“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles M. Schulz
Perth founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829 named after the same city in Scotland. It is the most isolated capital city in the world, so isolated it was nominated by the original American astronauts as the ‘City of Lights’ — standing out as the bright spot on planet Earth. Perth is closer to Bali than Sydney. And it’s often cheaper to fly to Bali than to Sydney. Life in Perth is a beach and I mean that literally. The city prided itself of pristine beaches and being the sunniest capital in the world –the sun really shone here the brightest thus most people just head to the beach on weekend and holidays to jog, sail board, and wind surf. Perth experiences a Mediterranean Climate, with warm hot summers, and mild winters reminded me of the old Manila when I was young, when that crispy cold breeze greeted you in the morning. Also, the night sky are so starry looks bigger and brighter and I swear I have seen the biggest yellow full moon while driving towards the city my friends and I had a really good laugh in amazement it’s like s shot from the howling movie.
One thing I like about Perth is there’s no traffic, the road is practically yours after 7pm. It is so spacious that it’s the highest standard of housing in the world— five bedroom, two bathroom homes with swimming pools are very commonplace. Most of my colleagues and friends lived in this kind of commodious homes and resident with average or middle incomes can afford to have one easily. Perth has the largest inner city park in the world – Kings Park. It’s even bigger than New York’s Central Par. WA’s economy boomed because of the mining industry, the world’s top selling gold, silver and platinum coins can be seen in production at Perth Mint. It has the richest plot of land in the world for natural mineral wealth but it is the driest continent in the world. It is also the home of INXS and Heath Ledger.
I had major adjustment with communication as Australian have their uniquely slang usage of day to day terminologies and this is apart from the use of British and American slang like ‘arvo’ means afternoon, ‘maccas’ is McDonalds, and the constant use of ‘no worries’, ‘cheers,’ and ‘no dramas (there)’ as expression of forgiveness or reassurance, and ‘Bob’s your uncle’ – It is often used immediately after a set of simple instructions and roughly means the same as ‘… and it’s as simple as that!’
I met a lot of Filipinos here in Perth and when meeting one I had to ask how they came here and get to know about Perth because prior to 2008 before joining my company I never knew that a city named Perth existed in Australia. By default when you talked about the land down under it’s always Sydney or Melbourne that is but this is where the main office is located. Fast forward to 2013 after 5 years in the company I got the chance to get relocated in this city. I moved smacked in the middle of winter of July 2013. Perth climate is lovely and the city is very laid back but having lived in Singapore for almost a decade I experienced some culture shocks like mall closes at 5pm, movie tickets costs 20 bucks and there’s no Starbucks. I am not a coffee person but I like sitting in this coffee shops catching up with friends. Although there’s some stuff unavailable in Perth there’s other stuff like Fremantle, Hillary’s, and San Churro Chocolateria it can offer and I guess that’s part of this Western Australian charm