Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Oz Day 007.

One week.

I know it is one week today because the rent is due. Am paying rental on the hostel place on a weekly basis. The cost of the hostel is unconscionably high. For the same rate, I could rent a nice studio fully furnished in the middle of the city. So getting a cheaper place to stay is high on the list of priorities, but still not as important as finding a job. In any case, I reckon I have already found
my new housemates. Just that we still have yet to find a house in order to be housemates.

In Australia without proof of a permanent address, it is near impossible to get any paperwork done. Hence the lack of a tax number, the lack of a driving licence, the lack of a library card. Seems that I am persona non grata until I can get (or beg, or borrow or steal) a permanent Western Australia address.

Been religiously flipping through the classified advertisments in the papers, pounding the streets looking for casual (hourly-paid) work and reloading the job site web pages again and again. Nothing yet but it is still very early in the game. Keeping the chin up and.. well, actually chin down burrowed in the neck of the jacket because of the gusty winds that try to strip every bit of precious body heat.

Went to a few pubs yesterday. And that was after splitting about half the Absolut between three of us. Drinks here are cheap compared to Singapore. Beers and premixes are about $5 during happy hour and backpacker nights. And they do not water down the drinks either. In between mixing drinks (vodka, beer), $30 each goes from dead sober to happy high. The bartender at one of the places we stopped in was very entertaining. Listening to her trading barbs with Jelts at rapid-fire pace left me gasping. And watching her just move was a pleasure. It is always good to watch competence and high proficiency, no matter what the trade. She was nonchalantly flipping empty pint glasses using one hand, in a way that I could never do even dead sober and with fully dosed with coffee. The hand-eye coordination in that understated showmanship was downright impressive.

Met a incoherent and very drunk Canadian iron ore miner who returned home to Perth. Our conversations were passing each other as closely as possible without actually meeting (expression courtesy of Jelts). And a friendly British bloke who was planning to (after graduation) buy a bar in South Africa with his South African friend and planning to make 16,000 pounds in one summer. Ah.. I envy the dreams of youth.

All in all, the evening was a pleasure. A guilty pleasure of sorts, especially considering that I have zero income and limited funds that need to be carefully deployed. Then again drinking is part of the culture here, is it not?


Blogger C said...

You're more than welcome to borrow mine. Been there on a less severe basis, so i have an idea of what it's like =)

July 13, 2005 5:20 PM  
Anonymous jt said...

i see that u hv met up with jelts & liana.
good for u, what are friends in a strange land for eh?

July 13, 2005 5:56 PM  
Blogger sway said...

er, $5 for premixers is ok, but for BEERS? $2 pints!!!!!!

July 14, 2005 7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Then again drinking is part of the culture here, is it not?

Totally. In Australia their definition of a queer is someone who prefers girls to beer.

July 15, 2005 1:22 AM  
Blogger the virgin undergrad said...

KOP: househunting can be quite a bitch. apart from the various classified papers, i reckon offers a very comprehensive variety of rentals available. if u're not renting thru an agent, then perhaps u prolly have to be very sure of the terms of the contract, i've heard a few cases where the tenants had to pay for damages incurred by the previous tenants cos' the landlord played bastard.

C: hey! how've u been! i miss reading ur blog!

July 15, 2005 12:00 PM  
Blogger akikonomu said...

I always wondered how the classified were in other countries. Is the job section only useful to check on Saturday, like Singapore's?

July 15, 2005 10:51 PM  
Blogger sway said...

oh I forgot to ask you. Do you want casual or permanent part-time?

and in what industry? if it's in the retail or service industries you're better off walking around looking for signs in the windows. Make sure they aren't those Asian joints willing to pay you cash on hand (at an abyssmal price of $7/h - ave. min wage is about $11-15) because it's illegal and if the immigration dept finds out you're royally screwed.

July 16, 2005 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Kristian said...

Also look at the notice boards in Unis for students looking for housemates or for someone to take over their apartment due to a lease break.

July 18, 2005 8:00 AM  

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