“Good day, Mate. How you goin?” Typical expression of people from the ‘land down under’ – Australia! Like you right now, it was once all foreign to my ears and could barely comprehend what they were saying due to the accent. And I tell you what, it was now a thing of the past and it all started with a decision – a decision to move away from my comfort zone and change my life. Do not get me wrong, coming from a middle class family I can say I had a fairly decent life, was able to finish my degree and enjoyed my share of a typical teenage life. Everything seemed alright then but I felt I needed more and longed to change the seemingly predestined life ahead of me – work in a call centre to earn, enjoy the nightlife, then get married, have children, then live by day to day existence because monthly bills and credit cards will pile up for sure. It was then I decided I have to break the cycle and an agent from Bridge Blue advised that Australia is open and accepting students who later on can migrate permanently hence, I said “Australia here I come!”.
To be honest, it was not an easy decision to leave the life I got used to behind but for me it was like ‘point of no return’ – I need to make things work and there is no room to quit the game as I have given up part of my life and had invested fair bit of money too. First couple of days after I arrive in Sydney, I walk around the CBD and realized how brilliant and vibrant this place is. The culture is young, the people are polite and lovely, and there is diversity which assisted me during my adjustment period. In order to support myself and my studies, I have to take on jobs after school or in between classes like removalists lifting furniture and kitchenhand washing dishes etc – these jobs are not what I would be doing if I were in Manila. After 3 months of such life, I went to Tim from Bridge Blue and told him I am ready to pack up and go back home. Tim counseled me and made me realize the opportunities I have in my hand – yes I have to study and chase up assessments and deadlines and yes I have to work hard to sustain myself and support my family but YES, Tim is right – it will pay off at the end. After a long and winding road- I have now gained my Permanent Residency and hopefully by next year be able to acquire my Australian Citizenship.
Looking back, I see no hardships after all only opportunities and friendships I gained, I thank the whole Bridge Blue Team who assisted me all the way especially Tim, who have helped me in many ways to realize the life I am enjoying now here in Sydney.
To you all, wishing to take the same path I have taken, “Good day, Mate! Give it a go and its gonna be bloody amazing. Welcome to Aussie, oi oi oi” (another expression J).
an Aussie-inspired product of Bridge Blue