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10 Tipid Tips: Frugal Shopping in Melbourne

For a cheapskate like me, snooping for a bargain is second nature and is always a thrilling challenge. I love finding anything that I can buy with just a gold coin.

Of course, you’ll save more when you don’t spend. But when you have to, these tips just might be useful.

1. EOFYS
June is the start of the winter season. It is also the start of the end of financial year sale. Everywhere you look, stores are dropping their prices. This is the best time to take advantage of the huge discounts they offer on different merchandise, from clothes to small appliances, and of course furniture.

2. $2 Dollar Shops
If you see a $2 dollar shop in your neighbourhood, I am telling you it is well worth a visit. Sometimes, what you just can’t seem to find at the supermarkets is right there waiting for you. I was able to find anywhere from congee spoons and rolling pins to Halloween costumes here.
Sure it is not as organized as the aisles of a grocery, but I think that it’s part of its charm.

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Take a peek and take your pick. $1 bags of produce can yield a good haul from the market.

3. Markets
When you frequent a market enough, you get to know its inner workings. You start to notice when is the best time to come, what bargains you can expect, and what you can buy at a wholesale price. Don’t go ignoring the $1 bags they offer, because sometimes it isn’t as bad as you think, especially when you need a whole bunch of stuff to cook right away. You just have to scrupulous

4. Sales
It’s true what they say here; when you see it on sale, grab it. You don’t know when the price will go down again. It’s okay to stock up on the essentials like soaps and toothpaste and anything that just seems to run out in your household quicker than you think.

5. Catalogues
Some people don’t like junk mail, any unsolicited material that comes in your mail. But I love catalogues, and that’s where I can find and compare items up for sale. You can also look up at catalogues online, especially ones from supermarkets such as Coles, Woolworths, and Aldi.

6. Furniture
So, how do you furnish an empty house without breaking the bank? First, tell your friends and I’m sure they have stuff they want to part with. Second, look at classifieds on the internet like Gumtree. People would rather see old furniture go to someone else who may need them, rather than just dumping them. So, if you have the means to get them, then do so.

7. Op Shopping
One of the places where people can get a hold of other items at a much cheaper price is opportunity shops or op shops. The goods are donations from good samaritans and deceased estates. So yes, it’s like the “ukay-ukay” back home.

The stock on each store varies, but you’re likely to find heaps of clothing both new and used, furniture, books, and anything under the sun.

8. Free Stuff
You can get free stuff, if you give away stuff. You can visit Ziilch, a site dedicated to recycling and reusing items by giving them away to people who may need them.

9. Groupons
Take advantage of promotions and discount coupons or groupons. They can be worth it, especially when you want to splurge on something.

10. Bulk
The nice thing about supermarkets here is that the price also tells you how much you will be paying for each item. So, if you look closely, you will be able to see how much you are paying for each roll of tissue in a pack.

You can also see how much something is worth in kilos. For example, you might be paying $4 for 250grams of nuts from Brand A, which makes it $16/kg. But if you look at Brand B, it may sell 400grams of nuts for $5, which makes it only $12.50/kg. So, if you know what to look for, you can save where you need and make the most out of your purchase.

 

Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.

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10 Tips on Moving to Australia: Packing and Buying Winter Essentials Part 2

You remember Wency Cornejo’s song Next in Line that goes, “What’s there to look forward to beyond the biting cold?” Well, I finally get. What I mean is, I now know what the biting cold feels like. It’s so cold, you feel like someone is pinching your nose or your skin. If you don’t want to wake up to that kind of morning or to settle in for a really, really long and uncomfortable evening, then here are a few items that may just help you.

1. Bathrobe ($20 and up)
Fumbling out of bed, one of the first things anyone would reach out for is a bathrobe. Yes, you can either grab a bathrobe to wrap yourself with or drag the blanket out to the kitchen as you make the morning coffee.

2. Slippers ($3 and up)
I always go barefoot inside the house, I don’t know why but I do. However, nothing compels me more to wear a pair of slippers than the cold floor.

3. Quilt or Duvet ($30 and up)
Sometimes, a blanket is just not enough .

4. Heater ($30 and up)
You don’t have to have a fireplace to keep your house warm. Just plug a heater to the wall and you won’t be shivering in your sleep.

5. Mattress Topper ($40 and up)
If you have a foam mattress, then you’re in luck. You don’t have to be disturbed by the fact that every coil in a spring mattress feels like ice. The cold seeps through the fabric or the pillow top and it almost feels like you’re lying on the bare floor instead of the bed. The only thing I can think of to reduce this is by increasing the barrier between the spring coils and the skin, therefore a mattress topper.

