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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Is it time to go home yet? I need some advice please!

There's nothing better than knowing that you passed all the milestones and are bored out of your mind because you have nothing else to do for the time being.

So I'm just chilling in my pod right now, trying REALLY hard to seem productive but just updating my blog... Yeah, I just hope that they don't check my browser history. *fired*

As we are moving toward with the program, we are facing being placed in various parts of the country. We are going to have the placement talk with our manager to see where we want to go and where we will be better fitted.

Here are my top 3 choices:

1. Seattle, WA <--I LOVE rain; I don't have to pay state tax/can drive to Oregon where there's no sales tax; I can make a short trip to Canada; my mom and I have always talked about being there. It's also a great market.

2. Denver, CO <--Nathan. We have been talking a lot about how our future, and me moving back to Denver for the rest of the 2 years of his PhD will definitely strengthen our relationship. Even though he said he wants me to go where I want to go, but I know he secretly wants me to go back. It's also a great market, but

3. Austin, TX <--I've never been there, but I heard it's like Boulder but more hip. Apparently businesses are booming there.

Anyone has lived/been to those places? Any advice/recommendations are more than welcome!

Thanks everyone!

<3

Tao

17 comments:

Lindsay @ A Walk in the Closet said...

So if you moved to Denver, after 2 years would it be likely you can or will want to move elsewhere?

Because if so, I would move to Denver now and then reconsider Austin or Seattle or elsewhere together afterwards.

This might make me sound old fashioned or unfeminist or something but if I knew this would the person I wanted to be with permanently, I would make the move to be with them if I had the option and they didn't.

I know people say long distance relationships are doable but for me, it's not that. I just wouldn't be able to spend that much time apart without feeling miserable.

Pragmacat said...

I've lived in Boulder and Seattle. If you like the outdoors and doing out-doorsy things, Denver is great. It's also affordable. I call Denver a pseudo-city because, although it has some culture/art/interesting food, it's still not super diverse. Oh, and it is dry dry dry. Chapped lips, itchy skin, etc.

Rain is my favorite weather and I'm a West Coast person at heart, so I'd personally pick Seattle. Green is also my favorite color, so that's another point for Seattle. :-D

Austin is neat but...humid. So. Humid. Muggy. Gah.

caomei said...

I live in Tacoma 30-45min drive to Seattle depends on traffic.
I dont know about the other two places because i never been there, but Seattle is a great choice esp if you love rain! its a great city :D

delicate hummingbird. said...

i'm soo so happy for you that you and Nathan have found your way back together! wherever you decide to go, i wish both of you the best!

Haley said...

Personally I'd move back to Colorado. but i'm just the type of person that would move anywhere for my relationship (i moved from oklahoma to england for it!)

do what you think is best of course, but deep down the mushy part of me just wants to see you and nathan work out :)

Kay said...

Those are some tough options! I think it seems even more challenging since there are emotions tied in to one of the locations. If I were in your shoes I'd go with Seattle. I live in Vancouver, Canada and head down to Seattle and other parts of WA every so often. It's a great city with lots to do. And if you love rain, well, that's the place to be! It's also just a few hours to Oregon and British Columbia - so you're not very far from stuff. And if you love food as much as I do, you'll appreciate the bountiful amount of seafood and variety of cuisines.

hfbye09 said...

i have lived in austin, and it is great for young professionals. there is so much to do there, not just go out... people are very active there. i would love to live in seattle- i think i would really like it there.

Anonymous said...

Hello, lurker and long time reader of your blog. I also live in Seattle. Its a great city, with beaches, lakes, mountains and even desert in the eastern parts. There are tons of things to do outdoors in the summer. The rain will get to you but it just makes summer so beautiful here.

Having said this, I think you should use the whole of your head and half of your heart when making decisions regarding placement. Either of those 3 cities will be great for you and they'd be happy to have you.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tao. Im glad your almost done with your program, now you can start on the actual job. Im probably gonna sound like a broken record but go with your heart.

If i was in your situation I would go where ever my love is. Career is really important to me; im working on my master right now. but my bf and i agree we would move in together and go where ever there is jobs available.

I visited Seattle once only but i love it. If my bf doesn't agree to go live there i wouldn't go without him.

Good luck with your choice. i know its really important so take some time away and decide on what you want most out of this

Samsoona said...

I live in Houston and visit Austin often, it's great for young people, there's a huge industry of young professionals there the downside is there are a lot of college students. It's that kind of town where you can find everything you want to do, it caters to everyone. That being said your choice is tough, best of luck!

Jessica said...

Hi Tao,

I've been living in Seattle for almost 11 months now and it's been great so far. I'm from Socal originally, so it was quite a change climate-wise. Seattle is dark and damp for half the year. It does help for working/studying though. I didn't think traffic could get worse than LA, but I think it is actually worse in Seattle. It seems like roads and freeways are always clogged. It's hard to get east-west in the city. I'm living in Ballard (NW part of the city) and it's such a trek to get to other neighborhoods sometimes. My boyfriend works 15 miles north of the city (where a lot of tech companies are) and it takes him an hour to get home.

