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Friday, December 2, 2016

My job hunting journey down under

When we came here to West Australia last July, the first order of the day was to find a job. Job searching became a full time occupation for me. I send customized applications online to 2 or more companies per day. Here you can't send a generic application. You have to relate your work experience to the position you are applying for so the Employers could immediately see if there is a match. After sending out dozens of application, I got rejection letters. That is one good thing here because you will be informed whether you are being considered for the job selection process or not. 

After almost two months of application I got my first job interview with Company A. I was telling myself that it is now my chance to showcase my work experience. I was very nervous that day because it was a panel interview with three interviewers (one in telecon) and I think I barely survived it. After two weeks, I got a letter from them informing me that I did not get the job. I was terribly disappointed because it was the only company who gave me a chance for an interview. I still gracefully sent Company A a Thank you email though and let them know that I hope they will keep me in mind if any similar position will come up. 

Shortly after that, my husband got a job so the pressure for job hunting is off. I happily settled in my new role as a Stay At Home Mom. I tried looking for home based job but I had no luck either so I got my hands busy with the chores and my son's school work. 

Then two weeks ago (two months after my interview) Company A called me up for another invitation for an interview since there is a similar position which opened up that fits my qualification. One of the managers who interviewed me the first time remembered me and was the one who refered me to the new position. The interview was like deja vu, same location and almost same people. A week after the interview I got invited for a walkthrough and a quick chat with the site Manager. After a few days I was asked for a Medical exam and after that I was offered the job. 

It seemed that time went by pretty quickly and I am due to start my work a week from now. I feel really thankful and apprehensive at the same time. I am worried about the welfare of my children as I will be leaving them to strangers. I am also nervous about the job but I am hoping for the best. I am forever grateful that God gave me this opportunity and I know He will be with me the rest of the way in this new chapter in my life.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Becoming a Housewife

I've always wanted to be a housewife. I can still vividly recall in one of my job interviews when I was fresh out of college, I was asked how I see myself in the future,  I blurted out that I want to be a housewife. Obviously, I didn't get the job.I have seen how my mother have sacrificed her career as a Laboratory Analyst (she's a Chemical Engineer)to take care of our family. Growing up with my mom always by my side was the best part of my childhood and even my adult life. When I got married, I was the one working and my husband was the one at home to take care of the kids. I've always told him that I want to trade places with him.

Now, in the land down under my wish is granted. Two months after we got here in Oz, my husband was the first one to get a job. I have applied non stop and rejection letters came after the other. Now I finally have a full time job of being a Stay At Home Mom(SAHM). Honestly I am having a difficult time to adjust. I have been working for the past 15 years thus the difficulty. I'm not complaining because I love spending time with my kids but I'm missing work. I miss coming to the office and turning on my computer and opening excel files. I miss crunching numbers and doing analysis. I miss interacting with my colleagues.Being at home sometimes can be a bit boring and I miss the intellectual challenges of work.

I know that I am still adjusting and in time I can find my beat in my day to day life. In the meantime I am counting my blessings and treasuring the time I spend with my kids. In the morning I don't have to rush. I can lazily stretch in the bed and watch my kids stir from dreamland to the real world. I love seeing them open their eyes and smile at the sight of me.I love cooking for them though my abilities in the kitchen are limited to cereals and the frying pan. Well I am still in my training period as a stay at home mom and I know in time I will learn and get used to the drill.;)

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Smart Bro 4G Pocket wifi is not #Hardtogets

Life is full of moments that we all want to treasure. These moments might be something that sneaks up on you on a lazy Tuesday afternoon. Some might be on special days such as birthdays or anniversaries. These moments might be spent with your loved ones, just by yourself or even with your favorite pet.  These moments though have one thing in common, they are all memorable and you want to freeze it and capture it forever. Thankfully we have digital cameras and smartphones but taking photos of these moments are still hard to get ( #hardtogets). It is hard because you are in that moment but you want to take a step back, look at it from an outsider’s perspective and capture it. It is hard because you are full of emotions and sometimes you even forget to take photos. It is simply hard to capture those special moments that photos result into missed shots, blurred, out of focus and etc. As a parent it is specially hard to document milestones of my children. Yes even if my husband is a photographer it is still very hard!

I want to capture these moments just like any other sentimental Filipino because I want to put it in photo albums or scrapbooks so that one day I could look back on these photos, show it to my children and reminisce. Most of the time I just post it in Digital albums such Instagram or Facebook so I can easily share this moments with friends. Sometimes a crappy internet connection makes sharing these photos  also hard to get (#hardtogets). BUT fret not about getting a good connection as SMART Bro recently launched the best 4G Pocket WiFi offer priced at only P888.#smartbro888

This is the hottest deal this summer which will be available only until June 30, 2016. It is already preloaded with 150 MB and best paired with SurfMax85 (All day surfing up to 800MB/day, valid for 2 days). You may subscribe to Surfmax85 via Smart Online Store. It is very good for sharing and can connect up to 10 devices. You can buy it at Smart Online Store. Now isn't the Smart Bro 4G Pocket Wifi easy on the pocket and also easy to get?

