Archive | April, 2013

Promotions, visa extensions and finally feeling stress free.

25 Apr

Promotions, visa extensions and finally feeling stress free..


Promotions, visa extensions and finally feeling stress free.

25 Apr

Well what a weeks it’s been. What started out as a frantic search for flights to New Zealand ended in us chilling out on ANZAC day enjoying the sunshine.
Part of my visa condition is that I have to leave the county every three months. Can be as little as a day but I have to be registered as leaving. It’s a complete pain esp if Mark has to take time of work. So I got the idea of emailing the embassy and asking them did I really have to leave.
So I get the auto email back saying it’ll take 2-5 days to get a response. 10 days later they send me a message that the CIA couldn’t work out. No kidding it took me about 4 attempts to understand what they were saying. Worst cut and paste job I’ve even seen.
So eventually we work out that I have to apply for an extension. That seems handy enough. So I get through the 6 page application and bam I’m hit with a $290 fee for the visa. To be honest I’d prefer to pay that then buy flights to New Zealand. Within the hour confirmation came through and I’m good to stay, biggest relief ever.
Other good news this week was that Mark got a promotion. He’s now assistant supervisor. And we’re absolutely delighted. He’s now got lots more responsibility and he’s able to progress his career chances he’s never had before. While he is finding it tough at the moment he’s enjoying the challenge and it’s so good to see him enjoy what he’s doing.
So it’s safe to say things are really working out and we couldn’t be happier 🙂


Three months in, life has changed, have we made the right decision?

3 Apr

So sunday marked three months away from home and driving home from the Gold Coast we had plenty of time to reflect on our time here.
The last time we were down the coast it was stress central. We were like tinkers towards each other and constantly watching our money. I had a week long headache. Now it’s a completely different story. We’re actually in a routine we’re finally settled.
The days of lazing around and swimming in the barrier reef are now behind us.

It’s not a bad thing though, I think of all the stress, the phone calls and the not knowing that we went through this is a lovely feeling. Don’t get me wrong i miss views like this every morning but the weekends we make it down the coast are all the more special now.

While I do miss home and my friends and family the opportunities here for Mark outweigh us staying in Ireland. The wages and the job prospects for him out here are incredible. We now have a chance to save and pay off our loans something we couldn’t see happening back home so while Marks like this monday to Saturday

He gets to enjoy this at the weekend

And while I still haven’t got used to the 5am wake up alarm we are getting used to the Aussie lifestyle and yes I’m coming around to the idea of staying here 🙂