I've made this decision the very week I've started a new semester. It's a very busy time of new beginnings with teaching and other things. But while I am starting some things, at the same time I have to look ahead to the not very distant future. It will be a great challenge for me to pack up my office and books after 12 years here. This is the challenge of the near term.
The long term challenge will be to quickly adjust to a new city, new university, and new environment. I believe that by going by myself, before my wife and daughter join me, I'll be able to overcome these early challenges, learn the lay of the land, and make the adjustment easier for them. So while it will be hard at first, I see this too as a good thing.
Finally, I think it will be much more interesting to blog while living in Macau. I've looked online and can't find any bloggers, which is quite unlike Taiwan where many people blog. This could be a really interesting, informative, and creative outlet for me and anyone interested in reading my musings.