We were told yesterday that we will be heading to Manila next June for our second post. I don’t really want to get into all the reasons we are not too happy about this posting. It has nothing to do with the city. We think it’s going to be great for our family, that is not the point. It is a 20% differential so considered a hardship post, we are leaving a 25% differential post. It was ranked 20th on our list. We had 19 places all over S. America and Europe above this ONE Asian post. It’s just amazing to me how time and again we are told one thing, such as, “You’d never go from one hardship to another hardship your first two tours.” or “They want entry level officers to have the experience of a hardship post and an easier post.” or “When leaving a hardship post, especially a 25% one in Africa, you can guarantee ending up in the continent you want to be.” just to have it thrown in our faces. Again, it’s not the city, I’m sure it’s great. We don’t need any encouragement there. It’s a lot of other personal factors that make this upsetting. We’ll make the best of it and I’m sure we’ll love it, but it’s very hard not feeling disheartened and defeated. I just hope, hope, hope we get housing where I can take the kids for a walk to the park and the coffee shops and the mall. That sounds like a dream to me.
I’ll leave you with a few cool things.
- Our son, who will be born this July, will have lived on three different continents before the age of one.
- We’ll have household help again, this time I’ll hire someone who can cook.
- We’ll qualify for the student loan repayment plan again. So good by to our thousands of dollars a month payments we were making so to pay it off by the end of this tour and hello to a new Mac (per my husband’s request).
- Traveling to other countries seems to be cheap and easy. We have a great friend who is posted from the Mexico boarder to Bangkok. Flights there are super cheap. Hope you don’t mind a couple of tired parents and their two kids every now and then, Andrew! : )
- Lastly, there is a direct flight to Vancouver BC (15 hrs.) so we will be able to fly there and drive down to Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma and over to Walla Walla. That in it self is amazing.