First of all, I want to sincerely apologize for being absent from the blog for such a long time. Looking at the comments and questions, I notice that several people were expecting replies from me, but I wasn’t available. I had been pretty engaged in the blog until Fall last year and had been wanting to take a break for sometime now.
Change of government gave me a good opportunity to take a break and reflect on where my family and I stand, and how we want to proceed further. After living in denial for a week or so, and looking at all the folks protesting against the new President, we decided to take one day at a time. There are things that we can control and there are things that we can’t. Instead of burying ourselves into the sorrow of the big unknown, we decided to continue to live as if nothing has changed (yet). I understand this peace of mind is a luxury not everyone has, especially workers who are yet to get their H-1s, students who are yet to graduate etc.
Once I was out of the denial phase, I decided to engage in something positive. So what did I do:
– Have I told you that I am philatelist. I have 100% of Indian stamps issued post Independence and almost 95% of US stamps ever released. The albums and catalogs were little out of date and I spent most of the winter break bringing them back in shape.
– Started engaging myself in churning i.e. credit card and bank bonus churning. Learned few tricks, and started earning miles and points. Instead of accumulating them all over the place, became better in earning, managing and tracking them.
– Did a small vacation overseas using the miles earned above. While on vacation, travel ban 1.0 went into place. Didn’t know what to expect at PoE, but nothing happened. Although while overseas we did come across people who asked us if we are sure that we would be allowed to return to US.
Now that I have taken a break, I plan to be more active on the forum again. So if you have any questions that I missed, please post them here or just add a new comment below your original question and I will try to answer it.
Here is to hoping that new/amended laws would make life better for at least most of us, if not all.
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