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AFB with ACN

When I first landed in Melbourne as a migrant from Malaysia in 1986, I thought I had arrived in paradise. All my dreams had come true. I spoke English very well but with a Malaysian accent. I thought Australians spoke English too, but I couldn’t understand what they said! I enrolled to study for a Bachelor of Business degree with Deakin University as a mature age student. I taped my lectures because I had difficulty following what was said. These … Read more

Loving the Aussie beach lifestyle

Later this year it will be four years since Family Mum’s gone 2 Aus left London, ready for the move to Aus. Last month it was three years since we launched this blog: Mum’s gone 2 Aus, providing essential support, advice and information for families relocating to Australia.

Recently Mum has received a few messages over on the Mum’s gone 2 Aus Facebook Page asking where I am, and how I am. I admit the page and blog have … Read more

Not likely!

Two years ago, in Five things that (still) surprise us about Australia, Mum explained that lack of censorship and the regular informal use of language in popular media in Australia often takes us by surprise.

Language used on the radio and on television regularly raises a smirk, and on occasions a shocked gasp.

Earlier in the year, we visited The Snowy Mountains and were stopped in our tracks by this sign, displayed on a public rubbish bin in Cooma:… Read more

Ready for action!

Today we’re ringing the changes and sharing a little poem about our recent Aussie road trip. What have you been up to during the school holidays? Have you been on a road trip? We’d love to hear your stories (and poems)!

Our Aussie road trip

When we rose at dawn, to beat the traffic,
The kookaburras were laughing.
We loaded the car with sighs and huffs,
And set the dogs off barking.

Back within minutes for forgotten items,
The mood … Read more

There’s something very special about our October / November, and end of 2012 wrap-up; it’s also the 500th article published at Mum’s gone 2 Aus. That’s a lot of useful information for families relocating to Australia.

Recently Mum has been juggling family life, work life and the blog. Things have been even busier over the past few weeks with end of school year activities and the lead up to the festive season.

It’s amazing that we’ve reached 500 articles … Read more

Today I am admitting that I embrace my inner-humbug at this time of year during school pick-up.

I love Christmas and try to make it as special as possible for the kids, whilst keeping a balance between the traditional and the commercial. However, my inner-humbug is at its strongest when my primary-age son appears from the classroom everyday with a handful of lollies.

I love the fact that children send each other cards and appreciate that enclosing a little treat … Read more

Over the past few months Family Mum’s gone 2 Aus has been adjusting to, and enjoying, a new routine. In Mum’s gone…back to work in Sydney we shared Mum’s job search experience, and tips for other mums returning to the work force after having a break to take care of the children.

Like any significant change or life event, returning to work can be very daunting, especially in a new country; but I’m proof that things work out and family … Read more