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:


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:

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

Saturday, March 9, 2013

My Handyman

My hands are full right now and so is my hubby for there are many obligations that need to be done. Work, business, kids and house works are pretty much demanding but I also don't let those hinder me from giving myself my well deserved "me" time.

My dear husband is so busy with our benchtop business that most of the times he has no more time to fix some things around the house. However, he makes it sure that he'll set a time to be at his work space in the garage to organize and fix some things. The other day he is almost set to order nuts, bolts and bolts from a supplier after he saw some knobs online. I guess he is planning another project.... another mini-house for my sweet lil' bianca?

Ellen Degeneres Coming to Australia in March 2013

Ellen De Generes is coming here in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne) in March! My sister who loves Ellen so much excitedly told me about this. It's Ellen's 1st travel to Australia so it will fun, fun fun for her and all her fans.

Ellen surprised her studio guests that they will be flying to Australia as well and will be staying at a 4-star hotel for a 7 days. Wow! The audience became so ecstatic and wild!

Hope to see you soon Ellen here at the Land Down Under!

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Last Song Syndrome (LSS)

Always believe in your soul 
You've got the power to know 
You're indestructible 
Always believe in, because you are 

 Oh boy, that song from Spandau Ballet keeps ringing in my ear for many hours now. It's been one my fave songs in the 80's and it keeps on bringing lots of good memories back in those days. I can still remember when my friends and I were singing it on our way home from duty and we all burst into laughter when some people look at us because we're loud.

A guy friend is even playing the song on his guitar on one of our outings and seriously Spandau Ballet songs and other songs back in the 80's are classic. Up to these days, some artists are reviving those songs with a twist. Oh I guess I have to ask my daughter now to hone her guitar playing skills and can even promise her that I'll get her a new acoustic bass guitar at music123 if she can play this song for me. Yay.....

Now, I have to get this song out of my head now.

Busy.. Busy.. Busy

Ahhh... what a life! I have to juggle being a wife, mom and now being a student. Yes.. I'm back to school trying to learn new things that hopefully can help me in the future.

Things have been pretty busy with us here in Aussie land but I have to say that I'm loving our life in our own home with my hubby and kids. I still make cake, cuppies and other pastries from time to time and  hope you can order at BELLA SWEET CAKES.

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