Thursday, July 07, 2005

Oz Day 001.

.. now what?

Start from the basics. Breathe. Eat. Keep warm. Try to stay alive. That normal stuff.

Perth is cold at this time of year. Not the freezing cold that makes life miserable, but more of a crisp, jolting cold that is fun for about 5 minutes - then gets to be annoyingly uncomfortable. Perhaps after my body acclimatises after a couple weeks, I would stop noticing it so much.

Note to future Singapore emigrants to Australia. Non-prime periods to relocate would be:
  • middle of winter (July) - temperature change in excess of 25 degrees
  • tax season (May/June) - form filings are due end June
  • end autumn (April/May) - job market tightens towards winter
  • Christmas (December) - job market shuts down
I guess any time that would coincide with returning university students would also be bad, due the greater competition for resources (housing, flight seats, supplies). Then again, there is never a good time to walk away from everything that you are familiar with and start all over again.

Am staying at the same backpacker hostel place as as I did the last time. It is much quieter in the middle of winter with less tourists passing through. Like the last time, the room had an annoying inspiration-type poster. This time it says "Determination - there is no force that can keep down a man who refuses to be kept down". And as like the last time, I took the poster down from wall and put it face down under the bed. I am a realist, and refuse to be a blind optimist.

Today was shopping day. Get the bare minimum food supplies and personal supplies. Get a local mobile number setup. Trying to get a feel for the housing and job market here. Tempted to buy a car that I cannot afford - is this a quintessential Singaporean weakness? Here you can actually buy 20+ year old cars with a couple months left on the (yearly?) roadworthiness registration for around A$600 to A$800.

I need to slow down a little first. End of first full day here and I notice myself still walking faster and speaking more rapidly and doing stuff much more in a haste than the general population. And now that I am physically here, my brain is starting to run into overdrive constantly trying to figure out what to do next. In between the crisp cold weather, all the walking that I have been doing, and the adrenaline-surge response to a new environment, everything feels so much in a blur that I have not had the time to slow down and think. Have to remember that direction of travel is much more important than the speed of travel.

Breathe. And just take in the moment.


Anonymous Kelvin Tan said...

Glad to know you reached there safely. Keep us updated!

July 07, 2005 10:53 PM  
Blogger SouthLandian said...

Do you have an Oz driving licence? Useful ID to have. Just have to take the MCQ highway code test and with S'pore driving licence plus fee ($20?), the licence is yours. (no need to supply photograph, they take for you on-the-spot) Also don't forget to read/study the free highway code book obtainable from any police station.

July 08, 2005 6:01 AM  
Anonymous EastCoaster said...

SouthLandian, you mean WA still don't recognise Sing driving license ? RTA (NSW) and VicRoads (VIC) no longer require Singapore license holders to sit for the MCQ highway code test. Just produce a Singapore driving license with some identification and proof or residence documents and they give you one on the spot.

July 08, 2005 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Kristian said...

Call the RTA before booking your conversion. My wife made the trip al the way there and only left with an appointment letter (VicRoads).

Bring passport, proof of address and some other ID (like Bank card)

July 08, 2005 10:36 AM  
Blogger KnightofPentacles said...

Slight correction.

The Australia tax year ends in end-June. After which there is a three-month period to file the tax forms.

And plowing through the 130-odd page instruction book for completing the individual tax filings puts me to sleep before page 20.

July 13, 2005 12:46 PM  

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