Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Great Outback Adventure


Almost two months here in South Australia since I uprooted myself from my mother-land. And what great adventure it has been!

NOSE BLEED

Back home, we have a term that we call, "nose bleed", and it pertains to something that is quite challenging to understand. Being a newbie in a foreign land, almost everything brings me to the point of nosebleed - Aussie accent, local jargons and terminologies, car and directional orientation (left hand drive vs right hand drive), deciphering the bus timetable, government policies, etc... I am not complaining. It is but normal. I am trying to embrace the new environment. I need some re-wiring. I have to unlearn some of my old ways, and learn the new ways in my new home.

FAMILY and FRIENDS

I miss my family and friends back home. I miss them everyday. But instead of viewing it as losing them, I look at it as making more of them - here. My transfer here does not mean cutting of my ties with them, but it means having more avenues to build new ones. People here are warm, friendly, accommodating and helpful. I have met some few Filipino group, who reminds me of a glimpse back home whenever I am with them.

I got some few housemates as well - coming from different parts of the world. Together, we can build the United Nations meeting. But despite our dynamic background, we gel well. Primarily because all of us share similar temperament. We are cool, quite, calm, and peace-loving. We share similar interest - photographs, food and surprise birthday treats. :)

But the big winner in my best friend list is Google Map. Google Map has been my faithful companion in helping me navigate through the streets. I am normally very poor in directions and navigation. But now, I am left with no choice. I cannot imagine how I would survive the Adelaide city streets and suburbs with out my handy dandy friend.

HIGH HOE, HIGH HOE

When I voluntarily left my high-profile job in a multi-national company of nine years, I have become part of the statistics of the unemployed. I figured that finding job and starting anew will not be a walk in the park. But I did not expect it to be this hard. Customizing my CV, writing tons of cover letters - makes me feel like I am fresh from college again.

I have been applying for all sorts of job - anything and everything under the sun. The agonizing pain of receiving one rejection letter from the other. Sometimes it makes me doubt if I am unqualified for any position - even a cleaner's job - in Australia? ... I have the qualifications, credentials, the skills and the attitude but it feels like it does not hold any merit here at all. I have met some few skilled migrants as well, and they too experience the same thing. So it is not about me... it must be system. But we cannot complain. At least, I cannot complain. I came here out of my free will to leave the luxuries I had and move here in quest of a greater quality of life.... And this part of the adventure package.

They say it takes an average of at least three years for migrants to stabilize in a new surrounding. I am only on my second month. I should not be hard on myself... This is just a start-up hiccup. I am looking forward to the long-term pay-off. I do not know when it will come, I do not know in what form either, but I try to keep the faith and stay positive. It will do me nothing if I keep on worrying.

And wile I wait for my big break to come, I work part time in some project based assignments here and there. Currently, I work as a part-time barista in a small coffee shop. it is a humbling experience - very far from what I am used to. It is very physical but with less mental exercise. I had to develop amnesia. I had to forget my work, my title, and my position back home - for me to stand straight and embrace the job. Looking at the bright side, at least it comes with lesser responsibilities and lesser stress. Plus, the physical movements has enabled me to exercise and loose more weight. Hello to a sexier me! (Whitweew!)

SURPRISE, SURPRISE

I find it amusing, just when you were looking for something else, another thing comes knocking on your door. You try to avoid it because it is not your "priority", but slowly gravity works its way to bring you close, much closer. I wanted to establish a career first, before finding love. But I think the opposite is happening. I still am not sure if this is the love story I am waiting for. I am waiting for the next chapters to unfold. And while I do, I keep an open mind, and an open heart.