Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hunting Stuff

Outdoor activities are always fun and for hunters of deer, foxes and some other wild animals, the game of hunting and setting up the plan make it more exciting.

These days trail cameras have revolutionized the way hunters are hunting. It can make them hunt faster and efficiently. Always get the Best Trail Camera that has sharper image quality and still shots. There are also different types, designs and specs of trail cameras to choose from depending on your budget and need.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

For the Love of Watches

One of the many things that I remember about my sis Jen is her love for watches. She used to tell me that she always pass by a watch store evrything she go to the mall. It doesn't mean that she'll buy a watch but she just wanted to feast on beautiful timepieces. Actually, when she was here in OZ land for her vacation in 2008, my hubby gave her a DKNY gold watch as a gift and when she saw a sale at the mall she bought another one. Ahh.. not sure why she loves watches so much but all I know is that she's almost always on time.

I guess, she loves watches because not only she can use it to know the time but she can use it as a fashion statement. Watches are an important accessory for every man and woman and a great investment too. There's no doubt that she'll drool over these TAG Heuer watches when she will see them. She's actually wanted to have an oversize watch eventhough she has a small wrist, maybe she wanted to be follow the trend these days.

Now, it's making me realize that I should buy her a nice watch for Christmas.. Shhh.. she might read this.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Back Home

Christmas !!! It's coming in no time. This year will be different for my family for we'll be flying next week to the Philippines to celebrate the holidays. We're pretty excited and nervous at the same time but I know it will be an awesome one.

I can;t wait to see my family once again and spend some time with them after so many years. The last time we've been there was in Christmas 2009 and it's was our very first time to spend the holidays back home. I already have sent my gifts last October via cargo and thankfully they are there already.

I have tons of gifts for everyone in my family and I'm very sure that they will love them. I heard that one of my nephew is into music as he loves to play the guitar and soon violin but unfortunately I wasn't able to buy him any musical instruments but I have something for him that he will like. I browsed also online for various gifts that I can get and even saw used drum sets for sale at musicians friend but I didn't dare to order for we're in OZ land.

I'm wishing you all MERRY Christmas and I'll post our vacation soon when we get back.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Printing for your Company

Owning a business or a company requires a lot of passion, patience and determination for it to become successful. Owners should work constantly to give the best service or products to their customers. One should keep on researching and knowing what their customers like and dislike and these will eventually paid off in the end when you see that your customers are happy and contented.

Some of the best ways to promote or advertise your company or products is through leaflets, brochures, calling cards, signs, billboards, displays, catalogs and more and they are proven to be effective. You can click here for zooprinting.com if you need offset and digital printings for your business. Don't be left behind, go and spread the word about what you are offering.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Australia Pledges $10m in Aid and Medical Team for the PhilippinesTyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan)

The devastating super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan- international name), wreaks havoc to the Philippines on early morning of November 8, 2013. The 1st landfall was in Samar then to Leyte and other part of the Visayas.

The super typhoon was a category 5 and have strong winds that tumbled houses and other structures there. What makes it worst is that a strong storm surge where a wave as high as 2 stories has killed thousands of people.

The aftermath of the typhoon was unimaginable as many people lost their houses, properties and loved ones. People have no food/water for few days. The relief was a bit slow but slowly picking up as Philippine government are bringing rescue and relief goods. Many countries have made their pledges already and even sent teams and relief supplies at the devastated areas in Samar, Leyte, Iloilo and more.

Australia has pledged $10m in aid and also have sent 37-member medical team composed of doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacist etc. with emergency supplies to the Philippines that will help the typhoon victims. Right now, they have installed medical tents that will treat people who are injured in the super typhoon.

Let's help Philippines by sending over relief goods or monetary that can help rebuild the devastated community.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Many Faces of Wedding Dresses


Walking down the aisle with the special person in one’s life is the foremost dream of most women. After all, this is the last moment of one’s single blessedness. For this occasion, the bride must be dressed up with the best wedding gown that is tailor-made to bring out her uniqueness and innate beauty. If you are one of the lucky women to tie the knot this year, you can find a lot of cheap wedding dresses online.

These gowns are meticulously crafted with the finest clothing material and embellishment to turn you into a most beautiful bride. And who says, that you can only wear all-white bridal gown? You can pick the color of your wedding dress and deviates from the usual immaculate white. Take for instance, the burgundy sweetheart royal train taffeta gown, you will look gorgeous with its embroidery ruffle beadwork.

Other choices of color are gold, red, pink, champagne, and silver, ivory and of course, white. This is only a sample of how you can reinvent the gown that you can browse at www.dressfirst.com. You will be delighted to see their bridal gowns made of tulle, taffeta, silk, satin, organza, lace, chiffon, and charmeuse. The designs are aplenty and it will entirely depend on your personal choice and the motif of your wedding.

You will look elegant with a mermaid sweetheart chapel train satin tulle bridal gown. Look like a debutante in an A-line princess sweetheart knee-length satin wedding dress with sashes. A ball-gown strapless cathedral train taffeta tulle bridal gown is ideal for women with slender figure. If you have voluptuous body, you can wear an A-line princess halter court train made of organza and satin. You look more alluring in a sheath, column sweetheart knee-length satin bridal gown.

Saying “I do’s” with your groom should be carefully planned months ahead. During your wedding day, make sure that your bridal entourage will not overshadow you. Searching for the latest bridesmaid dresses 2013 is important so you can make comparison of which bridal gown is suited for the dresses of your maid of honor and bridesmaids. Seek for advice from your friends on what they can suggest for your ensemble.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Beyoncé 'Mrs Carter Show' Australian Tour 2013

Beyonce rocked the world of Australians in her Beyoncé 'Mrs Carter Show' Australian Tour 2013 that started on October 18th and will end on 8th of November.


Too bad, I wasn't able to get some tickets for I have been thinking twice if I should buy or not but when a friend told me the concert was a blast, it's already late for me to get some tickets for her Sydney show on the 31st.

I still can't forget the Duran Duran and Depeche Mode show few years back when I watched it with friends. The sound was superb and the acts are lively than ever. It reminds me of the mini midi controller keyboard at guitar center that I saw whilst browsing the site.

Anyway, I just hope that Beyonce will come back in few years time so I can watch her live.

One Fine Day at Kiama Harbour

My family drove to Kiama on a weekend and we're glad we had a nice weather when we got there. We brought along our cute ll'dog Prince and he enjoyed the lovely weather too.

We have fish and chips for lunch, savouring the breeze and just chillin' while bonding with the family. We took my sis Jen when she was here few years ago and I can't forget the fact that she enjoyed the place especially went to see the BLOW HOLE and the lighthouse.





Ongoing Home Projects

These days, our household has been pretty much busy with all the different activities that we have been doing. I've been trying to bake some cuppies and cakes again for a client while the kids are roaming around the house with our cute pet dog. My husband is trying to be busy as well in his business, the holidays are coming so we need some extra money for our overseas trip this December. The kids can't wait for that any longer as what I am hearing from them.

 However, before we take our much needed vacation this coming holiday, we need to prepare our house or should I say keep our house organize too. We don;t want to leave with some pending house renovations and projects. We had trouble finding some unique handles for our door, so dear hubby went downtown to check the local shop complete his project. I have to ask him to check on our garden and repair the little house for our chooks too for the fox has been cheeky lately.

Monday, October 28, 2013

5 Amazing Cycling Products that Help You Track Your Fitness Progress

Getting in shape and keeping yourself on track to your fitness goals can be tough at times, so when a product comes along that can help make life a little easier by tracking your progress and helping you with your fitness regime and diet, it’s probably worth checking out. These 5 amazing products do just that, providing detailed information on your workouts and motivation toward your goals.

Cyclemeter


This iOs bicycle tracking app turns your mobile device into a high-tech and feature-packed fitness tracking device. You can record each and every workout, from speed to heart rate and everything in-between, and the app even takes into account whenever you stop, detecting stops automatically.

