The big move did not happen right after I received my residence permit card because I did not want to travel alone. Although I did that as a tourist 3 years ago I still feel that I should have company when I leave the Philippines for good. So my husband booked a trip to pick me up from home and drag me to Sweden. While waiting for him and our departure I started working on everything that I need to take care of before starting a new life. I sent my notice of resignation at work which is probably one of the saddest thing I did because I love my job and the people I work with and 6.5 years is not a short time to be in one company but it had to be done. A month after, I was officially unemployed for the first time in 9 years! No salary, no bonuses, no office perks and that scares the independent woman in me. But then, my priorities have changed since I had my ‘I do’ in 2014. While waiting for my husband to pick me up, I made a to do list before I move to my new country of residence:
- Important documents – TOR, diploma, passport, residence card, birth certificate, marriage contract. Other documents are sent to my email like my last 3 months of Accenture payslip and BIR 2316.
- Wedding album, printed pictures and the rest are in my external hard drive.
- Money collection album
- Electronic devices and chargers
- Clothes and accessories – I did a lot of shopping.
- Special power of attorney for my last pay check
- Update bank information – mainly for my last name and status change
- Cut credit card
- Register residence permit card at CFO Cebu to get the sticker – very important, impossible to fly without the sticker.
I managed to meet up with my friends and family few weeks before I left and it was heartwarming to know there are people who actually will miss my company.
Fly day in Manila: The immigration officer to do list was – according to me!
- Checked passport and residence permit
- Checked for the CFO sticker in the passport
- Checked the certificate of guidance counseling from CFO
The very long flight went smooth and I only managed to sleep for 3 hours in total which is pretty bad especially when I have always been good at sleeping.
After about 20 hours in transit, I was in my new home, Sweden!