Tuesday, 5 August 2014

9 months in!

Since so many readers have been asking for updates, here's a quick update. In pictures! (because a picture speaks a thousand words and we have gotten lazy! ;P )


Say goodbye to MRT!



We have witnessed the change in seasons... 

 
gone skiing...


gone hiking...

played with snow...
(not our snowman, arms belong to S)

attended some festivals...

found the best coffee on the planet...

interacted with some native wildlife...

witnessed other non-natives in their element...

picked up a new hobby / toy / set of wheels...

visited a really crowded beach...
 
and set foot at some places that are best described without words...


such as this...

and this.


Yes, we have been living it up, just like we said we would. There have been ups and downs during our time here but we have never looked back. Our health has improved, there's so much to look forward to on weekends and there is work life balance - now we average 8 hours of sleep a night. There have been some small milestones achieved in our 9 months here and hopefully many more to come!

To all readers who are still in the process of migrating to Oz, don't lose hope! The destination is worth the wait. Genuine comments and valid queries will still be responded to when we have the time.

To those Singaporean readers who are looking for endless comparisons between Australia and Singapore, don't bother. You have already decided in your mind that Singapore is the best, why ask? We will be watching the drama of 2016 from here, thank you very much.

To all other readers who need constant updates, please visit asingaporeanson, the blog next door. He posts more frequently and writes in a more interesting manner, y'know?

Cheerios!
A

22 comments:

  1. Hi, i have been following yr post ever since we have stepped on the path to migration. And yes. We did it. It was approved 1st July but horribly delay for one whole month by them and we only got the grant letter in early Aug. Well, i guess good things are worth waiting for. Take care.

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    1. Congrats! Where have you decided to settle?

      -S

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  2. Thanks!. Cosmopolitan cities like melbourne and sydney are definitely in our consideration. Or even brisbane where i have stayed there for a period of time many years back. However my top priority is getting employed so maybe where to settle will also largely depend on where have the most relevant job opportunities for me. Probably will need to start some jobs hunting prior to landing. And ya, will also read back on your posts on post landing to have better directions. We are targetting around mid Nov for 1st entry.

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    1. Or you could do a recce trip like one of our friends did, and check them all out. :)

      -S

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  3. Yes, recce sounds good but then we cant wait to land there asap and start something new there. So maybe we will just pick one state, probably by rowing dice? LOL.

    Land 1st decide later :)

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  4. S S S!!! SOS! Sorry I couldn't find your email address, got something (private) to ask u... can let me know where ur email add is?

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  5. There are a number of reasons why we don't publish our email addresses.

    If you really must, ask in a comment or leave *your* email address ;)

    -S

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    1. Hi Ludwig, may I know how long it took (from day of visa 189 application lodgement) for it to be granted? I lodged mine at the end of Jul 2014 and am hoping it would be soon. Or am I asking for the sky? :p

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  7. Good to see both of you settled well here, Congrats! Hope can lim kopi with u 1 day!

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  8. Indeed, pictures speak a thousand words. Congrats on your new life in Aussie!!

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  9. Hi! I am moving to Melbourne soon to be with my husband. I just want to ask which forwarder you can recommend and if you can give me a rough estimate how much its going to cost? is it per box? weight? Thanks!

    And glad I found your blog! :) will be following your posts. :)

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    1. Thanks for reading! Just avoid Seven Seas.

      Do your shopping online. I might have mentioned a suggestion elsewhere on our blog which I heard from someone else, but can't really be stuffed to dig it up. Sorry.

      -S

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    2. Hi,

      We used a mover and booked the whole container. Cost us about $6k - $7k .. we actually went to buy furniture and stuff in SG to bring over because it's cheaper :-p

      Cheers

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    3. I really think that you don't know how to shop here, if the "furniture and stuff" in sg is cheaper.

      Even if it can be teleported here, I wouldn't bother. But then, sales and offers abound in Melbourne.

      Just came home from a visit to sg. Bought almost nothing.

      -S

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  10. Congrats on being 11 months in!

    Was just checking out the immi.gov.au website and this threw me for a loop "If you or anyone included in your application has served in the armed forces of any country: submit scanned colour copy of military service record or discharge papers"

    Could I check with you how you obtained your military service record?

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    1. Hi Dodger, thanks for your comment!

      Wrt your query, the SAF (singapore military) gave me mine. Check with your department. I had a testimonial and transcript.

      From what I understand, people get at least a transcript.. That will do for immi.

      -S

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    2. Thanks S!

      Unfortunately NS call centre says they have no concept of such a document (testimonial or transcript) - really hate dealing with them.
      I'm supposed to use the certificate of service which we received when we completed our 2 1/2 years.

      Your department did well by you :)

      Thanks anyway man!

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    3. That certificate of service should be fine. I forgot about that thingy... Small department, short stints as appointment holder, so not many NSFs ORD-ded under my watch.

      Yeah, NS call centre probably sucks balls. In RSN there's this thing called iPershub which is surprisingly helpful AND efficient (which is more than can be said for... nvm). Is there an equivalent in your service?

      -s

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  11. Hello S and A,
    No problem with publishing my comment. Recording your experiences, sharing it with others is great. Also many thanks for accepting the invitation.

    Thanks
    Preethi

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  12. Just wanted to say thank you for setting up this blog and providing hope for us. I'm enjoying the posts and am renewed in my fervour to migrate! Waiting for my partner's COC to be done (He's from HK and we're applying as a de facto couple - SG has no legal recognition for same sex couples) and crossing our fingers to head over next year!

    I am a motorhead as well and would love to talk about cars and driving! audi boy sg @ g ma il . c o m

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