Pho PHD

A good pho is when the broth/soup is clear and should be deeply sovoury, and the deep bone boiling taste without the after-taste of MSG. Not to mention the generous amount of meat gives that extra satisfaction.

H is a huge-fan of pho no doubt, and last weekend we went to Pho PHD in Marrickville.

We ordered a large as I had brekkie earlier and knew I couldn’t finish a bowl, so I was going to steal some of his.

I also ordered Crispy Deep Fried Wanton which was amazing!

I hate Fried Wanton that has so little filling and you can barely taste anything. So don’t forget to try out try Fried Wanton! It comes with a special sweet chilli sauce, even if you can’t eat spicy – this isn’t! It’s sweet!

Now we don’t have to go all the way to Cabramatta for good pho.

Opening hours: Mon – Sun 11:00am – 9:30pm.

Tel: (02) 9559 5078.

Address: 260 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204.

Royal Stacks Burger

I was told to try out Royal Stacks months ago but I never had the chance to because it was all the way at Chatswood. (Plus H never really goes to Chatswood)

It was crowded on a Saturday, but it was a sunny day so most probably everyone is out at the beach getting a tan. – while I’m indoors hiding from the sun.

They’ve got draughts too!

They have different range of burgers from beef to chicken and even vegetarian burgers.

It’s burger time!!!

We had the Double Stack (Two patties, tomatoes, butter lettuce, American cheddar, Swiss cheese & horseradish, shallot & gherkins mayo sauce) and Miss Elizabeth (one patty, Swiss cheese and truffle mayo)

We also ordered cheese fries. 😍

<<<<<< hack reminds me of shake shack. With the burgers and not to mention the concrete mix??? Im still dreaming about Shake Shacks Red Velvets concrete<<<<<< ally satisfied and happy Royal Shack and definitely exceeded my expectations. I would definitely return and if it was near me, it would be my go-to burger. Currently Royal Shack is located In New South Wales <<<<<< ood Store<<<<<<< : Shop 357, Westfield Chatswood, 1 Anderson St, Chatswood NSW 2067 Australia Victoria<<<<<< one Store<<<<<<< : Shop B-330A, Chadstone Shopping Centre, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone VIC 3148, Australia Brunswick Store<<<<<<< : Shop 1, 800 Sydney Rd, Brunswick, Australia 3056 CBD Store<<<<<<< : 470 Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia 3000 Phone: 03 9620 0296

Dr. Pimple Popper Comedone For Sale

If you enjoy popping blackheads and just getting satisfaction from extracting blackheads be it on yourself or someone else – you’re on my team.

If you don’t, I suggest you skip this post.

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If you’re a fan of deep cleansing and just popping those blackheads on your nose, you might be a fan of Dr. Pimple Popper a.k.a Dr. Sandra Lee. If you don’t know about her, watch her YouTube but let me tell you – it’s addictive.

https://instagram.com/p/BbkK7SGHqNn/

With all her famous videos and snapchats/insta stories and as her fan grew, everyone started asking about the comedone that she uses and she has finally started selling it on her site.

For $25

Some may say you could get one from Daiso for $2.80

Or maybe from woollies/Coles by Manicure for $8

but hey, Dr Pimple Popper is medical grade and super precise!

I wonder what the difference would it make? 🤔

I wouldn’t know till I get one on my hands.

Why I cut my hair short

Everytime I see a girl with long hair, I would envy them. I would wish I had long hair and would try to imagine how I look like with long hair.

So babes would ask me to keep my hair long.

But as easy as it sounds like, long hair isn’t easy to maintain and I would go for a haircut once every two three months and every year, I would have a major cut and will be back to short hair..

I’ve tried to resist cutting my hair… But I can’t.

They are days, a hair dryer and a ceramic round brush would just do.

They are days a straightener is needed.

They are also the days when I have extra time and curls turns out perfect.

Then they are days I wake up with horse mane.

And days were it’s just frizzy and messy

And not to forget the days where my hair decide to show its natural state (yes, if those of you who remembers, I have natural curly hair and this is it)

And then days when it becomes frizzy and i have lion hair.

And it all sounds fun but I’ve also got fine frizzy hair which does not make the situation any better.

Worst of all, days when I have limpy hair and two weeks ago I accidentally burnt my hair with a hair dryer and I have to cut it off. So with a burnt patch (even though I trimmed it off abit) and a short part due to the cut. I now had uneven hair and was really unhappy with it.

And i really hated it when it becomes so out of shape and limpy and i would end up tying my hair in a bun. (Which isn’t good for my scalp)

So once and for all, I’ve decided to apologise to babes and wait for another few years for my dreams of long hair to come true and walked into a salon.

I have never felt so much relief and H was surprised to see the result. He sat there for 10 seconds staring at me.

I wanted something that had shape and would be easy to maintain (trust me, even though my hair isn’t long or super long it was troublesome and tiring already.)