6. Rugs ($15 and up)
There are houses that are carpeted wall to wall, but if you don’t happen to live in one of them, then maybe a good area rug will do. Anything that can ward off the cold helps, especially when you are still fumbling in the morning looking for your slippers.

7. Pocket Warmers or Heat Packs ($6 and up)
As the name suggests, keep these in your pockets to help you and your hands keep warm. Follow product instructions carefully to avoid misuse.

8. Door Draft Stopper ($2 and up)
Keep the cold wind from coming in by placing a door draft stopper. I didn’t know what it was until I came across one in one of our friend’s houses. You can buy one or if you’re crafty enough, you can make one. It is simply a cylindrical or tubular fabric filled with weights to keep it in place.

9. Heavy fabrics ($20 and up)
Choose heavy fabrics that will help keep or maintain heat in the house, from your bed sheets to your curtains. Wool, flannel, fleece and velvet are just some of the fabrics I know that insulates well.

10. Chocolates ($2 and up)
Chocolates don’t only ward off dementors, but the cold as well. For me at least, that holds true. Lol. Drink a hot mug of chocolate or maybe eat a couple of truffles and I’m sure you’ll agree with me that it works.

With these tips, I hope I have given you a good idea on how much budget you should set aside for your home this winter and on what you should spend them on. The price range is a very rough figure and is only based on my personal experience. Expect the minimum price to vary from store to store.

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Disclaimer: LezGoMelbourne is not paid by nor affiliated with any of the companies, shops, or brands mentioned above (if any). These are LezGoMelbourne’s personal opinions with no intention to cause or do any harm. These tips/guides are not to be taken as fact or absolute. Please consult with a professional for your own counsel.


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10 Tips on Moving to Australia: Packing and Buying Winter Essentials Part 1

Brrr! Autumn is the season where you start piling one layer of clothing after another. It is also the season where you have to wrestle yourself out of bed every morning. And now that it is almost winter, it only gets colder and harder to wake up and leave the comfort of those warm blankets.

If you’re moving to Melbourne or Australia during this time, and if you’re not used to cool temperatures like that of Baguio and Tagaytay, then you must prepare yourself and pack some of these items with you. Sure, you can find and buy these items when you get here. It won’t be a problem if you have a budget allotted for winter clothing.

But then again, with temperatures of 7C – 17C, can you brave the cold with barely anything to keep you warm? Besides, you can buy all of these back home at much cheaper prices.

1. Beanies
In the Philippines, we call these bonnets although that may not be accurate. Anyway, bring some with you, especially when you are prone to getting headaches from being exposed to cold weather.

2. Gloves
As I am typing this, my fingers are feeling numb from the cold. If you’re like me whose hands turn to ice whenever the temperature drops, then bring a pair or two. You might want to buy a full finger glove and a half finger glove. Half finger gloves expose the tips of your finger so you can easily text or sms someone on your touch screen smart phone.

3. Scarves
It’s not just a fashion statement; you can keep warm with a simple scarf wrapped around your neck on a cool, windy, winter night.

4. Thermal undergarments
If you like to keep warm without putting on thick layers of clothing, bring thermal undergarments with you. I did because I don’t have any idea how cold autumns or winters can be. Others will tell you it is not necessary, but a pair is okay. I think it will help you adjust to the cool temperature better.

5. Umbrella
It sometimes rains in Melbourne; it doesn’t matter if it’s summer or autumn. You have to have a sturdy and reliable umbrella with you, especially if you don’t want to get soaked in freezing water.

Umbrellas here aren’t cheap and the cheap ones end up in the trash really quickly. So buy a really good umbrella and bring it with you. I’m not telling you to buy golf umbrellas since you won’t be able to put that in your luggage. Just buy a really good one, one that can withstand strong winds. It can be windy here so cheap umbrellas don’t last long.

6. Coats or Jackets
There are many kinds of coats or jackets that you can buy, but what you should be bringing with you is one that is thick enough to keep you warm. There are puffy jackets or vests that you can buy and bring with you. If that is not your style, you can buy a cape, a parka or any coat made of fleece or wool. There are also jackets that are thermal lined so you can keep warm without wearing too many layers.

7. Sweaters & Cardigans
You don’t have to bring a ton with you, just bring one or two so you can layer your clothes. Sometimes, when you attend dinners or parties, it can be too warm to wear a jacket indoors. You have to leave your jacket at the cloakroom, but still keep warm wearing your sweater or cardigan.

