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  1. BeauVinyl

    Moving To Adelaide

    Good morning, good afternoon and good evening everyone. In these troubling times of Covid 19 I hope all are well. I thought I would update anyone who was interested on how it is going with me and the family and our move to Australia. We moved out of our house of 11 years 3 weeks ago. This was an emotional occasion and one that upset me more than I ever thought it would. It was not the bricks and mortar they upset me, but the memories made with my two children (12 and 9) growing up in that house. The small things that I missed, the wonky door handle, the noisy boiler, and the roast dinners every Sunday without fail, those little memories of the house (and the great memories of the kids growing up) is what I will miss about that house. So, with the house sold, my wife and I and the two children have now moved in with my parents, roughly 25 mins from where we used to live. Although it has only been 3 weeks since we left the house, time has healed the sadness and we are now all over the emotion of leaving (the hardest thing was seeing the kids cry when we left, that was difficult) but we now live with Grandma and Grandpa which, as I write this, is going well. The kids get to spend time with my parents, and my parents love having vibrant youth about the place, I think it makes them feel younger but also tires them out, there is a fine line in what we let my daughter do with grandma as with usual 9-year-olds, she is nonstop. My wife gave up her job as a theatre nurse 6 weeks ago and has just started working bank shifts for the next two weeks as our flight date to Australia on the 11th of August looms on the horizon. The date changed 3 weeks ago when Singapore Airlines moved our second leg of the flight (Singapore to Adelaide) to the same time our first leg of the flight (London to Singapore) took off, overlapping the flights. After 4 days of phone calls, we were placed on the 11th of August flight (it was the 10th August) and felt pretty safe, that was until one week ago when the Australian intake was then halved again. We’ve been waiting to hear of horror stories about peoples seats being moved, flights cancelled or people having their seats ‘gazumped’, increasing our anxiety on the fact that our seats will have been moved / cancelled etc… but again, as I sit here and type this, and after receiving an email from the Flight Centre just an hour ago, our seats are still there, they are ours, they (Singapore Airlines) haven’t cancelled or moved anyone as yet and we are still on for the flight. As apprehensive I am about asking this question, has anyone heard of any horror stories of people losing seats etc…? Like I said, with Singapore Airlines they have not cancelled/moved any seats so I can only assume that the flights to Australia from Singapore were never to full capacity which I find incredibly odd. So, once we fly to Australia (Adelaide) and we quarantine for two weeks we move into our AirBnB in Blackwood, our two children will then be going to Hawthorndene primary, and my wife will start her employment as a nurse in Adelaide around the end of September. We are looking to stay around the Blackwood area of Adelaide and thanks to people on this site, I have been told of other affordable areas around Blackwood that would suit us as a family. I will update again in a few weeks’ time with an update but if anyone has any questions about what I’ve written or anything that they think I can help with regarding the move to Australia then please do not hesitate to ask, the community on here seems wonderful and the people who I have spoken with have helped a lot. Regards, Beau Vinyl
  2. BeauVinyl

    Flights booked - quick Qus

    Hi Craig, what what I've read I think you could be correct in thinking that if someone were to come along and pay £16,000 for those seats you'll get bumped, it's the same fear I have with us. We fly on the 10th August on the same route as you but our seats, for four of us, cost £3,600. Currently we are 4 of 28 people on that plane from Sinigapore to Adelaide but money talks and if someone wanted to get out desperately and they had the £££ we'd be bumped / cancelled. It's all up in the air still. Good luck to you and yours though, hope you get over.
  3. BeauVinyl

    Flights booked - quick Qus

    Yeah, totally agree, I have a 12- and 9-year-old and they are both 'explorers'. I finish my job on the 6th August, we are living with my parents at present and the kids finish school next week. If we don’t get out there this year we’ll knock the idea on the head due to my age, time taken and jobs etc…
  4. BeauVinyl

    Flights booked - quick Qus

    My feeling is that the closer you are to your flight date the better chance you have of flying but I have been told of people being cancelled the day before their flight, so it really is cutting it fine. The DFAT flights look good to go for but reading about the quarantine centre in Darwin (Howard Springs) I am not too sure I would want to put my two kids through that, the stories I have seen are worrying. I do hope that our flights to Adelaide and Perth both go ahead. Another thing I was told by the Flight Centre was how amazed they were that Scott Morrison only gave the airlines a week to sort out the halving of the already minimalised cap. The told me that if they only gave a weeks’ notice on that then they may only give a weeks’ notice on relaxing it or tightening it further, it is bananas.
  5. BeauVinyl

    Casual 5A Side

    Thanks Curly.
  6. BeauVinyl

    Flights booked - quick Qus

    Thanks for this Jon, I have the app and refresh it 10/15 times a day.
  7. BeauVinyl

    Casual 5A Side

    If you are still looking in September after I land and quarantine, then I would be interested. I figure that getting to Australia knowing no one is an adventure in itself so to get to know people in a 5-a-side team would be great.
  8. BeauVinyl

    Flights booked - quick Qus

    Hi Jon, I have been onto Travel Centre regarding our Singapore flights just now. They tell me that, at present, Singapore never had their planes 100% full anyway for flights in case of unforeseen events (how on earth Singapore knew this is beyond me), we booked to go to Adelaide, and we fly via Singapore. Our flight is booked for the 10th of August, landing in Adelaide on the 13th (a Friday). I have been told just now that we are currently on this flight to Singapore and onto Adelaide although the flight from Singapore to Adelaide has 29 passengers on it and we are four of them. We are currently in Economy so we hope not to get bumped / cancelled and as positive news as it is we are still very nervous about it as the Flight Centre person also told me that they can cancel up to 2-3 days before you fly. I won’t relax until I’m on that Singapore - Adelaide flight. We booked the flight 6 weeks ago and then had to change the flight as Singapore changed flights 3 weeks ago so we hope that as we’ve been messed about with already, they’ll take pity on us.
  9. BeauVinyl

