From the other side of the world

17 May

The last few weeks since my last post brought with them a whirlwind of activity for our little family.In this time, we have executed a logistical nightmare of a move out and also successfully put ourselves on a plane across the world and we are now in Malaysia! A trip that was over complicated more than it should have ever been due to insane visa issues. So us just even being here was highly unlikely about 2 weeks ago. Anyway, we are here now for the next one month– I had a timely work trip come up and the husbadoo was free this month to take off and come with me and bring Bandar in tow of course !  So we are on our much desired little Asian adventure – if you call staying in an extremely nice hotel and eating lavish buffets an adventure, that is.

When my manger gave me a call a few weeks ago to ask me if I was interested in this opportunity to work out of Malaysia, we were neck deep in uncertainty about our future location as a whole and had a whole lot of chaos in our lives in general. But that did not stop me from almost jumping out of my seat with a yes! You see, working and living in Asia is something the husbadoo and I had spoken about time and time again and this was like being handed this dream on a platter. I would have thought twice maybe if this meant leaving the hubs and bubs behind for a month, but as the possibility of them coming with me because of the sheer timing was strong, we were really excited about it. The whole thing required some major planning though. We had given notice in our NYC apartment for the end of May, which we had to move up to the first week of May to start with. We had to reschedule the movers to take our stuff to storage and vacate the apartment. I wanted to cook till the very last day as the FIL was still visiting us till the day of the move. We were still confused (and still kind of are) about where we will live once we return the US in June.But somehow everything materialized in some weird way.

The days leading upto the move were crazy hectic. Apart from all the random packing ( I need a shopping ban for three years , no kidding with the junk we have) , we had the farewells – the husbadoo’s and Bandar’s. Bandar’s was especially emotional with her school teachers breaking down and then me shedding a few tears and silly Bandar being overwhelmed with all the attention and not reacting till a good 24 hours later in tears.

What I especially hated about this move was the fact that I couldn’t give Bandar the attention she needed leading upto this move. I really would have hired help to pack if things were better organized in our apartment to begin with. Plus I was sorting things into three categories – stuff to take with us to Malaysia if we ever got visas, stuff we would need for 2 months when we got back to put into two suticases, and finally the rest of the household to move to storage. Bandar needed me so badly those last few days and even weeks and my evenings after work were so wrapped up in packing and cooking and I was stressed, bad tempered and cranky even those few minutes I spent putting her to bed each night. I hated the person I had become and the only thing to do was  to remember to take down the stress a notch around Bandar and wait for it all to end in a few days and vow to make it up to her in my head.

The day of the move was a marathon day that started for us at 7 am and ended around midnight.It was only when we were driving in a rental car ,wedged with numerous odds and ends , at 11 pm to my cousin’s house in Jersey that it actually sunk in that we had moved out of the City. Bittersweet but we chug forward to bigger and better.

Anyway its been about five days since we got to Malaysia. The weekdays are mostly all the same – with me going off to work around 8 am and getting back at around 5 PM. Work is hectic to say the least and people all around me are hoping for some miraculous results and  I am no miracle worker at all , so everyone’s expectations are more than a tad scary. Such is life, you can’t have it all! Meanwhile,the husbadoo has the not so easy task of managing Bandar by himself when I am away. He was looking forward to the bonding time before we got here and has not complained so far( Seriously lucked out with this guy) but I wonder if a breakdown is around the corner .We are all three pretty severely jetlagged too, but now maybe it is less jetlag and more laziness today as it’s been 5 days. This weekend we actually got out and took in a few sights.

On the whole,  it’s unparalleled happiness to travel for work with  family in tow and I really don’t think we are going to get this kind of together-time ever again. The husbadoo is embarking on a new career once we get back, we will be in a new city, Bandar will in a new school – tons of changes around the corner and somehow we really needed this break before it all.  I will post again soon with a little of what we see and do around here, so stay tuned.

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24 Responses to “From the other side of the world”

  1. Little Fingers May 17, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

    Oh wow that was one crazy move. I am glad you three are together. Enjoy Asia!

    How’s bandar liking new place.

    • popgoesthebiscuit May 18, 2015 at 3:49 am #

      Bandar is actually doing okay, she is getting some mysterious allergy hives but it seems minor so far. She is quite happy with this schedule of eating, sleeping, swimming, mall play area etc tc. She asks to go to school though, so think she misses her normal life.

  2. perspectivesandprejudices May 18, 2015 at 8:00 am #

    Wow this sounds wonderful! All the best! Hoping to read more of your adventures 🙂

    • popgoesthebiscuit May 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm #

      Thankoo..yes, will blog about them. Hardly count as adventures but fun all the same:)

  3. princessbutter May 18, 2015 at 8:07 am #

    Malaysia sounds so good! Have fun you guys.

  4. tandooripanipurilife May 18, 2015 at 10:05 am #

    So many things happening Pops… Enjoy your time in Malaysia..lots of love to Bandar😊

    • popgoesthebiscuit May 18, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

      Thanks TPL!!Hope you are enjoying your lil one!Warm hugs to him!!

  5. hoarderofallthings May 18, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    Hope you have the most amazing time in Malaysia 😊

  6. greenboochi May 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    Just by reading all of this – I was breathless! Big hugs to you for managing everything so far. Malaysia is such a nice place – Enjoy 🙂

    • popgoesthebiscuit May 18, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

      Haha..lot of madness left when we go back. So this is a good break:) Thanks!

  7. srividhya May 18, 2015 at 7:36 pm #

    This is a great move.. Malaysia is cool naa.. any plans to visit singapore?

    • popgoesthebiscuit May 27, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

      Sorry for the delayed response Vidhya!No re..visa stuff na..actually should have for work. But maybe next time

  8. My Era May 18, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

    Malaysia is WOW and this one month break sure sounds amazing 🙂
    Hope you guys have a grand time & I can’t wait to read about your new life in the coming days 😀
    Good luck with everything 🙂

  9. More than words May 19, 2015 at 2:53 am #

    Wow !! That was some move !! But it’s great that everything worked out and u guys r together …. So r u guys coming back to NYC area in a month …

    • popgoesthebiscuit May 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

      Hi MTW!Coming to NYC for only 4 days after this before we head out.Not yet clear where to re!can’t believe we haven’t finalized stuff for two weeks ahead:)

  10. Dil On The Rocks May 19, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Time and again, one thing I end up realizing is that we don’t have to everything figured out P. Its okay for things to settle down at the very last minute or not settle down at all. Good that its all over now and you are where you wanted to be. Have fun touring Malaysia. Take it easy. Hugs 🙂

  11. Bhavani May 19, 2015 at 11:49 pm #

    Wow nice Pop…extended work travel with family is the ideal thing..glad things worked out for you guys to do this….hope Bandar is liking it there…enjoy your stay there and all the best with the move back..

    • popgoesthebiscuit May 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

      Hi B! Hope all well with you. Bandar is doing well ya.Calls the hotel room home! Thanks and need the luck for our move back:)

  12. SA May 22, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    I am just tired reading this post.. can only imagine the craziness it must have been for you.
    Well like they say ” Life is an adventure” so enjoy and go with the flow.

    All the best!

    • popgoesthebiscuit May 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm #

      Thanks SA! A lot of craziness still left here. But yes, Life is an adventure. Trying to embrace that:)

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