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.
Winter is coming… or is already here. It’s so hard to tell here in Perth. The weather changes from being bearable (like shorts + long sleeves bearable) to freezing – turn that heater on now! I am confused from piling up my jumpers, winter socks and taking extra long hot showers. Coming from the tropics, this is a shock to me and another thing I noticed my skin has gone out of sync! The hot showers, temperamental weather and the heater does not help your skin. After experimenting many products, I finally found a routine that is working for me.
Never thought I would be writing about essentials oil. Ever since I started on them, it has dramatically changed my life. At first, I was a little sceptical I wasn’t sure if the oils worked or I was just trying to make myself believe they were working. I have a thing for nice smells, so I started with diffusing them around the house. It made the house smell so nice and slowly I noticed that it started to affect our moods. Whenever I feel overwhelmed/upset – I would diffuse Joy + Lemon (from Young Living) and my mood would lift! I have no explanation how except I feel so much better and nicer.
I have always been a sporty and fitness girl, but it was never consistent. I would play futsal & netball once a week and that’s the extent of my fitness. I tried to get into yoga, Kayla Itsines & boot camp but I could not keep up with it. Ever since moving to Perth, I have been going to (reformer) Pilates x 4 a week including my weekly futsal and netball games. It’s been a game changer! I finally found a workout I really like and it’s Pilates!
When I was packing up my childhood room to move to Perth – I planned out that I needed to get rid (or donate) of 50% of my things. The remaining 50% I had to get rid another 50%. From what’s left – I allowed myself to only bring 10% of my things to Perth. Basically, the things I brought over to Perth was my main essentials. One of my reasons was… I wanted to start fresh. I wanted to rid of clutter and buy things that only add value to my life. Starting fresh and decluttering still can’t stop me from wanting things that are beautiful, pretty and just CUTE. Here are 5 things that I really love to have but don’t need.
If we are not counting, I’ve been coming on and off to Perth for the past 4 years ish. It’s safe to say, I lived in two different worlds! My first world was in KL – busy, bustling city. Shops until late. Restaurants are 24/7. Friends and family live close by, so there’s always someone to hang out with. Food is so amazing that I would travel 1-2 hours for it. Then, my new world, Perth – beautiful, fresh clean weather. Parks and beaches 5 minutes away. GOOD coffee. My husband. I am not afraid to admit, my quality of life in KL was not good. I was always staying up late (too many distractions), eating good food but not necessarily good or nutritional for me and there was always drama of some sort. If not friends, it’s friends at my sport’s club, or family, or other people’s drama that somehow is important to me. Since moving to Perth, my quality of life IMPROVED big time! I made conscious effort to change my bad habits. It was a distraction for to not feel homesick. Results are starting to show! Below are 5 good habits I picked up since moving to Perth
This is my 3rd post (Read Part 1 & Part 2) on tips for moving away for love. So you’re finally here! You’ve arrived! It’s been a surreal journey and you can’t believe you are finally with your long distance love or should i say… close distance love? (bad joke) Bad joke or not, you’re here! It’s overwhelming. There’s so many things you need to do to get yourself set up! It took me close to 2 months to get myself settled in and that’s with me previously living in Perth. I already had a bank card, was familiar with things and etc. Here are 5 tips on what to do when you arrive.
In my last post, I talked about the planning of your big move to your long-distance love. Steps you need you to do BEFORE you go. This second post is to help you with the “during” process of your move. Every thing I am about to write is purely based on my personal experience. I found this step really hard. The excitement of finally being with Don died dow. Things got serious, really quick. I did a check list of things I needed to do and realised that I had 1001 things to do. I had to pack up my room, get my things ready, spend time with my family & etc. It was an overwhelming week for me. Below are 6 things I did to make my move easier