Jun 26, 2013

Can your child’s diet boost her intelligence?

When it comes to your child’s brainpower, it seems that both nature and nurture play a role. Louise Fulton Keats looks at how your toddler’s intellectual ability can be affected by the foods you put on her plate.

Many of us think our intelligence is something we’re born with, passed down by our parents and set in concrete. While it’s true that genetics play a part, in recent years, we’ve learned that diet also plays an important role in shaping our cognitive ability.

Jun 23, 2013

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Jun 20, 2013

Cheesy biscuits

These biscuits are super simple and your little one can help you roll the dough and cut out biscuit shapes.

Ingredients

  • 200g grated tasty cheese
  • 100g self raising flour
  • 50g soft margarine
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Replace a myki on the spot!

19 June 2013

From 1 July 2013, you will be able to get a free on the spot replacement myki at any staffed station*.
The balance on your old card will be transferred to the new one as part of the replacement process, but may take up to 24 hours to appear on your new myki depending on your situation.

If your myki has a negative balance, you will need to top up to a positive balance as part of the replacement process.

Please note, lost or stolen registered myki cards cannot be replaced on the spot. Unregistered myki cards that are lost/stolen cannot be replaced.

In order to obtain a replacement myki at a ticket window you must provide station staff with your expired myki, or myki that has stopped working.

*On the spot replacement at V/Line stations will be available progressively as myki begins operating on each commuter line.

Jun 18, 2013

Wonderland Fun Park


Wonderland Fun Park is a sensational new fun park located at Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Docklands. 

We offer many differing rides and attractions throughout the year, plus family favourites like: Dodgem Cars; The Grand Carousel; The Bee Ride; Jurassic Adventure, Bungee Trampoline, The Wacky Worm Rollercoaster, The Crazy Wave and more.. 


Your children will love having their Birthday Party with us, or Corporate companies can hold their Family Days here, enjoying the carnival atmosphere and the central location.

Operating Hours

Weekends, Public and School Holidays from 11am to 5pm


Jun 17, 2013

How passengers are fighting back against airlines, and winning


IN JUST the nine months since it launched, German website refund.me says it has already processed passenger claims for airline compensation from 122 airlines for passengers in more than 50 countries spanning five continents.

Competitor EUClaim.com just reached the milestone of €10 million euros ($13.5 million) in airline compensation collected on behalf of troubled fliers.

The number of sites doing what refund.me does is growing fast, and UK newspaper The Guardian recently predicted that the trend will continue, since individual passengers have had plenty of trouble collecting compensation – to which they are entitled – on their own, especially from smaller and discount carriers.

For the time being the companies are mainly European, but that doesn't mean they can't help international fliers. The European Union has been ahead of the curve in air passenger rights, detailing specific (and substantial) mandatory compensation for flight delays and cancellations.

Lollipop's Playland & Cafe


Lollipops Playland & Cafe, Lollipops Playland, indoor play centres, childrens parties, kids parties, kids venue, party ideas, playcentre, play centre, play centre newcastle, newcastle play centre, canberra playcentre, party ideas, kids party ideas, kids party venues, party venues, play centres, kids play centresLollipop's Playland & Cafe kids Indoor Play Centres are great Kids Party Venues for birthday parties or simply giving kids a treat while parents relax over a cup of hot coffee and a treat from our quality cafe. Our Indoor Play Centres are safe, secure Play Centres where kids can have hours of fun climbing, sliding, jumping and spinning.

What makes us Australia's favourite Indoor Play Centres & Kids Party Venues?
 
•    We are Kids Party Ideas & Birthday Party Specialists
•    All our Indoor Play Centres are Fully Air-Conditioned
•    All our Indoor Play Centres are open 7 days a week
Playdays, Doncaster East is the new indoor play area has been designed to provide a safe, fun and enjoyable atmosphere for PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN ONLY.


Children will find Playdays to be challenging, social and best of all FUN !

The Fun Includes :

  • Jumping Castles
  • Home Play Items
  • Soft Play Obstacle Course
  • Soft Play Climbing Tower
  • Ball Play Area
  • Slides
  • Cars
  • 2 Large Ball Ponds
  • Swings
  • Roller Coaster Track
  • Crawlers Soft Play Ring
  • and much more..

