Audrey Christine

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Alive and Well!

Good news, I've survived my first month in Sydney! After getting over the flu, I am happy to report that I have found a part time job at EDDIE WOOD, a new menswear brand as their social media, web, and relieving store manager.



Its perfect walking distance from home and allows me the flexibility to continue working on my own personal projects and Arbonne business.  While all is good, don't be disillusioned that moving to a foreign country is as easy as microwaved popcorn.

Here are a few things I've found extremely challenging and or confusing:

  1. Foreign banking: If you are going to work in Australia, you will need to set up a bank account and file for an Australian Tax Number in order to file your Australian tax return.  I didn't find very many options for USA- International banking institutions that could meet my needs to manage funds without high fees and or transfer rates. But this is definitely something to look into when you start planning your move.
  2. Customer Service (as a whole, does not compare to American standards).  I think part of this is cultural. Tipping is not compulsory and the minimum wage is much higher so the service is often more than not mediocre to less than satisfactory. Meaning.... HAVE PATIENCE. Joey's parents went to a cafe and sat down for 30 minutes without being greeted... In general business items  just seem to take longer in Australia.
  3.  Different brand names for everything, specifically medication.
  4. Different names for food ie. Cilantro = Coriander and Bell Peppers = Capsicum 
  5. Sports: Football is not American Football. There's Australian Football (AFL), various types of Rugby, which I have not even begun to wrap my head around...Ruby Union vs Rugby League, plus Cricket, not to mention Net Ball, looks something like basketball, but different to which I scratched my head and said, "huh? 
  6. Aussie humor: I've heard a million times, "don't be offended, we're just joking". Over all Aussie humor seems to be more brash than American humor.  It can seem crude or offensive but I'm learning that Aussies are very light hearted and will "have a go" at anything.
I'm sure as time progresses there will be more, but hopefully the list will diminish as I become more accustomed to things here.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Hello from Down Under

 Or rather G'day Mate! I just wanted to share a bit of what I've been up to now that I've landed in Sydney. My first week unfortunately I caught the travel bug, however Joey and I managed to escape to Sussex Inlet caravan parks to spend some time in the great outdoors and quarantine my germs from his family.

Joey and Me!
Lake Conjola is absolutely beautiful. Parts are shallow enough with a sandbar in the middle that you can walk out to. I can't wait to come back during summer with a couple of beach chairs and a pic nic cooler of goodies and plop myself down in the middle of the lake.



Happy Roos


The RSL

Sussex Inlet is a quaint little town perfect for a little getaway with great access to beaches, national parks, hiking AKA bush walking, kayaking, and just a little R&R. For your non camper, this is really perfect. Forget the tents, shrub toilets, and cold showers, the Sussex Inlet caravan parks are walking distance to the RSL (Returned and Services League of Australia) for a reasonable dinner and go at the pokies, or as Americans would call them, slot machines.

Devonshire Scones - JJ's Bakery 

While there are a couple of different bakeries in town, I think JJ's is the best for their fresh devonshire scones and assortment of baked goods.

Meat Pies and Pasties- JJ's Bakery
Fish and Chips: a must try off the main drag, and grab some fried banana and pineapple fritters while you're at it. Since I missed this year's OC Fair, I decided to make up for it here. Australia's classic beach food is Fish and Chips or Mc Donald's.

IKEA's Food Court

Most wouldn't think there is anything special about an Ikea ad, but I found it shocking...I remember the Swedish meatballs at home going for about $1 and here they cost $8.00. There's no point winging and whining about the Aussie prices, honestly I could complain all day about the cost of living here or how badly the Australian market just gets fleeced on everything...but at the end of the day it doesn't change anything. So I may as well just address it and move on. Regardless if you plan to eat out or cook at home, plan on paying at least double.
Produce Shop inside the Chatswood Mall
1 kilo = 2.2 pounds
Tomatoes: $5.99/Kilo

Smirnoff Vodka: $34.99
 

So enough on prices, once you get past having all the comforts of "home" at your finger tips being relatively affordable, you will really enjoy all that Sydney has to offer.

Great Restaurants and Fine Dinning



Famous Landscapes and Beautiful Architecture

Sydney Opera House - view from the Harbor Bridge
Mary McKillop Cathedral
Sydney Harbor Bridge: the climb to the top is on my "To Do List"!

Dee Why Beach...this is winter

 But don't let the sunshine fool you. Its been about 55 degrees! Brrr.... bundle up!
Alright friends, I'm signing off for now, but be sure to check back for more updates from your American down under who misses you all dearly! xoxo

Thursday, November 24, 2011

THANKFUL

Happy Thanksgiving! This year there is much to be thankful for. Family, friends, employment... What are you thankful for this year? Sorry I've been so MIA in posting, here are a few of my favorite HOLIDAY items and DIY projects.

SEATING


CENTER PIECES


ORNAMENTS


TO SHARE



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

HAWAII FIVE-OH!

In honor of my upcoming Hawaii trip- my bags will be packed with plenty of prints, short, dresses, wedges, flats, and sunnies!

Cheers to postponing Fall and the Winter months just a few weeks longer! 












Thursday, July 28, 2011

POP {uP!} Deal Finder Alert

The latest trend in retail, {Pop Up} and {Flash Sales}  have come a long way from brick and mortar stores from the traditional sample sales and private sales to reaching the world wide web via group purchasing allowing shoppers to fill their "In Box" with announcements from every local and national retailer marketing their flash deal of the day.

 Industry leaders Stylish+Cool's Stylish Girl and E-tailer {Gretchy} team up to bring this wonderful world flash sales to our fingertips via mobile commerce. They are opening the doors to present the very first ever mobile pop up shop July 30th. For 36 hours, {Stylish Gretchy} will offer designer dresses and accessories at amazing sample sale prices.

Get the inside scoop here!




Gone are the days of fighting over who saw that dress first or standing in long lines outside of a warehouse or somewhere downtown LA. Simply pick up your iPhone or iPad and get Gretchy...I mean shopping.



Check out their website for more information and launch sweepstakes!
Official Press Release




Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cheers to the Red, White & Blue

This 4th of July I spent with friends and family in Bay Area California. The extended weekend required some good yet easy packing to avoid checking bags so I could hit the ground running.

Here are my essentials:
* Straw derby style hat $26 for the pool and an easy hair solution
* Flats/slip ons for running around the city. My pick is a pair of crochet TOMS $44-$55
* Cross body tote for day time essentials: camera, touch up make up, wallet, and hand wipes (if you ride BART and are running around the city you will be glad you packed these!)
* Wedges: comfortable and stylish can be dressed up or down
* Rainbows (support your local surf shop)  for kickin' it poolside and cruising around town
* Maxi Dress: Quiksilver Girls $59
* Obagi skin care system to wash the day away and keep my skin happy and restored from plane travel and environment adjustment (I travel with smaller amounts to be TSA friendly)

The sweltering heat was a nice welcome from the June gloom we had been having in Orange County.