Respect to those with long hair and can still have beautiful mane. I do not have one to two hours to fix my hair on a daily basis.

Till then, I’m loving my short hair.

Moving to Australia with 457 Work Visa and What To Expect

Find a job these days isn’t easy. (Any job is easy but a job that suits you, and would be happy to stay and in a great company isn’t)

Finding a job in a different country doesn’t make it any easier.

Finding a company to sponsor your work visa and offer you a job isn’t anywhere close to easy.

When I decided to move to Australia, it took a lot of consideration and thinking. I’ve been through a lot in the past 12 months and that is why I have to decided to share my story. When I first graduated, I searched for jobs in Singapore for 9 months and many times I was rejected because I needed a working visa/permit or I wasn’t physically in the country for an interview. Hence, when I decided to move to Australia, I knew it wasn’t easy.

I started sending my resume in October 2016, decided to quit my job back in Malaysia in December 2016 and moved to Sydney in January 2017 and that’s when the serious hunt starts.

 

Looking for a job is full time – bear in mind. Updating your resume/CV and revising it a million times, cover letter, emails and applications. Everyday, I would be searching and applying for jobs for 6 hours per day and in would be sending and applying over 30 jobs. #lifeishard (Some applications even require you to sign up to their system and do an online test which takes more time)

I was lucky to be able to schedule interviews at least 3 a week and I take my interview sessions as a practice and always improve how I present myself the next time. but after 2 months of applying and interviews I finally got an offer. (with the help of a very awesome recruiter)

With the process of applying visa and waiting which took 4 months, I received my visa and I’ve been working for 2 months.

 

Time flies.. …

 

With this, many people have asked me how the process was and what are the steps needed for the visa.

First you’d need a job offer, without the job offer you can’t apply for a work visa.

Second, the company that offer you a job has to sponsor and pay for your visa. (but that doesn’t mean you don’t pay anything)

Third, the agent (usually appointed from the company) will then collect your documents and lodge your application

Forth, you wait till the nomination approval is given – this means the approval for the company to sponsor is given but does not mean your visa is granted. In some cases, agent will only lodge the visa application after the nomination application is given, but in my situation, both were lodged at the same time so when we received the nomination approval, we did not have to submit any visa application since it was done earlier.

Fifth, visa is granted and you may start work anytime.

 

Fees and Cost 

If you ask around the agents, different agents will tell you a different cost of the visa, it various between $8k to $20k (depending on what the agent fee is and all that document cost and jazz) but that is up to the company to agree to pay for it.

A company can’t randomly say they want to sponsor even if they are willing to fork up the money because they have to be in the list or to be “nominated” – this means, they are allowed to hire overseas and sponsor their visa. Hence during the Visa application there is two part of application

  1. Visa Employer Nomination
  2. Visa Employee Application

Visa Employer Nomination is applied from the HR of the company and Visa Employer Application is applied by you (employee). That means with every document and application there is a fee. Something that I didn’t know and nobody has inform me prior to this.

Visa Employee Application Fee various from agent and time (thanks to the government) but what I had to pay and fork up;

  • Application form $1,750
  • Agent Fee $1,650
  • IELTS test $330
  • Health Check $323

That comes up to a total of $4,053 (rough estimate of RM15,000) that has to be paid for the visa before the agent starts any work what more the application. This fee doesn’t include your flights here, accomodation, transport, food and allowance and anything else that you would need BEFORE you start working to earn any income here. So this is something that you would need to keep in mind and to some people it may be mentally stressful.

 

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8 days after we lodged our application, Prime Minister announced that the Working Visa 457 would be abolished and everyone freaked out. The same morning, I emailed and contacted both my recruiter and the agent to ask if I would be affected and what would this mean.

New rules;

  • Instead of Work Visa 457, it is now called Short-Term Work Visa or Medium-Term Work Visa depending on skills
  • Instead of 4 years visa granted, new visa would only be 2 years grant
  • Previous 457 visa allows unlimited renewal each time visa expires, new visa (Short Term Work Visa) only allows one renewal with no approval guarantee ( I was told there would be a review )
  • Previous 457 visa can be applied with no working experience, new Short Term Work Visa would require a minimum of 3 years working experience.

 

Some people applied offshore and they are lucky enough to be able to stay in their home country while applying for jobs overseas, waiting for visa and all that jazz before coming over here hence they reduce waiting time and during the waiting time, you will not be allowed to work unless if you obtain a working holiday visa or any visa that permits you to work.

Many people told me they envy my non-working days but I can honestly say I did not enjoy it at all. I couldn’t do anything to have income, not even part-time of freelance (legally). That was my biggest obstacles but after torturous four months of waiting, I finally started work and I did not regret anything at all even if I had to be jobless of 9 months.

 

 

 

p/s. based on my personal experience.