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lock_code2004lock_code2004 PerthTotal Reaction Points: 263Member, Moderator
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http://thoughtcatalog.com/rachel-rae/2013/11/10-things-about-living-abroad-no-turning-back/

10 Things About Living Abroad: No Turning Back
NOV. 26, 2013 By RACHEL RAE


Moving around the world teaches you many things. It isn’t for everyone. It takes a special type of person to be able to do what we do. Packing up all your things into two carry-on bags and two checked pieces of luggage is struggles in itself, and to generalize imagine being a woman! I could only bring 10 pairs of shoes! Your mother will go through that luggage and make you narrow it down to seven cardigans instead of 17 and she will remind you that those shorts still don’t fit and haven’t fit for 3 years, you should probably just let them go. Along with letting those shorts go you are also letting go of friendships, relationships, comfort.

A wise man told me that the reason we move to new countries is because we are either running from or running to something. I laughed and thought he was crazy. I just wanted a change; there was no rationale to my choice. The more I thought about it, the more I realized he was right. I wasn’t just running from something, I was sprinting as far as I could. What I didn’t realize was that this choice has now started the foundation of my future. Just like a tattoo, that first little taste and you want more and more. No turning back.


1. Freedom. A new sense of freedom. Freedom to do and go as I please. Freedom to travel. Freedom to make choices without a safety net. Freedom to be yourself.

2. Watching your life at home pass by. Birthdays come and go. Marriages. Deaths. Life doesn’t stop and wait for you.

3. Math skills strengthen as you are always trying to convert your local currency to your home country. You know it is even better when you convert your new currency to your previous country. Everything is still in pesos for me.

4. Communication. Responding to someone in any language but the language they are speaking.

5. Stories. The stories you will have to tell for the rest of your life are so unbelievable most people will think you are exaggerating. Hospitals. Airports. Dentists. You try getting your point across in any means possible. And do I mean ANY means possible.

6. You realize little holidays and moments you didn’t think mattered are the ones that make you the most homesick.

7. Growth. As much as you hate to admit it with each move you grow. You learn the best ways to pack, meet new friends, get around, and survive.

8. Adrenaline. Those thrill seekers jumping off canyons and out of airplanes have nothing compared to boarding a plane and traveling to an unknown place. Not knowing anyone. Not knowing your surroundings. Not knowing the language. Now that is a real adrenaline rush.

9. Patience. Realizing no one understands you. No one cares. Ordering food, getting in a taxi and normal every day tasks take patience. Nothing is ever easy. A 10-minute task at home will take you 60 minutes. Accept it.

10. Having to say hello for the first time and having to say goodbye for the final time. Not many people get to experience this, but I have perfected it. This could quite possibly be the hardest and most dreaded part of my life.

Start slow, go to a new place.
Alone. Go to a city by yourself.
Go on a vacation, alone.
Throw yourself out there. Your own sink or swim.
When you begin to panic and want to go home that is when your fight or flight will kick in.
That true inner strength will shine through.
You will fight it out and you will thank yourself later.
I know I did.
Sep 24, 2011 - IELTS (L-8 R-8 W-8 S-7.5 : OBS-8)
Jan 04, 2012 - EA application submitted | Feb 23, 2012 - EA assessment result (IE ANZSCO 233511)
May 8, 2012 - Lodged GSM 175 online application | June 4, 2012 - CO Allocated
June 22, 2012 - Medicals Finalized | Aug 30, 2012 - PCCs Completed (PH, UAE, USA)
Sep 3, 2012 - Visa Granted (IED Jun 11, 2013) Thank You Lord!
Oct 16-28, 2012 - Initial Entry Completed - Sydney
July 28, 2013 - Final move to Perth
Sep 9, 2013 - Started work with the same company i worked for in UAE/USA
Oct 28, 2013 - Moved to another company.. ;)
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  • KurikongSaTumbongKurikongSaTumbong SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 54Member
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    Huhuhu!
    Kurikong, kurikong...sa tumbong ay umusbong!
    jvframos
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  • GoodLuckAUGoodLuckAU MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 5Member
    edited December 2013 Posts: 236
    Actually, after sometime, I didn't wanna turn back.

