O-waste, E-waste – Do You Know?

When it comes to recycling, gotta get this right — Segregation!

Id est — Pizza remains to be thrown in the Garbage (Red bin) or Organics (Green bin) and the box in the Recyclable (Yellow bin).

Thought of sharing tips on recyclables since I had personally visited a CRC.

  1. E-waste – Batteries, Chargers, Mobiles, Cables, Bulbs – Check for CRC near you!
  2. Organic waste – Food waste, Garden waste – Check for CRC near you!
  3. Plastics – Not all plastics are recycled, please check for this symbol – โ™ป๏ธ
    • Wash the container/ Scrape off food before dropping them for recycling.
  4. Metals & Glasses – Sauce bottles, Juice bottles, Tin, Aluminium trays, Cans.
    • Windows, Mirrors are NOT OK!
  5. Papers – Junk mails, Cardboards, Cartons, Cards, Books, Brochures, Paper bags.
    • NO to Paper plates & Tissues / Serviettes.

Tip – Never drop Cloths, Plastic bags / toys, Nappies, Bubble Wrap for recycling !

*CRC – Community Recycling Centre – https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/

I have just given a gist, please check Govt. websites for more details.

Super foods for babies!

~Tried and Tested~

These are some of the Foods that have been suggested by Doctors and other websites. To me, I have personally tried each one of these and found them to be truly good. ๐Ÿคฉ

Whenever you start solid, start with one food at a time and at one time of a day especially mornings, followed by breast milk.

Breast milk is the best until 1 year or at-least 6 months! 
(My own experience too!)

Few tips when starting with solids —

  • Prefer cooked form of any Food*
  • Choose the method – Puree / Mashed / Finger Food.
  • Always watch what goes in! Keep an eye on the kid to avoid choking hazard!

*Foods like Avocados, Bananas, Berries etc. need not be cooked as it spoils the texture and its nature.

I am not preaching anything in here. These are just my thoughts from my own experiences.

Big No to helmet – Top 8 reasons!

I am back after a small travel break! I have always wondered about why people on road avoid wearing a helmet. This time, its not about Australia but my home country India!

A new topic, a new perspective!

Woofoooo! What a weather. Where are we going with pollution? And traffic?? My goodness! Terrible and terrific!! When I look at the traffic, I see more motor-cyclists on the road who are always on the rush. Some riding with helmet, some carrying a helmet and majority carrying a don’t care attitude!

So, what made me bring this on? Hmmmmmm, after witnessing a head injury, spot death, which could have very well been avoided with a helmet! ๐ŸฅบI have heard about lots of accidents, it bothers you and affects you when it happens to your friends or family but when you witness the death, it blows hard and does leave an impact! ๐Ÿ˜ฑI have never been on the road driving a 2 wheeler, so wanted to understand why the drivers wear no helmet when it has been repeatedly insisted & been in headlines too! Checking if there is anything that can be done to make it a better reach!

I understand there has been a huge increase in the two-wheeler on-road in the recent times. So called reasons behind everyone urging for a motor bike was increase in bus fare ( really??๐Ÿฅบ), pride to ride in a bike (๐Ÿ˜ฎwhaatt a shame!), quickest mode of transport (Of-course yes, when you don’t follow traffic rules, when you go between cars which is impossible for a bus or auto ๐Ÿง). To top it all, there was also a subsidy announced (Oh no!๐Ÿ˜ž) which helped increase the number. Yep, everything is just a number, increase in the number of accidents, increase in deaths! ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

I decided to brain storm with few of my driving friends as to why they don’t wear a helmet! What is it stopping them? Some of those reasons quoted are genuine whilst some sounded more like excuses.  Read on to find out more..

Relating to Hair – Hair fall, Too much of sweat leading to dandruff, Baldness, Spoils hairstyle

Better Rider – I am a good rider and I don’t need a helmet, I drive slow, I am a safe driver, I am not a youngster to speed! Youngster says, I am not old and I can balance well!

Questions raised – Do you have a helmet for heart or other body parts?, Do you have a proof of preventing injury?

Lame excuses – Spoils my view / sight, Can’t hear the back seater, Death by head injury is easy than living with broken body parts!

Quality – Helmets are not foolproof, no good quality, no proper size, no proper design, no proper colours!

Blame game – There are autos which carry more than 3 people andyou need to fix them before coming tome, when the Driver himself doesn’t wear, why should the pillion rider do?, Traffic police themselves don’t wear one!

