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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: 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 Paradox re. attractiveness of Chinese women to white men
Smaug 2014-5-3 05:17
Based on some posts I've read here over the last year, it seems like white guys usually find Asian women attractive. Through this site, I met a few nice Chinese ladies, whom I consider friends. Some are "left-over" and some are divorced, and therefore, it is hard for them to find a good guy in China. They asked me to help them find a nice foreigner guy to marry. I know a few fellow white American guys who are single, or divorced, and about the right age. I approached them letting them kno ...
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Share Things are moving forward, with our relationship
Smaug 2014-4-6 20:11
Ivy and Anthony (that is the western name he chose) will be moving in with me for good on May 9th. Last week, she officially resigned from her job in China, effective April 30th. She is anxious about her one condo, which is still for sale. She was REALLY hoping to get it sold before she moved here, but we decided not to wait for that, as it could take months and months. She's not so anxious about the other (where she lives now) which she will rent for a while. It is hard to leave one's li ...
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Share My Chinese New Year - 2014
Smaug 2014-3-18 19:37
This year was my first time to travel to and within China during Chinese New Year. After losing one day in Beijing, due to the connecting flight being canceled by Hainan Airlines, we only had one day together in Guangzhou before getting on a train and heading back up to XiangYang, Hubei. Edited to remove non-working links to photos hosted elsewhere. I've uploaded them to my blog. When approved, you can see them there. Thanks for looking! This trip's purpose, aside from re-connec ...
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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 Relationship Update
Smaug 2014-1-24 12:14
A few of you have wished me luck, and one asked for an update on our relationship, so here it is: Things are going well, overall, though we have had a couple of big fights. Sometimes, we get chatting or emailing, and there is a misunderstanding. Then, we get upset and end up fighting for a couple of days. Once a month, about "that time" she is easily filled with despair. If we fight about something, then she starts to look for the root cause and questions whether I love her. Makes e ...
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Share Going to China for Chinese New Year
Smaug 2014-1-24 11:55
Sunday, weather-permitting, I'm leaving for Guangzhou to see my lovergirl. We'll stay there a couple days, then hop on the train to Xiangyang, Hubei.That will be a harrowing experience for a westerner, everyone tells me. Maybe not though, since I've heard it so many times now? Anyone here from that city? If so, I would like to meet you. I'm a friendly guy, always looking to meet new friends. However, last time I went to China and wanted to try to meet up with a Chinese friend on t ...
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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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