You can see customisable maps and graphs relating to your workouts and progress, plus summarise and analyse all your workout data easily on screen. You can also compete against friends and share comments and stats through your social network, plus create your own training plans to reach your goals. From racing on sleek Merida bikes to powering up hills on sturdy mountain bikes, cyclemeter is ideal for any cycling workout.

Garmin ANT+ for iPhone

This nifty little gadget plugs straight into your iPhone, iPod or iPad for tracking and recording your fitness and workout stats in great detail. It allows you to create an all-over tracking system that integrates information from other Garmin sensors with the Garmin Fit app. The ANT+ allows you to use detailed information collected by your heart rate monitor, foot pod and speed/cadence sensor to create a highly thorough fitness tracking program using highly accurate personal workout data.

UP System

This futuristic fitness and health tracker helps you to strive towards a healthier lifestyle and achieve your fitness goals. The sleek and durable wristband tracks data from your body and, using the accompanying app, turns that data into a clever way to gain insights into your current routine and fitness, and track improvements to your health. This integrated system makes it easy to ensure you’re getting enough sleep, enough exercise, and following your dietary goals and requirements too.

BodyMedia FIT

BodyMedia FIT is an on-body monitoring system that automatically keeps track of burnt calories and sleeping patterns around the clock. The system comes with a calorie calculator so that you can easily keep track of your calories consumed and compare them against the calories you burn each day.

It works with a simple online Activity Manager where you can view, track and analyse all your data, goals and progress including diet, calories, sleep and daily activity levels. With detailed information and comprehensive graphs, BodyMedia FIT makes it easy to analyse all the highly accurate data collected by the armband monitor, keep on track with dietary and fitness goals, and keep you motivated towards a healthy, active lifestyle.

MOTOACTV

This funky new fitness tracker from Motorola is not just a high-tech device for tracking all sorts of sports and fitness data, but is also an MP3 player. It can link with headsets, phones and other devices through Bluetooth and even presents you with motivational playlist suggestions.

This is a device for those who take their sports seriously, tracking workout data through GPS and a pedometer, packed into its bold and stylish wristband with a large and clear display, which also acts as a timepiece. It’s resistant to sweat, water, scratches and cracks, and has a sensor which detects sunlight and switches the display to an outdoor mode that’s easy to view in direct sun, making it a highly specialised outdoor personal fitness gadget. With 40 different sport modes to choose from, including golf, cycling, fencing and even yard work, it’s not just for your bike workouts and is equipped for just about every exercise.

Each of these great products will help you keep track of your progress and work toward your goals, melding inspiration with information to create an integrated fitness tracking system. So go out there and try one, or all of them, and turn your cycling regimen into more than just a daily ride.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

4 Nutritional Tips You’ve Probably Never Considered


Good nutrition is one of the most important factors that contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Most of the time, we are bombarded with the latest diet pill set to make you lose ten kilos in one week. Yeah, right. Or the new celebrity diet, where you only eat a can of tuna and whatever protein bar they are being endorsed by. People often tend to ignore the natural approach, opting for quick fixes rather than lifestyle changes. If you are seriously considering a nutrition overhaul, here’s a few tips that you may have never considered before.

Say Hello To Clay

This is not a joke. Clay (that brown stuff on the ground) has been a global practice with healing a wide range of illnesses. We already put it on our face to draw out impurities, so why shouldn’t it be good for our insides as well? It has been credited to help with constipation, diarrhea, anemia, bacterial infections, leaky gut, skin ailments like eczema, acne, heavy metal poisoning like chemotherapy, exposure to pesticides, relieve arthritis and stress.According to John Tilden, M.D, “clay contains the minerals and energy that the defence mechanism needs; it improves bowel function and detoxifies the body of pollutants.” This is not some new-age mumbo jumbo either, this holistic practice has been documented throughout history as being the ultimate detox.

So what’s actually in clay that makes it so great? The clay possess unfulfilled ionic bonds around the edges of its mineral particles, which naturally seeks to satisfy those bonds. For this to happen, it must meet with a substance carrying an opposite ionic charge. Essentially, the particles of the clay have a negative ionic charge, whereas toxins carry a positive charge. When we ingest the clay, the ions are attracted to each other and an exchange occurs whereby the clay swaps its ions for those of the impurities. Electrically satisfied, it holds the toxins in suspension until the body is ready to eliminate both. It sounds confusing, but in layman’s terms, we eat the clay, the clay binds to the toxins and we excrete both the toxins and the clay out of our bodies.

Look At Food As Medicine

Next time you think you’re coming down with a case of the sniffles, try a natural approach rather than a chemical based one. Some of the most powerful medicines on the planet are hiding in plain sight as (who would have thought!) food and spices.Garlic is the herb of choice for treating colds, flu, sore throats and poor indigestion due to its sulphur compounds and essential oils. Ginger contains a proteolytic enzyme that reduces inflammation, repair cartilage and is often used to reduce menstrual cramps and nausea. Turmeric is an old Chinese medicine favourite used as a remedy for liver and gallbladder disorders and more recently, has been found effective with killing oesophageal cancer cells and the ability to inhibit the growth of lymphoma cells. Tip: Soothe a sore throat by combining one cup of sage tea with one teaspoon each of honey and apple cider vinegar with a dash of cayenne pepper – gargle the mixture every half an hour.

Eat Seasonal

While most of us relish in seasonal produce due to the decrease in price, there’s many health and ecological benefits to eating these products. Seasonal items are more likely to be local, they haven’t flown 20,000 km around the world and been loaded up with as many chemical to give it that fresh look. Talk about cutting down on your eco foot print and supporting local farmers! Your body also needs certain foods at different time of the year; so seasonal foods are a way of reconnecting with the organic cycle that nature intended for us. For example, summer fruits contain a higher fluid content, vital for keeping hydrated in the warmer months.

Meeting The Demands Of Your Lifestyle

While it’s great to consume a healthy diet, you also need to meet the demands of your lifestyle. An athlete’s diet is probably going to be a lot different than a 9 to 5 office worker. For athletes, the choices you make in food directly impact sports performance, training and recovery (see the 99 Bikes website for more athletic nutrition tips!) All in all, if you want to make changes to what you put in your body, see a naturopath and find the right diet for your body and lifestyle.

What are your nutritional tips? Tell us in the comments below.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Reconnected with a Friend

I happen to chat with a highschool friend of mine when I had a few time to spare on my FB account. It was so exciting to hear from her again after so many years and thanks to Facebook for reconnecting me to her once again. She didn't know that I migrated already here in Australia many years ago and when she saw my family she can't help but to feel envy. I asked about her own family and it seems she has a sad story to tell.

It appears that she and her husband are separated already fro 5 years now because of a major issue that she can't tolerate anymore. He is into drugs and no amount of help or advice can persuade him to change or even go inside a rehab just like the las vegas treatment facility that I read online. It would have been nice if he can enter such facilities for it can help him a lot. Right now, she and her 2 children are living in their mother's care and struggling.

How'd I wish no more families will be broken because of those vices and drugs for it can really ruin anyone's lives. I am deeply sad for my friend and hope she'll find peace and I hope she'll bounce back again.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Our Adventure at the Blue Mountains National Park

The last we went up the Blue Mountains  was in 2005 when my sis Jen came here for a vacation. I just gave birth to my youngest daughter during those days so we just stayed at the observatory and didn't dare to go down till 3 Sisters sandstone rock formation, It was my eldest daughter and my sis who got challenged walking down and even reached 3 Sisters which they said they had an awesome experience.

Last month, my family went up again and the kids were all excited. What a nice day out at the mountain .. we did the scenic ride . Railway . Cable and skyrail plus heaps of walking ... great weekend!

Blue Mountains National Park
World Heritage Park


The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region in New South Wales, Australia. It borders on Sydney's metropolitan area, its foothills starting about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of the state capital.The public's understanding of the extent of the Blue Mountains is varied, as it forms only part of an extensive mountainous area associated with the Great Dividing Range. by wikipedia


Here are some of our pics.