Silly reasons – Waste of time, energy and money, It is a myth that it saves life, helmet industry is yet another corporate gimmick.

Genuine reasons – Hard to carry, hard to store, sticking like a handbag, sometimes its too smelly, horrible in summer (365 days are hotter in India), helps mobile handling easier but very distracting and dangerous! Prickly and heavy, causing head-ache, neck pain!

Personally what I feel is that the Govt rules are sparing. The rules are to be strict for an enforcement and it should apply to every person. No one should be exempted! It is an offence and to be treated as one! โ˜น๏ธThe traffic police fines a meagre amount ranging from Rs.100 to Rs.300 and some are happy to pay this amount. Guess what! There are also people who know where the traffic police would be and wear helmets just before the stop. [Why can’t they stand everywhere, or not be predictable or apply some-other technique, why not install cameras? It is frustrating to know the leniency when it is matter of life!]

Some people do carry helmets but are not keen in wearing while riding. Forget the pillion rider who never wears one! ๐Ÿ™„

There are different types / varieties in the market – Open-face, Full-face, Half-face, Flip-Up etc. — Not sure how many riders out there have an idea of all of this.๐Ÿ˜ฆPeople should be educated as to which would suit them the best.

Impose a law of compulsory helmet for driver and the passenger or the back seater or the pillion rider! No more than 2 in a two-wheeler! When wearing a helmet can save a life, it should be made a part of the vehicle!

SuggestionWhenever the vehicle is sold, the helmet should be made a mandate or for half the rate or at-least free of cost! ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Whenever there is something announced free, you know where to take it)!! ๐Ÿค”

Settling down in Sydney?

Are you new to OZ? Welcome!! ๐Ÿ‘‹

Life in Australia is truly good with a mix of culture around! You can see the country celebrating every ethnicity! For me, Sydney takes number 1 due to its well connected transport system! Hurray Sydney Trains!! ๐Ÿ‘

Here are some useful tips from my own experience!!


You must remember to try out these things apart from what Govt has given you ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Apply for Medicare, the public health system – https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/medicare
  2. Visit Centrelink to check if you will be available for any benefits, they can also help with other options, need to visit them to find it out.
  3. Look for second hand items or cheaper ones in gumtree
  4. Look for accomodation in gumtree, shared ones if you want affordable renting
  5. Establishing a local address is important

Banking Tips

  1. You can open a bank account. Search for options before opening. There are various banks which would give you a joining bonus like 50$ or something when you open an account. Try with somebody if they have a referral code, you might help them and yourself too. Feel free to check with me too! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Banks like ING, St George, Westpac etc. gives referral bonus to both the parties!๐Ÿค“ For all of the above, sites like Finder.com.au could help you with details.
  2. Same holds good if you are applying for a credit card too. There are numerous offers in the market. Some of them have a first year no-annual-fee card. Some cards give you double points for every $ spent. Some cards give travel insurance, qantas / velocity points whilst some do not charge conversion fee and there are few which does all these plus many more! Coles master card, Woolies Everyday card, Qantas card, Citibank card etc. are some of the cards with good benefits. Finder.com.au can help you with choosing all these offers! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Renting tips

  1. You need to choose a suburb where you want to rent, book an inspection or visit them at the available spots. You need to physically inspect before you could apply for that property. realestate.com.au, domain.com.au are few sites to look at.
  2. You need to submit 100 point check. There are some documents which would help you score 100! (Wah! scoring 100 is possible at-least in here, lol :D) Your passport would help! You can show a local ID by taking an ID card from Servicenow or if you are an experienced driver, you can take Lerners from Servicenow too! Visit them to understand better.

Looking for jobs?

  1. Apply for TFN — ATO is the site to refer – https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Tax-file-number/Apply-for-a-TFN/
  2. Take a free course in TAFE and add it to your resume — https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses
  3. Try casual jobs to gain some local experience
  4. If you are an experienced driver, look for ways to get your drivers license. This could help you get some jobs including Uber and Ola drivers.
  5. Refer to my earn money from home post for more details.

Coming with Family?

