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Sunday, 23 September 2007

This blog

Wow! I have not blogged for almost a month and I am starting to realise that this blog is steering away from what I intended it to be. It was supposed to be for business but since I have nothing about the business to blog about, I have been blogging about myself. What a narcissist.

Snapshot of my life over the last three weeks:
  1. Got evicted
  2. Found a new place
  3. Met up with some friends for dinner at Bagan. Had our picture taken and published in The Sydney Morning Herald unknowingly. That was a first.
  4. Negotiated a new lease
  5. Cleaned up the new place cos it was freaking dirty
  6. Moved!!!
  7. Pack and then unpack!
  8. Carry boxes!
  9. Clean!
  10. More cleaning!
  11. Sleepless nights
  12. Whitewashed walls
  13. Dirty carpets!
  14. No time to think and enter my creative space (I miss that space)
  15. Have not had internet access for a week!!!
  16. Still don't have access to the internet at home because the telcos here behave like bureaucratic agencies.
  17. hunting for second hand furniture
  18. persuading Will that we need to buy an apt for ourselves!
  19. Planning to exit this rental hell hole
  20. Feeling tired
  21. Need COFFEE!!! COFFEE!!!

Friday, 31 August 2007

Sydney: The Rental Hell-hole

I have been ripped off big time! Whoever says that Sydney is just sunshine and lollipops is downright kidding. Sydney is definitely not just all beaches, sunny clear blue skies and happy endings.

The rental crisis has hit home hard. It does not matter where you want to live, you still have to contest with 20 other potential tenants for one single property. You are no longer able to get a decent apartment in Parramatta for under $300 a week! This is ridiculous. How the hell am I able to save anything for a deposit for an apartment when rent is rising faster than my income is.

In the last 12 months, I have moved from Strathfield because of a rent increase. Then the rent had increased from $340 to $360 per week. This we are talking about a penthouse apartment. Not bad you would say. But for those who have been there, they know that we are right next to the train tracks. That is right. If you need train updates, don't bother with 131500. Just call Jess and she will be able to tell you whether the train to the city is running on time or whether the country train is about the leave the station.

The rent increase in Strathfield ended my shared accommodation days and we (aka Will and I) decided to move to Parramatta. We figured that if we move to Parramatta, we would be within walking distance to the office and would save in petrol. The savings in petrol translated into shouldering more rent. In Oct 2006, we started paying $310 a week for a one bedroom apartment in Parramatta. This apartment has been great. You get the view of the Parramatta river and the skyline of Sydney. However, our new found happiness was short-lived. The Meriton decided since interest rates had risen, they would need to follow suit and slapped us with a 10% increase in rent. We started paying $340.00 per week in Parramatta. Outrageous you would say when a one bedder in Coogee cost only $330.00 per week!!! An average 2 bedroom apartment in Parramatta cost only $320.00 per week!

Anyhow, since we loved the place and hate the idea of having to MOVE AGAIN, we copped that increase. That was 6 months ago and one would think that everything is all good. Ka-bam! In August 2007, the Meriton apartments decided that they would be very entrepreneurial. Why bother with a meagre $340.00 a week when you can pocket $200 a day for a one bedroom service apartment. The tenants on that level were served our notice to get the piss out of our apartments and they have kindly given us the 60 days as stipulated in the tenancy agreement.

GREAT! FANTASTIC! YIPPEE!!! I am so THRILLED!!!??? (big ass eye-rolls)

Hunting for an apartment in this hellhole called Sydney is a nightmare. There are 20 tenants in line. No real estate agent thinks you are worth their time if you want to view the apartment during the week. All inspections are on Saturday and that is our problem ain't it (for Saturday is the day that I get to operate the whole day and earn some money). Gosh. Talk about a courteous society. Talk about a first world society with 3rd class behaviour! Quoting an acquaintance, "Sydney changes people" and I believe every single word said.

Now what?
1. Hunt for a place
2. Put my life on hold and just pack
3. whine a bit and get on with life
4. Own a property (Pft.... with comparison interest rates at 8.25% and having to pay an average of $600 a week?)

Ok. Enough of my whinge about this disparity between owners of capital and land versus. I need to start looking for a new place to furnish and decorate. Thanks for listening people.



Wednesday, 29 August 2007

One by one...

There are several reasons behind my long hiatus:
  1. My old secondary school friend visited me for a week and I was busy showing her around.
  2. Spent a nice relaxing weekend at the Blue Mountains with Will to celebrate our anniversary (5 years!). I have no idea it has been that long.
  3. Had a few goodbyes to say to best mates of mine in Sydney.
  4. Had to help out a mate who is kinda in the dumps right now.
  5. The lack of writing juices.
Point number 3 has been pretty tough. One by one, they are all gone. The last one left today. Sad to say, I am feeling a little lost without them. There will be no more dirty giggly girly over the phone chats, loud and boisterous gatherings and silly comments for awhile. One left for London, another to Toronto and a bestie left for Asia. I am happy for them all and they have all achieved a goal in their life. This has made me think about all the good times that were spent with them and all the memories that we have shared. This time also marks a new chapter in each of our lives. I am very amazed at the way that we have all grown in our different ways yet managed to still stay as good friends. Wishing them all well and dandy and one day, we shall all meet again. Good luck gals. You know who you are.

For those you who are not on Facebook, here are some treasured pictures of what has happened over the weeks.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=12824&l=97726&id=646901687

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=12823&l=41b37&id=646901687




Monday, 30 July 2007

The Serenity Prayer

"Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference".

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Winner or Loser?

1. The Winner is always part of the answer.
The Loser is always part of the problem.

2. The Winner always has a program.
The Loser always has an excuse.

3. The Winner says "Let me do it for you".
The Loser says "That's not my job".

4. The Winner sees an answer for every problem.
The Loser sees a problem for every answer.

5. The Winner sees a green near every sand trap.
The Loser sees 2 or 3 sand traps near every green.

6. The Winner says "It may be difficult but it's possible".
The Loser says "It may be possible but it is too difficult".

My mum gave me this little excerpt on "Winner or Loser" when I was in my teens. It is laminated and still with me up today. I thought I would share it with all of you.

Thursday, 12 July 2007

Why asian guys can't get white girls

This is really funny. Will found it.

The most Aussie thing that has happened to me

Granville RSL has been a norm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the school holidays for our Texas Hold'em fix. However, after losing the 6pm and 7pm game, I decided that I would hit the Pokies (what the heck right? they are both gambling games and it's entertaining listening to the music on the machine). I just needed to kill some time before the 8pm game of poker.

What happened at the pokies was amazing. I started winning some money ($5) and the club was giving out raffle tickets to those who had either 3 Kings or 3 Queens or 3 Jacks in a row. It can be on row 1, 2 or 3 but the Ks, Qs or Js have to be side by side. After several attempts, I finally hit 3 Ks in a row and received some raffle tickets. The raffle draw was at 8pm and guess what?! I WON!!! Here are the prizes....

The meat tray above with the winning raffle ticket is the most AUSSIE thing that has happened to me in the last 6 years of living here. To top off the night, The $100.00 Caltex voucher will sure come in handy. Really really happy!!!!