11.10.2014 - 15.03.2015 25 °C
Originally I said I never wanted to come to Melbourne but in the end we did due to flying back from the Philippines to here and we didn't want to risk running out of money any further. At the start I kind of regretted staying but since I was sacked from my first job and got a good second job I began to fall in love with Melbourne...
At the beginning...
We decided to stay were our farm work friends were staying at Flinders station hostel, the hostel was okay and we met a few friends through Darryn & Keegan. We started to look for jobs and luckily Darryn & Keegan were already working for an construction agency and got job signed up to it as well. I applied for places online everyday through Gumtree and seek but didn't really have much luck although I found work through a hospitality agency Hotelstaff who hired me to work for the Melbourne horse races - Moonee pond valley & Melbourne Cup Carnival. I carried on looking for a full time job and a good friend from the hostel - Trish had found a job working in a chip shop in St.Kilda and managed to get me a job as well. The hours were long and at first we were working 15 hour shifts with no breaks or no time to eat and the manger wasn't exactly pleasant to work with either. If you didn't do something her way or correct (because you were learning) she would have a go at you but after a few weeks one of the girls couldn't take it any longer and spoke to the owner about it which did help. Sadly Trish had to leave after a few weeks so I was left to it and if Chloe or Monika wasn't working then my shift would be hell for me. The workers were very clicky which made it an unpleasant environment to work in. To stop staff doing double shifts, the chip shop employed more people which was good until before Christmas a member of staff complained about 'my work ethics' so they were taking some hours off me to see how things went before they upped my hours again. After Christmas and everyone come back from their break away, I was 'let go' due to too many staff. Looking for jobs for the two weeks was a nightmare and it got me really down, staying in all the time and money had become so tight we only had money for rent and abit of food.
After two weeks of living like true backpackers... poor! I had some amazing news that I had landed myself a job in a small manufacture company working Monday to Friday (my first ever job with weekends off). Once we started getting snot of money in so we could save, we also started doing things that we wanted to do and see around Melbourne before we left.
From February 5th to the 9th.. Jenny had come to see us from Sydney which was amazing so we took her South Melbourne night market to get some food and have a look around. On the Friday, I got off work early so I could have a longer with Jenny during our weekend. When I got home we planned to go the pub but somehow over dinner, we got carried away drinking goon and chatting so we ended up staying in. Saturday came and Jenny had a surprise for me, she took me for a facial and a massage for a Christmas/birthday present which was amazing. I felt so relaxed... ready for a fab night out in Melbourne. We all had drinks at our flat but silly me drank too much vodka, had a few cigarettes which tipped me over the edge landed me in bed and being sick whilst everyone else went out. I had the worst hangover the next day also. So whilst everyone went to St Kilda festival, I sat at home feeling terrible and sorry for myself haha! I finally did make it St.Kilda music festival but only for an hour before returning back to the flat to chill watching a film before going to bed in hope to wake up fresh.
During our last few weeks in Melbourne, were all about working during the week and exploring Melbourne before we leave. We visited the Sky deck tower to see the view over Melbourne from the tallest building in the city, attending White night another festival in the CBD with music, food, dancers and projectile images on buildings.
For our last week in Melbourne, Victoria we decided to go out with a bang. So we started with the future festival on Sunday 8th March, it our first festival and we absolutely loved it. The festival had an amazing line up and the atmosphere was incredible. We ended up losing all of our friends, we carried to party on just Joe & I.
09/03/15 - Bank holiday Monday (Labour day in Victoria) we spent the day looking around the convention centre in the shops and also going up the Sky deck tower to see the beautiful view of Melbourne city and beyond. We also did the Edge experience at extra cost which was a little room which took you out away from the building in a glass floored room. It was pretty cool but scary when you dont like heights.
Tuesday 10/03/15 -
Today we rented a car from cheaper car rentals in Melbourne CBD for four days and set off for the Great Ocean Road. We started by heading to Geelong and then Torquay to start our trip along the Great Ocean Road...! The Great Ocean Road doesnt start for miles after Torquay but we had been told Torquay was a really nice beach so we popped by. It took us all day on our stop, start drive along the GOR and we ended our day by seeing the sunset over the 12 apostles which was beautiful and then we got our heads down at a hostel called 13th apostle in Princetown about 10 minute drive away from the 12 apostles.
Wednesday 11/03/15 -
We got up early to start our road trip again and headed along the Great Ocean Road again to finish it off by seeing London's Bridge and the Bay of Islands. We didn't realise how long this would take and only made our way to the Grampians at 12pm landing there at 14:30, we didn't have much time so we found the nearest information centre which was miles in and then we didn't have much time to see much before it went dark and we would head back to Melbourne. One of the nice workers at the information desk, advised us to go see a few lookouts, waterfalls and small walks. The views and waterfalls were amazing and the walks where lovely, it was a real shame we didn't have longer than we did. When we decided to make our way it was getting dark and we got lost as well which caused trouble with the naughty kangaroos jumping into our car as we drove along.
Thursday 12/03/14 -
We went to play golf at the Gisbourne golf course just outside Melbourne city, the golf course was amazing with all the wild Kangaroos jumping around. Joe was trying to teach me how to play golf but I was too distracted by the Kangaroos and also Joe thought I was taking the piss out of him trying to teach.
Friday 13/03/15 -
For our final day with our rented car, we went to Mt Dandanong national park which was nice but not a lot to do. There was a few pretty lakes and forests to see and on the way back to our flat in St.Kilda we found one of the famous PINK lakes in the docklands in Melbourne city.
Saturday 14/03/15 -
We spent our last day of our first year visa in Australia with our friend Siobhan watching the Melbourne F1 in Albert Park from the roof of the building in which she lived. It was a good view of part of the track and we got a fab view of the mini air show from the Jet and we also got to see the qualifying race for Sundays final races.
Sunday 15/03/15 - BALI here we come!!!