    Pinas became foreign to me - a familiar place with familiar faces but I feel so disconnected. Parang bumibisita na lang ako - ganun ang feeling.

    It was a gradual transition but I didnt see it coming - dati tuwing umuuwi ako parang miss na miss ko lang lahat, maluha-luha tuwing babalik ng SG. Hanggang sa ma-realize ko na lang na ang term na "uwi" already means going back to SG.

    Another transition na naman pagdating sa AU. Ilang taon ba bibilangin ko ulit bago maging "home" ang AU? We'll see - I hope di kasing hirap nung nag-a-adjust ako sa Singapore.
    261313 (Software Engineer)
    24 April 2013 - ACS Skills Assessment
    27 April 2013 - IELTS (L:9 R:8 W:8 S:8.5)
    10 May 2013 - Submit EOI
    19 May 2013 - Invitation to Apply
    30 May 2013 - 189 Visa Application Lodged
    06 June 2013 - Medicals done
    07 Aug 2013 - CO Allocated (Brisbane T34)
    13 Aug 2013 - SG COC Application
    19 Aug 2013 - Included fiance in visa application as migrating dependent
    27 Aug 2013 - Fiance Medicals and SG COC Application
    03 Sept 2013 - SG COC Collection
    17 Sept 2013 - Fiance SG COC Collection
    17 Sept 2013 - VISA GRANT!!!!
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  • peach17peach17 Los AngelesTotal Reaction Points: 22Member
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    thanks for sharing this @lock_code2004 :)

    such a good read :)
    9 January 2013 Received Favorable Response from EA
    18 January 2013 Lodged EOI Application via SkillSelect
    21 January 2013 Received Invitation to Apply for Visa Subclass 189
    26 January 2013 Lodged Visa Application
    18 March 2013 CO Allocated, Team 34 Brisbane
    14 May 2013 Submitted Form 815
    23 May 2013 Submitted updated Form 815 with new passport details
    03 June 2013 VISA Grant! Thank you Jesus :)

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  • JCsantosJCsantos SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 153Member, Moderator
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    I said this in the other thread... if somebody wants to go back to PH then a BIG BIG GOODLUCK to them =)) =)) =))
    Google for Everything !!!
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  • KurikongSaTumbongKurikongSaTumbong SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 54Member
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    I said this in the other thread... if somebody wants to go back to PH then a BIG BIG GOODLUCK to them =)) =)) =))
    Hindi lang good luck - malaking huhuhuhu pa! huhuhuhu! nakikiramay po ako sa inyo huhuhuhu! kahit tutukan mo pa ako ng kanyon at missile at bigyan ng 1 billion dollars eh di ako babalik doon - dibaleng middle class lifestyle na lang ako dito kesa maging bilyonaryo dun na puro pagdurusa, lokohan at suffering lang nakikita sa paligid huhuhu! tsaka nakakainis mga kamag-anak ko kaya dito na lang ako. mas masaya akong kasama asawa't anak ko dito masaya at simple!
    Kurikong, kurikong...sa tumbong ay umusbong!
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  • rara_avisrara_avis North RydeTotal Reaction Points: 9Member
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    Actually, after sometime, I didn't wanna turn back.

    Pinas became foreign to me - a familiar place with familiar faces but I feel so disconnected. Parang bumibisita na lang ako - ganun ang feeling.

    It was a gradual transition but I didnt see it coming - dati tuwing umuuwi ako parang miss na miss ko lang lahat, maluha-luha tuwing babalik ng SG. Hanggang sa ma-realize ko na lang na ang term na "uwi" already means going back to SG.

    Another transition na naman pagdating sa AU. Ilang taon ba bibilangin ko ulit bago maging "home" ang AU? We'll see - I hope di kasing hirap nung nag-a-adjust ako sa Singapore.
    I feel the same way pag umuuwi ako sa pinas lalo na when I meet my best friends from high school, I do not connect with them anymore like I used to. When they throw in a "Vice Ganda" joke, ang reaction ko was like "Uhmmm, why is that funny?". And when I complain about the traffic or the frustratingly slow internet, may mga comment na "Uy, di na sanay agad?" Sagot ko na lang eh... try nyo kaya tumira sa ibang bansa para ma-gets nyo why it is not fun in the Philippines! Haha!

