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Initial Entry Activities to Sydney

vhoythoyvhoythoy MelbournePosts: 1,549Member, Moderator
We are planning to make an initial entry on Sydney probably around July 2014. Can you suggest (based on your personal experiences or otherwise) kung paano namin mamaximise yung short stay namin. I haven't done any research but maybe i can get some suggestions here. We only plan to stay around 3-4 days cguro.

Major concerns includes:
- How much to budget for family of 3 (Husband, wife, 1.6 years old baby)
- Any suggested accommodations/ hotel near the city
- How far is the airport from the city
- Transport suggestions
- Places to go/ visit
- Things to avoid
- Things to do in our short stay
- etc.

Thanks

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12 July 13 - Vetassess Assessment + Point Test Advice: Positive
03 Nov 13 - Invitation Accepted 70 points
19 Dec 13 - Lodged Visa 189
07 Feb 14 - Visa Granted
04 Aug 14 - Initial Entry Date requirement
26 July 14 - Actual IED to Melbourne
May 2015 - Big Move
June 2015 - Got a permanent role in Melbourne
Apr 2016 - Got a contract consultancy role in Melbourne
May 2016 - Got permanent role and moved to Toowooba, Queensland

And now...... living the life that i have imagined

"A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed" - Ansel Adams

Comments

  • JCsantosJCsantos SydneyPosts: 1,416Member, Moderator
    - How much to budget for family of 3 (Husband, wife, 1.6 years old baby)
    Ikaw na lang mag compute ...
    150-200$ Hotel accomodation
    around 8-15$ for food each adult
    30-50$ for train /bus fare
    $$$??? for taxi
    300$ for entertainment ( entrance, tour guides etc )

    - Any suggested accommodations/ hotel near the city
    cheap check http://ibishotel.ibis.com/gb/australia/index.shtml

    - How far is the airport from the city
    its a 10-15 minute train ride

    - Transport suggestions
    Train

    - Places to go/ visit
    St mary's Cathedral then Opera House ( a day ) , Darling Harbour ( a day ) if you have time go to the blue mountains

    - etc.

    Google for Everything !!!

  • vhoythoyvhoythoy MelbournePosts: 1,549Member, Moderator
    Salamat

    ANZSCO 221214 - Internal Auditor
    19 Jan 13 - Academic IELTS Results - passed
    12 July 13 - Vetassess Assessment + Point Test Advice: Positive
    03 Nov 13 - Invitation Accepted 70 points
    19 Dec 13 - Lodged Visa 189
    07 Feb 14 - Visa Granted
    04 Aug 14 - Initial Entry Date requirement
    26 July 14 - Actual IED to Melbourne
    May 2015 - Big Move
    June 2015 - Got a permanent role in Melbourne
    Apr 2016 - Got a contract consultancy role in Melbourne
    May 2016 - Got permanent role and moved to Toowooba, Queensland

    And now...... living the life that i have imagined

    "A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed" - Ansel Adams

  • rara_avisrara_avis North RydePosts: 260Member
    edited March 2014
    Hi @vhoythoy

    My family (Husband + 17 month old son) will be making our initial entry in Sydney on Saturday. 6 days kami dun. Below are the breakdown of expenses so far:

    1. Scoot Fare (two way, lap-child only, 25KG baggage upgrade, meals on board): 955.15 SGD

    2. Travel Insurance: 81 SGD

    3. Hotel for 6 days (Ibis Budget Hotel Sydney East, CBD area, 10KM from airport): 753.94 SGD (around 125 SGD per day)

    4. Entrance fees for Sydney Aquarium + WILD LIFE Sydney + Sydney Tower Eye + Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary + Madame Tussauds for 2 persons, free entrance for children 3-yr old and below: 147.65 SGD

    Expected expenses upon arrival:

    5. MyMulti2 Card for 2 persons, parang SMRT card dito sa SG, valid for 1 week: 108 AUD. I read mas sulit daw ito kesa sa bumili ka ng two-way ticket sa trains/buses.