  1. You might need to check with Centrelink for benefits for children
  2. You need to settle down to find a local school. School system is a different topic altogether – there are public, private and semi-private schools. Again primary (kindy to 6) and secondary schools. Under Secondary schools, there are selective schools. You can find any good school and decide your suburb or whichever suits you better — https://education.nsw.gov.au/
  3. You might also want to find day-care of pre-school depending on your need. There are also ku pre-schools which can be looked at. Again, there are Govt/ subsidies for each of these, please refer to Govt. sites for rebates and other details. You can refer to these sites – https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/centrelink Bonus — Cenrelink, Medicare, Health record, ATO all come under mygov! All of these are available online, You can manage them via https://my.gov.au/LoginServices/main/login?execution=e1s1#/

Bonus Tips

  1. If you are ordering any food online, look for coupon code online or look for discounts on first time order or something. All this would help you pocket some cash. Uber-eats delivery available which is very comfortable during winter!
  2. If you are looking for furnitures, gumtree is good, you can also search for some garage sale where you could go directly pick up at lower price. To pickup, you might need to hire an Ute, available at Bunnings at a reasonable rate.

Driver’s License

  1. DKT – (Drivers Knowledge Test) is the first step — (subjected to age criteria, proper ID, eye-sight etc.) https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/getting-nsw-driver-licence
  2. Take a crash course or proper training from an instructor (Please contact me privately if you are looking for a trainer)
  3. Driving test – Book online for slots.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of places to visit and enjoy! Don’t miss to enjoy the city when you are settling down ๐Ÿ™‚

I think my mind needs some rest ๐Ÿ˜‰ Will furnish more details later… ๐Ÿ™‚

Disclaimer – All of the above information are from my own experiences, I am not preaching or demanding anything here. The suggestions / views / ideas presented in here solely represent my opinion. Please use them as a reference and make your own decision. I claim no responsibility for your decisio

$$ 10 ways to earn some money from home $$ Read on :)

Trust me, it is possible when you are in Oz! Yaay Oz! ๐Ÿฅณ

I have been there! There are multiple ways we can earn money from home. This is possible for a stay at home mum or for a beginner or simply for somebody who would wanna earn some extra cash. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฟ

  1. Surveys
  2. Music review
  3. Mystery Shopping
  4. Uber / Ola drivers
  5. Telesales
  6. Data entry work
  7. Amway
  8. English tutor
  9. Virtual Assistant
  10. Apple care

I have given the above list in no particular order, may be whatever occurred in my mind early this morning..!

Surveys

There are plenty of market research sites available. They reward for your opinions. Some sites reward using points that can be accumulated for a reward. Some pay in $ to paypal account, some use gift cards! Here is a list of sites you could refer to.. LifePoints, Toluna, Valued Opinions, Opinion world, RewardsCentral, Swagbucks etc.! ๐Ÿคฉ

Research focus groups / Research connection is a group where they pay out $100+ for a 2 hour session or so. There might be pre-tasks as well which are paid too!

Bonus — There are some sites that discuss about your shopping, snacking, skincare routines too. Trust me, they are quite interesting and reward well! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Some of these are truly awesome! Contact me privately for any referral code, It sure would be a Win-Win deal ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Mystery Shopping

Who wouldn’t love window shopping, especially Women out there! Are you happy to do some shopping without revealing your identity? You can eat out, buy some products, just an enquiry and report all the details within the timeframe and you will be paid! More like a casual employment. Mystery shopper, Creative junction are some of the sites which are genuine.

Bonus — There is also IRI shopping panel which rewards you for scanning products from your weekly purchase! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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Music Review

Are you a music fanatic? There is a website called slicepie which pays you for reviewing music. You wouldn’t know which music you are reviewing until you give a review! I have done in the past. ๐Ÿคช

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Uber / Ola Drivers

There are also Uber / Ola driver jobs – You need your own vehicle and Driver’s license. Please refer to their sites for availability. I think they pay around $10+ per km. I think there are also terms now that you don’t need to own a car, you can rent one from their fleets and drive. More like car sharing! I am not giving away more stuff in here as these are to be properly read and followed. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Telesales

You must be somebody who can accept “NO” ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Somebody who doesn’t take things personal. If so, you can apply for these jobs. There are plenty in the market. You will have to invest the time and have a phone connection at home to do this!

