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181. Posted by spell (Budding Member 7 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Ethan,

Well...I'm afraid I don't know, seeing as how I haven't sent in my own application yet =)

182. Posted by bertterfly (First Time Poster 1 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

So JohnnyBoy, would you consider staying there permanantly if you are given the chance?

183. Posted by JohnnyBoy (Full Member 31 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

coopie, 3k pounds will last you about 3 months if you stay in budget places and eat simply. Accomodation is about 10 pounds minimum and take away chinese ranges from 3.50 (fried rice)onwards. If you really have to, McDonalds cost less than 4 pounds for a meal. So I would say 3k would bring you pretty far. I came over with only 500 pounds in my wallet, which would have lasted me a mere 2 and a half weeks. That's why I had to get a job fast. For the amount you're bringing over, you'll have the luxury of choosing the job that you want.

spell, thanks for your words of encouragement. I totally understand what you're saying. The pressure to condone to what society expects of you is pretty immense. This year alone, 3 of my closest friends got married with another 2 'taking the plunge' next year. Parents and relatives have questioned me about my purpose of this trip at my, to qoute them, "old age". They asked me to follow the examples of others and get married and settle down and concentrate on my career. But I guess, sometimes, one has to make their own decisions.

Unfortunately, I have't met any singaporeans during my stay here in UK and travels in Europe. Maybe they are not going to the same places I am going but I've met heaps of Malaysians over here, both working and travelling. But I'm guessing the procedure is the same - fill in the appplication, pay the amount and patiently wait for the reply. What I know is that you've got to apply in Singapore itself cos I wanted to apply in Singapore (I'm a Singaporean PR and live in Johor Bahru) but they told me to go to Kuala Lumpur to apply instead.

betterfly, at this point in time, I'm not thinking of staying here permanently. I'm currently looking for a permamnent job in my field and if I do get it, I'll probably stay here for a few years only. At the end of the day, Malaysia is my home, my family and friends are there and that's where I want to spend the rest of my life. Anyhow, I don't think I can last so many years without eating real nasi lemak with ikan bilis wrapped in banana leaf. Mmmm.....

184. Posted by savah (Budding Member 4 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

why nobody replies my questions????

are they so uninteresting????

185. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi savah,

Sorry to hear that. Honestly speaking, me myself haven't go through the interview before which I hope I won't be called up for that.
I have no idea what will be the questions, but I do believe your gf will have the ability to answer them smoothly.
I'm not sure about the chances as well, I'll say it should stick back to 50-50 chances. Good Luck then.

Chin up pal.

Nick ;)

186. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Would like to share some good points:

There were once 2 brothers who lived on the 80th level. On coming home one day,
they realized to their dismay that the lifts were not working and that they had to climb the stairs home.
After struggling to the 20th level, panting and tired, they decided to abandon their bags and come back for them.
They left their bags there and climbed on. When they struggled to the 40th level,
the younger brother started to grumble and both of them began to quarrel. They continued to climb the flights of steps,
quarrelling all the way to the 60th floor.
They then realized that they had only 20 levels more to climb and decided to stop quarrelling and continue climbing in
peace. They silently! climbed on and reached their home at long last. Each stood calmly before the door and waited for
the other to open the door. And they realized that the key was in their bags which were left on the 20th floor.

This story is a reflection on our lives. Many of us live for the expectations of our parents,
teachers and friends when we were young. We seldom get to do the things that we really like or love.
It is under so much pressure and stress that by our early 20s, we get tired and decide to dump this load and enjoy life. Being free of the stress and pressure, we work enthusiastically and dream ambitious dreams.

But by the time we reach our 40s, we start to lose our vision and along with that, our dreams and goal in life.
We began to feel unsatisfied and start to complain and criticize. We live life in misery as we are never satisfied.
Reaching 60, we realize that we have little time left for complaining and we began to walk the final episode in peace and calmness. We think that there is nothing left that could disappoint us,
only to realize that we cannot rest in peace because we have an unfulfilled dream. A dream we abandoned about 60 plus years ago.

So what is your dream?

Keep them alive.
Follow your dreams so that you will not live with regrets and you will have stories to share with your loved ones.

Believe what you believe,
Work hard to achieve,
Focus yourself, and
You will receive!

Nicholas ;)

187. Posted by Left Right (Budding Member 4 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

follow my dream..........
that's what i set up to do........
and now i've became a disapointed dreamer..........

i've just submitted my application on 5/1/04, and i was called on an interview on 9/1/2006. 2006!!!!! 13 months away!!! Gosh...i am so crushed.

I just need advice on what i did wrong... was there a certain quota or something. My friend and i submitted on the same day, she also got called for interview.... We proved about RM14K, submitted our school cert, bank book and passports. The only thing we didn't put was "Additional information" on the last page...

Can anyone shed a light on this? I'm thinking of a second application..Do you think it'll help... But if i withdraw i might have to wait till March 06!!

help help..i'm so sad sad...:(

188. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Left Right,

It's sad to hear that too. I just completed the form and I left out blank for "Additional information" as you did as well.
I'll be submitting my documents on this coming 29th Nov.

ppl out there who succeeded without requiring for a future interview, pls help.
It's true, sometimes we just dunno what's on their mind with those BHM officers. I flip through the application form pages, and more or less I believe the answers are the same and quite straight forward,such like:

-How long do you intend to stay in UK?
-On what date do you intend to arrive?
-Why are you going UK?
-Do you have family and close friends in UK?
-Finances nad Employment Details?
-What's your monthly income?
-Do you own any asset/property?
-How much money is available to you for your stay?
-Who is paying your trip?
-Have you arranged any employment in UK?
-How long do you intend to stay in the UK?
-How much of your intended stay in UK will be spent working?
-So you have any dependents?
-What type of employment you tend to pursue in UK?
and lastly,
-"Other information" you wish to give about your application?

Pls help...

Many thanks,
Nicholas :(

189. Posted by kody (Respected Member 234 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I've came across a site which is regarding on the updates for
UK Working Holidaymaker VISA Basic Requirements and Conditions at:

One of the statement mentioned this:

-You should have planned your employment so that it is an integral part of your working holiday. For example, you may have decided that you wish to spend some time in London and so also wish to find work in London.

This remind me there's a question (2nd Quest) on the Supplementary Information Questionnaire Sheet asking:

-Have u arranged any employment of any sort in the UK?

Meaning that I can't put "NO" instead of putting "YES" am I right?
But the actual answer on mine is I haven't got any yet.

Please help...this is driving me blur...

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190. Posted by chuahsm (Budding Member 4 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Johnny Boy.......u have been an inspiration. I'm also 29 and when i told my mum my intentions to apply for this WHM she was against it. Worried that i'll not be able to find a job there, and then when i come back to Malaysia will have to start looking for a job again. What if the economy is not good..........all the what if......

Am feeling lost in life so would like to just take time off from everything to re-organize and take a well deserved break. Hopefully this will help me to clear the mind and help me focus on my goals in life. It's a big risk leaving my career but i think it's worth it.

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