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Bicycle made of paper

September 20th, 2012 at 12:08 am

I want one of this:


Today should make it 3 NSDs in a row.


18 Sept: 10,884 steps
19 Sept: 11,226 steps (DH did the last 500, he decided to put the pedometer on while I was in the shower).

We got laughed at (but itís all good)

September 17th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Last Friday night when we went out for drinks with some of DHís co-workers we got talking about mobile phones. One of them was complaining that her phone is a lot slower now because she has too many apps in it, she have tried to delete some of it but was finding it hard to pick which ones. The talk eventually turned to DHís mobile phone, apparently there has been some friendly banter between them and DH about how old his mobile phone is. They keep asking when he will ever join the 21st century. Then DH would jokingly brag how he only has to plug in his mobile phone once a week whenever someone complain how the battery never last.

Anyway, on Friday I showed everyone my old Nokia 1100 and we all just laughed. DH by the way has the old Nokia 1110. I think we both got them in 2006, so it is now 6 years old. I laugh how it still works even though we have both dropped them many times already. Although in the last few months my alarm clock has not been working but since I donít really need it these days, itís not such a big deal. Maybe one day I will upgrade to one of those newer flip phone Wink.

So far this year weíve only spent $70 on both phones!

17 Sept: 10,065 steps - I did not do too well yesterday, I guess painting doesnít require much walking. I had to do a bit of walking around the couch to get to 10K. Today I made sure to do a bit of jogging on the spot before I started painting again.

"European Labour Only" Wardrobe

September 17th, 2012 at 06:28 am

Iíve been really busy. Yesterday we went to my mumís place to fix her bathroom door, it wasnít closing properly. Today Iím painting an old wardrobe, I decided to sand it and paint it white. It will go in the guestroom where the other furniture in it is all white. I have not spent money on it so far but I will need to buy a new one handle that is missing an important part. It will probably cost around $6-7, a bit expensive but I have to get the same as the old ones.

Interesting thing I found in one of the drawer of the wardrobe, it has been stamped with some info about where it was made and then it says ďEuropean Labour OnlyĒ. A quick google and I found some interesting thing Iíve never knew about. Apparently, stamped like these were common from 1900 to 50ís (actually it was compulsory by law to state if a furniture was made by Chinese labour). Crazy to think things like that happened in the past.


HmmmÖmaybe I shouldnít have painted it, I didnít realise it could be really old. I assumed it could have been 1980ís, not 1950ís or even earlier. We got it years ago (just after we moved to this house 11 years ago) from a garage sale. We canít remember how much for now, would have been less than $50, we couldnít afford to buy much stuff then. One of the legs had a split and it had one broken handle.

DH will be signing his new contract soon. The company have now sent a purchase order (I know I laughed when I heard this) to his agency. Good news is that his and the others in his team will be signing for 2 years from date of the current one expires (they had previously thought it might be from June 30, end of financial year). Unfortunately, some people in other teams have only got renewed for 3 months and some have been given 2- monthsí notice. So we are very thankful.

16 Sept: 10,393 steps

Lunch Date

September 3rd, 2012 at 05:48 pm

I'm about to go out to meet up with DH for lunch. 2 weeks ago he asked me to go out for lunch in the city but I did not want to go out because it was soo cold. It's amazing how quickly the weather can change. Today it will get to 22 degrees Celcius, so it will be a beautiful day.

I've got my pedometer on already and will be doing a lot of walking around in the city. I hoping I can get to 10,000 steps today.

I've been having a lot of salad lately and been trying new ones. Last night I made Thai green mango salad, it was really nice. According to DH "it's a keeper", which means he'd like to have it again in the future. I put shredded carrot, cashews, string beans, mint and coriander. I was suppose to put tomatoes in it but we didn't have any. For the sauce I put chilli, fish sauce, lemon juice and palm sugar. I used the mortar and pestle to crush and mix the sauce together.

The millionaire next door

August 22nd, 2012 at 08:00 pm

Yesterday was NSD.

I'm currently reading The Millionaire Next Door. I caved and bought it for my kindle. I've always wanted to read it but could never find it in the library and did not want to pay $20+ for it. It's a lot cheaper in kindle now, last time I checked it was worth over $12 but last week it was down to $7.46 (AUD). I was happy to pay for that. I'm almost half through reading it so far so good. It is confirming that we are heading the right direction.