8. Boots
If you want to keep your feet and legs warm, then you have to wear boots. But I suggest you invest in a pair that you can wear to work or wear for hours on end. Let’s be practical here. You will do a lot of walking, so invest in a pair that won’t torture your poor feet.

You can buy a good pair of leather boots in the Philippines or you can buy them here for anywhere between $150 – $200. It’s your call. And while you may be able to find $10-$30 boots from big department stores, I don’t think it will be real leather. So, invest wisely.

9. Tights
Tights or leggings help keep you warm. I don’t know how or why but it acts like a second skin for me. So yes, you can wear your dress and keep warm by pairing it with tights or leggings.

10. Facial moisturiser
It doesn’t matter if it is summer or winter; I find my skin drying up like the dessert. There is very little humidity here so you have to keep your face and body moisturised. Buy some facial moisturisers to take with you and remember to choose one with a good SPF. Australia is near the hole or tear in the ozone layer, so you have to protect your skin.

On my next post, I’ll be making a list of items that you can buy to make you home more warm and cosy this winter. If you have other suggestions or questions, please feel free to comment.

 

 

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Phillip Island: Travel Tips

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Penguin Parade at Phillip Island

The best way to make any trip hassle free is preparation. It doesn’t matter if it is a short, day trip like our travel to Phillip Island; the important thing is you know what to do when the circumstances change. So when plans are altered at the last minute, you have options to choose from.  This is why I’m sharing with you some travel tips that might help you along the way, especially if you’re bound for Phillip Island.

1. There’s always a Plan B or C.

You’ve done your research and planned your itinerary for the whole day. You are prepared as can be, organizing your stops and schedule accordingly. However, there are just some things that can go beyond your control, so make sure you have some flexibility in your itinerary.

Prepare a Plan B or C so you can easily make a decision where to go when it’s pouring rain outside or where to grab some quick bites.

2. Familiarise yourself with the road map

Are you driving to Phillip Island through the South Gippsland Highway route or are you taking the Pakenham exit instead? No matter which one it is, you have to know where you are on the map. We had to make a U-turn because we missed both Sybella Avenue and Rossiter Road on our way to Koo Wee Rup, towards Pakenham. I don’t recall seeing a sign, so you have to be more aware. If we hadn’t had our phones with us, we wouldn’t have known better.

3. Bring a jacket, a poncho, and an umbrella.

You never know how quickly the weather changes. One minute the sun is shining bright in the sky, the next minute it’s nothing but grey clouds. That happened quite a lot during our trip, so it’s best to pack these things in the car.

And since it is autumn, it is advisable to carry a thick jacket. Sitting an hour or so at night by the beach can get really, really cold.

4. Extra battery

This is a lesson I have learned the hard way, finding myself unable to capture anymore photos because my camera’s battery is dead. If you have a DSLR, consider buying an extra battery. An extra, fully charged battery is really handy especially if you are out for the whole day and night. With the cold season too, you will find that batteries are drained much faster, so a spare one is really necessary.

5. Extra pair of socks

Keep your feet warm and dry at all times. Nothing is more uncomfortable than being stuck with cold, wet feet and an hour and a half of driving ahead of you. Remember, you’ll be outdoors most of the time. A little rain and you can get your shoes soaking wet, so bring an extra pair of socks.

6. Citylink

The road to Phillip Island is filled with tolls. Lols. Since we rented a car for our travel, the only way for us to pay for our way is through Citylink. You can buy a 24-hour pass or a Weekend pass before or after you travel.

7. Check the Time

Verify what time the penguins are expected to arrive on the day of your visit. It may be as early as 6 o’clock or a little later such as 8 o’clock in the evening, depending on the season. Both ways, it would do well for you to arrive an hour early.

8. No photography at the Penguin Parade

It might be upsetting, at first, to learn that you can’t take a photograph of the penguins. Understand that it’s for the best of these creatures. If people try to get a quick and sneaky shot, please tell them no.

9. Be wary of the sea gulls at Penguin Parade

It’s not only people who are waiting at the beach for the arrival of penguins; it’s the sea gulls as well. And where there are sea gulls flying overhead, you can be sure there is bird poo as well. You’ve been warned.

10. Where to Eat?

Knowing where is the nearest restaurant or café can be challenging when you are in an unfamiliar place. What makes it more difficult is finding open that is open until late at night. So take note of some establishments within Phillip Island or on your way there. It is also good to remember landmarks, gas stations, and even convenience stores that can make your journey easier.

