The road to residency part 8: permanent residency

On Saturday, 1st April – April Fools’Day – I got an email from my migrant agent. My visa was granted and I’m a permanent resident. The PDF from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection was attached. It took three years. I applied for the temporary residency visa in April 2014. Two years later, in April 2016, I became eligible to apply for permanent residency. It took 12 months to process. Here’s an interesting statement in the…

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On blogging and LiveJournal’s new terms

I don’t remember when I started blogging. It was on AOL Journals so it was at least 2003, but I left before it closed in 2008. I don’t remember what I blogged about, probably nothing. Although there were some pioneers in the space, a blog in the late 1990s and early 2000s was, generally speaking, someone’s online diary. People wrote about family, work, and life in general. The average casual blogger wasn’t optimising their blog…

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Months four and five of the Trumpocalypse

Welcome to another month in the Trumpocalypse. Here’s my fourth roundup of Trump news and commentary. It’s hard keeping up with all the news, analysis, and commentary. The previous entries were long and it all keeps getting longer. That’s why this month I’m trying a different format – a roundup of links organised around topics. Around the world ‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation (19 Feb) E.U. Lawmakers Call for End to…

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Scenes from our budget-friendly engagement party

Last month, Theo and I had our engagement party! Here’s what we did and how we did it. Let’s start with (modern) traditions. Traditionally, the engagement party takes place within a three months of the proposal. It’s the sweet spot between carefree, just-engaged life and the start of serious wedding planning. Traditionally, the bride’s parents host the engagement party. It brings future wedding guests together for the first time and they start getting to know each other. Traditionally,…

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Month three of the Trumpocalypse

Welcome to my third roundup of Trump news and commentary. The Trumpocalypse has officially begun. Donald Trump is an American business, television personality, and 45th President of the United States. The inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President was held on Friday, January 20, 2017. We’ll get to that, but first let’s look at some significant events leading up to the inauguration. #GoldenGate #GoldenGate dominated the news in early January. There are two parts to this…

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Scenes from the Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo

I went to my second bridal expo today. Earlier this month, I went to the Melbourne Ultimate Bridal Event at the Royal Exhibition Building. Today’s event was the Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. I was worried that today’s bridal expo was going to be identical to the first one I went to, but they were different. It was a beautiful morning in Melbourne. I arrived at the convention centre just before the 9am…

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Scenes from the Melbourne Ultimate Bridal Event

Today I went to my first bridal expo. The Ultimate Bridal Event is being held this weekend at the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens. We’re getting married in the United States. We don’t need to hire a local venue, celebrant, photographer, and so forth. We will be buying our attire here though so I was keen to look at gowns and suits as well as stationery and bonbonnieres. I also wanted inspiration and to taste…

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Month two of the Trumpocalypse

As I blogged last month, the Trumpocalypse doesn’t officially begin until 20 January, but we’ve been feeling the effects since the election. Here’s a look at some of the things that happened during the second month. The big news in December was that Trump became the President-elect, for real this time. The Electoral College formally voted for the president and Trump secured 306 electoral votes. Like every other President, Trump was selected as TIME’s 2016 Person…

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Bullet Journal planning 2017

Happy New Year! You know what a new year means, don’t you? A new Bullet Journal! I spent a couple of days last week preparing my 2017 Bullet Journal and I thought I’d share how it’s coming along. If you don’t know what a Bullet Journal (BuJo) is, start here. I decided to write this post because my BuJo is like the original created by Ryder and you don’t see many of these online. Let’s get…

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2016 in review

I hope you’ve had a wonderful solstice, Christmas, or whatever you celebrate. If you don’t celebrate anything at all, I hope you’re having an enjoyable break from work. I can’t believe how fast 2016 went! I know I say that every year. Politically and socially, it’s been a bumpy year, but personally it was mostly good. I reached many of my goals including completing a PowerPoint course, a basic SEO course, and the second and third Feverbee community…

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Month one of the Trumpocalypse

It’s been almost a month since Donald Trump was elected to be the 45th President of the United States. Although we’re still two months away from the official beginning of the Trumpocalypse, we’ve been feeling the effects of it since election day. Here’s a look at what happened during the first month of the Trumpocalypse and how you can help the resistance. Hate crimes Suicide hotlines across the US received record numbers of phone calls after the…

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We’re engaged!

It was not a big, romantic gesture. Neither of us got down on one knee, hold a flash mob, or write it across the sky. We talked about it one day, nodded, smiled, and said, “Let’s do it.” Theo and I decided to to get engaged in mid-August. I wanted to tell everyone I knew. And some people that I didn’t know – the pizza guys around the corner, the cops at the train station, whoever…

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