    Eto pa pala isang list na nakaka-relate ako. Mostly applicable to sa mga pinoy sa SG: http://www.buzzfeed.com/jeremybender/life-struggles-all-expats-will-understand
    261111 - ICT Business Analyst
    January 4, 2013 - ACS Assessment Submitted
    January 5, 2013 - IELTS Exam (BC Singapore)
    January 18, 2013 - IELTS Result: L:8.5, R:8.5, W:7.5, S:7.0 = OB: 8.0
    March 13, 2013 - Received Positive Assessment from ACS
    March 21, 2013 - EOI Submitted
    July 15, 2013 - Invitation to lodge 189 visa received
    July 25, 2013 - Lodged Visa. Acknowledgement received.
    July 29, 2013 - Medicals done (+ Husband and Baby)
    September 18, 2013 - CO Allocated Team 23 GSM Brisbane (Additional docs requested: SG PCC, Form 80, Evidence of Overseas Experience (payslips, taxation docs, etc), Evidence of English Ability for Husband)
    October 10, 2013 - CO informed us that the evidence of english ability of my Husband is not sufficient. Asked us to pay for EEC, I said.. Hey, no way let him take the IELTS instead. :D
    October 16, 2013 - Uploaded SG COC
    October 19, 2013 - Husband's IELTS Academic Exam (earliest available schedule)
    November 4, 2013 - Uploaded Husband's IELTS test result form
    November 5, 2013 - VISA GRANT! Thank you LORD!!!
    IED - July 30, 2014
    March 23, 2014 - Initial Entry/Holiday
    June 30, 2014 - Flight to Sydney.
    July 28, 2014 - Husband started work.
    September 15, 2014 - First day at my new job. :)

    "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough"
    lock_code2004 peach17
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  • loudandclearloudandclear SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 12Member
    edited December 2013 Posts: 223
    share ko lang...

    i know somebody who used to work in AU as marketing executive. She's single in her 30s, very successful career person. Her parents provided her a good education. After 3-4 years, she came back in the Phils and never returned to Au. I dont know her personally kaya di ko matanong why, classmate sya ng friend ko. Her family here in Phils is middle-class. Siguro, kanya kanyang happiness lang. Kung saan sya masaya. :)
    Nominated Occupation: Analyst Programmer (ANZSCO Code 261311)
    Mar-2013 -- submitted ACS reqts
    April-2013 -- IELTS (W 8; R/S 7; L 6.5) --charge to experience
    May-2013 -- ACS result suitable (AQF Bachelor Degree)
    July-2013 -- IELTS (L/S 7.5; R/W 7.0) --thank you Lord
    Sep-2013 --EOI, Lodged Visa Application (visa 189)
    Nov-2013 --VISA grant!-thank you so much Lord! 1st half of the journey achieved!
    Aug-2014-Touchdown Australia
    Oct-2014-Got an odd job
    May-2015-Got the real job! Thank you Lord! 2nd half of the journey achieved!
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  • KurikongSaTumbongKurikongSaTumbong SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 54Member
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    share ko lang...

