It’s 12:43 in the morning.
I’m sitting on my couch sipping on a mug of warm tea and I’m trying to chill. Trying to NOT stress about all the little things that we still have to do before we leave. Only 18 sleeps to go.
So, how about an update on what’s been going on since I last wrote?
We quit our jobs.
Everything went really well for Paul in that regard. I love the quote on the card his co-workers bought him:
Success comes to people
who never stop dreaming,
who trust that their dreams can come true…
It’s so fitting for what he and I are trying to accomplish here that I kept reading it over and over again. It was just. so. perfect. 🙂
And almost everything went well for me.
Except for the little part where I had to fight to get paid for the hours I’d recently worked.
Bridges officially burnt.
After trying all of the usual diplomatic ways to get paid, I ended up having to toss diplomacy out the window in order to get paid. Big time.
The sad thing is that it kind of feels like all of my efforts to be a good employee were a waste of effort over the past few years, only to have it end like this.
But it’s the principle of the thing. And it would have eaten away at me if I’d stayed silent. I mean really… what was I supposed to say when he said I would be not paid for those hours?
“Sure, no problem… I completely understand… it was a pleasure to be of service.”
Um, no. Was not gonna happen.
Yes, no choice now but to move forward. And move forward we will!
So for the month of June, we’ve both been off work. At the start, it seemed like having an entire MONTH to tie up loose ends would be plenty.
But now, with only 18 sleeps left before we leave, both Paul and I are freaking out a bit. We both wake up far too early in the morning, tossing and turning, minds racing with all the things we still have to do, when we should be sleeping.
I’m not complaining. We got ourselves into this – we chose this. So we’ll get through it. But I am VERY glad we gave ourselves an entire month to tie up loose ends. You don’t realize how many ends are out there to tie until you try to tidy them all up at once.
The First Visa I’ve Ever Had in My Passport
We were successful in obtaining multiple-entry visas for Bali, Indonesia – *squeal!!!* (this is the first visa I’ve EVER had in my passport.)
Heh…well traveled I am not.
Anyhow, this visa allows us to stay in Indonesia for 2 months at a time as often as we want for a 12 month period. Practically speaking, maybe they put some kind of limits on how many 2 mo. stints you can have, but since we only have 2 trips to Bali for 2 months each, that shouldn’t be an issue for us.
Applying for Health Insurance = Endless Forms
We filled out all the paperwork for our health insurance application – with any luck, we’ll find out by the end of next week what the insurance company’s response is.
The $1700 Visit at the Travel Clinic
We’ve had more shots – Japanese encephalitis and rabies. And holy crap are they ever expensive!
In case it’s of interest to you, we all agreed that the rabies shot hurt more than the Japanese Encephalitis one.
1 shot of each for all 4 of us came out to around $1700. Then a week later we spent another 800 bucks for rabies alone. But it gives us peace of mind, so is worth it.
We have to pay another $1700 again at the end of this month for one more JE and rabies shot each. Then we are done with shots for a good long while.
Booking Flights to Exotic Places with Wild Abandon
I have never, ever, booked so many flights in the span of a single week. But it was fun – visions of Singapore, Angkor Wat, Bali and more, dancing through my head!
I feel positively spoiled rotten with the low prices from the recent AirAsia seat sale (sign up for their newsletter if you plan on booking any flights with them so you’ll be the first to know of any deals!)
Recent Fights booked:
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Singapore and back
- Bangkok, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia (to see Angkor Wat)
- Siem Reap to Kuala Lumpur
- Kuala Lumpur to Bali, Indonesia and back
The $800 Anti-Malarial Spend
While some of these medications are relatively cheap, if you end up going to a place where the malaria parasite is resistant to the cheap stuff, then you have no choice but to open your wallet a lot wider.
Aside from the fact that we don’t want to have to take anti-malarial medication too often, the cost will be yet one more reason to avoid malaria zones in future.
The medication we need is on the spendy side – definitely not budget-friendly.
But cerebral malaria anyone?
I’d rather spend the cash on Malarone thank-you-very-much. (I know, it’s not necessarily 100% effective, but I’ll take any improvement in the odds that I can get)
And links to scary stuff like cerebral malaria are why my mom should not click on that link. Do NOT do it.
Just keep reading…
Yup… keep scrolling down the page…
But I digress…
Our House is Rented
We found someone to rent our house once we leave – I really like them, their background check went well, so I’m cautiously optimistic about it. I never feel completely comfortable with someone new until they’ve been paying rent and keeping up their end of the bargain for a few months – but usually it works out, so hopefully it will this time too.
And there you have the highlights.
Since it’s now pretty late, I’m going to hit publish and hope this reads ok. Time for sleep.