Sunday, 10 July 2016

Choice of suburbs

You mentioned that your friend gave you a list of suburbs to avoid, and those which were desirable. Would you be so kind as to share that information? It would be really helpful, as we are looking at prospective places to rent/settle down in. Thanks in advance! Hope you're doing well in Melbourne. ;)

Hi JustBe,

Thanks for your comment.

Judging by the way you phrased the question, I was once given a guide, go to and sort by price. I would like to direct you to the priciest suburbs if you want something 'desirable'. This is probably most applicable to your situation.

Bear in mind that all crime happens in the west and north, eastern suburbs are not at all congested and you can travel from Noble Park to the city in morning peak traffic by car in 15 minutes. Apex is a myth, a girl did not get stabbed in Doncaster in broad daylight, carjackings only occur in Werribee/Sunshine/St Albans and only trains on the Sunshine and Werribee lines break down.
We did the exact opposite of what I suggested to you, btw. But we're big time masochists. Or tight arses. Probably both.

Suburbs can be a contentious issue, much like choice of religion, operating system, choice of cars. I tend to go against the grain, so I'm not too certain I can offer any useful advice to you.


Which migration agent did we use?

hi there, came across your blog while searching for migration cost. the costing table above did not indicate agent fee. may i know which agent you went to? 

No agent was involved. Agent fee = $0.00

will you withdraw all your cpf money one day and buy a house in aussie instead?

Already bought a house. We can probably pay it off in full by next year, without the need for any CPF injection. But yeah, we will probably withdraw our CPF asap anyway, and consider buying another place to cut the commute/invest etc...

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Hi S,

Your posts and journey has been very encouraging and inspiring to both my husband and I. My name is ___ and our family (____) have our PR granted _____.
We were thinking of making our trip to activate our PR in ______ and was looking to you for guidance on the couple of admin/logistical things we needed to set up to prep for our big move in about 1.5-2 yrs. Our PR did not limit us to any state and we were contemplating more Melb than Syd due to the skyhigh rental prices in Syd.

Am I right to set the flow as when we land in Melb, we need to ensure we do the following;
1. Apply for Centrelink & Medicare for family
2. Create a bank account and dump our AU savings there
3. Survey suburbs that we are interest in living in 2 years time
4. Survey kindy/pri schs that we may place our sons(2.5 yrs & 1.5 yrs)

I am unable to think about what else is required to be set up to ensure we have the right foundation before our big move.

Can you advise?

Sounds good to me. Remember your Myki (Melbourne), Oyster (?? Sydney), SIM cards, probably a car as well.

I think the schools would be a slightly less urgent priority for now. But I wouldn't know much about this
Appreciate all advise and suggestions, and thank you so much in advance for your time.