"Alam n'yo kasi," the actress said on Showbiz Central, where she was a guest co-host earlier this month, "feeling ko, mahihirapan akong mag-adjust do'n, since my family will be here at napakalamig do'n. So, ang sa akin, feeling ko, we will still be here half the time or half the year. Kasi feeling ko, parang hindi ko naman kakayanin ang lamig. (You know, I have a feeling we'll have a hard time adjusting there, since my family will be here and it's really cold there. So, I have a feeling we will still be here half the time or half the year. I feel like I won't be able to last in the cold weather anyway.)"
Gelli also mentioned that she would definitely miss showbiz if and when she did migrate, which she explained would be several years down the road. "Parang nananalaytay na sa dugo ko ang pagiging artista. I started when I was like eight years old. So, yun nga ang ikinatatakot ko. (Being an artist runs in my blood....so that's what I'm afraid of.) I don't know how it's going to be. That's one of my concerns.
"But as for now, ang importante sa akin ay yung mga bata, magkaroon sila ng wider choices. I want them to have more choices in life. If they choose to live there [Canada] after they study, e, di fine. If they choose to live here [Philippines], e, di okay rin, di ba? Pero dito pa rin naman kami ni Ariel [Rivera, Gelli's husband]. Matagal na matagal pa 'yan. (But as for now, what's important to me are the kids, that they get wider choices... but Ariel and I will still remain here. That's still in the future.)"
For most people, moving abroad immediately translates to "better work opportunities," but, like Gelli, many also come to realize that this is not a decision to be made lightly, and it requires giving up a lot of the comforts of home.
Here are ten questions to ask yourself before jumping the gun (or jumping on the next flight).
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