Need some Pampering

Ahhhh.. loads of work to do but I'm not complaining though. I'm happy with the way things are happening right now. I'm busy doing house stuff, being a wife, a mum to my kids and working part-time. Been busy shopping (the magic word!) as well because I'm filling up big boxes to be send back home. We'll be spending the holidays this year in the Philippines that is why I need to gifts and other stuff. I'm sure it's gonna be fun and I'm actually excited.

I can't believe that 2 more months and we'll be taking a vacation overseas once again as a complete family. Anyway, I got sick the last few weeks and I'm back. I just need some "ME" time. Some pampering of sorts. I remember my cousin in the US about the river north massage therapy center and I'm just hoping that I'll have some massage as well.

My sister back home even recommend a nice massage and spa treatment center that we can go while we are there. In the meantime, I think my hubby's back massage will do the trick.

Monday, September 30, 2013

First Time in Australia? Best Places in the Outback to Experience

The outback is the heart and soul of Australia. It is place of rugged beauty and stunning landscapes. It is vast - the distances between towns and settlements are often great. If you are visiting Australia for the first time you must visit the outback to gain a true understanding of the spirit of the land.

Travel in the outback is not for the feint-hearted. You will need to be prepared. If you are driving you will need to make sure your vehicle is in good condition. You should always carry extra water. It is a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Rather than carry a lot of cash you should carry a travel card as there are ATM’s at most outback posts. There are lots of travel cards available for this purpose. One of the best is the Travel Money Oz Cash Passport. You can apply for one online at http://www.travelmoneyoz.com/and collect it two days later.

So, where should you visit in the great Australian outback? Here are some of the top places to experience.

Longreach, Queensland

Stockman's Hall of Fame in Longreach, Queensland / image via Wikipedia
Longreach is one of the most famous outback towns in Queensland. It was the founding centre for the Qantas, Australia’s most iconic airline. It was originally established at the crossroads of many of the stock routes winding through western Queensland.

Broken Hill, NSW

Broken Hill has its roots in mining and is the quintessential outback town. Its’ claim to fame is the classic Australian pub, Mario’s Palace, which was starred in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Heysen Trail, South Australia

This amazing walking trail takes in 1,200 kilometres of incredible outback terrain. It will take you along the ridge of Mt Lofty, through the breathtaking Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Range and ends at the Parachilna Gorge. Awe-inspiring!

Coober Pedy, South Australia

This is the town under the ground. To beat the scorching 50°C heat, this town was carved under the outback sands. Coober Pedy is an opal mining town and you can still try your luck fossicking for opals here.

The Kimberley, Western Australia

This is one of the most dramatic and remote areas in Australia. The best way to visit is from Broome, a remote beach town with a history of Chinese and Malay occupation. The Bungle Bungle national park is one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Kakadu covers more than 19,000 square kilometres. It is massive. In this ancient part of Australia you will find Aboriginal rock art dating back more than 20,000 years.

The Ghan

This is Australia’s great outback railway, running right across the country from Darwin to Adelaide. It follows the path of Afghan camel trains who gave the train its’ name and is the journey of a lifetime if you want to experience the outback.

Uluru, Northern Territory

In the very heart of Australia this great rock rises out of the land. It is a sacred aboriginal site and is one of Australia’s most famous outback destinations.
Don’t miss the outback. It is truly the heart and soul of Australia.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Five Ways to Free up Some Space in Your Kid’s Rooms

It’s all too easy for your kids room to become a pig sty; in fact, they will make every effort to ensure it happens. What kid doesn’t like pigs? Children have lots of difficult to store items like soft toys, mini-trucks and lego, and a stink is always kicked up if any of them go missing. This means not only that storage needs to be effective so one doesn’t end up using a Tonka truck as a rollerskate, but also immediately accessible.

Bunk Up

Bunkbeds are not only a savvy use of space; they will offer your child as much enjoyment in play as they will offer them sound slumber. If you have two children sleeping in the same room the major use of space will be the two bedframes. Economising with bunkbeds is a brilliant way to free up floor space and utilise vertical space, a trick which a lot of people overlook. Many bunkbeds can also be fitted with drawers underneath for extra storage. Single bed bunks with wardrobes underneath are another option for a room with only one child, using only half the floor space needed for both a bed and wardrobe. Head to http://www.bunkers.com.au/ to check out the full range and find something that suits your needs.

Attic Space

An increasingly popular trend to develope the attic space of your house into a storage space or even extra room. Not only could attic space be used as toy storage, but if you child is old enough to climb a ladder, and if your attic space is big enough, it could even be used as an extra bedroom!

Don’t Be Afraid to Look Under the Bed

Under the bed is usually a scary place in anyone’s room but especially in those of children. Not because of monsters, but because of all the rubbish that accumulates under there. No one dares venture under it except in the desperate search for lost toys. This doesn’t need to be dead space though. You can fit rails with caster-wheeled baskets to the underside of beds so you can slide the baskets out and under. This allows for ventilation and avoids excess build up of dust and debris.

Pigeon Hole It

Another good use of vertical space is to mount pigeon holes or shelves directly onto you wall. This doubles as both a storage solution and a decor idea. Precious or delicate items, including findings from nature like seashells, can be put on display. It also allows easy access for toys and books.

Trunks

For bulky or awkwardly shaped items like stuffed animals, model cars and moving equipment it can be had to find a storage solution. The best idea for these items is big trunks that can be placed at the foot of the bed. With a swinging lid and at an easy-to-access height, trunks are the perfect idea for frequently used toys that can be hauled out and then just chucked back in without worrying about sorting or breakages.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Be Your Own Boss

Our benchtop business is steady but we struggle from time-to-time. My dear hubby is having a headache when he thinks that he is not meeting the deadline and when his workers are not doing great on their work. I have to say that my hubby works full time and gives all his time to the business. We are blessed and thankful for all the blessings that are coming our way.

Meanwhile, I also have my small cake business and making cupcakes, cakes, cookies and decorating dessert table and it is where I can show my creativity and love for baking. I guess not a lot of mommies out there don;t have the initial capital to start a business but there are companies that can help them.

I came across kabbage business loans and getting a capital for your small  business can be easy and fast. Have not browsed it fully but I hope other SAHM out there will have the chance to start their own business and be their own boss.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Shopping in my Head

Ahhh.. weekend.. how I long to shop and be with my family. It's been a good week for all of us here in OZ land. It's chilly most of the times but it will not hinder us from enjoying shopping or going out on a weekend.

I might have to try to go to Target or Myers........my feet are just itchin' to check on some chandeliers if they have one just like beautiful swarovski crystal chandelier that I saw online. I think it would be nice to install one of the formal dining room, it'll add some nice touch to it.

The 5 Best Defensive Players in the History of the Australia's NBL

There have been hundreds of great defensive players in the NBL. However, there are some considered to be greater than others. Below are five of the best defensive players in the history of the NBL:

Darnell Mee

Darnell Mee is an American-Australian player who was born in Cleveland, Tennessee. He was selected to play for the Golden State Warriors during the 1993 draft. Before he was selected to play for the NBL, he played basketball at Western Kentucky University.

Darnell Mee has played for several teams, including the Canberra Cannons, Gravelines and the Adelaide 36ers. He was named the Best Defensive NBL player from 1999 to 2001 and 2005 to 2006.


Leroy Loggins

Leroy Loggins was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He played in the NBL from 1980 to 2001. Loggins was drafted to play for the Detroit Pistons in 1980. Before the draft, he attended Fairmont State University. He has played for the Brisbane Bullets and West Adelaide Bearcats. He was named the NBL Most Valuable Player 1984, 1986 and 1987. He was also named the NBL Defensive Player Of The Year from 1987 to 1990.

Phil Smith

Phil Smith was born in Adelaide, South Australia. Not only is he a star basketball player, but he is also a four time Olympic winner. He made his debut in the NBL in 1982, and his final game was played in 1995. Smith was named the Defensive Player Of The Year 1982, 1983, 1988 and 1989. He was also named the Grand Final MVP in 1988.