    6. Food: We will allocate 500 SGD for 6 days, ito yung part na hindi ko pa masyado na-research kung magkano ang estimated na gastos talaga. Kasya na siguro kasi ang sabi nila ang one serving sa Australia is good for 2 asians na daw. LOL! :D

    Aside from visiting attractions included din sa itinerary namin to activate our bank accounts with NAB, mag-register sa medicare and TFN.

    Hope this helps!

    261111 - ICT Business Analyst
    January 4, 2013 - ACS Assessment Submitted
    January 5, 2013 - IELTS Exam (BC Singapore)
    January 18, 2013 - IELTS Result: L:8.5, R:8.5, W:7.5, S:7.0 = OB: 8.0
    March 13, 2013 - Received Positive Assessment from ACS
    March 21, 2013 - EOI Submitted
    July 15, 2013 - Invitation to lodge 189 visa received
    July 25, 2013 - Lodged Visa. Acknowledgement received.
    July 29, 2013 - Medicals done (+ Husband and Baby)
    September 18, 2013 - CO Allocated Team 23 GSM Brisbane (Additional docs requested: SG PCC, Form 80, Evidence of Overseas Experience (payslips, taxation docs, etc), Evidence of English Ability for Husband)
    October 10, 2013 - CO informed us that the evidence of english ability of my Husband is not sufficient. Asked us to pay for EEC, I said.. Hey, no way let him take the IELTS instead. :D
    October 16, 2013 - Uploaded SG COC
    October 19, 2013 - Husband's IELTS Academic Exam (earliest available schedule)
    November 4, 2013 - Uploaded Husband's IELTS test result form
    November 5, 2013 - VISA GRANT! Thank you LORD!!!
    IED - July 30, 2014
    March 23, 2014 - Initial Entry/Holiday
    June 30, 2014 - Flight to Sydney.
    July 28, 2014 - Husband started work.
    September 15, 2014 - First day at my new job. :)

    "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough"

  • kremitzkremitz North RydePosts: 1,074Member
    Kelangan po ba sabay2 mag initial entry?or pwede na ang main applicant ang mauna sa oz then sunod na lang kami ni baby?

    Occupation: Software Engineer (ANZSCO Code 261313)
    Main applicant : Husband
    April 29, 2013 : ACS Skills assessment
    July 22, 2013 : ACS assessment result
    January 3, 2014: IELTS Result (Take 1 L-8,W,R,S-7)
    January 12, 2013: Lodged EOI (65points)
    January 13, 2013: Invited to apply for visa 189
    February 9, 2014: Lodged visa
    March 1, 2014: Medicals at NHSI
    March 6: email from CO requesting form 80 and hubby's NBI Clearance
    March 25, 2014: visa grant. Thank you lord
    June 8,2014: Hubby arrived in Sydney
    Sept 11,2014: Hubby's first day of work. Thank you Lord!
    Feb 7, 2015 : Baby and I arrived in Sydney
    April 13, 2015: My first day of work :)

  • rara_avisrara_avis North RydePosts: 260Member
    @kremitz check your grant letter kung may conditions sa initial entry but most likely as long as lahat kayo nakapasok before the IED then walang problem kahit mauna pa yung dependent.

    261111 - ICT Business Analyst
    January 4, 2013 - ACS Assessment Submitted
    January 5, 2013 - IELTS Exam (BC Singapore)
    January 18, 2013 - IELTS Result: L:8.5, R:8.5, W:7.5, S:7.0 = OB: 8.0
    March 13, 2013 - Received Positive Assessment from ACS
    March 21, 2013 - EOI Submitted
    July 15, 2013 - Invitation to lodge 189 visa received
    July 25, 2013 - Lodged Visa. Acknowledgement received.
    July 29, 2013 - Medicals done (+ Husband and Baby)
    September 18, 2013 - CO Allocated Team 23 GSM Brisbane (Additional docs requested: SG PCC, Form 80, Evidence of Overseas Experience (payslips, taxation docs, etc), Evidence of English Ability for Husband)
    October 10, 2013 - CO informed us that the evidence of english ability of my Husband is not sufficient. Asked us to pay for EEC, I said.. Hey, no way let him take the IELTS instead. :D
    October 16, 2013 - Uploaded SG COC
    October 19, 2013 - Husband's IELTS Academic Exam (earliest available schedule)
    November 4, 2013 - Uploaded Husband's IELTS test result form
    November 5, 2013 - VISA GRANT! Thank you LORD!!!
    IED - July 30, 2014
    March 23, 2014 - Initial Entry/Holiday
    June 30, 2014 - Flight to Sydney.
    July 28, 2014 - Husband started work.
    September 15, 2014 - First day at my new job. :)

