Dec 28, 2014

New Year Deals from Costco

Marley One Foundation Soundbar - $699.

Bose Soundlink 2 Portable - $309.

Dec 3, 2014

WTF - two 1Password sync files in my iCloud storage?

I finally found out the solution from AgileBits:

After updating to the new iCloud CloudKit engine in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, you may see two 1Password sync files in your iCloud storage. One is from the old engine and the other from t he new engine.

As it is difficult to tell the two apart, the easiest method is to reset sync for 1Password entirely. Since both the Mac and iOS device have local copies of the data, we can remove and regenerate iCloud data easily.

We’ll do most of the work on the Mac.
  • Disable iCloud sync on all devices. 
  • iOS: In 1Password, tap Settings > Sync > Sync Service > Disable iCloud. 
  • Mac: Open 1Password and click 1Password > Preferences > Sync > Change Syncing > Disable Sync. 
  • Remove the newer iCloud data. 
  • Click Help > Troubleshooting > Erase iCloud data.
  • Remove older iCloud data. 
  • Open System Preferences and click iCloud. Click Manage. Click the remaining 1Password entry, then click Delete All. 
  • Restart all devices. 
  • Set up iCloud again. 
  • Mac: Open 1Password and click 1Password > Preferences > Sync > iCloud. 
  • iOS: In 1Password, tap Settings > Sync > Start Syncing > iCloud.

Nov 24, 2014

Looking For Relocating Campervans

Maui
Around Australia Motorhomes
Britz Campervan, 4WD & Car Hire
Transfercar

Laundry hacks to save time

1. Reshape a stretched jumper

Soak stretched jumper in a tub of tepid water with a squirt of hair conditioner, it can be moulded back into shape. Just make sure you lay it flat to dry.


2. Speed drying trick

Need a school uniform or other garment dried in a hurry? Throw a dry towel in with the wet item of clothing in the dryer and it will be ready to wear quick-sticks.


3. No more odd socks

Give each child a mesh washing bag to hang in their room for dirty socks. Once a week, collect all the bags, toss them in the wash and the pairs will stay together.

Have a separate washing basket for socks and undies so you always wash them together.


4. Chewing gum be gone

Instead of trying to scratch the sticky stuff from your kids’ clothes, place the gummed garment in the freezer. When the gum is frozen it can be broken apart and easily removed.

Sep 28, 2014

Dad, Where Are We Going? (Season 2 - New Zealand)

Where Are We Going, Dad? (Chinese爸爸去哪儿) is a Chinese reality TV show broadcast on Hunan Television.  For the last trip of Season 2, they have come to New Zealand.

Here is where they lived during the trip, Tamatea Street, Rotoiti Forest.



* House price on Tamatea Street is around NZD $300k.  Lake-facing house with that price, you won't find that sort of bargain in Australia.

Aug 16, 2014

How fast are Optus’ internet speeds?

How fast are internet speeds? And why aren’t my speeds consistent when using different websites or internet services - and at different times of the day?
Well, this is like asking how fast you'll go if you had a Ferrari. Fast, right?
But in reality it will depend on the speed limit of the road you’re travelling on and traffic conditions.
Like roads, our networks have different speed limits - some being much faster than others - and all are dictated by factors meaning you may experience slower speeds than the maximum, most of the time.

NETWORK "SPEED LIMITS"

Technology

Speed Limit

What stops you experiencing these speeds?

 

Download

Upload

Specific to a technology

All technologies

ADSL (ULL) 20 Mbps 820 Kbps* With ADSL there is no simple answer for speed. It starts at 20 Mbps download but gets much slower the further you live from an exchange. So it really depends on your location.

You can check your address and get an approximate line speed estimate here.
WiFi
In most instances a connection over WiFi will be slower than if you were connected physically to your modem with a cable, particularly if there is a wall in the way or there are multiple users on the same WiFi network. WiFI performance can also be impacted by interference from surrounding devices and nearby users on the same channel.

Congestion   Prioritisation
If there is a lot of "traffic" (i.e. lots of people downloading stuff at the one time) your internet speed at home can be impacted, much like congestion on a busy road.

We’re constantly building more "lanes" (i.e. bandwidth) into all our networks to deliver a better experience in those peak times.