    i know somebody who used to work in AU as marketing executive. She's single in her 30s, very successful career person. Her parents provided her a good education. After 3-4 years, she came back in the Phils and never returned to Au. I dont know her personally kaya di ko matanong why, classmate sya ng friend ko. Her family here in Phils is middle-class. Siguro, kanya kanyang happiness lang. Kung saan sya masaya. :)
    Na miss nya kasi si Dodong, ang boypren nyang hardinero sa kapitbahay huhuhu!
    Kurikong, kurikong...sa tumbong ay umusbong!
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  • lock_code2004lock_code2004 PerthTotal Reaction Points: 263Member, Moderator
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    @loudandclear - baka may pinag-daanan..
    Sep 24, 2011 - IELTS (L-8 R-8 W-8 S-7.5 : OBS-8)
    Jan 04, 2012 - EA application submitted | Feb 23, 2012 - EA assessment result (IE ANZSCO 233511)
    May 8, 2012 - Lodged GSM 175 online application | June 4, 2012 - CO Allocated
    June 22, 2012 - Medicals Finalized | Aug 30, 2012 - PCCs Completed (PH, UAE, USA)
    Sep 3, 2012 - Visa Granted (IED Jun 11, 2013) Thank You Lord!
    Oct 16-28, 2012 - Initial Entry Completed - Sydney
    July 28, 2013 - Final move to Perth
    Sep 9, 2013 - Started work with the same company i worked for in UAE/USA
    Oct 28, 2013 - Moved to another company.. ;)
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  • vhoythoyvhoythoy MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 210Member, Moderator
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    Baka nagka lovelyf sa pinas hehehe. Actually you can be happy kahit nasan ka man panig ng mundo
    ANZSCO 221214 - Internal Auditor
    19 Jan 13 - Academic IELTS Results - passed
    12 July 13 - Vetassess Assessment + Point Test Advice: Positive
    03 Nov 13 - Invitation Accepted 70 points
    19 Dec 13 - Lodged Visa 189
    07 Feb 14 - Visa Granted
    04 Aug 14 - Initial Entry Date requirement
    26 July 14 - Actual IED to Melbourne
    May 2015 - Big Move
    June 2015 - Got a permanent role in Melbourne
    Apr 2016 - Got a contract consultancy role in Melbourne
    May 2016 - Got permanent role and moved to Toowooba, Queensland

    And now...... living the life that i have imagined

    "A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed" - Ansel Adams

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  • JCsantosJCsantos SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 153Member, Moderator
    Posts: 1,416
    baka naman na kidnap huhuhuhuhu buhay pa ba? :P
    Google for Everything !!!
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  • KurikongSaTumbongKurikongSaTumbong SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 54Member
    Posts: 441
    baka naman na kidnap huhuhuhuhu buhay pa ba? :P
    O baka na deport baka boat people pala huhuhu
    Kurikong, kurikong...sa tumbong ay umusbong!
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  • wizzwizz MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 56Member
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    Actually, after sometime, I didn't wanna turn back.

    Pinas became foreign to me - a familiar place with familiar faces but I feel so disconnected. Parang bumibisita na lang ako - ganun ang feeling.

    It was a gradual transition but I didnt see it coming - dati tuwing umuuwi ako parang miss na miss ko lang lahat, maluha-luha tuwing babalik ng SG. Hanggang sa ma-realize ko na lang na ang term na "uwi" already means going back to SG.

    Another transition na naman pagdating sa AU. Ilang taon ba bibilangin ko ulit bago maging "home" ang AU? We'll see - I hope di kasing hirap nung nag-a-adjust ako sa Singapore.
    Nakarelate ako dito. Not for anything else ha I really miss my family and friends in Manila pero pag medyo matagal na ako sa Pinas meron akong feeling na "uwi nako" meaning uwi na ng Singapore lalo na pag may mga lakad ng gabi with friends tapos uuwi ako mag-isa jusko takot na takot lang ako. Samantalang dito sa SG kakatakot lang yung surcharge ng cab pag midnight pero safe ka naman. hehehehe
    ANZSCO 149311

    31 May 13 - Vetassess Requirements Acknowledge
    22 June 13 - IELTS Exam at IDP Singapore
    5 July 13 - IELTS Passed
    30 Aug 13 - Vetassess Results - Positive + EOI Submitted
    4 Sept 13 - Initial Contact WA SS
    5 Sept 13 - Invited to apply for WA SS
    9 Sept 13 - WA SS approved!
    12 Sept 13 - Lodged Visa 190
    23 Sept 13 - Medical Examination - SATA Bedok SG
    27 Sept 13 - Medicals Uploaded
    21 Oct 13 - CO allocated (Adelaide GSM Team 6, MN)
    1 Nov 13 - SG PCC submitted
    5 Dec 13 - Visa Granted! To God be the Glory!
    IED: 26 Sep 14

    1 May 14 - Touchdown Perth! :D
    12 June 14 - First day of work. God will always provide. :)

    Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord;
    And He will give you the desires of your heart.
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  • wizzwizz MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 56Member
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    share ko lang...

