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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Have I made the right choice?

Question from Lyn: What would be the best answer to the question "Why NZ?"?. Dami po kasing nagtatanong sa akin bakit sa NZ ko gusto magmigrate and though I’m answering them, I think my answer is still not as convincing to them and somewhat to myself.

It is a nagging question in the minds of all would be migrants – “Have I made the right choice?”. But before you can answer that, you have to first resolve the question “Why leave?”. If you can't come up with an answer to this that convinces yourself, then there's no point finding an answer to "Why NZ?".

An Indian migrant said in an interview with Migrant News:

When we leave our country we have to understand why we leave that country. There was something we didn't like there. In a mathematical sense it is good, but in an emotional sense it's not. Everyone misses his or her own country. I'm no different. We all miss our families, friends and those familiar roads. But we just have to adapt. Life here is good.

Once it is clear to you the reasons why you want to leave, then you examine each of the possible countries you can go to. I can suggest a logical approach for making your choice. Decide on a list of criteria such as employment, education, suitability to your lifestyle, peace and order, housing, relocation, migrant support (could come from friends or institutions), healthcare, and the chance of successfully acquiring a visa among others. Score each country against each of these criteria from 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest. Sum up all the scores for each country. The country that gets the highest score is logically your best option.

Then when you’re asked why you chose NZ, you can say that after comparing a number of countries you've come to the conclusion that NZ could provide you and your family the best possible future.

Or you can come up with standard responses such as “NZ is perfect for raising a family”, “NZ provides a laid back lifestyle”, etc. etc. (If you want to suck up to the visa officer (VO), you might add: "I'm confident I have something positive to contribute to NZ", or something to that effect). If you want to know my reasons, you can extract them from some of my previous posts, such as “My Filipino Dream”.

What you should bear in mind is that there is no single best answer to your question “Why NZ?” that will apply to everyone.The best answer is the one that suits your situation but most importantly the one you are convinced of. If someone said, “I’m allergic to smog, so I want to move to NZ because air there is fresher”, as long as he/she is convinced with that answer, who could contest his/her decision?

The main thing is, before you can convince others (your VO will be one of those), you first have to convince yourself. For what is the good of convincing everyone else if you can’t convince yourself?

"Recognize that all words are part false and part true, limited by our imperfect understanding. But strive always for honesty within yourself." - Master Kan


  • the question i will ask you is not 'Why NZ?' but 'Why migrate?' which has an obvious reason but still would want to hear from you personally if given the chance. i think i have to fight my fear of migrating though i have this desire to experience 'good life'.

    By Blogger bing, at 11:56 PM, May 24, 2005  

  • habang binabasa ko ang post mo, I remember the time when I applied in an agency para lumabas ng bansa... sa Canada sana, but when they checked my papers.... :-( bagsak!


    Siya nga pala i added your blog in Pinoy bloggers directory at Okay lang po ba?


    Ate Bing, kala ko ba nasa Washington ka ngayon?


    Regards to all//

    By Blogger Ka Webspy, at 4:56 AM, May 25, 2005  

  • yes bing, that is the first question to ask. "why leave?" depende sa current situation mo sa atin, the reason could be obvious or not. kung ok ka naman sa atin, medyo mahirap i-justify. pero kung hirap ka, there is nothing to justify.

    i think foremost in my mind of why i left is the healthcare system in our country. my mum died of cancer and we spent a lot for medical expenses. ako ayokong magkasakit sa atin ng katulad ng cancer. hindi lang dahil masakit kundi dahil magastos. i don't want to burden my family of the expense.

    isa sa reasons why i chose NZ, kasi maganda ang healthcare system. kung magkasakit man ako at maospital ng matagal, i have nothing to worry about paying hospital bills. there is no financial burden to my family.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 8:20 AM, May 25, 2005  

  • hi ka webs,
    welcome dito sa munting blog ko. nag-try din ako noon sa canada, pero wala akong na-receive na reply from them kaya dito ako napadpad sa nz. why not try nz this time?

    thanks for adding my blog to the directory, basta walang bayad. haha

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 8:22 AM, May 25, 2005  

  • Kami naman nagdecide lang talaga nung pati family business namin ay naging halos unsustainable (naghihingalo) na. It is a sad fact, pero para sa namamasukan, for the same effort/energy expended in your job, you get better quality of life abroad. Kahit pareho pa ang pay level, at least the govt is functioning. Sa tax rate nalang: halos pareho (32% tax rate dito if above P500,000pesos ang kita per year) pero di madeliver ang madaming basic services.

    By Blogger Sassafras, at 3:00 PM, May 25, 2005  

  • I totally agree with you that the person whom you should really convince is no one else but yourself. Of course, other people can relate their experience and from them, you can be enriched with their perspective in life. However, always bear in mind that what works for others may not work for you and vice-versa.

    One person tells you something positive and another one shares something negative. The best strategy is to weigh what suits you best and what your priorities are and then, you can assess what life and environment you are seeking for.

    It's almost like when somebody asks you " Where do you live?" Then your reply would be " I live in North Shore". That person may reply " Ang Layo naman ng tirahan mo". Well, that statement alone saying na malayo ang tirahan mo is subjective, and it totally depends upon what landmark you are referring to. For some people, that place would be far while for some, it will be in proximity to their area. Ibig sabihin, nasa taong tumitingin yoon at walang sagot na mali. Any response is right as long as it makes sense to the person stating it.


    By Anonymous Mystica, at 3:41 PM, May 25, 2005  

  • Mystica,
    very well said. sabi ko na sa yo dapat may sariling blog ka na e.

    By Blogger Ka Uro, at 3:45 PM, May 25, 2005  

  • hi mystica, i was stunned by how adept you expressed those things about making decisions. "Any response is right as long as it makes sense to the person stating it." very nice... wala pa siyang blog, ka uro?

    By Blogger bing, at 8:58 PM, May 25, 2005  

  • Hi Bing aka Juliet,

    Thank you so much for your lovely comments about my insights. Nakakaflatter naman taking it from you knowing that you are a very articulate writer. Ka Uro has always been encouraging me to start my own blog. Yaan mo, malapit na. And I am hoping that you will visit it often. It's nice to have a friend thru this Blog columns. Count me as a friend.


    By Anonymous Mystica, at 9:48 AM, May 26, 2005  

  • Ka Uro thanks a lot for the insights...and to Mystica, thanks also...
    Basically, I already know why I wanted to leave and was determined of it. Gusto ko lang pong kumuha ng feedback/insights, specially to all those people now living in NZ, why they chooses NZ above any other country. Kasi po, Im into exploring all possible ways of knowing anything about NZ, so as to familiarize myself to the life and world Im gearing into (praying and hoping that I'll be allowed and be given a visa - I just submitted my EOI and waiting for the results)

    Thats why, this blog is really a big help to me. Sana po di kayo magsawang sumagot sa mga tanong ko

    Again, thank you and may God bless you always.


    By Anonymous lyn, at 6:03 PM, May 26, 2005  

  • Hi Lyn,
    Naks naman nagpasalamat ka rin sa akin at namention ako. Mukhang sisikat ako sa mga blogs ni Ka Uro ha.

    Anyway, I am glad that you are considering of applying for a visa to NZ. Ang masasabi ko lang ay that is the wisest decision you can make. NZ is like a paradise not only from the outside but to what beautiful things it can offer. Good luck to you and hope to communicate again soon.

    p.s. Pasensiya na Ka Uro for using your blogs column sa comments ha. Sikat ka kasi kaya nandito kami eh. Thanks uli.


    By Anonymous Mystica, at 3:37 PM, May 28, 2005  

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