05 Jan 2011 1:31 AM
No as regular as before, but time out for an update, if you still remember me?
The Good :
Wifey got job at hospital on day 3 of arrival, two subseqeunt promotions,all well, good.
Our son- Settled well, likes the lifestyle,weather,leisure opportunities, finally sorted his education out ( last 12 months private).
Moved into newly built house in S Harbour -Dec,10 - still niggling things to finish off, not there yet. Made a good fist of migration, reasonable social circle,still looking for more closer friends and friends for our son.
Good public healthcare- thus far.
The Bad :
Awful renting experience.
Recent family berevement.
Cost of living/exchange rate.
Beaurocracy of government/amateur politicians
Missing UK friends ,no family left as such.
05 Jan 2011 1:42 AM
We were in the same crowd of new arrivals me thinks.
Your experiences echo ours on the whole. Both of us are working, me as happy as punch, my DH and ex MOD employee sometimes finds working for state gov a bit taxing!
Rental experience .... ggggrrrrrr. We are renting while we build and NEVER again. Today we were due for a rent inspection ( I mean how effing dare they) and they didnt show up. The stress it causes is unbelievable, and to be honest I have better things to do than ensure my blinds arent dusty.
Friends are still an issue for us and like you it is the close friend brigade we miss. I am lucky to have family here which helps but I do miss my girlfriend dreadfully, even after two and a half years.
Schooling is a tough one and after a move we are a bit happier. I think our standards and expectations are different and instead of trying to fight it, we have 'gone with the flow' so to speak.
Hate the weather .... it is just too bloody hot.
That is us
05 Jan 2011 10:50 AM
Just reading your posts and it dawned on me that I arrived (back) in Perth 5 yrs ago today.
While we have just moved into a new build over the xmas period, I would never build again! Talk about an experience! Only a small plot (525m) with a larger cottage plot styled house. Minimum yard space and so close to the neighbours you can almost hear their TV's from inside the house!! Cost of land was phenominal and due to our own cost limitations it reduced the location options we had. We made no profit on our previous house NOR due to over-inflated house prices when we purchased, and reduced house prices when we sold.
Like you guys, work was pretty easy to come by for me (office job) and secured my initial employment before leaving UK. But we also have similar experiences on a number of topics you have both mentioned, e.g renting, etc. We too also have a very small social circle, so small its almost non-existant sometimes, and that 'close friend' type of relationship has still not reared its head. We amble along as a family in our own little way mainly keeping ourselves to ourselves nowadays, having suffered some un-friendly experiences from a number of people since arriving, sadly to say some of those were Aussiemovers too.
Money - or lack of it - is also still a major concern. Have had no real family type holiday since arriving due to sheer cost of travel and expense. Have been back to the UK once and found it a hugely expensive excercise, and hardly relaxing driving around trying to see everybody all over the country during a short period of time. Wife still misses family terribly. Daughter seems to have settled well and has recently moved school and we noticed a drastic improvement over her previous school, though still no 'close' friends for her either.
Will see how the next 5 yrs pans out....if we make it that far!
All the best.
Cheers for now,
05 Jan 2011 11:09 AM
|Interesting that the experiences are very similar.
Is it worth a tidal wave of effort just to live between Rockingham and Mandurah ?- probably not.
Jury still out, review end of 2011.
Anybody thinking of moving over, i'd say stay put unless your a millionaire or highly skilled /paid.|
05 Jan 2011 12:51 PM
|We have been here 4 years (just) and it has been hard at times. Both my children have 'lots of friends' but non you can call close. So far this school holiday my youngest has not seen any of his friends (first play date next week) and my other is lucky to have a friend locally (do not go to same school) they see each other once a week. Where we live kids don't seem to go outside to play. Again we have a very small circle of friends.
We have a two year plan - wait and see. Couldn't have a 5 year plan - way to long for me.
All the best.|
05 Jan 2011 4:05 PM
|And if you were a millionaire, would you want to loose so much money and life is probably grand in UK!|
05 Jan 2011 7:54 PM
|interesting response to your post - similar experiences to us ie difficult finding meaningful friendships and expensive cost of living. couldn't stand the 'play date' culture - play dates for 10 year olds - wots that about?? also missed family and close friends so much - so we ended up going back to england. kids are happy and their friends think nothing of coming and knocking the door to see if they want to hang out!
haven't regretted the move back - or the move out in the first place for that matter - you need to emigrate to really understand what its like - no amount of rekkies can give you that feeling - is this it forever?
dont get me wrong, I miss some of what australia offered and can understand why some come to love it and settle long term - but would agree with you on the money scenario - difficult to see how many can afford to go there now. things are bleak back in england at the moment, but we are still better off in terms of money and general happiness.
good luck to all|
05 Jan 2011 10:09 PM
|cant belive we've been here now for 3 years on the 8th of Jan !!
didn't have the same experiance with renting as we jumped in and made an offer on a house after being here for 2 weeks, had to find holiday homes for 6 weeks though until we moved in.
hubby worked straight away and i started back to work a year ago, no real problems there.
miss family of course and unfortunatly in the last 3 years i have lost my mum and most recently my dad and had to fly back to the uk.
friends we have been blessed hear, we have gone to every invite that we got and have a great crowed of friends have met up with a few people on this site (planned and unplanned) and have some real close friends that we have made here that life just wouldn't be the same without.
i have to say i felt it was the right move for us from day one.. hasn't been easy, then life never is.
and now refer to Australia as Home . 0)|
06 Jan 2011 1:53 AM
|Keiran how are ya?
Where are you living now?|
06 Jan 2011 8:50 AM
|We did the same. Bought an established house which we were living in 6 weeks after arriving. I think with everything else you have to do when you first get here, managing a building project is probably a bridge too far. We have a good circle of friends and it is important to take up every invite that you get. Our friends are like our family over here. The kids are settled and both are involved in local sports clubs. This is also a good way of meeting other parents and expanding your childrens horizons outside of school.|
06 Jan 2011 10:40 AM
|I agree joining local sports clubs. In fact we have met some lovely people this way. |
06 Jan 2011 12:58 PM
|In hindsight we were hampered by having to wait in Oz for house to sell for 9 months.
Plus, you have to give it a year to see if u like here too.
Would have loved an established, but could not find right house at right price without a refurb also, plus stamp duty issues, mind you, that was in the timeframe when prices rising quick.
Anyway, it's built now ,its new i suppose.
*Jimbo, may i PM you for a little of advice on another issue ? you seem to talk sense on here.
06 Jan 2011 2:27 PM
|How lovely to read this thread, a hint of old times here with news of familiar names from 2 or more years ago. Kieran - you don't sound entirely happy, I hope things look up for you. Did your mum join you?
We have finally made it and we are a little more straight in our minds now. The first 4 weeks were pretty jumbled to be honest with so much to do and it all seemed rather scary. We have finally found a rental we like and should get our furniture out of store next week. I hope when we are able to report in after 2.5 years that we are settled and okay.|
06 Jan 2011 6:48 PM
|Go for it..|
06 Jan 2011 7:42 PM
|yeah, this forum needs livening up again, especially chat..hmm|
09 Jan 2011 9:11 AM
|Mindblower (and kayandandy),
Over the last while you've been regulars on aussiemove and remained positive encouraging us newbies about the move. Gutted to read your recent posts. Perhaps some of us newbies on the way over can restore some of the faith on making close friends. I know we'll need them when we land.|
09 Jan 2011 10:00 AM
|No worries, friends not so much the main issue though.|
09 Jan 2011 7:22 PM
|Yes, I understand. I didn't intend to sound needy just supportive. |