Our 2nd year in the land Down Under

I remember the time we had our 1st month here in Sydney, I was very enthusiastic to share our monthly stories. Sadly, that did not happen. I know I have been always making an excuse for my busy schedule but what am I gonna do… that’s the reality. Being a stay at home mom doesn’t guarantee you plenty of time to do curricular activities. Truth is, you’ll have heaps of things to accomplish.

Anyway, today marks our 2nd year here in Sydney.

While our first year was full of out of the country escapade, 2017, on the other hand, was an entire year of adventure here in Sydney. Although we truly miss back home in the Philippines, we are enjoying the 4 seasons of Australia. Summer here reached a temperature of 43 deg Celsius. We spent most of the time at the beach. Autumn is windy which starts the cold days and nights. Normal winter days have a low temperature of 9 degrees. Spring is my favorite because the temperature is just nice.

Aside from the erratic weather that we are getting used to, we are also slowly adapting the culture of Aussies. One of this is the language. Although Rod and I have previously worked in Singapore, we noticed that we have somehow progressed in speaking English although there are still times that we cannot catch up with the Aussie slang. At 4, Marshall also speaks English more often than Tagalog. But as much as possible, especially at home, we still speak to him in the Filipino language and Marshall does try to reply back in Tagalog though it sounds “conyo” when he mixes both languages. Speaking Tagalog is just one of the Filipino culture that we would want him to keep even though we are staying in an English country.

Speaking of which, Rod and I would still have a feeling of homesickness every now and then, especially during our low days. We stayed in Singapore for more than half a decade but we kind of miss our lives back home in the Philippines. Simple, yet fun.

To be frank, we had a lot of difficulties starting our lives here. Primarily, the cost of living, considering we are one of those single income family. Australia is no doubt one of the most expensive places to live. Houses or unit rentals are on weekly payment. Public transport fare is far way too expensive as compared to Singapore. Child care is another thing that eats out our budget. Plus the monthly 30% tax deduction from salary.

There may be drawbacks, nevertheless, Australia is a very comfortable and safe place to live in. Buildings and establishments are well maintained. People are disciplined and abiding citizens. There may be some who are bullies and are racially discriminating (there are people like these everywhere) but most are friendly and helpful. Medical benefit is superb considering we have an excellent insurance which is mandatory. There are also items that can be purchased at a lower price during the half-price promotions. But the thing that we like most is the fact that this country is a very family-oriented place. Work finishes at 5 pm along with all the shops and malls so families can really spend more quality time with each other. There are a number of fun and learning activities for kids including free use of parks and playgrounds in several areas.

We may not have any relative or immediate family here in Australia but God truly provides. He continually gives us the wisdom to pursue what He plans for us and bless us with people who would guide and care for us. Our stay here wouldn’t be this great if not with the help and support of our friends who became our family here.

Looking forward to more of our adventures!

Ezekiel 12:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 “Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”

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