Now for the good stuff about Seattle.. The population is generally well-educated, tech savvy, liberal and environmentally conscious. Most of the people I've met are from out of state and came here for work or school, so you won't feel out of place.

Seattleites identify strongly with their neighborhoods. I haven't experienced that in other cities. Each neighborhood has its own blog/website. The Ballard one is quite active.

Public transportation is good. Buses are clean and mostly on time. The light rail system could be more comprehensive, but the city is working on that.

Summer is awesome. Late June to mid-September had absolutely perfect weather. The hottest day of 2011 (had to chuckle at this) was 85 degrees in August. People go crazy when the sun's out since normal Pacific Northwest weather is damp and in the 40s. Also, the days are really long. It doesn't get completely dark til past 10pm.

Also love that we're right in the middle of Portland and Vancouver. I love taking little trips down to Portland for concerts and the food. And for shopping!

The food in Seattle is good. I've lived in LA and the SF bay area so I've been spoiled with good food cities. I would put Seattle below the Bay though in ranking. I really miss the cheap Asian food in California as well as good Mexican. There are a few hidden gems though. And of course, people know their coffee here.

Good luck with your decision!

Anonymous said...

I live in Seattle. Summer is like paradise here, but other seasons are too much rain, too many grey days. After days and days later still have to deal with the rainy, the grey weather , you would just feel sad, and lost the motivation of wanting to go out to do anything. It's fun to see the rain once a while, but have to deal with it everyday is another story. Unless you love the grey, the rainy weather, otherwise, I would not recommend Seattle.

Audrey Wong said...

Tao,

I have been reading your blog posts for a while now :)

Anyways, I am all for finding the love of your life but I don't think moving to Denver for 2 years for Nathan to finish his PhD will solve your problem. I am from Singapore and I had a long relationship with my bf for 2 years before I decided to move to Florida, and get married with him. It was hard but we survived. Although distance is a problem, it shouldn't be the excuse. If the bottom of your heart knows it will work, trust your instincts.

My advise is, go where you think you'll grow the most. If he loves you, he'll go where you are after his 2 years ;)

Chel said...

go where your heart leads you to. i know it sounds corny but hey. =)

KT said...

I would say move to the place where your heart is.. think about what's more important for you (job or relationship).

I moved from Maryland to Oklahoma to be with my fiance, personally, it helps to think about where would u like to be in next 5, 10 years :)

Audrey said...

I would love to move back to Seattle within the year- I miss it.
The food, the stores, being able to go to Vancouver on the weekends, etc.

As far as Austin goes, I've lived there for a few years due to a job promotion and I did love the city but, there were many things I disliked:

The first main thing is that it's a pretty small city compared to other larger cities and the traffic is horrendous. You either have to take I-35 or Loop 1 to get anywhere (from one end to the other) and I have never experienced a day where I was traffic-free.

Second, it's a city driven on college students and young adults.

Third, it's not too diverse so, I found myself hunting down good Asian restaurants. If there were any, they weren't too good so, I would have to make weekend trips to Dallas (5 hours away).

Fourth, very expensive. I found myself renting an apartment for almost $1.2k a month and Austin in general is an expensive place.

I find that Austin is a great place to start your career and to build up your resume a little to try and obtain something larger. Also, I don't think Austin jobs are too reliable. I was promoted into Samsung but, it seems that they only needed me for a few years and then wanted to "get rid of me". Also, keep in mind, again, that Austin is small so being laid off or moved is a common thing around there.

Overall, it's a great little city packed with hip culture just, not good for the long run.

I just wanted to throw in a few of my opinions in since you didn't know too much about it :)

Best of luck to you, Tao!

Audrey said...

I would love to move back to Seattle within the year- I miss it.
The food, the stores, being able to go to Vancouver on the weekends, etc.

As far as Austin goes, I've lived there for a few years due to a job promotion and I did love the city but, there were many things I disliked:

The first main thing is that it's a pretty small city compared to other larger cities and the traffic is horrendous. You either have to take I-35 or Loop 1 to get anywhere (from one end to the other) and I have never experienced a day where I was traffic-free.

Second, it's a city driven on college students and young adults.

Third, it's not too diverse so, I found myself hunting down good Asian restaurants. If there were any, they weren't too good so, I would have to make weekend trips to Dallas (5 hours away).

Fourth, very expensive. I found myself renting an apartment for almost $1.2k a month and Austin in general is an expensive place.

I find that Austin is a great place to start your career and to build up your resume a little to try and obtain something larger. Also, I don't think Austin jobs are too reliable. I was promoted into Samsung but, it seems that they only needed me for a few years and then wanted to "get rid of me". Also, keep in mind, again, that Austin is small so being laid off or moved is a common thing around there.

Overall, it's a great little city packed with hip culture just, not good for the long run.

I just wanted to throw in a few of my opinions in since you didn't know too much about it :)

Best of luck to you, Tao!