In other, wtf, news

My younger brother lives overseas. Since my elder brother has had this awful terminal diagnosis, younger bro has made a few trips out here. He has always brought his Singaporean wife.


They (and their girls) were planning on coming out at Christmas; if my brother makes it that far, it will be the last family Christmas we have as siblings. It’s important, in other words.


But getting my SIL’s visa approval for this third visit, this year, has been hard. In the end. my mother and stepfather had to agree to vouch for her. That she would come out here and she would go back on the designated date. Ok, Australia is a little paranoid about illegal immigrants and we understand that: they guaranteed that she would fly that airline ticket home on the right date, or they would have to face repercussions.

But it is the repercussions that make me go ‘wtf?’

If my sister-in-law doesn’t make that flight out, then the family pets will be seized. Yep, my mother’s dog and cat will be taken away from her.


I am trying to look into this further. Is there a miscommunication somewhere? I can’t believe the Australian government would demand that or even enforce it.




About quirkycharm

I like to think that I have a certain quirky charm but I am probably being optimistic. Acquired taste, perhaps, which many don't acquire. This is about my fifth blog out there. My hosting companies kept going out of business or my IT exhusband kept hacking into them and I would move again. I don't do twitter, I barely do facebook, I don't try and 'monetize' my blog. I love my husband, my grown children and my job and this particular incarnation of oversharing my life comes at a time when I am the most content that I have ever been. I write always, sporadically during the good stuff and exhaustingly during the bad.
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