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PinkMagnoliaPinkMagnolia Quezon CityTotal Reaction Points: 9Member
Can we start an updated thread for everyone planning to do their BiGMove to Aus this 2018-2019? For those who moved this year, maybe you can share tips?
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  • SGtoAUSGtoAU SingaporeTotal Reaction Points: 31Member
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    @PinkMagnolia which city po kayo mag move?
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  • batmanbatman Gotham City (soon NT)Total Reaction Points: 370Member, Moderator
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    Kmi early 2019. If may job offer before that. Then bm na khit wala 2019. Going to Northern Territory.
    221213 External Auditor|489 - 70pts - SS NT
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  • JLFJLF SgTotal Reaction Points: 55Member
    edited October 8 Posts: 82
    June lodgement / Sep Grant / sydney / BM Nov 2018 :)
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  • PixiepiePixiepie PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 65Member
    edited November 28 Posts: 255
    @JLF How are you po dyan?
    And all...

    BM this Dec, Melbourne. Ang dami po maiiwan, any advise?

    1. On money to be left in Phil bank? Safety deposit box option?
    2. Property?
    3. Luggages?
    4. Things (pang misis :) ), kinds of clothes to bring?
    I'm planning to bring towels, airbed, fleece blankie, few glasses &cups (gifts).
    - Adaptors, mahal daw dyan
    - blower and straightener
    - medicine (gaano ba kadami pwede? and ano ang allowed?) may nabasa kasi ako 3months supply daw pede, may rhinitis kasi ako at anak ko
    - kikay things (question for wife :) )
    5. Personal documents, resume copies need po ba?
    Yan palang naiisip ko so far.
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  • JLFJLF SgTotal Reaction Points: 55Member
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    @Pixiepie hello. Kakalipat lang namin ng house kaya ngayon lang nag ka wifi.

    1. Accts - Kami halos SG accounts, maintain pa din namin including CC pero big part din ng savings is ni-move namin sa AU acct namin. May mga banks na nag oofer ng good interest rates so sayang din, at least natubo kahit papano.

    2. Property - same. Maintain lang. Wala kami dinispose muna.

    3. Luggagessss - hahaha eto ang pinakachallenging sa lahat lol. Family of 4 kami. Meron kaming 30kg each from Emirates. Sobrang hirap mag pack kung alin ang mas importante at alin ang iiwan. In the end, meron pa din kaming 40kg na ipapabox from Sg (by sea). Yung handcarry namin actually sobra sobra sa max. 2 laptop bag pero walang laman laptop. Mga documents na sobrang bigat. Buti hinde kami na check sa Sg. Then pagdating naman sa sydney, sa awa siguro mg officer samen sa dami namin bitbit hinde na kami pinadaan sa scan na may sobrang habang pila.total- 5 big luggages, 1 big sako bag for shoes (more than 20 pairs ata inc kids) 3 handcarry na trolley. 1 kid backpack, 1 tote bag for me, 2 laptop bags at isang plastic bagfor pillow ng kids. Stroller. Kawawa si hubby haha

    4. Initially we plan to bring our airbed, 2 queen size na pwedeng magkapatong or magkahiwalay. Kaso 9kg sayang ang kakainin sa bagahe. So pinadala na lang namin pinas. Towels, blankets are more cheaper here. Pero nagdala din ako ng at least isa para sa pagdating may gagamitin na. So I suggest kung meron na kayo, pwedeng dalhin pero kung bibilhin nyo from there, better dito na lang. Sarap mag shopping lol. Clothes dito medyo nalamig pa din esp night and early morning. Mainit naman sa tanghali. Pero no need na mga down jackets. Kung mag job hunting pa kayo I think yun yung importante din.

    4. Adaptors - yes need to bring. Mahirap maghanap dito kasi iba yung shape ng outlet nila haha. Buti na lang bingyan kami nung owner nga tinirahan namin sa airbnb. Galing pa daw yun ng china. Hehe

    5. Blower - iniwan ko din. Pero kung hinde bulky ok din to bring. Pero may mabibili naman din mura. Hinde ko nga lang kilala brand haha.

    6. Medicine and vits- I tried to bring as much as I can dahil may rhinitis at asthma din kids ko. Humingi talaga ko pedia ng supply. halos lahat nasa handcarry yun except powder medicines saka big bottles ng ViTs. Hinde lang kami dumaan sa scan here so not sure kung
    May limit sila.

