Saturday, 21 January 2012

"Weepguard Brick Vent" available in Bunnings

Happy New Year every one!

Saw this "Weepguard Brick Vent" available in Bunning's catalog, this is certainly much better than the Weephole vermin I used. But it's not cheap and not sure if can be done by D-I-Y. It would be also be an extra cost if you want your brick layers to install one of this nicely in every weep hole - so make sure you double check with the builder about the extra cost plus the quantity of this Weepguard you need to order.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

A much cheaper (but also slower) way to get new plants

I have been doing this for a few months, the success rate is not 100%, but might worth a try if you are interested in saving money and most importantly - can wait patiently :-)

I first saw this Yates Plant Cutting Powder in Bunnings and thought might be a good idea.

It's very simple, just follow the instructions and keep watering it for first few weeks and most of time it should have roots and starts growing. I think it also depends on the type of plant, which season, which part of the plant did you cut, ...etc, also heard that better avoid flowering season and pick the time which is not too hot/cold. You might have to experiment it a bit to work out the best way for different plants.

The photo below is the most recent one I did last week. The one on lower right hand side was the previous one a few weeks back (or months? can't remember...). Yes, I am a bit lazy/greedy and tend to squeeze too many of them into one pot...

And of course, you need to find at least a full grown plant to cut first... Will leave it to you to work that part out :-)

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Qantas' decision to ground all domestic and international flights is ridiculous!!!

Got friends traveling overseas tomorrow morning, and we were all shocked to learn that Qantas ridiculously decided to ground all domestic and international flights indefinitely since this afternoon.

With tours and hotels all booked or other arrangements been made, imagine how big the impact is to travellers all over the world!

Unbelievable! Will never fly Qantas again!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

New state law change that could spark sales slump

Saw this article from Sydney Morning Herald about a state law change which:

"slashed the statutory warranty period for non-structural defects - such as painting, poor acoustics, faulty wiring, internal fittings and fire hazards - from seven years to two, and to six years for structural problems."

This is ridiculous and a horrible news to everyone. Although reducing a few years of warranty might sound like a huge saving to the builders - specially those who can't do their jobs properly - it's going to have huge impact to all consumers who were interested in building or renovating.

The report also revealed a shocking news which I never heard of:

"no home warranty insurance available to owners in blocks higher than three storeys"

Yes, that's what the article said. If this is true, wonder what would happen to those who already bought an apartment/unit that's higher than three storeys and found any problem with the property?

Gosh! The property market hasn't been that well in the past 12+ months, can't you guys who look after the law stop been so short-sighted and do some proper long term planing that's more beneficial to the general public?

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Japan - 6 months after earthquake tsunami

Have a look at this post, see how much the Japanese people have achieved in just 6 months time. Just amazing.

I think this truly shows how strong the country is - not how wealthy or how high GDP is or how big the economy is - but how the whole country works together during natural disasters like this. Look at US, China and even Australia, definitely far behind.