A bunch of fishing over two days

Hanoi has some lovely spots if you with the right guide. Hanh owns a fishing shop in hanoi and knows the places to go….

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Leakhana gets her aussie visa

Over two years and over ten grand later but it’s done. The missus can now live work and pay tax in Australia.

CAN I GET A HELL YEAH.

This came as an incredible shock as I had just submitted some final documents via email only hours…..yes…HOURS earlier.  I was promised by the Australian Consul in HCMC that these would indeed be the final docs and was relieved to get them away. From there i was expecting a few more weeks / months to make it to face to face interviews for both of us. So can you imagine my surprise when my phone started chiming with multiple emails from the Consul in HCMC.

I open Email 1 ; “You need to supply us with Biometric information to complete your 309 Temp Visa application. Please go to an office in Hanoi etc etc etc ”   I think oh bloody hell we did all this beginning of the process why dont they have this.

I open Email 2 and attached is a letter stating that Leakhana has been GRANTED the 309 Visa . I read, read it again, read it once more and then the reality sinks in. WE HAVE FUCKING DONE IT !! I let out a whoot and show Leakhana and we jump around. It says the visa is valid until the assessment for her 100 Visa ( permanent  ) is completed. Having spoken to other friends who have done this….the permanent part can take up to another 2 years.

I then open Email 3 and attached is a letter stating that Leakhana has been GRANTED the 100 Visa !!!!!!!!!!!! . I read, read it again, read it once more and then the REAL reality sinks in. WE HAVE REALLY REALLY FUCKING DONE IT !! I let out a whoot and show Leakhana and we jump around again. So basically……we got processed straight through to a permanent visa without any interviews for the 309 or subsequent lengthy wait for the 100. Just unreal. I will never forget that feeling of pure elation.

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Smart little bean

Lasy night i was having a beer and chatting to the kids. During the conversation i used  “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and I asked them both of they knew what that meant.

Grace without skipping a beat says ” oh yes..that is an idiom!”

Bloody hell I just about fell off my chair

“can you tell me what an idiom is ???”

Grace ; ” its when the words do not mean what they say”

I did fall off my chair.

I cannot imagine any of the UNIS 9 year olds ( or older ) running around here in the compound know what an idiom is so I am very proud of her and it also shows the home schooling is working!

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Maichau second visit

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