    "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough"

  • vhoythoyvhoythoy MelbournePosts: 1,549Member, Moderator
    Hi @vhoythoy

    My family (Husband + 17 month old son) will be making our initial entry in Sydney on Saturday. 6 days kami dun. Below are the breakdown of expenses so far:

    1. Scoot Fare (two way, lap-child only, 25KG baggage upgrade, meals on board): 955.15 SGD

    2. Travel Insurance: 81 SGD

    3. Hotel for 6 days (Ibis Budget Hotel Sydney East, CBD area, 10KM from airport): 753.94 SGD (around 125 SGD per day)

    4. Entrance fees for Sydney Aquarium + WILD LIFE Sydney + Sydney Tower Eye + Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary + Madame Tussauds for 2 persons, free entrance for children 3-yr old and below: 147.65 SGD

    Expected expenses upon arrival:

    5. MyMulti2 Card for 2 persons, parang SMRT card dito sa SG, valid for 1 week: 108 AUD. I read mas sulit daw ito kesa sa bumili ka ng two-way ticket sa trains/buses.

    6. Food: We will allocate 500 SGD for 6 days, ito yung part na hindi ko pa masyado na-research kung magkano ang estimated na gastos talaga. Kasya na siguro kasi ang sabi nila ang one serving sa Australia is good for 2 asians na daw. LOL! :D

    Aside from visiting attractions included din sa itinerary namin to activate our bank accounts with NAB, mag-register sa medicare and TFN.

    Hope this helps!
    Halos parehas pala tyo. Kami naman 2 adults plus 23 months old son when we IED by end of July 2014 (our target date). Wala pa kaming ticket, pero mukhang mas sulit nga kapag dito sa SG kumuha kasi may mga murang plane fare dito unlike diretso sa pinas. Right now i'm expecting around Php120,000 two way plane ticket para sa aming tatlo. Mura daw through IOM sabi dun sa PDOS pero i will check.

    Hopefully makakuha ng mas mura ticket kasi mga 3-4 days lang kami. Another problem pa sa long travel kapag may kasamang baby, eh ung pag nag tantrums sa plane. Ung baby ko plagi pa naman kaya siguro better gabi para makatulog ng mahaba.

    Message mo ako kung ok yan hotel na nakuha mo. Last time, sa Fraser Place kami sa KL and very happy ako sa services hoping na ganun din ung makuha naming Hotel sa Sydney. Pero dahil sa tight budget not sure na. Usually sa trip advisor ako tumitingin.

    TFN and bank account sana maasikaso din. Tska ung conditions sa form 815 ko, kasi nga baka 4 days lang kami. Plus mukhang winter pa yata sa Sydney yan July.

    Salamat sa info's.

    ANZSCO 221214 - Internal Auditor
    19 Jan 13 - Academic IELTS Results - passed
    12 July 13 - Vetassess Assessment + Point Test Advice: Positive
    03 Nov 13 - Invitation Accepted 70 points
    19 Dec 13 - Lodged Visa 189
    07 Feb 14 - Visa Granted
    04 Aug 14 - Initial Entry Date requirement
    26 July 14 - Actual IED to Melbourne
    May 2015 - Big Move
    June 2015 - Got a permanent role in Melbourne
    Apr 2016 - Got a contract consultancy role in Melbourne
    May 2016 - Got permanent role and moved to Toowooba, Queensland

    And now...... living the life that i have imagined

    "A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed" - Ansel Adams

  • rara_avisrara_avis North RydePosts: 260Member
    @vhoythoy initial entry lang ba kayo sa July? Parang I read di daw pwede sa IOM pag initial entry -- meaning two way ticket. One way lang daw pwede i-purchase sa kanila.

