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Share Update: 2015-04-14
Smaug 2015-4-14 23:39
Things are going OK. Ivy is sad at home, but she is getting more action. She has interviewed with my company. (which is also her former company) They are quite slow to finish interviews and decide, so she has applied with my company's competitors as well, and we're hopeful she'll have something within a month or two. She's got her driver's license now, and has a lot more freedom. She goes grocery shopping on her own now, and can help do some of the driving for the family. On the sad side ...
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Share Chinese wife is depressed in America. What should I do?
Smaug 2014-9-29 08:19
Now, Ivy has been here, married to me for four months. Life is going OK so far, the only problem is that she is not working yet, and cannot drive yet. She's so depressed, staying at home all the time, and if I don't spend every waking moment with her outside of work, then she gets really really sad. Just now, at dinner, I asked why she is so sad, and she said: "Because I don't know why I'm alive." She said before that she "feels like an additional person." that she's "not nece ...
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Share They're Finally Here!
Smaug 2014-5-20 06:48
You can read my earlier blogs for the history: http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/home.php?mod=spaceuid=1043537do=blogid=9564cid=38846goto=new#comment_38846_li A week and a half ago, my fiance from Guangzhou and her son finally moved in with me, after we got our fiance visa and had a long-distance relationship for almost 2 years. Everything is going really well now: her son had his first day in American school today. We got our marriage license Saturday and will marry this Thursd ...
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Share I've never been to a KTV. What did I miss?
Smaug 2014-2-18 04:30
I just got back from my 4th trip to Guangzhou, and do you know, I've never been to a KTV? I see a lot of negative comments about those places here. They are just karaoke bars, right? Sounds like it might be a good time. I'm unlikely to return to China for several years, so please tell me what I missed.
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Share My fiancé got her K-1 and K-2 visas ("Fiancé Visa")
Smaug 2013-12-30 22:37
Now, she just needs to sell her condo and piano, and resign from her job, then she will move in. We think it will be around March. It cannot come soon enough. When the schools open again, I need to find out how we can get her son started in school here, especially ESL. (English as a Second Language) He's been taking extra English for a long while, so it is pretty good for his age, but Ivy doesn't want him to miss much school at all, or to fall behind.
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Share Sometimes, it is not good to be a white guy...
Smaug 2013-8-19 00:13
Two years ago, my wife at the time, who was a resident doctor at that time, noticed a spot on the top of my ear, and told me: "That doesn't look good. You need to schedule an appointment to have it looked at." So, during the divorce, I did. But dermatologists here have a very long waiting period; 6 months to get an appointment. I had my appointment two Fridays ago. She said it looks like it is pre-cancerous. So she took a chunk of it for biopsy, and burned off most of the rest o ...
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Share My fiance and her son visited me in Chicago
Smaug 2013-8-12 13:25
They just went home to Guangzhou a week ago. I miss them already. We all had a great time. You can see some evidence of this in my recently uploaded Blog pictures. While she was here, we visited the immigration attorney and started that process. We are still finishing the little bits before she will file this for us. If the government approves, my fiance will get a Fiance Visa, and on her next visit, we will marry within 90 days. Then, she will get a temporary "green card." (permanent residen ...
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Share Traveling in Guangzhou right now...
Smaug 2013-6-10 15:00
...visiting my fiancee. I would like to offer to meetsome of the members here who may be in Guangzhou, but I think my fiancee would be very jealous of the time, as I'm only here for a week. Any members going to see any Dragon Boat stuff in or around the city this week? Woo, it is sure hot humid here, compared to Chicago at this same time. Like a jungle!
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Share Downsizing, simplifying my life
Smaug 2013-5-3 00:31
I'm moving out of my condo now, into a small apartment. I have had many hobbies in the past: woodworking, motorcycling, chess, radio-controlled trucks, planes, and helicopters; photography, (including developing my own film and printing my own wet prints) and collecting watches. So, I have a lot of accessories to these hobbies. For example, in my garage, I have a workbench, which I built, a table saw, a Shopsmith, and many hand-held power tools. Now ...
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Share I (American) fell in love with a Chinese woman
Smaug 2013-5-2 11:54
Here is my introductory post to this forum . I found ChinaDaily forums in a moment of desperation. I didn't want to lose her due to some cultural (?) misunderstanding. Here is a brief synopsis: - We met by accident through work, in August 2012. We work at a global company. Chatted, and became interested in each other after three chats. - Learned more about each other; could not stop thinking about each other. I was married at the time. - My marriage was not going wel ...
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