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Data Entry

Are you good with typing? Have good speed? Hawk-eye to details? There are various data entry jobs out there. Some are legitimate, visit seek.com.au for data entry jobs. ๐Ÿค“

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Amway

This is truly a MLM. More for a People person!! If you believe you can bring in people to do this, then this is the best option for you. When you join, you will be under somebody who will push you to buy things. Buying more of amway products and other retailers will give you a place in there. If you introduce people, you will make money for all of their purchases too. I have had experiences with this, please contact me privately and I can help! (Don’t worry, I will not add you to any network :P)

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English Tutor

Are you fluent in English? Do you have any training experience? You can do this from home. They pay you well for a 40 min class. You just need some relevant experience. Having a degree in English is always a plus!

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Virtual Assistant

This is more like a personal assistant job but home based. You will provide all the services a PA would do virtually. Managing calendar, document preparation, scheduling travel etc. ๐Ÿง

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Apple Care

Want to work with Apple? Wanna work from home for a big company? This is perfect for somebody who wants to do customer care work but from home. You will be interviewed and given all necessary equipments! You can visit their site and apply for this position. Note – Please read reviews before you apply for any such jobs ๐Ÿค”

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Tips

Security jobs are also available – This requires to have undergone mandatory training! There are also various other jobs like waiter/waitress, bartender, barista, Super market etc.. Lots of such jobs are available, please research.

I know why you have visited my page! I have been there, I understand the need and sometimes its a pressure and pain too!! I am with you ๐Ÿ™Œsending my hugs !!

All these surveys and market research will not give you money straight away, you need to put in some effort to give your opinion, accumulate points and you will be there! Earning your first reward! ๐Ÿ˜€ Once you have seen it working, you can start giving out opinion on many sites!! There are plenty of such works in the market which are truly good! May not be the best and pour in cash but they help you to start with, help you earn something extra. Note – All these are more like casual or part-time jobs for extra money, please don’t depend on these for main income.

There is also home based Travel Consultant jobs, Book keeper jobs, Recruitment jobs and more…! I will try and publish more details when I explore the other areas too..

Good luck to you, wish you soon find your dream job or a happy job for a living! ๐Ÿ‘

Disclaimer – All of the above information are from my own experiences, I am not preaching or demanding anything here. The suggestions / views / ideas presented in here solely represent my opinion. Please use them as a reference and make your own decision. I claim no responsibility for your decisions.

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My take on “Environment” day!

To me, Environment day has to be everyday!

Mine

Few basic tips we follow regularly to care for environment. You may find a bit useful!

Recyclables – I keep a cardboard box at home for segregating the recyclables and clean it once a week! I care to throw away only recyclable plastics and not anything that I see as plastic! Example – When throwing away yogurt tubs, I take out the top cover. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Plastic usage – I keep a bag in the car / pram / stroller / hand-bag / laptop-bag so that its okay forget, lol. (I also keep an extra jacket in car for this winter ๐Ÿ˜‰ We take our own coffee cup when buying coffee outside. (May be we can try this for drinks at the food courts / food chains too). Keep plastic toys clean & give-away for the needs! ๐Ÿ˜‡

Trees – We have plants indoors and outdoors. When there was no space for a particular plant, community garden helped. We also ensure to gift Plants to people! ๐ŸŒฑ

Electricity – Some of our switches are turned off when they are not in use – Balcony lights, fans, mobile / lap-top charger, TV set etc. When we are away for the whole day or a Holiday, We make sure to switch off the Wifi too! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Water – Water from the dehumidifier helps watering plants, esp in winter! We have reduced the water flow at the kitchen sinks! We try to time our shower wash too! ๐Ÿง

Pollution – Mostly it would be the public transport – (anyway it is on the run), Walking to near-by shops (helps as an exercise)! We have a trolley for local buys! ๐Ÿคช

Paper – We never print tickets – These days even at the airport, they don’t ask for tickets. Mobile does its job! We re-use paper, the backside of an already used one-sided. Also share / exchange books so that we don’t buy new ones! ๐Ÿ‘

I believe caring for environment is equally caring our family!

Mine

Gifts in return

๐Ÿค Here I am to share my thoughts on return gifts! Yaay, idea of gifting is always exciting, be it presenting or receiving. It gives immense joy to me ๐Ÿ˜

For me, gift should be something useful ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸฟWe give return gifts to express our thanks and also a chance for us to take a place in their heart or home, something for them to remember and cherish.