Last night

August 9th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

We went to my mumís place again last night. She called me while I was making dinner. Iíve asked her to get me something from her work to give as a birthday present to a friend. Her birthday is not until next month but Iím not sure I will see her next month so I will be giving it to her tonight, it just happened weíve organised a get together few weeks ago, so it came just in time. I gave my mum $10 for it.

While there I helped my mum make some more empanadas, she is getting more and more orders now. She is actually finding it hard to keep up. Last night she was trying to make 120, one order. She got a friend who does cake decorations of some sort and has an online business for it. Anyway she asked my mum if she wants to put her empanada on her website, my mum actually said no because she is afraid that she wonít be able to do it. Iím actually thinking of getting her an empanada maker, Iím not sure where to get it or if it is even available here in Australia. It will be a good birthday/Christmas present for her. The bread maker has help her make the dough but she still needs to roll it out. Iíve actually got her to try the pasta maker but she didnít like it because itís too thin. And our pasta maker is hopeless you pretty much need two people to use it. Itís alright for making small amount of pasta but I think it will get tiresome if you need to make a lot of it.

Also she asked me if I wanted some instant coffee, this was one thing that I wanted to get at Costco, we are half way to our last jar. So I said yes! She got a box of 6/200g jars of Nescafe Gold Blend. She got all of them for $40 so less than $7 a jar. I just looked on-line and they are around $16-18 a jar at the supermarket. At Costco a similar type would probably be around $13-14. She got them from another friend who works for Nestle. Apparently the customer/s didnít like them because of the jar design; I think they got consumers complaining about it. I can see why from just looking at it the jar is too top heavy and would be hard to grip (esp for small hands like mine) when opening it. I got two. The jar donít bother me I will just put it into my coffee canister once I open it. Also score a bag of powdered milk, also from Nestle, DH use powdered milk all the time for making yogurt. I will give her $20 for all of them next time I see her. It will come out of the grocery budget.


August 8th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Iím starting to think about getting a Costco membership again, ours expired 6 months ago. We are running out of things that we stocked up 6 months ago so I think it is time to go there again. It cost $60 p/a for a membership here. We are doing well with our grocery budget this year so I should be able to get the money out from that budget.

Not quite a NSD today because I asked DH to get me some strepsile lollies. I run out last night. They help with my coughing fit that seems to come on at night. Iíve been getting this itchy throat lately (it has been a week now) and they help to numb it.

Aldi and cleaning

August 6th, 2012 at 07:48 pm

DH stopped by at ALdi last night to get milk, muesli, can of tomatoes, chickpeas and other pantry items. All up he spent $27.60.

I forgot to mention here that I received my handheld steam cleaner that I bought online few weeks ago now. I got two and I will give one to my mum as part of her birthday present later this month. I used it today to clean the filter of the range hood (exhaust fan above the stove). It worked really well the grease just got blasted off. I used to have to boil water to clean it and took a bit of time scrubbing. It really cut down the cleaning time and I think I can get away only cleaning it twice a month instead of every few days. Cleaning it every few days helped cut down on the build-up because once there are a bit of grease build up it took a lot more effort to clean it but I think with the steam cleaner it cut through it so much easier.

Anyway, hoping today will be a NSD. Just doing a bit of cleaning today, nice weather outside so I might do a bit more gardening later, I did a bit yesterday too.

Hungry Jack's

June 1st, 2012 at 10:20 pm

DH got coupons for Hungry Jack's (also known as Burger King in the US), he came home last night with two whopper burgers and two small fries. It only cost him $4 for the lot, normally just one whopper burger is around $4.25(?). So he was really keen to get them for dinner, the problem however is that you are only allowed one coupon per visit so ended up going to two places. He got one from the one near the train station where he leaves the car and he then drove up to the one near our place (it's couple minutes out of the way). I guess DH really want to have them for dinner, I didn't mind, I didn't have to cook.

Pizza for dinner

May 27th, 2012 at 04:11 am

Too tired to cook tonight, so we got some pizza. Spent $17.50 for two large size, plenty of left over for lunch for tomorrow.

We finished building the wall today. We had to go to the hardware store to get some more supply that we couldn't get yesterday (I think we spent about $30, I left the receipt in the car). The store yesterday didn't have what we needed. There are still a bit to do, we still need to do plastering, put up the cornice, a bit of tiling and painting. I'm hoping to finish it by next weekend.

