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  1. Guest

    goodbye to oz

    Going back to uk soon. Been here 2 years and seen almost none of this amazing country. Married an aussie who changed fter the wedding and finally going home. To what is the question. Made some really good friends here. Don't think people back home would have taken me under their wing the way they have here. Will be sad to go but maybe one day will come back under better circumstances and see some of the sights.
  2. terry & Melanie

    Saying 'Goodbye' to our two cats........

    Its good and bad news all in one. I have found a really good home for our two cats. (We can't take them with us) They are going to a really good family who I know through my kids school. My daughter and their twin daughters are best friends at school. I am so pleased to have found them such a lovely family to live with, but the problem is they want them at the beginning of Feb. (about three weeks!) We arn't planning on going to Oz until July, but I don't want to ask them to wait. Now they have made the decision to get cats, they might get others and not wait. Besides is it going to be any easier to say 'Goodbye' to them in July? And we will get the chance to see them settled before we go. My daughter is devastated, even though she knew we couldn't take them with us. She has been sat in her bedroom crying since she came home, and as asked not to be here when they go! I feel so guilty but I know its what right for the cats and us!:cry: Melanie x
  3. tonyman

    Goodbye ...!!!!

    where is everyone going , why dont you post your point of views on the forum insted of just announcing your going , lets find out why your going , what can be done to keep you on the site , ........ive been saying for a long time i would be site union rep , just to reassure and help unstable members on here that may need a helpful friendly response ........
  4. the hutchies

    goodbye :-(

    theres not many of the old crowd left on here now although its a while since i was here.... anyway our bubble has burst and our Aussie dream has ended its been long winded and frustrating at times but we are still in England and we are staying here.... Visa has expired and we will probably live to regret not going but you live and learn to all my freinds still on here will keep in touch through facebook and to the ones just beginning the process i wish you all the luck in the world Lisa :wubclub:XXXXX
  5. Guest

    Goodbye Marco

    Marco Simoncelli died in a crash during the Motogp race in Sepang. This is one of those days I will never forget. Goodbye Marco, hope you enjoyed the ride!
  6. Hi all We have been here 7 months now. We arrived on the 29th December 2010. In case you missed it here is our first arrival report: http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/reccie-arrival-reports/104518-luvpants-have-landed-our-arrival-report.html Well things are going great. I graduate in 4 weeks and have been posted to Bribie Island as my first posting. The Police academy has got to be the hardest thing I have ever done but I have feel that I have achieved something. I still get a bit jealous when I see a Fire engine but that will pass. I was talking to one of my mates the other day who was over here visiting his sister and he said the UK fire service is in big trouble financially and pension wise things are not looking good. Lisa has decided that she wants promotion and is now doing what she has to do to get on with that. She says that nursing here is different (not better but different) to the Uk and she feels that she wants to go the whole hog. She also gets paid nearly double than what she did in the uk so get in!!! We are moving to a nice house in Buderim in August as it will cut down my commute. So was the move to oz a good thing? FOR US yes. We miss our kids and friends but skype helps a great deal. We are gradually building up a friend base and things will be easier when I get out of the academy as I will be home. We have only had a couple of moments when we were home sick but not enough to make us get on a plane and come back to the Uk. Yes the exchange rate is pants, yes food here can be expensive but we did not come here for that, we came to enjoy ourselves and relax a bit. Also this is a bit of a good bye. I have been active on this board for over 4 years but there are quite a few names on here that I have not heard before and the visa rules are now totally different to what I know and therefore I cant offer any help to anyone who is stuck and needs advice. I think my time here has run its course and so although I may pop in now and again, I am cooked as far as PIO is concerned.I thank everyone on here who has helped me as TBH I could not have done it without you and you have saved me a hell of a lot of money in fees let alone heart ache (Gill in particular). Anyone who has not yet made the move, my advice to you is go for it. If it does not work out, then come back. To those coming back to the Uk, I hope you find what you are looking for. To those staying here and enjoying the life......if you come to bribie island and see a particularly good looking copper, make sure you give me a wave!:cool::policeman: Good bye and thanks. JOHN
  7. bensdad

