Wednesday, November 24, 2010

SALE......

Yes..... Christmas season ,,,, time for Shopping!!!!!!!! buying gifts for my kids, friends and relatives,,, don't know where to start .......

Unlike in the US where they have a Black Friday where they say its the biggest sale ...Here in Oz we have the after Christmas sale ,,the stock take sale ,, yeah where you buy stuff that wasn't sold before Christmas,,, gezzz the left overs .... why cant we have a big sale before Christmas?????

There are few things that I am eyeing for ,, decor for the house,, accessories and all sort of stuff ,, need to upgrade the worn out towels, linens and home ware ,,, ahhh it would be nice to have new stuff in a new home ... Hopefully by Christmas we can move in to our new place ,,, getting excited here!!!!

See that tree???


We took the kids to Martin Place in Sydney to see the massive Chritmas tree on display ..


Saturday night around 6:30 ,, we decided to hopped in the car and drove 45 minutes to the city ,, found a parking at Martin place and kids were ecstatic to see the huge christmas tree ,,, it is really nice ,, so took some photos and told the kids that we will have dinner first then come back when its dark so they can see the lights on the tree...
Walk to Darling harbour for a dinner ,, stayed for one hour and walked back to Martin place,,,, ahhh the streets of Sydney ,, ( George street on a Saturday night was packed with yuppies all dressed up to go to clubs .. hubby was very wary f things and always telling me to hurry up since we have the kids and walking at that time of the night ,, is not really a good idea with kids ,, with party goers who are drunk and some idiots on the street , we have to rush ,,, anyway,, no hassles and we made it back to the place by 9:30 and more photos taken....

Off we went and kids are just to tired ,, doused to sleep in the car ......

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tis the season.....

Ahhh ... The season of Christmas holiday had started already,, if you can notice all the Christmas decorations are all out in the shops .. Few houses are decorated and our local council already lit up a giant Christmas tree the other day ,,, my kids are practicing their Christmas carols in school and people are flocking the shops ,, hard to park!!!! these are the things that makes Christmas exciting ..... looking for a perfect gift .... there are options either to go to the shop or might as well buy online .. gifts for xmas red envelope .. But one thing for sure ,, my kids are not gonna be spoiled this Christmas...... since we are building our house ,, we need to be at least practical about their gifts ,, since they mostly have everything they can possibly want ....



Friday, November 19, 2010

Pear ..........


Ok OK ... Adriano Zumbo strikes again !!!! With a beautiful creation called Pear Perfection...

On the finals of Junior Masterchef Australia , the pressure test was on for Jack who is 13 and Isabella who is 12... The dessert was a challenge for both of them and they both did a great job bringing justice to Zumbo's creation ,, even Jack scored 11 over 10 from the judges ,, they said he over passed Zumbo ... hmmmm anyway,, that dessert looks divine. You can visit Masterchef Australia ,, coz the recipe is posted already .... BTW it was Isabella who won the Junior MasterChef Australia.

The good news is that next week my hubby and I will travel to Balmain to go to pig out on all the eye popping cakes there.. Wohooo... Now I can hum ... its my birthday ,,, its my birthday!!!! I've been eating too much calories and its my birthday and my tum is bulging ... do diet pills work ???? because I need that cut some pounds....

Need to save

I took my boy yesterday to his Speech therapy and he is adjusting well with his therapist ,, its been almost 2 years when he stopped doing his therapy and now his back to his sessions , he is coping well ..

I just hope that this will help him a lot and though the sessions he can gain confidence and cope well in school works too .. He goes there every fortnight although its a big cut from our budget , we are determined to continue with it ,, so it means I have to cut back on some other stuff ,, finding ways to save lie looking for a cheapest health insurance provider , cutting on credit card expenses and everyday luxuries .
Money is getting tight and have to be practical and learn how to save ...
How about you how do you save????

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Love to watch...

My hubby and I love to watch a show ,, either a concert or a theater , so whenever there is a good show in the city ,, we try to organize a baby sitter if possible,, sometimes we take the kids with us so that they can appreciate a good show ... my kids are 16 , 7 and 5 ,, last time we took them to watch WICKED which was really a good show,,,, then we also took them to WEST SIDE STORY , which is a little bit disappointing ,,, anyway ,, I found out that MARY POPPINS is coming to town so we are exited and I will surely check that online to get theater tickets , my kids would definitely love this show ....


