Migration

I Want To Migrate To Australia – Where Do I Start?

I WANT TO MIGRATE TO AUSTRALIA - Where do I start-

One of the most common questions I get asked via my blog is:

“I Want To Migrate To Australia – Where Do I Start?”

While the process can seem overwhelming and complicated, there are some clear and simple steps you need to take when you decide to start looking into migrating to Australia.

David from Pathway Lawyers & Migration Agents has written this post to help all you migration newbies get started on your journey to a life in Australia.

Have you thought about moving to Australia? Migrating to a new country is a big decision. There’s a lot to consider and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. If you’re thinking of moving, here’s a quick guide on how to immigrate to Australia. Continue Reading

Life In Perth

South African Comedian Masood Boomgaard Comes To Perth

Masood Boomgaard In Perth

South African comedian Masood Boomgaard is heading to Australia this month! The Durban funny man will be doing shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane as part of his second Outta Africa comedy tour.

Masood is regarded as one of the brightest stars in South African comedy and will be showing off his unique, witty take on a wide range of topics from politics and medical aid schemes (that’s health insurance to us these days!) to relationships, overbearing parents, and everything else in between. Continue Reading

Life In Perth

Joziwood – A South African Film Festival In Perth

joziwood south african film festival in perth

This November, a brand new film festival is coming to Perth. Joziwood is a South African film festival which will be running for the first time next month. I’ve been  speaking to the organisers behind the scenes for a few months now, and they are finally ready to launch this fantastic event to all of you!

What Is Joziwood?

Organiser Chris Greenwood from Prendiville College (where the film festival venue of the Redmond Theatre is situated) has been hard at work with his team to make sure the film festival is a great success. They’ve recently launched their venue and wanted to put it to good use with a range of different events. Knowing there is a large South African community in Perth, the idea of a South African film festival in Perth was born. Continue Reading

Migration

A Guide To Aussie Slang For New Migrants

a guide to aussie slang for new migrants

When you move to Australia, you’ll be confronted by a whole new language.

That’s because despite people speaking English, Aussies love to shorten everything and they have probably some of the most slang I’ve ever heard!

If you thought we had tons of slang in South Africa, just wait until you hear the Aussies talk!

So I thought it would be useful to share this with you!

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Life In Perth

10 Things You May Notice When You Move To Perth

10 Things You May Notice When You Move To Perth

Moving to another country is always a new and exciting experience. When you first arrive in Australia and start to settle into your new life down under, you’ll start to pick up on some things in your new surroundings.

When we first moved here a few years ago, I must admit that I felt at home almost immediately. Having spent 10 years in the UK after leaving South Africa, for me it felt like I was coming home. Driving from the airport to our short term accommodation in Perth at 1am, the first thing that struck me was how much like South Africa it seemed.

After living in England where everyone lived in top of each other, with houses that actually touch each other, seeing the wide open spaces between the buildings was a welcome sight! Over the next few weeks we started to notice things about our new home town and I’m sure some of you can relate to a few of these.

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Migration

Visa & Migration News Roundup – September 2017

Migration News Round Up

With the citizenship changes gaining momentum it’s been an interesting month for visa and migration news in Australia. Here is a round up of the latest news related to migration to Australia.

No Citizenship Transition Period

A Senate committee has been told that there won’t be any transitional period for the proposed new citizenship changes. This means that any application sent from 20 April 2017 will be processed under new rules, if and when they are made legal. Continue Reading

Migration

The Cost Of Living In Sydney In 2017 – Amanda-Lee & Nico Share Their Story

The Cost Of Living In Sydney

Two of my most popular blog posts are the ones about the cost of living in Perth. Clearly there is a huge demand from potential migrants to know exactly how much life in Australia will cost them and what they need to earn to survive or have a comfortable lifestyle. This week, I’ve spoken to the Van Zyl family who live in Sydney and have shared with me what the cost of living in Sydney is like for their family of 3. Continue Reading

Life In Perth

Paper Avenue Cafe Joondalup

Paper Avenue Cafe Menu Brunch

Joondalup has never really had a happening brunch scene. I did discover the gorgeous Gipsy Boy last year and enjoyed a lovely brunch there but besides that we don’t really venture into Joondalup much when it comes to eating out. That is, until now! I was recently invited along through my friend Amanda from The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-Fect Life, to the opening of a brand new brekkie and lunch spot in Joondalup called Paper Avenue Cafe. I started chatting to the owners and realised immediately that they were South African (my ears are honed to even the slightest South African accent these days!). So of course I had to share this little gem with you all! Continue Reading

Migration

10 Reasons Not To Move To Australia

10 reasons not to move to australia

Everyone always goes on about all the awesome reasons you should move to Australia – the sandy white beaches, friendly people, land of opportunity, blah blah blah. We know all that, right? That’s why you ended up here on my blog! But I thought I’d turn it around and see if you’re really prepared to make the move and live in Australia, so here are 10 reasons NOT to move to Australia. Continue Reading