Back to the Rat Race

Trip Start Sep 03, 2006
Trip End May 23, 2007

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Hello to all of you

It has been a while since you have heard from us, we haven't gone away ya know.... we've just been settling back into a slightly more normal way of life...... WORK!!!!!

After over 6 months of living the leisurly life, doing what we wanted, when we wanted, our bank account rapidly thinning, we had nothing else to do but work!!!

We have settled right back into the way of it, a lot quicker and easier than we both anticipated, and with the bills to pay on our new apartment, it's good that we are both actually quite enjoying the return to the rat race (although we are in Australia)

Getting a job was not actually as easy has we had thought and been told that it would be, with most employers wanting permanent staff - something we are not able to offer! So temping agencies it was! Paul was fine with the idea of this... I was dreading it! I decided that I was not ready to work in the city centre and I hated the thought of a day in a job and then a completely different job the next day, I wanted to get into a job and get to know the people I was working with!

Through complete coincidence I called into a recruitment agency in the St Kilda area only to find that they only employed for the healthcare and hospitality industry. I had said that I really didn't want to work as a waitress as I wanted to have the same hours as Paul. However, we needed to get jobs, so I left my CV just incase nothing else came up. 2 hours later my phone rang, the recruitment agency wanted me to come in and do reception for them for a day at $20.29 an hour I really couldn't say no. It was everything I wanted, good hours, good money and 15 minutes walk from our house so the next day I headed to work.

Meanwhile, Paul had joined an agency that did a thing called Brekkie Temps, where he could go into the agency for breakfast and if a job came up for that day, he would have first priority over others employed with the agency. Paul being Paul of course got a job on the first day, also doing reception for a company that nade billing systems for utility companies. Since then Paul has also done data entry, warm calling to Hong Kong and Singapore and moving furntiure in a recruitment agency. We know it wouldn't be long before an agency would pick up on Paul's skills and experience in a call centre, and he was quickly employed by Fuji Xerox, calling businesses and asking them make an appointment to speak with a sales consultant (sound like CCU to anyone?????) The job offered very good money and Monday - Friday 9.30 - 4.30 (with a paid lunch) and he has now been chosen (after only 2 weeks) to help launch a pilot scheme starting this Monday!

In the mean time I was asked back to do reception in the recruitment agency for a further 3 weeks. They have now employed a permanent receptionist and I finish my short employment there yesterday, so off to the recruitment agencies for me again on Monday! Thankfully I know have confidence in applying for receptionist positions and know that I thoroughly enjoy the role, and have been offered a glowing reference!

Since arriving in St Kilda 4 weeks ago, we have really settled in and are really enjoying having a base for a few months. Homer is still part of our family and currently living out the back of our apartment. We have met some very good friends, who we feel we have known for a very long time! Our apartment block is full of Irish people, infact we have met more Irish people than anything else!

Last Saturday night a group of us got tickets to the Tri Nations Australia v New Zealand match in the Telstra Dome in the City Centre!

It was a really good match in which New Zealand were leading with Australia making an amazing come back to win, making us proud to sport our painted faces etc through the city and on the tram on the way home!

We picked up a reconditioned lap top for $550 (220 quid) so our weeknights are now spent in our apartment watching DVD's sent all the way from Thailand (thank you Andrew & Roisin). We also received a lovely parcel from my Mum & Dad in Ireland, containing Irish tea bags, Cadbury and Galaxy chocolate, Blue Ribbands and Walker's Cheese & Onion crisps. (thank you also), the Irish tea bags are a hit all round!

Today is my 24th birthday, and was last night treated to a bit of Stevie Wonder, 'Happy Birthday' compliments of Paul & Tarun at the stroke of midnight,

and tonight we are planning a fancy dress BBQ out in the courtyard of our apartments with our friends... However, the weather isn't quite what we expected with quite a chill and rain! The night has therefore become weather permitting, although it rained very heavy all through the night last night so hopefully that has cleared the skies for tonight, as we currently don't have a back up plan!

Will talk to you all again very soon.

All our love,

Paul & Ciara
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