Sunday, September 13, 2009

Life can be strange

It has been more than a month since I arrived in the U.A.E. I have only been recently connected to the Internet at home, and still have not subscribed to TV service which apparently is hard to get, along with many other services. It has been challenging to put life together in a new culture. So when my colleagues told me about the recent typhoone damages in Taiwan, it sounded like someone else's story. It was surreal. I coul not believe the world had been turned upside down for many of my country men and women only a week after I left the country.

I felt like a rebel, and guilty, for not being helpful when this happened recently. It has been a pattern of my absense from major disasters in Taiwan. I was not home in the SARS attack couple of years ago, and I wasn't there when a major earthquake happened in a September.

God bless Taiwan and the rest of the world.


  1. Wow Lori, how exciting to be in a totally new environment! I deeply admire your courage for making massive changes in your life for the sake of leading a more meaningful existence.

    It certainly is uncanny that you have missed major disasters in Taiwan, especially since the last one happened only days after you left. Perhaps you could see that as a good omen.

    I wish you all the best in the U.A.E. Looking forward to reading about your experiences there.

  2. Did not know you had made the move. Good luck in the UAE.

  3. Thanks Martin and Jeff for following this blog and providing your unwavery support. Soon as I get more time to myself, I will document some of my experiences here. I will visit your blogs soon.

  4. Hey Lori. Hope the adjustment is coming along. Holiday? Time for a car? Time for a new experience in the UAE like waddy bashing or duning? Just ask Mark or Dean to help.

  5. Don't be so hard on yourself! It was only the South that was particularly badly affected anyway.
    Hope you're enjoying the UAE.

  6. Thanks, Curt, Roger and Nate. It was stressful to take the driving classes, passing the test and get my life together here. Still quite unsettled. I guess I am a worrier and always worry about home when I am away. Work is demanding. Oh well, I made a deicision to come and will hang in for a while. We will see how it goes. Have a nice apartment though. Traffic is scary here and driving can be stressful. I got lost every night after work last week. Got a car and GPS now. Hope it will get better.