Jun 16, 2013

BILLY LIDS - Kids Play Centre


Billy Lids is an exceptional indoor children's play centre located in Hawthorn, which offers children's parties and even has a private function area with a liquor license for adult functions.
We offer a variety of activities in separate areas. All entertainment is covered by the entry fee.
Our equipment consists of the well known Billy Bugs, a mechanical ride, which seats sixteen children. There are two separate play structures - a smaller structure for under twos and a huge structure which provides a challenge for any active child with a flying fox, slides, a large ball pit and loads of tunnels to crawl and play in. We also have a jumping castle, air hockey tables, small cars, books, dress ups, a ball pit for the younger children and toys to encourage imaginative play.

Playzone - Kids Play Centre


Plays:
  • Cafe 
  • Verticle Drop Slide 
  • Timed Obstacle Course 
  • Ball Pits 
  • Jumping castle 
  • Huge Play Structore 
  • Carnival Slide
Trading Hours 

Will my toddler get enough calcium?


It is recommended that children aged from 1-3 consume at least 700 milligrams of calcium a day, which is equivalent to 2 cups of cow's milk. 

There are plenty of calcium-rich, dairy-free alternatives out there such as soy, These lactose-free options allow you to make the same recipe you would for your family simply by swapping out the dairy product for soy or tofu, for example. 

Foods such as beans, cabbage, oranges and almonds are also great sources of calcium as outlined below: 

Myths and Facts About Breastfeeding

MYTH
FACT
1.    
Formula is as good as human milk.
Human milk is far superior and cannot be duplicated.  The nutrients and antibodies in human milk are uniquely suited to the physical and mental development of the human baby.  Human milk contains human growth factors while formula based on cow’s milk contains bovine growth factors. The composition of human milk changes during a feeding and as baby grows to meet baby’s changing needs. 
2.    
Women should not breastfeed in front of other people.
Breastfeeding is normal and natural and in New Jersey, women have a legal right to breastfeed in public places.
Women who are shy about breastfeeding in public can practice how to feed discretely in front of a mirror to gain confidence. 
3.    
If the mother has to go back to work or school, she should not start out breastfeeding.
Many women continue to breastfeed after returning to work or school.  They exclusively breastfeed while on maternity leave then express or pump their milk to leave when they are separated.  If the mother continues to breastfed after returning to work or school, her baby will be healthier and she will be doing something special that no one else can do for her baby. Some women choose formula for when they are separated and breastfeed when she and baby are together.  Any breastfeeding is better than none. 

ACE SPACE - Kids Playground


ACE SPACE has been designed to increase children’s co-ordination, motor skills,and physical fitness in a safe secure fully heated/air-conditioned climate.
We have all the latest play technology including:
  • 3 Lane Carnival Slide
  • Giant Inflatable Slide
  • 4 Metre Drop Slide
  • 3 Level Play Structure
  • Timed Obstacle Race
  • Under 3 Play Area
  • Giant Bouncer
  • Rocket & Hump Slides
  • Cars, Cubbies, Kitchens
  • PlayStations, Nintendo, Air Hockey

Address

Unit 9, 286-288 Maroondah Highway,
Chirnside Park 3116
Victoria

Phone: (03) 9727 0755

Opening Hours: ACE SPACE is open 7 days a week from 9:30am to 5.00pm

Jun 15, 2013

Yoyos Playland


YoYo’s Playland is the most exciting play and party venue for children in Melbourne. Attractions include:

  • Super-Play Structure with Super-Slide, trampoline, ball pit, cyclone slide and giant hippo
  • Open play area with cozy coupes, trikes, soccer and footy balls etc for kids to run-off excess energy!
  • A segregated play area for younger children including ball pit, slide, cubby-houses, push-cars, play mats and much more.

Safety:

  • Padded play equipment
  • Gated entry
  • Ball-pit balls and play equipment cleaned regularly
  • Visibility of play areas
  • Segregation of older and younger children
  • Child-safe toilets

Jun 12, 2013

Parking on public holidays (City of Melbourne)


Some parking restrictions are different on public holidays.
For parking signs that state days of the week (including clearways, loading zones and no stopping signs), parking and time restrictions on the signs do not apply and you do not need to pay the parking fee if the parking spot is metered.
For all other parking signs that do not state days of the week (including clearways, loading zones and no stopping signs), you must observe parking and time restrictions and pay the parking fee if the parking spot is metered. 



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Parking restrictions apply on the days specified (circled in red) unless they fall on a public holiday or day in lieu.No days of the week are specified, so the parking restrictions apply every day of the year, including public holidays and days in lieu.

