Australia

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How to Rent a Long-Term Residence as New Migrants in Canberra

by Rosemarie John May 22, 2014

As new migrants to Canberra, we found rental procedures very different from back home in South East Asia. In Malaysia or Singapore, you will find real estate agents who will pick you up and take you around to several properties that are available for rent. You don’t really do the running around yourself. But here in Canberra, it’s a whole […]

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Our First Farmers Market Experience in Canberra

by Rosemarie John May 21, 2014

It was 6.30 a.m. and fog had blanketed Lake Ginninderra. The black swans with its bright red beak cleaned its feathers on the calm waters. Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and its strident call were loud and clear. We stood in awe as we have never lived so close to such natural beauty! We were up at the crack of dawn to make […]

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Migrating to Canberra, Australia – Discarding an Old Life(style)

by Rosemarie John April 4, 2014

In about three weeks, Joseph and I embark on a big move to Australia and the first huge step towards our new life down under was to  decide what to take along with us and what to leave behind.  It’s honestly easier said than done. We first tackled the question on how to transport what we would choose as things […]

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Novotel Canberra – A Friendly and Convenient Choice

by Rosemarie John February 6, 2014

It was a large spacious room we walked into, with a large king size bed, a nice lounge area with a day bed and lounge chair and also a work desk with a well thought off connectivity panel. We were pleasantly surprised as most 4 to 4.5 star hotels we have stayed at aren’t very roomy. Our Executive King Room […]

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#OzinSg Celebrating Australia Day in Singapore

by Rosemarie John January 25, 2014

Joseph with High Commissioner Philip Green. Photo by Andrew West On the 23rd of January, we attended a wonderful Australia Day celebration at the Australian High Commission in Singapore. It was a night to celebrate everything that’s great about Australia over delicious food, fine Tasmanian Whiskey and great company. So what is Australia Day all about? Australia Day is the […]

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Meet “Brand Canberra”

by Rosemarie John November 28, 2013

Canberra, the capital of Australia turned a 100 years old this year and the event has been celebrated in many ways. Celebrating Canberra’s 100th birthday is a year long centenary program that centres around new and exciting projects that will also showcase the very best of what’s already happening in Canberra each year – the people, the places, the events […]

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It’s Official… We’re Moving to Australia!

by Rosemarie John November 8, 2013

Well… it’s now official. We are moving to Canberra, Australia! We made a short trip to the capital region to make things official before we make our final and permanent move in the next 6 months or so. Our maiden experience of this lovely city was during springtime and we had just missed the Floriade but Canberra, being the city of […]

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New Australian Visa Application Centre in Singapore

by Rosemarie John March 21, 2013

From March 25, the visa application centre in Singapore will be located at  20 Cecil Street, #11-02 to 05 Equity Plaza, Singapore 049705. VFS Global Services Pte Ltd is a commercial company working in partnership with the Commonwealth of Australia to provide Australian visa application services in Singapore. The Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Singapore offers services which include […]

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Experiencing Australia through Aboriginal Culture

by Rosemarie John January 28, 2013

After a visit to the Three Sisters at Katoomba make sure to stop by the Aboriginal Centre located at Echo Point for a doze of indigenous dance and culture. It’s a lovely way to immerse yourself in the authentic cultural experience of Australia. Utilising a vast range of didgeridoo masters and dancers who have travelled the world extensively promoting the […]

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Strolling Down Bondi

by Rosemarie John October 29, 2012

Stretching approximately one kilometre long, Bondi is a popular beach in Sydney that features an array of cafes, restaurants and hotels. Patronized mostly by beach goers, the smooth sand and windy location is an attraction to locals and tourists who just want to spend a relaxing day at the bay without getting into the water. Should you plan to take […]

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