    Red-eye flight yung kinuha ko sa scoot para oras ng tulog ni baby. Challenge talaga mag-long haul travel with a baby kaya nga I loaded lots of his favorite shows on my ipad to entertain my child, we rarely allow him to use the ipad.

    Anyway, PM kita pagtapos ng travel namin.

    261111 - ICT Business Analyst
    January 4, 2013 - ACS Assessment Submitted
    January 5, 2013 - IELTS Exam (BC Singapore)
    January 18, 2013 - IELTS Result: L:8.5, R:8.5, W:7.5, S:7.0 = OB: 8.0
    March 13, 2013 - Received Positive Assessment from ACS
    March 21, 2013 - EOI Submitted
    July 15, 2013 - Invitation to lodge 189 visa received
    July 25, 2013 - Lodged Visa. Acknowledgement received.
    July 29, 2013 - Medicals done (+ Husband and Baby)
    September 18, 2013 - CO Allocated Team 23 GSM Brisbane (Additional docs requested: SG PCC, Form 80, Evidence of Overseas Experience (payslips, taxation docs, etc), Evidence of English Ability for Husband)
    October 10, 2013 - CO informed us that the evidence of english ability of my Husband is not sufficient. Asked us to pay for EEC, I said.. Hey, no way let him take the IELTS instead. :D
    October 16, 2013 - Uploaded SG COC
    October 19, 2013 - Husband's IELTS Academic Exam (earliest available schedule)
    November 4, 2013 - Uploaded Husband's IELTS test result form
    November 5, 2013 - VISA GRANT! Thank you LORD!!!
    IED - July 30, 2014
    March 23, 2014 - Initial Entry/Holiday
    June 30, 2014 - Flight to Sydney.
    July 28, 2014 - Husband started work.
    September 15, 2014 - First day at my new job. :)

    "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough"

  • kremitzkremitz North RydePosts: 1,074Member
    @rara_avis ok thanks po

    Occupation: Software Engineer (ANZSCO Code 261313)
    Main applicant : Husband
    April 29, 2013 : ACS Skills assessment
    July 22, 2013 : ACS assessment result
    January 3, 2014: IELTS Result (Take 1 L-8,W,R,S-7)
    January 12, 2013: Lodged EOI (65points)
    January 13, 2013: Invited to apply for visa 189
    February 9, 2014: Lodged visa
    March 1, 2014: Medicals at NHSI
    March 6: email from CO requesting form 80 and hubby's NBI Clearance
    March 25, 2014: visa grant. Thank you lord
    June 8,2014: Hubby arrived in Sydney
    Sept 11,2014: Hubby's first day of work. Thank you Lord!
    Feb 7, 2015 : Baby and I arrived in Sydney
    April 13, 2015: My first day of work :)

  • tartakobskytartakobsky MelbournePosts: 276Member
    Maki-OT lang, kami rin may 2-year old na malikot haha, 13 hours na byahe, challenge talaga. First time na malayuan ang byahe.

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  • vhoythoyvhoythoy MelbournePosts: 1,549Member, Moderator
    lakas umiyak ng baby ko rinig ng buong pasahero sa eroplano hahaha

    ANZSCO 221214 - Internal Auditor
    19 Jan 13 - Academic IELTS Results - passed
    12 July 13 - Vetassess Assessment + Point Test Advice: Positive
    03 Nov 13 - Invitation Accepted 70 points
    19 Dec 13 - Lodged Visa 189
    07 Feb 14 - Visa Granted
    04 Aug 14 - Initial Entry Date requirement
    26 July 14 - Actual IED to Melbourne
    May 2015 - Big Move
    June 2015 - Got a permanent role in Melbourne
    Apr 2016 - Got a contract consultancy role in Melbourne
    May 2016 - Got permanent role and moved to Toowooba, Queensland

    And now...... living the life that i have imagined

    "A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed" - Ansel Adams

  • rara_avisrara_avis North RydePosts: 260Member
    RE: long-haul travel with toddlers.I did some research and many parents recommend giving benadryl or any anti-histamine drugs safe for babies an hour or 2 before the flight para tulog daw at di magkulit. Yung recommended dosage lang of course, some pedia's recommend this too. Nung una ayoko kasi parang I am "drugging" my child for my convenience pero now I am seriously considering this. When we travelled to PH for my son's 1st birthday, he wrecked havoc on the plane, lol! It was traumatic for us, putting it mildly.

