First time I have had chance to come on Poms since arriving in Oz as we have been a tad busy as you can imagine!
Here's our story so far.........
We left the UK 14th March and headed off to Sentosa Island in Singapore for a week before taking on all the aussie challenges. We figured we deserved a little holiday after all the stress and emotional turnmoil of leaving the UK :-) Sentosa Isand is beautiful and we would thoroughly recommend the Rasa Sentosa Hotel. Singapore Zoo is great too and well worth a visit if you are stopping off.
We are lucky enough to have rellies on the Gold Coast so we were met at Brisbane airport by my husbands Auntie and Uncle and one of his cousins - we needed two cars to get all our luggage back to their house! As our shipping left 3 weeks before we did we underestimated just how much stuff we had left behind (just incase we needed it in those weeks before our shipping arrived!) In the end we had 5 suitcases, 2 huge holdalls and 5 rucksacks!!! We went over our baggage allowance by a few kilos but not much and not enough to warrant a charge. We went with Singapore Airlines who gave us a double baggage allowance. We were very pleased with Singapore Air.
After settling in for a couple of days we set about house hunting which wasn't a particularly easy task - lots of the rentals we called about had gone when we rang - especially the really nice ones. It was difficult as we didn't really know where to start as we wanted to make sure we had a nice house but more importantly we wanted a good school for our girls. In the end we focused on finding a good school then set about getting a house in that catchment area. In the Gold Coast area they work pretty much the same as the UK whereby you need to be in the catchment area of a school to get in. So, after deciding on the school we then managed to find ourselves a lovely rental property which we move into next week!
Last Sunday our cat Ruby arrived after 30 days in quarantine! We were soooo pleased to have her back. We used Petair UK who offered a fantastic service and I would thorougly recommend them.
Next on the agenda is jobs and cars! Will keep you posted on our adventures :-)
We have now been here 8 weeks! Hubby has got himself a job, the girls are settled in school and I have made myself a few friends :-) We have both bought cars now - beware, they are very expensive!