It really has been a crazy few weeks, firstly the 6 of us stayed in my dad's 2 bed apartment for 2 weeks after selling our home. That was pretty stressful in it's self but at least we had somewhere to go, thankfully my Dad was over here on holiday.
Trying to tie up your life in a country is very hard and I would recommend to any one to organise as much as possible beforehand as I think we were so afraid the sale of the house would fall through there was a lot of things we left to the last minute.
Saying goodbye to family and friends was awful, leaving my only sister was one of the worst things I think I have ever done in my life, she literally collapsed in my arms at the airport. She had been amzing up till then and has made me promise never to return permantely to the UK as she knows it's a better life here for my kids even though she is breaking her heart. Our families on both sides have always been supportive so I know we have been lucky, they all know why we are doing this and wish they all had the guts to do it but when it came to the goodbyes I felt guilty of hurting them all. When you see your family and freinds in 'that state' and know you have been the cause of it, its really hard. Waiting in Heathrow to board the flight to Singapore I couldn't stop crying I felt really terrified, if Stephen had of suggested returning to Belfast I would have went, but thankfully not.
The journey was very very long but the kids were great. We only had 5hrs in Singapore so went swimming which really cheered them up. Piece of advice, Singapore airport is massive we didn't realise how far the gate was and were the last one's on board and got told off by ground staff
We had a great wecome here, My Dad (still here on holiday), My Uncle, 2 Aunts and 3 cousins, so it was great especially for the boys.
At present we are staying with my aunt until we get a rental so I know we are very lucky. We have done the usual stuff like sorting out Medicare and TFN and Stephen can't get over how friendly and helpful people are especially the government officals very unlike home.
Getting over the triedness has been hard, we arrived Tuesday and I thnk today is the first day I feel human.
Looking forward to meeting some PIA people once we get settled