Dec 25, 2015

Did Costco hike the price for Christmas?

I purchased a box of white nectarine 1.5kg on Dec 19, it was $4.49.  The same thing was $6.69 on Dec 23, just a few days later.

That costs 50% more.  Isn't Costco providing the lowest price available and maintain its revenue based on its membership fee?

I cannot think of a good reason for this price change.  Same tactic as petrol price?

Dec 24, 2015

Melbourne Museum Members Summer Party (13 Feb 2016)

Melbourne Museum is throwing a party - just for Museum Members and among one of your most

When: 5.30pm-8.30pm, Saturday 13 February
Cost FREE
Where Children's Gallery, Melbourne Museum
Perfect for families with children aged 3 - 8 years.
Bookings are essential, book online or phone 13 11 02

loved places of wonder, the Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum.

Dec 12, 2015

NRMA reveals which car seats are unsafe

The 1 star products are the Safety 1st Sentinel II and the Maxi-Cosi Mico AP ISOGO, the latter of which was the most expensive child restraint tested in this batch at a recommended retail price of $549.
By comparison, the Mother’s Choice Silver Embrace scored four stars in rear-facing mode but has an RRP of only $169 and the Babylove booster seat also provides a four-star rating for only $70.
The Maxi-Cosi model received the lowest rating despite being equipped with ISOFIX, hailed by some in the industry as a huge step forward for child safety.
Ms Vlahomitros warned that correct fitment of the seat was also a vitally important consideration for parents, and that only one restraint – the Safe-N-Sound Trufix – scored above 3 stars for ease of use.
For more info, see here.

To choose a seat, see www.childcarseats.com.au

Sep 29, 2015

Baby Care: Essential items for traveling with little baby


1. A portable changing mat
Get a good changing mat.  Your baby will have her nappy changed more than 5000 times unless you are lucky.  It is easy whip out your portable change mat and go into damage control mode.  My one have pockets for wipes and nappies.  It is convenient.

2. Baby Bjorn front carrier
This is the best carrier.  It not only saves my back, it is so convenient freeing my both hands to do things while carrying her.

Apple, you have failed me again. (Save your mobile data)

Apple's new iOS 9 introduced a new feature.  It automatically uses your mobile data if wifi network was slow.  Sounds like a handy feature until you realized it costs 10c a MB or more to use mobile data.

It’s called Wi-Fi Assist .  So how do you turn this thing off?

It's under Settings -> Mobile -> Scroll to the end of page (Wi-Fi Assist) -> Turn it off.


No more bill-shock.

Aug 20, 2015

Photo Stream not sync'ed on Photos OSX

I have this trouble for over a month now.

Tried various methods from Internet.  I tried this method before and it didn't work for me, but today, I tried it again and it started working again.  Finger-crossed.
  1. Closing Photos.
  2. Opening Activity Monitor.
  3. Killing the process titled "Photos Agent"
  4. Opening Photos again.
Hope this works out for you.

Jun 3, 2015

The new Google Photos - Photo Backup Approach

I am a Mac user and I have problems with photo backup concerns since the digital age.  With this Google Photos, now, I have a pretty good solution with minimum risks.

  • Install Google Photos for my iPhone to backup everything.
  • Install Google Photos Backup app for OSX are as follows:

Choose backup sources
  • Cameras & Storage Cards (OFF)
  • iPhoto Library  (OFF if you use Photos already.)

May 5, 2015

RBA SLASHES RATES TO NEW RECORD LOW

At today’s meeting on monetary policy, the RBA Board has cut the official cash rate to 2 per cent, a new historic low for the Australian market.


RBA Governor Glenn Stevens attributes the following economic factors to today’s decision:

Global Growth: “Is expanding at a moderate pace, but commodity prices have declined over the past year, in some cases sharply.”

Australian Growth: “Looking ahead, the key drag on private demand is likely to be weakness in business capital expenditure in both the mining and non-mining sectors over the coming year. Public spending is also scheduled to be subdued. The economy is therefore likely to be operating with a degree of spare capacity for some time yet."

Apr 21, 2015

Find a discounted place at one of Australia’s leading private schools


School Places is the only way to find & claim a discounted place at one of Australia’s leading private schools.

