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Temping Day 4 and I am bored, entering figures into spreadsheet, and repeat, and repeat, and repeat. I just keep thinking about the money, I've already calculated how much I'll make and am pretty happy about that. Can't wait to start padding the bank account.

Working in an office in Australia is pretty much exactly the same as working in an office in Canada, the main difference being everyone has an accent, lunch is from 1-2, it's called a break out room, the pot of coffee in the kitchen is replaced with instant coffee, espresso machines, or plunger coffee which I really don't know how to make, and I have yet to see a water cooler they just have little filter taps with cold and boiling water. Oh and I'm getting paid a LOT more, but I think that might be partly because I'm temping.

Posted by clny 02:44 Archived in Australia Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

(NOT) leaving on a jet plane..

My flight home to Vancouver was last Friday September the 19th, so I guess I'm now officially stranded in Australia. No money and no way home. I guess I'll just have to surf my way to the top turn pro and join the WCT [Check it out].

But seriously I bought the ticket knowing the return trip would never be used. The peace of mind it gave me for Australian Customs (you're required to have proof of onward travel or proof of funds for onward travel on top of the minimum funds you are supposed to bring with you into the country) was well worth paying $300 more for the round trip flight.

Posted by clny 21:01 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

Bring on the Weekend

rain 14 °C

No sooner had I decided that starting today I was going to buckle down and start looking hard core for a job than I got a call from the temp agency I'd signed up with previously asking me about my previous experience as a legal assistant because they have an upcoming job (starting today) at a law office and may they send my resume over to the client to see if they'd want me. I say yes (!!!) and she tells me she'd get back to me.

That was thursday. Candice was working the night shift and Eden had to go to his mom's house to do something but he was supposed to be home shortly in time for dinner and Luke was coming over that night too. So I wait and I wait and I wait but no one shows up so finally I just made hamburgers for myself (which by the way I suck at cooking, they were both kinda pink in the middle and I had to put them back in the pan) and settled in to watch are you smarter than a fifth grader, Hamish and Andy were on and they are hilarously awesome.

I hear someone knock on the door I thought maybe it was Luke but it's a girl, Candice??.. with a baby? Turns out it was Ang stopping by with her niece to say hello and apologize for not coming over last night like she'd said. She brought over some painting stuff in case I felt like being artsy and told me about this upcoming job. One night serving drinks to VIPs at some boxing thing, awesome if this law office job doesn't work out at least I have this opportunity (I told Eden later when he got home and he's convinced it'll be all gangsters and mob bosses and apparantly people were shot down at some boxing thing a couple years back). She doesn't stay long as she has to meet someone to get some medicine for her niece who's teething.

That night I also get an email from my dad, someone from church has relatives in Melbs who are in business, they're apparantly hospitable and he'd get me their number to call and they might have some job opportunities for me as well. Opportunities are everywhere. ** It's alright though - the temp agency calls friday - I got the law office job! **

Eden comes home later, kinda drunk, he hangs around long enough for Luke to come over with more booze and coke and passes out shortly after the coke ran out. Luke convinced me to play some card game with him called "Thirteen" and we sat around and played cards and chatted till Candice got home and joined us. We learned something kinda funny about him that night which I probably shouldn't repeat in a public forum. Finally sometime after 2am we decided it was time to hit the sack but not after Candice and I saw this infomercial for a Malibu pilates system which looked really cool.

Friday we headed to Eden's dad's house in Williamstown which is right on the waterfront it's big and very nice with lots of balconies and Foxtel (for anyone not aware it's Cable in Australia). We had a BBQ and some drinks and I watched crap on Foxtel and Candice tried to make Eden open his presents early.

Saturday was Eden's Birthday and we headed down to the pub pretty early for some beer and have a few pints and a shot before being picked up by some of the boys and heading back to the house for some poker (the Boys) and drinks. Candice and I did some drunk facebooking and checked out some Youtube video of a beached whale, hilarious - before getting ourselves caught up in a bit of drama.

Luke recently broke up with this chick who's just a total bitch and she just keeps on texting him, putting him down, putting his family down and all this crap - anyways me and candice came across a message from her on his phone just saying nasty things, I told her about how I helped scare that Monica chick off Rich by answering one of her calls a while back and Candice gets this idea that we should text her from my phone telling her to back off and leave Luke alone. But then even though we thought we blocked my caller ID from showing up I start getting all these calls with mean voice messages and nasty texts from her calling me a bitch and a whore. It went all night long and even the next morning. Oops, I think I bit off a little more than I could chew with that one.

Anyway today was my first day on the job at the Law Firm, it went alright, nothing special, though I will mention they have a biscuit jar and a break out room with a ping pong table. Pretty awesome.

