyer

02/28/08 I 129F sent it to the lawyer

03/03/08 I-129F Received at CSC

03/04/08 NOA1

03/05/08 Touched

07/14/08 NOA2

07/24/08 Called NVC and got our MNL case number

07/25/08 NOA2 Hard copy received

07/29/08 USEM Rcvd hard file

07/30/08 Paid document verification

08/01/08 Called USEM for interview appointment! (Thank you lord)

08/19/08 Medical Examination

08/20/08 Medical Examination (PASSED)

08/26/08 Interview (PINK Slip only)

10/08/08 Visa Printing! Yehheeyy! (after 48years of waiting)

10/09/08 Visa Printing Done and is ready for release

10/10/08 Visa delivered yippeee!

10/31/08 FLY DAY!!!! POE LAS, NV[/color] PLS BLESS OUR TRIP OH LORD!

11/03/08 Got married in Las Vegas

11/15/08 filed SSN

11/29/08 SSN Card Rcvd

AOS JOURNEY

12/10/08 send AOS & EAD Packet to Chicago Lockbox

12/18/08 Cashed check

12/26/08 Rcvd NOA

01/07/09 Biometrics Appointment/Done

01/12/09 Rcvd mail TRANSFER NOTICE TO CSC (AOS)

03/10/2009 Rcvd EAD

04/20/2009 GREEN CARD RCVD!!! No interview at all!

04/21/2009 Got Driver Learners Permit

The Will of God never takes you to

where the Grace of God will not protect you.

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It is only natural to become homesick. This happens on a smaller scale when/if you move out of your parent's house or to another city. Finding ways to keep yourself busy is always an excellant idea.

:thumbs::thumbs:


01/22/08 hired an immigration lawyer

02/28/08 I 129F sent it to the lawyer

03/03/08 I-129F Received at CSC

03/04/08 NOA1

03/05/08 Touched

07/14/08 NOA2

07/24/08 Called NVC and got our MNL case number

07/25/08 NOA2 Hard copy received

07/29/08 USEM Rcvd hard file

07/30/08 Paid document verification

08/01/08 Called USEM for interview appointment! (Thank you lord)

08/19/08 Medical Examination

08/20/08 Medical Examination (PASSED)

08/26/08 Interview (PINK Slip only)

10/08/08 Visa Printing! Yehheeyy! (after 48years of waiting)

10/09/08 Visa Printing Done and is ready for release

10/10/08 Visa delivered yippeee!

10/31/08 FLY DAY!!!! POE LAS, NV[/color] PLS BLESS OUR TRIP OH LORD!

11/03/08 Got married in Las Vegas

11/15/08 filed SSN

11/29/08 SSN Card Rcvd

AOS JOURNEY

12/10/08 send AOS & EAD Packet to Chicago Lockbox

12/18/08 Cashed check

12/26/08 Rcvd NOA

01/07/09 Biometrics Appointment/Done

01/12/09 Rcvd mail TRANSFER NOTICE TO CSC (AOS)

03/10/2009 Rcvd EAD

04/20/2009 GREEN CARD RCVD!!! No interview at all!

04/21/2009 Got Driver Learners Permit

The Will of God never takes you to

where the Grace of God will not protect you.

v1g6b64wviy.png

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It seems that you are coping well there in KS :thumbs: .Happy Holidays!!! :star:

Hi MP!

how are you? I bet you are having a GREAT Time with your family in PI! How's mom?

YES, I am doing good! thanks again and Happu Holidays! :star:

We're doing good here and my Mom is getting better. Enjoying too the simbang gabi with libreng pandesal and salabat :) . It's windy and cold esp. in the morning but it's nothing compared to the cold temperature there in KS :). I'll give you a call when I get back. Maligayang Pasko!!! :star:


K1 Timeline

02/26/2007 - Filed I-129F

03/08/2007 - NOA1

06/05/2007 - NOA2

09/10/2007 - Interview

09/13/2007 - Visa Received

12/14/2007 - Flight to USA, POE-LAX

02/22/2008 - Wedding Date

AOS

05/29/2008 - I-485 received at Chicago Lockbox

06/19/2008 - Biometrics

08/25/2008 - Card production ordered

08/30/2008 - Green Card received

ROC

07/15/2010 - Mailed I-751 to CSC

07/19/2010 - NOA1

07/21/2010 - Check cleared

08/11/2010 - Biometrics

08/24/2010 - Card production ordered

08/27/2010 - Approval notice received

08/30/2010 - Green card received

N400 - Naturalization

08/08/2011 - Mailed N400 to Phoenix, AZ lockbox

08/12/2011 - NOA

08/15/2011 - Check cashed

09/07/2011 - Biometrics

09/09/2011 - Case status update - In line for testing & interview

09/13/2011 - Case status update - Interview scheduled

09/16/2011 - Interview appointment letter received from the mail

10/31/2011 - Test/Interview - Passed

12/07/2011 - In line for Oath Ceremony Scheduling

01/27/2012 - Oath Ceremony

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It is only natural to become homesick. This happens on a smaller scale when/if you move out of your parent's house or to another city. Finding ways to keep yourself busy is always an excellant idea.

:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:


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I miss the Philippines too :( ..... only thing is I am a US citizen :D

Such a beautiful country and the love of my life is still there ... so I miss it every single day :)


Met: November 05, 2008

Met in Cebu first time: March 27, 2009

Engaged: March 29, 2009

Filed K1 Fiance Visa : April 15, 2009

Fly to the US Finally: October 10, 2009

Married : November 07, 2009

Pregnant YAY : Baby due July 03, 2010 :)

File AOS/EAD/Travel: February 26, 2010

EAD/Travel approved: April 26, 2010

Our Baby Boy Born: June 24, 2010

AOS approved YAY! Green Card Received October 4, 2010

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it's like magic :D

who are you, masked organizer? :P


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The Very Secret Diary of Legolas Son of Weenus - by Cassandra Claire

Day One: Went to Council of Elrond. Was prettiest person there. Agreed to follow some tiny little man to Mordor to throw ring into volcano. Very important mission - gold ring so tacky.

Day Six: Far too dark in Mines of Moria to brush hair properly. Am very afraid I am developing a tangle.

Orcs so silly.

Still the prettiest.

Day 35: Boromir dead. Very messy death, most unnecessary. Did get kissed by Aragorn as he expired. Does a guy have to get shot full of arrows around here to get any action? Boromir definitely not prettier than me. Cannot understand it. Am feeling a pout coming on.

Frodo off to Mordor with Sam. Tiny little men caring about each other, rather cute really.

Am quite sure Gimli fancies me. So unfair. He is waist height, so can see advantages there, but chunky braids and big helmet most off-putting. Foresee dark times ahead, very dark times.

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