California, here we come!

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Yesterday, Carlo and I went to the US Embassy in Manila for my immigrant visa interview. Good news: My visa was approved and we’re set to move to SoCal sometime in May! In honor of our imminent trip, he put together this list of of things to look forward to in California.

FIVE THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN SoCal (AND THE U.S. IN GENERAL)

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and neither is it a list written against third-world living. (I’ve enjoyed the economy, community, and simplicity of life in the Philippines!) Put simply: Carlo misses these things, and he’s looking forward to enjoying them with me.:)

1. GREAT FOOD.

Mexican food (California burritos. Carne asada fries. Fish tacos. Fix-ins like salsa, sour cream, and fresh guacamole—because welcome to avocado heaven). Panda Express. Subway. Good burgers, oh yes—In-N-Out is just the tip of the iceberg. Seafood anything. Costco food (and Costco in general).

2. EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION.

Driving your own car, blasting your own music, no need to stop to pick up strangers, no need to breathe in fumes from the belcher in front of you. Freeways. Carpool lanes. Clearly marked lanes.😉

3. GOOD INTERNET.

Which means loading HD videos without needing to wait, watching Netflix with good quality streams, reliable Skype with friends and family abroad, photo-heavy webpages that won’t take a lifetime to load.

4. FUN TIMES.

Cultural experiences unlike any other. Lots of venues for reasonably priced concerts, great playhouses with Broadway-sized price tags, baseball and football stadiums (American football. AMERICAN FOOTBALL!), quality museums, and theme parks galore (Disneyland included). We’ll have fun dates for sure! And he’ll finally get to teach me about American football, in case he hasn’t mentioned that already.

5. AWESOME PEOPLE.

Enough said. Combine with any of the above for instant magic.
What a list. I can’t wait to take in the culture of SoCal, meet other Filipinos there, be rooted in community and serve with a local church. I LONG to be more deeply connected to a local church and I’m glad we can expect that when we arrive and get settled there.
In my next immigration-related post, I’ll share a timeline of my immigrant visa process and an introduction to a new travel-related blog series. Stay tuned!

Have you visited California before? Tell me about your experience! If you’re from California, I’d love to connect with you. Feel free to share any California-related posts in the comments :)

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