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Aug 19th 2020, 6:45 am
Replies: 45
Views: 7,026
Posted By park99

Re: Pros and cons from your move from US back to UK

OP:
I feel you.
When I say good-bye to my kids in the morning, I had the same worries like you.

Follow your heart. Do what makes you think it's right for your and your family. UK has violent...
Mar 16th 2020, 11:35 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 2,014
Posted By park99

Re: 29yo should I move from Oz to Oxford with dog & BF?

Sorry to hear your are in such a tough situation. It does sound you are confused and torn.

All those negative things you listed about England are somewhat true but I am sure Sydney is no way near...
Forum: USA
Feb 10th 2020, 6:15 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,089
Posted By park99

Re: San Diego Living Advice

Never been to VA, so no comparison, but this one sounds like a no brainer: two incomes, both USC... no requirement for good school areas so your choices of areas are not limited.

Balboa park is...
Forum: USA
Feb 10th 2020, 6:06 am
Replies: 29
Views: 3,287
Posted By park99

Re: Moving to Southern California/Florida

Fellow ex-Oxford resident here, now in SoCal.

SoCal is lovely if you like outdoors lifestyle, but if you are used to the cultural and history feeling of Oxford, SoCal can be dull!

I would be...
Forum: USA
Jan 8th 2020, 7:17 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 1,658
Posted By park99

Re: What to do whilst on spousal non-work visa?

Oh that sounds painful... I would think there are plenty of jobs in SV, but obviously the gap on CV really has an impact. Is your background in tech?
Best of luck, don't give up.
Forum: USA
Jan 7th 2020, 9:29 pm
Replies: 46
Views: 4,705
Posted By park99

Re: UK to Australia and now US?

Is moving back to UK not an option ? The thought of having to extend/change/apply visa in different foreign countries sound complicated and stressful...
But good luck!
Forum: USA
Jan 7th 2020, 7:23 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 1,658
Posted By park99

Re: What to do whilst on spousal non-work visa?

Speaking as a trailing spouse here.

I left my well-paid job to come to California with my husband and kids. I wanted to support hubby's career. I initially thought I would be fine for not being...
Forum: USA
Dec 16th 2019, 5:45 am
Replies: 62
Views: 8,739
Posted By park99

Re: What do you miss/wish you had bought more with you?

I am with you. For example: I don't understand why a bag of bread cost 3 times more here in SoCal than UK and they taste terrible (who put sugar in bread?!)

I miss the freshly made bread and...
Forum: USA
Nov 25th 2019, 6:51 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,217
Posted By park99

Re: It Arrived!

Congratulations !
What visa did you have before getting the GC? We haven't started the GC process but 2 years seem very long, I don't know what to expect. :blink:
Forum: USA
Nov 24th 2019, 6:33 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,510
Posted By park99

Re: Should we bring our electronic goods?

The UK kettles won't work in USA so be prepared for this:
I had trouble buying a electric kettle here after searching several big supermarkets in person .... When I asked the staff in stores, they...
Forum: USA
Nov 16th 2019, 4:53 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,684
Posted By park99

Re: What to pack and Not to

We packed pretty much everything that's still in good shape. I sold/gave away electric appliance that won't work in US.

However, now I know better, I would have packed differently. For a reason I...
Forum: USA
Nov 16th 2019, 4:31 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,267
Posted By park99

Re: Proxy vote

Hope you have sorted it out as the GE is coming soon!

I asked a good friend of mine who lives across the road to be my proxy and I have just got all the registration sorted. The local council told...
Forum: USA
Nov 14th 2019, 6:09 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 2,684
Posted By park99

Re: What to pack and Not to

We have already packed and moved and in California now. Thanks for all the replies :)
Forum: USA
Nov 13th 2019, 10:03 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 864
Posted By park99

Re: Buy a car in CA without credit

On a separate note: Is there any groups in San Diego for the Brits expats? It seems we have some members here live in SD.
I have checked meetup but not much luck.
Forum: USA
Nov 12th 2019, 8:25 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 864
Posted By park99

Buy a car in CA without credit

Does anyone have experiences buying a used car as new expats? We are very new in San Diego and the car dealers seemed lost when we ask about buying the car through finance - in our case, we don't...
Forum: USA
Nov 7th 2019, 4:51 am
Replies: 21
Views: 2,094
Posted By park99

Re: Grocery prices

Yes I noticed that too, I am in southern California. I thought California is the main supply of fresh veg and fruits for USA, so the price must be competitive - I was wrong.
Fresh veg and fruits...
Forum: USA
Oct 4th 2019, 11:20 am
Replies: 20
Views: 2,684
Posted By park99

What to pack and Not to

Currently preparing the move to US. We don't have to worry about the shipping cost/space, so in this case what would you suggest to pack?

Electricity: I have checked all and the only thing that's...
Forum: USA
Aug 24th 2019, 12:14 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,040
Posted By park99

Re: Oak furnitures - buy in UK or San Diego

Thanks a lot for all the kind advice. I guess I will wait then.:thumb:
Forum: USA
Aug 21st 2019, 2:45 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,040
Posted By park99

Oak furnitures - buy in UK or San Diego

Hello all,

I am wondering whether anyone could give advice on oak furnitures UK vs US? We are planning to get new oak furnitures before moving to US, but not sure whether it will cost less in US,...
Forum: USA
Jul 10th 2019, 11:42 am
Replies: 6
Views: 3,050
Posted By park99

building credit history before moving ?

Is it possible to build a credit history for US while still in UK? ie opening a credit card with one of the American banks? If so which one? Citi bank? Bank of America?

If anyone could share their...
Forum: USA
May 21st 2019, 10:50 pm
Replies: 104
Views: 15,383
Posted By park99

Re: Worried and feeling uncertain about moving to US? How did you deal with thes

$25 for 250 miles? Is it a hybrid you drive?!
I drive much less than you and spend about £40/week on my old Golf.
Forum: USA
May 21st 2019, 10:37 pm
Replies: 104
Views: 15,383
Posted By park99

Re: Worried and feeling uncertain about moving to US? How did you deal with thes

So to get an idea, how much do you guys spend on petrol each month in US?
Forum: USA
May 16th 2019, 12:14 am
Replies: 104
Views: 15,383
Posted By park99

Re: Worried and feeling uncertain about moving to US? How did you deal with thes

Thanks! Looks like we will rent for a while for sure.



One of the 'only in US' moment... I assume your friend has more than one cleaners. :lol:
My kids and I play music: drum and piano. It...
Forum: USA
May 16th 2019, 12:01 am
Replies: 104
Views: 15,383
Posted By park99

Re: Worried and feeling uncertain about moving to US? How did you deal with thes

Of course Texas is on the coast now I realise! I have only been to east and west coasts so I forgot Texas is also next to the sea. But is it called south coast? :unsure:
Forum: USA
May 15th 2019, 11:56 pm
Replies: 104
Views: 15,383
Posted By park99

Re: Worried and feeling uncertain about moving to US? How did you deal with thes

That doesn't sound so good...
I have read many discussions on Quora about US. The lack of safety net and universal healthcare come up as most criticised.



Yes that's a refreshing way to look...
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