Saturday, December 28, 2013

Boxing Day Sale

I was so geared up for Boxing Day Sale this year that I woke up so early and arrived at the mall before 8am! We were late last year and was caught up in the horrible traffic jam at the freeway and the shopping mall. This year I went alone to the mall nearby our house. I was hoping to get a tall Christmas tree but was disappointed that none were in sight! Found some in Myers but they were too expensive. :(

Then some friends told me to shop online instead. So, I started browsing around and found a few bargains but hubby said we don't need such big tree :( Well, will stick with my tiny tree for now...

Also, I was hoping to get a few other things since everywhere is having massive mark down. Hopefully I can get the beyerdynamic microphones at Musicians Friend for our new Karaoke set.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Free Public Transport on Christmas Day in Melbourne/Victoria

This year, we  went to the city on Christmas Day again. It was our 2nd time doing that. Why? All because we get free public transport on Christmas Day! It is a fun way to entertain the kids and it is not heavy on the pocket too! Public transports here is pretty expensive so if we were to take the whole family out with the train/tram/bus rides it can cost a fortune!

The only problem is the crappy weather during this period of the year. It was sooooooo hot that the kids cried to leave. They hated the endless walking around >.< So, after just 4 hours zooming around the city on trams, we called it a day.

Probably we'll do it again next year but we'll see....

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Good break

Since my son is on the year end break, he is really taking his break seriously! lol He has been spending most of his days watching TV, playing the Ipad and PC and practically do nothing until his dad barked at him for being such a lazy bum! lol

So, the past few days he has to complete some extra worksheets before he is allowed to play with the Ipad. Even that, he is not giving his 100% as his mind kept drifting away...

Anyway, I am going to drag him out one of these days to shop for his keyboard so he can do some practices before the school reopen. At the same time, I am going to look for a saxophone strap for a cousin since I am visiting the music stores.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!!

This is our second year celebrating Christmas in Melbourne. Can't believe how time flies! There has been so much happening in the short 2 years but am glad everything has been going smoothly. Can't thank God enough for looking over us and blessed us in so many ways!

I am taking this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014! May all of you have another bountiful year ahead!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Two minds

My boy is doing keyboard lessons now but his BFF is considering taking up guitar lessons and so my boy asked me if he can take up guitar lessons too?? Though I don't really mind but the schedule will definitely clash and not to mention the expensive course fees too.

He is performing well in his lessons so far and I thought that once a person has a grip on how to read musical notes, they can try their hands on other instruments. I guessed it will not be that tough. If he can pick up guitar on his own, I don't mind getting him the best slide guitar at musicians friend to support his interest.

Anyway, we'll see how it goes in the new school term.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Done with birthdays and now is Christmas

Year end is the worst time for the pockets! As we have 2 kids born both in Nov and Dec, we have to get them their birthday presents so close to Christmas. And there is just so much spending going on.

How nice if my Christmas tree will grow money :)

Completed 2 terms of music class

The school term is coming to an end in 2 weeks time and our boy has successfully completed two terms of his keyboard lessons in the school. Since we have yet to get him a keyboard at home so we are unable to tell if he really did perform well. However, we received his report from his music class teacher that is he doing really well.

We hope to shop for a keyboard for him during the holiday. We are not sure if she should get a brand new or a secondhand at this point. However we are not going to invest more than $500 for it until he is at a higher level. And of course we won't be getting any exciting genelec 8030a at the moment but we can't say in a few years time!

Crappy summer weather in Melbourne!

On Monday it hit 36C here in Melbourne and today it dropped to 16C! And mind you, it is supposed to be summer now! It was raining cats and dogs during school pick up time which is really crazy!

Can you imagine it is actually snowing in the Alps here during summer???

News from The Age...
"Snow is falling on the Alps as Victoria shivers through its coldest December day since Christmas 2006.
"It's snowing up there at the moment," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Efron said.
"There's probably been around 5 centimetres and we could see another five or 10 for the rest of the day."
All the major peaks – Hotham, Baw Baw, Buller, Falls Creek – have had falls, said Mr Efron. The snow has fallen down to 1100 metres.
AdvertisementMt Buller reached minus 1.5 degrees at 8.51am on Thursday morning and the other peaks have also experienced sub-zero chill, he said.
Even the Grampians may have had a touch of sleet. "It's been down to 0.2 degrees there so they could have had some flurries."
Mr Efron said that snow falls in December were "not that uncommon", occurring every three or four years on average.
Melbourne, reached 16.8 degrees at 12.45pm – the coldest day since Christmas Day 2006, which got to 14.5 degrees, said Mr Efron.
Not surprisingly, it snowed on that day as well.
There have also been heavy falls of rain in recent days, with the Alps bearing the brunt.
Mt Buller has had 93 millimetres and Mt Hotham 83. Nearby Strathbogie has had 76. Mt Dandenong has had 37 and Mildura 38.
"Easily exceeding the December average in one day," according to Mr Efron.
Melbourne had 16.8 millimetres of rain in the 48 hours prior to 9am on Thursday.
Friday will reach 20 degrees in Melbourne with showers clearing.
The weekend will be warm – sunny and 27 degrees on Saturday, 29 degrees with a shower or two on Sunday.
Monday to Wednesday will be in the low 20s with a shower or two.

I don't really mind the cold weather which is much better than the hot weather but I am having the whole flu package now so life is certainly not very good :(

Sunday, December 1, 2013

He asked for a pet

Some of my son's friends have pets and after a few occasions, my son started asking for a pet too! It is not that I am against rearing little animals at home but I do not want to be the one end up doing the cleaning and what's not! I knew of many kids who have pets will only play with them but leave the cleaning to their parents!

I told my son that if he ever get a pet he will have have to care for it entirely as I do not have the time to do that for him! hehehe What I can do is probably buy the feeds for the little furry thing from radiofence.com. :P

3 more weeks of school!

Can't believe it that year 2013 is coming to an end! With just 3 weeks left for school and the kids will be home for the long summer break... 6 weeks of screaming kids! *yikes*

Though the hubby will be on long leave but we have not planned anything so far. Since there are quite a bit to do around the house we'll probably do day trips instead of short getaway. Well, which ever, I still have to 'work'... that's the role of a SAHM!