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Feb 13th 2019, 2:22 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,949
Posted By Japonica

Re: Returning to the frozen north

Thanks louie.

It's a difficult situation all around. Many of my friends have had ups and downs in the past ten years as well, with ageing and ill parents and their own health concerns. Support...
Feb 3rd 2019, 9:36 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,949
Posted By Japonica

Jan 31st 2019, 11:51 pm
Replies: 5
Views: 1,949
Posted By Japonica

Returning to the frozen north

Hi everyone,

It's been a long time since I've been on here. We came out here to Perth from Alberta in 2009. The boom was on, and he got a job offer before we'd even left Canada. The kids were...
Forum: Australia
Mar 26th 2017, 11:23 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 584
Posted By Japonica

Re: UK trained RN and Electrician

I was going to suggest looking at Melbourne, but if home ownership is a high priority for you, then you'll probably want to look elsewhere. I think Melbourne is analogous to Vancouver in terms of...
Forum: Australia
Mar 24th 2017, 7:38 am
Replies: 5
Views: 810
Posted By Japonica

Re: Melbourne

Okay, have a good look at the city and as Garry said you can google map journeys to see how long it would take using public transport. The PT Vic site has a journey planner as well.
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Forum: Australia
Mar 22nd 2017, 11:56 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,049
Posted By Japonica

Re: Melbourne/Perth

Loads of good advice previously. I agree that because your time here is limited that you really need to have all your prospective employment meetings arranged well in advance and have your shortlist...
Forum: Australia
Feb 27th 2017, 1:05 am
Replies: 8
Views: 900
Posted By Japonica

Re: Work for Electrician?

Or NT. Still FIFO going on there and my hubby keeps running into former work mates who have signed on.

Supposedly lots coming up in Vic with all the proposed infrastructure projects, but haven't...
Forum: Australia
Feb 10th 2017, 7:51 am
Replies: 45
Views: 6,794
Posted By Japonica

Re: Dry ski slopes in or around Melbourne

No kidding. It's always packed at O'Brien and I think they added a curling league to their ice hockey offerings. There seem to be a lot of Melburnians keen on winter sports.
Forum: Australia
Feb 1st 2017, 9:36 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 1,401
Posted By Japonica

Re: Understanding Medicare and private health insurance

Agree. I've had procedures in a private hospital where all I had to pay was the excess and everything else was covered, and then other instances where it was a lot higher. My son needed dental...
Forum: Australia
Jan 31st 2017, 6:28 am
Replies: 12
Views: 890
Posted By Japonica

Re: How long would it take you to drive to Melbourne CBD from here...

I have to laugh as I just said that driving wasn't as bad as the train and then today only I had to drive from Maribyrnong to Ringwood in peak hours. I normally don't go anywhere near the East Link...
Forum: Australia
Jan 31st 2017, 1:09 am
Replies: 12
Views: 890
Posted By Japonica

Re: How long would it take you to drive to Melbourne CBD from here...

Agree. Vermont is tough to find rentals in these days because everyone and their dog is trying to get into the high school.

Train vs car is dependent on suburb I guess. The days I'm working in...
Forum: Australia
Jan 24th 2017, 7:18 pm
Replies: 48
Views: 2,722
Posted By Japonica

Re: Major incident in Melbourne.

Sadly, probably. My son's best friend is Chinese. The family have only been here maybe 3-4 years. I know from experience there's some subjects you just don't talk about with them if you want to...
Forum: Australia
Jan 24th 2017, 7:12 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 1,943
Posted By Japonica

Re: Moving to Melbourne

Don't forget the extras as well (uniform, shoes, BYOD, excursions, school trips). I had a whinge about it in another thread.
Forum: Australia
Jan 17th 2017, 9:36 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By Japonica

Re: Comparison of public and private school costs

No kidding.

Well, mine definitely don't get top notch anything. :p The $1400 to $2000 tablet was just not on our list... :rofl:
Forum: Australia
Jan 17th 2017, 8:37 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By Japonica

Re: Comparison of public and private school costs

Yeah, I did. It was from the BYOD site and I looked at other options that were on the school list, and it was the second cheapest one. I'm hoping to get three years out of it. The school was...
Forum: Australia
Jan 17th 2017, 10:36 am
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By Japonica

Re: Comparison of public and private school costs

Our daughter is just starting Grade 7, public, here in Melbourne. FYI for people looking for an idea of costs.

Fees so far: $1090 (I think there's more to come actually)
Camp: $370
Uniform so...
Forum: Australia
Dec 3rd 2016, 9:07 pm
Replies: 26
Views: 3,858
Posted By Japonica

Re: Leaving an aged parent in UK to move to Oz....is it wrong?

No, it's not wrong. I think the PPs have made some good points.

I'm in a similar situation as my brother is the only one close by for my mother, but their relationship is almost non-existent. But...
Nov 29th 2016, 9:40 pm
Replies: 32
Views: 1,911
Posted By Japonica

Re: Winter boots

I used to have slip on ice grippers and cleats that I'd use in winter, best thing for those icy sidewalks. The only downside was that you had to remember to pop them off once you got into the mall or...
Forum: Australia
Nov 20th 2016, 7:18 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,250
Posted By Japonica

Re: Renting advice/questions

Good that you're flexible. We started looking around Mont Albert originally then had to keep moving further and further out to find something suitable in our budget. Now we're definitely in outer...
Oct 28th 2016, 2:14 am
Replies: 9
Views: 774
Posted By Japonica

Re: Citizenship

Exactly. Or anyone in your social circle who happens to be on there. We went with the dad of one of my daughter's school friends.

The citizenship test is really pretty straightforward. I was...
Forum: Australia
Oct 4th 2016, 11:28 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 9,472
Posted By Japonica

Re: Problems in Melbourne?

Sometimes during the day too. It just has a rough vibe about it sometimes. And I work in Fitzroy twice a week and it has its share of characters, although with a twist I guess. A few months ago, I...
Forum: Australia
Oct 4th 2016, 6:30 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 9,472
Posted By Japonica

Re: Problems in Melbourne?

Yeah, out of those three I'd pick Eltham too. One of our friends grew up there and it's lovely. Agree about the situation on the train, but it's the same for us in the outer east.
Forum: Australia
Sep 30th 2016, 3:08 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 9,472
Posted By Japonica

Re: Problems in Melbourne?

We live in the outer east, have been here almost two years, and the most we've run into is people drinking in the park after dark and fighting with each other.

I see the same media reports as you...
Forum: Australia
Aug 28th 2016, 1:48 am
Replies: 18
Views: 2,646
Posted By Japonica

Re: 2 months to go......Advice Please!

And if the rules are still the same as when we arrived, permanent migrants have one year from the time they registered for Medicare to get the private insurance. Note however that the one year from...
Forum: The Barbie
Aug 23rd 2016, 9:43 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 4,866
Posted By Japonica

Re: Melbourne suburbs map by leading birthplace for immigrants

LOL. I guess the bigger question is why Pheasant Creek and is it some hidden unheard of gem for North Americans? Hmm...maybe we should drive through it next time we go on a road trip. :rofl:
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