When Smith retired from basketball, he spent time coaching. He was the head coach of the Adelaide 36ers 1998 to 2008.

Damian Martin

Damian Martin was born in Gloucester, New South Wales. He plays for the Perth Wildcats and has been named the Best NBL Defensive Player of 2013. Martin also received those titles in 2011 and 2012. Before he was recruited to play for the NBL, he studied at Loyola Marymount University. He also played on the basketball team there.

Adam Gibson

Adam Gibson was born in Launceston, Tasmania. He plays for the Adelaide 36ers. He made his debut in the NBL in 2005. Before he played for the Adelaide 36ers, he played for the Brisbane Bullets, South Dragons and Gold Coast Blaze. Gibson studied at the Australian Institute of Sport from 2004 to 2005.

He was named the Best NBL Defensive Player of 2009. His team also won a NBL championship in 2009. Furthermore, Gibson was a NBL All-Star in 2012 and was an Adelaide 36ers Co-Player’s Player in 2013.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Aussie X Factor "The Collective" new song 'Another Life



Aussie X Factor The Collective is back with their new song 'Another Life'.

My daughter was one of their avid fan of the group as she is also friends with the guys. If you can remember my daughter even appeared as one of the people having so much fun in the pool at their 1st hit single "SURRENDER" that also made me got the LSS.

Just in case you miss them, listen to their new song and enjoy. I'm pretty sure teens out there are screaming for joy once again every time they appear on TV to promote this song.

This song made me want to get exceptional bose soundlink at musicians friend for my brother's music room back at home.

Uluru / Ayers Rock


Ayers Rock and officially gazetted as Uluru / Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the nearest large town, Alice Spring. Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site by wikipedia.

I heard so many things about ULURU and I'm wishing that I can travel there in the future. Maybe, when the kids are much older we can already go. Been wanting to see this magnificent wonder of nature for long time now. I reckon hubby would love to go there as well.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Crazy for Australia


I remember getting crazy over cross-stitching way back in the late 90's way back home. I have stitched probably around 5-10 designs and I have some framed cross-stitched items that I brought here in Australia. Some of the unframed pieces, though smaller ones are kept by my sister in the Philippines.

Sis Jen used to sell cross-stitch materials and since then we are hooked by this addictive hobby. I remember staying up late at night with the hopes of finishing what I am stitching.

Not quite sure if I will be able to hold a needle and stitch again for I'm too busy with a lot of things. If ever, I would love to stitch one of these crazy for Australia designs soon. 

From Australia with Love

It's been 4 years (2009) since the last time my whole family went back in the Philippines for our Christmas and New Year celebration. It was indeed a fun affair for all of us since we also went to Hongkong that year and this year we are planning to go back home for Christmas. Yey!

I've already started my shopping and I'm so excited. I might have to fill a big box with lots of goodies for Christmas and send it back home first before we arrive. I need to make sure that I will fill the whole back early and send it early before the rush holidays will come.

Since I will be sending some fragile items,I'll be needing a safe and durable packaging for shipping so the chances of them being broken will be minimal. I remember buying some foams to safely pack some plates just like what I did few years ago.

Ahhh.. I can't wait to fill the box and send it from Australia with love.

Friday, July 26, 2013

The 5 Best Catches in the History of Cricket Australia

There have been some truly spectacular catches in Australian cricket history, with the team always among the top fielding sides in the world. The Australians may not always have the best players, but they will give 110% out on the field. This effort, intensity, and agility was particularly apparent in these five great catches:

Glenn McGrath vs. England

Glenn McGrath took a brilliant boundary catch off Shane Warne's bowling to get rid of England's danger man, Kevin Pieterson. England were looking good at that stage, with Pieterson hitting Shane Warne all over the Syndey Cricket Ground. However, McGrath was determined to help his fellow bowler out, and he took a truly sensational catch at the boundary. Shane Warne bowled a traditional leg spinner, which Pieterson attempted to slog sweep for six. The ball hit the top of the bat, and McGrath took a diving catch near the boundary rope.

Adam Dale (Australian Country Cricket)

It is rare that such feats of excellence are seen in country cricket, but Adam Dale's catch was a phenomenal moment in Australian cricket. The game was a 50 over One Day International, with the batting side looking to slog their way towards the winning target in the last few overs. It looked as though they would achieve the target, but Adam Dale's one handed diving catch at the mid off boundary changed the complexion of the game.

Steve Waugh vs. West Indies

This catch took place in the 1992 World Cup, which was held in Australia. The team were facing a determined West Indies side, who had already caused damage earlier in the tournament. The West Indies batsman hit a stunning shot straight over the top of the bowler, but forgot that there were two fielders at the deep boundary. For a moment it looked as if the fielders would converge on each other, but Waugh managed to take a very difficult catch while avoiding the boundary rope.

Andy Bichel vs. India

The Indian openers, particularly Gautam Gambhir, were looking very dangerous during this tri series ODI game. The two openers had started off very well, and it seemed as though they would continue to score at will. However, Gambhir only managed to top edge an attempted pull shot and it went sailing up towards the third man boundary. It looked as though he would get away with the shot, but Bichel ran close to 40 yards and took a diving catch to get Australia the breakthrough.

Paul "Fatty" Vautin (Domestic Cricket)

Paul Vautin will never be remembered as an exceptional cricketer, mostly due to his lack of physical fitness, but no one will ever forget the one handed catch he took in a domestic cricket game. The batsman slogged the ball towards the square leg boundary, yet miss timed the shot. Instead of attempting to get underneath the ball, Vautin simply stuck his hand out and took a sensational one handed catch, something most fielders would have been incapable of completing.

Cricket players and fans can catch some great deals on Cricket Australia gear at Mick Simmons Sport, in store or online.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Essentials Required When Moving Home

It can be hard to survive when all your belongings are wrapped up and stored in boxes. It can be challenging to work out what you need to keep at a safe distance. It can feel as though everything is useful. It didn’t serve a purpose you probably wouldn’t have it in the first place. The following article lists the essentials that you should keep close to your fingertips.

Water

Water, it’s that clear stuff you are meant to drink every day can come in handy. If you drink water straight out of the faucet then move on to the next suggestion but for unlucky readers please continue on. If you need a filtering system to make it palatable it’s only fitting that you do not pack it up. Keep in your car so it’s easy to grab and transport to your brand new kitchen. It shouldn’t be too much in the way in the corner of a bench. You’ll need to keep hydrated whilst packing and unpacking. Little extras you should keep in mind; cups, bottles, dried snacks as they don’t require utensils and basic food necessities.

Technology

In this day and age it’s hard to find someone without one piece of technology on their body but it never hurts to double check. You will obviously need your cell phone. You want to be easily contactable, specifically if you working with a moving company. You’ll also need some simple technology like flashlights and spare batteries, light bulbs. When you are remembering all of these big things please don’t forget the little thinks, i.e. keys, money and toilet paper.

Cleaning supplies

It is so much easier to clean an empty room. Do yourself a favour and take the time to clean your new house before you fill it with your belongings. Basic cleaning products that will come in handy include; Paper towels/ cloths, all-purpose cleaner product, buckets, sponges, broom, dustpan and basic towels for the kitchen.

Night needs

To spend the night in your new humble abode you’ll need some bedding. Make a check list which will include; pillows, bath towels, toiletries and blankets. You want to be able to make your bed fast after such a long day or moving. If you know your new is quite light in the morning add curtains to your list. You want your first night in your new home to be positive. This is where you are going to be living after all.

Finally, remember to label every box. If you have to temporarily put some things in storage, Fort Knox for example, you want to know exactly what you’ve left there. Make your life easier and work with categories so you don’t have to search through every box for a pair of scissors. It’s normally easier to work by room and then by contents. Don’t freak out if you don’t leave something out you need, take a moment to calm down an you’ll remember where you put it.

About the Author

Holly has recently moved into her first home and has been sharing her experience via blogging.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Public Holidays 2013-2015 in NSW

Here's a list of NSW Public Holidays for the years 2013-2015. This is very helpful especially if you want to go on a holiday. My family and I will be checking out these dates because we want to have a long family vacation up the coast.