Some of these are pretty practical tips that a traveler already knows, but I do like to add a bit to it since I’ve posted about our short trip to Phillip Island. Nevertheless, I hope that with these reminders, it will help you have a more enjoyable and comfortable weekend getaway.

 

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Phillip Island: A Day for Penguins, Koalas, and Kangaroos

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The open fields to Phillip Island

It was our first trip out of the city. Together with a couple of friends, we made plans to Phillip Island for a date with penguins, koalas, and kangaroos. Yay! I cannot tell you how much this trip made me feel like a kid all over again. I mean, we’re talking about penguins! If you have watched Happy Feet then you know the scale of giddiness that I am talking about. So, armed with smart phones for maps, we navigated the long and busy highway to our destination.

It was a smooth ride all the way to Phillip Island. We took the straightforward route, which we thought might be faster since we were driving on the freeway, and made an exit to Pakenham. From there, we proceeded to Koo Wee Rup and drove thru Lang lang onwards to Phillip Island. There were plenty of signs along the road to remind us we’re not lost or we’re nearly there, so the drive was fairly simple.

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Getting up close with these kangaroos is another unforgettable experience you can add to your itinerary

Our first stop was the Maru Koala & Animal Park, open from 9:30am to 5pm, on 1650 Bass Highway, Grantville. It’s not exactly in Phillip Island, but you’ll pass it on your way there. A short, quick visit here is really nice, especially when you can get up close and personal with the kangaroos. And I really do mean close since you can feed them with the palm of your hands. It is a quaint place with really friendly keepers, so it’s just like visiting a friend’s house and petting their animals.

And oh, did I mention that they have an albino kangaroo?

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This kangaroo looks just like a little lamb.

But, if you are keen on going to places where conservation is of the utmost importance and where you can view the animals in their natural habitat, then I encourage you to visit the Koala Conservation Centre at Phillip Island. Their address is 1810 Phillip Island Tourist Road near the attraction AmazenThings and opposite Rusty Water Restaurant & Bar.

The Koala Conservation Centre is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Here they have trails or boardwalks where you can watch and observe the koalas as you walk along, which can take anywhere from 20 minutes to 30 minutes or more to cover.

Next up was Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate, otherwise known as Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. Boo was more than excited to be here and be surrounded by chocolate.

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Are these chocolate men? I still wonder to this day.

The exhibition showcased the origins of the cacao and how it is processed to produce chocolate. As you venture more inside, everything becomes more whimsical and interactive. You have plenty of opportunity to have a taste of their chocolate too.

Considering the scale of their operation, the exhibit was okay but their chocolate products are very limited. You could say I was underwhelmed. For a chocolate factory, they could offer more variety.

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I feel like I’m in a cartoon skit when I saw this.

A stop that is more for the kids and the kids at heart is Amaze’nThings. I had a great time here with all the illusions and puzzles it houses. I’m not going to say more unless I spoil it for you, but I do have to say Amaze’nThings has big potential. With better upkeep and maybe even more puzzles, it won’t be a surprise if this turns into a huge amusement park. I really hope they make further developments with Amaze’nThings.

We included other stops in our itinerary, hoping that we would have enough time to visit them all or in case the weather turns, sadly we didn’t have enough time and it was already raining. So, we decided to go to Penguin Parade.

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The real penguins are as cute and adorable as these stuffed toys, but more so.

Since photography is not permitted, I can only tell you how adorable the penguins really are. It was a cold and windy evening but no one was deterred from spending a considerable amount of time hanging out with the penguins. What made it even more delightful was the sight of fat, fluffy chicks coming out of the burrows, walking around and calling out to their parents. Awwww.

Penguin Parade is truly an experience in itself.  I would go again to Phillip Island again and visit other attractions and the surrounding towns as well. I’m sure there are plenty of treasures to be found.

 

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Australian Grand Prix 2013

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The Australian Grand Prix 2013

I can’t help but think of the Disney movie Cars when I went to the Australian Grand Prix. I don’t know why. Lols. Maybe it’s because Lightning McQueen’s mantra kept popping into my head, “I am speed“ over and over again.

I didn’t know what to expect since it was my first time to attend such an event. But one thing’s for sure, the cars were definitely fast and furious. You could hear them go zoom zoom miles away from the tracks.

Albert Park is a great venue, even though there were huge crowds everywhere you go, it was more than enough to accommodate everybody. It has been mapped out really well so there is room for people to move about. You can go and walk to different turns, so picking out and finding a spot won’t be a problem. And even though the entire grounds or track is huge, the exhibits and facilities are well spaced so you get a little taste of everything and still get a whole experience.