    Moving To Adelaide

    I'm not too sure it's open either. We hopefully transit through Singapore for two and a half hours and then onto Adelaide. Constantly checking if the flights are all ok and currently they are, but we fly four weeks tomorrow and thats a long time to go.
  10. BeauVinyl

    Moving To Adelaide

    Hi Curly, Thanks for the info. We are in the UK still but have the flight booked for the 10th of August from London to Singapore, 2-hour layover, then Singapore to Adelaide. We are nervous about the flight, not the actual flying but if we can actually get on the flight as Australia have halved the people arriving in the country again and I can only assume this will have a knock-on affect for us but currently we haven’t heard anything, so we are still aiming for the 10th. Regarding places to stay, thanks for your recommendation in looking about and getting a feel for the place, it’s something we plan to do straight away when we get there, and we hope to get a place asap after we finish staying at the Airbnb. Beau
  11. BeauVinyl

    Moving To Adelaide

    Lavers, Building your own house sounds incredible. I wish you all the best with thst. Beau
  12. BeauVinyl

    Moving To Adelaide

    Hi Lavers, Thanks for the feedback, I had a feeling you would say that you should have moved there sooner, we are feeling the same at the moment. Regarding schools, we are looking at the government schools around flagstaff, we have looked at Hallet and, to be honest, we want to move to Australia to live within a more diverse environment so moving somewhere where there are lots of English kind of defeats the object of our move, so we’ll still keep looking. Thanks for your replay and all the best. I will have more updates when I get them. Beau
  13. BeauVinyl

    Moving To Adelaide

    Hi Lavers, thank you for the reply to my topic. We are looking to move to the southern area of Adelaide, around the Hallet Cove / Flagstaff Hill area, we hope that with a decent deposit and the two of us working we’ll be able to get on the housing ladder. Regarding schools, we will be emailing the schools in those areas nearer the time we land and get through quarantine. It’s all a bit up in the air at present with our house sale still going through but no date as yet and with our flights changing dates from the 12th August to the 13th (this has happened this second as I type to you now) we are still in uncertain waters at present but hope that in the next 4-6 weeks all will become a little clearer. Regards to your Adelaide move, are you glad you did it? Would you have changed anything about it? Beau
  14. BeauVinyl

    Moving To Adelaide

    Hi North to South, Thank you again for your reply. As like all house moves, we have a busy weekend with solicitors then we here nothing for 3-4 weeks, so we are finding it a little stressful to say the least but reading your emails and your replies it does help us a lot, so I thank you for your response and honesty. As we have the 189 Subclass visa it gives us Australian Residency so I am hoping that getting into Australia is not going to be one of our bigger issues, although with flights that could be a tricky one. I feel we have time on our side and with me having my second COVID jab mid-July we can look to the end of July, early August for flights (wife is a nurse and has already had her jabs). Talking to the Flight Centre there are economy seats available around that time, but they are getting snapped up quickly, so we’ll have to take a risk on these seats soon but like you kindly mentioned, I’ll read the small print and the COVID restrictions / cancellation policies. Once again, thank you for your reply and I’ll update when I have anything to update from this end. Regards, Beau Vinyl
  15. BeauVinyl

    Moving To Adelaide

    Hi North to South. I really appreciate you taking the time out and replying to my original post. The information you have given me here is, honestly, so welcome at this time. We have sold the house but as the market here is so fragile our solicitor has told us not to book flights until the contract has been signed, this would have been good in non-Covid times but talking to travel agents there is a 6-8 week waiting list on economy flights to Australia with Singapore Airlines. This does put a slight spanner in the works, but it is a spanner that can be sorted. When we started the move to Australia (7 years ago) we know there would be bumps in the road and what we have overcome, this is not a major bump. I’m glad to hear that you have done exactly what we plan to do. We plant to quarantine then Air BnB it / Staytz for 8/10 weeks then hopefully buy straight after. My wife (nurse) has this morning had her APHRA approved and now needs to ‘show in person’. This is great news for us as she can now apply for jobs and tick the ‘APHRA approved’ box. I am also glad to hear that you were in a strong position to buy as you were non-dependant buyers, does a non-dependent buyer mean you were a ‘cash buyer’ then? We would need a mortgage to but a house but would have a decent deposit to put down on a house so I hope this would favour us. Regarding schools, thank you for the BetterEducation tip, I will look at that when deciding on a school. We have looked at schools recently and hope to contact them in the coming days. We have found that, for suburbs to move to, homely is a good website so we have been reading through the list of suburbs that are on that in the Adelaide area, Flagstaff Hill is an area we are currently looking into but anywhere South East of the CBD is somewhere we like the sound of and being honest, if we could cut our daily UK commute time of 45mins down to 30mins that would be a big bonus so living 30mins away from work would feel like a luxury to us, especially my wife. I have just gotten of FT with my sister in Melbourne and she has, again, told me what a wonderful place Australia is and that, for the kids, it opens lots of opportunities and for me and my wife, looking at the bigger picture, we plan to move to Australia for the children’s futures, for their careers but also broadening their horizons. I will certainly post any other updates when I get them. I hope you keep safe and enjoy Adelaide, All the best, Beua Vinyl
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