Both DH and I are a bit sore today. I actually decided to put some money into the exercise challenge, with all the hammering and sawing that we did today it feel like we have been exercising. (I forgot to mention that I deposited $31 on Friday into the xmas fund/exercise challenge, its 4 weeks worth of exercise).

I accidently hit my thumb when I was trying to hammer a nail and a blood blister developed. I pricked it because I don't like looking at it. It was tiny and it didn't really hurt.

I also forgot to mentioned yesterday that we went to Aldi yesterday for grocery shopping, got more than what we need for this week. We are now about $10 over on our grocery for this month, it's not too bad.

Yesterday, I got another nasty virus in my computer, it happened while I was reading some blog (not SA). DH is fixing it right now, hope to get it back soon. I got few spending to record in my spreadsheet which is in that computer. Luckily, I've backed up about a week ago, so if DH can't get it back it will not be hard to update my spreadsheet.

Pomegranate and building a new wall

May 26th, 2012 at 03:07 am

I bought a couple of pomegranate last Sunday at the fruit shop. It is something that we don't find here that often, so I don't really know what to do with it except eat it as it is. Few days ago I Google it and found a nice recipe that I can use it with. I found a simple recipe for a quinoa and pomegranate salad. I haven't had time to make it until tonight. Tonight was the best time to have it because we were too busy removing the old door in the toilet and building a new wall to close it off. Now that the light switch has been moved next to the new door we can finally do this. We should be able to put up the new plasterboard tomorrow.

Anyway the salad was really good and it took no time to make.

Dry Cleaning, Pots and Painting

May 19th, 2012 at 05:43 pm

Yesterday DH took some of his suit to the dry cleaners.

Also bought couple of ceramic pots, they were 50% off. I will use them for my orchids that need re-planting. We also got some towel rack and hand towel holder for 30% off. I will put them in the ensuite bathroom.

Today Iím planning to paint the bedroom ceiling we should have done it last year when we renovated it. Oh well, it wouldnít take long. I want to get it done this weekend because I got the electrician to coming next week to install a ceiling fan. We need to get some plastic sheeting to cover the furniture.

We are getting ready to go for a run and will get the plastic sheeting on the way home and then paint the ceiling this afternoon.

Dinner tonight

May 17th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Tonight our football team is playing against the team that beat us in the grand final last season. DH and I are really looking forward to watching it live on tv tonight. I thought it would be a good time to have sausage roll and homemade hamburger. Good food to eat in front of the tv.

DH will have to stop by at Aldi tonight to get burger buns, milk and other things we will need to get from Aldi. This will save us a trip there tomorrow. We will only need to go to the market tomorrow for fruits, vegetables and maybe some chicken if it is good price.

I didnít do much cleaning today just cleaned all the cabinet doors in the kitchen and also cleaned the microwave, it only took a quick wipe it was pretty clean to start with.

I spent a bit of time knitting today I decided to bring out my knitting basket. Iím about to finish one that I started last year. I tend to get excited starting one but fizzle out towards the end. But it is good hobby to do while I watch the stock market take a dive today.

Mother's Day

May 13th, 2012 at 04:37 am

We got to my mumís place as she was leaving to go to church. We spent the next 3 hours changing her kitchen tap to a new one that we got her for motherís day. For the last two years she has been telling me how she wanted to get a higher/taller tap so that she can wash her big pots easier. The one she had was a really low profile which was a pain to wash anything tall, plus her sinks are quiet small so anything big like pots are hassle to wash. And in the last few months she has been complaining about it needing a new washing. The dripping has been getting worst every time we go over there.

It would not have taken as long but the one we got her was way too big for her sink, it looked ridiculous. I donít know what I was thinking when I got it last week. I didnít realised how much smaller her sink is, itís only half the size of our one. So DH and I had to go back to a hardware store to get another one. The one we got her didnít have the vegetable sprayer part so it turnout to be almost half the price. My brother was meant to put in some money for it, I told him to just give mum the cash which he did. In the end mum was very happy.

Now we got a spare tap, we can either return it or put it in our kitchen. DH wouldnít mind changing our current one. I donít mind keeping it either. Our current one is getting old and there is always a paddle of water around the base of it, so there is a leak somewhere. Anyway, it is something we will think about in the next few days.