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November 2004

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The Count-Down has begun…..

No, not the Presidential count-down (though today is election day); I mean the count-down for us to know if Yanti can get her Visa in time for our trip. Here's the background:

1. April 2004 -Filled all the papers and submitted them to the US Embassy here in Shanghai – Approved and sent on to Beijing

2. June 2004 – received letter form Beijing saying it was approved and package was sent to Guangdong for processing.

3. July 2004 – received info from Guangdong that the package had been received and the additional 2 things we needed.

4. Early Aug 2004 – we sent letter to Guangdong telling them we had everything. We then awaited a letter from them saying when Yanti's interview as scheduled (we expected this by late Sept or early Oct)……….

5. Oct. 15, 2004 - I emailed them to inquire as status. Was told they had all the info and for us to just wait

6. Oct. 21, 2004 – I emailed again explaining the 'special' situation about my parents 60th Anniversary and could they tell us 'about' when we might hear and was there any 'emergency' processes we could ask for? Was told "can't say and No".

7. I emailed my brother who knows of some 'political' people. He called them and was told 'nothing we can do'!

So the count down is: Nov. 11th! We need to hear from the Embassy that her Visa interview is scheduled (would be 1 month later). If we can have her interview by Dec. 11th, we still have time to travel to Guangdong for the interview and get her Visa and then fly to the US so we're in LA by Dec. 20 for the Anniversary Celebration!

>>>> We ask for your help and your prayers that this can all happen in >>>> time <<<<

Since August 2004 and the last ChinaUpdate.

Well, I've been busy, what can I say. I forgot how much time it takes to work 40 hours a week! Actually I am in the office about 50 hours a week, what with class prep, etc. However, Yanti has been very busy:

She is now in her 2nd Mandarin Chinese Class. The teacher comes to our apartment for 2 hours every evening. Each course is 32 hours and she is half finished with the 2nd one. She can now converse with the locals J I am so proud of her for being able to learn such a difficult language. Wait 'till you hear her. The pronunciation is incredible difficult.

We've just been too busy to see any of the incredible sites that are even near-by Shanghai L We do hope to see the south of China during our trip about her Visa. Then next Spring, We'll go to see Beijing and Xi'An for extensive site seeing!

Our December/January Plans:

Either:

1. Yanti will get her Visa J – then we will both fly to SF about Dec. 14th to pick up a few things; say hi to a few friends; then drive to LA. We need to be in LA by Dec. 20th, as that's the date the Cruise Ship leaves for the 4 Day/5 Night Cruise with my family (about 22 of us!) for my folks 60th Wedding Anniversary. Then Christmas in LA with relatives (maybe a trip to Disneyland with Yanti); some shopping; then a drive back to SF via Las Vegas (Yanti loves the show CSI). We hope to be married (again) there by Elvis (he's still alive, right?). Then back to the Bay Area for New Year's Eve celebrations and more friends. Then about Jan 7th, I'll fly back to Shanghai to go back to work and Yanti will fly to Indonesia and see her family and friends. She'll return to Shanghai 304 weeks later...

OR

2. Yanti will not get her Visa! L – then I will fly to SF about Dec. 14th to pick up a few things; say hi to a few friends; then drive to LA. I'll need to be in LA by Dec. 20th, as that's the date the Cruise Ship leaves for the 4 Day/5 Night Cruise with my family (about 21 of us!) for my folks 60th Wedding Anniversary. Then Christmas in LA with relatives; then a drive back to SF for New Year's Eve celebrations and more friends. Meanwhile, Yanti will at the same time, fly to Indonesia and see her family and friends. I may return to Shanghai and work after the new year and Yanti will return a week or so later.

Either way, can anyone help? I/we need places to stay in the SF area for a few nights before Christmas (Dec. 15 – Dec 19) and after (Dec. 27 – Jan. 7). Any house-sitting needed? Anyone have an extra car I can borrow? Please let me know.

More soon (with good news, I hope)

Here is a great link for info about China Visa for anyone thinking about a visit:

http://www.asststork.com/pages/consulate.html#n_cal

 

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