Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Daily Report: I See Sunshine

I quickly migrated back to a daytime schedule, sticking my work time (and nighttime) at the end of my day now, where it belongs.

Not wanting to get my exercise by walking around the same old circle of retirement homes again today, I drove down to Best Buy and spent 90 minutes walking amongst the electronics and appliances for sale, which was fun. Everything is so cheap compared to The Philippines.

It had been cloudy lately... but the blue skies are back. Still colder than I would like though. I've been using the central heating in the house to keep the temperature above 75° indoors. That seems to be the temperature at which I start to feel cold. Anything in the 60s and I'm just shivering.

Epril and I are still on the webcam pretty much 24 hours a day. She has a constant stream of sisters, friends, and cute babies parading through the house, keeping her company. The Skype video is pretty good I think, but the audio is rubbish. However, that might just be the crappy microphone on Epril's laptop too.

I got Epril's I-130 form finally sent out yesterday. It now costs $420 just to submit a form to the U.S. Government that essentially says, "Is it okay if I submit an application for this person to come live in America? We're married, you know." (Not the application to come live in America, mind you... just the form that tries to get permission to submit the application to come live in America.) I had to go out and get 2 passport photos of myself to submit with the package as well: $8 for 2 at the local parcel/mailbox store. A little steep.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yahoo Messenger voice by JAJAH is better and cheaper than Skype.Alot of people do not even knows it exists,but it does and it is superior.

Jungle Jil said...

Epril and I tried Yahoo Messenger. Is that the same thing as this JAJAH that you are referring to?

Anonymous said...

No,it is a pay for service.Yahoo messenger is free,pc to pc.Yahoo Messenger Voice,by JAHJA is different(same screen and accessed through Yahoo Messenger,it will appear as an adress line,for the # being called,on your Y.M page) in that it allows you to make phone calls to land-lines,cellphones,and PC's and is basically the same thing as Skype.It can be found by going into your Yahoo account profile under 'premium services'.If you get lost just go into the help section on your Yahoo Messenger home page.Y.M. voice by JAHJA is now 1.9 cents to/from the philippines to the states with a three cent connection fee.Skype is 2.4 cents with a six-8 cent connection fee.Over the course of a year the savings are visible enough to be considered a savings.It is also good to have when skype takes a dive in service/signal strength and vice-versa.Sometimes,as I am sure you know,signal strength determines which service will be better.Overall,I think Y.M.Voice by JAHJA is better.

Jungle Jil said...

By the way Anon, I checked and that website only averages about 5 or 6 visitors per day. Therefore, I don't concern myself with it.

Jungle Jil said...

Oh. Regarding the JAJAH isn't something I'd be interested in: Epril and I leave the PC-to-PC Skype connection on literally 24 hours per day because it is free. I'd only be interested in a better quality service if it was also free. At 1.9 cents per minute, I would be paying $27 per day for what I am getting for free via Skype. Thanks for the information though.

Richard said...

If you haven't registered at VisaJourney.com yet, do...lots of good info on the visa process. We're about 4.5 months into the process now....

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