2013 2014 2015
New Year's Day Tuesday, 1 January Wednesday, 1 January Thursday, 1 January
**Australia Day Monday, 28 January Monday, 27 January Monday, 26 January
Good Friday Friday, 29 March Friday, 18 April Friday, 3 April
Easter Saturday Saturday, 30 March Saturday, 19 April Saturday, 4 April
Easter Sunday Sunday, 31 March Sunday, 20 April Sunday, 5 April
Easter Monday Monday, 1 April Monday, 21 April Monday, 6 April
Anzac Day Thursday, 25 April Friday, 25 April Saturday, 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday, 10 June Monday, 9 June Monday, 8 June
*Bank Holiday Monday, 5 August Monday, 4 August Monday, 3 August
Labour Day Monday, 7 October Monday, 6 October Monday, 5 October
Christmas Day public holiday Wednesday, 25 December Thursday, 25 December Friday, 25 December
Boxing Day Thursday, 26 December Friday, 26 December Saturday, 26 December
#Additional Day

Monday, 28 December

SOURCE: http://australia.gov.au

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Labels on Products

Finally, I now have more time to bake my goodies. I had very busy days before that I wasn't able to bake and get more orders for my small baking business at BELLA SWEET CAKES.

Right now, I'm also searching for some new designs on the cupcake toppers that I am offering. Customers keep on asking for new designs so I'm tinkering with computer and also asking my niece to whip up new exciting designs for me. I might also look for printing company near our place to print some labels for me just like wholesale labels from zooprinting.com that I saw. Ordering by the bulk is always good for I can get good discounts when I do that.

Also, I'm started making some new designs for the various invitations that I am making. I might ask my sister to help me out with some of the layouts that I am thinking and hoping she can put it on the layouts that I want.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Australia's Biggest Toy Sale at Target


This year, I wanted to organize my shopping for Christmas presents so I am starting early. I have some loots already when I shopped at BIG W's Giant Toy Spectacular last weekend. I have some good finds and I know my family will love them all especially my niece and missy mu.

Again, I am going to check out Target's Australia's Biggest Toy Sale that started on June 26th and will end on July 10th.

You can check out the Target Toy Sale 2013 catalogue, and head to the shop asap..!

Bullying In the Workplace | Safe Work Australia's Code of Practice 2013

When many people think about bullying, they think about a school age child being picked on or teased or a bigger kid stealing another kid's lunch at school, but the fact is that bullying comes in various forms. It involves using intimidation, scare tactics and threats to evoke a certain action or response from another individual. The unfortunate truth is that it is more common in the workplace than you may think. It may involve two co-workers or an employee and a manager. Because of how problematic the issue is for employers today, Australia has implemented the Safe Work Australia Code of Practice 2013 that addresses how employees should respond to bullying.

An Anti-Bullying Document

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First, your company should prepare an anti-bullying document that defines for employees what constitutes bullying or harassment at work. It should be inclusive of all aspects of bullying, including actions performed by both supervisors or managers and co-workers. It should also clearly define what steps the employees should take if they believe they are being bullied at work, and it should address the possible consequences for those who are determined to be guilty of bullying at work. This document should be distributed to all workers and managers once it has been prepared.

Procedures to Follow

Those who work for your company should know and understand what steps they should follow after being bullied at work. The procedures should include the employee making a written statement that fully details the issue and who the bully is. Procedures should also include information about who to file the complaint with and what timeframe should be expected for the company to respond in.

How to Respond to a Complaint

Employees should also know how to respond to a bullying complaint, and the company’s actions should be outlined in the anti-bullying document. The document may include steps that the company may take to investigate the complaint. These steps may include interviewing witnesses and getting their statements. In some cases, an investigation may not be necessary. If an employee is found guilty of bullying, the company should use a clearly outlined list of consequences to deal with the bully if he or she has been found guilty of bullying at work.

Using intimidation or scare tactics in the workplace can create negative feelings amongst co-workers or between co-workers and supervisors, and in some cases, it may have even more pronounced effects on the individual or the company. Under the Code of Practice document issued by the government, employers should take steps to prepare an anti-bullying document, and this document should include a list of procedures to follow when an employee has been bullied or should outline potential or expected responses by the company when a complaint is filed. All employees should be provided with a work environment that allows them to work with dignity and respect, and this anti-bullying document can establish the groundwork to ensure that this happens.

For compliance training regarding Safe Work Australia's policies and practices visit hba learning centres Melbourne.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Checking on some Musical Instruments

A day without music is like a life without hearing. I always try to listen to music in anyway I can, be it on my iPod, phone, iPad, pc, car's CD or whatever for it just keeps me going on. I was at the mall yesterday shopping for some toys for Christmas (yes Christmas!) because there's a big sale at Big W and I saw some musical toys as well that can perfectly fit my growing up godchildren, so I grabbed some.

My dear daughter and son also asked me to drop by the music store to check on the portable piano and guitar that they wanted to have. I was also overwhelmed with all the musical instruments and stuff that I saw at the shops and I was intrigued with the wittner metronome that I saw. At first I didn't know where it is used but later on learned that it is used by musician when they are practicing to keep them in tempo.

Not sure if I can get them what they wanted this weekend for I still need to consult hubby about it.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

BIG W Giant Toy Spectacular 2013

Time to start Christmas shopping!

Oh I just love shopping for toys for my kids and other stuff especially when it's on sale. My heart skipped when I learned about  BIG W's Giant Toy Spectacular from June 27 till July 10, 2013 in stores. How i'd wish my sister Jen is here to help me go shopping just like what we did the last time she was here.


Anyway, I'll be picking up some gifts for Christmas and I need to be early at BIG W so I can get the good ones on stock. They are offering Christmas Layby - No Deposit service during Toy Spectacular, which is great!


You can check out the  BIG W Giant Toy Spectacular 2013 catalogue here https://m.bigw.com.au/Catalogue/Page/13702363574137?p=1

80's Music

I was listening to the 80's music the other night on my iPod and I can't help myself to sing, groove and reminisce some good times back then. My fave singer/band is the Spandau Ballet and I went ga-ga over them specially on the lead vocalist, Tony Hadley. Just to refresh you mind just in case you don't know them, they are the band that sang and popularize the song "GOLD".

 If I went crazy over Spandau Ballet, I know my sis Jen loves those Puetro Rican boy band MENUDO where Ricky Martin used to be a member. She's even more gaga over them because she cuts clippings on the magazine and reordered their appearances on TV and their concerts. Apart from that, she was fond of AHA band, I think they are from Norway when one is playing the guitars and all.

There are many great bands and singers in the 80's and their song are still playing and are now classic to say the least. My older brother even went crazy playing one of his guitar, trying to imitate Metallica, Def Leppard and other 80's rock band.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

5 Property Hotspots in Australia in 2013

If you're looking to invest in some real estate this year, look no further than these top picks for Aussie property hotspots set to take off in 2013.

Abbotsford, VIC

Just 3km northeast of Melbourne you'll find Abbotsford, which sits on the Yarra River in between Collingwood, Richmond, and Clifton Hill. Between its river sports and its strong brewing history with the Carlton and United Breweries as well as many microbreweries in the area, Abbotsford has long drawn many travellers and has a habit of ensnaring them as residents. Property prices in Abbotsford are at an all time high and growth only seems to be continuing. The median house price is around $710,000, meaning median house values have jumped over $300,000 in the last decade. Median prices for units sit at an impressive $592,000.

Annandale, NSW

Annandale is located 4km west of Sydney and presents the ideal opportunity for buyers and investors looking to grab a slice of Sydney's hottest suburbs. It sits on Rozelle Bay on Sydney Harbour between Glebe and Leichardt with Stanmore to the south. With many heritage listed buildings, three schools and many public amenities including bus and train access, it's a picturesque location that's ideal for working families. With values ever climbing, the median house price at April this year soared to a whopping $1,200,000, a $345k jump in the last 12 months. Units here fetch a median price of $555,250 and have remained quite steady over the past decade, making for a sound and reliable investment.

