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Congrats @RedPanda you have come so far. I think you are entirely correct on moving into the renewable energy sector. If it was available a million miles ago when I was studying I would've definitely moved in that direction. It's a fascinating industry.

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16 hours ago, Husky said:

How fabulous. Love your "let's try this another way" attitude. My husband is in the renewable energy sector (electronic engineer) as well. Ok if I pm you about your experience in the renewables job market?

 

Sure, please do! Always good to hear relevant experiences :)

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And so, as fuel for my own confirmation bias(Moving to Aus was the best thing ever).... You know I keep going on about the benefits that ease of mind has on your health? The other evening when I was lying in bed all relaxed, getting ready to put the light out, I got curious and took my resting heart rate. The result was so surprising that I did a second measurement. But it was the same. In one year my resting heart rate had dropped from 88 bpm, to ~65bpm! That's a reduction of 25%, and now puts me squarely in the "healthy" bracket for my age and gender.  As someone who has always been a little concerned about my heart health this is fabulous news!!! (In the meantime I've measured it again a few times, it's totally true)

So regardless of the mechanism, more exercise because I'm happier to venture out on my own, or absence of stress, relaxation of vigilance, eating better food....whatever did it, I don't care, I just know it wouldn't have happened without coming to Australia! So I can now say: Moving to Australia has increased my calculable life expectancy! Yay! :D 

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I haven't been here for quite some time, I see...
We've been up to a lot in the meantime.

We bought a house in Feb 2017, and since May I've been renovating it. I painted all the interior walls, I painted the ceiling beams (cathedral ceiling, I rented scaffolding), sanded and sealed all the floors throughout the house, and then embarked on a project-based adventure of 'fixing up' various things. Like sanding and painting all the kitchen cupboards/cabinets, moving plants around in the garden and adding new ones (the local community is very generous with their plants). And with all the parents visiting we got spoilt with 'new stuff' to put in our house, like a feature lamp and some trimmings here and there to improve the look. Once we had more hands, we used them of course! So we added shelves to my laundry, and completely spruced up the storage 'thingy' in the house, so now hubby has a decent place to put his tools, and also a good place for some odd things we want to store. We still aren't sold on the Aussie idea: Just put it under the house! Yea-nah, not our idea of proper storage.

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And so it was that on a good day near the middle of January, this year, I entered my 30s, with friends and family present and some singing over Skype and FaceTime, and a great relaxed sense that "things will be just fine" going forward :)

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Happy 30th @RedPanda

Must admit that my 30s (now in my 40s) were some of the best years of my life.

Sounds like you guys are more than " just fine". Thank you for all the support and sharing of info.

#lovemelbourne

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Here's to 21 hours awake: Oh boy! What fun! :D

So this weekend we attended Melbourne's White Night, after our regular game night with friends (yes, in one night, the night is long enough :lol: ). Apparently it's an international arts movement that started in Paris as Nuit Blanche and spread across the globe. Basically, they put up stunning free public light displays all over the city, on well known public buildings like the Royal Exhibition Hall or the State Library. And the have street performances roaming around. And all this happened on Saturday from 7pm till Sunday 7am, right through the night. They closed off major streets and people just swarmed through the city, walking from one amazing thing to the next. It was totally worth going to!!! To get an idea look up #whitenightmelbourne2018 or similar on Instagram. So at 11pm we left our friends' house, drove to the best nearest train station and left our valuables in the parked car (yes, you lock your car this time ;) ) Then we found out our Miki cards had expired after four years, but no worries, the booth was manned and we were helped with new cards and our balances transferred to them immediately. This took less than 10min. Hopped a train and got out at 11:50pm in our city centre to find a happy crowd of people milling about like guests on the lawn of a garden party. Except there were thousands and the party was city wide! 


It reminded us why we love living in Melbourne. We like being able to use the city centre, that it's safe, and that it's thriving. We love the relaxed holiday feeling of the crowd. Official stats are that the city hosted more than 600 000 people for the event, and there were only 31 arrests, in total, including drunken disorderly behaviour and minor thefts. That's nothing.

It was just mind blowing to think that people went to all this effort and expense to provide a spectacle for the public to enjoy, free of charge. And the quality was really really good! They transformed the main hall in the State Library into an aquarium and then a jungle, with light projections and sound. It was just stunning.


And then, I have to add, we wouldn't have gone if it wasn't for the urging of friends we made here. It is very important to put in the effort to make new friends after arriving in your chosen city. Isolation will cause you to miss out on amazing things. So if you're shy, suck it up, and say 'yes' to all social invitations (that don't actually scream: I'm a serial killer looking for my next victim) for at least the first year. Then nurture those friendships. Social groups are living changing things, so try to make as many friends as you can, even if you don't know if you're really a good fit. Time will tell, but only if you give it a try first ;)  If you told us four years ago that we would voluntarily go to our city centre at midnight and spend hours walking around on the streets in a crowd that's thousands big, we would have just laughed "Good one! Now tell me how you're gonna win the Lotto next week?" We're just really happy with our life choices right now :ilikeit: 

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I told you, you should not miss White Night !

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On 19/02/2018 at 3:14 PM, FromDurbs said:

I told you, you should not miss White Night !


Ai tog... I was trying to be diplomatic here and protect your identity :lol: 

But yes, you told me to go, and it was 100% the right thing to do that night! :ilikeit: 

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