    i know somebody who used to work in AU as marketing executive. She's single in her 30s, very successful career person. Her parents provided her a good education. After 3-4 years, she came back in the Phils and never returned to Au. I dont know her personally kaya di ko matanong why, classmate sya ng friend ko. Her family here in Phils is middle-class. Siguro, kanya kanyang happiness lang. Kung saan sya masaya. :)
    baka end of contract or hindi na narenew work visa. Ewan ko pero yung mga kaibigan ko pati mga friends na Singaporean na nag-aral sa Au sabi nila they want to stay in AU for good.
    ANZSCO 149311

    31 May 13 - Vetassess Requirements Acknowledge
    22 June 13 - IELTS Exam at IDP Singapore
    5 July 13 - IELTS Passed
    30 Aug 13 - Vetassess Results - Positive + EOI Submitted
    4 Sept 13 - Initial Contact WA SS
    5 Sept 13 - Invited to apply for WA SS
    9 Sept 13 - WA SS approved!
    12 Sept 13 - Lodged Visa 190
    23 Sept 13 - Medical Examination - SATA Bedok SG
    27 Sept 13 - Medicals Uploaded
    21 Oct 13 - CO allocated (Adelaide GSM Team 6, MN)
    1 Nov 13 - SG PCC submitted
    5 Dec 13 - Visa Granted! To God be the Glory!
    IED: 26 Sep 14

    1 May 14 - Touchdown Perth! :D
    12 June 14 - First day of work. God will always provide. :)

    Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord;
    And He will give you the desires of your heart.
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  • GoodLuckAUGoodLuckAU MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 5Member
    Posts: 236
    @wizz dami ko rin kakilala na gusto mag-migrate na locals. sa kin pa nagtatanong paano ang process.
    261313 (Software Engineer)
    24 April 2013 - ACS Skills Assessment
    27 April 2013 - IELTS (L:9 R:8 W:8 S:8.5)
    10 May 2013 - Submit EOI
    19 May 2013 - Invitation to Apply
    30 May 2013 - 189 Visa Application Lodged
    06 June 2013 - Medicals done
    07 Aug 2013 - CO Allocated (Brisbane T34)
    13 Aug 2013 - SG COC Application
    19 Aug 2013 - Included fiance in visa application as migrating dependent
    27 Aug 2013 - Fiance Medicals and SG COC Application
    03 Sept 2013 - SG COC Collection
    17 Sept 2013 - Fiance SG COC Collection
    17 Sept 2013 - VISA GRANT!!!!
    wizz
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  • loudandclearloudandclear SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 12Member
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    hahaha...madami na pala dumugtong sa kwento ng kakilala ko. ako naman, ang tingin ko ayaw nya sa company nya at sa mga bosses nya. she's the type kase na di kailangan ng madaming pera, dito pa lang sa Phils. 6 digits na daw sweldo nya according to my friend.
    Nominated Occupation: Analyst Programmer (ANZSCO Code 261311)
    Mar-2013 -- submitted ACS reqts
    April-2013 -- IELTS (W 8; R/S 7; L 6.5) --charge to experience
    May-2013 -- ACS result suitable (AQF Bachelor Degree)
    July-2013 -- IELTS (L/S 7.5; R/W 7.0) --thank you Lord
    Sep-2013 --EOI, Lodged Visa Application (visa 189)
    Nov-2013 --VISA grant!-thank you so much Lord! 1st half of the journey achieved!
    Aug-2014-Touchdown Australia
    Oct-2014-Got an odd job
    May-2015-Got the real job! Thank you Lord! 2nd half of the journey achieved!
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  • TasBurrfootTasBurrfoot OsakaTotal Reaction Points: 270Member, Moderator
    edited February 2014 Posts: 4,325
    Share ko lang...

    When I moved to Singapore for work in Nov 2008, it was just a perfect marriage; I adopted easily kahit na shoebox lang ang room namin ng ex-GF ko (now my wife) just outside Chinatown. Apart from pressure sa work (as it was the great financial crisis during that time), everything went smoothly... I enjoyed the food, the accessibility, the travel opportunities, etc. I also like the low tax regime which enabled us to save a good amount monthly (including the expense for our wedding in Boracay in 2011).

