It’s nice to be back, or not… Well, the trip to Australia and New Zealand had been tiring but it certainly gave me a lot to think about. Mee and I have spent most of our time travelling around Europe and I would say they are pretty much the same but different. I don’t really know how to describe but Australia and New Zealand have nothing much in common. It’s like travelling to another world, hence, it’s quite refreshing for me. And hence, it makes me think a lot. My visa is going to end soon and though the HR manager has kind of given me the assurance that the company will support my visa application, I haven’t been given any concrete information. One of the HR staffs has promised to find out if the college is eligible to extend my work permit before I went on holiday and to this date, I heard nothing from them. That’s the kind of efficiency that the company is trying to promote I believe.
Anyhow, there’s always the need for plan B. Would living in Australia or New Zealand suits both Mee and me? Hmm… it’s not like I can just go there and live whenever I like. I may or may not qualify to live there based on the point system. Most importantly, IT may not be classified as a shortage in most countries. Then again, there’s the waiting time, IELTS test and other tests in order to complete the application. I think that I still need more rest to have a clearer mind. I have been thinking too much lately.
There have been so many things going on around me and I think I suffer from a bit of memory loss. Before I type a blog post, the first thing that comes to my mind is whether or not I have typed something similar to what I am about to write. I will type it anyway. It’s better to type it twice rather than nothing and most probably, I will add some other things and the phrases that I will be using will be different.
Well, I have most certainly blogged about Mee and my coming trip to Australia and New Zealand. I calculated the number of flights we will be taking and it’s a whopping nine! I wonder if anyone actually travel like us, except those who travel around the world. Honestly, finding the flights and accommodations was a tedious job. I have to match the time between each flight and place to ensure that we have enough time within each different places that we are travelling. Luckily, I don’t have to worry about the time difference because the booking websites calculate all that for me. I would be very stress if internet has not been invented yet. We might as well join a tour and that’s about it.
In the past, I find that going through websites like Expedia, Opodo, air bnb, LastMinute and the likes could provide cheaper deals on both flights and accommodations compare to going direct. But now, they all offer the same prices whether you are going through price comparison websites or direct. On rare occasions, it’s worth checking flights directly from the airline websites.
Another thing that caught my attention was when I booked the accommodation for our stay at Gold Coast. It appears that there are more apartments and villas than hotels. And because of the number of apartments available, they work out cheaper than hotel. In the end, Mee and I decided to book a hotel room anyway as hotels would be more secure. I have read reviews where some apartments only have receptionist from 9am to 5pm. We also agree that hotel would be much quieter than apartments.
Here I am, eating Ferrero Rocher in the middle of the night. I am quite tired actually but there’s another part of me that’s wide awake. I am hungry at the moment and chocolate is what’s surrounding me. Anyway, I just finished booking 80% of flights and hotels in relation to Mee and my Australia and New Zealand trip. I have to say that it’s quite a tedious job compared to our previous trips. Multiple destinations booking worked when I booked our Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan trip but not this time. Therefore, I have to book multiple one way flight instead. Luckily, they work out to be not very expensive but it’s just the effort in checking each flights and making sure the time matches.
Here are some of the facts that I found out while searching for flights and hotels in Australia. Apparently, there is $15 surcharge when booking flights and 1.5% charge when booking hotels. Most of the hotels don’t offer breakfast included package and when we found one, the breakfast consists of cereal and toast. There’s a charge for extra towels to go to the beach. If you want to check in early, you will have to pay a fee. If you want to check out late, you will have to pay a fee. Best part of all, there is not a single hotel that I can find which includes free wireless internet access. Now I wonder if it will be the same like Amsterdam where you have to pay to use the toilet even at McDonald.
Time flies … I always like to use those two words. In fact, I almost forgot about this blog. I only thought about it when I was taking shower last night. I feel bad. Anyway, I didn’t update this blog that frequently because a lot of things happened and I am very busy with my work. The shocking news, though not really shocking, is that my manager has since resigned. He will leave the company early March and no one knows what will happen then. A lot of staffs have been put at the ‘at risk’ category. I am still fine because we are actually short staffed. No one can actually do my work at the moment, hence, I am still safe. That goes the same with my other colleagues in my department. Well, we are in the same department but the works that we do are totally different.
I have changed my daily habit quite a bit minus the late sleeping part. I am still trying to coach myself to sleep early but it’s always until midnight where I start to get all energetic. I have started to take shower before having dinner. The vacuuming routine has changed from Sunday to Monday instead. Mee and I have started attending gym classes during weekend; Body Balance on Saturday and Zumba on Sunday. Well, Zumba is only for Mee as I am not interested. I will just be in the gym area doing free weights stuff. We used to also go to the gym on Tuesday as Mee attended aqua fit class. However, the pool has closed since before Christmas and will only be opened next week. Hence, we have been staying at home all this while on every Tuesday.
Right now, Mee and I can’t wait until our booked holiday period. The last time we went abroad was almost four months ago and it seems like forever. This time, we are quite ambitious as we will be going to Australia and possibly New Zealand. Mee has a couple of friends living in Australia and we could save quite a bit in the accommodation side of things. In addition, my uncle and his family lives in New Zealand, hence, we will most probably be going there and stay at his house for a few days while sight seeing.