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  1. Belle_tamara85

    Help! Gift for a pom in Oz

    A few months ago (somewhere on social media) I saw these beutiful wooden frames with the uk and Australian map on them and a heart in both places (home and away). Does anyone remember seeing something similiar? I'm looking to buy for a friends birthday (might treat myself too!). many thanks x
  2. Hi I am looking for some gift ideas for a female work colleague who is returning to the UK from Australia.
  3. Hi Guys, I have 2 weeks left at work before heading out to live in Sydney and the team at work have asked me what I would like as a leaving present. This is quite a tricky issue as I'm actually touring round South America for 4 months before heading to Australia so my stuff is being shipped off very soon and then all I will have is my backpack, so I don’t really want any household stuff or anything like that. What I have come up with is some sort of voucher or something that will be useful to me when I eventually arrive in Sydney, so I wondered if anyone had any tips or ideas for what this could actually be. I have tried googling “Sydney discount card” and that sort of thing but haven’t come up with much so any help would be GREATLY appreciated Thanks! Em
  4. (Quote)I was born in Australia and lived here for my first 22 years. When I finished uni i went to the UK for 18 months (as you do) and stayed for 18 years. I always planned to return home but now I have I am not sure where home is. When I was in the UK, I was called an Aussie, here I am called a Pom. I missed Australia whilst I was in the UK and now I miss the UK. I love everything about Australia but I still miss things about the UK. Where do I belong? (Quote) I am starting this thread in relation to a previous thread (Above) started by Ravensfield concerning 'Where Do I Belong', the thread did indeed get me thinking and in no small measure tugged at the old heart strings. Basically Ravensfield in a very thorough and educated way was asking where he/she truly belonged, Australia or the UK. They had come to the point where when in Australia they felt as if they belonged but still missed things about the UK, a sentiment that I truly understand and one that has often played a huge part in my life. If only I had the answer I would be a millionaire many times over. I am exactly the same, only in reverse, born in UK, etc. And to this day I still don't truly know where I belong. When in Australia I have a sense of utter 'belonging', but still miss the UK, and vice versa. We are very lucky people in a way that we have a 'choice' through the visa process, PR, Citizenship, etc, that we are 'able' to choose which country to live in. There are many in both countries that have little choice but to remain where they are, often unhappy and craving the green pastures of the new. As much as many people envy me, in the ability to flit backwards and forwards as time and money allows, I also envy those that have 'chosen' to make their homes in either country. Some have come to the realistation that either Australia or the UK is the place to be and are very happy with their decision. I truly envy these people, the ability to come to a reasoned and educated decision about their future and live as if there is no tomorrow. OK, some hitches and hurdles to overcome, but to be able to come to a decision about your future AND be happy with that is something I admire greatly in these people. The key to the issue, I think, is the ability to say to yourself, 'Yep, I DO have a choice', because of dual nationality, and be thankful for that. Even though at times it can be very difficult to live somewhere your not WHOLLY happy in it must be remembered that those of us fortunate enough to be in such a position are far more well off than the poor buggers who have little choice in the matter. Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying you to teach anyone to suck eggs, I know only to well the emotional turmoil, stress and worry that this 'choice' puts upon you and for your loved ones, it's not a particularly nice place to be, BUT. When I look at some of the peoples stories on here about peoples efforts, tears, heartbreak, etc, and how hard they are trying to become 'happy', I am truly grateful for the 'CHOICE' I have. Though at times this choice can seem a stone around ones neck I have come to realise that even though I am totally confused and indeed very unhappy at times I still have the ability to say, 'Right, we're off again', that is a choice very few are afforded and one that I feel truly blessed with, no matter the pitfalls. My heart goes out to the people who because of certain issues with DIAC, family etc have had to put their plans on hold and in some cases realise that they will never be afforded their dream of living in either country. Like I said, and in particular relation to Ravensfield, I know EXACTLY what you are saying mate, I honestly do. But when the old whinging and moaning has stopped I have come to realise that because of a 'choice' I have a far better chance of becoming happy than those poor buggers who have had that choice ripped away from them. Very, very, few people are afforded the opportunity to say, 'Well, I'm off to Australia/UK'. For many reasons some people have no choice and when I look at these stories I feel truly blessed with the ability to say that we are going to Australia or the UK, AND realise that unless we do something really silly we will ALWAYS have this choice, I know which position I would rather be in, but do acknowledge that at times this choice can make us a little unhappy. So in essence I would have to say that the opportunities and amazing things dual nationality has afforded me far outweigh the occasional niggle or moan about my life. To me it is a gift that I am truly thankful for, and I will be grateful even when I have boarded the aircraft for the 300th time because I stlll can't make my bloody mind up about where to live, but at least I have the CHOICE, unlike a lot of other poor sods who have little choice in their future. Hope I haven't offended you Ravensfield, I just know exactly what you mean and hope I have explained it properly. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  5. Guest

