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Garage Sale

Published July 26, 2010 by Mary Jane

Anyways, about a few weeks ago I decided to declutter all my clothes and soft toys and sell them at a garage sale. I’ve seen a few signs before on streets and always wonder whether the turn out of them are good? Curiosity got the better of me, so I thought what have I got to lose? So on a saturday afternoon, I decided to have a garage sale at my mum’s place and have invited my sisters to donate anything that they want to sale. It was kind of excited but kinda daunting I was thinking whether this will actually attract some random people. But I had my brother in law joining me so I felt a little safer.

Anyways, around 2pm we started sorting our clothes, belts, soft toys, baby clothes and other things into piles. I put an advertisement on Quokka and one supposely as an event on Facebook (which my friends came they didn’t see one otherwise they would have come and checked it out) Anyways, it was fun sorting it out into piles and hand write my signs. We waited patiently for the next 15-20 minutes, and noone came. So we thought let’s just sit inside our house and I would occasionally ask my nieces to run to the window to see whether there are any customers out there. She would run back and said “No One!!” Here are some of the pictures of our piles of goodies:

Our hand written price sign

Our hand written price sign

Our nieces got bored waiting inside the house so we decided to check out our garage sale outside and they ended up playing with some of our soft toys and trying out some clothes. They had lots of fun looking through our items, so at least some one was entertained. Still, nobody came – it was kinda disappointing, I was expecting large crowds, but even if one person rocked up it would have been acceptable. Anyways, Pandabear rang me and asked “how’s the garage sale going” I replied “wow there are so many customers out here!!” He went “Oh really??” and then I replied ” Nah! Just kidding, there’s noone!”

my niece checking out some of the goodies

my niece checking out some of the goodies

Anyways, we decided by about 4pm we are going to pack the stuff up and donate them to the big bins for people to use. At least the goodies were put to some good use, maybe I would have done better by selling them in a swap meet instead of a garage sale cos most garage sale usually have household furnitures and appliances. But it was a great experience, now we know what garage sale is all about and I get to spend some time with my nieces as well so that’s a bonus, and it feels good donating large bags to the big bins and knowing that someone out there will be using them 🙂

Blog Insight

Published July 26, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello Bloggy friends, so sorry that I haven’t been posting lately…been too busy, sick or lazy. Either one of those excuses. Anyways, I finished my work on last friday and was feeling a little sad to leave work, but then I get to sleep in now and no more waking up early in the mornings to catch the bus yay 🙂 So this week is my final week in Perth and I have a long list of things to do like gardening, packing, cleaning, catching up with people and sorting out bits and pieces before I move. It’s really exciting, I’ve lived in Perth most of my life and have never moved to any other cities in Australia before.

I didn’t realised that there’s quite a few things to do before you move to another state. A lot of people asked me whether I’m going to get a job in Melbourne, the answer is YES – probably a casual or part time job 2-3 days in the office and the rest of the days I’m suppose to go to Gym and try to lose some weight…and other days left I will try to practice my cooking skills. I have come to the point that I’m not really inspired lately and most of the dishes I cooked lacks in creativity or they are just simply similar dishes I have cooked before.

So, my goal for the next 6 months is to lose weight cos I could start to see the strain on my health and maybe that’s why I’m always sick. I will also be attempting a Jamie Oliver’s cook book challenge, I’m really bad when it comes to following cook books and recipes. This will be a discipline for me to follow it strictly and improve my culinary skills. It’s going to be hard not to be tempted with lots of yummy food in Melbourne, but I must try not to overindulge myself. Mmm.., who am I kidding that’s never going to happen 😦

Okies, will try to add some post when I have time.

Hotel Review – Delta Whistler Village Suites

Published July 1, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, on our way to Whistler our snow bus took us to the whistler village and Pandabear has booked us into Delta Whistler Village Suites. We had to cart our luggages around and was struggling to locate the hotel. It was tucked away behind some pine trees and then when we spotted the signs we couldn’t find the entrance door. Which prove to be quite difficult carting around 2 heavy lugguages 😦 Eventually, Pandabear went and ask people around to locate the main reception.