We also prioritise some content over others - such as VoIP (voice over internet protocol) voice calls - to make sure the important stuff goes first. You can liken this to a bus lane on a freeway.

Pull VS Push
We can only "pull" the data to you as fast as the server on the other end can "push" it! So if you’re downloading from, for example, a peer-to-peer server which is congested, or has only a small upload capacity, it’s not going to be quick!

Equipment
Some old equipment is more like a push bike than a Ferrari, particularly when impacted with a virus or malware. Make sure your computer is free of viruses and malware with Optus internet security.

Overseas content
Content you download at home that comes from overseas can be slower than domestic content due to congestion on international pipes (there are literally cables running on the ocean floor connecting. Australia to the rest of the world. Crazy, hey?).

However, we’re working hard to bring the content you want locally and a huge amount of "overseas content" is actually being distributed from local servers, making it super-quick.
Cable (HSD) 30 Mbps
Base plan speed

100 Mbps
top premium speed offer
2 Mbps Cable networks work by grouping customers into areas known as "nodes". The customers within these nodes share one pipe for all their internet data.

So, although cable is superfast, customers can experience slower speeds in peak times. Imagine turning all your water taps on at once - you're water pressure is going to be lower. It can be a bit like that sometimes.

Having said that, we continue to invest millions of dollars into our cable network to make sure our nodes are humming.

Also, you do require our latest fancy modem to be able to access the top end premium speed.
NBN Fibre (FBB) 12 Mbps
Base plan speed

100 Mbps
top premium speed offer
1 Mbps



40 Mbps
With fibre, distance from an exchange is not important like in ADSL and customers are not grouped into nodes like cable networks.

Your speeds can still be slowed by the things we talk about under "ALL TECHNOLOGIES", however, this is the "fastest" access type we provide.
Speeds listed are based on our current in-market plans. Speeds offer on legacy plans may differ.
Your current plan may only provide the base speed offered for the type of technology you're connected to. Extra speed packs are available as an add-on purchase to base Cable or NBN Fibre plans.

Details are here.

Aug 15, 2014

New Costco Coupon (16 - 31 August, 2014)

New Costco coupons



Top ten tips to sustainability

  1. Weather-seal doors and windows to prevent heat loss in winter
  2. Insulate ceiling/floor (if raised) to retain winter warmth and repel summer heat
  3. Shade west-facing windows with blinds or plantings
  4. Change to energy-efficient lighting
  5. Install energy-efficient devices, such as a ceiling fan to circulate air and exhaust fan with damper to prevent winter-warmth loss
  6. Install solar-boosted hot water service or (if the budget allows) a solar photovoltaic system
  7. Replace openings with double glazing or, more economically, hang heavy drapes to keep heat in
  8. Install water-saving devices or at least fix leaky taps
  9. Install a rainwater tank
  10. Plant a low-water or drought-tolerant garden
 (Source: Domain, The Age - 1 August 2014)

Jul 22, 2014

XBMC - How can I set the skin language without having messed-up characters?

Recently, I set up a media player by installing XBMC on the new ASUS ChromeBox.  Less than $200 dollars, I now have the best media player.

  1. go to Setting/Appearance
  2. under Skin, choose the Skin type and the Font according to the following:
    • Aeon Nox     / Korean
    • Confluence   / Arial Based
    • Hybird       / Arial Based
    • PM3.HD       / Arial
    • Quartz       / Arial
    • Transparency / Arial
    • Xeebo        / Arial
    • XTV-SAF      / XBMC Default
  3. under International, choose the language





Jul 20, 2014

Melbourne ArtPlay


ArtPlay is housed in a distinct, free-standing building in the heart of the city, next to the
Yarra River. Its public location ensures Melburnians have every opportunity to discover ArtPlay.
The openness and scale of the building make people feel they can create on a large scale. The blank tables, open spaces and welcoming, natural light give the impression that anything is possible.
ArtPlay’s surrounding playground opened in late 2004. It features decorated walkways, slides, sand areas and a wheelchair swing. Regular workshops at ArtPlay enable children to decorate the playground.

