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    Getting a rental during summer

    Hi folks, I am due to arrive with my wife and kids in tow in Brisbane on the 12th Nov, and plan to stay with friends for a few weeks while sorting out a rental, however i am a bit worried that it will be getting close to Christmas and we might struggle to find something. Any advice in this situation? Am i right to be worried thanks AB
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    Emotional Blackmail

    Such kind words, very encouraging. Thank you.
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    Emotional Blackmail

    She sounds identical to my MIL, who has also said she'll never visit and also thought (very briefly i think) about emigrating many years ago. She was/is a very controlling figure in the whole family. As simple as it is to try and ignore the negativity, my wife has been indoctrinated with this all her life, which is why her "advice" is actually having an effect. She was down again today.. What if you don't get jobs? What if the kids don't settle? What if you need to come back? You'll not get the kids into the same school You'll not get back on the property ladder You'll have spent all your money for nothing ad infinitum I just wish they would see us for what we are, responsible adults who worked very hard to get to this point, and planned very carefully. I sometimes think she thinks we are arriving with suitcases and a few hundred quid!! Such is the lack of involvement she's had in our life, she has no idea.
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    Emotional Blackmail

    thanks for replies folks, time for a sit down chat i think.
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    Emotional Blackmail

    My mother in law, who has never took an active interest in ours or her grandchildrens lives is making our life hell with regards to our move. As the move is approaching it seems she finds new and messed up ways to screw with our heads. She used to be supportive of the move and has now decided we are going to fail and it will all be a huge mistake. It started a few months ago, when i was working abroad she came to visit practically every day to instil fear and doubt in my wife, which has largely worked, my wife is now struggling with anxiety and its affecting me as well now. Now she has recruited her sister and a cousin and aunt we hardly see. They are now getting in touch with my wife telling her its a bad idea, we're making a mistake etc, etc. All of this is hard enough without this constant passive aggressive emotional blackmail and we still have 6 weeks to go. I would understand this behaviour if she was a model grandparent and was hurting because she was losing us, but she has barely took an interest in our kids in all these years, never even had them for an overnight. Sorry i just need to get that off my chest, i am at the end of my rope with everybody telling us we are doomed to fail. We don't have much in the way of positive support at all apart from a few friends already in Australia. AB
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    Container left with our stuff today, feeling numb.

    Brisbane or thereabouts, Gold Coast to chill out for a month, then wherever fate takes us
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    Container left with our stuff today, feeling numb.

    That is really quite moving. I'm a bag of emotions right now. My wife came downstairs a minute ago to tell me her sister is begging her to stay because she is losing her nephews..
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    Container left with our stuff today, feeling numb.

    Definitely as you hit the milestones on a thing this big, each one will take a toll. My wife giving up her job was a huge deal for her, and very emotional. Just sold our house, another body blow, feel I am almost grieving it. I will be handing in my notice soon as well. I am absolutely dreading the movers coming, it's going to be horrible for the kids rattling around an empty house. Good luck to you
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    Stopping over for a week in Singapore

    thanks for all the replies folks, lots of helpful info.
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    Stopping over for a week in Singapore

    Hi folks, we are flying one way to Brisbane on 4th November or thereabouts. I was thinking about laying over in Singapore for a weeks holiday, but it appears to almost double the flight cost For a family of four GLA-SIN - £2190 1 week layover SIN-BRI - £2000 total £4190 GLA-SIN-BRI - £2600 Does this sound normal or am i missing something daft? cheers
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    Anybody get these worrysome thoughts?

    We actually had a bad experience on our validation trip, we had renewed passports and took along our old ones (with the electronic visa on them) but try as we might to explain this to the girl at the desk, she was having none of it, and told us to we were not flying. Another check in agent overheard the situation, stepped in and got our visas transferred to the new passports with zero fuss. It was after that i sent our passports away to get the visa label evidenced in them, you cant beat seeing that physical proof.
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    Anybody get these worrysome thoughts?

    I sometimes worry that somehow our visas have expired or been cancelled and that i will sell my house and when me, my wife and 2 kids are standing at the airport check in desk with the one way ticket and our house contents bobbing along on a container ship the girl will turn round and say we've no right to go. :confused:
  13. Interested to see some replies on this. We were gonna do the same, we are over a 20ft container but would be rattling around in a 40ft and were thinking about a movecube. £3250 is a cracking quote for 20ft, do you mind if i ask who that is with? We were quoted £4100 for a 20ft, and an additional £1500 for shipping the remainder in a shared container.
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    living in Australia with UK employer

    thanks everyone for the great advice, i can speak to my boss now and go in to him with a solution to my departure.
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    living in Australia with UK employer

    Hi Alan, Thanks for replying, what are the options in the case where there is no local (Aus) payroll? Isn't what northernbird is saying is true? That's the way I thought it worked. cheers steve
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