Thursday, April 23, 2015

There is Sunlight!!

I never knew I would be that happy just to see the sky so clear and sunlight appearing. But the last 3 days have been AWFUL! I am a girl who loves rain, thunder and lightning, who wishes for loud thundering thunder after a lightning strikes. But I hated the last 3 days.
Source: DailyTelegraph AU
I'm surprised my umbrella still survived. We had very windy days, more that 40km/hour. When I used my mobile on the street, a couple of times it was almost blown away. My umbrella was turned upside down many many times. Actually, using or not using an umbrella might not be too much different anyway.
That's one lucky lady there. Most of us were looking like the one below.

My transport costs this week go through the roof -_- with rain and wind like that, I have to catch bus to station, and from station to work. In addition, we had to catch taxi home one time from station coz it was just so windy. Lucky my boss let us go a little bit early 2 days ago and gave us a lift to the station. Thus saving me $2.1 bus trip. I was very surprised actually that he let us go earlier. Well it was only half hour early, but still! He never EVER let us leave early. When the aircon broke while outside was 40+ degrees, we were only told to turn off the lights to lower the temperature a bit. When the power is out, we sat in the dark waiting for it to come back. The other department was not as lucky. They had to do filing in the dark. So of course this was not expected. But the premier issued an announcement to people to leave work earlier, so maybe that too?

Anyway I'm glad it's over. But I found out that during those 3 days, people are more friendly to strangers. When meeting people on the lift, making eye contacts while waiting for the train under the umbrella, waiting for cab, and on the train or busses, people are more likely to make comments, make casual conversation. I guess when people are in the same bad boat, it's easier to let down your guard and be friendly.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Last Night in Kogarah

Just wanna do a final post while I'm still living in Kogarah. My eyes are only on 0.5 watt at the moment. It's 1:14 am and we will be moving to our new house in less than 12 hours XD

Packing is 99% done. What's left is packing our TV, microwave, mattresses, washing machine and some left over things. It's not bad really, considering everytime I help my bestie moves, I always have to stay awake until 3-4 in the morning. Sleep, then wake up at 8.30 and packing again :P

I hope I will be happy in our new place. It is a bit far from the station, and with limited bus, we will be forced to go home earlier every night or at least reduce the late night outs (not that we have that many anyway lol). But, I'm growing old, so I guess sleeping early is not a bad idea :P

Kogarah is nice. I feel a bit sad leaving this place. I love the environment, I love the library that has really great collection, services, and great building too, I love the area, I love Aldi that's close and making me buy quite few items when their catalogue is out :P damn I couldn't get that French dresser -_- (if anyone willing to deliver one for me, I will be forever grateful :)).

The only thing that makes me can't wait to leave is how I have to worry everytime I open my window due to smoker neighbours blowing toxic smoke to my room and the noisy and partying neighbours. Seriously, if you leave in an apartment, behave man! People nowadays are getting more and more selfish and rude -_- but now lets focus on the good ones of Kogarah :)

I will definitely miss the restaurants around here. There are plenty good Thai restaurant, and my favourite Italian restaurant, Amici di Kogarah :) I took my cousins, my aunties/uncle, and my 2nd nephew there when they were visiting and they all love it! Their pasta is really good. Will definitely miss them :'(

Anyway, time for me to sleep. 1:27 now. I have to wake up early to drop my stuffs to charity, then tidy up the place for the open inspection and then packing again.

Hope tomorrow doesn't rain too hard, hope my friends come earlier, hope my stuffs fit in the truck, hope the removalist get a parking in front of the building, and hope the moving doesnt take too long :)

Wish me luck, will you?? :)

Monday, April 13, 2015


Finally! Things finally fall into places. The last month has been a very difficult, stressful and frustrating for us. I had been chasing solicitors, emailing, making phonecalls, having my hopes up, arranging removalists, giving 3 weeks notice, worrying, getting my hopes down, cancelling removalists, extending rent, and ETC.

Man! It was exhausting. People saw me and said, "Are you okay? You look tired." Indeed I was tired. I saw my complexion in the mirror and my skin was not glowing huaaaaaa >>>>>_____<<<<< the good thing is I didn't get pimples *phew... I really need to take care of my skin after this!

From the first paragraph, you might have already known what I'm talking about. As I mentioned in one of the previous posts, we bought a house. We signed the contract on 7 Jan. By NSW standard, we should settle within 42 days, which fall on 18 Feb 2015. The house was not registered yet, therefore the owners needed to register it before we could settle which they said would take 2-3 weeks. So we still could settle on time according to them. But well, as you see, it didn't happen. And thanks to my stupid solicitor, who deserves to get an honorable full post, the whole ordeal was frustrating and instead they made it even more harder for me (and us. But still since I solely the main contact, it was VERY frustrating for me). However thank God, it finally settled last Thu.

It is a nice feeling really. People congratulating us. Especially the ones who know what a struggle it has been. My colleagues and boss asks me if I am excited, and I always reply, "I think I am more relieved than excited. I'm just glad everything is done and over with." My friends have been helpful too, giving me information etc. Though I have to admit, during that period, I really hated when they said I have to chase the solicitor and tell them to do this and that. Because I knew I would have just wasted my energy, they simply don't care. But luckily I have them all. Nagging a little bit here, a little bit there does help lol

Now, what's left is the moving! (and some tidy little bits like disconnecting and reconnecting gas and electricity, buy new locks, pest bombing the house, contacting the council for bins, and finish packing. Now that I list them out, there are still a lot, aren't they? :/ ) We will move out this Saturday. I hope it doesn't rain *fingers crossed* I got a couple of friends who are going to help too, really appreciate it. It will definitely be way easier and more fun with them around :)