Posted by clny 20:39 Archived in Australia Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)


I need to do something but I don't know what - ha maybe get a job. I decided today is my last day being a bum starting Monday I'm going hard. You may be thinking what about tomorrow? Could you not go hard then? Well I could BUT it's Eden's birthday this weekend so we're spending it at his dad's house in Williamstown, beach side, unfortunately not surf beach side but beach side nonetheless so I'm happy with that. Candice doesn't work tomorrow so we're heading down early, doing some grocery shopping, and going for a bike ride along the shore.

I drove for the first time on Monday, I was a little nervous about it but once I got in the drivers seat and on the road it went pretty well. The main problems were turning right - even with the arrow on the road showing me where I was supposed to go I almost pulled into the right hand lane not the left hand as I should do, and sitting on the right side of the car to drive. It's weird getting used to the fact that the bulk of the car is to the left of you, sometimes I would kind of forget and scrape the wheels on the curb before coming back to my senses and pulling away a bit. I checked for damage after it looked fine - no scratches.

I went into the City yesterday and there was a big parade on to welcome back the Olympic Athletes. Crowds of people lined the road and streamers were shooting in the air, music was blasting, and people were handing out these little flags for people to wave. So I got my little aussie flag and cheered them on with the rest of the masses before heading home. Where I did nothing. Actually I found this book in the cupboard about this chick who lost her job and is searching for one so I feel like I can kind of relate, it was beautiful out yesterday so I sat on the front sidewalk reading and soaking up the sun. It was quite nice.

Also Ang called yesterday and I'm going to work with her on Saturday the 26, I'm not entirely sure what the job is but I'll be working so I'm stoked. Also found out that Quicksilver in the City is hiring.

Posted by clny 20:11 Archived in Australia Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

wasting time

sunny 25 °C

So here I am in Australia on a mission to surf and I just keep thinking about how I miss Vancouver and want to be there. I know I haven't really given Australia much of a chance so far spending most of my time sitting around at home, not really going out, not meeting anyone so it's been lonely and not very fun or exciting and no surfing.

Yesterday I bought a pair of awesome shiny gold heels - I never buy or wear heels so this is pretty big for me. They're perfect and even better they totally work with my bridesmaid dress. So upon arriving home with them I put on my dress, shoes, and jewelry (Candice tried on a dress too) and we were walking around in our bridesmaid dresses. It was fun and I felt like a lady :P

After that we had to knuckle up and start preparing dinner as Ang and her mom were coming over, well actually Candice prepared dinner (I helped with the salad), while I drank my beer and watched Neighbours and that new show Taken Out that despite initial criticism even Eden likes watching it. Yesterday all the girls turned their lights off for this one guy on the show, I felt so bad for him but seriously he had to have seen it coming. Ouch.

Anyway, we drank pink champaign with strawberries and had a lovely dinner of salmon, roast potatoes, and salad. Ang said she might be able to hook me up with a job so that would probably be good because as unemployment can be sometimes it still kinda sucks. Like when you already don't have a lot of money and you don't want to blow it so you spend most of your time sitting around at home watching TV and having dance parties by yourself while your housemates are at work.

I've apparently been terrible at writing this trip (and it's true) so I will try and be better. I've gotten into a bit of a rut and I'll try and break free and do something interesting.


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bummed in melbourne

sunny 12 °C

Life in Melbourne is not going as smoothly as I had planned. A month in and I still don't have a job, I only really know Candice and Eden, I've only been out in the city 1.5 times, and I haven't been out for a surf at all.

I keep thinking about leaving for Perth, Torquay, Brisbane, east coast but it's hard when you don't really have the funds and you don't know what's going to happen once you get there. Perth is probably my best option because I know people there, would have a place to stay and Candice could probably hook me up with a job at the cafe - oh and you can surf (but there's more sharks on the west coast). Brisbane gets me because Tammy loves Brisbane plus Glen is flying back and he said he could hook me up with a ride on a Catamaran, plus he's super fun. Torquays good because it's nearby plus you can surf, and the East Coast because those guys I met in the Casino live there and they said we could hang out and go on road trips and boating and surfing and it sounded fun.

It's terrible I didn't use to be so indecisive, but I'm getting restless and I want to go out, get drunk and have fun and I'm tired of sitting around at home. I know I'm supposed to be being responsible with my money because I didn't really come with any but I really need some fun time and I just don't know if I'm going to get that here.

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Boys + Casino= FUN!

It’s really windy today, almost creepily so - I opened the front door to let the cat out and somehow it opened the door to the garage.