    Just said goodbye to my 2 boys

    Oh well we knew the time would come and after very carefully consideration we have last night rehomed my 2 dogs lost is an understatement. However my french bulldog would of struggled with the quarantine and the heat without a doubt branston my poodle the same and we could also not run the risk of anything happening to them on the flight as well. Luckily they have gone to a friend who has agreed to take both so they remain together was also pleased when I said I would sort out their papers to hear him say he was not interested in the papers as he wanted the dogs as pets and that they are little people not machines. That was reassurance in itself. We may not go for another few months but decided to rehome them as soon as possible so we get used to it. Nevertheless they will be greatly missed. Hope ive done the right thing!
  8. Thats the headline, doesn't seem much, these numpties were doing a drugs or terrorism raid on a house and they had their pictures taken fooling about and one of them posted it on facebook, which has seen them get sacked. Joey Barton tweeted on twitter some rubbish and now he's been told by Newcastle, they don't want him. What i have noticed over the last couple of years is that with most places cutting back on staff, that what you wouldn't get sacked for a couple of years ago, today the chances are you will. To me its a cheap way of reducing costs, they are offering redundency all over the place, in the police force, government and council jobs, prisons, nursing, teaching and banks etc, but i have witnessed an increase of people being given the boot for things that they normally wouldn't have. Is it because of the increase in social media, or just a cheap way of cutting costs?
  9. BritChickx


    I'm sad to say that for reasons I won't go into, I will be leaving poms. I'm near to aus now, and I am SO grateful for those who have been there for me and have helped me, how ever small, every person has made a huge difference and probably wouldn't have got this far without this site. I hope to come back one day and give advice that others have given to me. I look forward to keeping in touch with and meeting those I've become friends with, and to everyone else good luck with your journey to and from Aus, you'll get there eventually :hug:
  10. Que Sera Sera


    And now, the end is near, And so I face the final curtain. My friends, I'll say it clear; I'll state my case of which I'm certain. I've lived a life that's full - I've travelled each and every highway. And more, much more than this, I did it my way. Regrets? I've had a few, But then again, too few to mention. I did what I had to do And saw it through without exemption. I planned each charted course - Each careful step along the byway, And more, much more than this, I did it my way. Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew, When I bit off more than I could chew, But through it all, when there was doubt, I ate it up and spit it out. I faced it all and I stood tall And did it my way. I've loved, I've laughed and cried, I've had my fill - my share of losing. But now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing. To think I did all that, And may I say, not in a shy way - Oh no. Oh no, not me. I did it my way. For what is a man? What has he got? If not himself - Then he has naught. To say the things he truly feels And not the words of one who kneels. The record shows I took the blows And did it my way. Yes, it was my way. :shocked::swoon: Thanks so much PIO its been great. But all great things must come to an end and after years of being on here, tonight I realised that I dont really serve much purpose anymore. Everyone knows how I feel about my new life, after 10 months of living in this place I still love it every damn bit and am now counting down the days until I can become a Citizen:jiggy::biggrin: The visa process has changed beyond recognition to me, and recent arrivals here have had so many different experiences to those when I arrived that I dont want to give out misleading information. :goofy::chatterbox: To those still trying to get here all the very best to you and beleive me its worth every damn minute of struggle. To those that are here, try to remember what brought you here in the beginning and to those that are heading back to the UK, good luck to you all. Thanks for many years of fun PIO:notworthy::notworthy::notworthy: P.S left you with a picture of my Son and Hubby enjoying one of our many free days out !
  11. ausdreamer

    Saying goodbye....

    Why does it take a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye? I am trying to prepare myself for our departure which is coming around rather quickly. I keep telling myself that goodbyes are not forever, it's more like, 'see you later.' With this in mind, one is likely to not get as emotional when we depart...but I am not convincing myself! Do you think it is better to have family and close friends come to the airport to see you off? I am thinking that it's the last moment I will get to spend with my family for maybe a long while. A last cuddle showing my admiration for my family will finish things on the right note.
  12. Guest


    unfortuneatly I will have no internet after tonight..............unfixable for now ..........so I would like to say thankyou to all the wonderful people I have met on here ..................it has been great to talk `to so many about so many diverse things'.............to those coming to australia and those leaving..........and those people who are happy where they are.........baxt hai satimos tiri patragi............good luck and good health.......................tink:smile:i will be back may be in a month or two need to be last to post in that thread,!!!!!!!!!
  13. BritChickx