Friday, April 15, 2016

How To Wash Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapering seems like rocket science and leave many first time users confused from choosing the type of diaper to use and then to washing it. I use pocket type diapers and I would like to share how I wash them.

1.Used diapers should be washed after 1 to 3 days of use.I place the used diapers in a dry open pail.

2.On the day of washing, remove the inserts from the pocket.

3.For diapers soiled with poop, remove the poop first by spraying before mixing it with the other diapers.

4.Place the used inserts and pockets in cold water. Do not put detergent. Wash it first in water through hand or machine.

5.Drain water and then fill it up again and this time you can add in the detergent. It is advisable to use all-natural and enzyme free detergent such as Human Nature's Tough Love and Calla. I prefer the latter since it is cheaper and available in supermarkets.Also, use only a little amount of detergent, half the amount of what you normally use.

6.Wash in normal cycle.

7.Rinse and rinse until all the suds and bubbles disappear. I normally wash it twice or thrice. 

8.Hang to dry. You can use hangers with clips for the inserts. For the pockets you can use hangers or place directly in the clothesline. Just make sure that you hang it parallel to protect the garters from loosening.

9.Let Mr. Sun do all the work. He can make those stains and smell disappear! :-)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My Australian Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189 Application Journey

Before I started my application for any Australian Visa, I checked to know what are the possible visas I could apply for. 

Based on my reading I have decided that the best Visa that I should apply for is Skilled Independent Visa Subclass 189
This visa is for points-tested skilled workers who are not sponsored by an employer or family member or nominated by a state or territory government. It allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident.

I read the point system on that page and learned that I need 60 points. Point are awarded based on Age, English language ability, Skilled Employment, Qualifications, Australian Study Requirement and Other Factors.

Next is to find if my course is in the Skilled Occupations List which would mean that I could apply for Visa 189 and that I can nominate my occupation and get points. Fortunately, my course Industrial Engineering is in the List:

Occupation ANZSCO Code Assessing Authority
Industrial Engineer 233511 Engineers Australia
Based on the list, the assessing authority for my occupation is Engineers Australia. So I checked it out and downloaded the Migration Skills Assessment booklet and read it to know the steps and requirements to get my assessment. I then registered for an account online.

One of the requirements for assessment is proving your proficiency in the English Language and the most known type of exam is the IELTS. As per Engineers Autralia, I need to take the IELTS General and have a score of at least 7 in all bands. I paid P8,990 and registered for an exam under British Council. I have no time to attend review classes so I did a self study for 3 months and last May 30, 2015 I took an exam at Grand Regal Hotel Davao.

After I got the IELTS result, I completed the documents required by Engineer Australia or EA, paid 1,120 AUD and submitted it on their website using my EA account last January 16, 2016.

February 2, 2016- I received my positive EA assessment as a Profesional Engineer with 14 year plus relevant skilled employment.

I immediately made an account at Skillselect so I can submit my Expression Of Interest. 
Skilled workers and business people interested in migrating to Australia can be considered for a skilled visa by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) through SkillSelect. An EOI is an indication that you would like to be considered for a skilled visa. An EOI is not a visa application.
I was able to get 65 points meaning I was able to meet the 60 points needed to apply for Visa 189. 

Age- 25
English language ability-10 (based on IELTS result)
Skilled Employment-15 (based on EA assessment)
Qualification-15 (based on EA assessment)

After filling up the EOI form online I submitted it.

February 3, 2016-  Immediately the following day to my great surprise, I received an Invitation to Apply for Visa 189 in my email. The invitation is valid for 60 days. It means I should be able to lodge an application for a Visa before April 3, 2016

I gathered all the necessary documents as evidence for the points I claimed such as Certificate of Employment, Payslips, School Diploma and etc. Most importantly I need to find money to pay the visa fee of 7,200 AUD for our family (plus husband and 2 kids).

The usual path is to pay the visa and upload documents then wait for the Case Officer to contact you and ask for Medical and NBI. However, I learned that you can have your Medical and NBI before lodging the visa so I did it.

February 6,2016-My family had our medical at Nationwide as they are the only accredited clinic in Davao. They performed urine test, blood test, chest x-ray and physical test with a Doctor. We paid P4,000 for adults and P2,000 for kids.

February 12, 2016- My husband and I applied for NBI clearance for International travel. We both paid P140. He got his clearance immediately while I got mine after 15 days because I had a hit.

February 26, 2016- Finally, I lodged our visa online thru and paid using credit card.

March 19, 2016- After 22 days of waiting, we finally received the Golden Mail, our visa was granted. Thank you Lord!


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