Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Destination: NEW ZEALAND


Knights Point, New Zealand
Originally uploaded by g-hat.
The BIG news: Mrs M and I are applying to emigrate to New Zealand. We're very excited. Reason for leaving SA - crime like you can't believe. We're living under siege here, behind security bars whilst the criminals freely roam the streets.

I could give you a million examples of the corruption & crime that happen here everyday, but you likely wouldn't even believe me. One of the reasons I haven't posted about them often is that us South African whiteys are notorious for endlessly whinging about crime. And there's a huge local movement that pounces on any "crime whingers" dennouncing them as anti-patriotic and even racist.

OK, so BiPolars are always gonna live with depression, but that doesn't mean you must ignore environmental factors altogether. And this (deteriorating) situtation in my country grinds you down a shit load more than you realise (BiPolars & muggles alike).

So we're heading for our South Pacific island. Lots of South Africans (including family) there already, and very, very happy. It is a stunningly beautiful country. Hoping Miss L will come too. And hoping to FCK, that our application is accepted - its one of the last english speaking countries that we can get into.

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As to the future of this blog: You've probably noticed that I'm taking a break. For nearly 2 years now I've posted practically ever day. I'm now trying to ween myself off 24/7 onlining. Twitter is DEAD. I'll never go back there. And for a while I'm not sure how regular posts to this blog will be. No fixed plans. It won't end, that's for sure, but posts are likely to become more sporadic. (and you'll be able to witness first hand, the account of a family migrating from one country to the other end of the world...)

Photo credit to g-hat (found on Flickr Creative Commons)

14 comments:

  1. Good luck with that> I really hope you are able to get approval to emigrate. How exciting for you. I look forward to hearing all about it.

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  2. Anonymous18 July, 2007

    Sorry it got to this Chris.

    My family are scattered all over the globe as well.

    I am not sure as to what my next step in this life's journey is destined to be. I am sure it will show itself.

    I fully understand your rationale for heading to that end line country, New Zealand. Lay off the sheep please.

    Must be a relief now that the decision has been made.

    Good well, thanks for all you have given and done here.

    V.

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  3. Anonymous18 July, 2007

    Sorry it got to this Chris.

    My family are scattered all over the globe as well.

    I am not sure as to what my next step in this life's journey is destined to be. I am sure it will show itself.

    I fully understand your rationale for heading to that end line country, New Zealand. Lay off the sheep please.

    Must be a relief now that the decision has been made.

    Good well, thanks for all you have given and done here.

    V.

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  4. Anonymous18 July, 2007

    and hamba kahle baba,

    I too was born in Durban, at the Addington hospital.

    V.

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  5. That's a great idea! New Zealand rocks, I wouldn't mind moving there myself. I truly hope it will all work out the way you want it, C.

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  6. i'm jealous. not of the political and/or state of crime in south africa, but because you will soon be in new zealand. i've never been, but the photos show nothing but pure beauty. i can't even wait to see your pictures!

    as for taking time from blogging, i totally understand. all of your regular readers will continue to check in on you. even if you only post once a month, we're still that interested. =)

    .g.

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  7. It'll be great to have you here :)

    NZ is a wonderful place to live, and I know and have heard of many South Africans who live here already.

    Polar B.

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  8. Anonymous19 July, 2007

    What about Miss L?

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  9. don't expect me to check in on you, see you in christchurch! or is it churchchrist, ferchrissakes they have weird city name:z there.

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  10. Good luck to you. Everything I've heard of NZ sounds like such a beautiful country. I hear that Shania Twain lives in relative peace. And the hills are alive - with beauty, greenery, whatnot. Maybe I'll migrate there - but I'll wait till you guys are okayed cause I'm so darn courteous. :)
    Tart

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  11. You're going to become a naturalized kiwi? You'd better start learning some maori chants so you can cheer for the all-blacks at the next three-nations. It might help at your immigration interview if they do that sort of thing in NZ. Why not just sell your house, buy a boat and sail there? You could get the documents sorted out once you arrive. :-)

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  12. Anonymous21 July, 2007

    First time visited...
    90% ID match with myself on your music/books/tastes, and diagnosis..

    my sister emigrated to NZ.. its a great place to live.. hope you make it.

    we're a UK based site connecting music and madness, welcome to all to join.

    http://madplanet.ning.com/profile/littlesun

    would you give us the site for those buddhist podcasts if poss.

    cheers

    Dave ( littlesun )

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  13. Hey, environmental factors effect muggles, too. Depression doesn't have a special claim to that. I really hope you can make the move. I've read about the SA crime wave. I'll be looking forward to your posts whatever the frequency. But if a happier life cuts into your posting time, good for you.

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