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.

Native Bee Hotel

You can help our native bees to thrive by building them a Bee Hotel.

What are Solitary Bees ?

As well as Bumblebees and Honeybees (that live socially) there are various species of wild bees in the world that are called 'solitary bees' because they make individual nest cells for their larvae. Some species nest in small tunnels or holes in the ground or in sandy banks, piles of sand, or crumbling mortar. Others use the hollow stems of dead plants such as brambles, or tunnels previously bored into dead wood by beetles.

What is a Bee Hotel?

A Bee Hotel is an artificial bee nest that attracts solitary native bees.  It is often difficult to encourage solitary bees in urban areas because there are so few suitable nesting places for them.  Many people chose to give nature a helping head by building their own bee hotels.

Individual Income Tax Rates - Australian Resident 2013-2014

Tax rates 2013-14

The following rates for 2013-14 apply from 1 July 2013.
Taxable incomeTax on this income
0 – $18,200
Nil
$18,201 – $37,000
19c for each $1 over $18,200
$37,001 – $80,000
$3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000
$80,001 – $180,000
$17,547 plus 37c for each $1 over $80,000
$180,001 and over
$54,547 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000
The above rates do not include the Medicare levy of 1.5% (refer to Guide to Medicare levy for more information).

Mar 21, 2014

Price Comparison: Swimming Nappy Pants

Huggies (Coles)

I used this usually and have no problem so far.
  • 7 - 12 kg  (12 pk) $13.49  (1.12c each)
  • 11 - 15 kg (11 pk) $13.49  (1.23c each)
  • 14+ kg     (10 pk) $13.49  (1.35c each)
Price at Woolworths online is $15.04; costs a bit more.

BabyLove (Coles)

  • 7 - 12 kg  (12 pk) $13.49  (1.12c each)
  • 11 - 15 kg (11 pk) $13.49  (1.23c each)
  • 14+ kg     (10 pk) $13.49  (1.35c each)

Comfy Bots (Coles)

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Shop A Docket

From fine dining to casual bistro, there’s a Shop A Docket restaurant coupon for everyone. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, not up to cooking or looking for a treat for the family, simply choose from our huge range of restaurant vouchers online.  All restaurant coupons are free to download and print. Or use your smartphone to select an offer and redeem instore without the need to print!
Seafood, Thai, Chinese, Steak, Indian, Lebanese, Japanese, or a la carte at clubs and pubs – whatever your preference the choice is enormous. We’ve got online restaurant discount deals for almost every town and suburb in Australia. 

Mar 20, 2014

Price Comparison: Nappy Pants

Last step of the nappy life ~ Nappy Pants.  So expensive!!!

Huggies (Coles/Woolworths)

When nothing else is on sale, Huggies is my first choice.

  • 10 - 15 kg (56 pk) $33.00  (0.59c each)
  • 14 - 18 kg (51 pk) $33.00  (0.65c each)
  • 16+ kg     (45 pk) $33.00  (0.73c each)
* Coles and Woolworths has this on sale at $30 quite often.
* Costco is priced at $29.99. (On Sale: $26.99 at the moment 2014/03/22)

BabyLove (Coles/Woolworths)

Walking the Labyrinth

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The practice seems a little strange at first - the sole purpose of a labyrinth is to walk the one-way path - there is only one, unlike a maze - into the centre of the labyrinth. Once you get there, you turn around and walk back the way you came. 

Labyrinths have been popular as a form of walking meditation for millennia. There is something about the walking that stills your mind. What seems a rather pointless exercise in terms of outward achievement is a space that helps to calm your chattering thoughts. This is more like exercise for your mind, rather than for your body, and though your mind might protest that it's dumb, it nevertheless helps to quieten those monkeys.

There are quite a few public and private labyrinths around Australia. Some around Melbourne include:

Mar 10, 2014

Port Open Days – free boat tours of the Port of Melbourne

How often do tours run?Port Open Day boat tours run on the last Sunday of each month (excluding July and December).
Where and when do tours depart?Round-trip tours leave from Gem Pier in Williamstown and Victoria Harbour in Docklands.
Gem Pier (Approximately 90 minutes return)
    • 9.00 am
    • 11.00 am
Victoria Harbour (Approx. 60 minutes return)
    • 1.45 pm
    • 3.00 pm
    • 4.15 pm
What will I see?

Mar 9, 2014

Lavender Farm in Victoria

Yuulong Lavender Estate

58 Sharrocks Road,
Mt Egerton, Victoria 3352 
Australia

The property opened August through to the end of May, Wednesday-Sunday inclusive, featuring a retail nursery, cafe and gift shop complex, picturesque bushland setting, large garden, contoured hills of lavender, annual music and farming festivals, and extensive range of lavender culinary, craft and skin care products.

Featured in several episodes of Burke's backyard and numerous high profile magazines, Yuulong has been represented in various promotional events including the Home Beautiful Kitchen and Cooking Show, Harvest Picnic, Country Living Show, International Garden Show and Victoria On Show.

Mar 7, 2014

8 Very Useful OS X Keyboard Shortcuts

1. Quickly turn off display

Ever had a coworker peeking over your shoulders while you were at work? It can be quite annoying. I can’t offer to change human nature, but here’s a keyboard shortcut that will help. To quickly turn off your display and blank your Mac screen hit the following keyboard combination:
Ctrl + Shift + eject
The moment you hit this key combination your screen will go blank. To switch your display back on just move the mouse on hit some keys on your keyboard.

2. Zoom in and out of your display

To zoom into your Mac’s display hold down the Ctrl key and scroll the mouse up and down. You can do this on the trackpad by using two fingers and sliding them up and down. I find this useful at times when I want to look at something in greater detail, and especially when I want to make an online video appear in full screen.

3. Quick reboot