HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I can’t believe it’s the new year. 2017 felt like it went by in a flash. Don and I celebrated NYE at home. We had a lovely dinner together, sat in our backyard to watch the fireworks at midnight and went straight to bed after. On New Year’s Day, we spent the morning at the beach, grabbed a coffee and had a relaxing day. After that, everything went downhill… on the 2nd of January, Don was experiencing abdominal pains which lead to a trip to the Emergency Department. Turns out that it was acute appendicitis and he needed to take it out. It was 2 days at the hospital. Thankfully, the surgery went well and Don is recovering well. It was still a shock for the both of us as we didn’t see this coming!
Like my previous posts, I have been getting questions about what is life after marrying my foreign partner, moving away from home and what’s living in Australia like. Our one year anniversary is coming up and I just got my Partner Visa! I think a life update is needed. I am going to be as informative as possible. Before you read on, please note that I am sharing this from *my experience* and official procedures may differ from yours.I am splitting this post into three sections because it’s easier for me to explain.
It finally feels like Perth is waking from a long, deep sleep. It’s like Perth doesn’t function properly at all during winter. I guess to be fair, Perth felt like it went through one of the longest winters. We were still wearing jumpers in October! So glad, long cold winter days are over.
Dealing With Homesickness
I am not afraid to admit this, one of the reasons why I was MIA from Blushingkay was because I was homesick. I was Super Duper Intense Homesick. I miss my family. I miss my room. I miss my bed. I missed my car. I miss my cat. I miss my friends. I miss the FOOD. I miss everything about my life back in KL.
True Crime Podcasts
Listening to True Crime podcasts have been part of my daily routine. Before it was binge watching tv series and documentaries on Netflix. Now, I don’t go a day without listening to a podcast episode. It’s such a nice escape from things around me. I need to concentrate on the episodes which mean I don’t look at my phone. I do mundane things like folding my laundry, going for a walk or when I am cooking. I am a true lover of True Crimes and here are more of True Crimes podcasts I have been listening to.
Spring is finally here!
It’s been a while and I have no excuse. The past couple months have been really uninspiring and quite depressing, to say the least. It was my first proper winter here in Perth (one that I didn’t run back to KL to escape) and I didn’t enjoy it. It was cold, wet and gloomy. MEH! I thought winter was long gone when we had a few straight days of sun, then winter came back again, teasing us with the sun. Well, now that Spring is on the way and hopefully, we get more sunny days, I have a few things I want to do this spring.
Back in March, Don got promoted to a new job. His old company allowed him to serve his notice at home (which was four weeks). I felt like it was luck on our side because I had just recently moved to Perth a few weeks before and we had stolen time to spend with each other. Especially coming out from a long distance relationship – it was a time we desperately needed to catch up. We took this opportunity to work on our little home, try out different cafes, meeting up with friends and taking road trips.
It’s been almost 6 months since I moved to Perth from KL. The first 2 months was amazing. Both Don and I were getting used to living with each other and we were (still are) in our newly wedded bliss. After I submitted my Partner Visa, I was ready to get my bridging visa and start looking for a job. Trying to get a job in a new country where the market, environment and people are so different from what you used to do is hard. I managed to get part time jobs. But Don and I have plans to do more – We want to buy a house, have a family and go on holidays. It sucks, but it’s the reality. We need money for it. In a way to distract me from rejection letters and feeling utterly useless… I found 6 things that are making my life good.