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

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 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


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.


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

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!


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