The Missing Years: 2010-2011

Just a brief recollection of the highlights from September 2009 to December 2011.

September – October 2009:
Busy collecting data for dissertation research. Battling knee injury (ITBS) while training for the NYC Marathon.

November 2009:
Completed the NYC Marathon in 6 hours 12 seconds on November 1, 2009.

December 2009:
Still collecting data for dissertation research.

January 2010:
Still collecting data for dissertation research.

February 2010:
Went for a job interview in Texas two days before my birthday.

March 2010:
Data collection finally ended. Dissertation submitted to committee at the end of March.

April 2010:
Dissertation defended successfully on April 15, 2010 (Tax deadline day). Vice-President Joe Biden was on Lehigh campus during my defense. That caused some inconveniences to my defense attendees but made my defense so much more memorable. Accepted a tenure-track academia job offer from the university in Texas. Found out that mom, dad, and aunt will be coming for my commencement. Good things come in threes!

May 2010:
Hooding ceremony and Commencement. Happy reunion with folks from Malaysia and Natalie from Missouri.

June-July 2010:
Transitioning from Pennsylvania to Texas. Finishing up research work at Lehigh. Packing and getting rid of stuff. Spent many hours looking for a newer used car. Said goodbye to the Passat and welcomed the Vibe (my Wai-Bee). Spent many hours online looking for an apartment in Texas. June 15, 2010 – Precious niece, Joanna, entered my world.

August 2010:
Drove to McKinney, TX, with all my earthly belongings in the car. Very thankful for the presence of my co-driver, Natalie. Stopped by Monticello on the way. Spent many hours setting up the apartment. Started new job.

September – October 2010:
Getting to know Texas, more specifically, the DFW Metroplex.

November 2010:
Skype interviewed for job in Singapore.

December 2010-March 2011:
Getting settled in Texas.

April 2011:
Made one of the most difficult decisions of my life: I accepted the job in Singapore.

May – June 2011:
Work continued on as usual.

July – August 2011:
Went back to Malaysia after 33 consecutive months in the US. Visited Singapore, my future home.

September 2011:
Submitted resignation letter to university in Texas. Planning for transition to Singapore began.

October 2011:
Took a trip with Marcela to visit San Francisco, Yosemite, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon. I had to visit the West Coast and also see the Grand Canyon before I left the US.

November 2011:
Sold my dearest car, Wai-Bee, to Natalie. Shipped most of my stuff to Singapore. Donated all my big furniture. Moved out of Greenhaven apartment.

December 2011:
Spent one more week at a friend’s place in McKinney, TX. Flew to Bethlehem, PA, to spend another week with some dear friends. Flew to Singapore to finalize on housing. Went back to Malaysia for cousin’s wedding and Christmas. Went to Singapore and began work on December 27, 2011.

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