Hubby and I are also talking about watching the show JERSEY BOYS The story of Frankie Valli and the Four seasons,, heard about good reviews on this show and would like to see if it is really good ,, so anyway ,,, have to check it out ....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pack Away......

As the weather here in Oz gets warmer ,, its the best time of the year to store away winter clothes. I have a big plastic container to place all my winter gears ,, but I have some delicate sweaters that needed to be looked after ,, since I bought them recently and they needed to be stored in a special way I searched for the best way to pack it away and found these tips and will love to share it to everyone,,,
Excerpt from ehow.com

Have the cashmere sweaters professionally dry cleaned. You want to be sure that they are thoroughly clean and free from body oils, perspiration, food and other substances that attract moths before putting them into storage.

Purchase a resealable plastic or muslin/canvas bag for each sweater. It is important that each cashmere sweater be protected in its own bag. Also make sure that your sweater bags are not airtight, so the cashmere fibers can breathe just a bit during storage.

Place a cedar block or mothball inside each sweater bag. This helps keep moths and other vermin away from your sweaters.

Wrap herbal-scented sachets (available at your local bed and bath store) inside handkerchiefs and place one in each sweater bag. Scents that work best (and also dissuade moths from paying a visit) include rosemary, lavender, cedar, orange and cloves.

Place each of your cashmere sweaters into a bag. Make sure that the handkerchief-wrapped sachets are resting next to your sweaters, not on top of them. Then place your sweater bags on sturdy shelves inside a closet.

Strong dollar

OK.... this is how Aussie dollar is now ......... almost equivalent to $1 US ....

They were saying that it is good for Aussie buyers ,, we can now buy online stuff that is usually expensive here ,,, hmmmmm,,, how about Prada , Gucci , LV bags...?????
Online shopahloics are getting excited with this news...
But on the other hand bad for the Australian tourism and retailers .....

I dont think it will stay high this long so I guess I have to make the most of it while its high ... so gonna check some online sites ,, might get stuff for a bargain price......

The Australian dollar reached a post float 28-year high overnight, pushing above parity with the US dollar, after the central bank raised the cash rate and the US dollar weakened.

It was the third time in three weeks that the local unit edged above parity with the US dollar.

At 0700 AEDT, the Australian dollar was trading at 99.86 US cents, up slightly from Tuesday's close of 99.85 US cents.

The record high came after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) raised the cash rate to 4.75 per cent on Tuesday afternoon and the US dollar weakened as global risk sentiment improved.

Bank of New Zealand currency strategist Mike Jones said the Australian dollar reached 100.25 US cents just after midnight AEDT following the RBA's surprise interest rate rise.

"The Aussie hit a 28 year post-float high overnight," Mr Jones said from Wellington.

"The RBA rate hike provided the impetuous to get the Aussie over the line."

After touching parity early in the European session the local unit twice nudged above one US dollar during the New York session.

"The first time the Aussie got above parity, it quickly erased those gains, but this time the Aussie seems to be on a much surer footing, so we'll probably see it around the parity mark for longer," he said.

"Not only was there support for the RBA rate hike overnight, but moving through the overnight US session we also had the US dollar on the back foot and global stock markets were on the ascendancy and that added to positive sentiment,' he said.

"So everything went the Aussie's way in the end."

US stocks rose on Tuesday as investors moved into riskier assets following a steep drop in the dollar, putting the Dow Jones industrial average near its highest point of the year.

European stock markets also closed higher, with investors expecting the US Federal Reserve to announce more stimulus measures in an effort to keep the US economic recovery on track.

Mr Jones said the Australian dollar had been assisted by US dollar weakness.

He expects the local currency to trade around parity during the domestic session.

Early on Thursday morning (AEDT) the US Federal Reserve will announce its decision on stimulating the American economy.

The Fed is expected to to buy government bonds from banks to encourage lending and stimulate the flagging economy.

Locally, the Australian Bureau of Statistics releases building approvals data on Wednesday, and on Thursday issues retail trade and international trade figures.

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