Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sydney vs Melbourne

Between living in Sydney for about three-and-a-half years and my personal observation when I was vacationing in Melbourne as well as what Melbournians have told me, I think I have a pretty good basis to come up with the Sydney versus Melbourne table, not that I need it to decide which city is better to live in (but still it is better to back decisions with actual numbers).

[Note: from a scale of 1 (worst) to 5 (best), “I” = importance, “S” = score, “T” = total (I x S)]

I

Sydney

S

T

Melbourne

S

T

2

Good beaches

5

10

Not-as-good beaches

1

2

Another good source of skin cancer

Not an issue as I am not a beach-goer

1

Iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge

5

5

No major Australian icons

2

2

Been there and climbed that ie. I’m done with them

Not an issue as I am not a tourist

5

Poorer quality and selection of Southeast Asian food

2

15

Good Southeast Asian food

4

2

A huge problem seeing that I come from Southeast Asia

The only problem is that I have to be more careful watching my waistline

5

Public transport is unreliable and filthy

2

10

Better public transport

4

20

This is important if I were to continue staying in Sydney as I spend 3 hours commuting to work

Though important, it is still not as important as it is serious how bad Sydney’s public transport is since I can walk to work where I’ll be staying in Melbourne

2

City roads and development are messy and unplanned

2

4

Grid-format roads and organised city development

4

8

Not so significant but adds to general frustration

Reminds me of Manhattan of which I absolutely love

2

Boring architecture

2

4

Interesting architecture

4

8

Not something to fret about

A change in scenery from boring Sydney would be nice

5

Cost of housing in the city is getting obscenely ridiculous

2

10

Though expensive but not as compared to Sydney

3

15

This is paramount as I need to live in the city (as I can’t and don’t wish to drive) and am intending to buy property

Another ace-in-the-hole for Melbourne—cheaper properties mean that I can live even closer to the city in Melbourne

5

Jobs in my industry are dwindling

2

10

Many more job opportunities and projects in Melbourne

5

25

Career-suicide if I were to stay in Sydney in the long-term

Work and career is very important and we should all feel this way as that is where we spend half of our waking hours

4

People are racist and are so in-your-face

3

12

People are less in-your-face racist (but still are, I think)

4

16

A big problem and the in-your-face aspect makes it awkward too

Because it is less in-your-face, it feels less omnipresent and not as awkward as in Sydney

3

Less friendly people

3

9

Friendlier people

4

12

I am not very friendly to strangers as well so I don’t expect others to but it creates a fouler mood in all in general

Not a big deal but it does make every day pass a little smoother

5

Better weather

5

25

Not-so-good weather

2

10

This is quite important and is one of the key plusses of Sydney (especially for a nudist)

Based on my research, an average-minimum of 2 to 5ºC, the general gloominess and a longer cold period are all not that bad especially when Ision likes the cold and I have lived in New York (which is frigid in winter)

3

A more unsafe (with the druggos and winos) and dirtier city to live in (more polluted too)

2

6

Melbourne is safer and cleaner

4

12

Anyone can get used to it after a while so this is not too bad

People have told me Melbourne is a better city to raise kids—not important to me but I guess it can’t hurt

3

My friends who visit every-so-often have already seen Sydney

2

6

I can host my friends (and family) in a city that they have not been to

3

9

This gives them less reason to come visit me should I continue to stay in Sydney

This is important as I do miss my friends and family back home

4

I have an established social circle

5

20

I have to re-create a new social circle

2

8

Not a huge advantage because it is not that difficult to set up a new one

Not a big issue as I have done this several times before—the Victorian Aids Council would be a good starting point

3

A less artsy city

2

6

A more artsy city

4

12

I have lived with this fact for three-and-a-half years so it obviously is not a significant issue

Perhaps it is a better city to further promote and develop my musical and modelling talents

1

Good night-life and clubbing scene

5

5

Not-as-good night-life and clubbing scene

2

2

This is totally unimportant as I am not a clubber

Nothing is better than cuddling my bibi at home

4

Not a good city if you like coffee

3

12

Better cafés and coffees

5

20

The fact that coffee costs more in Sydney and tastes worse is quite unacceptable

I like to catch up with friends in cafes (not pubs) and so an excellent café-culture is very important and oh, I love coffee too

4

Have slippers and shorts will travel

4

16

More fashion-conscious populace

2

8

I am a more slippers-and-shorts kind of guy (more skin and less clothes = good) but having fashion-conscious people around you can't be too bad a thing

This is likely due to the colder weather and we all know the need for layers means greater choice of and need for fashion

3

More expensive shopping and less markets

2

6

Better and cheaper shopping, including more (and bigger) markets selling fresh produce

3

9

With my annual pilgrimage back to Asia for clothes-shopping, this is not going to be an important thing

This doesn’t really matter because shopping in general in Australia is much more expensive compared to Asia. The markets are a nice touch though

0

Other unimportant comparisons

2

0

Other unimportant comparisons

4

0

NRL, Star City, second best university, not been a capital city, no Melbourne Cup

AFL, Crown Casino, best university, first capital city, Melbourne Cup


Sydney

Total: 191

Melbourne

Total: 218


You may or may not know this by now but Ision and I are relocating to Melbourne in January 2012 (moving stuff on the 3rd and flying (one-way!) on the 4th) and I am starting my new role (within the same company) a week later. This has been in the books for quite a while now and the rejection by Caltex earlier this year was the final nail to the coffin (Melbourne was my first choice when I was planning my move to Australia anyway—read about my first job interview in Melbourne).

As of today, we have secured an apartment (taking over a friend’s) in the Melbourne CBD which is a stone’s throw away from anything you would possibly need (Chinatown, shopping, supermarket, gym and even my office), informed our current landlord of our last day of residence, found a tenant to continue our lease (they are moving in 2 days after we leave), paid the deposit for the cheapest interstate mover we could find, started throwing away unwanted stuff and packing.

Neither of us has lived in Melbourne before and so this would be a great new experience. I will be working in an office environment and can wear real office clothes at long last (no more worrying about messing my clothes up sleeping on the train or stepping into the refinery). The fact that I need not commute to work anymore (my new office is 1.6 km away from where I'll be living) also means that my working hours are much more flexible (I can finally gym before work)! All in all, there is really no reason for us to turn back at this point and I have not even looked at the final Sydney vs Melbourne scores from the table above!

7 comments:

Ision said...

you are the poster child for overthinking!

I am moving cause I wanna, nuff said :p

Kim said...

B R T T M!

Edwiin Lee said...

If only I could [Like] Ision's comment.

Kim said...

This is not overthinking for a single second. I know crystal clear that I want to go and why I want to go. This is just for the blog, part of my thinking process, explanation for others, etc .... call it what you want.

aAt the end of the day, this is just a "making convsersations" piece. You guys are overthinking things.

Edwiin Lee said...

heh heh!!!

Douglas Chew said...

Dammit you are moving FURTHER away!!! LOL

Kim said...

Douglas, I am sure we will one day be in the same city lah! Thanks for visiting my blog and hope you like the experience!