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Life as an apple picker
Ever since I had applied for working holiday new zealand, my friend been asking me what are you going to do in new Zealand. I always kidding and say apple picking of course. And who knew, I did get a job as an apple picker. And the nightmare begin. Just kidding. I meant seriously, the nightmare begin.
Provide you some background of me. Im an Asian guy with a relative small body and low stamina. And you can bet that apple picking is a extremely hardwork for me.
I got the job when I saw the job posting in working holiday new Zealand group in Facebook. So I contact the person and they say there is apple pocket available in Motueka. So I say why not and drive down to Motueka for the job.
First I thought apple picking, how hard can it be. Little did I knew that, it was hell for me. The shoulder bag is obviously too hard for me. And I took a long time to fill in the whole bin. On a great day, I might get 4 bins per days. But if rainy day, I will probably only get a 2 bins.
One bin of the apple most probably worth nzd 25 after tax. In most of the week, I might not even able to pick enough to make a considerable profit. Then, you have to face the sore back everyday result from carrying the heavy shoulder bag.†
Knowing that I cant never make enough to support the travelling that Im planning to do, I quit after one month.
Tips for apple picker? You got to have the determination, motivation and constant stamina throughout the days to make it in this career. Lol. Its †an unique experience that I might or might not miss. Good luck future apple picker.
Submitted by: Lai Sem Min Date submitted: 13/05/2013 10:56:02 p.m.