Back in Taiwan and it feels great to be home. I had the best of weekends with my boy and I feel like we are the happiest we have ever been. But just as I'm settling back in to my cozy life with Manuel, it seems the Taiwanese government is looking to split us up.
I know I have talked about my visa situation before, but back then it felt like September 9th was a million light years away. Now, it's a mere 25 days away and the reality is starting to set in. There are many options I can take but finding the right one is actually proving to be harder than I had planned.
Of course, one option is returning home to DC. But let's face it, the US economy is not looking so hot these days and I would return to the epicenter of all the problems. And the unemployment figures speak for themselves. The US' problems aren't going away anytime soon, so wouldn't most people agree that returning home isn't the best of my options?
And then there's always China - the new land of opportunity. Could I find a job in China? Yes, most likely. But do I want to live in China? Hmm...the answer to that question is not that easy to answer. Sure, I have friends there. And I already speak the language. But somehow the idea of starting over there, and without Manuel, is not appealing to me. I'd have to leave him behind and inevitably, we would have to break up.
But tough times call for tough measures. And tough times (and tough decisions) are ahead of me.
So how much longer will Taiwan be my home? Your guess is as good as mine. Only time will tell.
25 days and counting. The time bomb is ticking. But for some reason, I feel cool as a cucumber. I have a feeling that everything will work out for the best. I have to believe that, otherwise, I'd probably go crazy.