Why should you spend money "like drunken sailors"?
No one is extracting this dosh from your wallets.
We are all grown adults, we didn't leave the UK with our eyes closed and our wallets open., Piss poor excuse. get a grip
Donna,i know exactly what you are saying,as i felt the same for yonks,and even kept getting ill like you,and i know everyone keeps saying it will all fall into place eventually,but that is no consolation when feeling as you do.Time will tell for you,and i sincerely hope your outlook will change.All the very best to you,and keep you chin up.Sue.
Thanks for that.
Thanks for the input. But to clarify: I used a simile. In the same way that other posters have talked about haemorrhaging cash (we all know they weren't actually bleeding money but you get my drift about a perceived lack of control).
I agree nobody is putting their hand in your wallet to extract cash- though at times it may feel this way.
Like you, I didn't leave the UK with my eyes closed and my wallet opened ,probably the reverse is truer but as said earlier establishing yourself in a new country is expensive and these initial costs are an investment in the future.
As I said I can empathise greatly with many of the posts here.
Last edited by Bodie; 05-09-2009 at 03:55 PM.
I'm so sorry you are unhappy,where do you live?
Reading all these posts brought tears to my eyes. Having come out on my own 10 years ago and experienced some really major ups and downs I never considered moving home til this year. I missed my family and friends and life became really, really difficult for a while. I went back to the UK in July and I was so homesick, I didn't want to leave.
It wasn't until after I arrived back in Oz and something happened that meant I might HAVE to move back to the UK, that I realised how much I love Australia and how lucky I am to be here. I still miss the UK and I do feel a bit torn sometimes, but I think that is just natural part of leaving all your family and friends on the other side of the world!
It's true, Australia isn't perfect, but neither is any other country and life in general isn't perfect either. There will be ups and down wherever we are and we will always have ties pulling us back to our roots but that doesn't mean we've made the wrong decision. The most important thing to remember is that our lives will always be what we make them. If we focus on the bad, then that's exactly what we'll get. If we focus on the good, then that's exactly what we'll get.
We are so privileged to have the opportunity to live in this country and enjoy another way of life and I am 100% certain that our experience of this will be exactly what we make it. So if it's not working, look inside and ask yourself, why isn't it working? What am I doing to create this?
So I'm now off to a Barby with my mates to watch the Grand Final and yes, the weather is crap and it's bloody cold, but who cares? I'm just glad to be here!
Last edited by skoobzz; 26-09-2009 at 02:20 AM.
Reason: wrote a minor swear word without thinking! Funny how 'bloody' doesn't seem to be viewed as swearing tho - only in Oz, lol!
Welcome to PIA - and a real big thanks for an excellent first post!
Originally Posted by skoobzz
I really hope this helps people!:)
A thousand thank you's for your feedback and happy birthday!!! ;)
By the way, do you mean you have to renew your 'driving licence'? If so, you can actually get a 10 year licence if you want - same as the UK. Just tick the relevant box on the form next time you renew it. Personally, I like getting a photo done every year so i'm not stuck with a dodgy photo, lol!
... and don't forget that there are no MOT's in Oz plus no legal requirement to have car insurance or a TV licence , so there is definitely a trade off. Plus, if renewing my driving licence was the worst thing I had to do, then I reckon I'd be doing pretty well. :)
Hmm, while I agree with the rest of your post, I'm not at all sure about this. The state of some of the cars here (broaden this out to the standard of motoring in general) and I'd rather there was a requirement for MOTs and insurance. No MOT might make for cheaper motoring in the short term, but at what price?
Originally Posted by skoobzz
lol, I wasn't saying it was a good thing, I was just giving examples of other costs we don't have to pay. It is as it is. Whether or not the lack of them is a good or bad thing, wasn't part of my debate. It was just a reminder that costs here aren't as bad as people sometimes suggest :)