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  1. Perhaps because we were expats/RAF for a long time, quite a few of our friends and even acquaintances have visited us in Oz, even twice in a couple of cases, and are perhaps more used to a nomadic life. I am quite good at keeping in touch, and do let family and friends know when we will be back, still get a fairly good response!! I sympathise with the posters who have to fit trips in around their holidays.
  2. I'll post from the alternative side. We the parents retired to Australia 15 years ago after working in Brunei for 10 years. All our 3 were living in UK then. Two of ours then followed us here, but our only 2 young grand children are in UK. We have gone back to UK almost every year since we moved here, and have paid for our son and family once for them to come here. Would offer more but DIL hates flying, so it's up to us to do the travelling, plus we can go for longer, rather than our son using up his holiday allowance. I certainly wouldn't put any pressure on him to travel here for us, and would hate for him to feel guilty about living so far from us. He has his life to lead. The best advice we were given when we moved overseas was to rent some where when back in UK on holiday, tell everyone this is where we are if you want to see us. Otherwise you end up rushing around every where and shattered when you leave. It's an eye opener who bothers. But Having said that we have travelled loads when back to catch up with family and friends and are still welcomed back even after 25 years, the welcome does make it worth while really, just tiring. I think you do feel a certain amount of guilt if you move away from your family, but hardly anyone I know lives anywhere near their children and grandchildren, it's just the way it is these days. If you still have siblings in UK then you do have family back up.We face time regularly with our UK son and grandchildren, sometimes I think we have more contact with them than our 2 in Oz!!! So so as a parent please don't feel to obliged or guilty about moving away, most of us just want our children to be happy.
  3. Who are you?

  4. I'm so shocked by Sunsets comments and lack of any empathy. It's completely normal for any event to have an area for wheelchairs. PQ posted a lovely post about her special night with her children, and you felt you had the right to really upset her with your mean spirited post, I wonder what sort of person you are to write something so nasty. I will be putting you on ignore and hope to never read another post by you.
  5. If you read the automatic reply for the parents visa it says offshore applicants are allocated an assessing officer whereas onshore applicants are allocated a case officer. Sorry have no idea if there is any difference.
  6. What do you remember your grandparents for.

    Bit like Toots, only had maternal grandfather alive when I was born, and have no real memories of him at all. He lived in Cornwall so I hardly ever saw him, only seem to remember a very uncomfortable house where you daren't move in case you knocked something over. Sadly have no memories of spending any time with him. Made sure my husband and I have great fun with our 2 grandchildren in UK when we see them every year and spoil them rotten as well.
  7. Quality of life for kids

    I will gently point out as you are a fairly new member on PIO, that our very special PQ has more than her fair share of health problems, and has been unwavering in her support and advice to all members for the many years I have been a member,
  8. Quality of life for kids

    The generalisation of All of Australia is the norm on PIO rather than specific areas mentioned, well that is apart from Perth!!!
  9. Quality of life for kids

    I moved to Australia when I was 60, I was up for more adventure and experiences and was definitely not ready to settle back in Uk in a cottage with roses growing round the door. What a fantastic 15 years so far, visited every state, travelled to China, Cambodia and Vietnam, Singapore, Kuala Lumpah, Sri Lanka and more. Still cope with the heat, but do need the aircon, but then need central heating in UK when visiting in winter. Really don't like the cold now. Spend approximately 3 months a year in U.K., great to visit our grandchildren but it's not for me now.
  10. Another visa overstayer

    Someone I know managed to get one.
  11. Another visa overstayer

    Shame she couldn't get a carers visa when she was caring for them.
  12. British-style pubs in Melbourne

    Google The Duke of Clarence in case you visit Sydney.
  13. Growing up in Australia

    A lovely record of all the wonderful things you have experienced so far. Many more to come.
  14. My Dr is only open 5 days a week, but there are 3 Drs surgeries open 7 days a week close to us, plus 1 open 24hrs a day on the Sunny Coast. I do like that I don't have to go to hospital for X-rays or scans here, and that the results from our local imaging service go electronically straight through to my Dr.
  15. Selling House in Oz from UK & CG tax

    Allen Collett an MA agent who posts regularly is recommended for UK/Aust tax affairs is worth contacting.