    I was neutral when I first went back to the Philippines in early 2009; it was just a quick hi/hello to relatives as I was there for the weekend to be a best man in my cousins wedding but I could not compare how BLESSED I was to live in Singapore and away from the chaos in Manila.

    Later on in 2009, I got to spend Christmas for 10 days in the Philippines... Whilst it was fun to be with my mom and siblings, I also got frustrated of the small things like traffic and the internet speed. At the end of the Christmas break, I was very glad to finally be going back to Singapore...

    Because of this PR thing in Australia, we finally say goodbye to Singapore in Dec 2012. We spent 3 months mostly in the Philippines to be with our loved ones. Again it was very frustrating and a very slow 3 months. Even though you are at home, the connection is no longer there and you cannot help but compare the infrastructure to that of Singapore.

    We arrived in Australia in April 2013; it was totally different from Singapore... Weather, cost, accessibility, etc! In the first few months, I had a hard time and was very homesick and was always thinking about Singapore... Pero little by little, - nagka trabaho kami, nakabili ng mga gamit, nakapag kape sa mga hot cafes in Melbourne, nakabili ng lumang sasakyan, etc - I was able to adopt and adjust to life in Melby. Now I am more or less at home... I like the chill and laid back after work lifestyle here...

    Going back to Pinas? Never... Nothing to go back to except our family and probably some very small inheritance from ancestors. :)
    Primary Applicant: Wife
    Accountant (General): 221111

    04 Aug 2012 - IELTS (Academic Module)
    07 Aug 2012 - IELTS (Academic Module) Speaking Part
    17 Aug 2012 - IELTS Results (L: 8.5 R: 8.5 W: 7.0 S: 7.5 OBS: 8.0)
    24 Aug 2012 - CPAA Submitted (docs mailed same day via SG EMS)
    25 Sep 2012 - Received +Skills Assessment from CPAA
    25 Sep 2012 - Lodged EOI Application with 70pts
    30 Sep 2012 - Invited by DIAC to apply for 189 Visa
    01 Oct 2012 - Submitted 189 Visa Application
    20 Oct 2012 - Medical Examinations
    23 Oct 2012 - CO Assigned; Team 7 - SA
    05 Nov 2012 - Submitted SG PCC and NBI Clearance
    06 Nov 2012 - Visa Granted (IED: 23/10/2013)
    03 Apr 2013 - Flight to MEL
    03 Jun 2013 - started work
    12 Jun 2013 - wife started work
    15 Jun 2016 - applied for citizenship
    29 Jul 2016 - citizenship examination
    20 Oct 2016 - Aussie, Aussie, Aussie Oi Oi Oi!!
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  • thegreatiam15thegreatiam15 SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 63Member
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    Share ko lang...

    When I moved to Singapore for work in Nov 2008, it just a perfect marriage; I adopted easily kahit na shoebox lang ang room namin ng ex-GF ko (now my wife) just outside Chinatown. Apart from pressure sa work, as it was the great financial crisis during that time, everything went smoothly... I enjoyed the food, the accessibility, the travel opportunities, etc. I also like the low tax regime which enabled us to save a good amount monthly (including the expense for our wedding in Boracay in 2011).

    I was neutral when I first went back to the Philippines in early 2009; it was just a quick hi/hello to relatives as I was there for the weekend to be a best man in my cousins wedding but I could not compare how BLESSED I was to live in Singapore and away from the chaos in Manila.

    Later on in 2009, I got to spend Christmas for 10 days in the Philippines... Whilst it was fun to be with my mom and siblings, I also got frustrated of the small things like traffic and the internet speed. At the end of the Christmas break, I was very glad to finally be going home to the Philippines...

    Because of this PR thing in Australia, we finally say goodbye to Singapore in Dec 2012. We spent 3 months mostly in the Philippines to be with our loved ones. Again it was very frustrating and a very slow 3 months. Even though you are at home, the connection is no longer there and you cannot help but compare the infrastructure to that of Singapore.

