Sunday, July 17, 2005

Oz Day 011.

Eleven days in Perth. Four days since the last entry.

And no, I have not been drunk and passed out in some gutter in Northbridge. Even though I have had more alcohol in these last few days than I have had the last couple months. I have been diligently looking for work and for a cheaper place to stay.

Met with with C. on Friday after she got off from work for a drink or six. I lost count after number six. To those who are expected to ask "how is she like? is she pretty?" (why do people ask these things?), I have no answer for you. Not that I am sworn to secrecy about our meeting or anything. Just that I have yet to make up my mind what to think.

She is one of the more unusual people I have met in my life. Reading her writings provides but a tiny window into a fascinating approach to her life so far. And, like her blog, C. is refreshingly honest and straightforward. She is comfortable in her skin and with who she is - very much more than the average Singaporean female I encounter. And self-confidence is highly attractive to me. (And I can say this without fear of misunderstandings, since she is a married woman.)

I think if I am to stay here for a few years, C. is somebody I can aspire to become like. In that transition between Singapore and Australia, she is no longer easily measured, labelled and pigeonholed. She just is. And more importantly, I do not think she gives a damn about where she "fits" either - as long as the situtation can be summed up by her saying: "It's all good."


Was feeling a little down this morning. It has been almost two weeks and not much measurable has been achieved on job- and the house- hunting fronts.

Given the uncertainty of Liana's and Jelts' travel plans, depending on whether they can find work back in Singapore which may result in their expedited return before November. Given the uncertainty of when and where I can possibly find a job to pay the rent and buy food (and beer!). Given that half the time I am starting to feel a little clueless about what I am doing here. It is only natural that I am feeling a little lost about how and where to proceed.

Clueless or not, you cannot fault me for lack of focus. Have sent out email after email and online applications after online applications for permanent jobs. Even managed to land two interviews - both which sort of fizzled. Unfortunately nothing has panned out yet. Well, at least here employers are considerate enough to send out (usually automated) acknowledgement emails for the applications and rejection emails after the application closing dates. I even have one snailmail form letter from the City of Perth rejecting one of my applications. To quote Jelts: The "NO"s do not matter, as you only need one "YES".

Been pounding the pavement looking for signs in retail shop windows advertising casual (hourly) work as well. My only limiting parameter is that I do not want to work regular office hours, since I want to block out that time for permanent job hunting, attending interviews, taking calls, etc. Have applied for all kinds of casual work - Internet cafe, McDonalds, Red Rooster, Hungry Jacks, computer retail shops, candy store, secondhand bookshop, toy shop, 2-dollar store, chocolate shop, white-goods distributor, survey taker, niche bookshop. Maybe my older age (teenagers make junior wages which is lesser than the legal wage they need to pay adults) and lack of retail experience is hampering me a little, but I only need one YES to help put a tourniquet on the financial hemorrhage back in Singapore.

It is hard to stay feeling down in Perth for long. The weather in the day (even in mid-winter) is usually sunny and relatively mild even if raining. I was planning to take a trip out to the beaches to perk up my morale a little initially, but it turned out unnecessary. Just taking a long stroll around the city in this T-shirt and jeans weather in the morning reminded me that if I did not manage to make this move to Perth work out for the long run, I would have to go back to 30-plus degrees, 90-plus humidity and stressed living conditions.

That thought is downright frightening enough to send me scrambling down a few more streets looking desperately for "Help Wanted" signs and back to the cybercafe to send out a few more resumes online for tech work.


Blogger sngck said...

Would you be able to print out some leaflets to sell your services for computer repairs or the like? Or tuition in computer science, programming, etc.

July 17, 2005 10:10 PM  
Anonymous Kelvin Tan said...

The "NO"s do not matter, as you only need one "YES".

This sound advice seems to have come from the book "What Color is your Parachute".

What we want in our job search is No No No No No No......No No No YES

The faster we get through the Nos, the earlier we will get to the Yes.

