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Paradise wedding, working and partying - Surfers' style!

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25th March – Arriving into a sunny Brisbane at 7.20am, we collected our baggage and boarded the Skytrain to Fortitude Valley where we met Rach’s (soon to be wed) friend Gary, who had kindly offered to drive us to our apartment in Surfers Paradise, an hour down the Gold Coast. Catching up on the drive over (and Si catching up on sleep), we arrived to our accommodation and checked into our huge 2 bed, open plan apartment.

Suntower Apartment

Suntower Apartment

Opening the box we sent Gary with our Vietnamese tailored clothes inside, we hoped after all the weeks of gorging on Thai curries we could still fit into them! Out to explore we bought a few basics for our 3 night stay and checked out Surfers’ amenities.

Enjoying the sun in Paradise!

Enjoying the sun in Paradise!

Shattered from the overnight plane journey, we vegged in front of the TV and got an early night, ready for some serious sun-worshiping tomorrow!

26th March – We spent the day setting up a bank account, mobile phone and job searching, in preparation for the 3 months we would spend in OZ. Sadly this meant putting the beach on hold for the time being! Shocked by the astronomical prices of everything in Australia, we knew getting jobs for some of our stay was now essential. Having applied for a working holiday visa before we left, we knew we could work but it was now a matter of finding a job! On seeing a poster advertising promotional work we chatted to Philippa also on a working visa, who told us about her job and that she was looking for a couple to flat share with. Numbers swapped, we decided the job wasn’t right for us but the flat share could be! Continuing the search via the net, we came across a cattle farm in Sale Victoria, looking for a couple to help out in exchange for accommodation and food. Advertising it as ‘the proper Aussie experience’ it sounded exactly what we were looking for, so we applied at once!

With the evening setting in we met up with Gary, his best men and two sisters for his last night as a single man! First up was Sin City – a pumping club where the bar staff wore lingerie and the drinks cost a fortune!

Celebrating Gary's last night as a single man

Celebrating Gary's last night as a single man

Choosing the cheapest drink on offer - beer at $7 a scooner (3/4 of a pint), we stayed for a couple then headed onto a cheaper typical Irish bar, packed and good fun with local live musicians.

The night before the big day!

The night before the big day!

Eventually we made our way home for 1am, shattered but looking forward to the wedding tomorrow!

27th March – After a morning of yet more job searching, we managed to secure ourselves an interview on Monday afternoon at a commission only promotional job, selling party tickets on the street. Before we knew it, it was time to dress up in all our tailored finery and head to The Sheraton Hotel on Main Beach, where Gary’s wedding was about to begin!

Last steps as a single man!

Last steps as a single man!


Gary's mum and sisters

Gary's mum and sisters


Dressed to impress!

Dressed to impress!

Sitting in the beautiful gardens with the string quartet playing and the sun beating down on us, the setting was amazing. Soon the ceremony was taking place and Rach was trying to hold back the tears.

Ready for the big 'I Do'...

Ready for the big 'I Do'...


The Happy Couple!

The Happy Couple!

Next up were the photos, followed by delicious canapés and refreshing ice cold champagne! (THANK YOU GARY AND MERLE!).

Enjoying the champagne and canapes

Enjoying the champagne and canapes

Before long we were seated at one of the Formula One titled tables and had the privilege of being placed with Gary’s family on the ‘Silverstone’ table (yes, Gary is obsessed with Formula One!).

Silverstone Table Plaque

Silverstone Table Plaque


Prim and Proper at Gary's wedding

Prim and Proper at Gary's wedding

Before the speeches, we were treated to some traditional Lion Dancing from Merle’s home country Hong Kong.

Lion dancing

Lion dancing


The happy Mr and Mrs Wood!

The happy Mr and Mrs Wood!

Speeches finished and it was time to hit the dance floor! With our tailored shoes holding up to the moves, we continued to the early hours of the morning.

28th March – Jaded from the dancing and drinking, we met up with Philippa and her friend Natasha to view an apartment in Sunset Court. Deciding to wait until we’d heard about a job, we said we’d let them know as soon as we could. Receiving an email from the cattle farm, we were told they would love for us to stay and work for 2 weeks in the middle of April. At least this would stop us spending for two of the fifteen weeks in Oz!