Jul 19, 2014

The Library at The Dock

107 Victoria Harbour Promenade
Docklands
Vic 3008


The Library at The Dock is a community hub enabling people to come together to create,
explore, connect, belong, learn and participate. 
This library offers a collection to suit the needs
of the local community, workers and visitors to Docklands. 

Opening hours

Library at The Dock has long opening hours so you can browse, borrow or relax with one of our many events. Come in and check us out! 
Monday to Friday8am to 7pm 
 Saturday10am to 5pm
 Sunday12pm to 5pm

How to keep our energy costs low



Top tips to reduce your energy bills:
  1. Use only one energy efficient fridge.  Get rid off other fridges.
  2. Use LED instead of halogen lights and turn them off if not used.
  3. Install insulation (rooft, windows, door, etc)
  4. Switch to solar energy.  I have not pay a cent for my electricity bill since it's installed.
  5. Put another layer of clothes on.

Jul 18, 2014

New Costco Coupon - 19 July - 3 August, 2014

The new coupon can be viewed here.

5 Tips For DIY Property Inspection


Inspecting a property, what are the things to look out for?

1. Check for dampness
Finding neglect damp spots around the home, so if you see mould accompanied by a musty smell it is time to call in the experts for a qualified judgment of damage and cause. It can cause around $5,000 on average to resolve damp issues around the home, but serious cases could draw $50,000 from your pocket.

2. Check the water pressure
Don’t be embarrassed to use taps (hot and cold), toilets and hoses to make sure the water pressure is running smoothly. If you flush the toilet and the water line wells up, this is usually a sign that the sewer lines are partially blocked and may need repairing.
The average lifespan of a hot water system is around 10 years. Ask how old the system is in the particular home and budget for spending around $6,000 on average to fix faulty or illegal plumbing. If you suspect damaged water systems call in the professionals to assess the damage before proceeding with any further action in buying the home.

3. Look for structural issues
Be sure to use preliminary open inspections to develop a keen eye for the horizontal, the vertical and the square – as it can save you a lot of time and money.
One of the biggest and most expensive housing defects is gaps or cracks in architraves. Also known as casing or eaves, they serve as a trim around doorframes and windows, their main purpose is to conceal the gap between the wall lining material and the door jamb or window frames.
Cover-up tricks during open inspections:
You may notice gap filler and new paintwork on windows, skirtings or architraves. This can indicate history of significant structural movement in the past.


4. Check the flooring
Although many home owners may not notice the odd creak in their floorboards, keep your ears open for sounds which may indicate damaged foundations in a home.
Cover-up tricks during open inspections:
Odd sounds (including noisy neighbours and busy streets) may be covered up by serene music and a chatty real estate agent.


5. Look out for signs of termites and other pests
The ultimate DIY inspector will not stop at the inside of the home. If you’re up for the challenge, attempt an assessment underneath the home (or in any internal roof space or attic areas). Underneath the home you will find the most obvious evidence of timber rot caused by pest damage. Whilst borers and other pests may contribute to timber rot, it’s the termites that are commonly recognised by the average purchaser.
The earlier you identify your pest issues the better – and you will save thousands of dollars. The cycle time (from initial termite attack, through awareness by the home owner, treatment and confirmation of eradication) is about five years.
Cover-up tricks during open inspections:
Floor damage patched and concealed under carpets.

If you locate poor access to tight underfloor areas or extremely flat roof areas it is most definitely time to set aside $500 or so for a professional building and pest inspector.

Extracted from online source.

Jul 17, 2014

Notice Take-Home Pay Was Less?

The reason behind it is Medicare levy has grown from 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent.

So how much extra will you miss a year?

$30,000  — $150
$40,000  — $200
$50,000  — $250
$60,000  — $300
$70,000  — $350
$80,000  — $400
$90,000  — $450
$100,000 — $500


Mystery's solved.  Not a happy outcome though.

Jul 16, 2014

Melbourne Public Transport New timetables arrive 27 July, 2014

From Sunday 27 July, a statewide public transport timetable change will deliver almost 4000 extra train, tram and bus services every week.

What does this mean for you? 