    Goodbye Peach

    Just to let you know, Peach will no longer be on Poms, I'm hoping he'll change his mind but I doubt it. Another good member gone... he contributed a lot too.
  14. Guest

    thankyou,and goodbye

    no dramas--live well,and be happy to you all--thanks for the memory:wubclub:
  15. I just don't know what to do..........I didn't get a chance to say 'Goodbye'! We had final 'goodbyes' yesterday with family in the East Riding when we got the dreadful news that my uncle died suddenly the night before. He was only 49 and 10 years older than me. If I am honest I want to postpone our flights at least until after the funeral, but I know he wouldn't have wanted me to do that. He travelled Australia extensively and loved the place and I know he would tell me to go, but I don't want to regret not saying 'Goodbye'. We don't even know at this point when the funeral will be...... I just don't know what to do, or even if we could postpone the flights if we wanted to. Melanie
  16. Guest

    Said my first Goodbye

    We were all at a family christening yesterday and during the day everyone kept asking about our move (Oct). Well, at the end I had to say my first goodbye/see you soon whatever you want to call it as the person lives and works abroad. It was horrible. I knew what was coming and turned away and went outside, they followed, so it was done with just the 2 of us. We have 12 weeks left and for the last 2 days me and hubby have had churning stomachs for the first time. My eldest (12) now says she doesnt want to go after starting to get excited. Reality is starting to kick in and I am not looking forward to the next 12 weeks eventhough we know (i hope) that our move is right for us. Mandy
  17. Cam

    So I think it's goodbye

    I haven't heard from a job I applied for in Melbourne, it's now close to 2 weeks since the interview & I need to let my manager at home know whether I'm coming back from maternity leave or taking a career break. Having looked for 6 months for a job & not been succesful, we've decided that although we love Australia that we should go back. I have a good job at home, but can't get one here. My husband did get a job here but we can't live off 1 salary, & also I don't like not working. We also think that with the cost of living we may have a better chance of setting up our lives back home for us & our little girl. I feel really sad, I have had a great time here & don't feel like we've done our time. It would have been good to have gone to Melbourne as I've spent a fair amount of time in Sydney (this time & last time). On the plus side I still have work projects going on at home that I hopefully can go back to, I left work with a good working relationship with colleagues, there wasn't any 'I'm leaving this job & never going back!!' I & my daughter both have Oz citizenship, so us coming back to Oz would be easy & my husband has permanent residency through a spouse visa, so if we decide that things are different in 5 years time or so we can book our flights again!! So I guess it's time now to make a long list of things to do, start selling things - anybody have some good ideas of where I could sell stuff: a brand new baby cotbed, 2 brand new road bikes, or would the usual suspect: ebay be the best option?... Tell our rental agent & hope they can get someone in quick so we don't have to pay the extra rent. etc. etc. I'm just hoping that it's easier than when we moved out, as now have a very mobile & active little girls things may be just a bit harder!!! :jiggy:
  18. Just want to say Goodbye to all of you here in the UK waiting to go and live your dreams.. We are flying tomorrow to Singapore at 22.05 and staying 3 nights and then on to Melbourne arriving Thursday!! Thank you all for listening, hand holding, and giving me advice and encouragement for getting this far!! Hopefully soon we will give you a reccie report from Mornington!! Julie x
  19. twinsmom65

    Time to say goodbye to PIO

    Just wanted to let you all know, that I won't be on PIO anymore. Mods could you please delete my account. It used to be fun coming on here, but not anymore. I am sick to death of the us vs them camps that PIO has become lately. I used to have lots of fund in chat, with various people from the UK and those already living here in Oz. Latelty it seems no one wants to go onto chat. I want to thank Gill (Gollywobbler) for all of her help and insightfullness when I was trying to get the visa. I also want to say a big thanks to Keily, Kangaroo Bruce, Stockies, Geoffrey, KP Nuts and the many others who I had many a laugh with. I will still be able to talk to most of you as you are on my facebook. Thanks for the ride, it has been a great 2 years. Catch you later Karen
  20. jo90

    Goodbye for now!

    Hiya! Just thought I would say goodbye for now. If you are still waiting for your visa your time will come. After 2 1/2 years we are finally getting on that plane today to start our new adventure! Will keep you posted! :jiggy:Jo x
  21. Guest

    Goodbye Australia!

