Aug 21, 2017

Recall - look for the product that was recalled

To protect our family, watch out for the recalls on the products that we purchased.

https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls/browse-all-recalls?source=recalls

Jul 1, 2017

Free Snow Play and Tobogganing near Melbourne

Mount Donna Buang is probably the closest mountain that has snow in winter around Melbourne.  It has sufficient snow for tobogganing a few times a year if lucky.  As to snow, it needs sub-zero temperature and water.  As the mountain is not high enough, it gets to sub-zero only once a while.  At the same time, we need rain/water so it can snow.  That does not happen often, but when it does, it's lots of fun.

It's free.  No entry fee, parking fee, nothing.  It's close to Melbourne.  Took my family less than 50 minutes to get there.  This would be the best destination for some who do not like to drive hours to see snow.

Before you go, you will need to check this page to see the snow update to avoid disappointment.  There are lots of tips on the page as well.


How to get to Mt Donna Buang?

Drive to Warburton on the Warburton Highway, stay on the Warburton highway through Warburton, go past the service station and IGA, past the Seventh Day Adventist Church, over a small bridge and head left at the Warburton Motel sign up the C507 Donna Buang Road.

The Don Valley Road is usually closed in winter - so drive through Warburton and turn left at the Warburton Motel sign up Donna Buang

Tips for visiting New York

Been to New York 20 years ago.  A lively city, so much energy.  I really want to visit it again.

Recently, I came across an article talking about some tips while in New York.  Keep a record here for my next trip.


  • How to avoid leftover money on the MetroCard?
    • You can top up the card with precisely the amount you need.  Just bypass the standard amount option on the payment screen.
  • How to get Saturday Night Live tickets:
    • Every August, you can submit your request for Saturday Night Live Tickets via email.  Make sure that you include your name, phone number, email address and mailing address in the body of the email.
    • Stand-by tickets are distributed at 7 a.m. on the morning of the taping under the NBC Studios marquee on the 50th St. side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
  • How to get Cronut
    • Read this article which explain how to order online, two-week in advance!
  • Go to Top of the Rock (30 Rockefeller Plaza), not the Empire State for the better view of Central Park.
  • Stargaze for free
    • The Amateur Astronomers Association hosts free observing events frequently.  See here for details.
  • Score the free ticket to Shakespeare in the Park
  • How to get cheap Broadway tickets?
    • TKTS Booth is the trick. People is saying 5pm is the best time to visit these booths, especially the one in Times Square. 

Cannot wait for my next trip there!

Jun 26, 2017

Fantastic playgrounds around Melbourne

Bollygum Playground

The theme of the playground is based on the 1994 best seller children's book 'Bollygum' by author and illustrator Garry Fleming.

Location: 40 Whittlesea Kinglake Road, Kinglake VIC



McKenzie Reserve Adventure Playground

The playground is located at Yarra Glen.  If you go to Healesville Sanitary and still look for more activities,  this will be a good resting point. 

Location: Cnr Anzac Avenue & Bell Street, Yarra Glen, VIC  3775

Caldermeade Farm

I heard from this farm a couple years back and planned to go there since, but as lazy as I am, I haven't been there yet.  Has anyone been there?  Please give us your comments.

The Caldermeade Farm situated on the South Gippsland Highway just south of Pakenham and Kooweerup and is a great place to stop off with the kids.  The farm is very unique because it enables visitors to watch a milking and learn about how a dairy farm works.  Here you can pat some baby animals, look at the calves, watch the cows being milked and perhaps enjoy a milkshake or something to eat in the popular and cosy cafe.

Open Hours  Daily  9am – 5pm weekends and 9am – 4pm weekdays.
Location   4385 South Gippsland Highway, Caldermeade 3984.