Metropolitan trains
A new timetable on the Cranbourne/Pakenham lines will boost the frequency of train services. The Frankston line will have more services in the morning peak.
More information on metropolitan train timetable changes

Jul 13, 2014

Get Cheap Car Parking in Melbourne CBD

Secure-a-Spot is an online booking service that provides us with a stress-free way of securing a parking spot in the Melbourne CBD whilst saving you money on the normal parking rate.
It’s the perfect way to complement a romantic dinner, night at the theatre or a day’s outing with the kids.  This is especially the perfect deal for the weekend.  Don't know what government is thinking, with the $6 fare for public transportation during weekend.  Averagely family will fork out $12 (2 x adults) at least for a trip to CBD.  Now, with Secure-a-Spot, it could be as low as $5 to park the whole day.

Jul 12, 2014

Movie Ticket Deals in Australia

Movie tickets are so expensive in Australia.  Here is one place to get cheaper movie tickets, Ticket Bounty.

Jul 5, 2014

Great Deal on Crown Gift Card 20% Off

Promotion Code: ENTBK

A promotion for Entertainment Book Members, but Crown does not seem to check for it.
  • Valid for one $100 Gift Card only.
  • Available till July 9, 2014 and is subject to availability.
You will need to make multiple orders if you want more than $100.

Using it at places with the Entertainment Card offer, the effective discount rate becomes 40% OFF. (25% + 20%).  For example, No 8, Bistro Guillaume, Silks, etc.

Jun 29, 2014

Abbotsford Convent

This convent is a hidden gem, a hive of activity and greenery, next to Collingwood Children's Farm.

11 historical buildings and gorgeous gardens is open every day from 7:30am to 10:00pm.  BYO picnic.

There is also a Slow Food Farmers' Market on forth Saturday every month.

For visiting information see here.

Jun 21, 2014

Jun 6, 2014

How to grow sunflower?

I have always wanted to plant sunflower. Today, I did a bit of research on the net and plant a few pots. Hope I will have sunflower in 4 months.

What is sunflower?
The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant in the family Asteraceae and native to the Americas, with a large flowering head. The stem can grow as high as 3 metres, and the flower head can reach 30 cm in diameter with the "large" seeds.

How to grow?

Jun 5, 2014

Selling Photo - What Kind of Photos Sell?

Ever wanting to expand your habit into money-making dream.  Some most-wanted images are from these categories:
  • Health and medical field - pictures of nurses, doctors, surgeons, medical equipments
  • Business related photos - people conducting business, business environment, equipment, style, design, symbols, attributes ect.
  • People in activities - Pictures of people doing something like dancing, working, playing sports, laughing, eating, driving, building, are very popular.
  • Controversial issues - general politics, women, gender, sexuality, crime, religion, education, family, war, race, environment, poverty, wealth.
  • Religious faith - symbols, activities, locations, actions, traditions, and food.
  • Technology photos - lasers, fiber optics, equipment, digital chips, clean rooms,

Jun 4, 2014

Canon EOS Photo5 Competition

This is one of the most creative competition ever!



From Canon:

Canon Photo5 is a chance to show off your imagination and camera skills. Every years'   competitions inspired some truly outstanding shots.  Here is how it works:

1. Register for your Photo5 box.

2. You will receive your Photo5 box in the mail within 7 working days.

3. The box contains 5 secret objects.

4. Your challenge is to shoot each object in the most creative way that you can.

5. Upload your finished pictures for judging and your chance to win a share in Canon prizes.

You don't have to shoot all five but remember the more you do the better your chance of winning. Only one shot per object can be entered.

Please note Photo5 is open to both professional and amateur photographers so make sure you enter the correct category. Photo5 is only open to Australian residents and entry is limited.

Take your photography to the next level with EOS.


Please go here to register your interest.

Jun 3, 2014

You know you're Australian if...

Got this email today from one of my friends today.

  1. You know the meaning of the word 'girt'.
  2. You believe that stubbies can be either drunk or worn.
  3. You think it's normal to have a leader called Kevin.
  4. You waddle when you walk due to the 53 expired petrol discount vouchers stuffed in your wallet or purse.
  5. You've made a bong out of your garden hose rather than use it for something illegal such as watering the garden.
  6. You believe it is appropriate to put a rubber in your son's pencil case when he first attends school.
  7. When you hear that an American 'roots for his team' you wonder how often and with whom.
  8. You understand that the phrase 'a group of women wearing black thongs' refers to footwear and may be less alluring than it sounds.
  9. You pronounce Melbourne as 'Mel-bin'.
  10. You pronounce Penrith as 'Pen-riff'.