    261111 - ICT Business Analyst
    January 4, 2013 - ACS Assessment Submitted
    January 5, 2013 - IELTS Exam (BC Singapore)
    January 18, 2013 - IELTS Result: L:8.5, R:8.5, W:7.5, S:7.0 = OB: 8.0
    March 13, 2013 - Received Positive Assessment from ACS
    March 21, 2013 - EOI Submitted
    July 15, 2013 - Invitation to lodge 189 visa received
    July 25, 2013 - Lodged Visa. Acknowledgement received.
    July 29, 2013 - Medicals done (+ Husband and Baby)
    September 18, 2013 - CO Allocated Team 23 GSM Brisbane (Additional docs requested: SG PCC, Form 80, Evidence of Overseas Experience (payslips, taxation docs, etc), Evidence of English Ability for Husband)
    October 10, 2013 - CO informed us that the evidence of english ability of my Husband is not sufficient. Asked us to pay for EEC, I said.. Hey, no way let him take the IELTS instead. :D
    October 16, 2013 - Uploaded SG COC
    October 19, 2013 - Husband's IELTS Academic Exam (earliest available schedule)
    November 4, 2013 - Uploaded Husband's IELTS test result form
    November 5, 2013 - VISA GRANT! Thank you LORD!!!
    IED - July 30, 2014
    March 23, 2014 - Initial Entry/Holiday
    June 30, 2014 - Flight to Sydney.
    July 28, 2014 - Husband started work.
    September 15, 2014 - First day at my new job. :)

    "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough"

  • vhoythoyvhoythoy MelbournePosts: 1,549Member, Moderator
    edited March 2014
    Nung binata pa ako at walang anak paminsan minsan naasar ako pag may batang maingay sa plane. Pero ngaun may anak na ako, i understand the the situation. Kapag mga infant pa talaga, minsan kahit anong gawin mo mag tantrums talaga sila. Di mo basta masasaway kasi nga hindi pa sila nakakaintindi. Yung baby ko, need talaga buhatin at ilakad sa loob plane para tumigil hehe. Dati naman sa NBI, sa haba ng pila nag tantrums hahaha. Naasar pa ung isang NBI clerk, bakit daw nagdadala ng bata. Eh, walang maiiwan sa bahay alangan naman iwan magisa. minsan2 pabayaan nalang, pero sa loob2 ko parang mga hindi nagkaroon ng anak. Now, kapag may mga baby na nag tantrums ako naeencounter, naiintindihan ko talaga mabuti. hehe

    ANZSCO 221214 - Internal Auditor
    19 Jan 13 - Academic IELTS Results - passed
    12 July 13 - Vetassess Assessment + Point Test Advice: Positive
    03 Nov 13 - Invitation Accepted 70 points
    19 Dec 13 - Lodged Visa 189
    07 Feb 14 - Visa Granted
    04 Aug 14 - Initial Entry Date requirement
    26 July 14 - Actual IED to Melbourne
    May 2015 - Big Move
    June 2015 - Got a permanent role in Melbourne
    Apr 2016 - Got a contract consultancy role in Melbourne
    May 2016 - Got permanent role and moved to Toowooba, Queensland

    And now...... living the life that i have imagined

    "A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed" - Ansel Adams

  • rara_avisrara_avis North RydePosts: 260Member
    edited April 2014
    @vhoythoy, update lang kita. Kadadating lang namin last saturday from Sydney. Yung hotel na tinuluyan namin is okay na and comfortable in my opinion if you are not very fussy. Very basic lang ang features, one queen size bed, tv with local channels, a small desk on the side, a small bathroom na ang division lang ng shower and toilet bowl is a curtain. Walang bathtub, ang hirap magpaligo ng bata :D Walang REF to put food on kaya everyday kami bumibili sa coles ng fresh milk for my son. If your baby is formula/breastfed this will not be a problem. No microwave din so buti na lang we bought sterilizing tablets to clean baby bottles. Wala ding closet to put your clothes on. Tapos yung ilalim ng bed medyo maalikabok so medyo sablay ng slight sa cleanliness.

