Ideally, I should be already on-board to my train bound to the location of my workplace. Well, not today. While finishing my last bite of bagel, I realised that I only have 5 minutes remaining to catch the next train. That will be allocated effectively, 3 minutes driving to the carpark and a 2-minute dash to the train station while holding that cup of coffee on the right and umbrella on my left hand – it is extra special today because it is raining! Forget about the temperature, 15 degrees doesn’t bother me for this day is better than any othe winter days that has just ended last month.
With 50 metres remaining on my run, I saw the railway gates slowly closing (ouch) and the traffic lights have switched to red accompanied by a loud, repetitive warning bell sound. I knew I was not going to make it so I just decided to walk and to catch my breath and stop the coffee from spilling out.
The next train will be arriving in in 20 minutes so I decided to just write.
It is “R U OK” day yesterday here in Melbourne – a meme that reminds people to check on your mates or the people around you if they are okay. Well, I got one from my officemate, another from a poster in the train station and one from a Linkedin post.
We have been in Australia for more than 1 year and I should say that we are doing okay in terms of our respective jobs, my daughter is doing well in the childcare, we have already established routines that we need to accomplish everyday. We also have good network of friends whom we go out with from time to time during the weekends. We have also kept our communication with our families and friends back in the Philippines and Malaysia – they give us extra boost and motivation with our day to day activities.
(Arriving at the City train station in a few)
Life is generally easy here, so long one has a source of income, sure that the family will thrive.
Are we doing OK? Sure we are!
(Time to alight from the train for now)
That’s Tram 55 along William Street just outside Flagstaff Train Station on a rainy Friday Morning.