Jun 2, 2014

Rat Race: Are you in middle class?

There are many factors that can define the middle class of a society, such as money, education, professional or employment status, home ownership, or culture. By all means, MONEY is the primary factor!

How much you earn, how much you have in the bank or under your bed determine your social class. It's sad, but it's true. We all try to deny this reality.

Good news. Various statistics support the notion that the middle class is shrinking. Portions of both Upper class and lower class are growing; the middle class is shrinking. The bell shape is going to be upside down. Now, the question is whether you will climb up to upper class or fall down to the lower class.

Should public transportation system be government-owned?

Down under, living in Melbourne, Australia, we have one of the best transportation system. I took trains daily between my home and office. It takes me 30 minutes only; comparing to driving, it may be up to an hour.

Metro is now the company maintaining the system. Is it worth to have a private company handling our public system? Now, we spent up to 3 (?) billion for Myki (contracted for 10 years). Won't it be cheaper to make the public system for free?

Let's do some calculation: Fare evasion is 13%; Metro says they lose 50 millions out on that. It means around 400 millions per year. From VAGO, profit is around 30% of revenue. It comes to 270 millions cost per year.

Huggies Nappies - Costco Price Update (2014-06-01)

Huggies Nappies

  • Newborn 224 count ---- $59.99 ($0.27 each)
  • Infant 192 count ----- $58.49 ($0.30 each)
  • Crawler 184 count ---- $59.49 ($0.32 each)
  • Toddler 148 count ---- $59.99 ($0.41 each)
  • Walker 132 count ----- $59.99 ($0.45 each)
  • Junior 124 count ----- $59.99 ($0.48 each)

Huggies Nappy Pants
  • Walker 51 count ------ $29.49 ($0.58 each)
  • Junior 45 count ------ $29.49 ($0.66 each)

Huggies Pull Ups
  • Size 2 51 count ------ $34.99 ($0.69 each)
  • Size 3 45 count ------ $34.49 ($0.77 each)

Jun 1, 2014

Best Baby Wipes

I used so many brands of baby wipes.   One of the best baby wipes with great price is the Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes offered by Costco.


  • Unscented
  • Tencel - Ultra Soft Cloth
  • With Vitamin E
  • Alcohol Free
  • 900 Wipes
  • 9 packs if a box
  • Price: $26.99
I found a review site in Canada.

Price of Bellamy's Organic Formula at Costco - 2014-06-01

Bellamy's lovers.  Cannot find formula for your baby at Coles or Woolworths?  Low stock or out of stock all the time.  Search for no more.

Stocks of Bellamy's Organic Formula at Costco.  Here is the competitive prices Costco offers:

  • Step 1 - Infant Formula 900g --- $20.89
  • Step 2 - Follow On 900g -------- $20.89
  • Step 3 - Toddler 900g ---------- $16.89
* Prices are as of 2014-06-01.

May 29, 2014

Traffic Camera in Whitehorse

The following are some locations that traffic camera installed around Whitehorse Area in Melbourne.  Anyway, the best way to avoid the ticket is to obey the rule.  The second best way is to invest in a good GPS with camera locations.  Good Luck!

Blackburn

  • Intersection of Whitehorse Road and Surrey Road.
  • Whitehorse Road, between Downing Stand and Sergeant Street.
  • Whitehorse Road, between Service Road and Elmhurst Road.
  • Surrey Road, between Springfield Road and Maroondah Highway.
  • Blackburn Road, between Windermere Court and Eustace Street.

Blackburn North

  • Intersection of Middleborough Road and Eastern Freeway.
  • Springfield Road, between Springvale Road and Surrey Road.
  • Springfield road, between Surrey Road and Middleborough Road.
  • Surrey Road, between Koonung Creek and Springfield Road

Blackburn South

May 25, 2014

On The House


No joining fee.

Member reviews.

Quality events.

Go out have fun and don't blow the budget.

Go for free or pay very little for events that others have to pay full price for.

May 24, 2014

Score twice during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ with Sony.