One case in point are the cars on exhibit. It was massive! The variety is dizzying and includes from the most vintage cars and race car models to the latest and most expensive ones. You could spend a whole day just looking at each and every single car parked out on the greens. But what I do love looking and ogling at are the vintage ones.

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Vintage Lotus car models on exhibit at Albert Park grounds. These are gems for me to see since they are so rare.

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We were giddy with excitement to see these Mini Cooper. We just love these little buggers.

The closer the time came for the final race, the louder everything became. The sky was buzzing with jets and airplanes flying overhead. The acrobatics was ridiculous! And the Qantas aircraft flew so low it feels like it was just at the height of skyscrapers in the city.

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One of the many air shows during the Australian Grand Prix

All sorts of race cars were out on the track that day, from vintage models to rally cars.

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And then, I suddenly felt singing Tracy Chapman’s song, You’ve got a fast car….

And then, the main event. It was such a challenge to get a decent picture of these F1 cars since they are just whizzing past you. What’s more challenging is that you have to do it at such a distance and behind those fences.

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One of my lucky shots, a Ferrari on the race tracks.

It was such an exhilarating experience, I would eagerly watch them burn rubber again. And before I forget, congratulations to the 2013 F1 Australian Grand Prix winner Kimi Raikkonen.

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10 Tips on Moving to Australia: Eat, Breathe, Live Like a Local Part 2

They say it’s autumn but it still feels a lot like summer. Is there a sign that would signal the start of autumn? I really have no idea. The abundance of dry leaves on the streets isn’t much of an indication since trees have been shedding all summer.

Anyway, I’m giving you the second part of my list which includes shops you need for particular necessities, recreation, and of course, food.

1. Your Barbeque Spot
Summer is about the outdoors, the picnics. So put on some sunscreen and grab a bit of sun. Fire up the briquettes and grill some sausages and burgers. Man the barbie or laze out on the grass. The choice is yours. The parks here are amazing. There are trees everywhere, so you really have plenty of shade. So pick out a nice spot and spend the afternoon with your friends. Afterwards, maybe you can walk off some of that meal.

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Goodness Me Gelato on Bridge Road, Richmond

2. Gelato
Summer is the best excuse to have some gelato. I’m glad I am within walking distance to two famous gelato shops. Why is it essential you ask? Well, it seems I can’t find a tub of pistachio ice cream on the grocery aisles. So, if you want a good range of flavours, this is the place to go. Many popular gelaterias include Il Dolce Freddo, Casa Del Gelato, Fritz Gelato, Goodness Me Gelato, and Trampoline Gelato among others.

3. Sushi Rolls
Anywhere ranging from $2 to $3, these sushi rolls are compact and really filling. The city is littered with them, there’s a stall every corner. This is one of the cheap eats you must try and have on your list.

4. Convenience Store
Groceries stay open till late, so why would you need a convenience store? I could give you three reasons. One, for when you run out of smokes in the middle of the night. Two, when you just want to get some slushie on a really hot day. Three, and the most important one, when you need to top up your Myki.

5. Video Place
There are just some titles you can’t find anywhere. I was able to rent Fingersmith at my neighbourhood video store. Hooray for lesbian titles!

6. Chemist or the Pharmacy
Need a first aid kit or your prescription filled? The chemist is the place to go, especially when you need some advice on which over the counter medication is best suited for you.

7. Locksmith/ Key cutter
People moving to a different country or area would most likely have the number of the police or the fire brigade as a standard practice. However, as a precaution, you need to keep the number of a locksmith near you as well.

8. Shoe Repair Shop or Cobbler
A really good shoe is worth an investment, but what happens when your scruff it or wear out the heel of that stiletto? A good shoe doctor is handy to be around.

9. Op Shop
Where can you get a bargain every day of the week? Op shops or opportunity shops are somewhat similar to the thrift shops we have back home. You may also identify it as “ukay ukay”. Op shops are run by charitable groups and institutions who sell donated items from clothing to house wares. A lot of the items here are second hand, but there are also new stuff mixed in their shelves somewhere. And if you fancy some vintage pieces or clothing, this is the place to go. Some of the popular ones include Salvos or the Salvation Army, Savers, and Vinnies among others.

10. Recreation Facilities
Fancy a game of tennis? How about a dip in the pool? Organizing a game of basketball? Pumping some iron? You might want to consider a membership at the local recreation centres near you or you can scout a good gym that provides you exactly the facilities and services you need. However, if you can’t afford an annual membership just yet, remember you can make casual visits to the local recreation facilities. For example, a casual visit to the pool can cost just $5 for adults and $2.50 for students.

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