    Gift tax/Inheritance

    Hi, Will I be required to pay any tax on a gift received from my father who lives overseas? Also is there any tax-free limit? What documents would the ATO require (e.g. a gift deed, bank a/c statement etc) from me? Ta
  6. Mike@Bonbeach

    What a wonderful Christmas gift.

    Hi everybody Hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We had the most wonderful Christmas Day when our first grandchild was born at 4:15 in the morning. Lucinda was in labour on and off for just over 2 days, she was taken in to hospital on Christmas Eve afternoon and gave birth about 12 hrs later. The little girl has been called Poppy Fiona, she weighed in at just over 7 lbs, and mother and daughter are both doing great. They left hospital on Monday afternoon and doing really well. This is the real reason why we emigrated to Australia two and a half years ago, to be with our son Gary and to be here when any grandchildren were born. Connie and I are so happy and thought we'd just like to share a bit of our happiness with you all. :jiggy: :jiggy: We wish you all the very best for 2010, may all your wishes come true. Mike.
  7. Guest

    Sending Gift vouchers to Oz

    Not sure if Ive got this in the right section (im new to this) Can anyone suggest how it is possible to buy gift vouchers for Aussie stores from the UK and send to Oz as a Christmas gift. I was hoping to send supermarket vouchers or something similar but cant work out if its possible.:confused: Any suggestions gratefully recieved
  8. Corporate Gift Business - For sale Description: Based in Adelaide ,South Australia. A business supplying handmade gift baskets to businesses – including car dealerships, real estate and a mixture of corporate for special events. This is a home based business that can be run on very flexible hours. Some storage and work space is needed. At present the business is not serving many clients at due to other business interests and lifestyle commitments, but with the right person and plenty of self promotion could do well again. If you are good with arts/crafts it would be a bonus. Can be run by one person or would suit partnership when more clients are found. This business has shown very good turnover and profits with some exceptional weeks of 200 gift baskets per week going out. Excellent mark up and profits of over 50% gross. Christmas can be very profitable and busy with orders up to 400 gifts around Christmas time. Variety of clients from large corporate s to a one off of large gifts! All accounts available. Some training given. All contacts including client list, supplier list and potential clients included. This is a business that needs a new owner to bring in and “warm up” clients. Our change in life style and other business interests are our reason for sale. No time wasters or people wanting to “pinch” our ideas please! We will ask for a confidentiality agreement to be signed by interested parties viewing. Included in sale: All equipment for wrapping and setting up gifts. Tables, desks and storage cabinets. The company name. Website and domain name and remainder of hosting. The ideas and style of the business and gifts. Client list plus potential clients. Suppliers list. Separate will be Stock and wrapping materials – estimated at $3000 to $5000. Asking $15,950. Please PM me for further details or call 08 81861538
  9. Well a belated bday gift coz yesterday was my birthday :-) Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwww!!!!! cant telll how how excited I am to get the 176 state sponsored visa !!!! its been a dream come true :-)))))))) really falling short of words to express my happiness:-))))))))))))))))))))))) I would like to thank you all for supporting me during this process My time lines 176 ACT sponsored (HR country) Application lodged 09.02.09....CO allocated 23.02.09 Meds and PCC submitted 09.03.09 Visa Grant ...... 28.04.09:jiggy:
  10. Guest