    7.kikay things- make up at skincare. If you are into korean make up and skincare. Wala pa ko makita or hinde ko pa alam san hahanapin lol. Puro drugstore brands halos.

    8.documents - yes anlaki ng nakain nito sa weight ng bagahe namin. Praning lang mula ng nag apply ng PR lol. Hinde mo alam alin ang baka kelanganin sa future. Yung resume, yes better bring esp kung wala kayo access sa printer. Pero pwede din mag print sa mga local libraries. Cents lang bayad.

    Ayun. So based on personal experience lahat haha. Some of my answers may not be advisable sa iba. Like pag risk ng excess bagagae at medicines. But I hope makatulong sa BM nyo. Godbless and enjoy the moment.
    Pixiepie Grifter Rodelc_sg irenesky snmgil jon1101a
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  • PixiepiePixiepie PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 65Member
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    @JLF
    Many thanks for sharing your BM experiences.. :) very helpful and natuwa ako sa mga advise mo lol especially korean make ups i have 1 lng na lip tint.. Lol :) others are known makeup brands nmn.. I hope madala ko ung iba.

    Few follow up question pa po,
    1. Funds from Phils - how's the tax rate?
    2. Airbnb muna po kau? Hm po per day inabot? Ndi muna kau nakitira sa friends?
    3. Shipped things by sea, ilan kgs inabot sis?
    4. Shoes? Mura kaya dyan?

    You know what sis, more than a month n kami naka garage sale and we have disposed a lot na. Pero ang dami pa din Lol! Small things and few big appliances

    Ipapa tracking n namin sa Mindoro mangyans ang iba, sa church ng friend ko dun..
    cyborg5
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  • JLFJLF SgTotal Reaction Points: 55Member
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    @Pixiepie haha medyo ka stress mag empake for BM. Kami din dami namin pina ship sa pinas, may mga na donate din saka pinamigay sa friends. Pero yung bagahe laging may dagdag bawas everyday.

    1. Yung funds thru ibanking lang namin Transfer. Medyo mababa nga lang ang exchange rate. Ramdam mo difference kapag malaki yung amount. Nagbaon kami ng cash na pinapalit namin sa money changer mas maganda ang rates nila.

    2. Airbnb kami for 3 weeks. May sister ako sa adelaide, may mga friends kami sa Melbourne pero wala kami gaano kakilala sa Sydney. Lol. Pero sobrang ok yung nakuha namin sa airbnb, mga less than 1300 Aud yung total of 3 weeks. Naka promo kasi siya nun kaya swerte din. Ngayon dec halos doble na rent nya. maganda yung unit plus maganda location. Nanigurado din kasi kami baka mahirap maghanap ng permanent place pero sobra sobra na halos yung 3 weeks. Able to secure a place before 2nd week pero hinde kami nag move in agad kasi sayang bayad sa airbnb. Hehe ang maganda lang nakahanap ng work si hubby bago kami naghanap ng bahay kaya malapit sa work nya.

    3. From Sg, by sea 20kg is 100 plus aud. By Air is mga 300 plus for 20kg. So dun kami sa mura lol. Mga winter clothes saka mga house decor na hinde ko mabitawan ang pinaship namin. Buti na lang malayo pa winter.

    4. Shoes, sa Sg kasi laging sale ang shoes. Kaya pag compare ko dito parang mas mura sa SG esp rubber shoes. Kahit naka sale parang hinde ganun kalaki. Pero pag department stores na home brand mura dito lalo sa kids. Btw, halos new shoes lang dinala namin kasi nabasa ko mahigpit sila sa mga soiled at dirt sa sapatos. Baka ipaisa isa samen hehe.

    Lapit na BM nyo. Balitaan mo ko :)
    jon1101a
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  • PixiepiePixiepie PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 65Member
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    Correct @JLF stressful sobra!
    Hay, imbes n nag eempake.. Nakatutok ako sa disposal hay!!

    Okies we'll try to bring as much AUD na allowed..

    Ok din pala mag airbnb.. And super swerte nmn ng hubby mo, nkakuha agad ng work.. What field po if i may ask?

    Sa melby nga pala kami.. End week of Dec. Sarado daw govt offices, sana makakuha pa rin kami ng ids, or credentials to use sa pag rent..

    Naku, ayun lang, baka shoes pala maging prob namin.. We plan to bring used shoes.

    Sa current empake namin, kulang sa 30kg ang mga bags.. Sana soon, ma estimate n namin.

    Super thankful sa mga advise mo sis..