Armadale, NSW

For WA buyers looking to escape Perth's city lifestyle, Armadale is one of the hottest areas in WA for property at present. It sits 25km southeast of Perth, with easily accessed highways and rail facilities connecting it with the rest of WA. There are several primary, secondary and tertiary education facilities including TAFE and Air Force Cadets. Since its boom in 2007, real estate values in Armadale have remained a steady and affordable investment with ample supply to keep up with property demands. It's a buyer's market in Armadale at present, with median house prices of $285,000 and unit prices of $208,000 making it a highly affordable area in which experts are predicting good growth over the next few years.

Ashgrove, QLD

Ashgrove, Quennsland (Image via: wikipedia)
Just 4km northwest of the CBD, Ashgrove is one of Brisbane's hottest inner suburbs for real estate at the moment. It's a suburb full of classic Queenslander-style houses and has been able to avoid being densely populated by apartment blocks and units. Home to many private and public schools, a TAFE, numerous sporting clubs, a library and a multitude of shopping and dining options, Ashgrove is a spacious, thriving community. The suburb has recently experienced an unprecedented real estate boom and property values are at an all time high with the median house sale price reaching $1,220,000 in March of this year, almost doubling over the past 12 months. Units here have remained a steady investment with median prices fetching around $392,000.

Turner, ACT

Just 5km north of Canberra, the country's capital, sits the suburb of Turner. A relatively new suburb, it was designed over the 1940s and 50s with wide roads, large nature strips and vast parks, making it one of the ACTs most spacious neighbourhoods. Over the past decade Turner has seen steady upward real estate growth for houses. The past 12 months has seen the median house price dance around the $1m mark, most recently settling on $941,000 in April. The median price for units remains generally steady, currently sitting at about $525,000. With demand high and outweighing supply, housing values are expected to continue their growth upward. These five hotspots are ones to keep your eye on this year, but don't hold back, these secrets will all be out soon enough and these sought after suburbs will be hot property in 2013 once big developers like Coral Homes set their sights on the up and comers.

You Know You're Australian IF:

* You believe that stubbies can be either drunk or worn.
* You're liable to burst out laughing whenever you hear of Americans "rooting" for something.
* You pronounce Melbourne as 'Mel-bin'.
* You believe the 'L' in the word 'Australia' is optional.
* You can translate: 'Dazza and Shazza played Acca Dacca on the way to Maccas.'
* You believe it makes perfect sense for a nation to decorate its highways with large fibreglass bananas, prawns and sheep.
* You think 'Woolloomooloo' is a perfectly reasonable name for a place.
* You're secretly proud of our killer wildlife.
* You believe it makes sense for a country to have a $1 coin that's twice as big as its $2 coin.
* You understand that 'Wagga Wagga' can be abbreviated to 'Wagga' but 'Woy Woy' can't be called 'Woy'.
* You believe that cooked-down axle grease makes a good breakfast spread. You've also squeezed it through Vita Wheats to make little Vegemite worms.
* You believe all famous Kiwis are actually Australian, until they stuff up, at which point they again become Kiwis.
* Beetroot with your Hamburger... Of course.
* You know that certain words must, by law, be shouted out during any rendition of the Angels' song 'Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again' And "Living next door to Alice".
* You believe that the confectionery known as the Wagon Wheel has become smaller with every passing year.
* You believe that the more you shorten someone's name the more you like them.
* Whatever your linguistic skills, you find yourself able to order takeaway fluently in every Asian language.
* You understand that 'excuse me' can sound rude, While 'scuse me' is always polite.
* You know what it's like to swallow a fly, on occasion via your nose.
* You know it's not summer until the steering wheel is too hot to handle and a seat belt buckle becomes a pretty good branding iron.
* Your biggest family argument over the summer concerned the rules for beach cricket.
* You shake your head in horror when companies try to market what they call 'Anzac cookies'.
* You still think of Kylie as 'that girl off Neighbours'.
* When working on a bar, you understand male customers will feel the need to offer an excuse whenever they order low-alcohol beer.
* You know how to abbreviate every word, all of which usually end in -o: arvo, combo, garbo, kero, metho, milko, muso, rego, servo, smoko, speedo, righto, goodo etc.
* You know that there is a universal place called "woop woop" located in the middle of nowhere...no matter where you actually are.
* You know that none of us actually drink Fosters beer, because it tastes like shit. But we let the world think we do. Because we can.
* You have, at some time in your life, slept with Aeroguard on in the summer. Maybe even as perfume.
* You've only ever used the words - tops, ripper, sick, mad, rad, sweet - to mean good. And then you place 'bloody' in front of it when you REALLY mean it.
* You know that the barbecue is a political arena; the person holding the tongs is always the boss and usually a man. And the women make the Salad.
* You say 'no worries' quite often, whether you realise it or not.
* You understand what no wucking furries means.
* You've drank your tea/coffee/milo through a Tim Tam.
* You own a Bond's chesty. In several different colours.
* You know that roo meat tastes pretty good, But not as good as barra. Or a meat pie.
* You know that some people pronounce Australia like "Straya" and that's ok.

5 Best Places to Camp in NSW

Introduction

Camping is one of the best ways to slow down, reconnect with the natural world, and take time to enjoy life without all of the electronic trappings of modern society. If you own a diesel land rover crossover suv and live in the New South Wales area, or even if you don't, there are dozens of camp sites worth checking out the next time you have a holiday or a free weekend. Here are 5 of the best places to set up camp in NSW.

5. Wave Hill Station

The first place to check out for its camping potential is Wave Hill Station. It's in the northern edge of the state and is rather close to Grafton. You get the best of all kinds of things if you go there. It's really a cattle station around 5,000 hectares long and wide. As a result, if you are a camper, you will have lots of room to get your tent pitched and enjoy the outback. You can also enjoy the Clarence River, which is rather close by.

4. Seal Rocks

Seal Rocks is located inside the Myall Lakes National park, and has drawn campers from all over the country for decades. It's a rustic area that lets you choose your own canvas tent site as a guest, as it doesn't adhere to the modern view of designating allotted sites to each camper. There is a great amount of beach with white sandy dunes there.

3. Barrington Rocks National Park

If you drive four hours to the north and west of Sydney, you'll get to 80,000 hectares of goodness. You can trek, fish, swim, bike, and canoe to your heart's content here, and enjoy the rain forest, mountain streams, and wildlife sanctuaries.

2. Umina Beach

Umina Beach is rather close to Sydney, only 90km away, but you can still easily get a sense of being away from it all. Lots of modern amenities are here, and the golden sands are a sight to behold.

1. Soldiers Point

Soldier's Point Marina Image via Wikipedia
Finally, if you're looking for somewhere to camp in New South Wales, you can't pass up Soldiers Point. It's kind of a hybrid of both the luxury and the traditional experience one expects when one goes camping. There's a holiday park close by that gives visitors access to things like free wireless Internet, kiddy pools, and luxury villas.

Naturally, you can also take advantage of things like excellent views of the sea and beach. There are 45 lots dedicated specifically to canvas tents, and you're not far from Port Stephens if you need to go pick up additional supplies.

Conclusion

In conclusion, whether you're planning a private getaway, a couple's retreat, or a family fun trip out under the stars, there are plenty of places to visit in New South Wales to fulfil your camping desires. Just look up the information on the place you visit ahead of time, and if you're short of ideas, it's hard to go wrong with one of the five locations described above.

Author Bio: Jack has been a mechanic for 10 years and is a complete rev head. He has 5 cars to his name, and his past time hobbies include redoing old cars, travelling, going to car shows and writing blogs about cars.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Benefits of Using Australias eHealth Network

Medicares new eHealth Network makes looking after health easier than ever before. Through the Medicare Local initiative, set up by the Australian Government, the community benefits through receiving a higher level of health care, across the nation. By connecting health networks across the country it means that health information is available to health practitioners quickly, so they can assess the situation and provide the help needed as soon as possible. The system links networks within the health system enabling a higher level of service for all parties. Its benefits are far reaching, and enable Medicare to provide assistance to communities in regional areas. Some benefits of the network include:

Meeting Local Needs

Knowing what is needed in local areas is an important part of local health care providing the resources that are suited to the local area. Because the eHealth Network system focusses on linking local health care providers it means that local organisations can network within their area to pool resources and work to provide the highest health care available for their local community. This will enable them to meet local needs with greater success than before and provide the best health care possible.

