Motherhood, Moving to Australia

Pregnant and new to Australia… now what?

pregnant in australia what to do

I got pregnant with my firstborn during working in Singapore. So far, the prenatal checkups were similar to how it’s normally done in my home country, Philippines: You choose an OB, decide which hospital to give birth, have monthly checkups, and then if you want, you can tell your doctor your preferred method of birth. In Australia, however, things are…

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Moving to Australia

First year in Melbourne

Melbourne
Cathy / February 17, 2018

A year ago, we arrived in Melbourne. It was the first day of a new journey, ending the long days of preparation, applications, apprehensions,  and daydreaming. We were excited and tired from a 22-hour stopover flight. It truly felt like we were starting fresh. Well fast forward, what do we have a year later? We have a roof over heads, food on…

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Exploring Australia

Carlton Garden and Fitzroy Garden

Cathy / January 5, 2018

Carlton and Fitzroy gardens are the most popular gardens in Melbourne. They are conveniently located in CBD and they provide wide open spaces and relaxing atmospheres within the hustles and bustles of the city life. Visiting these places in the city truly relaxes me, and it’s a perfect spot where toddlers can play around. Fitzroy Gardens In Fitzroy Garden, you can…

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Exploring Australia

Melbourne SEA Life Aquarium

melbourne sea life aquarium
Cathy / January 5, 2018

Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium Address:  corner of Flinders Street and King Street, Melbourne. It is situated on the Yarra River, opposite Crown Entertainment Complex Opening hours: 9:30am – 6:00pm (last entry 5:00pm) everyday Website: https://www.melbourneaquarium.com.au/ Getting there: Train: a five-minute walk from Flinders or Southern Cross train stations Tram: The SEA LIFE Melbourne tram stop is located on Flinders Street, directly out the…

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Exploring Australia, Travel

Mornington Peninsula day trip

mornington peninsula
Cathy / January 3, 2018

Mornington Peninsula is around 75 km away from Melbourne CBD and at least 70-minute drive. It is most famous in Melbourne (or in the Victoria state) as having the most beautiful beaches perfect for summertime. Sure enough, there were big crowds everywhere when we went as it was summer and the holiday season! Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm Address: 244 Shands Rd,…

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Moving to Australia

What is the rental application process in Melbourne?

rental application process in melbourne
Cathy / October 23, 2017

Getting a rental property in Melbourne is totally different from what we were used to in the Philippines or in Singapore as well. In Australia, the rental application process is heavily regulated and very structured. For first-time renters or newcomers like us, it came as a surprise that the search can be competitive too; we have to make formal applications…

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Exploring Australia

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017

tesselaar tulip festival melbourne
Cathy / September 30, 2017

It’s springtime! And one of the best festivals in Melbourne during springtime is the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. This year, the tulips bloomed late. Around mid-September, I followed the farm’s Instagram account to keep updated about the tulips’ progress. Crossing fingers, we hoped more would bloom on the public holiday as we planned to visit on that day. And thankfully, the…

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