First week in Sydney

It has already been a week since we’ve been in Sydney.

We’re staying in an Airbnb accommodation until the end of the month. Hopefully, we’ll find a permanent apartment by then so that we can finally settle in already. At sana nga makalipat na kami, dahil ang mahal ng Airbnb if we decide to extend pa. Although, in fairness, kaya naman mahal ‘tong accomm na ‘to, kasi ang ganda! Here’s what the apartment’s balcony and balcony view looks like:

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Hindi kasama si Kevin sa unit. But that’s where Kebs and I had our brunch yesterday. Ang lakas maka-abroad noh? Especially because we had crunchy clusters topped with greek yoghurt hahaha. Ang relaxing lang. And it feels very different from what I’m used to. Can I just add (of course I can, blog ko naman ‘to HAHA): ang cute ni Kebs noh? Ang amo ng mukha niya talaga. ♥

(Totally unrelated topic, but very present — as in happening at this very moment: I’m eating watermelon with sooo many seeds, pero bakit parang konti lang ang naluluwa ko? HAHAHA.)

Anyway, it has only been a week, but I feel like madami nang nangyari — parang ang tagal ko na dito. We already received the boxes we sent from Singapore. YAAAY. We had them shipped to Hilaw and Jack’s house. Since nagwwork na sila, nobody will be at their home when the boxes arrive; kaya Kebs and I spent the night at their place last Tuesday, para may magrereceive ng boxes the next day. We left the boxes at their place lang muna, para isang lipatan nalang — only when we move to our own apartment na. Mejo malayo yung bahay nina hilaw from where we’re staying. We took an hour-ride train going there. We then realised that Sydney is much, much, bigger than Singapore. In Singapore, walang malayo. Lahat napupuntahan in less than an hour. Or if more than an hour yung biyahe, you won’t feel like it kasi parang ang liit lang talaga. In Sydney naman, I don’t know why, pero I feel like and lalayo ng mga lugar. Is it because mabagal ang trains? Or dahil ba suburbs look different from each other, kaya feel na feel kong nasa ibang lugar na ako? Or maybe dahil mas malaki talaga and Sydney kesa sa Singapore? HAHAHA. We also realised na ang mahal ng pamasahe dito! A$3 bawat sakay. Ang. Mahal. Don’t get me wrong ha? Kevin and I are not complaining. We’re very very thankful we’re here. I’m just merely comparing what’s our reality now versus our reality for the past four years.

Since we’ve arrived, I also have had a few phone calls already for possible work opportunities. I’ve personally met two potential employers last Thursday — one meeting with a recruiter agent who scheduled me an interview tomorrow (Tuesday) with B (initial of the company). He gave me tips on how to answer interviews. Dapat daw STAR format. STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result. When asked a question daw, do not answer with yes or no only. You have to elaborate your answer based on the STAR format. Another personal meeting I had was an interview with C. Actually, I had two phone interviews with them already since last July nung nasa Pinas kami, but they wanted to see me in person. Parang inulit yung dalawang phone interview ko. They probably wanted to see how I answered in real life. Hahaha. Thankfully, I got an offer from them the next day. Huhuhuhuhuhuhu!!! I’m suuuuupppeerrrrrrr happy and thankful!!! I feel really super blessed!!!

We’ve also already inspected eight apartments last Saturday. Dito kasi, iba ang process when you want to rent a house. We’re not new to renting, kaya I have an idea how it is in other countries. Or at least in SG and PH. Sa SG and PH, when you see an advertisement of an apartment for rent, you schedule a viewing, then if you like the place, you’ll simply tell the owner na you’re interested. That’s when you pay the deposit and advance payment. Then move na. Easy diba? Here, it’s different. First, hindi ikaw (usually) ang magsschedule ng viewing/inspection. When there is an advertised unit, there would also be a schedule on when interested renters can inspect the house. So madaming renters yung pumupunta at a small window of time. If you’re interested sa unit, you then submit an application. It will depend on the landlord if they will approve your application. Pag hindi, hanap ka na naman ng iba.

In a week, nag-iba na din ang sinet namin na budget for the house. HAHAHA. Initially, Kebs and I were set na $400/week (another thing na iba dito is rent is priced on a weekly basis) for a 1 bedroom apartment. And then nadagdagan ng $450/week for a 2-br unit. Nung nagtingin kami ng apartments that we may like, we realised na mahihirapan kami maghanap ng unit na gusto namin with the initial prices we set. Kaya tinaasan na namin ng slight hahaha. Another thing that changed is the suburb where we were looking. Nung una, gusto namin dito lang sa Canterbury and suburbs nearer Sydney CBD. Yung mga 15km-away lang. Now we’re looking at apartments in Granville, Merrylands, and Parramatta. These are suburbs na mga 25km-away from the CBD. May derechong train naman, so okay lang. And mas madami kasing choices don, at lower prices. Siguro we’ll just have to add additional 20mins sa travel time namin (one-way). This afternoon at 4pm, there is an inspection schedule for units that we like in a new apartment building. I hope may makuha na kaming unit dito. I’m really excited to settle in already. To buy appliances and furniture and kitchenware (hahaha ‘yon ‘yon eh!).

On a lighter note, in a week, I realised I need more pants and socks! I currently only have two pairs of pants, and I don’t own too many socks either. I’m always in shorts and slippers. Kailangan ko din pala ng legit jackets. I used to think na ang jackets ay pang porma lang. Boy I was wrong. Kailangan pala siya sa ibang lugar hahahaha.

It’s Kevin’s first day of work here today. It’s also the first time he’ll be going to work after two and a half months of break. GRABE NOH? Two. And. A. Half. Months. na break! Where did time go? I don’t think we’ll get this chance again, kaya I’m very thankful we got to experience it. It’s also the first time in two and a half months (talagang paulit-ulit yung two and a half months, ano? HAHA) that I won’t be with Kebs 24/7. HAHAHAHA. You would think that we need this space, na okay maging hindi laging magkasama; pero truthfully, I already miss him. It’s only been 3 hours since he left for the office. Medyo na-senti pa ang gaga! Hahaha.

Osha, masyado nang mahaba ‘to. Kain muna ako ng ice cream. Ang sarap talaga ng ice cream dito!

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