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  1. carlagrif

    Are we being ripped off?

    I have found here in Perth and in Sydney, both coffees being bad and not to mention chai lattes, mocha or even hot chocolate - terrible! Been to some cafes in Perth and it is a pity only one cafe so far seems to do a good drink. And in Sydney I would only go to Max Brenner for hot chocolate. I am not a coffee person myself but I do like other drinks; and wouldnt mind paying $3.50 or bit more but knowing the product will be good, which seems not to be the case. There is a need good quality cafes and baristers, I guess.
  2. Oh, many thanks Blossom! Thankfully, we managed to book a company, but I dont know how to delete my post thank you!!
  3. carlagrif

    Best removal company to Australia

    We had it with PSS and it was the worst ever. Very bad management of the service, communication and quote. It was very stressful with us having to send emails back and forwards just because they couldn't do their job well. Arg, just thinking about it again is unpleasant. Good luck!
  4. Many thanks for all your advise you all. Unfortunately, we won't be able to drive as he is expected asap, so we will fly. So far I have made appointments for a quote with Allied Plickfords, Wridgways, Chess, Crown. I know Pomqueen you have used Crown, so thanks for the advise, but do any know if any of the others is good? So far we have given phone quotes from $1.500 to $4000 - it seems quite a difference but we are open to selfpacking or have all done by the company depending on the cost and how soon they can collect the goods. Once again, any advise will be truly appreciated. Many thanks!
  5. Hi all! Can anyone PLEASE PLEASE ADVISE on good removal companies for Interstate Moving (Sydney to Perth) ? Need to move within three weeks, before 22nd of March! We live in Sydney and husband just got told of a new position for him in Perth! ) and our lease ends on 22/03 hence the urgency of this message. We want to use a company that does everything, packing, putting all in boxes, deliver door to door, the whole lot. We live in a two bed flat in Neutral Bay but we don't use the second room - only when people come over- and only has six boxes there. We don't have lots of things: a queen size bed, book stand, coffee table, fridge, microwave, small square table for two, TV, sound bar and clothing, books, plates and little bits and bots in the cupboard. I guess price wise may be around $1,000-$2,000? Is that OK? More, less? Please, any advice will be hugely appreciated, as we know nothing here and really want to use an excellent reliable company. Many many thanks!!!
  6. Hi all! Can anyone PLEASE PLEASE ADVISE on good removal companies for Interstate Moving (Sydney to Perth) ? Need to move within three weeks, before 22nd of March! We live in Sydney and husband just got told of a new position for him in Perth! ) and our lease ends on 22/03 hence the urgency of this message. We want to use a company that does everything, packing, putting all in boxes, deliver door to door, the whole lot. We live in a two bed flat in Neutral Bay but we don't use the second room - only when people come over- and only has six boxes there. We don't have lots of things: a queen size bed, book stand, coffee table, fridge, microwave, small square table for two, TV, sound bar and clothing, books, plates and little bits and bots in the cupboard. I guess price wise may be around $1,000-$2,000? Is that OK? More, less? Please, any advice will be hugely appreciated, as we know nothing here and really want to use an excellent reliable company. Many many thanks!!!
  7. Hi all! Would like to meet new girls, but cannot make it for the 2nd I live in Neutral Bay and quite flexible of times, so if anyone is up for a coffee/bite let me know
  8. carlagrif

    457 Visa Timeline - June 2013 [Sydney]

    We didn't need to do any medical examinations; and as per our application, MA filed our application one day and the next it was accepted. Not sure why it was so quick, but I guess because they needed my husband in Oz? We only had bit more than a month to move. I'm sure you will be fine
  9. It is like any other city in rush hour. Sydney is as bad too, so just try different routes and times until you may find the one for you?
  10. carlagrif

    How bad is the flight really?

    You'll be fine; hours go by very quickly and if you sleep even more! I have travelled alone and with my husband many times and a big factor, at least for us, is the airline who you travel with - better pay a bit more but knowing you'll be well looked after and comfortable. And if you think it'll be too much, I think your doctor can prescribe some pills too. Good luck!
  11. Hi Lauren! Welcome back to Oz! I'm Carla and kinda new too. Don't live in Balmain but across the Darling bridge in Neutral Bay. If you are up for a coffee let me know maybe next week?
  12. carlagrif

    Where to live in Sydney?

    Hi Sophie, congrats on your partner's new job! My husband and I are still kind of new in Sydney and I didn't know where Randwick or Westmead were, but after having checked the map both are in complete opposite places - one is way west and the other is south. Circular quay is very central indeed. Personally, I don't know much of places west and south - we live in the lower north shore in Neutral Bay, which is like ten mins drive from the CBD, so we know the city, the lower north shore, Manly, northern beaches and Chatswood (north) mainly. However, we have heard the inner west suburbs are fine (you can google it) but not to go further; and for places between CIrcular Quay and Randwick -i have no idea - maybe you guys can check on places near the coast? We have been around Surry Hills, Paddington and Darlinghurst and they are not our cup of tea for living but they are very convenient and close to the city, with galleries and bars around. Then there is bondi, bronte and others places on the coast line but may compromise distance. Transport wise, there will be always a way. In the inner west there are the tram, buses, ferries. South wise, there are the train and mainly buses. Sydney transport is just different to the the London one, the rail line is not as big and one just need to learn to understand it. Rent wise, I'm sure you can get a nice place with the budget you got, but again it depends on what you want, how big, where and if furnished or unfurnished and other adds you may want. Rental goes quickly, but if the company of your partner gives you guys some temporal accommodation, then that would help a lot to get around the city and check places. Ah, before coming here I checked on cityhobo.com and it helped us narrow options of places to live according to what we are used to and like. Once again, I am kind of new in Oz too, but I hope this helps at least a bit. And sorry if you find some parts that don't make sense... i'm writing this very late at night and about to go to bed. anything, just ask!
  13. carlagrif

    Sydney - but where?

    Not sure if this may help, but we are kinda new in Sydney too (no kids yet, though). We used to live in Barnes and then Wimbledon back in London and we live in Neutral Bay now in Sydney; even our first option was Mosman due to its privacy and easy access to the CBD (Balmoral beach is nearby too), but the places we saw in Mosman were not as great and time made us choose this area which is good too. We like the lower north shore and northern beaches, but we havent explored a lot of the south so may be worth getting some advice re that end too? We did the coastal walk and the little we saw of Bronte looked nice, if helps? Good luck!
  14. I could do Monday 17th and march 2nd too!
  15. carlagrif

    New in Sydney... Wanna make friends!? :)

    Sure thing! Will be nice to meet you and your wife when you get here. My husband and I like photography too. I love analog photography which I haven't done in a long time but the main thing is to enjoy just that click when a pic is taken. We like exploring, travelling, going to different places. We cook ok, but none of us would win in masterchef We are not party animals, but do like to have a good time with friends and family. And we miss all the musicals, theatres, concerts, museums and galleries in London! keep in touch! Carla
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