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To My Not So Little Boy

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To my Leon, Still, I couldn't believe how fast time flies. It seems like only yesterday, you were this fragile little human, always longing for comfort in my arms.You were so little but you were huge enough to create a massive change in our life. You have shown me things I never thought possible. You have given me strength and inspiration I never thought I could find. You made me discover skills I never thought I had. You have shown me a different kind of love. A kind of love that transcends all other forms - the love of a mother. Now that you're three, the more you amaze me with your wit and personality. I wonder, when did you learn to speak that smart? How do you manage to run a conversation with such young age? It's like magic. One day you were stuttering and figuring out how to say words like mommy and daddy and now you can easily talk your way out to certain things (like telling me how carrots will make you sick and chicken will make you strong). I can still remember…

Moving Forward

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A week has passed since I wrote that semi depressing entry about losing a job I thought I had. I figured I should probably write something a little less depressing here on the blog to lighten things up.  Leather Jacket: Vinnies (Thrifted) | Dress: Random (Phils) | Boots: Payless Shoesource (Phils) There is nothing much to do but to move forward. Immediately, despite feeling a little down, I have searched for other jobs online and tried my luck, again. While I still get nothing but rejection emails (again) and zero responses, I am still keeping my head high and my hopes up. Someday, probably, when the right time comes (or the right visa arrives, in my case), the right job would land on my feet.  Someday.
After all my life experiences, all my rejections, here and in the Philippines, there is one thing I have learned about myself - that I am very resilient. I know for a fact that no matter how big or small the challenges are, I am brave enough to face all them. Ako pa talaga, e sanay na …

I Got a Job and I Lost It (The Workplace Shock)

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Today was a sad day.
On the fourth day of my training for this outbound, call center sales job here in Sydney, the training manager called me and two other trainees in a private room. We were actually in the middle of cold calling random people over the phone, trying to raise funds for a good cause when she cut us off. Unfortunately, despite all our efforts, we did not make the cut. She had to let me (us) go. 
Whew. I never realized it was possible to lose a job in just three days.  Y Naiyak ako. Well hanggang ngayon naman naiiyak parin ako. I still couldn't believe what just happened today. A couple of weeks ago, I was so excited. Finally, I got a job. I have arranged Leon's schedule in daycare and secured him a slot. Paolo and I did the math - my supposed salary was more than enough to cover for Leon's childcare. Everything was looking so good. Our plan is finally working out. Until I got laid off. FAST.

Ang bilis ng mga pangyayari. During our first day at work (technical…

On Job Hunting and Separation Anxiety

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Remember I was telling you guys that I was having a hard time looking for a job here in Sydney? Well, it is actually true. Mahirap makahanap ng trabaho dito, lalo na yung gusto mo. However, the good news is, I got one! Yes! After numerous rejections and failed interviews, I finally landed a job that (I think) is enough to cover for Leon's childcare fees and gain me the experience that I need.  Just some of my numerous "rejection letters."
When I thought everything was getting really tough, I suddenly got this job. So fast, you may wonder. But you know why I easily got a job? It is because I decided to not be choosy.  
So while I was browsing this job alerts on my email (I subscribed in seek.com.au, indeed.com.au, and found.com), I saw a job posting, looking for outbound call center agents. The requirements were simple - above 18, knows how to write and communicate in English, knows how to use the computer and available to work full time and part time. With the schedule a…

The Childcare Situation

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While I was busy looking around for work (as I've shared in my previous post), I was also busy researching about the childcare/daycare rates here in Sydney. See, family life here is very different. Usually, the moms are allowed to take a 12-month maternity leave from work (and can even be extended up to two years). Once the moms are ready to go back to work, they would usually put their kid(s) to childcare, hire a nanny or leave them with other family members. Depending on the family's situation, putting the child to daycare is one of the common practice here. So after tedious research, I learned that the average childcare rate here ranges from 85-150 AUD, The rate usually depends on where you are in New South Wales, how old your child is, or the other services the center offers. As expected, everything gets more expensive as you move closer to the city.
When Paolo and I moved here in Sydney, one of the main concern is Leon's care. Since we are in a working visa, we are n…

Out and About, Finding My Luck

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Three weeks ago, Paolo and I made a random decision to put my resume online. Since my uncle was here for almost three weeks, we took advantage of the opportunity to attend to interviews while he looked after Leon at home. Was the experience easy? Did I get a job?
Honestly, it was tough,
I'm sure most of the migrants could relate to this  - finding a job abroad is never easy. Aside from the fact that most companies prefer someone with local experience, you also compete with thousands of locals who speaks better English than you, who holds a degree from a locally acclaimed University. Hence, you have to face the fact that whether you like it or not, regardless of your educational background, and the years of experience you had in the Philippines, you really have to start from scratch - again. Well, unless you study for a certificate or a diploma course here in Austalia, or you have an extensive IT background, or graduated or be sponsored to work here - you can easily get a job here…

A Day In Featherdale Zoo

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A month after we have visited Featherdale Wildlife Park, I finally found some time to write about our experience. It was a random decision that my husband made one Saturday. He was aching to do something new, different from our usual grocery and mall routine, hence the decision to visit a zoo!  Paolo then drove us to Featherdale, located in the Blacktown suburb. For just 30 AUD per adult, (kids under 4 enter for free) we got the chance have a personal encounter with the roos, koalas, wallabies and see different animals. Upon entry, a group of wallabies was excited to get feed. For about 2dollars a cup, you can get a cup full of feeds to for the animals. Luckily, other tourists gave us theirs for free and the brave little boy was just too happy to feed them. Repeatedly, he kept on saying,  Mommyy, wallabies are eating!"

Then we head to get up close and personal to those cute looking koalas. They are so cute and sleepy that I just want to take them home -- even my son would agree. H…