So yesterday was my last day of work. It’s been pointed out to me in the past that I always get really lucky with the jobs I get, having donut fridays and cakes on birthdays and that sort of thing. Well this past week I was temping at a large Australian, well they’re actually global, financial company and it seems that my luck has followed me. Granted the position is boring as shit and involves copying and pasting text from one document to another while stuck in a teeny room with no windows right beside the photocopier, but despite the monotony I quite enjoyed my time there.

Between the espresso machine in the break out room (which has kept me in lattes and cappacinos all week), the biscuit tin, chocolate biscuits on wednesdays, free fruit, and rumours of a liquor trolley on fridays (which I’m sad to say I never saw, there was some beer in the break out room fridge on friday which I thought about sneaking one back to my desk but ultimately never did, there were always too many people around) it’s been quite a nice run. Plus I’ve met some nice people who always make sure I’m aware of whatever new goodies lay waiting for me in the break room.

I’m tempted to go to HR and ask if they have any positions available because while I’m looking forward to being able to sleep in again next week and have my time to myself I’m also kind of not looking forward to it. I’ve gotten into the routine of getting up and going to work in The City and like the idea of a consistent income.

But there’s also a deli/liquor store/who know what near my house that is looking for a dry cleaning counter person so I was thinking of heading down there to apply. I don’t really know anything about dry cleaning and I don’t know what’s required to work at the counter but it’s close to home and Candice thinks it would be great if I got a discount working there. So I might go down and apply.

But now for the fun stuff yesterday after work I went out for dinner with Candice and Christine (Eden’s mom) we decided to go to the casino to eat and they were going to meet me there. So after work I caught the free tourist trolley down the street to the casino, I rocked up and went looking for this bar I’d had a drink at once before. So I was walking around looking for this bar not recognizing anything thinking ‘holy shit this is the biggest casino I’ve ever been to in my life I don’t recognize anything and I’ve been here twice.’ Eventually I found it got a pint of Carlton and sat down to wait for the girls.

I was waiting a long time, they were running kind of late, but after a while this guy sat down beside me and starts chatting me up he was pretty drunk I guess they’d gone there for a work lunch and just stayed there drinking all day. And this guy, Liam, who never really gambles said he put twenty bucks in the machine and he won like $400. Then his friend comes over and starts telling him the mayhem he left in his wake when he walked up and spun the big wheel. I guess it had been a winner so everyone with money on it won pretty big. I made a comment about him being good luck and he asked me if I had gambled yet and I said no, so he took me out to play the pokies.

We’re walking around the pokies and he’s like ok this one. He puts a couple bucks in and says if I win anything it’s yours. He shows me his strategy for playing the pokies which is pretty much just press as many buttons as you can, pretty much he’s just sliding his hands up and down the machine like he’s playing the piano - BUT almost right away it’s a winner we collect and thirty dollar coins start falling out of the machine. He picks them up and starts putting them in my bag. Then we went to another machine and won more money.

At that point Candice and Christine had arrived so we went to meet them. Then I kind of blew it, I mean I need friends and Liam seemed really cool despite being really drunk and I was thinking I should give him my number or get his but he was really drunk and I was being indecisive so I let it go and he didn’t really make any effort either. Anyway we ended up going to this Noodle Bar place for dinner and we sat down at our table and I started thinking damn should’ve got his number.

So after dinner we went back to the sports bar but I didn’t see him. Candice had to go get money out of the ATM and I would’ve gone with them except it was outside of the casino and I didn’t want to get ID’d again so I went to buy a beer. Candice said I should go look for Liam, but I’d looked for him as we’d walked past and hadn’t seen him, so I replied I think he’s gone I didn’t see him.

At that point this crowd of like ten guys who were standing right there, start going ‘he’s right here’ pointing to one of the guys who wasn’t Liam which I explained to them but they kept going and started trying to get me to kiss them on the check. Telling me how they had this bet going and stuff, I was overwhelmed by these ten guys just going on and on. Candice and Christine came back and Candice said it was like there were all these guys and a little bit of pink, they got Christine to give them a kiss on the cheek, we took some pictures and got in trouble for it. One of the guys called his mom and made me talk to her and tell her he was really good in bed.

Then I ended up talking to three of the guys for the rest of the night, they bought me beer and invited me to come visit them on the coast north of Sydney I forget what it was called. They would take me surfing and go on boat rides and go to Nimbin. It was great fun.

They tried to get us to go out with them that night but coming right from work and having all my stuff with me plus the fact that Candice and Christine were my ride home made me say no but they said they’d message me today to see about going out tonight. It ended up being a really great night, it’s funny to because at work all day I was thinking about going out for dinner and how what I really wanted to do was go out and pick up boys and I got to do it all. So I’m really happy today.

I think we might be going to the VIC Market today. But it’s already eleven so we’ll see what happens.

Posted by clny 15:28 Archived in Australia Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

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