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    I said to DH we could start trafficing Rosemary....the size of my hedge at home...I'd be totally loaded!

    You'll get nothing but honesty from me on this subject. We are doing this for DH's work experience, it's an opportunity to get ahead, pay off the house and all that, and that (like you) is best done while the kiddies are young...but I'll tell ya from my heart, it's hard feeling so dependent here, because there isn't much to do.....hence blogging



    I am not unhappy, some days are just worse than others. You have to get out and meet people (especially with kids the same age as yours) which is easy to do....but sometimes it's hard to be bothered!!!

    Oh and the maid 'live in' thing....they are pretty good at making themselves invisible AND you can also get live out maids....but it costs you more Of course!

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    I think one of the reasons for my not feeling so concerned about being on our own there is cause living here in Ballarat after 5years i still feel lonely even though i have a few people i can go visit or ring i don't particularly feel close to them ... not like we go out socialising together without kids, and to be honest they are not my cup of tea to do that with anyway as we have different tastes and interest.

    As for family none bother to come visit us, it's all about us visiting them which we are truly sick of doing ... might open their eyes up and teach them a lesson if we did move overseas (but clearly not the reason we would go) and as for my close friends in Melb (and interstate) i have only one friend that bothers to visit me every 2 or so months in Ballarat whereas the rest use the excuse i live too far to travel to (which ticks me off cause it's not like i live in another state). So i guess in explaining all that DP and i don't feel we are at any lose in connections when it comes to our family and friends.

    I would imagine i would feel lonelier abroad in just knowing i'm further away from Australia but i'm an adaptable person and would feel comfort in knowing it's not long term but to just be there and try enjoy what i can out of the experience. Who knows i and/or DP could end up miserable and just wanna come back home and think as long as we have that security in knowing we can come home we could deal with it, still wouldn't be easy emotionally and financially but it's there meaning home back to Australia.

    Julia how long are you there for do you know ? (just curious)

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    We are supposed to be here 2 years...but DH's contract is open ended. My condition is that we are back for DS to go to school. As you'd noticed schooling is VERY VERY expensive here (my neighbour with 3 boys in the Aus school pays $77k per year for their schooling!!!)

    I felt the same as you too, I find making friends easy, but with everyone in the same situation, you can't get really close because they can up and leave at any moment. The lifestyle here is quite pretentious.....which I am not, so I don't really fit into that norm. I don't dump my kids with the maid and go out for Coffee and cake! If I leave Max with our helper it's only coz I want to do the food shopping and not let her do it (coz she spends more than me )

    We kept our house in Aus just in case something went wrong we would have something to fall back on. I want that tie to Australia too.

    Moving up here is also a pretty expensive exercise. That would be another thing you'd want included in a work package. We had an allowance of $15k to do it, but we got the company to give us the money instead and bought new things with it. Our furniture we had wasn't worth taking on a trek around the world with. We also have in the contract that we get 2 business class trips for the whole family back to Perth per year....but we are able to downgrade ourselves (or family members from home) and do more trips or bring people to visit us. Can't let it be too much of a habit though...people take advantage!

    Where we live is a pretty expensive spot coz it is so close to town, but you do pay less that what we pay in rent. We wanted a bigger place, and we are on the ground level so we have an outdoor area on our apartment which is pretty hard to get. We get to BBQ, so keeping that outdoor Aussie lifestyle, and because DH and I are pretty homely, we don't always like going out where everyone else is sitting, swimming etc. It kinda feels like you have people in your backyard ALL the time, which can be great on some days but not so great on others.

    There is also loads of 'Singapore Red Tape' so the simplest things to us always end up such hard work to the Singaporeans. They never step outside the square or do anything to break the rules, even if it wouldn't hurt anyone (like the time I wanted a ****tail glass for my lemonade - that was a 'no can do'). This can be very very frustrating!

    BUT...it's good money, good experience and a life change that you should probably snap up if you get the opportunity. You'd be silly not to really.

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    DP just had a read of all your posts Julia (easier than me re-reading what i've already read ) ... Thanks heaps Julia

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    Hey my pleasure, if there is anything else you want to know, just ask

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    ... thought i'd give a bumpity bump to see if there is anyone else with comments

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    spoke with DP last night he is actually feeling more stronger about the idea of moving to Singapore i think also cause his Singaporean co-worker he works with in Melb put in his resignation yesterday as he decided to go back to Singapore (with his Singaporean wife) and he suggested to my DP again about working there in Singapore. He doesn't leave his job in Melb until i think the end of October so i told DP to get some more info from him

    Yules his co-worker said the same thing as you that there isn't much to do there other than going out to eat and shop, and that it's incredibily humid (us coming from icy freezing weather i don't think we care about that much, lol) but we both feel we could take that chance for the experience of living there providing it doesn't set us back financially and would look at being there for only 2years which we know 2years goes fast ... Will keep you posted Yule)

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    Yes keep me posted....we will soon be outa here! 2 years does go fast and you're right....if it doesn't set you back, only benefits you financially, you'd be daft not to go for it. I know we did the right thing financially

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