The main reception area was nice, warm and inviting. We were greeted with some Aussie who were really friendly and gave us a map around Whistler village and recommended us some restaurants as well. The bell boy helped us with our luggages and because he was so friendly and helpful we gave him a tip 🙂 Our bedroom has a really nice bed and it even has a small sink & microwave

It was lovely, outside our window there were amazing views..

Overall, we are quite happy with our stay. The place was nice and clean and the staff was pretty friendly. would

Falafel Town – Canada

Published July 1, 2010 by Mary Jane

Well, I wouldn’t call this post a restaurant review. It’s not really a restaurant more like a take away shop with some dining tables available. I’ve never had falafels before so I was excited when I came across it midnight when we arrived at the comfort inn. It had a bright green sign saying best falafels in town. So I was keen to try it out. When we arrived there for lunch there was basically no one, but then again it was a weekday and we were abit early.

I said to the owner which wrap will you recommend and he’s like ofcourse the “Falafel wrap” and I asked him what is falafel? He said basically it’s cooked chick peas and then they dip fry them into balls. I was like is it tasty cos it’s kinda vegetarian and I’m more like a meat person. His reply was ” it’s much better than our meat wraps and it will certainly fill you up, rich in vitamins. It didn’t take much to convince me so I decided to be adventurous and went for the falafel wrap and Pandabear went for the safe option chicken pita wrap. You get to select which salad you would like to have inside the wrap.

Chicken Pita Wrap

Chicken Pita Wrap

Falafel Wrap

Falafel Wrap

Well, I must admit my falafel wrap was pretty tasty – it’s kinda grainy but full of flavours the only thing was it was too much in my wraps – after a few mouthfuls you start to get a little sick of the taste and I was eying for Pandabear’s chicken pita wrap so he gave me a bite into his wrap – yum yum – I’m a meat person so the falafel was too vegetarian for me. Also after few hours later, I was feeling really bloated. So I guess in future try out falafel but don’t have the whole wrap as there’s just too much chick peas. 🙂 The owner was pretty friendly, there was a TV there for people to watch and he asked us whether we like Bruce Lee, we’re ok with Bruce Lee so he switched the channel to watch Bruce Lee.

Hotel Review – Comfort Inn (Canada)

Published July 1, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello People, I’m so sleepy today – haven’t been sleeping well lately due to heat rash…yup I have heat rash and it especially gets worse in Winter when I have the heaters on. I’ve ran out of my medication for them so for the whole night I’ve been scratching!!! So this morning, I’m feeling tired and sleepy. Plus this week I have been working late as well which doesn’t help. Never mind, it’s nearly Friday and then there’s weekend 🙂 Well, we arrived at Canada late at night and we thought since we’re only staying for 1 night might as well just get an average 3-4 star hotel. So we found Comfort Inn, we’ve never stayed there before and read some ok reviews about it.

When we arrived at night, it was freezing cold in comfort Inn and there were some steps to go to the reception. Fortunately the hotel staff spotted us carting our huge luggages and came and helped us out. He had to press the button to open the entrance door for us.

When we arrived in our bedroom, it was pretty clean and lovely. The bed looks really comfy – I just want to sleep it was close to midnight and we have to catch a snow bus tomorrow to Whistler. The bathroom has a lovely big spa as well. But I was too tired to even get in the spa.

Breakfast was included with our stay. So after a good night’s rest we decided to head down for breakfast. They have a pub downstairs and it’s self service. I made myself some waffles 🙂 it was pretty tasty. There was a huge machine that warms up your toast and then I spotted a really cool machine – it’s slices your bagels in half so you can put stuff inside it. Yes, I love my gadgets – and it was really cool playing around with the gadgets. 🙂

My waffle

My waffle

bagel slicer

bagel slicer

My bagel

My bagel

Overall, we were really happy with our stay and the brekkie was pretty nice too. So would recommend this hotel, the staff were pretty friendly and the rates were pretty cheap 🙂