10 Fun Ways to Help Your Child Learn

1. Think ouside of the box - literally. Stop buying into fancy boxes containing "state-of-the-art" devices with exorbitant claims to build your child's brain. Instead, take your cues from your child. By taking the time to notice what your child is interested in, you can begin to see the environment in a whole new way.

2. Plan a filed trip - to your own back yard. It's great to travel to the farm or to the zoo,but you don't need to go that far to build your child's brain. Kids can get a tremendous amount of intellectual stimulation from their own back yard, where they can witness the miracle of blades of grass blowing in the wind, of ants building homes, of tiny life teeming down in the dirt.

Jun 10, 2013

The Life of VW Jetta and Me

Timeline
  • January 2009 - I abandoned Japanese cars and bought a German car, Volkswagen Jetta (118 TSI with 7-speed DSG).
  • February 2009 - Experienced lost of power twice on the road.  Restarting the engine resolved the issue.  Back to dealer, they cannot identify any problem.  Anyway, the problem was away for 2 years...
  • December 2012 - After almost 4 years of smooth drive with only 20,000km, I hit the jackpot.  Engine light went on.  Car rocked greatly.  I brought it back to dealer; after two weeks in the shop, I finally managed to get a loan car.  My Jetta would be in the shop for weeks apparently.
  • January 2013 - My car engine was rebuilt after 6 weeks.  Yeah!  I drove the car back; just before I parked it into the garage.  The engine light went on again.  Went back to dealer and somehow it was fixed in 2 days.

Jun 5, 2013

Australia Cash Rate - June 2013

Cash RatesAt its meeting today, the Board decided to leave the cash rate unchanged at 2.75 per cent.

Information becoming available since the previous meeting is consistent with global growth running a bit below average this year, with reasonable prospects of a pick-up next year.

Commodity prices have declined from their peaks but, overall, remain at high levels by historical standards. Inflation has generally moderated over recent months and monetary policy has been eased further in a number of countries. Financial conditions internationally are very accommodative.

Jun 3, 2013

Big Slide - Family Play Centre

Australia's Highest Indoor 3 Lane Slide - 8 metres high!
The centre is designed for the enjoyment of all ages.

  • 3 Lane Slide - 8 metres high!
  • 3 Lane Slide - 6 metres high!
  • Rock Climbing Wall 
  • Speed Slide
  • Sports Field
  • Inflatable Jumping Castles
  • Net Bridges
  • Punching Bags
  • Flying Fox
  • Noodles
  • Spiral Tunnels
  • Squeeze Rollers
  • Ball Activity area

REIV - Auction Results (Saturday 1st June 2013)


Saturday 1st June 2013

House with auction sign
A clearance rate of 74 per cent was recorded this weekend compared to 69 per cent last weekend and 56 per cent for this weekend last year.
Todays result is an improvement on the clearance rate in May which was 70 per cent from 2,848 auctions. May recorded  an increase of 2 points from April. When compared to May last year, the improvement in the market is obvious with 10 per cent more auctions and a clearance rate that is 8 points higher.
There were 690 auctions reported to the REIV today, with 509 selling and 181 being passed in, 101 of those on a vendor bid.

What are good deals at Costco?

Prices of many items in Costco have increased steady over the years.  Not everything is cheap at Costco.  Don't be fooled into thinking that Costco is cheaper than anywhere else.

Here are the list of items that are still considered a bargain in my personal opinion of price/quality ratio.

  • Beet Short Rib
  • Plain Flour
  • Brown Rice
  • Sun Rice

Jun 1, 2013

Costco TV Prices in Melbourne (01 June, 2013)

New model was released by SONY and Samsung recently.  New prices are out now.  Here are the price of some TV's at Costco.

SONY Bravia W800A 55"  $2089.99
SONY Bravia W670A 42" $879.99
SONY Bravia R550A 70" $4059.99
SONY Bravia R550A 60" $2499.99

Samsung F8000 55" $3499.99
Samsung F7100 55" $2699.99
Samsung F6400 55" $1899.99

How to watch youku outside of China

I have tried to watch Chinese TV drama on youku. However, youku was blocked by someone so that only people within China region can watch it. I have been looking for a way to bypass it and tried out various ways, including mason addon in FireFox. Nothing worked.

Finally, I found out someone posted a different way to bypass this restriction.

All you need to do is to change proxy to a auto config file: