About me, I was working the 5:00am to 4:30pm shift, which I liked, since it is almost normal working hours. Then in June when they rebid all the shifts, I am now on a 3:00am to 2:30pm shift. I still have Thursdays and Fridays as my days off.
For my routine, I get up at 1:00AM, have a cup of coffee while I talk on Skype with Elena, leave at 2:15am to be in to get my cab by 2:40am and be on the road to be available by 3:00am. Then I come in by 2:30pm, gas up car, turn in paperwork and cash. I then stop off on the way home if I need anything from the market and am home by 3:00 to 3:30pm. I then make a light dinner and eat it while I talk to Elena and then go to bed.
Work has been slow and the rides and tips have been down. Because of this, the last two weeks I worked both my days off. This is to earn extra income to make up for the slower days, also to earn more shift credits to cove the days off when Elena gets here.
Now the most important part of this chapter:
Elena has finally received her VISA and purchased her airline tickets. She will leave Davao August 8 and in Las Vegas August 9. The reason for the day in Manila is to get her CFO sticker put in her passport so she will to be able to leave the country. In case you did not read or forgot, the Commission on Filipino Overseas has a mandatory seminar to all Filipinos immigrating or leaving to work in another country. Elena attended the seminar months ago and now just needs to present her passport and visa to get her sticker.
The holdup was this, On May 8th Elena went in for her interview at the US Embassy in Manila. After the waiting, she was called in for her interview. She was told everything was good except one problem. Her passport has her name as Maria Elena Libres Linder but as the Philippine Government agencies do many times had her name on her NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) report as Ma. Elena Libres Linder. This abbreviation is due to the fact that many Catholic women in the Philippines have Maria as part of their first name and to cut down on typing they abbreviate Maria to Ma.
This is fine in the Philippines but even though the Embassy is in Manila, they are so bureaucratic they have no common sense and because of this, Elena had to return home, go to the NBI and get a new report showing her as Maria Elena A.K.A (also known as) Ma. Elena.
Of course, nothing is easy when you deal with any government so when Elena went to the NBI she was told, even though a regular NBI report is done the same day, the A.K.A. has to be requested by Manila. After two weeks passed, she received it and sent it by next day courier to Manila. However, the format was wrong so Elena was notified two weeks later by the Embassy the format it was needed. Again, Elena returned to the NBI and had to wait another two weeks until she could return to pick it up.
Well now, all that is left is for Elena to pack, say her goodbyes and get on a plane August 9 to fly here to Las Vegas. I am so excited I am telling everyone I know and thinking of the items I need in the apartment for her arrival.
I originally thought about renting a car to pick up Elena at the airport since I think she would not be able to hold her luggage while sitting behind be on the scooter, but about a month ago, I felt my savings was good enough to go buy a decent used car. So now, I am the proud owner of a 2003 Buick Century.
In the future, I will post articles with pictures of us experiencing Las Vegas together and write about her views, opinions and experiences adjusting to her new life in a new country.
Thank you all for staying with me, even with my lack of postings.