Friday, August 28, 2009

Can you help?

Hey Everyone, I usually only use my blog for vanity purposes, updating on my personal life. Today however, I feel that I need to alert the very few people who read this blog to a situation that needs attention.

I follow a few blogs, my favourite being
Susie, a 50 year old American who has moved with her husband and son to Saudi Arabia. Susie is lucky enough to be surrounded by a loving family and although she struggles with the culture sometimes, she generally enjoys herself. As you might know Saudi Arabia has a culture much different to that of a western country. Women are held to a different level and are not equal under the law.

I am not going to make this a political post, suffice to say that Susie has posted about a friend she knows and trusts who is in dire need of help. She must reach out and depend on the kindness of strangers. Her blog is here, please read it and decide for yourself if you can help.

Can you help?

I am donating some of my birthday money from my Mother (with her blessing) towards this lady. If I was employed I would donate much more. I would hope that if I was ever in this position that strangers would help me.

I know what it is like to feel like an alien, an other, the novelty in a strange country and culture. I am blessed that Kyle treats me like an equal and I feel loved and supported here. I can not imagine how difficult this womans life has been.

I beg you to help her, because this could happen to anyone

I also have seen a woman to be fooled into an abusive marriage and then treated like shit. I saw that woman struggle and triumph through out my childhood with the help and love of friends and family.

Now imagine if she didn't have the protection of the law, imagine if her friends were far away and she had to struggle just to work, to protect her children.
Every single dollar helps.

Please find it in your heart to give.

You never know when your t
ime of need will come.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Two generations of the Neil Family

The smiles match .... all together now


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Moving Day

Kyle and I will be located in Vancouver from September first.

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahem... excuse me!

We will be living in the GVR or Greater Vancouver Region in a place called Maple Ridge.

Maple Ridge info here

MR is located in the north-eastern section of Vancouver and has a population of approximately 68,949. (thanks wiki)

As you can see its beautiful (BRAG!!!)
It has a really nice rural feel but it has a nice little city centre with a mall. It also has a commuter train to down town Van if I end up working down there.

We are staying in a ground floor suite (flat) 2 bedroom, fire place, dishwasher (thank god) and nice big soaker tub. We also finally get some outdoor space. Because it is not a basement we also have LOTS of light in the flat.

This is a photo taken of Dewdney Road about 1km from our house to give you an idea of how rural it is. However we are living in a little carved out circle of houses that look like this ...

So we are still living like civilised people. There will be no goats in the backyard and no chickens. I havn't gone completely nuts. Yes Kyle and I do realise it is ironic that we are moving to a city of over a million people and yet somehow ended up in the wopwops. There are reasons for it, valid reasons to!

Anyway I will post again when we have internet set up in the new place and we have sorted the 1165937 other things on the do - to list out. One thing I have realised packing I have a truly astonishing amount of clothes, its staggering! And I have more stored at home in NZ!!!

PS. No news from immigration. YES I realise thats annoying, NO we can not ring up the immigration department and tell them to hurry it up. NO I can't ask my lawyer why its taking so long. No I am still not legally allowed to work. YES I'm sure they are taking their sweet arse time about it. Kyle and I do not dictate the amount of time this is going to take. It could literally be OVER A YEAR until I get approval, this will not happen in the next few weeks. We are hoping I get my preliminary letter before chrismtas but we cant hurry that up. We both love and thank you for all of the support and interest. We are just letting you know that the timeline is utterly and completely out of our hands. We literally are at the mercy of the immigration.

If the rules around immigration sound idiotic, then talk to your locak MP about it, your preaching to the choir!