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Jun 25th 2018, 3:58 pm
Replies: 55
Views: 4,251
Posted By benhila

Re: What would be a good take-home salary in the UK?

This is a bit misleading, Richmond is hardly "the outskirts of London", it is a very posh suburb with prices to match.
Sep 18th 2017, 4:46 pm
Replies: 29
Views: 5,479
Posted By benhila

Re: Moving back to the UK and I'm completely overwhelmed.

6. Generally speaking you'll need to build up credit through residence. Some credit card companies will allow you to transfer your existing card to the UK. Your husband will likely still have a...
May 23rd 2017, 12:36 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 885
Posted By benhila

Re: Moving back to UK from Australia

Sorry, I was apparently wrong.
Mar 29th 2017, 7:32 am
Replies: 28
Views: 7,111
Posted By benhila

Re: Advice about returning to England from New Zealand

I moved from the UK to NZ, then to Australia, now back in the UK. I opened HiFX accounts in all three and used them interchangeably. I guess that opening one in NZ (where you are now) makes the most...
Mar 29th 2017, 6:20 am
Replies: 28
Views: 7,111
Posted By benhila

Re: Advice about returning to England from New Zealand

If it is a substantial sum, you'll be much better off with a specialist company like HiFX; The bank rates are always much lower. I would leave the cash (in NZ$) in my Kiwi bank account; register with...
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 7th 2017, 5:43 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 1,898
Posted By benhila

Re: Long term rent or buy?

Hi patpending, it looks like the rules have changed over the years we've been away. I found a link that may prove helpful...
Forum: New Zealand
Mar 7th 2017, 5:26 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 1,898
Posted By benhila

Re: Long term rent or buy?

Kakapo is right; we were registered for online tax returns, but (just like Kakapo) had to submit a hard-copy tax return every year. On the bright side, the form for rental income is very...
Oct 3rd 2016, 11:03 am
Replies: 11
Views: 1,926
Posted By benhila

Re: Moving back to UK from oz. where to start?

We moved from Sydney to London 3 months ago; we had 15 boxes plus various furniture, 30 items altogether (including the boxes). We used Grace at the Sydney end and Robinsons in the UK. They gave us a...
Sep 9th 2016, 7:45 am
Replies: 5
Views: 743
Posted By benhila

Re: Shipping recommendations - Sydney to UK

We used Grace on our move from Sydney to the UK (about 1/2 container) and they were great and very competitively priced. Robinsons are handling our goods at the UK end but the ship arrived only 2...
Sep 6th 2016, 7:48 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,660
Posted By benhila

Re: Wanting to move back to UK - where to start!

From our own experience (having been back in the UK for 6 weeks after 8 years away) it is impossible to open even a savings account unless you have proof of a permanent UK address. Opening an...
Aug 26th 2016, 2:00 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 972
Posted By benhila

Re: Where to stay when moving back ?

We moved into an airbnb for the first 10 weeks; this sorts us out to the end of Sept, when our furniture are due to arrive from Sydney. Meanwhile we rented a flat (moving-in end of Sept) for 12...
Aug 5th 2016, 6:43 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 973
Posted By benhila

Re: Increased luggage allowance

We did Sydney-London with Singapore air 2 weeks ago; they do allow 30kg each plus 2 x 8kg carry-on bags, but they are very strict with regard to extra weight. We had an overweight of 14kg and they...
Forum: The Barbie
Apr 21st 2016, 5:30 am
Replies: 121
Views: 9,476
Posted By benhila

Re: What makes you grumpy?

People who use "like" 3 times in every sentence.
Sticky labels (on newly bought electrical goods) which can't be peeled-off.
Australian/American/Israeli politics.
Sharp carousel microwaves that...
Forum: Australia
Feb 18th 2016, 3:58 am
Replies: 3
Views: 776
Posted By benhila

Re: Melbourne for 6 weeks

Tribeca serviced apartments in East Melbourne are very good (and it's a great location). We stayed there for 6-8 weeks a couple of times. Best contact them directly...
Forum: Australia
Nov 25th 2015, 1:01 am
Replies: 44
Views: 3,984
Posted By benhila

Re: Australia or New Zealand

Yes, we moved from a X salary to a 2X salary
Forum: Australia
Nov 24th 2015, 10:46 pm
Replies: 44
Views: 3,984
Posted By benhila

Re: Australia or New Zealand

We lived in windy Wellington and we now live in sunny Sydney. From our own, personal experience (which is by no means indicative of others):
NZ is wetter and colder
NZ has more beautiful scenery...
Forum: Australia
Nov 2nd 2015, 5:07 am
Replies: 28
Views: 1,872
Posted By benhila

Re: NZ - Aussie - risks, benefits, views?

Happy to help. Have a look at the link below

https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work/Age-Skill-and-English-Language-Exemptions-Permanent-Employer-Sponsored-Programme
Forum: Australia
Nov 2nd 2015, 4:57 am
Replies: 28
Views: 1,872
Posted By benhila

Re: NZ - Aussie - risks, benefits, views?

....and I know we are too old for PR

Actually you are NOT too old for PR (although your information is old :lol:)

If you (or your husband) worked 4 years for the same employer (and given you...
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 8th 2014, 3:51 am
Replies: 183
Views: 7,555
Posted By benhila

Smile Re: Vegan lifestyle

Yes, but do we only eat when we're hungry? I can think of many other triggers to eating apart from hunger (frustration, boredom, greediness to name a few). Perhaps squirrels are more...
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 8th 2014, 2:08 am
Replies: 183
Views: 7,555
Posted By benhila

Re: Vegan lifestyle

Sure, you are enjoying a healthy meal and exercising portion control. However, the OP asked about the feasibility of being a vegetarian/vegan and fat. In principle you can eat too much healthy,...
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 8th 2014, 1:58 am
Replies: 183
Views: 7,555
Posted By benhila

Re: Vegan lifestyle

Well yes, it is "good" fat but it's still fattening if you eat too much of it. The recommended portion of avocado is a 1/5 of a medium avocado (less than 30g). This is a rather small slice.
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 8th 2014, 1:43 am
Replies: 183
Views: 7,555
Posted By benhila

Re: Vegan lifestyle

There are plenty of obese vegetarians and vegans; it's just as easy getting fat on chips, pasta and bread. Healthy nuts contain a hell of a lot of calories and some fruit are very high in sugars...
Forum: Australia
Jul 17th 2014, 9:36 am
Replies: 41
Views: 4,725
Posted By benhila

Re: Going home

Will not miss all the asians flooding in, that came as a real shock to us.

Well, you'll have a field-day in the UK, having your pick from the various nationalities/minorities you may choose to...
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 30th 2014, 9:58 am
Replies: 377
Views: 19,373
Posted By benhila

Re: Pistorius. Guilty or not?

Guilty as hell but will get away with it as it's Africa.

He's probably guilty - but this is Africa, where rhythm and rhym are not always what they should be

Guilty, but nothing to do with it...
Forum: Australia
May 2nd 2013, 5:54 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,150
Posted By benhila

Re: Private Health Insurance - NSW - Help!!

If you are on a 457 visa and from a country which has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia (such as the UK) read carefully all the small print because many of the (quite expensive) health...
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