    The Journey has finally come to an end.....16mths in Sydney and like many others I could have quite easily ran back to blighty very early on because I have never `gelled` with Oz .....I have just never `got it`! The challenge of staying the course has been huge and in every way imaginable we have been tested to the limits. Thank goodness I discovered this forum, it`s been a life saver....suddenly I knew there were others who felt the same...PHEW! There have been lots of `good times` but often (esp before PIO) these were overshadowed by that damn cloud of being trapped ....and so far away! IMHO there are many people in OZ who are `stuck` due to cost of reversing and upheaval of reversing their decision.....I am so glad we have had the strength and courage to return to our homeland and embrace all that it is .Its not going to be easy returning and settling with the children whilst OH completes his contract.....but hey! I survived this end. So all in all ....good and bad I am glad we saw the Journey through...(only returning earlier than OH as kids will start new school year sept) I do have some wonderful memories of OZ and I feel proud of ourselves that we have done something that many would find to huge to contemplate. I have grown so much as a person so much so that last week I hopped on the plane to Auckland and did the full on tourist thing for 4days ...ALONE! Wonderful experience! and interestingly I loved Newzealand!!!!! I am so grateful to the people on PIO who post and really make a difference to how people feel.....(Quoll, your the best!!!!) especially those who have gone home and continue to give us their feedback.....It so helps! Goodbye Australia....I am so glad I came and good luck to all those who are just embarking on their adventure.....our adventure has given us so much. x
  22. Well I must say this has been a great site for me, however, I have been here for over 9 months now, and what I used PIO has been obtained. I have met some great people on this site, you know who you are. I guess the last few months watching from the sidelines (don't post that much), it seems like this site has turned into the great divide... either you have to love Australia or you have to hate Australia. I guess I am one of those in the middle... I don't hate Australia, but don't love it yet, and don't hate where I came from. We never moved from Canada because we hated the country we lived in. So I guess what I am trying to say is that I am going to say goodbye to PIO. It has been a great site for resources especially for those that are still trying to emigrate here. PIO was a great help for me when I needed it, now it seems I don't want to post for fear of being on the wrong side of the divide line. Cheers Karen
  23. Guest


    Hi everyone. So the container has left and we are flying out to Sydney tomorrow night. Had my leaving do yesterday and cried buckets. Can' wait to start our new adventure though!:jiggy: Just wanted to say a quick THANK YOU to everybody on PIO who gave us good advice over the last few months and got us this far. No idea yet when we will be back online. Will miss you all till then...:hug: Ulrike x
  24. Guest

    goodbye Australia

    It's my final few days in Australia, I leave onThursday. It has been a rollercoaster few months. For most of my time in Australia I have been thinking about home and i couldn't get out of my head around all the things we had left behind and it made me realise we did have a great life before. It got quite depressing at times thinking about it and I did have some dark times. We had swaped a great life for a bland just getting throught the day life. The things we missed about home which may be stupid to some people we knew we would never be able to be replaced in OZ. Tried to make the most of it but we knew we were just going through the motions. I never felt settled here and it didn't even begin to feel like a place I could make our home. It took a lot of talking and weighing up to get to the point where a decsion was made about me retuning with my boys and my hubby joining us in a few months. It tore at my heart to agree as we came together and wanted to leave together. Now it's only a few days till the off I have constant butterflies in my stomach. I am excited to go back but scared at the same time. I am trying not to think about the weeks maybe months apart from hubby as I know I will miss him but I also know how lonely he will be without us. He tells me not to worry but how can I not? I know we will stay in contact constantly but knowing that my life is getting back to normal and his is left in limbo is hard to think about. It's not all been bad. We have been on some nice days out and have just spent 4 days touring the Whitsunday Islands and had a fab family time. But looking a head there is so much more to look forward to. Just want to wish everyone luck on their journey's. I hope those that are wanting to go home, get to do so soon. Nikki:smile:
  25. Guest

    Goodbye for now!

    Hello all, Just wanted to say a quick goodbye, we have had a very emotional and streesful week, a big drink up last bank holiday monday with all our friends, a lovely day yesterday with the family, and then the a******e pulls out of buying the business on friday :arghh:. huge headache but mum's bailed us out for now!! so shippers in tomorrow, flying our wednesday evening, and will give you an update on the rest from downunder, so excited, can't really believe i'm saying all this.:chatterbox: Sam x