One of the things that I truly loved when I first came here in Australia is the efficiency of the public transport system. It is a huge leap from what I was used to back in the Philippines. The commute here is so quiet and very stress-free that I actually look forward to it. Commute time is not an idle time for me as I can do a lot of things like read a book, catch a power nap or write something.
Last December, I got a job in a company in which I was required to commute, more or less, 2 to 3 hours a day. My routine includes catching either a bus or tram going to the train station, riding the train from one station to another, catching again a bus from that train station to a bus stop near my work place and doing a 15-minute walk from there until I reach my destination. Since the conditions are more favorable here than in the Philippines, the 2-hour commute here is nothing to me.
I was able to gain some friends in the workplace. Though I had a Filipino workmate who was more than happy to pick me up and drop me off at the nearest train station everyday, there is this Vietnamese girl who was so kind she was more than willing to go out of the way and drop me off at my place.
To be continued...