Let's face it. Not many parents can afford private school fees without making a few sacrifices.

For a child born this year, the total cost of private school education from pre-school to year 12 could easily exceed $500,000. That's a lot to budget for.

For a while now private school fees have been increasing at a higher rate than CPI.
In other words, fees are growing at a faster rate than household incomes.

Schools often find themselves with unexpected vacancies across different year levels. These can come about for many reasons such as last minute cancellations or families moving out of the area at short notice.

Apr 15, 2015

Box Hill High School Zone

Parents are struggling with moving into a good reputable school for their kid(s).

Here is the zone for Box Hill High School.


Good luck with house hunting!

When’s your birthday? ~ A Singapore Math Problem With The Solution

Question:

Albert and Bernard just met Cheryl. “When’s your birthday?” Albert asked Cheryl.
Cheryl thought a second and said, “I’m not going to tell you, but I’ll give you some clues.” She wrote down a list of 10 dates:
May 15 — May 16 — May 19
June 17 — June 18
July 14 — July 16
August 14 — August 15 — August 17
“My birthday is one of these,” she said.
Then Cheryl whispered in Albert’s ear the month — and only the month — of her birthday. To Bernard, she whispered the day, and only the day. 
“Can you figure it out now?” she asked Albert.
Albert: I don’t know when your birthday is, but I know Bernard doesn’t know, either.
Bernard: I didn’t know originally, but now I do.
Albert: Well, now I know, too!
When is Cheryl’s birthday?

 Solution:

50 Interview Questions To Be Prepared For

1. What are your strengths?

2. What are your weaknesses?
3. Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
4. Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?
5. Why do you want to leave your current company?
6. Why was there a gap in your employment?
7. What can you offer us that someone else cannot?
8. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?

Mar 31, 2015

Educents, online marketplace for affordable educational products


Educents is an online marketplace for affordable educational products, providing daily deals to students, parents and educators by working with established educational suppliers. Whether it is a science kit, curriculum pack, books or art supplies, we make sure that Educents has the lowest price. Educators need a break, and we’re here to help.
Go to Educents.

Mar 20, 2015

Manuka Honey Fever

There are so many Manuka honey product on the market now.  Some from Australia; and some from New Zealand.  Each product is using different indicators to represent its strength.  Capilano has good descriptions on what these indicators mean.


Non Peroxide Activity (NPA)


In 1981, Dr Peter Molan (MBE), who is a professor at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, was researching the peroxide activity in honeys from around the world when he found that when he deliberately destroyed the Hydrogen Peroxide Activity (HPA) in honey that only one honey was still showing strong antibacterial activity. This activity became known as Non Peroxide Antibacterial Activity (NPA). Dr Molan went on to research this activity over many years and found that it was very stable in Manuka honey and could withstand both heat and light exposure and still remain highly active and effective.

Feb 8, 2015

Back To School Checklist

Things to Buy

Clothing

  • Uniforms
  • School shoes
  • Running shoes (for P.E.)
  • Socks
  • UV protection hat
  • Jacket or jumper
  • Umbrella
  • Backpack
  • Library bag
  • Art apron

Stationery

Feb 7, 2015

How to build paper planes


To enjoy the childhood fun again. Let's build some paper planes and see who can fly further.

Best Free Things on the Internet

Gmail — Best email service on the web; even though they may scan your emails from time to time.

Google Drive/Dropbox — Free storage to store all your information online. Both Google Drive and Dropbox will let you upload all your photos and documents online so they can be accessed on any computer, phone or tablet at any time. Super handy.  $$ if you want more storage.



Free eBooks Resouce

Legally-free eBooks resource:

Jan 18, 2015

10 questions to ask a real estate agent

1. How did you arrive at this appraisal?
2. Will you be working on the property?
3. How many other properties are you currently handling?
4. What price will you be quoting to prospective buyers?
5. May I see references from past clients?
6. Do you have people in your database looking for a property like this?

Jan 10, 2015

20% off for iTunes cards everyday from Costco


$50 iTunes card for only $39.49 at Costco. Great daily price.  No need to look for bargains.