    :)
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  • k_ann_15k_ann_15 Total Reaction Points: 41Member
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    hi @Pixiepie and @JLF. we are also doing our BM this coming March ang our target city is melbourne. i just want to ask the following questions and i hope you can advise on which best step i should take:

    1) SG based kami (Husband and wife + 5yrs old daughter), and i think we also need to ship out one box, hindi kaya iluggage lahat. question: pano nyo po pinaship from SG to OZ and how much po inabot?

    2) Balak namin mag airbnb nakakahiya kasi makitira since 3 kami and ung friend ko 2 bedroom apartment sila feeling ko maiistorbo talaga namin, so magbobook ako ng mga 21 days, enough na kaya to find a place?

    3) Sabi ng friend ko tlgang need agad ng car, kasi from the start palang marami na aasikasuhin (centrelink, medicare, ATO, plus house hunting), is it advisable kaya na magrent muna ng car? kasi parang ang hirap na bumili agad ng kotse, shempre kung 2nd hand need iinspect, pg bnew naman medyo nakakatakot maglabas ng malaking pera sa 1st few days palang.

    4) from airport, pano po kayo pumunta sa pagststayan nyo considering na marami luggage? meron po ba malalaking van?

    Grabe stressful din ng bigmove, pero alam ko makakaraos din. sana po makapagadvise po kayo. salamat.
    ANZSCO Code: 233211 (Civil Engineer) | 70pts
    ITA: Aug 11, Visa Lodge: Sept 13
    Grant: November 23, 2018 (Praise the Lord!!)

    "I WILL BE STILL, KNOW YOU ARE GOD"
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  • JLFJLF SgTotal Reaction Points: 55Member
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    @Pixiepie uu sis. Thankful sobra na provide ni Lord halos lahat ng needs namin. Civil Engineering kami pareho. Yunh work nagpapasa pasa siya thru online ng malapit na kami mag BM. Tinawagan nya ng nasa SG pa kami. Pagdating dito, pinuntahan nya tapos start agad kinabukasan.

    I suggest try nyo na din magsubmit ng online applications just mention na resident na status nyo.
    Pixiepie Jwade
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  • JLFJLF SgTotal Reaction Points: 55Member
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    @k_ann_15 hi.

    1. Thru singpost kami. 100 plus sgd. 20kg by sea. 300 plus by air. So dalawang 20kg kinuha namin na by sea.

    2. Just what I mentioned in my previous post, 3 weeks din kami airbnb. Sobra sobra na. But it can be case to case basis. Pag near city dito sa Sydney medyo madami competition sa bahay plus hinde nila tayo priority as new PR dahil wala pa tayong previous rental records and kung wala pang ma provide na payslip from work. Nag upfront payment kami ng 8 weeks para lang ma secure yung gusto namin unit.

    3. We don't have a car on our 1st week which is good dahil eventually nag provide ng company car yung work ni hubby. Mostly yung mga service centers is malalapit lang naman. Kaya hinde kami nahirapan mag ayos nga mga necessary papers.

    4. Yes merong malalaking van from airport. Yung 13 cabs, meron pa silang mechanical thing sa likod ng van para hinde mo na bubuhatin yung luggages. Yun na ang mag lift papasok sa car.

    Stressful but exciting. Super relate kami sa inyo. Godbless and I hope makatulong na konti yung mga answers ko.
    k_ann_15 Pixiepie
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  • JLFJLF SgTotal Reaction Points: 55Member
    edited November 30 Posts: 82
    @Pixiepie yung about pala sa shoes, ok lang naman na used. Tangalin na lang siguro or linisin yung mga obvious na soil. Yun lang naman concern nila hehe. Hassle lang kapag inisa isa.

    Yung Christmas break, yep kahit si hubby na private company may 2 weeks break. Lakas maka pinas feel. Haha. Nice yung plan nyo na BM. Ganda ng pasok New Year. :)
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  • k_ann_15k_ann_15 Total Reaction Points: 41Member
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    @JLF Hi. sobrang salamat sa mga answer mo. sobrang helpful. we are also both Civil Engineer, pero husband ko RTO experience and ako QS naman. balak narin namin magpasa pasa ng CV by December. hopefully may tumanggap kahit malayo layo pa ang March. Mukhang Magmemelbourne kami. sana makakuha ng work agad. thank you.
    ANZSCO Code: 233211 (Civil Engineer) | 70pts
    ITA: Aug 11, Visa Lodge: Sept 13
    Grant: November 23, 2018 (Praise the Lord!!)

