5 Years In Australia – Part 1

I can’t believe it has already been 5 years since I have moved to Australia! I hope you enjoy this week’s quick video.


Prior to moving to Brisbane, I had been living in North America for a combined 12 years. I first moved to Victoria, BC, Canada when I was 17 to pursue educational opportunities which later opened doors for me in the USA. I went on to finishing my degree in Environmental Engineering (graduated with honours, ahem..) and gainfully found employment in the aftermath of the 2008 financial meltdown.

I steadily proceeded to live a life of a comfortable young professional. I was doing well socially and getting a great start to my engineering career in Atlanta, GA. I had everything that I needed and many things that I could reasonably want were within my reach. I should have been happy right? Well, something always felt missing and for many years living abroad, I could not quite place my finger on it.

I had left the Philippines so young and was quite independent from a very young age that I could not really remember what it felt like to be with my immediate family. In addition to that, my Dad had successfully performed “Inception”. Years of conversations over the phone, he slowly but surely planted the idea in my head that the US was not my home.

He had convinced me that somewhere in the southern hemisphere, the great southern continent had long awaited for my return. I would finally find a place to call home. Australia’s mining boom was also in full swing. Moving down-under didn’t sound too crazy after all. It was a logical decision. I was sold on the idea of the family reuniting back in Australia.

After an embarrassing 2011-2012 New Year’s Eve Party (maybe I’ll share the story here someday) and after striking out yet again in the dating scene, I ushered in 2012 with the firm resolve to make the move to Australia!

Yet everything proceeded to go down hill shortly after arriving at the end of November 2012.

Did I miss something? I thought this was the “logical” move. I had it planned out, but nothing was going the way I imagined it would. Why did I even do this and what have I done??

(To be continued…)

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