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graceegracee SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
Hello po sa inyong lahat. I recently got my visa grant 489 last Jan 8. I plan to go to Toowoomba kasi yun po nilagay ko sa commitment statement ko. But I don't know where to start kc wala naman po ako kakilala. Hope you can help me. I need to find a place to stay and a job. kahit ano lang po work basta makasimula lang. or kahit advice lang po kung ano pwede ko gawin. thank u
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  • MarieMarie MogadishuTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
    edited January 2015 Posts: 31
    @gracee,
    Hi, when do you intend to travel to Toowoomba? Will you be by yourself or with your family? If you don't mind me asking. There is a bus service from Brisbane Int'l airport to Toowoomba, not sure how much is the current fares, paki check mo sa website ng Greyhound Australia. Toowoomba, at this time it's not so hot nor cold (raining actually), winter is coming by May so pack up some warm clothings/jackets, it will get cold.

    In every beginning talagang mahirap, but somehow u will open a new chapter in ur life, and eventually malalagpasan mo lahat ng yan. Ito na muna at the moment, hope this will get u started.
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  • graceegracee SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
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    Hi Marie. Thank u sa pagreply. Tentatively plan ko sana sa July. Ako lang po magisa. Balak namin mag-apply sister ko ng tourist visa para po may kasama naman ako pagpunta. Baka po may masuggest kayo na place pwede namin matuluyan na mura lang hehe. Sana po yung may mga pinoy para makapagtanong ako sa kanila. Salamat
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  • MarieMarie MogadishuTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
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    @gracee, still a long way, July. Try checking this site, it's an accommodations for students, but i was told that they also accept non-student, try browsing and inquiring. It's very near the USQ-Toowoomba. In and around that area, madaming mga pinoys, I can give u their contact numbers and ours just in case, but not in here. I believe per person ang payment dito even if you're intending of going sa mga pinoys for bedspace. May mga short term accommodations (motels/hotels) but theirs is a per day rate, not recommended sa mga starting na gaya mo.

    http://www.studentvillage.com.au/

    To succeed, take a lot of courage and determination, mix in a handfuls of faith, prayer and trust, stir in with some social interactions (pakikisama) and respect, and for sure u'll overcome the hardship.
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  • graceegracee SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
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    Marie, salamat. I will check the site. Ang hirap magsimula. All the info and words of encouragement you are giving me are really helping me a lot. Yes please I would like to ask for the contact numbers, yours too :) You can email me at [email protected] Thank you.
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  • MarieMarie MogadishuTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
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    Gracee, mahirap sa simula, that's normal, everyone passes thru that, malagpasan mo lahat yan. Everybody went thru it and somehow survived. Inform me about that site I gave you so we can see what will be your next step.

    I'll tell you everything you want to know and everything there is to know about Toowoomba, so long as I can answer it. Till next time, Cheers
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  • graceegracee SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
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    Hi Marie,

    I already inquired with the student village. Apparently, they don't accept non-students. This is their reply.

    "Thanks you for your email. You are required to be studying at the USQ or Toowoomba Tafe to live at The Student Village however thank you for your enquiry all the same."

    Can you suggest other accommodations?

    Thank you.
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  • MarieMarie MogadishuTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
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    Gracee,

    i'll be sending emails in your nominated email add anytime soon.

    be good, trust and have faith, you'll get help.

    cheers,
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  • Mike24Mike24 BrisbaneTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
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    Hi @gracee and @Marie, I already lodged my visa application for Toowoomba. I hope I could ask help from you guys if it gets approve. :) I will be going there alone just encase, which I think will be hard.
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  • graceegracee SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
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    Hi Mike24. Actually, di pa ako umaalis kasi natatakot pa ako. Nagiipon pa ko ng lakas ng loob hehe. @Marie is offering me help but nothing is final yet. As of now we are still communicating. You are already applying for visa so that means you already have state nomination from Queensland? Let me know pag naapprove visa mo para sabay na lang tayo umalis hehe.
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  • basiabasia BrisbaneTotal Reaction Points: 0Member
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    ako po ay taga TOOWOOMBA!!! @gracee and @mike24
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  • elainedeveraelainedevera KensingtonTotal Reaction Points: 4Member
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    Hello po @gracee at @mike24!

    Meron pong website na realestate.com.au for the accommodation, di ko lang po alam kung me makikita po kayo dito. Pwede rin po kayo maghanap sa gumtree.com.au me nagaadvertise din po ng housemates dun.

    Nagpaprocess pa lang po kasi ako ng cdr sa engineers australia. Pero i have been there (wynnum and roma) from jan 2013 to oct 2014 under visa 457. Jan po kami sa realestate.com.au naghanap ng apartments.

    Mahirap po talaga sa umpisa, pero kayang kaya nyo po yan.

    God bless po!
    December 13, 2014 - IELTS (Competent)
    January 19, 2015 - Submission of CDR in EA Portal online
    May 4, 2015 - Received Shortcoming Letter (TOR)
    May 5, 2015 - Responded to Shortcoming Letter
    May 22, 2015 - Received positive EA assessment
    May 25, 2015 - Submitted EOI
    July 6, 2015 - Received Invitation Letter/immiaccount submission
    July 8, 2015 - Lodged Application for Visa
    August 22, 2015 - document upload
    September 1, 2015 - Shortcoming List from CO
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    November 10, 2015 - Visa 189 Grant
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  • Mike24Mike24 BrisbaneTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
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    Hi @basia, okay din po ba ang Toowoomba? :)
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  • agentKamsagentKams AustraliaTotal Reaction Points: 33Member
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    hi everyone, just arrived in Toowoomba last Wednesday. Hoping to get connected with fellow Filos here. :)
    Timeline: Student Visa Subclass 573 (Masters)

