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Moving Cross Country – Our Story

My wife and I were newly married when we decided to pack up and move across the country. I had a few job prospects out that way and she was game for anything. We didn’t have kids, we were young, nothing holding us back. We just jumped in the car one day with a small trailer carrying a few of our most prized possessions. It was our greatest adventure.

When we got there, we camped for a few days and begged people we barely knew to let us use their showers. I was going on a few job interviews that first week and definitely couldn’t go looking like I’d slept in a sleeping bag next to a fire. I got a job pretty quickly so we upgraded to one of those extended stay hotels. A microwave, a small stovetop, a fridge, and a shower.

This, of course, wasn’t cheap. And it ended up taking us a lot longer than we ever could have anticipated to find an apartment and we had to spend a good chunk of our savings to furnish it. All this before I brought home my first paycheck.

So, we had to look for ways to save money wherever we could. It was going to be tough, especially while my wife was still looking for work. We cut back as much as we could. Looked for very cheap car insurance no deposit. Only shopped at discount stores. Bought whatever we could in bulk. We had rice and some kind of vegetable almost every day for dinner for that first month because it was plentiful and cheap.

But, it was worth it. I ended up loving my job. I quickly blew through my probationary period and was offered a promotion within six months. My wife found a great teaching job at a small school within walking distance from our apartment. Things just clicked.

Last week, we got another piece of news. We’re soon to be a family of three. Well, four, if you count the dog we adopted last month. Yes, we’re having a baby. Right when we were debating upgrading to the expensive cable package again. Guess our cottage rental in ontario will also have to cancelled :(.  We decided that we were fine living the way we were – keeping our expenses as low as possible, living within our means, and even starting to save for a down payment on a house. Moving here was the best thing we ever did.

Pandas Don’t Want A Human Experience

Considering most people have only ever seen pandas in cartoons or YouTube videos, a lot of them are mighty judgemental at my going to the conservation centre in Chengdu and not taking the opportunity to hug one.

To be perfectly honest. I think it’s cruel. Pandas, if their behaviour is anything to go by, would actually quite like to just quietly die out.

I mean they eat for 16 hours a day and only move if they absolutely have to. They also hurl themselves around as though they want to fall on their head from a great height. And then they appear confused when they do in fact, land on their head from a great height.

Does that sound like a creature that cares about its survival?

Animals that want to achieve extinction do not want to socialise, not even with each other. So why on earth would they want to hug a family of 6 humans from Sheffield? Or me?

Also, pandas are kind of dirty when you see them in real life. You can’t expect something that lazy to keep up with its hygiene, they probably smell really bad, it would have rubbed off on me and I have this weird thing where I don’t like to stink of shit.

Not to mention the fact that the ‘small donation’ you have to leave in return for a reluctant panda hug would have alleviated me of my life savings.

So rather than run off to find a loans place near me, which I did:, and spend an awkward 10 minutes having a camera shoved in my face (which I get to experience in China for free most days anyway).

While I sit with an animal that has been dragged in and out of the same room all morning to be embraced by all manner of strangers and doesn’t want to be there. And end up with a photo I look awful in and a desperate need to take a shower.

I chose to just keep a respectful distance, for not a million dollars.

Bad credit car loans

Okay, here’s something you guy’s probably don’t know about me, I have bad credit. I’ve been trying to get a car loan for a while and had no luck. After googling for a few hours I ran into a pretty awesome site: I know it’s a Canadian site, but they do work with U.S customers ( Lucky me). Anyway I was able to find and compare bad credit car loans with the site. Found some very good loans ( low interest).

Wanted to give them a quick shoutout, in case anyone else has some credit problems.

Now on to real life. There’s a Streetfighter tourny in New Jersey on July 26th, 2016. Message me if you’re interested.

Finding Cheap Car Insurance in NJ

Okay, so recently I’ve had some bad luck and had someone crash into me. My car is completely messed up. But I learned two thing’s from this experience.

  1. My car is made out of paper ( Honda Civic). If this was a serious crash I would be dead. I need to buy a better and safer car…
  2. My insurance was horrible. Bad service, and had to fight tooth and nail to get them to cover anything.

After this entire mess was dealt with the first thing I did was start googling for cheap car insurance in NJ. I found an awesome site called

Put in your zip code and get dozens of insurance quotes. Real simple. I didn’t have to waste my time on the phone with the annoying insurance people.

I ended up finding some cheaper car insurance, and from a much better company.

P.S I’m realising a gaming video very soon. Get excited!