Thursday, October 30, 2008

Waiting game..

I'm finally moving into my own apartment this weekend. Can't wait as I have practically been living out of 1 suitcase and the weather is getting really cold here.

Next step is to get a job.'s just a waiting game.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I found my home away from home

I found myself an apartment!! Close to the tube and within walking distance to amenities!

It even comes with a gym and spa and was below our initial budget.

Of course, had to lock the contract in for a longer period as it is really a good deal! I will be moving in in two weeks. Can't wait!

The best thing of all is that there were no dramas with paying 6 months of rent in advance thing.

Friday, October 17, 2008

What a day!

Finally had a small window of free time from prepping and attending job interviews. Went to check out some areas and spoke to a few estate agents about some apartments that I saw that I was interested in renting.

Imagine my shock when one of them said, "As you are still job seeking, that means that you are unemployed, that will classify you as a class B tenant which means that you will need to be prepared to pay 6 month's of rent in advance."

Me: WHAT???

I was thinking, are you kidding me, no one said that before to me and 6 months is really excessive. Not to mention that fact that it is one of the most expensive currencies, the POUND!
I was still shocked for at least half an hour after leaving that agent. Spoke to some people and they have never heard of that before, but then I don't think they were at the unemployed stage when they were seeking to rent either.

That estate agent didn't help by saying that based on the criteria that I had, she doubts that I can find a place close to where I was looking at. But I searched property websites and definitely saw some.

I think I might just give this agent a skip in the future.

After that, heard back from my recruitment agent and unfortunately I wasn't successful in one of the jobs that I applied for that I really like. The feedback was good, they thought that I was fantastic but there was another candidate who had UK experience and have audited that specific industry before.

Oh well, so it boils down to me not having the experience in that industry, nothing I can do about that. They did mention that they are definitely still interested in me when they are recruiting say 2 months later. Well, I think at that point, I will be homeless and penniless (spending in pounds using AUD) so I won't be able to wait 2 months.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Greetings from London

I know that I have been silent for a while. I was really busy packing and sorting out my things in Sydney. After that, I left for a week of holiday in Tokyo. It was wonderful, I will put up pics soon once I'm more settled in London with my own place and my own computer hopefully.

At the moment, I am busy meeting up with agents and attending interviews. I didn't exactly arrive at the best time to look for a job with the current economy and media hype about the financial sector.