"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody." - 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
Queensland (QLD) is an Australian state the continent's northeast, with a coastline stretching nearly 7,000 km. Its offshore Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest coral reef system, hosts thousands of marine species. The city of Cairns is a gateway to the reef and tropical Daintree Rainforest. The capital, Brisbane, is flanked by the surfing beaches of the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
Queensland has a lot to offer aside from being one of the affordable states to live in Australia and it's great weather.
When we decided to migrate here in Australia, we never thought about learning it's history and culture. Maybe that's the reason why we had a little bit of culture shock upon arrving and we would like to share a little bit of what we know.
HistoryDid you know that the first Australians were the Aboriginals (collective term for all the indigenous peoples from the Australian mainland and Tasmania) and Torres Strait Islanders (indigenous inhabitants of the Torres Strait Islands, partly Queensland)? That's why some applications ask whether you're from the above indigenous people.January 26, 1788 - Europian explorers sailed to the coast of Australia and claimed it for Britain. A new outpost was put to use as a penal colony and the first fleet of 11 ships, carrying 1500 people, half of them convicts arrived in Sydney Harbour. When penal transportation ended in 1868, more than 160,000 men and women had come to Australia as convicts. (Source: https://www.australia.com/en/facts…
As mentioned in my previous blog, one of the reasons we moved down under was due to the long distance relationship we had with our son. So when we moved here, that was my first job, a SAHM but now that my son is in full time daycare for 5 days, I am now a job hunter (hehe).
Being a stay at home mum is tough especially if you are used to working and have a lot of bills to pay and is more distressing when you are in a different country with no relatives and friends to talk to. Sometimes you'll feel depressed but you can't for the sake of your family.
When we moved here, we were planning to put our son in childcare after maybe a month or two but we decided not to until he is fully adjusted. He was 3.6 years old then. We started his daycare January 2019 and he was so ready and excited by that time. He learned how to read (a few), write (more practice) and numbers (a little bit of addition) in that short span of time being with him. Compulsory education here in Australia starts wh…
“I used to be the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of a chemical company. But I am embarrassed to tell you the things I used to do in corporate. When we wish to fire people who work in corporate jobs, instead of offering a severance package, we make life very difficult for them. We humiliate them in meetings, we tell them they are not performing, we restructure the organization and reduce their seniority, and put junior people as their bosses. Eventually even the strong cannot ‘tahan’ and they will leave themselves. This is what they taught me in corporate, and this is what I did. But you don't realise it all eventually comes back to you.
Sadly, the company is never short of its people to volunteer to do the dirty job of undermining their own colleagues, not realising that one day they may be the victim themselves.
If you are mid-manager level, it's fine because you are purely operational. Once you get to senior manager position, that’s when the politicking starts. People get jeal…
They said when you live in a first world country, usually you need to learn how to drive. I really never understood this until I arrived here in Brisbane.
Usually the waiting time for buses on weekdays is shorter, maybe around 30 minutes or more while in the weekends, it is around an hour. We took pictures so that we'll know what time to wait. That's why when we go to an unfamiliar place, we always check first the timings of the bus. Sometimes the last trip would be until 3pm only depending on the location.
← When you are not in the city area, you need to look for that to tap your card. It is near the entrance or exit.
For easy navigation, download the Moovit app. Very useful if you are not familiar with the area you are going. It will indicate what bus/train to take, estimated arrival time and estimated total travel time. You can also use google maps but I do not like the setting. You can also use 'journey planner' in the transitlink website.
Below is my travel histo…