    BUT yung cons naman is outweighed ng PROS dahil sa convenience ng hotel location. Sobrang lapit sa Kings Cross Station and Coles and madaming pwedeng kainan sa paligid. If we want to go to the CBD, two train stops lang. Yung taxi fare namin inabot ng 45 AUD pero nung pabalik ng SG, nag-shuttle na lang kami, 12 AUD per adult, walang bayad sa bata. Note lang na ang Kings Cross is red-light district sa Sydney and may mga shady personalities sa paligid. A drunk old guy offered my husband to buy pot when he was smoking outside the hotel and madaming adult bars sa paligid ng kings cross station pero relatively safe naman ang area compared sa mga sleazy areas sa manila na parang any moment pwede ka malaslasan ng leeg, LOL!

    Yung 500SGD namin kinulang around 1K SGD ang nagastos namin in 6 days aside sa initial gastos. Mahal to eat out in Sydney ha as compared to SG, a meal sa isang cafe na hindi upscale would cost you about 15-20 per meal, di pa kasama drinks. PERO ang laki ng serving nila, ang isang serving nila kasya na sa amin mag-asawa. Hindi sa OA pero malaki talaga ang serving sa Oz kaya pakainin ang dalawang asians.

    Ayun, hope this helps!

    261111 - ICT Business Analyst
    January 4, 2013 - ACS Assessment Submitted
    January 5, 2013 - IELTS Exam (BC Singapore)
    January 18, 2013 - IELTS Result: L:8.5, R:8.5, W:7.5, S:7.0 = OB: 8.0
    March 13, 2013 - Received Positive Assessment from ACS
    March 21, 2013 - EOI Submitted
    July 15, 2013 - Invitation to lodge 189 visa received
    July 25, 2013 - Lodged Visa. Acknowledgement received.
    July 29, 2013 - Medicals done (+ Husband and Baby)
    September 18, 2013 - CO Allocated Team 23 GSM Brisbane (Additional docs requested: SG PCC, Form 80, Evidence of Overseas Experience (payslips, taxation docs, etc), Evidence of English Ability for Husband)
    October 10, 2013 - CO informed us that the evidence of english ability of my Husband is not sufficient. Asked us to pay for EEC, I said.. Hey, no way let him take the IELTS instead. :D
    October 16, 2013 - Uploaded SG COC
    October 19, 2013 - Husband's IELTS Academic Exam (earliest available schedule)
    November 4, 2013 - Uploaded Husband's IELTS test result form
    November 5, 2013 - VISA GRANT! Thank you LORD!!!
    IED - July 30, 2014
    March 23, 2014 - Initial Entry/Holiday
    June 30, 2014 - Flight to Sydney.
    July 28, 2014 - Husband started work.
    September 15, 2014 - First day at my new job. :)

    "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough"

  • vhoythoyvhoythoy MelbournePosts: 1,549Member, Moderator
    @vhoythoy, update lang kita. Kadadating lang namin last saturday from Sydney. Yung hotel na tinuluyan namin is okay na and comfortable in my opinion if you are not very fussy. Very basic lang ang features, one queen size bed, tv with local channels, a small desk on the side, a small bathroom na ang division lang ng shower and toilet bowl is a curtain. Walang bathtub, ang hirap magpaligo ng bata :D Walang REF to put food on kaya everyday kami bumibili sa coles ng fresh milk for my son. If your baby is formula/breastfed this will not be a problem. No microwave din so buti na lang we bought sterilizing tablets to clean baby bottles. Wala ding closet to put your clothes on. Tapos yung ilalim ng bed medyo maalikabok so medyo sablay ng slight sa cleanliness.

