I have always wanted to live overseas – not necessarily forever, but for a time. For years I tried to deny that desire, but after half my family left Malaysian shores, and my best friend to Britain, I decided it’s time to live my dream instead of living vicariously through other people’s lives.

So I did it. I handed a bunch of cash to the emigration agent, I signed some papers, and Lord, I have no idea if I’ll be able to make it or whether I’m making the biggest mistake of my life. All I know is that I’m listening to that inner person for once, and she’s quite happy that I am.

The practical side – the one that has been telling the inner person to shut up for years – is in panic mode because she realises that everything fammiliar will evaporate like steam in a few years’ time. And that includes a job I’m wild about, and having friends and family close by.

But yet … man, this is so exciting!

Hope you’ll join me on my journey πŸ™‚

PS: Lots of people asked me which migration agent I used. I used Global Migration. I found them quite helpful and reliable. Dear Global Migration, I’m doing free advertising for you, you know! πŸ˜‰ Gimme a free plane ticket back or something … πŸ˜›


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  1. Hi,

    Do you mind sharing which agent did you go to? We spoke to a few agents and are so confused. Any advice on what we should look out for. You can reply through email to me. Tks a lot.

  2. Hi Susan,

    I just read your latest blog posts in January 2012 after googling for stories on “migrating from Malaysia”. I’ve been reading GMN forum previously but it seems to have disappeared. Any idea what’s happened?

    Also wanted to wish you a quick good luck! Starting off a new year in a new place seems very poetic. My family and I are at the end stage, having submitted all docs and awaiting final step of visa being granted (or not) – so now our waiting period for an answer starts.

    Do take care and am glad that your outlook is positive. That’s half the battle won. πŸ™‚

    • Good luck on your visa application Li Ling. I have no idea what happened to the GMN forum, but they’re now quite active on Facebook. Do check it out!

  3. Hi Susan,

    Really love reading your blog.hi, i know it has been quite a while u have migrated….now, i’m going through the same thing now (whether to stay or not) that you have gone through previously. do you mind recommending me the agent you’ve gone to? like DDtalk, i’ve been to a few, and are quite confused… thanks

  4. Hi Susan,
    I came across your blog recently. Like yourself, I’ll be moving to Australia in a few weeks time – to Perth to be exact. I’m hoping that you could share the steps needed for our income tax issues? Do we need to have the EA form first or to approach IRB first? Sorry for the many questions cause I am very excited as well!!
    Cheers – Orion.

  5. Hi Susan,

    Right from the start – a very inspiring blog! Keep writing… Would you mind sharing the agent details. Please private message. me.

    Thank you.

  6. Hi susan…. I just accidently bump into your blog while googling on migration to Australia. Found it very insightful and interesting. I have taken my IELTS test and now pondering whether to appoint an agent. Could you PM me the contact of the agent you went through. Thanks and Happy New Year!

  7. Hi Susan.. I am too very fascinated with ur write up. Have been wanting to take the brave step but not sure how… Some told me to take up short courses e.g. Nursing, osh, childcare etc but am not too sure which is more proper. I am a lady who has this dream to create a better future for my kids and hubby is not too keen. Still am not giving up.. Hope to find the way first and then convince him later for the children’s sake. Need your advice badly.

  8. Hi,

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  10. Hi Susan,

    Stumbled across your blog by accident while Googling Malaysians migrating to Australia – i know there are so many of us out there but apart from GMN on Facebook, it’s difficult to find a material as comprehensive, informative and above all inspiring for those planning on taking the big plunge Down Under (joke intended). I’ll be making the big move back to Sydney next year, its been 2 years after my graduation but I still feel like I left my heart in Australia and I’m really happy I managed to read your blog because it reminds me of all the RIGHT reasons about why I wanted to stay back there in the first place.

    All the very best in your own PR application, and if you ever have any questions on that I’ll be happy to help (although you probably have much better sources over there than little old me)

    Kind regards

    • Thank you for dropping by su wen! I know what you mean by leaving your heart in Australia. I left Perth in 2000 but missed it for years!

    • Hi,
      I stumble upon your blog and found that it’s very useful. I’m currently applying for Aus PR (state sponsorship -Adelaide. May i know how much is the rental in Adelaide? Do you have an email address that I can write to you?
      Wei Yee

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