Getting Settled


But we’re just moving across town…

#sponsored My husband and I finally had an offer accepted on a house. We had been renting the most adorable cottage in Woodside for the past couple of years, but obviously couldn’t afford to buy there. We found our family home in San Bruno. We planned to manage the move ourselves. It wasn’t far, just up the 280. No problem, we’d just rent a van, as we had done so many times before. After all, we only had a little one-bedroom place. As moving day approached and our son started crawling, we panicked and called a moving company, just to […]


Networking: making friends in a new country

Finally, our child’s school – in my experience, the least common place to find friendships, but the most widely touted as a good place to form connections. Now if you aren’t a parent, this isn’t an option but if you are, most people will think that this is a good place to start. I find the school gates the least friendly place but it’s not impossible to find friends there.

beach with friends

Public Libraries: More Than Just a Book Lending Service

Do you know that there are around 17,000 public libraries in the US? In fact, there are more public libraries than McDonald’s restaurants here in North America. I have long heard how Americans adore their public libraries. After I migrated to the Bay Area, I knew I had to pay a visit to the local library.

Public Libraries

Community College: The First Step Towards an Ambitious Goal

I first heard about community college when I was looking for a recommendation on how to improve my English. A Bechtel International Center writing class instructor, upon hearing that my English goals are set far beyond composing a cover letter, came to me with the suggestion to take an English writing class at Foothill college.

Book stacks in a community college library

International Rescue Committee & Life in the Bay, making a difference together!

The IRC offices in Oakland, San Jose, Sacramento and Turlock (Northern California) offer many opportunities to assist with refugee resettlement. Whether you have time to act as a professional mentor, or even just help with a trip to the grocery store. You can make a difference.