๐Ÿ€At our place, We have the habit of giving primarily a plant or seedling or seed. โ˜˜๏ธ

  1. Whenever we go to a house, all we give would be a plant
  2. Whenever we attend a function, all we give is a plant
  3. Any other occasion – It would be either of these depending on what function it is –
    1.  Plant / Plant seed  2. Book / puzzle 3. Gift card

It is not that we are against other gifts, just that we are after encouraging good habits. Even if a plant or plant seeds are thrown away, there will be some one out there to pick / receive / grow it. There is also Mother Nature to care for. Books or puzzles can be re-gifted / exchanged / re-used. Same applies for gift card too ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I kept saying we throughout because it is a common idea that share in our Family ๐ŸŒฑ

Give a gift, check back your pocket for happiness!

Mine

In general, for a gift, We keep it simple so that it is easy to choose and there is no hassle involved. Here are our preferences –

  1. Fruits over sweets.
  2. Books over gadgets.
  3. Puzzles over toys.
  4. Gift cards over dresses.
  5. Plants over anything else! ๐ŸŒฟ

Care for Nature? Go green and grow green!

Mine

Note – These are just my thoughts. I am not advising anybody or preaching anything in here ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think this should also be added in disclaimer! lol ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

What’s in beauty?

I would like to talk in general about beauty in my own words โœ๏ธ

What does it mean to be being beautiful?

Does it lie in carrying yourself well? Dressing well? Being stylish? Clear skin? Long, Straight hair? Or is it a Natural gift? Or Being confident? Or.. ?? Who defined it? Let me tell you what I feel!

To me, I believe It is the MINDSET!! ๐Ÿคซ

Now, how did I conclude as mindset? 

I have had pimples and still have the acne marks, wrinkles, pigmentation etc. I have tried different creams, lotions, gels, masks, oils, what not! ๐Ÿคฏ

I still try more natural ways to keep clean. Being clean means, clean hair, clean skin (there is a difference between clean skin and clear skin)

Point blank, I was worrying about my looks few years before, I have had complexity issues, confidence issues and name any, but at some point I started to think, what am I doing? Why am I doing all this? To please somebody else or myself?

Then I realised, I have been doing something that doesn’t suit me.

Have been following something or somebody! Have been taking somebody’s opinion or advice! Have been living life for somebody else!

I realised I was wasting my life worrying about crap! ๐Ÿ’ฉ I was forcing myself on so many different things thinking that was the best or they are the best! Everybody is bound to an opinion! I can consider if it doesn’t affect me, otherwise it has to be trashed out!

It took time to understand or may be we call it maturity ๐Ÿ˜Ž but now, I know I would want to satisfy only myself and not anybody else. All such thoughts enlightened to make me feel ME ๐Ÿ™ƒ So, it is all in the mindset, I am beautiful is what my mind says, I don’t need to worry! Life is short and I want to live it the way I want to!! Mywayoflivinglife came in from here, lol ๐Ÿ˜€

You know what, there had been times when I had pondered over a silly thought!

Why all other people shine and look younger as they grow older?  ๐Ÿค
  1. Peer pressure ?
  2. Healthy eating ?
  3. Homework :O Daily chores?
  4. Less pollution?
  5. Affluent?
  6. Exercise?
  7. Happy Family?

I think I figured it out, it is the MAKE UP! ๐Ÿ‘€

Market is all about make up products, every channel advertises, sells out something or the other. It is the make up that helps them stay younger! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Everybody has to age, slow ageing or gracious ageing, however we call it! Ageing is something we cannot stop.

Being beautiful has nothing to do with ageing! Beauty has various definitions and it truely lies in the eyes of the beholder! Irrespective of color, race, ethnicity, looks ..etc.. everybody is beautiful in their own ways, that’s how the creator has chosen us to be!

It is all in the mindset to believe and accept that “I am beautiful in my own way” ๐Ÿ‘‘

I am a no to minimal makeup person! All I do is use face-wash, apply moisturiser or sunscreen and a lip-balm! I am beautiful ๐Ÿ˜‰ (now don’t ask me for a pic, lol :D)

Note - I am not a celebrity or a public figure! To me celebrity status is something different, I will talk about it in another post! 

Humble request —

Please don’t waste time and energy yearning for something that you don’t have. For instance, You might long for straight hair when all you have is dense curly hair! You might ask for a high heeled shoe so that you could look taller! You might want a fairer skin because that’s being advertised as beautiful! This list is …. endless…! Please don’t fall for such gimmicks ๐Ÿ˜ถ BE YOURSELF!! ๐Ÿค—

Trust me, I am the mirror — You are beautiful!

I say!

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