Goodbye, So Long, Farewell…

It has been a moving week, our last week in Holland for a long, long, perhaps even longer, time. It started out on Tuesday morning when we had to part with out cats. Of course, Monday, we discovered that we missed one stamp on their export forms, so Melissa had to improvise and jumped in…

OMG!

After months of waiting for that visa, in January, we sent off our stuff down under… Today, a container with our household has arrived in Sydney, just 2 weeks before we do. Next week, our cats will be sent off and arrive in Sydney before we do. Last week, my parents were in Sydney, before…

[dutch] de wereld is doorgedraaid…

Het nu volgende bericht wordt bij voorkeur niet gelezen door mensen die weigeren kritisch te zijn ofwel anderzijds banden hebben met misdadige organisaties zoals er zijn de overheid, belastingdienst, makelaarskantoren alsmede grootbanken. U bent gewaarschuwd. Daarbij is het gepubliceerd voor alleen leden van deze website. Een flinke tijd terug al weer was ik met mijn toenmalige…

Farewell Tour

Although we both still have our daily jobs to go to, we’re sort of having our own farewell tour. A few weeks back here in Holland it was ‘Carnaval’, which, for grownups, generally means dressing up and be drunk for 4 days. However, for kids it’s just the dressing up. So, for Zoë, we had…

Moving Phase Two

So, last week we moved to my parents’ house and all our own stuff was sent of in a sea container to be shipped to Australia. Today, our container was loaded on the cargo ship that will arrive in Sydney around the 8th of March. So, come to think of it, our stuff will be…

Moving Phase One

So, when we booked the flight, we got a date. We booked the temporary new housing so we know where we are when we land in Sydney, but there were still a few things to manage: Select items you really need close by, put them in a suitcase. Ship out all your other stuff. Find…

a place to live (for a while)

So, last time we booked, set a date etc, etc. Not far from today, all our stuff that we won’t take with us in our hand baggage, will be put into a container to be shipped overseas. So, from that point onwards, we’ll be living from our suitcases. This is a weird thing to do…

Booked!

After months of preparation, we actually booked our (one way) tickets to Australia. It doesn’t seem important, but it means that we actually have a date now. There is a huge difference between knowing that you’re going sometime, and actually having a date and a time. Actually, we have a few dates now: the days the…

Visa Granted!

Ok, ok… I should have told you earlier, but the fact is, I just couldn’t believe that after 27 months of waiting we finally got our visa. When Rob from Move2Australia called us (heck, I think it was around 4am HIS time, now that’s commitment) at 17.45’ish on july 1st I didn’t have words. My…

What?! Finally?

After 13 months of silence, finally something has happened! We were assigned a case officer just last Monday! This means the DIAC has actually opened our file and requested medical and justicial information from us. The longest wait is over now. With the economical crisis and such, we were pretty afraid nothing would happen for…

Sigh….

Even though it looked al well on our last post, today, we are somewhat dissapointed. When the Australian government changed the law on immigration late August 2007, a surplus of over 20000 applications were filed just before that closing date. This now slows down the normal immigration process so that the last few months the…

Taking The Next Step…

Some of you may know we’ve been busy getting a skilled independent visa for Australia. Yeah, we’re dead serious about moving there permanently 🙂 I’ve also updated the site’s logo with a view from the Brisbane South Bank to emphasize this. Last year, I’ve been working very hard to get my RPL (Recognition of Prior…

Ga je mee naar snorkelland?

Tja de foto zegt genoeg lijkt mij. Het zwembad kwam uit de schuur en Tim trok zijn kleren uit en deed zijn snorkel op. Hij is er klaar voor! De zomer kan beginnen.

2007…

Yeah, last time I posted here, I was so proud that we’d finally do something about our webpresence… well, it’s been a month and then some, and some may even think it’s been a year… still nothing happened on the website. This is mainly due to the fact that I still don’t have a good…

About time someone put something up here…

And yes, you were all right. It was about time we’d put something up here. I’m still figuring out how to operate this blogging software, but I’ll get the hang to it.