(photo from google)
It has been a while since I last updated my blog. Well, my mind was kind of pre-occupied with a lot of stuff for the past months, and me transferring from one place to another place made me really anxious.
So today marks my 1month here in Queensland (Australia). So far so good, I must say. Everything felt new when I arrived here, but so liberating at the same time. I must admit though, it gets lonely at times and it’s never easy but I get over and done with it eventually. I need to focus why I’m here and why I chose to be here. I get scared sometimes, being all alone in the house when Wayne is at work, but there is just so much to do, that I forget how scared I am. Its different here, I do a lot of household chores everyday, which I don’t normally do way back home (Philippines), it’s a learning process for me, and I needed this for myself ‘cause all my life I have been very dependent with our house-helps and nannies, and just dependent in general. Here, I got to rely on myself. You know that saying “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice” – that is my current feeling. It’s either you move forward, go big or go home. That’s just your choices.
I needed to push my driving skills to the limits here. Cabs are expensive, no tricycle, LOL! It’s a 20minute walk to the main town, where the shopping centers are. I drove on my first day, yeah. Without any idea what the road rules are, with a right-hand drive. Its frightening, cause every corner has a CCTV, so I drive like 20KPH, haha! I hate to be pulled over by a police, there is no bribing here and I have no brother/sister to call on to when I get in trouble. Anyways, I do groceries and BUDGET, which I NEVER get to do at home, LOL! Where in I just pick whatever I want in the grocery and put it in the cart without checking the price tag. Here, I have my calculator in my left hand while pushing the grocery cart on my right (or vice versa) LOL! And just pick the ones that are important (Sigh). And Wayne always says, “just buy the ones that you are going to use.” Hahaha! Of course, considering we have a lot of bills to pay such as house rent, electricity bill, internet, cards, etc. I don’t really worry about this adult stuff; I never worry about this way back home. I just worry what my dog has to eat everyday. Yeah!
I also do cook everyday, wash clothes, wash the dishes, throw the rubbish weekly, which is a big plastic container with wheels and you have to drag it to the street to be picked up by the garbage truck. I also clean the whole house, as in the whole of it, including the toilet. Thankfully, there are these chemicals and electric cleaners that make my life easier. I know this has been a daily routine for some, don’t judge me, but my life’s cutting-edge has just started. I even needed to acquire knowledge on car machines and even learn how to change tires, and even put on my own petrol. Thank God, I don’t have to trim our lawn; the town has someone in charge for that. And since labor is expensive here, we need to actually do everything on our own, like fix the wires, light bulbs, wood alignment, paint, and a lot more if you know what I’m talking about. Even simple haircut, manicure and pedicure are costly. I miss my life at home, but I really feel like growing for the first time in my life. It’s fulfilling. It’s just Wayne and me now, and we have no one to really depend with. Ironically it feels like personal liberty. No one is telling us what to do, we can make our own plans clearly, and we feel more responsible. Though I feel like my insanity has been the one keeping me moving here, haha! I’m just glad Wayne is here with me to walk me thru outside my comfort zone. I break down and cry once in a while, but every tear I shed makes me stronger. :’)
Anyway, we are situated in Dalby, a 2hour drive from Brisbane, the main city of the state of Queensland in the country of Australia. We rented a fully furnished flat, which we pay weekly. Our flat is a 5-10minutes walk to the first few blocks of the town district and few blocks away from the huge park, where they have like more than 20 bird species alive and flying, its beautiful. That’s all I can say. This place is shouting out nature. Its green everywhere, fresh air, its peaceful, really quiet (except when the neighbors are having a house party), Australians here love to greet each other “Good day mate!” with a heavy Australian accent, LOL! If you are a city person, I don’t know if you’d be able to survive here. Though I was actually told that a lot of people choose to retire in this town ‘cause its stress free, anyway the city is just a few drives away, and we all like a little road trip, don’t we? And everything is expensive in the city. So I guess its safe to say that, it was a blessing in disguise somehow to be in this town, (Wayne’s contract site is here for 4 years) it’s still expensive here, but NOT THAT expensive, unlike in the city where rents are triple the price compare to where we are. Dalby is like Davao City in the Philippines, clean, everything is organized, the town is not that small but everything we need is here. Wayne likes it here so much ‘cause he is able to save a lot, while I’m working on it. LOL!😀
Wayne enjoying the swing at the park
finally saw a Pelican in the flesh!🙂
Also, I learned from Wayne and every one around that Malls here in Australia are open ‘till 8:30AM – 6PM (ONLY) during weekdays, and I think until 9PM during Fridays. And they are open for half a day on Saturdays and closed on Sundays. That also applies in some stores, and cafes. I was a bit worried about this at first, but I realized what’s the point of establishments closing late? If you need anything you can go there even before it closes or buy in bulk? And hey less expenditures, right? And people got to rest and spend time with their families. But Pubs, bars, and some restaurants are open till wee hours. In the town where I live in, (when the weather is fine) on weekends, I see families walk around the park, kids playing around their backyard, I don’t know how many dog owners I see who walks their dogs, and some even play catch outside their houses. Mostly here as I’ve noticed spends time with their family on weekends, out of town or just simply hanging in their houses.
Dalby after the storm (photo from google)
(photo from google)
Still a bit of culture shock I guess, where in I always have to speak English, LOL! Things are way so up to date, stuff I haven’t even seen before or haven’t used. There is always chips (French fries) or mashed potato on the meal menu, heaps of them! And gosh I need to learn their accent! Its not American English, its more of British but heavier accent. I wish I could tell them to slow down sometimes when they are talking to me, LOL! They also have different terms used for things, like cellphone load its called recharge voucher here, gas is called petrol, sausage is snags, and holding up an inverted peace sign is a bad thing, very bad. Work culture is also different here; Employees are paid weekly, and companies make sure that their workers have medical /hospital insurances, it’s a must! A Prime Minister runs the country. And it amazes me how the Australian government supports their citizens, schooling for kids, allowances for seniors or basically a citizen without a job. Drivers are more giving, no beating the red lights or what so ever. LOL! I guess I just got used to different ways on the road back home. And oh, there was this time when I saw someone in the grocery walking barefoot, and I saw a student crossing the road barefoot, and a man also barefoot, on different occasions. Wayne said, its just normal here. Oh well! And it’s normal when they greet you “Good day mate” even if they don’t know you. They love that.
Anyways, I have to stop here for now, need to run some errands. I can’t wait to share with you guys more of my experiences and show you the places I will go to soon enough. It is winter now, and its really cold. And it will be colder up until August. Spring is on September and summer is on December. I think I’ll just get warm and cozy until winter is over, this weather is actually making me just want to snuggle under my sheets, hehe! I heard there are nice ski resorts around though; maybe Wayne and I will try to check those out if we get a chance.
Remember, nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. ‘till next time wanderers!🙂