Showing posts from September, 2017

Why Every Minute Is Important

In this side of the world, every minute is important. Especially when you heavily rely on public transportation coming to and from work, your day must be planned and your schedule must be followed on the dot. Coming from a job with flexible hours, to a stay-at-home mom roles, being on a strict, 8-hour schedule was something I had to adjust with. Here, a delay of one minute means being able to skip the train that would take you 10 minutes earlier on your place of work. With trains almost having an efficient departure and arrival schedule, you could actually plan your day like clock work. Alternatively, leaving your desk 5 minutes later than the end of your shift may cause you to miss your bus that will take you to your train that will bring you to your scheduled childcare pick-up. You know what happens when you're late on your 6PM childcare pickup? You have to pay a dollar per minute you are late. (I had to pay 16 dollars when I got stuck in traffic before! Mahal grabe!) Now, I fina…

Goodbye, Winter!

I couldn't describe my relief now that winter is over. It is officially 2 weeks into September and so far, the spring is giving us the perfect weather I could ever imagine - a little chilly in the morning and hot and sunny in the afternoon then chilly again at night. This is probably the period where our energy bill will be the lowest - no need for heaters and aircon and whatsoever.So before I formally bid goodbye to winter and welcome the spring, let me share with you some how I handled my very first winter here in Australia. Was it easy? Well, for starters it was a hell of a struggle. The Mornings Are Difficult With sunrises that happen a little later in the day,temperature that is less than 10 degrees, getting up in the morning is the hardest thing to do. Even if we have our heaters set at a certain temperature and time, preparing was a struggle. The dark and the cold weather just makes you want to sleep more. The worst part? Even if you have heated showers in the morning, the mo…

Our Melbourne Holiday

Our recent trip to Melbourne was booked to attend the wedding of our good friends, Jessa and Dandy. We also had the intention to relax and spend the holidays in probably one of the most beautiful cities we know. Fortunately, we did have a great 4-day holiday in Melbourne and despite the very very cold weather back then, we were able to enjoy and immerse in the city's cosmopolitan vibe. Although we have a list of places and restaurants to visits, we were not able to follow it because of the weather. Unexpectedly, it was raining very hard when we arrived there on a Friday. Instead of going around the city, we decided to just spend it indoors. After having lunch, we quickly went to Federation Square for photos and spend most of the afternoon in the National Gallery of Victoria. Inside, Leon had a great time in the Laura Hall are playing and goofing around with other kids. We then went to South Melbourne and had an interesting coffee experience at St. Ali's Cafe. Luckily, we had …

New Beginnings

Today marks the start of my much awaited season - Spring. While the cold winter weather still brings chill to my spine, today, I was awaken with a brighter and better sunshine. During the winter, the nights are longer - sun sets at 5:30 PM and rises at around 6:30-7PM. Today, the sun greeted me earlier than usual. Today, everything seemed brighter and happier. These cherry blossom are just reminiscent of everything that I felt today - calm, beautiful and hopeful. As the new season begins, a new chapter of our lives unfolds. As I am now offered a permanent role on my current job, I feel so grateful and blessed for the Lord has given me a tool to help my family. With Paolo and I gearing on applying for a permanent residency status here in Australia, we need to increase our finances to afford the expenses. Everything happened on sync - after lodging our PR application, I was offered the role, allowing us to afford this without hurting our savings. Applying for Permanent Residency In case…