Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Oz Day 014.

Two weeks.

[ I am rudely reminded of the fact as the rent is due again. ]

The weather has been amazing. Low to mid 20s with fresh winds and big warm sunny days right in the middle of winter! The kind of weather that must make you have meandering conversations about trivia with total strangers at bus stops, book shops and assorted locations that enourage loitering. Which is quite an uncommon experience for me. I am typically the quiet aloof one, where D. is the one who would make friends where ever she goes.

Eating a lot more. Note I said more and not better. My cooking skills downright suck. There is a different between cooking and making food edible. My talent is more in the latter area. However the sheer number of calories I am consuming is quite a bit higher. Maybe it is the cold of winter, maybe it is all the walking I been doing, but I certainly hope it does not go straight to body fat. Do not have a set of scales here so I have no way of telling. A one kilogram pack of pasta in under 36 hours is a lot of calories to burn. And I am easily going though one litre of milk and two of juice every two days or so.

I want my own kitchen and fridge (instead of a shared facilities) where I can have more leeway in my food choices. Then perhaps I can try to eat better.

And talking about food, you know you cannot be too far from Asian food when the local Woolies stocks Thai jasmine rice in 5kg bags. Even found a Melaka restaurant that had Peranakan dishes on the menu. I have also found ikan bilis and hay-bee (tiny dried shimps) and other powdered Asian spices in a distributor. With some luck, I should be able to recreate sambal. Now all I need to find is a source of fresh stingray..


No incidents of racism encountered yet. However I can empathise with the xenophobic angle - even though being non-white, I would be the victim of such xenophobia. After all, I originally come from a country whose cultural and social landscape is being rapidly recreated by rampant immigration of "foreign talent". My personal strategy as a new immigrant here is to try to take the effort to try to blend in and disappear into the backdrop, and not hang out and add to the impression of ghettos or draw any unwanted attention.

In the words of an Aussie taxi driver (whose cab I was in to an last-minute but ultimately unsuccessful interview in the suburbs), "If you take out all the non-local-born, Perth would be no more than 400,000". And who proceeded to give me an instructive lecture of the two population booms of Perth during the gold rush around the turn of the century and in the 1960s.

We were actually on the topic of the lemon-gum (a non-native tree) on the grounds of Parliament House facing the prospect of being felled for the crime of dropping a few branches on a politican's car. Never in my life have I seen such passion and debate and news coverage on the fate of a single tree.


Have been focused on getting employment. D. comments that I seem a lot happier and a lot more focused and driven, compared to when I was job hunting back in Singapore. It is hard to get demoralised when all you have to do is look up and see wide blue skies and fluffy white clouds. The nights are a bit harder, but long walks along empty city streets in the windy fresh cold has a way of clearing the head.

Have three interviews so far, all with recruiters. No actual client interviews yet but I am keeping at it. Not much luck on the casual work front since I am competing with hordes of young'uns working for junior wages (lower than adult minimum wage) after office hours. I am keeping the office hours clear to focus on jobhunting and interviews for professional-level work. Too early to tell if this strategy is working. Will take a checkpoint at the one-month mark if I am still unemployed.

Almost applied for a technical support role for a college in Karratha. Figured it was some suburb on the outskirts of Perth. Then I noticed the word "rural" somewhere in the description. Googled Karratha on a hunch.

Karratha is a town of population 12,000 approximately 1500km northeast of Perth. (At least it has the largest shopping centre outside of Perth.)

This city kid skipped that particular application..


Thought of the moment:

Does the CAT service driver ever get bored driving the same repeated short route over and over and over again?


Blogger SouthLandian said...

Maybe can try the casino? Remembered a friend who used to work the graveyard shift, doing job that locals dun like.

July 20, 2005 7:20 PM  
Blogger Scorpioboi said...

The racism card sometimes seems to be a self-fulfilling prophesy. If we constantly keep harping on it, it'll happen. From my experience, there is a tendency for people to be ignorant rather than just purely being racist. If we can sometimes take a step back to see this from a broader view, it'll help put our emotions in perspective. You'll get racist people anywhere in the world. It's really a matter of how much you want to allow it to control your lives. If there's any white, anglo-saxon Aussie who should be worried, Victorians probably have it the worst. One in four people living in Melbourne are born outside of Australia. But do we feel prejudiced against when we're there? From my experience, no. In fact, because of it's truly diverse, multi-cultural environment, foreigners like me and you seem to be more "accepted" in society, than compared to here in Perth.

July 21, 2005 1:32 AM  
Blogger Laughingcow said...

I was in WA around this time last year. The weather really is heavenly; that alone makes me want to move too. :) All the best on the job front!

July 21, 2005 4:10 AM  
Blogger vivienne said...

Eating a lot more. Note I said more and not better. My cooking skills downright suck. There is a different between cooking and making food edible. My talent is more in the latter area. However the sheer number of calories I am consuming is quite a bit higher.

Would you have any clue if this could be due to seasonal affected disorder(SAD)? In my opinion, dealing with short daylights is worse than the cold and it can get very depressing during winter.

July 21, 2005 4:39 AM  
Anonymous jhuprincess said...

gd luck with the job search.

July 21, 2005 5:53 AM  
Anonymous jhuprincess said...

"Symptoms Include:
regularly occurring symptoms of depression (excessive eating and sleeping, weight gain) during the fall or winter months.
full remission from depression occur in the spring and summer months.
symptoms have occurred in the past two years, with no nonseasonal depression episodes.
seasonal episodes substantially outnumber nonseasonal depression episodes.
a craving for sugary and/or starchy foods."

i belive it has to occur EVERY winter for it to be diagnosed as SAD.

July 22, 2005 2:29 PM  
Blogger expat@large said...

For SAD you have to be in a place where there is bugger-all sunshine. Like Perth, Scotland - not Perth WA! One winter in WA has more glorious sunshine that five entire dismal years in the far Northern Hemisphere. (I made that statistic up.)

In your case SS, I'd say it's a case of BIH (Boredom Induced Hunger) not of SAD!

When that perfect job comes you'll be fine.

Dr E@L

July 28, 2005 7:38 PM  

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