For a limited time, when you purchase a selected Sony TV you'll score a BONUS Sony PlayStation®4*. 
Plus if you also buy a selected Sony Home Theatre or Sound Bar with your TV, you'll score the FIFA14 Game as well*. 
You'll need to be quick, offer available to first 9,000 eligible customers between 15th May – 29th June 2014.


Eligible Sony TV models include:
KDL65W850AKDL70W850BKDL60W850BKDL55W800BKDL55W950B,KD65X9004AKD55X9004AKD65X8504AKD55X8504AKD65X9000BKD55X9000B

Teach kids to learn coding

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.
Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Watch this TED to learn more about it.

New Costco Coupon 24 May - 8 June, 2014

View the latest Costco Coupon here.

May 10, 2014

Things to do, Events, and What's on in Melbourne - Map

I came across this Melbourne Map on Weekend Notes this morning.

Take a look to find out what's around your neighbourhood.  This map is great to plan activities for your kids and yourself.


Miniature Melbourne from Nathan Kaso

Best city in the world!

Watch this epic tilt-shift time-lapse film featuring a range of different events and festivals held in Melbourne throughout the year.
 

May 9, 2014

Regional Shows/Fairs in Victoria

I came across this calendar showing regional fairs in Victoria.


Good to plan a day trip during weekend to enjoy rural scenery.


Coming Soon...


28th East Gippsland Field Days

Dates Are : Friday 9th & Saturday 10th May 2014

Bairnsdale Aerodrome

School Ranking in Australia by street-directory

Street-Directory.com.au provides the ranking results based on NAPLAN test scores, ATAR Results(e.g. VCE, HSC, etc) if available, combined with criteria including school environment, teacher/student ratio, funding, etc.


* NAPLAN Test results are categorised into 4 areas of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions, and Numeracy. Each category is rated from 1-100 and is then averaged out into an overall score, as highlighted in the right hand section. Australian average score is 50 in both the individual categories and overall score. With this information you can determine exactly where each particular school sits Australia wide. Independent results are broken down and displayed on the screen by clicking on the school name.

* NAPLAN Test covers up to year 9. The results are categorised into 4 areas of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions, and Numeracy. Each category is rated from 1-100 and is then averaged out into an overall score, as highlighted in the right hand section. Australian average score is 50 in both the individual categories and overall score. With this information you can determine exactly where each particular school sits Australia wide. Independent results are broken down and displayed on the screen by clicking on the school name.

* ATAR ranking system will determine where your school sits based on the overall performance of students who've undertaken end of year exams. Student performances will either be calculated in the 'average' or in a 'higher performance' category which is determined by result statistics.

May 3, 2014

Top 20 Educational Web Sites For Kids 3 ~ 15

  • PBS KIDS
    • One of the populate kid web site in US.
    • PBS KIDS leverages the full spectrum of media and technology to build knowledge, critical thinking, imagination and curiosity.
  • BBC - CBeebies
    • A lot of FLASH apps.
    • Including games, songs, storytelling, colouring, video, etc.
  • Nick Jr.
    • From Nickelodeon.
    • Lots of games, videos, etc.
    • Dora is here!

Apr 30, 2014

Energy Saving - Lighting


Lighting

The average household spends upto 9% of their annual energy bills on lighting. See below for some tips on energy efficient lighting.

  • Make the most out of natural light
  • Use energy efficient lights: CFLs use 80% less energy and last around 10 times longer. Each CFL can save up to $20 per year and standard halogen globes use 30% less energy and last twice as long. Each globe can save up to $7 per year
  • Select the right light for the space
  • Turn off lights: 26% of people leave lights on all evening in unoccupied rooms

Standby power and lifestyle appliances

Standby power and lifestyle appliances make up to 10% of household energy use, or over $100 per year on energy bills. See below for some tips on reducing your energy use.

Apr 29, 2014

Parliament House Of Victoria (Melbourne)

Google Map of location of Parliament HouseParliament House is open to the public throughout the year.

