Nope, I’m not gonna tell you monthly stories of our stay here. Not monthly, but probably weekly, or hopefully daily, if by God’s grace I have enough time. Or better say, I have (I declare) more free time, I would use it to share more of our stories and adventures. Yeah!
It has been a month since we came here in Sydney.
After almost 6 years of staying in Singapore, I still can’t believe that we are already here. Seems like yesterday when we were just eyeing this country (just last year actually) but it did not take long before our prayer was answered. God really knows what is our hearts’ desire, and He will give it to you in His time. As what our dear mentor Pastor Jeff told us, God will give it to you in His own timetable.
So we arrived here last January 7, 2016. We were blessed to come here after Christmas and New Year. It was a bonus for me, Rod, and Marshall to spend the holidays with our families.
We’ve never been here in Australia before. In fact, it was our first 8-hour trip. Although our flight was 6 hours delayed, we are still very thankful that we arrived safely and no other hassle as what our Lord declares. Surprisingly, after passing by the customs, I noticed right away the welcome note of Nanay/Tita Alma and Tatay/Tito Ed, whom we are currently staying for the meantime. Which by the way if not with the help of our friend Glenn, we might have difficulty finding some place to stay with. Though we have some few friends here, we do not have any other family.
This season is actually summer but the temperature here is erratic. Climate change probably.
One moment it is freaking hot, the next few hours will be freezing cold. On our 2nd week, We experienced the highest temperature of 41 degrees here, and then night time became 15 deg.
Because we just moved here, I and Rod need to budget accurately. And as a full time housewife and mom, I try to really do proper calculations of our budget. As a matter of fact, at this point in time, we have a problem with liquidation. Sadly, our emergency funds were almost used up when we paid for the remaining rental amount in Singapore. And when I say remaining rental, that means another 6 months of rental fee. Oh yeah.. Well, emergency funds are supposed to be used for emergencies anyway.. I should probably share another story regarding tenancy 🙂
Anyway, as per budget conversation with my husband, we decided to get our personal car first before moving out and renting our own unit. Primarily is that Rod needs it for his work field. Another thing is the fact that public transportation costs much more expensive compared to driving your own transport. In addition to this, as far as I noticed, public transport is more accessible in Singapore if I may compare here in Sydney. Though I think most of the people here our very used to long walk. 20-minute walk to train is already considered a short walk. And waiting time interval of both buses and trains are also longer. So for families who would want to stay or migrate here, we highly recommend to prioritize getting a personal car rather than getting your own place.
In terms of rental, there are a lot of rental units and rooms available, but there is also a high demand for tenancy both locals and foreigners. And I learned that owners and agents do a thorough research on their tenants’ profile. So far we have viewed quite a number of rooms and units and we are still in the midst of getting our own place.
For the”Filos” as what they called, who are looking for Filipino Community in Australia, there are groups, particularly in Sydney which you can join to learn or inquire regarding rentals, visa, job opportunities etc. Again, we are very thankful that there are quite a number of people who are willing to help and reach out especially to the newbies like us.
Currently, we are still on the process of stabilising ourselves here, learning and understanding their culture, achieving our goals, and a lot more. We know we will get through it one step at a time with the help of our Lord and the people continuously loving and supporting us. We are enjoying our “honeymoon stage” as a family. We are very delighted with the benefit of spending time with each other, especially Marshall. I believe it will be a very joyful and adventurous journey for the three of us! 🙂
11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.