29th March – Packing up and checking out of our lovely 2 bed apartment, we grudgingly headed to 'Islander Backpackers' and checked into a 4 bed dorm room for a night. At $30 each per night it was hardly a saving, but it was the cheapest we could find and much better than the $95 for a double room! 1pm and it was time for our promotional job interview at ‘Plan B Party Tours’. Assigned to sit with current staff, we were split up and told to watch and listen. An hour later and with not a single Party ticket sold we were both very sceptical on the money making potential! After a ‘training session’ with the boss Amy where we were told the details of the ticket; 5 clubs, 5 free drinks, food and games and to be sold for between $30 – 60 (with our wage 50% of our ticket sales). Soon we were sent back out for another hour and only hearing the ‘pitch’ a couple of times, again we came back cynical but with no other option, all we could do was keep trying. Meeting up with Philippa and Natasha, we viewed two apartments and picked the nicer of the two.

Sunset court apartment!

Sunset court apartment!

At $40 a night it was much cheaper than the shared dorm room and had a pool, TV and huge open plan lounge/kitchen and balcony.

Our lovely refreshing pool

Our lovely refreshing pool

Being told we could move in straight away at no cost for the first night, we moved our belongings across at once! Continuing our search for a job, we emailed our CVs to Philippa and Natasha’s manager at a local Telesales company, desperate for any income.

Welcome to.....!

Welcome to.....!


Beach life in Surfers Paradise

Beach life in Surfers Paradise

30th March – With an early phonecall from ‘Apple Investments’ where Phil and Tasha work, we were soon booked in for an interview at 4.30pm that afternoon. Making the most of our new apartment pool in the morning, the afternoon was spent in ‘training’ at Plan B. Paired up with different sales people on different pitches, both were very quiet again and we were seriously thinking of quitting altogether, hoping the interview this afternoon would be successful! 4pm we were suited and booted for our interview and after a 5 minute group interview/chat with the 23 year old manager and one other interviewee, we left with as little information about the job as when we arrived. An hour later we had a call saying Rach had got the job, but Si was unsuccessful. Apparently Si was too overqualified and upon hearing this, Rach was mortified at being offered the position. Grudgingly, Rach accepted the job and agreed to start 7.30am tomorrow morning, knowing it would pay the rent and tide us over for the time being, it was now up to Si to provide money for luxuries!

31st March – With Rach up at 6.30am along with Phil and Tasha, we left Si sound asleep, ready for his second day at Plan B. Si’s day consisted of two shifts between 10 – 4pm and after watching some of the best sales people in action, decided money could be made - with the right approach! Rach’s day consisted of arriving to a desk with a telephone and a photocopy of the yellow pages. With a pen and a ruler, like the rest of the office, as the club music pumped in the background, worked her way through the list of numbers infront of her to try and ‘sell’ a free brochure. Losing the will to live after a few hours, Rach wondered how people had done this for more than a day and come back again. With a target of 10 leads, Rach managed to excel and get a whopping 15 leads for the day! Not that it meant a thing. With the day’s work over, it was time to party! With Si now a Plan B employee, we decided to abuse the party tour he was selling and making the most of the free drinks and food, danced our way round the 5 clubs until the early hours.

Making the most of our freebies!

Making the most of our freebies!


The Bedroom....bar

The Bedroom....bar

1st April – Both with hangovers and having spent next to nothing to get in that state, Rach grudgingly headed to work while Si had the day off to relax and recover.

2nd April - With it being Bank Holiday weekend, Rach had the day off so down to the beach we went to enjoy the 30° sun and warm sea.

Surfers Skyline

Surfers Skyline


Reach for those blue skies!

Reach for those blue skies!

Knowing there would be plenty of punters around this weekend for a party ticket, we both decided to work the evening shift at Plan B. Making $375 between us in 4 hours, we had made the right decision and felt at last, like we were getting somewhere!

3rd April – Enjoying more sun at the beach, Si went body surfing while Rach caught some rays.