    We arrived in Australia in April 2013; it was totally different from Singapore... Weather, cost, accessibility, etc! In the first few months, I had a hard time and was very homesick and was always thinking about Singapore... Pero little by little, - nagka trabaho kami, nakabili ng mga gamit, nakapag kape sa mga hot cafes in Melbourne, nakabili ng lumang sasakyan, etc - I was able to adopt and adjust to life in Melby. Now I am more or less at home... I like the chill and laid back after work lifestyle here...

    Going back to Pinas? Never... Nothing to go back to except our family and probably some very small inheritance from ancestors. :)
    boss TASSBURRFOOT sorry po namisunderstood ko yung nakaraang statement ninyo nakakarelate ako sa inyo haha parehas pala tayo SG...wahhhh

    etong eto mentallity ko...ayoko na bumalik sa atin...except for my littleboy's lolo and lola...apart from it...mas gusto ko mamuhay nang d ko kelangan magpauto at magpaloko sa iba or manguto or mangloko nang iba...or yung standard nang living di na ako babalik...

    SG palang matindi na...ano pa kaya AUS grabe...
    I haven't lost everything except my mind...
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  • chollecholle SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 60Member
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    Awww ang ganda ng thread na 'to :)

    It takes guts but you really need to adhere to the "no turning back" philosophy with every move.

    I can definitely relate to the statement na pag sinabing "uwi na" it means going back to Sg (for now). It took me a while to refer to Sg as home; between the time I moved here in 2011 and when I started calling it "home" last year, I just felt I really didn't know where home was. Mahal natin ang Pilipinas, pero kapag matagal ka nang wala, nawawala na yung koneksyon mo sa lugar, kahit sa ibang mga tao.

    My fiance is different. He's moved 4 times already, 3 different continents, and he says he doesn't get too emotional anymore with every move. There are things you'd love and miss about the places you lived in, but the sooner you establish yourself at your new destination, the less melancholic you get.
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  • vhoythoyvhoythoy MelbourneTotal Reaction Points: 210Member, Moderator
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    Ako naman, for almost 5 years na rin in Singapore i still dont find any personal attachment in this Country. Maybe because my family is still in pinas and im living alone here in SG. Home for me is still going back to pinas and be with my family. In our place in makati and when visiting my late grandmother in Laguna.

    Although I have met and go along with a lot of good peoples here not only pinoy but for other nationalities as well. in general, I still find Singapore a stranger place for me. I still find peoples around, in mrt, in malls, in kopitiams, etc. with less emotions and very serious. Laging naguunahan, makasakay ng mrt, hindi malate sa office, makahanap ng upuan sa hawker, makasakay ulit pabalik sa bahay, unahan sa pila sa sale sa malls, etc . Like a never ending routine. But ofcourse medyo nagamay ko na buhay dito dahil na rin sa paglipas ng panahon. Sabi nga ni Red (Morgan Freeman) sa pelikulang Shawnshank Redemption, medyo na "institutionalized" na yata ako.

    There are lots of food choices here in Singapore. But food choices in pinas, for me is walang katulad. From mami pares sa may washington makati, banana q sa tabing daan, magtataho na may matamis na arnibal, gotong batangas, lutong bahay sa karenderia, andoks, maxx fried chicken, razons halo-halo puto and dinuguan, tsitsaron baboy ng dumagete, ambers pichi pichi and pancit luglog, panutsa at peanut brittle ng mamang naglalako, etc.

    The things na ma miss ko talaga or maalala sa SG is the people that i've met here, salary, shopping, and yung mga memorable and crazy things na nagawa namin ng mga nakasama ko dito. Well maybe the "convenience" and orderliness ng bansang to.

    Im still proud in our country and being pinoy, kahit na mukhang hopeless romantic na talaga na umangat sya at magbago ang pamumuhay or mabawasan ang corruptions sa govt in our lifetime. Kahit na siguro babalik nlang ako sa pinas, exclusively for vacations. Yung pagmamahalan sa pamilya, respeto sa matatanda at pagiging madiskarte at mapagpunyagi ay isang kulturang pinoy na sana mamana ng anak ko. Sabi nga ni Jose rizal, ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinang galingan ay hindi makakarating sa paroroonan =). I still don't know what the future may bring. But pinas gave me lots of memories na nakatatak na sa puso at hindi ko makakalimutan in my lifetime.
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