Hello! I'm back with a second post! 2016 has been great for me. I hope you all have a great 2017!
First post is here
At the moment I stay in East Tamaki, Auckland which is near to airport area due to the cost of living is cheaper compared to other areas nearer to city -personal opinion only XD.
*please note that photos are not directly related to content
|Lego Christmas tree in Queen street - went out sight seeing|
I have been looking for jobs high and low since I arrived and only manage to work at my third week. I applied the job online directly at the company website and you can also use Seek.co.nz to search for jobs. Last option will be to contact agent for jobs.
|First time celebrate Christmas overseas|
You may also stay in accommodation that can recommend jobs.
|I even brought physical photos of my BFFs - don't say I did not miss you ah|
First step before you come to New Zealand is to look for a place to stay. Then open bank account and IRD once you reach here.
My first 2 weeks is just spending money all the way. >_<
At the same time having fun shopping, going out to city via bus and train, BBQ party and also birthday party both on same day.
|BBQ party at One Tree Hill|
|The park is spacious and great for picnics or BBQ|
|Angela's cute dog|
|Birthday party at my long time schoolmate house - Angela's daughter 2nd birthday|
I'm so blessed to have many that helped me along the way.
From pick up at airport, to bring me around Manukau to open a new bank account, I would like to thank Jonathan and Fyin for their generosity even on their busiest time to prepare for wedding. Congratulations too.
|Celebrated Eve's birthday on 24th Dec|
|got a present for Christmas from Santa|
|Strawberry salad as my potluck food.|
Home stay has nice and friendly people as well that made me feel at home. Currently I'm staying in a 4 person bunk bed room with 2 others. Rental is by week and include all facilities. All Malaysian so I feel like I never left Malaysia =P
|my bed space - but now I sleep on the right side XD|
Shopping for groceries normally will be in Pak n Save, Tai Ping or Korean market for me. Although you still have other choices like New World or Countdown.
|view from double deck bus|
My first job will be at T&G in tomato glasshouses where we do a lot of crop works from planting to picking tomatoes. The company even provide boots for seasonal workers which is great! This job changed the way I see tomatoes as it is not an easy task to plant tomatoes and I have greater appreciation for food. I worked in a more remote area in Tuakau, so everyday we need to bring our own lunch to work.
|kimchi fried rice|
|luncheon meat egg|
|kimchi hor fun|
Lunch time is just 30 minutes here, the quick and easy way is to cook own food, pack it then reheat it at work. I never cooked so much in my life XD - almost everyday for all 3 meals.
We also have smoko(tea/smoke) break every two and half hours of 15 minutes, which I feel that makes time goes faster. My colleagues are mostly Islanders and friendly too.
|company provided boots!|
|Christmas pack - only half is mine, the rest belongs to my roommates|
|Glasshouse work - planting on a trolley|
|Secret santa gift!|
The best part of the job is the way T&G appreciate the staff, I got Christmas pack full of fresh produce on the 5th day of work. We had a Christmas secret santa gift exchange and lunch. Thank you card was given to all staff, handwritten and signed by team leaders as a form of appreciation. I like the work life balance here - everyone starts work on time and leave on time.
After I got myself a job, I got myself a car too via auction end of last month via mega auction. It's my first time to bid in an auction which is thrilling and I learnt to make decisions fast. Second hand cars are affordable here depending on your requirement of the car you want. I got my car from Turners .
Really thankful to have Robert and Jeffrey for their help there too.
|Sunny - my very first car!|
When I decided to come to New Zealand, I really have no plans beforehand. I only quit my job on that same night I took my flight. Only looking for accommodation 2 weeks before I depart.
|went karaoke on boxing day!|
|Drinking kaki! Best new bunch of friends!|
I'm glad to have my family supporting me in whatever I do. <3 Also unexpectedly many turn up for my farewell party, I didn't even know I'm popular, LOL. So far this experience changed my perspective in life and learning to be even more independent than before.
I do not regret my decision to quit my job and come over.
|Cherry season - ate fresh cherries for the very first time|
That's all for now, till next post on my road trip soon!