    "I WILL BE STILL, KNOW YOU ARE GOD"
    JLF
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  • caienricaienri SingaporeTotal Reaction Points: 41Member
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    @JLF how much po yung van from airport? Para lang po may idea... BM January 26. Solo mode.
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  • JLFJLF SgTotal Reaction Points: 55Member
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    @caienri hi. Naka metro yung maxi taxi na kinuha namin from Sydney Airport. So depende sa layo. Mga 30 mins from airport, binayaran namin is around 130aud. Meron din naman uber or mga Airport transfer na mag oofer ng fixed rate.
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  • GrifterGrifter Total Reaction Points: 104Member
    edited December 1 Posts: 380
    @k_ann_15 hello. Share ko lang some tips re accommodation, copy paste ko from kabilang thread from @KIKO

    I highly suggest hanap kayo sariling apartment.
    noong nagbig move kami last July 2018 (winter), our family (with 3 our year old daughter), wala din ako work and si misis so lahat ng pera palabas. We are lucky to have my kuya's family na andito na sa Melbourne.

    We stayed sa bahay nila utol for 10 days lang and luckily even na full time istambay kami ni misis we found an apartment near train station pa (5 - 8 mins walk).

    What's the secret para sa 100 points ID ?

    a. Bank statements namin (sa ANZ at sa pinanggalingan namin previously), capable kayo magbayad at least 6 months ng renta so depende sa target nyo yung amin is 250/wk just do the math.

    b. Referral letters sa aming landlord sa mga tinuluyan namin previously - na good payor kami etc, just download sa google na lang ng templates madami jan. Hindi ko alam kung tinawagan nila yung landlord namin pero laki tulong nito

    c. Passports namin tatlo. Ito lang un meron kami ID that time, wala din ako drivers licence.

    d. yung ahente namin at yung ahente ng kapatid ko iisang tao kaya sinuwerte tlaga May tiwala agad (pero kahit wala ito nahuli ko kasi agad yung kiliti nun ahente sa clauses A at B agad.

    e. dasal of course.

    Sana nakatulong

    Kiko
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  • PixiepiePixiepie PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 65Member
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    @JLF thanks so much.. :) Sana kami din magka work agad, mag apply na din ako online. Kahit ako lng muna magka work.

    Labhan ko nalang yung mga shoes para sure n pati loob walang dumi... Lol! Balak nmin dyan n mamili ng shoes.. Pang winter nlng..

    Buti may house na kami matitirahan.. May new house yung officemate ng friend ko, bombay. Payag nmn n kami tumira, yungblocation lng daw concern, pero tyagain muna nmin ng 6 months, wala kasi kami credentials.

    God bless to all of us, i've always said this is a journey of faith :) thanks sa advise..

    And sa shared info ni @Grifter Iniisip ko tuloy mag apartment, kaso kausap n nung friend ko yung bombay, diba bale maybe it's God's will, malapit lng daw sa mga warehouse.. :)
    JLF irenesky
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  • k_ann_15k_ann_15 Total Reaction Points: 41Member
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    @Grifter hi grifter thank you sa mga tips. Ask ko lang may idea ka ba kung ok sa chadstone? Planning to stay their via airbnb and bka dun nrn kami humanap ng apartment, paadvise naman if maganda dun? If not any suggestion? Melbourne din target namin. Thanks
    ANZSCO Code: 233211 (Civil Engineer) | 70pts
    ITA: Aug 11, Visa Lodge: Sept 13
    Grant: November 23, 2018 (Praise the Lord!!)

    "I WILL BE STILL, KNOW YOU ARE GOD"
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  • PixiepiePixiepie PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 65Member
    edited December 3 Posts: 255
    @k_ann_15 Congrats and goodluck sa big move.

    Hindi ako makapag advise sau kasi pinas ako ih.. :)

    Interested din ako sa sasagot, Melby din kami.. Melton south muna for 3-6 months.. Location is a concern daw. Pero tyaga muna wala kasi kami credentials.

    Mag apartment kami cguro after, yung near sa mga stores and school para makaipon.

    @JLF Nagdala ka po ng laptops? How did you manage to clean it? Or completely reformat ba?
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  • lilithlilith PhilippinesTotal Reaction Points: 11Member
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    hi @Grifter! in case lang may idea kyo - yung referral letter kaya pwede rin pag galing kang pinas? or AU/SG landlords lang pinagkakatiwalaan haha? :)
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