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.