    BUT yung cons naman is outweighed ng PROS dahil sa convenience ng hotel location. Sobrang lapit sa Kings Cross Station and Coles and madaming pwedeng kainan sa paligid. If we want to go to the CBD, two train stops lang. Yung taxi fare namin inabot ng 45 AUD pero nung pabalik ng SG, nag-shuttle na lang kami, 12 AUD per adult, walang bayad sa bata. Note lang na ang Kings Cross is red-light district sa Sydney and may mga shady personalities sa paligid. A drunk old guy offered my husband to buy pot when he was smoking outside the hotel and madaming adult bars sa paligid ng kings cross station pero relatively safe naman ang area compared sa mga sleazy areas sa manila na parang any moment pwede ka malaslasan ng leeg, LOL!

    Yung 500SGD namin kinulang around 1K SGD ang nagastos namin in 6 days aside sa initial gastos. Mahal to eat out in Sydney ha as compared to SG, a meal sa isang cafe na hindi upscale would cost you about 15-20 per meal, di pa kasama drinks. PERO ang laki ng serving nila, ang isang serving nila kasya na sa amin mag-asawa. Hindi sa OA pero malaki talaga ang serving sa Oz kaya pakainin ang dalawang asians.

    Ayun, hope this helps!
    Ah ok. salamat sa info, ano nga name ng hotel nyo? Magkano per day? kami baka mga 4 days lang. 3 kami pupunta hehe

    ANZSCO 221214 - Internal Auditor
    19 Jan 13 - Academic IELTS Results - passed
    12 July 13 - Vetassess Assessment + Point Test Advice: Positive
    03 Nov 13 - Invitation Accepted 70 points
    19 Dec 13 - Lodged Visa 189
    07 Feb 14 - Visa Granted
    04 Aug 14 - Initial Entry Date requirement
    26 July 14 - Actual IED to Melbourne
    May 2015 - Big Move
    June 2015 - Got a permanent role in Melbourne
    Apr 2016 - Got a contract consultancy role in Melbourne
    May 2016 - Got permanent role and moved to Toowooba, Queensland

    And now...... living the life that i have imagined

    "A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed" - Ansel Adams

  • rara_avisrara_avis North RydePosts: 260Member
    @vhoythoy, see below:


    3. Hotel for 6 days (Ibis Budget Hotel Sydney East, CBD area, 10KM from airport): 753.94 SGD (around 125 SGD per day)

    261111 - ICT Business Analyst
    January 4, 2013 - ACS Assessment Submitted
    January 5, 2013 - IELTS Exam (BC Singapore)
    January 18, 2013 - IELTS Result: L:8.5, R:8.5, W:7.5, S:7.0 = OB: 8.0
    March 13, 2013 - Received Positive Assessment from ACS
    March 21, 2013 - EOI Submitted
    July 15, 2013 - Invitation to lodge 189 visa received
    July 25, 2013 - Lodged Visa. Acknowledgement received.
    July 29, 2013 - Medicals done (+ Husband and Baby)
    September 18, 2013 - CO Allocated Team 23 GSM Brisbane (Additional docs requested: SG PCC, Form 80, Evidence of Overseas Experience (payslips, taxation docs, etc), Evidence of English Ability for Husband)
    October 10, 2013 - CO informed us that the evidence of english ability of my Husband is not sufficient. Asked us to pay for EEC, I said.. Hey, no way let him take the IELTS instead. :D
    October 16, 2013 - Uploaded SG COC
    October 19, 2013 - Husband's IELTS Academic Exam (earliest available schedule)
    November 4, 2013 - Uploaded Husband's IELTS test result form
    November 5, 2013 - VISA GRANT! Thank you LORD!!!
    IED - July 30, 2014
    March 23, 2014 - Initial Entry/Holiday
    June 30, 2014 - Flight to Sydney.
    July 28, 2014 - Husband started work.
    September 15, 2014 - First day at my new job. :)

    "If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough"

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