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About Fiela

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  • Birthday 04/16/1973

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    San Diego, CA
  • First Name
    Johnny
  • Landed
    Nov 2010
  • SA Location
    Pretoria (till 1996) London (till 2006) Dublin (till 2009)
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    Afrikaans/English

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  1. Fiela

    Credit History Question

    No.
  2. Yes when your baby is born on US soil, you'll automatically get a passport.
  3. Fiela

    We Want To Go Back

    You're either a troll, or insane.
  4. Fiela

    It's Been A Year

    It's been just over a year since we arrived, and as I've not been on the forum in a long time I thought I'd report back. Overall it's been AWESOME! We arrived with very little, we got going with no help from anyone, financial or otherwise. We've had so many amazing experiences and we've met so many great people, made new friends and learnt a lot. We're very happy and have had (and are having) such a good time, I can go on about it for a looooooong time. I think AWESOME should only be reserved for things here in the US I don't have any advice to offer, but to those who consider the US as a new home, if you're prepared to dig deep, just DO IT! Otherwise, just stay away. Yeah there are some irritations like traffic but hey, who cares, I drive a 2012 V8 Mustang. I don't care much for the idiots in their Priusses (yeah your poisonous battery will take 10000 years to dissolve so you're not doing the planet ANY favours) who clog up the left lanes doing 71 Mph but then again I have enough friends who still drive pure American muscle!!! Yeah you're expected to work hard and holidays are few (less than half compared to Europe) but hey, who cares, I like my job, I work with some of the smartest people on the planet, and with cutting edge technology and yes, I LIKE to work hard. I don't expect a free ride. Yeah shopping costs a lot but hey, who cares, everything is made in f&*^&(n China anyway, we have everything we need and money left in the bank. Yeah economy blah blah blah, who cares, we live in a massive house with a huge garden next to cool neighbors, it's safe and quiet and beautiful. I never did swallow the whole 'recession' thing, it's an illusion, just hang out in any shopping mall for a day and watch the shoppers go mad. Sofar, sadly, the only real negative I have to comment on, is that exactly like in other places I've been for extended period of time (and I've lived in four different countries) South Africans are the most abrasive, ego-inflated, self-centered, depressed, negative, opinionated, ill-tempered, whiny people I have ever encountered. I don't understand it, in fact I've given up trying, but why South Africans go through life thinking the world owes them EVERYTHING, shall remain a mystery to me. Unfortunately, the chance of meeting the nice ones (there MUST be exist some somewhere????) are infinitely slim, as now, I simply avoid them. Sorry :\ Other than that, all is well! PS: Hope everyone has FAB holidays! Turkey FTW!
  5. Eeeeeeerm. You're about to relocate to the U.S., with a kid, and you didn't know schools in the US don't start in January??? Erm, where to start? Start? Wut? You should have MONTHS / YEARS of SOME research under your belt at this point? You're asking where to start? Wait, lemme read this again: So your LSD is your final relocation trip? Makes little to no sense to me. But good luck.
  6. Semantically speaking it unfortunately has nothing to do with luck at all. A green card is granted to those whom the powers that be consider potentially valuable / useful to the country. Your value was calculated on a sliding scale which takes into consideration your education, experience and probably some secret special-sauce combination of other factors, the specifics which are irrelevant. The selection process is referred to as the green card "lottery" which is not only semantically completely wrong but it is also misleading as it implies a fair system of blind luck with all entrants having equal chance of winning - like a typical lottery where you spend 1 quid with the chance of winning a million quid - with the green card lottery this is simply not the case. The reality is far far from it. Unless of course you're granted a green card on a spouse-basis, then well, yeah I guess your luck relates to whom you chose to marry... Either way, based on my own experience and knowledge on the topic (which granted is limited) and applying a small amount of logic, I'm reasonably confident that unless you've some significant value to offer this country, even with ALL the luck in the world, you'd be no closer to getting a green card than someone with absolutely no luck at all If you feel lucky then OK, but it's probably because you feel grateful or some other nice fuzzy feeling, but it still has nothing to do with luck at all.
  7. Semantically speaking it unfortunately has nothing to do with luck at all. A green card is granted to those whom the powers that be consider potentially valuable / useful to the country. Your value was calculated on a sliding scale which takes into consideration your education, experience and probably some secret special-sauce combination of other factors, the specifics which are irrelevant. The selection process is referred to as the green card "lottery" which is not only semantically completely wrong but it is also misleading as it implies a fair system of blind luck with all entrants having equal chance of winning - like a typical lottery where you spend 1 quid with the chance of winning a million quid - with the green card lottery this is simply not the case. The reality is far far from it. Unless of course you're granted a green card on a spouse-basis, then well, yeah I guess your luck relates to whom you chose to marry... Either way, based on my own experience and knowledge on the topic (which granted is limited) and applying a small amount of logic, I'm reasonably confident that unless you've some significant value to offer this country, even with ALL the luck in the world, you'd be no closer to getting a green card than someone with absolutely no luck at all If you feel lucky then OK, but it's probably because you feel grateful or some other nice fuzzy feeling, but it still has nothing to do with luck at all.
  8. Guess what? It's Friday! And the summer's here, woot!

  9. Hey hey it's Friday again woohoo weekend FTW!

  10. Fiela

    Which Sa Banks Will Be Hire Act Compliant?

    We're all too poor to care Just kidding ofc. I'm sure there are many people who want to move significant sums of money out of the US and into SA, I just don't know any
  11. Fiela

    Which Sa Banks Will Be Hire Act Compliant?

    We're all too poor to care
  12. Fiela

    Advance Notification For August 71,800

    Why exactly do you want to do a PhD (if you don't mind me asking)? It's not really going to increase your chances of finding work, unless research is what you want to do, but it sounds like that's not your intent? As SJ said, even a US (or European) Masters will mean a LOT more than a Doctorate from Wits... PS: I assume you did an undergraduate in China? You might not agree or like it, but prospective employers might not be that 'impressed' with a Bachelors from China and a PhD from South Africa. Compare that with your competition i.e. degrees from Harvard, Berkeley, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford, Cambridge, Westminster etc... you get the picture. Good luck though
  13. Fiela

    Temporary Sa Passport

    I would think so, can't see why you'd have any problems. As long as you leave and re-enter the country on the same passport you should be fine. Don't quote me on it though, might want to get an authoritative answer on this before you chance it.
  14. Fiela

    San Diego County Fair

    http://www.sdfair.com/
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