Jump to content

Tinjana

Members
  • Content count

    63
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    4

Tinjana last won the day on December 4 2016

Tinjana had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

10 Good

About Tinjana

  • Rank
    Bronze Member

Profile Information

  • Language
    -----

Recent Profile Visitors

260 profile views
  1. Tinjana

    UNISA academic transcript

    Has anyone requested a transcript via e-mail recently? How long did it take from request to arriving in your post box (South African address). TIA!
  2. Tinjana

    Renting A House

    Hi! We are in the process of looking for a house to rent - we found a good place and the landlord is willing to take us and our 3 dogs on but now she wants the deposit and monthly payments in the form of a money order or cashiers cheque... no direct deposit!! Is this the norm in the US? It seems so antiquated... and we would have to go to the bank every month to do this... which we wouldn't have time to do....
  3. Tinjana

    D-Day

    We applied from South Africa through the US consulate and they process them in London....
  4. Tinjana

    D-Day

    Thank you everyone! We now have some administration issues: social security office says there is a mismatch with information the dept of homeland security has... said either our names were entered incorrectly or our immigration status changed? Don't understand how this could be.... the big issue is that my husband's employer won't let him continue training which equals loss of income until it is sorted out!!! They said it could take up to 4 weeks - now we are really 'moedeloos'!
  5. Tinjana

    D-Day

    Thank you SJ27...
  6. Tinjana

    D-Day

    Thank you all for the replies! So we are now in St. Louis! Wow! This has been undoubtedly the most difficult I (and my husband I am sure) have ever done! The endless tears as I said good to all the belongings that made me feel like that I have meaning but worst of all to all my loved ones, some of them seen for perhaps the last time, my heart was (and is) just so heavy and literally painful. This is now Day 3 and I still feel like I am on a roller coaster - one second I feel like this is not too bad and I can do this - the next (and unfortunately still all too often) I feel like this is just not going to work and I rather just run back to SA and at deal with whatever may be but at least with the comfort of my family and pets and familiarity of my 'home'. Just taking it a day at a time at this stage... I just have some questions if someone may be able to help - I know these questions have been asked before but I would like some current info please! Cell Phone - so we went to At & t (seems to have better coverage here) to get a what we would call in SA prepaid sim card - ended up paying $45 per number which has the free calls and texts and 4 GB data which has to be paid monthly to continue the use - is there nothing cheaper than this around - could not really find a system like we have in SA where you load money onto the card as you need it - is there any network that offers something like that? $100 for my husband and I just seems so excessive... Cars- has anyone used carfax to buy a used car? do you need a state-issued driver's license to buy a used car? We are looking at buying something in the range of $5 to $7000 - where would be the best place to look? (i.e. reliable, trustworthy?) suppose it varies from state to state but if anyone has any tips I would be grateful! Thank you all once again!
  7. Tinjana

    D-Day

    So we finally decided we are going to take the plunge... and what a rollercoaster ride of emotions since the decision was made it has been!! (Pardon the cliché!) We will be going to St. Louis, Missouri- not our first choice but we will have to make the best of it! For the most part I think we are in denial- completely unable to comprehend that in a month we will be leaving everything we know (and family we love) and jumping into a sea of unfamiliarity (and loneliness I am fearing...). Issues we have: Trying to sell our house- it has been on the market for a month and we have had only one family come to look- I believe it is due to the time of year in addition to the economic uncertainty South Africans currently feel... we need the money from the sale to help us move belongings (necessities such as my husband's prized VW Beetle and my beloved baby grand piano- if we don't sell we will obviously leave everything here until we do but we 1. don't want to leave the house uninhabited and 2. it will be difficult to negotiate a potential sale whilst half way around the world... Difference in salaries: my husband will have to endure a serious salary downgrade so we worry about not being able to afford necessities like health care and insurance and obviously being able to actually go out and enjoy our new surroundings! Our fur babies- we have 3 small dogs and I really hope we find a place (affordable!) that we can rent that will allow 3 dogs- I have been in contact with a few rental agencies and all have a 2 pet maximum- I am hoping we will find a private landlord who is more lenient... The weather! I worry about extreme cold, extreme heat and humidity and extreme disasters! (Tornadoes!). St. Louis I see will experience -9 degrees celcius this week- I do not even know what that feels like! We feel so nervous- and often feel like just pulling the plug. Just do not know if we are making the right decision... how do you stay and have no regrets though...
  8. Tinjana

    D-Day

    So we finally decided we are going to take the plunge... and what a rollercoaster ride of emotions since the decision was made it has been!! (Pardon the cliché!) We will be going to St. Louis, Missouri- not our first but we will have to make the best of it! For the most part I think we are in denial- completely unable to comprehend that in a month we will be leaving everything we know (and family we love) and jumping into a sea of unfamiliarity (and loneliness I am fearing...). Issues we have: Trying to sell our house- it has been on the market for a month and we have had only one family come to look- I believe it is due to the time of year in addition to the economic uncertainty South Africans currently feel... we need the money from the sale to help us move belongings (necessities such as my husband's prized VW Beetle and my beloved baby grand piano- if we don't sell we will obviously leave everything here until we do but we 1. don't want to leave the house uninhabited and 2. it will be difficult to negotiate a potential sale whilst half way around the world... Difference in salaries: my husband will have to endure a serious salary downgrade so we worry about not being able to afford necessities like health care and insurance and obviously being able to actually go out and enjoy our new surroundings! Our fur babies- we have 3 small dogs and I really hope we find a place (affordable!) that we can rent that will allow 3 dogs- I have been in contact with a few rental agencies and all have a 2 pet maximum- I am hoping we will find a private landlord who is more lenient... The weather! I worry about extreme cold, extreme heat and humidity and extreme disasters! (Tornadoes!). St. Louis I see will experience -9 degrees celcius this week- I do not even know what that feels like! We feel so nervous- and often feel like just pulling the plug. Just do not know if we are making the right decision... how do you stay and have no regrets though...
  9. Tinjana

    President Trump

    Wow! Was I the only one shocked to see Trump actually win?? I must admit towards the end I found myself supporting the underdog.. ? How are the SA expats feeling about the new President?
  10. Tinjana

    2017 Draw Results

    Very exciting! Holding thumbs for you!! Where are you going to move to in the USA?
  11. Tinjana

    Vaccinations

    Wanya, where are you living and how is it going?
  12. Tinjana

    Need Some Clarity. Very Torn.

    Pickles - where are you at this stage in the moving process?
  13. Tinjana

    We Want To Go Back

    How is everyone who returned to South Africa doing? Evyn, are you back and working in SA already?
  14. Tinjana

    LSD Trips and Arrivals

    Yes you can... More or less what we did/are doing...
  15. Tinjana

    2017 Draw Results

    Wow Suzy, that's awesome! Congratulations!!
×