July 17, 2005 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got some work in the kebab shop "off the books" paid under junior award rates. I responded to a help wanted sign and they offered. Not sure how you might broach it with the store but something to think abt. Dont try it with large establishments (eg MacDonalds). I worked weird hours (10pm-2am, 5pm - 2am) because the place catered patron at a nearby nightclub. Transport will be an issue (not provided) so make sure u got that covered otherwise haveto wander the streets until the next available public transport. Try some Chinese restaurants (if u can speak Cantonese) or look at Uni employment boards. GOOD LUCK !!! and chin up.

July 18, 2005 5:37 AM  
Anonymous petals said...

this poem was copied and pasted from takchek's blog. 加油!柳暗花明又一村。。不要气馁噢!

Amalgam in the Middle
By Mala L. Radhakrishnan

Silicon was faithfully teased each day
In school when atoms would line up to play:
Metals in one line, nons in the next,
But which line should it join? All were perplexed.

Like a metal, it was shiny,
But its conductivity was tiny.
Its band gap was too far from little,
And unlike metals 'twas rather brittle.

It clutched electrons way too tightly,
So metals teased it daily and nightly.
Yet nons would also jeer and nettle,
"You dress and look just like a metal!"

What pain since it did not conform!
No box for it to check on forms.
Few atoms could know the lonely void
That it knew as a "metalloid."

But sili did not yet know 'twas able
To be popular with the rest of the table.
Its half-filled shell did place it where
It had some four electrons to share.

While greedy nonmetals weren't willing to spare
And metals were willing to give anywhere,
Sili's electrons were things to be earned,
But they bonded with skill that couldn't be learned.

Once other elements saw this fact,
Moles of them came 'round to react.
O2 was the first to ask it on dates,
And others joined in to make silicates.

The former outcast whose hopes had been bust
Now was key in forming Earth's crust!
The pariah that had been given the hand
Was now in every grain of sand.

Soon, silicon was lionized;
Its band gap was of perfect size
To dope with nearby brothers and sisters
And make computers from transistors.

As if its utility has not yet impressed us,
It's also in quartz and glass and asbestos!
And silicon's used in chemical plants
To make lubricants and breast implants.

Sili, its fourteen electrons so strong,
Proved all of its doubtful peers to be wrong
When it managed to move all the way out to Cali
And founded its very own aptly named valley.

The ugly duckling of the table,
Silicon simply couldn't be labeled.
So if you feel you don't fit in,
Think of silicon and don't give in.

July 18, 2005 9:59 PM  
Blogger Scorpioboi said...

How's it going? You settling in alright? I figured that you're new to Perth. How did you stumble upon my blog?

July 19, 2005 8:27 AM  
Anonymous Angelo said...

I'm currently a PR working in Singapore - my colleagues compose of locals as well as people from India, Indonesia, Philippines, Europeans, Australians and China - they didn't have trouble finding employment here. I have friend who just migrated to Australia and they found high-paying IT jobs in about a week. Some of them even applied and found jobs before coming to Australia.

Not to discourage you but you spent several months unemployed in Singapore and now - you seem to be having a hard time looking for a job in Australia. Could it be that you yourself or your technical skill is at fault ? Maybe you need to upgrade yourself or get some certifications. Or maybe your resume does not look good. Did you try sending resumes while you were in Singapore ?

July 19, 2005 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Angelo said...

Sorry for some typo errors in my earlier comments :-)
Anyway - good luck in your job hunt.
Oh and yeah - heard that unemployment rate in Australia at 5% - the lowest in recent years. This should be good news to you.

July 19, 2005 1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep at it. A careerone article in Melbourne states that the industry average is 1 hit out of 60 resumes sent out. Finding casual work should not be difficult. Just get your feet in the door. Things will be ok. Some Aussie resumes are filled with pics, cartoons, colors and anything zany to distinguish themselves. Have seen a few. Though this is not encouraged in Singapore, it seems to work here. We WILL hear good news soon I bet ! - stay positive! - eugene

July 19, 2005 2:06 PM  

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