Network Across Health Organisations

Rather than health organisations being isolated from each other, the eHealth Network allows them to network with each other to provide a more holistic level of care for the community and for those using their services. Because the network is a national one it allows for health care providers to share information and assess the situation based on all the information. For community members who have medical information in other areas in the country, their information can now be accessed in the local area that they are living at the time, which means that their health practitioner has access to all the information needed to provide the highest level of care and get them back on their feet quicker.

Access to Health Information

Access to more information means a higher level of service for all community members using the network, from practitioners to community members using the health services. It provides the opportunity to share information and pool resources so that organisations can network with each other to ensure that the community gets the highest level of care available, across the health organisations within the local area.

Membership Resources

A key component of the Medicare eHealth Network is membership, and Medicare is keen to expand its network of members within the eHealth Network. Membership is open to clinicians working in primary health in the region, organisations delivering primary health care services and organisations and individuals representing primary health care providers or the community. The ability to share resources means that they are available across health care providers, allowing shared knowledge to enable health care practitioners to provide the highest level of care available. For more information or to become a member of the Medicare eHealth Network in the Darling Downs – South West Queensland region go to www.ddswqmedicarelocal.com.au.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Finding Local Printing Company

My sister back home knows desktop publishing and actually had a business doing different sorts of services. From making business cards, invitations, brochures to leaflets and all in her small shop. Unfortunately, she became so busy with other business and life that she's no longer accepting such services. Apart from that, more computer shops nearby have sprouted offering the same services that she no longer can keep up with the competition. Too bad, it would have been a great business.

These days, a lot of people are looking for online printing companies where that can order various orders. I know we have lots of printers here in Australia but if you're in the US, Printing America is a great too in finding you local business card or even postcard printing company that offers various printing services that you might need.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Family Bonding at Georges River


One weekend, our family bonded together on a friend's house boat at Georges river here in Sydney, NSW Australia. Time to relax, have some bbq and a glass of wine.

It's fun fun fun!

Migrating in a Different Country

I see no reason why a lot of people want to migrate in Australia, Canada, US or some other countries for they think they will have a chance of having a good life. Though not all are given visas to migrate to the country of their choice, more people are still submitting their applications at the embassies.

There are still high incidence of overstaying and that will only pose danger to their status for they will be sued by the state once caught. Those that are allowed to migrate would even go as far as getting an immigration attorney to assist them in any legal aspects when it comes to laws in the US.

Thankfully, my sister was always granted tourist visas every time we applied for her coming here. It only shows that her intention is pure in just having a vacation here and not to overstay or illegally migrate in Australia. If ever she wishes to migrate here, she needs to follow the right legal steps.

Must See Australian Tourist Attractions

There are many tourists spots here in Australia that tourists need to see and here are just some of them

1. Uluru - also known as Ayers Rock, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, central Australia. It lies 335 km south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs, 450 km by road.

2. Sydney
Sydney Opera House - The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in New South Wales, Australia. It was conceived and largely built by Danish architect Jørn Utzon.

 Sydney Harbour Bridge - The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a steel through arch bridge across Sydney Harbour that carries rail, vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the Sydney central business district and the North Shore

3. The Great Barrier Reef- is world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres.

4. Fraser Island - is an island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Source: wikipedia

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

4 Free Family Outings for Weekends

It’s not always easy to find ways to go out as a family that won’t break the bank, but luckily there are still a few things you can do without stretching the budget. Not only are they little to no cost, they provide the opportunity to spend some real quality time together. Here are 4 of the top free family outings to make your weekend something truly special.

Beach Bliss

With a packed lunch ready to go and some cold drinks in the esky, heading to the beach for the day is the perfect way to unwind as a family. For those who like being active, why not play a few games of beach cricket or football, or take to the water for a surf or some body boarding. Try your hand at building sandcastles, or making some unique sand sculptures. There’s simply something for everyone to enjoy, making the beach the perfect free weekend family outing.

Picnic in the Park

Packing your own special picnic and heading off to the local park is a great way to enjoy some free fun with the family. Involve the kids in the preparation, and let them help you to make a truly delicious hamper of treats. The park offers plenty of space where the kids can burn off some extra energy, while parents can take a moment to relax.

Take a Hike

There’s nothing like exploring a new area with the family, and hiking is truly one of the best ways to do it. There are countless scenic walks that traverse National Parks and other popular spots, guaranteeing you a wonderful view and some interesting flora and fauna along the way.

Go for a Cycle

If you’ve all got a bike, spending the day cycling together can be a fun and enjoyable way to get active on the weekend with your family. For a change of scenery, why not load the bikes in the car and explore some new roads and trails to add some excitement to the trip.

It’s hard to truly enjoy your family time if you’re worried about the finances back home. These free weekend outings are a great start for cutting down on your expenses, but sometimes it’s simply not quite enough. Luckily, there is plenty of help available to you to ensure that you can get back on track with your family finances. Consider consulting a professional, such as Fox Symes debt solutions. They have years of experience in helping Australian families just like yours, and can assist you to take the stress out of issues with debt and budgeting.

With these simple ideas, you and your family can enjoy a weekend outing without any financial stress. If you’re finding it hard to cope financially, remember to contact Fox Symes for some professional assistance on how to get back in control. In the meantime, enjoy these great weekend outing activities that are bound to be fun for the whole family.

Author Bio

This post was written by Lyndsay McGuire, a mother of 3 kids who is currently saving for a home deposit. She put together this list for others who may be in a similar financial situation, yet still want to get out there and live life.

Sound Tripping: Men At Work - Down Under

Nothing much to do right now so I'm sound tripping. Just found this old song of Men at work.. Down Under..

Never in my wild thoughts that I will live here in the Land Down Under with my family. Such an awesome country!


 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Four Best Wine Regions To Visit Australia

A glass of wine can help you relax after a long day. There are also a number of health benefits that can be reaped from drinking wine in moderation. Some of those benefits include lower blood pressure as well as a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colon cancer. It can also increase lifespan. If you live in Australia, then you will be happy to know that there are a number of great places where you can buy wine. Below are some of the best wine regions in Australia:

Margaret River

The Margaret River is located in the western region of Australia. It is also located south of Perth. Chardonnays and cabernets are two of the most popular wines in this region. The vineyards in the region are cooled by the breezes that come from the Indian Ocean. There are a variety of wines that you can try in this region, but you want to make sure that you try 2008 Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc. It only costs 15 dollars per bottle.

Great Southern

This is a cool, large region that produces a-lot of wine. One of the bottles that you should look for in this region is the 2007 Plantagenet Great Southern Chardonnay. It only costs 19 dollars per bottle.

McLaren Vale

This region is located south of Adelaide. McLaren Vale is known for producing a variety of red wines. Grenache and Shiraz are two of the most well-known wines in the region. This region is also known for producing wines that have a fruity taste. You should try the 2007 Epicurean Bistro Grenache. It only costs 15 dollars per bottle.

Riverland

Not only is this one of the best wine regions in Australia, but it is also one of the largest producers of wine in Australia. Many people refer to this region as ocean land because it has such a wide selection of wine available. One of the many wines that you should consider trying in this region is the 2008 Banrock Station Shiraz. It only costs seven dollars, which is a little bit lower than the average cost for a bottle of wine in Australia. Not only will you be able to find great wine in this region, but you will also be able to find it for a very reasonable price.

There are thousands of places in Australia that produce wine. However, there are some regions that are a-lot better than others. The Margaret River, The Great Southern, Riverland and McLaren Vale are some of the places that you should definitely visit if you are looking for great wine.