    06 July 2015: Visa Grant
    22 July 2015: First day of classess
    Feb 2016: Change program to dual
    Nov 2017 : Target graduation

    Timeline: Visa 189 Accountant 221111
    26 Aug 15: PTE-A Result- OK! ( L84 W80 R77 S69)
    28 Aug 15: Email sent to CPAA for Assessment
    14 Sept 15: Positive Assessment received from CPAA
    14 Sept 15: Lodged EOI (60 pts 189/65 pts 190)
    2016 - nganga sa EOI :D
    ***************
    18 April 2016: started work related to SOL (additional points!)
    April 2017 : Target re-take PTE for 79 pts
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  • agentKamsagentKams AustraliaTotal Reaction Points: 33Member
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    @basia hello po, ask ko lang if you know of any part time work po. been here in a week na din. salamat po. :)
    Timeline: Student Visa Subclass 573 (Masters)

    06 July 2015: Visa Grant
    22 July 2015: First day of classess
    Feb 2016: Change program to dual
    Nov 2017 : Target graduation

    Timeline: Visa 189 Accountant 221111
    26 Aug 15: PTE-A Result- OK! ( L84 W80 R77 S69)
    28 Aug 15: Email sent to CPAA for Assessment
    14 Sept 15: Positive Assessment received from CPAA
    14 Sept 15: Lodged EOI (60 pts 189/65 pts 190)
    2016 - nganga sa EOI :D
    ***************
    18 April 2016: started work related to SOL (additional points!)
    April 2017 : Target re-take PTE for 79 pts
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  • Mike24Mike24 BrisbaneTotal Reaction Points: 1Member
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    @gycelle hi Ms Gycelle. my nominated place is also Toowoomba but im still in medical stage pa lang ng pag process ng visa. Hopefully ma approve din visa ko to go there asap. ask ko lang po..what are the pros and cons ng Toowoomba based on your experience. Thanks
    sona
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  • MarieMarie MogadishuTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
    Posts: 31
    @gycelle,
    where r u currently residing? if u want to meet pinoys, and if u don't mind me asking, do u go to church? i u do, u can go to Sacred Heart Church, saturday or sunday mass at 5:30 and 6:00 PM, there u'll see a lot of pinoys, may salo salo pa. or u can go to Hooper Center, there is this Asian Store (J&R) pinay ang owner or bantay, talk to them.

    @Mike24,
    All pros, no cons, it depends on u
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  • MarieMarie MogadishuTotal Reaction Points: 2Member
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    @gycelle,
    St. Patrick, masses @ 7:00, 9:00 and 5:30 (Sat), 6:00 (Sun), there are some/few Pinoys unlike Sacred Heart, cause i know that 2 or 3 Filipino priests are officiating the mass, may isa pang Catholic church near newtown, Lourdes Church/School, Sunday mass may pinoy but ilan ilan lang
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  • agentKamsagentKams AustraliaTotal Reaction Points: 33Member
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    @gycelle hi sis, am student as well in USQ we can meet up if you want on free time. msg mo ako if. we go to Sacred Heart church every sunday 530pm. ^_^
    Timeline: Student Visa Subclass 573 (Masters)

    06 July 2015: Visa Grant
    22 July 2015: First day of classess
    Feb 2016: Change program to dual
    Nov 2017 : Target graduation

    Timeline: Visa 189 Accountant 221111
    26 Aug 15: PTE-A Result- OK! ( L84 W80 R77 S69)
    28 Aug 15: Email sent to CPAA for Assessment
    14 Sept 15: Positive Assessment received from CPAA
    14 Sept 15: Lodged EOI (60 pts 189/65 pts 190)
    2016 - nganga sa EOI :D
    ***************
    18 April 2016: started work related to SOL (additional points!)
    April 2017 : Target re-take PTE for 79 pts
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  • agentKamsagentKams AustraliaTotal Reaction Points: 33Member
    Posts: 338
    @gycelle hehehe. ok neng. iyong sacred hearth sa wilsonton iyon. :)
    Timeline: Student Visa Subclass 573 (Masters)

    06 July 2015: Visa Grant
    22 July 2015: First day of classess
    Feb 2016: Change program to dual
    Nov 2017 : Target graduation

    Timeline: Visa 189 Accountant 221111
    26 Aug 15: PTE-A Result- OK! ( L84 W80 R77 S69)
    28 Aug 15: Email sent to CPAA for Assessment
    14 Sept 15: Positive Assessment received from CPAA
    14 Sept 15: Lodged EOI (60 pts 189/65 pts 190)
    2016 - nganga sa EOI :D
    ***************
    18 April 2016: started work related to SOL (additional points!)
    April 2017 : Target re-take PTE for 79 pts
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  • rylynnrylynn SydneyTotal Reaction Points: 10Member
    Posts: 133
    september is flower festival in toowomba.. Daming pinoy punta , isa na kami doon.
    But we are in Brisbane area so mga 1 hr++ drive.
    Nov 30, 2012 - IELTS OBS 7.0
    Dec 21,2012-EA received documents :
    May 21, 2013- Received Positive assessment (released 15 May)
    May 21,2013 - Lodged EOI -Visa 189
    June 3, 2013- Invited Visa 189
    June 4 , 2013 - Lodged Visa
    June 5,2013- Uploaded documents and certificate
    June 15, 2013 - Uploaded NBI Clearance
    June 29, 2013- DIAC received medical through SATA Bedok
    July 30,2013- CO Assigned GSM Team 33 Brisbane
    Aug 22,2013- Uploaded SG Clearance (3 weeks processing)
    Aug 23,2013- VISA GRANT (IED June 19 2014)
    March 22,2014 - Arrived in Brisbane
    May 21,2014 - Hubby started work
    July 22,2014 -started work
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