[sneaking a bite of breakfast] – V’s Flickr, 13 Jul ’07.
I made (and salvaged) one of my biggest mistakes since coming here, so read on and remember this, especially for those people who’re planning to study in Australia.
So my student visa expired on Aug 31, but Singaporeans could actually apply for an Electronic Travel Visa or ETA, which is an instantly approved e-visa, paid up via credit card. So hell, I thought there was no hurry in the extension of visa and took my time.
.. until three days ago when I realised the ETA could only be applied when you were outside of Australia. I thought I was fcuked. So I tried to apply for the visa extension via the immigration website, but couldn’t do so for some reason. Called the immigration department the next day, and ooh I had to make an appointment, go down in person and present my documents to them before I could get the visa. Lucky me, I was planning to fly down to New Zealand and do my ETA as a last resort if things came to extremes.
So for people looking to stay on for their graduation after the degree basically, you have to fill up form 601 on the website.
Also, you have to provide the following:
– proof of graduation i.e. your academic transcript. Get a copy from your school.
– proof of reason of stay i.e. a letter from the school stating your graduation ceremony details.
– proof of financial support i.e. a bank statement showing you have sufficient moolah to booze your way till the ceremony at least.
– pay up $215 for the visa application fee (EFTPOS is accepted, as are credit cards). Ouch.
It’s instant approval over at the office (well mine was), so it’s pretty easy. Just be sure to do it earlier; I’m an extremely negative example.
Weekend activity recount:
– shopped at Kathmandu ‘cus there was a 60% discount on stuff over there. I bought a pair of berms, a long sleeved roundneck, microfiber towels, and V got her Tech Amphibian at twenty dollars lesser, sheesh.
– outrageous prices at Queen Victoria Market; a great bunch of broccoli and pak choy, several honeydew melons, spare ribs and minced pork didn’t even come up to ten bucks. Every bloody thing seemed to be going for either a dollar or two dollars; the killer timing’s after 1430hrs on Saturday, heh heh. And we discovered that only because we were late (shopped too long at Kathmandu).
– Fabulous brunch today at The Pancake Parlor; a stack of three fluffy buttermilk pancakes with icecream and warm Bavarian sliced apples, slurps. V’s cottage fries (excellent baked baby potatoes actually) tasted great as well. They cost a bomb but I reckon the prices were worth it. Pictures to follow in future posts.
– bought The Matrix trilogy DVDs at JB Hi-Fi, $12.98 each but at an offer of buy two get one free. Comes up to about eight bucks or so for one DVD, cheap deal.
– rewatched The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy on DVD, thanks to Quickflix. Now I’m all prepped for The Bourne Ultimatum ;p
– read The Bourne Identity (novel), and became slightly disgusted at the extreme difference between the film and the book.
– watched The Pursuit of Happyness with V in the evening; I thought it was seriously a great film, showing the depths a man goes through to survive for his son.
Well, this Great Ocean Road trip was my first, and there’s only a few words to describe it in my memories.
Wet. Winding. Sleep. Puke-inducing. Ugh.
First stopover in the morning; this was an early trip -_-
Lunch was at the Apollo Bay Hotel; good food I say.
Fish and chips spelt with a K. There’s no K in fish and chips, is there? ;p
NZ and MS’s lunches; swordfish and hrmmm I forgot the other. Was it dory?
A kid MS caught on her camera, trying to defy gravity. Well, he tried pretty hard heh heh.
We headed over to the actual Great Ocean Road after lunch, and it was then that I belatedly realised my mistake. Too much food is no good on windy roads. Very, very no good, not when the bus was going at a pretty good clip. Well, to cut things short I went pale, decided throwing up was something to be done in private and thereafter barfed in the bus’s toilet. What a waste of food.
Over at the Apostles, post-barfing.
Well, you could see what a lousy day it was.
Pictures where I seemed to be the background drop.
Wet, through and through.
And that was about all for the trip; because it was too wet to take good pictures of the scenery. We walked around acting tourists, talked on the bus back, took turns to play on NZ’s DS for abit, dozed off, and it was quite a while before we finally got home.
– I thought this software’s pretty well-designed; meet Heatseek! Ultimate protector of men and their
porn manly secrets. Encrypted files with password protection access and customised browser, what could be better?