Among these regions in Australia, Adelaide is not only famous by its wine in the region, but is also known as the most liveable city in Australia by the Property Council of Australia in 2011 to 2013. Adelaide also offers lots of other tourist-friendly services such as cheap backpacker accommodation, bike hire and foreign exchange in Adelaide city and suburbs.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Full of Interests

Ahhh.. time flies so fast.!!

My lil girl Bianca is now in Year 3 and she's getting beautiful each day. At 8 years old she is very smart and as usual a chatterbox. She loves school and love even loves to join most of the school activities. She is an all around girl for she is into dancing , sport  and now she is showing signs of loving music and wanted to play a musical instrument too. Yay.

I remember my older bro also nags our mom that he wanted to have a guitar and a piano. If the Internet is already used by that time, there's no doubt that he'd also ask for  a piano.

Anyway, I'll support my daughter all the way through and if she wants to sing, dance or play any musical instrument as long as she will do good in school as well. 

Super Busy

Ahhh..... life can be so busy at times...

Life down under is great and I'm so blessed that I'm sharing the good blessings with my family. Right now, I'm busy with my studies and hopefully I'll finish soon so I can apply what I have learned. No time to stay online for long time but I can sneak and read all the updates at my FB account.

Friday, May 10, 2013

A Much Needed Vacation

Taking a vacation is something we all want and need. Working all year long and not having time to relax and unwind can make us feel bored and exhausted. Travelling and taking some time from work can be relaxing and can rejuvenate us. It will take our mind off from stress and worries from work for a time.

Nothing beats the priceless moments that we’ll share with our family and friends. All the experiences will be memorable so take time to take photos or videos for you to take home. I love going out of town with my family; it’s one of the many ways we can bond as a family.

My husband and I would always book in advance to get good rates. Anyone wishing to go to a certain place must need to research about the place and know where is the good place to stay and do fun activities. Since we have kids that love to explore all the time, finding child friendly resorts or place is a must for us.

We can check online and book cheap hotels for we can get good deals by booking ahead of time. Hotels become fully booked most of the times especially if it is holiday, so it’s better to have a reservation. Online travel companies are booming and a lot of them are offering competitive rates and that benefits us travelers for we can avail of their promos and discounts. You don’t need to go to your local travel company for booking and reserving can be done online, a very convenient way for travelers.

I’m wishing that we can travel back home in the Philippines soon for I missed my family back home already. I also wanted my family to experience what’s life in Pinas again. It’s been 4 years already since we went there and I’m sure they wanted to see and ride jeepneys and tricycles one more time. I’m also itching to taste our local foods again even though I can cook some here. Ahhh… I can’t wait.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Battle of the Bands

Browsed through some photos at my sister's FB album and saw a lot of photos that I really missed. It was the fiesta of our town back in the Philippines last February and I it's been over 11 years since I have not seen  the parade every 3rd Saturday of Feb. I remember all he fun fare, celebrities who joined, music, bands, and the locals who joined the parade. It was a sight to behold and hoping one day I get to experience the Fiesta again.

The event will end at the plaza with the battle of the bands. Bands with their big horns, Bugles
, drums and all play their own music and there are judges that will give them a score. My mom used to watch this event and it surely made her night more fun and entertaining.

Easter Table Set Up

I made this beautiful Easter Table Set Up and I love how it turned out. My lil missy even helped me a bit with some decors.

Check them at  BELLA SWEET CAKES


Happy Easter!!


Looks Like I Need to go Shopping !!

Ahhh.. shopping... it's been in my head for the last few days. 


I was browsing through some ads on the papers and I was hoping that I can shop some new clothes for my kids and for myself as well.My eldest daughter has her own thing for she can drive and go anywhere she wants that sometimes she can't come with me shopping.  I am very sure that my sister would die to go shopping with me just like what she did when she was here few years ago.

My sissy loves to check on the various deals that we have on paper and would even go online to check what's new. She can easily find shoe to cigar deals online without exerting much effort.. haha... that's how shopping enthusiast she is. I better message her about the deals that we have right now.

Australian English

There are some Australian English which are called differently in American English.

I remember my sister who had a vacation here sometimes had a hard time differentiating words for we call some things in different way. Here are just some:

Here's a comparison:

AUS - AMERICAN

petrol ... gas
rubber ... eraser
lavatory, toilet ... washroom, restroom
biscuit ... cookie, cracker
paw paw ... papaya
capsicum ... bell pepper
tomato sauce ... catsup, ketchup
rubbish bin ... garbage can
footpath ... sidewalk
lounge ... sofa
wardrobe ... cupboard
dresser, dressing table ... sideboard
cutlery ... flatware
knives ... cutlery
freezer ... freezer, icebox
kitchen bench ... kitchen counter
jumper, pullover ... sweater
singlet ... tank top, athletic shirt
nappy ... diaper
sanitary towels ... sanitary napkins
hair pins ... bobby pins

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Ahhhhh.. Paris


Right this very moment, all I'm thinking is about vacation. I was talking to my sis the other day and we're having a conversation about her out of town vacay with our niece. I sure am glad that she is planning some travel this year. For us, we are still planning for our family vacation, not sure yet where to go this Christmas. 

The other day, I dreamed I was in Paris with my family. It's such a wonderful dream for we are touring all the famous tourist spots in the city. It's even more exciting because we have tried the paris luxury rental that I think every Paris vacationer wants.

Maybe on our 25th wedding anniversary, my hubby can take me to Paris! 

Neighbour Day 2013

This year Neighbour  Day falls o n March 31st and I'm sure our local are will have a celebration and Camden Council is asking their residents to nominate a neighbour that they think is good and deserving to be appreciated and awarded for their good deeds.

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door, across the street or on the next farm for a beer, a barbie or just a cuppa.
Held on the last Sunday in March every year, it’s the perfect day to acknowledge your neighbours and thank them for being there for you.Source: camden.nsw.gov.au/

Should My Kids Apply for an Educational Loan


Paying for University upfront is a luxury that many students simply can’t afford. The options are fairly limited, either their parents step in and pay for the tuition, or students are forced to take out an educational loan to cover the cost of their studies. Here are a few important things to keep in mind when considering whether your kids should apply for an educational loan.

What Is an Educational Loan?
Depending on the type of study and educational institution, there are a range of different loans available. Generally, the government will support students by loaning them the fees for their tuition, to be paid back at a later date. The repayments usually start when the student has graduated and is earning over a certain threshold for income.

The disadvantage to student educational loans is that it leaves your child with a huge debt hanging over their heads as soon as they graduate. Instead of enjoying the benefits of their years of hard work and study, they instead have to worry about substantial repayments coming out of their wage in their new career.

What Are the Other Options?
Unfortunately there aren’t many options for students unless their parents are in a position to financially support them through Uni. If you decide that you would like to help your child achieve their study goals, there are a few different ways you can start saving early.

Being Prepared for Educational Expenses
The best way to ensure that your child has the opportunity to study at University is to start saving as early as possible. Some parents take advantage of the re-draw facility on their mortgage, and make as many repayments as they can so the money is available when their child is ready to enrol. You can also open your own high interest savings account and have a specified amount automatically transferred from your wage to maximise your savings.

Another option is to invest in an Educational Savings Plan. This involves making regular contributions which often cannot be withdrawn unless it is for dedicated educational expenses. These plans can be quite restrictive, so always be fully aware of all the terms and conditions before you commit to investing.

Before you choose which way to start saving, you should look at consolidating and strengthening your current financial position. For a range of specialised financial services, contact a professional agency such as Fox Symes debt solutions. They can assist with budgeting, as well as organising debt consolidation and anything else you might require to begin saving for your child’s education.

Giving your child the very best chance of success involves investing in their education. Student loans are effective for families who simply cannot afford to support their children through University, however it then leaves your child with tens of thousands of dollars in debt when they graduate. You’d be surprised just how much you can save if you start early and seek professional advice. Your children will thank you for giving them the very best start to their future.
Written by Emma Jane

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