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Landed here on the 7th of Sepbember. Malaysian Airlines was great in terms of connectivity. The Bangalore-KL flight is a new flight with just 10 passengers! The best international flight I have ever had. I landed in Sydney at 8 am. Immigration was a breeze and so was Customs. An Iranian cabbie drove me to my destination. We are talking about life in Australia and he did mention that although he considers Aussies to be mildly racist, he still considers Australia to be the best country in the world.
I moved into a shared accomodation which I had managed to book from India with some difficulty. Costs me $190 per week and we are 4 people in a 2 Bedroom apartment.

I managed to get the Bank a/c activated with Commonwealth Bank. They were great. Not sure whether they were extra nice because I had wiretransferred 18K or they are generally so nice. He gave me advice on mobile phone options, Banking in Australia in general and many other things... he spent a good one and a half hour! CBA, in general, has been very responsive to me from the time I opened the account from India.
I got into a bit of a bother with Adaptors. I am carrying 4 'Universal Adaptors' by MX from India. They are totally useless. They don't fit well at all. i finally got a couple of them from a local Indian store close by. Cost me $5 per adaptor. I had earlier gone to a big Electrical store in the city centre and did not find any. So my advice is just pick up a customized 'India to Australia' adaptor from Indian stores in Australia.

I find Sydney very expensive. Food, Train Services are all pretty much higher than those of other (developed) countries... I suddenly began to feel whether all this jump is financially worth the while.... let me see...
The prepaid mobile options are quite crazy. I went and bought an optus sim from woolworths and called up optus to register. They told me that calling to India from that card would be $2 a minute because the SIM card from Woolworth caters mainly to the local call market! The SIM is of no use to me. Plan to buy one more 'proper' sIM card.

For India calls, I believe Lyca is the best.
Next week- Jobs Opportunities!

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Landed here on the 7th of Sepbember. Malaysian Airlines was great in terms of connectivity. The Bangalore-KL flight is a new flight with just 10 passengers! The best international flight I have ever had. I landed in Sydney at 8 am. Immigration was a breeze and so was Customs. An Iranian cabbie drove me to my destination. We are talking about life in Australia and he did mention that although he considers Aussies to be mildly racist, he still considers Australia to be the best country in the world.
I moved into a shared accomodation which I had managed to book from India with some difficulty. Costs me $190 per week and we are 4 people in a 2 Bedroom apartment.

I managed to get the Bank a/c activated with Commonwealth Bank. They were great. Not sure whether they were extra nice because I had wiretransferred 18K or they are generally so nice. He gave me advice on mobile phone options, Banking in Australia in general and many other things... he spent a good one and a half hour! CBA, in general, has been very responsive to me from the time I opened the account from India.
I got into a bit of a bother with Adaptors. I am carrying 4 'Universal Adaptors' by MX from India. They are totally useless. They don't fit well at all. i finally got a couple of them from a local Indian store close by. Cost me $5 per adaptor. I had earlier gone to a big Electrical store in the city centre and did not find any. So my advice is just pick up a customized 'India to Australia' adaptor from Indian stores in Australia.

I find Sydney very expensive. Food, Train Services are all pretty much higher than those of other (developed) countries... I suddenly began to feel whether all this jump is financially worth the while.... let me see...
The prepaid mobile options are quite crazy. I went and bought an optus sim from woolworths and called up optus to register. They told me that calling to India from that card would be $2 a minute because the SIM card from Woolworth caters mainly to the local call market! The SIM is of no use to me. Plan to buy one more 'proper' sIM card.

For India calls, I believe Lyca is the best.
Next week- Jobs Opportunities!
If you are in Sydney, I will catch you in 6 months time .

Nice post by the way.....
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Landed here on the 7th of Sepbember. Malaysian Airlines was great in terms of connectivity. The Bangalore-KL flight is a new flight with just 10 passengers! The best international flight I have ever had. I landed in Sydney at 8 am. Immigration was a breeze and so was Customs. An Iranian cabbie drove me to my destination. We are talking about life in Australia and he did mention that although he considers Aussies to be mildly racist, he still considers Australia to be the best country in the world.
I moved into a shared accomodation which I had managed to book from India with some difficulty. Costs me $190 per week and we are 4 people in a 2 Bedroom apartment.

I managed to get the Bank a/c activated with Commonwealth Bank. They were great. Not sure whether they were extra nice because I had wiretransferred 18K or they are generally so nice. He gave me advice on mobile phone options, Banking in Australia in general and many other things... he spent a good one and a half hour! CBA, in general, has been very responsive to me from the time I opened the account from India.
I got into a bit of a bother with Adaptors. I am carrying 4 'Universal Adaptors' by MX from India. They are totally useless. They don't fit well at all. i finally got a couple of them from a local Indian store close by. Cost me $5 per adaptor. I had earlier gone to a big Electrical store in the city centre and did not find any. So my advice is just pick up a customized 'India to Australia' adaptor from Indian stores in Australia.

I find Sydney very expensive. Food, Train Services are all pretty much higher than those of other (developed) countries... I suddenly began to feel whether all this jump is financially worth the while.... let me see...
The prepaid mobile options are quite crazy. I went and bought an optus sim from woolworths and called up optus to register. They told me that calling to India from that card would be $2 a minute because the SIM card from Woolworth caters mainly to the local call market! The SIM is of no use to me. Plan to buy one more 'proper' sIM card.