Posing in Paradise

Posing in Paradise

After lunch we both headed to a renowned quiet selling spot and unfortunately between us only made 2 sales for the day! Meeting up with the rest of Plan B at the cheap Surf Club, we loaded ourselves up with $2.50 scooners of beer, before the boss Amy bought a round of Tequila shots to kick start the night! Heading back to Amy’s flat we drank our way through some Goon (a box of wine), and soon Si had a call from 7 Indian guys wanting tickets for a night out. With commission in mind, Si left the Goon and pocketed the $100 commission, ushering the boys into the first bar. Meeting Si in Cocktails & Dreams, we started the night as we intended to go on and with over 300 people on the tour, we knew it would be a big night!

Cocktails and Dreams and partying inbetween!

Cocktails and Dreams and partying inbetween!


Who ya gonna call? NOT ME!

Who ya gonna call? NOT ME!

Getting Tasha and Phil along to join us, we got on the dance floor and enjoyed the perks of the job until our feet could take no more and we limped home at 3am.

4th – 16th April – The days in Surfers were spent working and enjoying our time off, down at the beach, the pool, BBQ-ing and of course living it up on the Plan B Tours!

Hitting the clubs!

Hitting the clubs!


Girls in the club!

Girls in the club!


Sin City in full flow

Sin City in full flow


Put another shrimp on the barbie ya flamin gallah!

Put another shrimp on the barbie ya flamin gallah!


Hangover cure

Hangover cure

Although we had only previously booked 3 nights stay for Gary’s wedding, loving the easy going vibe, great weather, beach and friends we had made, we ended up extending our stay to just over 3 weeks.

Warm up drinking!

Warm up drinking!


Drinking games...

Drinking games...


East Coast massif!

East Coast massif!


Another night in Cocktails and Dreams

Another night in Cocktails and Dreams

Over that time, as luck would have it, Rach’s cousin Abby was visiting Surfers Paradise whilst travelling OZ so joined us for a day and night out!

Rach's cousin Ab comes to town!

Rach's cousin Ab comes to town!

Over the weeks at work, Si became one of the best sellers at Plan B and after making $420 in an afternoon, is seriously tempted to fly back over in November when the Schools break up and the reps cash in around $1,000 a day from ‘schoolies’.

Get ya tickets! Best prices in town!

Get ya tickets! Best prices in town!


Plan B night out!

Plan B night out!

Rach, despite smashing her targets and being one of the best telemarketers in the office, was not as enthusiastic about the job (particularly the day she had her hand taped to the phone for the day) and has ruled it out as a future profession!

17th April – With our last day in Surfers Paradise, we packed up with big hangovers from our big ‘last night out’ and decided to head to the ‘Q-Deck’, 77 floors up with great views from Brisbane to Byron Bay.

77 Floors up in the Q Deck

77 Floors up in the Q Deck


View from the Q

View from the Q

Back at Sunset Court, we thought it fitting to start up the BBQ one last time and have our ‘farewell’ lunch with Tasha and Phil.

Bye Bye BBQ!

Bye Bye BBQ!

Saying goodbye to our new friends around Surfers; we felt sad to leave but knew we had more exploring of OZ to do! With Gary and Merle kindly offering to take us to the airport, we drove down to Broadbeach and had dinner together, before arriving at the Gold coast Airport for our 9.55pm flight to Melbourne and saying our goodbyes. Boarding the plane we were told that with only 21 passengers we were lucky it wasn’t cancelled; if there was one less person, we wouldn’t have been able to fly due to safety regulations. After a short flight, we touched down at 12.15am and grabbed a bus into town, checking into the King Street backpackers and a 4 bed dorm.

18th April – Awake at 8am, after a restless night in bunk beds both unable to sleep due to one of our room mates’ drunken 3am entrance and the other crying throughout the night. Sleepily we helped ourselves to the free breakfast pancakes, before heading to Melbourne train station to make our way to the farm in Sale. Due to engineering works, unfortunately we had to first board a coach, then a train, then a bus to Sale (3.5 hours East of Melbourne), where we were finally ready to begin our 2 week cattle farm stay having no idea what to expect!

Posted by siandrach 23:47 Archived in Australia Tagged round_the_world

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I love your blogs! Can't wait to read about the farm experience!! Kx

by Karen (netball)

Awesome guys (Best blog to date) - well done on the jobs - bloody good effort. PS. Si - bumped into Will Hitchcock - he works at the company I do, doh! anyway, may be a good contact for when you get back, he's regional sales manager! Take care,

by Daniel M

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