    Special Gift

    Hi everyone, My brother and sister in law emmigrate to Oz in March. I would like to get my sister in law a nice gift but having looked on some web sites am unsure what to get. Anyone received any nice, unusual gifts when emmigrating?? Or anyone have any ideas? Thanks Chelle:)
  11. Guest

    Gift Wrapping Tips for Men

    This is the time of year when we think back to the very first Christmas, when the Three Wise Men; Gaspar, Balthazar and Herb, went to see the baby Jesus and, according to the Book of Matthew, "presented unto Him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh." These are simple words, but if we analyze them carefully, we discover an important, yet often overlooked, theological fact there is no mention of wrapping paper. If there had been wrapping paper, Matthew would have said so "And lo, the gifts were inside 600 square cubits of paper. And the paper was festooned with pictures of Frosty the Snowman. And Joseph was going to throweth it away, but Mary saideth unto him, she saideth, 'Holdeth it! That is nice paper! Saveth it for next year!' And Joseph did rolleth his eyeballs. And the baby Jesus was more interested in the paper than the frankincense." But these words do not appear in the Bible, which means that the very first Christmas gifts were NOT wrapped. This is because the people giving those gifts had two important characteristics 1. They were wise. 2. They were men. Men are not big gift wrappers. Men do not understand the point of putting paper on a gift just so somebody else can tear it off. This is not just my opinion, this is a scientific fact based on a statistical survey of two guys I know. One is Rob, who said the only time he ever wraps a gift is "If it's such a poor gift that I don't want to be there when the person opens it." The other is Gene, who told me he does wrap gifts, but as a matter of principle never takes more than 15 seconds per gift. "No one ever had to wonder which presents daddy wrapped at Christmas," Gene said. "They were the ones that looked like enormous spitballs." I also wrap gifts, but because of some defect in my motor skills, I can never completely wrap them. I can take a gift the size of a deck of cards and put it the exact center of a piece of wrapping paper the size of a regulation volleyball court, but when I am done folding and taping, you can still see a sector of the gift peeking out. (Sometimes I camouflage this sector with a marking pen.) If I had been an ancient Egyptian in the field of mummies, the lower half of the Pharaoh's body would be covered only by Scotch tape. On the other hand, if you give my wife a 12-inch square of wrapping paper, she can wrap a C-130 cargo plane. My wife, like many women, actually likes wrapping things. If she gives you a gift that requires batteries, she wraps the batteries separately, which to me is very close to being a symptom of mental illness. If it were possible, my wife would wrap each individual volt. My point is that gift-wrapping is one of those skills, like having babies, that come more naturally to women than to men. That is why today I am presenting: GIFT-WRAPPING TIPS FOR MEN * Whenever possible, buy gifts that are already wrapped. If, when the recipient opens the gift, neither one of you recognizes it, you can claim that it's myrrh. * The editors of Woman's Day magazine recently ran an item on how to make your own wrapping paper by printing a design on it with an apple sliced in half horizontally and dipped in a mixture of food coloring and liquid starch. They must be smoking crack. * If you're giving a hard-to-wrap gift, skip the wrapping paper! Just put it inside a bag and stick one of those little adhesive bows on it. This creates a festive visual effect that is sure to delight the lucky recipient on Christmas morning Your wife: Why is there a Hefty trash bag under the tree? You: It's a gift! See? It has a bow! Your wife: (peering into the trash bag) It's a leaf blower. You: Gas-powered! Five horsepower! Your wife: I want a divorce. You: I also got you some myrrh. In conclusion, remember that the important thing is not what you give, or how you wrap it. The important thing, during this very special time of year, is that you save the receipt. -- Author Unknown (but definitely male)