Location

Parliament House
Spring Street
East Melbourne Victoria 3002
Phone: (+61 3) 9651 8911
Fax: (+61 3) 9654 5284
Email: info@parliament.vic.gov.au

See Parliament in action

When Parliament is sitting, visitors are welcome to come in and see Parliament in action. The Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly (the Houses) both have public galleries, which are open whenever the House is sitting.
Check the Calendar for the dates when Parliament is sitting.
To see what happens on a sitting day see the sitting day schedule for the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly.

Public tours

Public tours of Parliament are conducted on days when Parliament is not sitting. There is no need to book for groups of less than 6 people. Public tours take place at 9.30 am, 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 3.45 pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) from the Vestibule.
More information and bookings

Events

Come and participate in the events held by the Parliament of Victoria over the course of the year.
More information and bookings

Baby change and feeding room

Located on the second floor on the Legislative Assembly side. Facilities include comfortable chairs, change table, basin hot and cold water, a fridge and a microwave.


What is this? Feijoa!

The Feijoa, also known as Pineapple Guava or Guavasteen, is an evergreen small tree.  It can grow in Melbourne.  I know it because I got three of them in my yard.

The fruit matures in autumn and is green, and about the size and shape of an egg. It has a sweet, aromatic flavour. The flesh is juicy and have a distinctive smell.

The fruit is usually eaten by cutting it in half, then scooping out the pulp with a spoon.

Extracted from wikipedia.

Apr 27, 2014

Parkopedia - Find Where To Park Before You Go

I planned to go to Docklands last weekend and found out this site, Parkopedia.  Now we can plan where to park before we go.  Look for cheapest car parks, this is the place to plan ahead.


Apr 26, 2014

New Costco Coupon - 26 April - 11 May, 2014



New Costco coupon is here again.

Good deals on

  • Dunlopillo Therapillo Memory Foam Pillow  ($69.99 - $14 = $55.99)
  • 2pc Bath Mat ($9.99 - $2 = $7.99)
  • Carmen's Variety Nut Bars - 20x35g ($13.99 - $3 = $10.99)



Apr 21, 2014

3 Stunning Private Country Gardens in Victoria

Neerim

Experience a different way of life in one of the most picturesque towns in the Gippsland region. On the doorstep to the Baw Baw National Park, this tourist town is the perfect stopover for holiday makers on their way to the ski fields or for travellers in search of galleries and boutique B&Bs amidst breathtaking scenery.

3 private gardens will be opened to public on the weekend of 26th and 27th April, 2014.  It is time to take our family to enjoy a country scenery with gardens.

Janalli, an exceptionally well-designed garden landscaped and planted on a grand scale. A 60-metre rose arbour leads to terraces of massed roses and perennials, and a parkland of exotic species borders landscaped lakes. Glorious autumn foliage. Large formal Japanese garden; Australian plant area; potager, citrus grove, small vineyard and nut walk.

Entry to the garden is $8 per adult, children are free.  Janalli will be open between 10am - 4:30 pm. Dogs are allowed on leash (Janalli garden only), has pram and wheelchair access, refreshments and toilets.

285 Wagners Rd, Neerim South


Apr 15, 2014

Top 40 best ever cleaning tips

Learn how to clean like a champion with this list of the best-ever household cleaning hints and tips.  From cleaning up broken glass to deterring pests or tackling stains on clothes and furniture, we have 40 simple, natural solutions that work.

1. Eucalyptus oil removes the gummy residue left by shop stickers.
2. Buffing a marble tabletop with car polish leaves a thin, invisible film that helps reduce the risk of stains.
3. To remove furniture indentations from pure wool carpet place a tea towel over the area and then press with a warm iron. The heat will lift the fibres. Do not attempt this with synthetic or a wool/synthetic mix carpet.
4. Light a match and let it burn a few seconds to remove toilet smells.
5. To stop bathroom mirrors steaming up, regularly rub a dry bar of soap over the surface and rub in with a clean cloth.
6. Stop clothes with thin straps falling off hangers by sticking small felt furniture pads onto the hanger just beyond where the straps sit.

Apr 13, 2014

Costco TV Price Update (April 12, 2014)

Sony      W800B  50"   $1399.99
Sony      W80    55"   $1399.99
Sony      R52    60"   $1489.99
Sony      R55    60"   $1649.97

LG        LA6620 50"   $1299.97
LG        LA7400 55"   $1899.99

Panasonic S60    60"   $1299.99

Samsung   F6400  55"   $1249.97
Samsung   F6400  75"   $4079.99
Samsung   F7100  55"  

Apr 6, 2014

Secret Pice Codes in Costco

This guy has THE PAGE explain everything we need to know.

