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发表于 7-10-2018 08:52:33 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式

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While talking about Australia, we can't just talk about its past, we have to move forward to new Australia (post colonization era), the one we chose to come to, fight for our decent existence in and finally decide to call it home.

Here in this thread, please feel free to share what makes you kick in the process of settling in permanently or will do so!

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发表于 7-10-2018 14:19:20 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 MICHELLE07 于 7-10-2018 16:03 编辑

First and last of all, I love what I choose.

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发表于 7-10-2018 15:06:47 | 显示全部楼层
There was one day, I felt I could see all the possibilities in my future
— frustrating... so I decided to re start the game all over again

But why Australia? Because one of my best friends was applying for it
And she can share the tips
Later on we found out it’s a great choice
Honest enough

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发表于 7-10-2018 15:22:59 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 MICHELLE07 于 7-10-2018 16:24 编辑

When the big decision was made( for my case made out of blind mind),
the little things determine if you’ll stick to it
many separations are caused by nothing serious
and the beautiful details sparkle inside

Remembering
The birds , in Albury / Wodonga, that woke me up every morning
The double rainbow, after long sunny days followed by a sudden summer afternoon shower
The greetings, from friendly strangers in a walk

The countryside

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 楼主| 发表于 7-10-2018 15:45:06 | 显示全部楼层
Found many things that we have been dreaming of here in Australia, where we settle our heart and call home!

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发表于 11-10-2018 22:47:43 | 显示全部楼层
I haven't called it home just yet
I do have some issues such as food, so now you know it from 'A personal struggle' .
It will be, I'm sure.
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发表于 12-10-2018 02:43:08 | 显示全部楼层
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发表于 12-10-2018 21:01:20 | 显示全部楼层
I am a simple person and made a simple decision with no choice.
My wife choose to live in Melbourne. My little daughter was born here.
Where's my home? It's at where my family live.
Since my grandpa's house was fall down in village 8 years ago and my uncles rebuilt a modern style instead
Since I took all my books, notes, photos to Mel year by year
Since I have friends who can share reading and writing
I am feeling closer and closer to the place call home.
It's rebuild in my heart. Growing with my memories from where I born til today.

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发表于 12-10-2018 21:51:03 | 显示全部楼层
yping88 发表于 7-10-2018 16:45
Found many things that we have been dreaming of here in Australia, where we settle our heart and cal ...

Would you please elaborate on 'many things' if you don't mind to do so?
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发表于 12-10-2018 21:51:59 | 显示全部楼层

What do you like about your new home?
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发表于 13-10-2018 00:37:12 | 显示全部楼层
I am in Canada though...however when I did my short landing in Australia years ago I was very impressed by the huge trees and unique blue sky
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 楼主| 发表于 13-10-2018 13:42:30 | 显示全部楼层
yearshappy 发表于 12-10-2018 22:51
Would you please elaborate on 'many things' if you don't mind to do so?

Hahaha, nothing would slip under your radar, @yearshappy

First of all, I am very positive that many of us would share the same view on Australia's beauty and have made it clear as well. So, I won't repeat my shared perspectives here.

Remembered I first felt my personal attachment was three months after I set my foot in South Australia when I got offered my first job to work in Aged care as a carer! Holding my job contract letter and browsing my hourly rate, I felt that I didn't get treated any differently just out of my foreigner identity. That was the first time I realized that Fairness means exactly what it represents here. Then, my heart started beating with this particular aged care facility.

Then, during the following 2 years I had worked there, I had witnessed or experienced the fair treatments the manager had shown me or my colleagues, and personal sense of belonging had originated and rooted in this nursing home, and gradually extended to the bigger community.

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 楼主| 发表于 13-10-2018 14:13:39 | 显示全部楼层
Then came the devastating earthquake in ShiChuan when I was attending the second year of university. Remembered that the uni's administration sent us Chinese students emails encouraging us to seek counseling service that made available to all of us if in need, call back home using the hotline set up by the uni if anyone had concerns over their loved ones' well-being and safety. Almost every lecturers started the class or the seminars with sympathy remarks and sincere condolence over the massive loss of lives and devastating tragedy.

In Queen Victoria Square, Adelaide, a well-attended candle-light vigil for those lost souls was held collaboratively by Chinese student body and Australia Red Cross. I remembered the then Adelaide mayor emotionally shared with the crowds about his personal and political tie with ShiChuan and how that tragedy affected him personally. He was singing along with Chinese in a chilling, windy night and made a public appeal for people of all kinds of backgrounds to provide their assistance in any way they could.

While the knell was ringing time and again in Queen Victoria tower, I knew that we were not alone in this disaster, we had Australia stand united with us and help us to pull us all through this unbearable ordeal.

Back then, I knew that Australians in South Australia's value on humanity front strongly resonated with the ideology I had sought through my adult years! And I was determined and certain that Australia was supposed to be my permanent home worth fighting for my existence in!
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 楼主| 发表于 13-10-2018 14:27:08 | 显示全部楼层
In the global economic recession in 2008, Australia took a big hit as well. The then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd promised his government's financial assistance by paying back all suitable taxpayers $1000 and helping them to tide over their financial hardship.

At that time, I didn't believe myself eligible for this refund because of my outsider status (I was a part-time carer on a student visa). But, to my very surprise, I found that meaningful $1000 in my bank account shortly afterwards. Oh, Australia, you certainly didn't treat me any differently and showed me your further warmness and acceptance.

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发表于 13-10-2018 16:21:31 | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 yearshappy 于 13-10-2018 17:22 编辑
yping88 发表于 13-10-2018 15:27
In the global economic recession in 2008, Australia took a big hit as well. The then Prime Minister  ...


You're certainly among the lucky ones who have a wonderful experience in the process of migration as well settling down on the land of Australia. Your courage and bravery in sharing your personal story is admirable and marvellous. With this mentality of yours you'll certainly make everywhere a home, a decent home.
It's also very true that at the social level, we, Chinese migrants have benefitted from the development of humanitarianism doctrine.

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发表于 13-10-2018 16:28:40 | 显示全部楼层
White Australian Policy is gone and we wish it'll never come back. And a plural society is set for the aim of this nation, so hopefully racial issues will eventually decrease and finally vanish in the future to come.

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