For India calls, I believe Lyca is the best.
Next week- Jobs Opportunities!
Good Luck Bangalg. Keep penning your experiences.

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1. Australia is not racist, nowhere is perfect, every place has goods and bads but definitely people are not racist.
2. Expensive, yes, but it is totally worth it, give yourself time, once you have a job, you will start adjusting
3. Bank people are always nice to you, probably you are used to the Indian standards but get used to smiling faces and things being done in a jiff
4. I told you, look for swiss army/military ones, they come for 350 INR and work fine
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Landed here on the 7th of Sepbember. Malaysian Airlines was great in terms of connectivity. The Bangalore-KL flight is a new flight with just 10 passengers! The best international flight I have ever had. I landed in Sydney at 8 am. Immigration was a breeze and so was Customs. An Iranian cabbie drove me to my destination. We are talking about life in Australia and he did mention that although he considers Aussies to be mildly racist, he still considers Australia to be the best country in the world.
I moved into a shared accomodation which I had managed to book from India with some difficulty. Costs me $190 per week and we are 4 people in a 2 Bedroom apartment.

I managed to get the Bank a/c activated with Commonwealth Bank. They were great. Not sure whether they were extra nice because I had wiretransferred 18K or they are generally so nice. He gave me advice on mobile phone options, Banking in Australia in general and many other things... he spent a good one and a half hour! CBA, in general, has been very responsive to me from the time I opened the account from India.
I got into a bit of a bother with Adaptors. I am carrying 4 'Universal Adaptors' by MX from India. They are totally useless. They don't fit well at all. i finally got a couple of them from a local Indian store close by. Cost me $5 per adaptor. I had earlier gone to a big Electrical store in the city centre and did not find any. So my advice is just pick up a customized 'India to Australia' adaptor from Indian stores in Australia.

I find Sydney very expensive. Food, Train Services are all pretty much higher than those of other (developed) countries... I suddenly began to feel whether all this jump is financially worth the while.... let me see...
The prepaid mobile options are quite crazy. I went and bought an optus sim from woolworths and called up optus to register. They told me that calling to India from that card would be $2 a minute because the SIM card from Woolworth caters mainly to the local call market! The SIM is of no use to me. Plan to buy one more 'proper' sIM card.

For India calls, I believe Lyca is the best.
Next week- Jobs Opportunities!
Welcome to Australia. It will take sometime to get adjusted to the prices here . But I agree to the point that Sydney is the most expensive city of Australia. And very crowded too. But, the opportunities are equally more. You will surely secure a job well within the time frame. All the very best!

On the mobile plans, I suggest don't take any of the Lyca or the Lebara sim cards. The network is pathetic. Most of the times, you will hear the modem/fax sound once the call is connected. The call gets dropped off many times during the conversation. They cliam that the call is 2c/min but there is always a flagfall when the call is connected initially. It will be around 25-28c. So, if the call get dropped and if we call again, we will be again charged with the flagfall. So all in all, I (rather we) never had a good experience with this connection.

Another option to take calling cards to India. You can purchase them online using your bank debit card. You will get around 8 hrs of talk time / card. If you buy the calling cards from indian stores, you will be charged $10. If you buy online, the price will be less. You will sometimes get 3 for $21. They give good offers.

Even the recharging of Lebara, if you do it from the stores, you will get $10 for $10. But, if you do it online, you will be $11 for $10 recharge.

Just be careful and research well before taking a connection.

Once again, congratulations on your move and all the very best for your furture endeavors

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hey bangalg,
welcome to Oz n sydney.
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Welcome buddy .. and Best of luck.. Hopefully my grant will come soon and we will get a chance to meet

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Hi Bangalg,
Thanks for sharing your experiences and knowledge. It will surely help people like me who will be flying on receiving the grant. Good to know that you had a good flight. Might as well consider Malaysian when I fly down to Oz. All the very best for your job search!

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Day 2- in better shape now. I realised there were so many grammatical mistakes in my earlier post- caused by my grogginess!
Staying with 3 other Indian techies- one a PR, another a Citizen heading back and another on 457. So I get disparate views and that is a good thing.
From my very limited experience so far, I do think Australia has its negatives and a good number of positives. The normal cribs here are about the medical system, the fear that our kids when they grow up will become as 'wayward' as the adolescents here (in terms of binge drinking, and other activities that may not be considered proper by 'Indians'), the Police (who are not too harsh on muggers and drunks who turn violent). No value judgments here; I am just echoing what I heard.

My own views are that- one should not expect Australia to be like USA. Aus is much smaller in scale. It does not have the advantage of 'volumes'- in terms of Population, spread of cities, heterogeneity of people. In terms of job prospects, there are few players offering most of the jobs- at least in my case, the financial services has 4-5 big players from where all IT and Operations jobs emanate. This means, if the going is good, it is great... otherwise... ??? Also, I don't think Australia is really a multicultural melting pot like the USA... or for that matter even the UK. These are just initial views of mine- I may be wrong.

I am currently pondering whether it is better for me to move to Melbourne... I am not really liking it in Sydney althought it is too early to conclude. Life in Sydney appears to be mechanical and not too much greenery around. The weather is great, though- it is like Bangalore minus 5C.
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