The rule number one, price ending with 97c is usually a bargain.


Remember to check it out next time you visit Costco.  Enjoy the savings.

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EASTER FAMILY FUN at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

An hour from Melbourne 
FREE ENTRY - OPEN EVERY DAY 9am-5pm (except Christmas Day)

It would be one of the most delicious destination this Easter! Come and see the amazing display of over 25 000 handcrafted Easter chocolates – from tiny to large decorative eggs, fun freckled eggs, filled and flavoured eggs, whimsical chocolate bunnies, chicks, hens and even frogs using the finest couverture, nearly one metre tall bunnies, decadent truffles and more! Easter creations are in the showroom now – better hop to it so you don’t miss out on the delightful range to share with your family and friends.
Plus there are a weekend of free family fun activities. From Good Friday to Easter Monday, be greeted by the Chocolaterie’s Easter Bunnies, enjoy loads of free chocolate tastings, delight in the giant chocolate sculptures and the kids can find a special treat with free Easter egg hunts each day.

Apr 5, 2014

25 Websites that will make you a Genius

1. Khan Academy

1Have you ever wanted to pick up a subject you’re not well-versed in, but you didn’t have the money to invest in a college course? Khan Academy aims to provide education at the collegiate level for anyone who wants it. They provide resources for learning pretty much every subject out there, including math, science, history and more. As you learn, the platform will even assess your progress and help you gauge what you’ve learned.

2. Duolingo

2This isn’t the first time I’ve recommended this language-teaching website (and app), and it certainly won’t be the last. Duolingo is a free version of Rosetta-Stone that delivers the same results: teaching you another language. Regular use of the site can have you speaking and writing Spanish, English, German, French, Portuguese and Italian in a matter of months depending on the

Mar 23, 2014

RAAF Museum

The RAAF Museum is a 25-minute drive south-west from Melbourne along the Princes Freeway. Take the Point Cook Road exit and follow the tourist signs to the museum. The RAAF Museum is approximately 400 metres beyond the entrance to the RAAF Base.

Admission

Admission to the RAAF Museum is FREE, however, donations are gratefully accepted. Note that photo identification is required for all visitors over the age of 16 to gain entry to the Base.

Tours

The Museum provides guided tours for groups (clubs, schools, etc.) - Tuesday to Friday only. These give the visitor a unique insight into Australian aviation history, the Air Force and RAAF Base Point Cook. Guided tours are conducted by RAAF Museum trained volunteer host officers.

Mar 22, 2014

Baby Care: Things You May Not Need

Things you may not need...

1. Alphabet / Number Playmat

This sounds a good idea at first.  It does protect baby from bumping the hardwood floor.  The reason I don't like about it is that it is difficult to clean.  Anything can fell easily between the gaps.

I would suggest you look into playmat that is one single piece.

2. Baby Rucksack

What's the reason you need this again?  To look good?

3. Changing Bag

You could find bags cheaply.  Go ahead.  There is no need to get expensive bag.  The bag does not last long anyway.  Use a normal shoulder bag that is lighter and cheaper.  If you need insulated pockets for baby food, you can always buy a separate bottle or food carrier.

4. Playpen

I almost bought one.  I researched it online / offline and found out playpen is expensive.  A few pieces of plastic cost $100+.  Why?  To get more money from parents.  Putting baby in a cage is not humane.  It does not last long before baby finds a way to overcome it, too.

Travel cot is a better option where you can put baby in to ensure he/she is safe when you need to keep eyes away for a second.

5. Baby Shampoo / Soap

Most of time,  I just give baby a warm bath without any shampoo or soap.  If needed, go to baby shows or so and get some samples.  These samples from every shows last 3 years for my baby.

6. Baby Wipe Warmer

Seriously?  What a great idea.  I am tempted to purchase one, but since my baby never complain about the cool during winter.  I got away with it.

7. Nappy Disposal System

Expensive!  I use grocery bags mainly.  Cover the bin with a lid and empty it every day.