This Monday, Gold Coast Light Rail (G:link) Stage 2 is officially operating. This extension is Gold Coast University Hospital to Helensvale railway station. Now, finally, The heavy rail and the light rail is connected. Therefore, you can go to Broadbeach from Brisbane by train and G:link. I think that is more comfortable than before by Train and buses. Moreover, I believe this extension is useful for Commonwealth Games next year. It can cater the enormous tourists for watching Commonwealth Games. Also, I believe this extension is good for Gold Coast further developments.

Now is only a week time away from Christmas. So, a lot of people are busy to do their Christmas shopping. In Brisbane, most of the major shopping centers extended their trading hours for them, giving them more time to shop.
From today to Wednesday (20/12): 9am to 9pm

21/12 to 22/12: 8am to 11:59 pm

23/12: 9am to 9pm

24/12: 12am to 6pm.

However, in the experience, outside regular business hours, only large chain stores such as Myer, David Jones, BigW, and K-mart are all open, so please do not expect too much.

Also, when I was in Garden City today, I found there is a gift wrapping service. This is very useful for Christmas shoppers

Finally, in fact, the real meaning of Christmas is not shopping, is to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, so I encourage you to go to a church Christmas worship.

IKEA Clearance Event

Last night we went to IKEA to eat dinner, and I know where the clearance is being. We wish to check any good deals we can find/,

First of all, we have not seen any goods on sales yet; We found that there is a special meal is the $2 of fish and chips, really a good deal!

But that is only avalible Thursday and Friday dinner, what’s a value dinner!

Onion Rings@IKEA

There is $2 onion rings too! It tasted good!

After We have finished our dinner, we went to check out the furniture. First of all, we found $2 pack of plastic toys; you can buy a few pieces of toys for $2, what’s a good deal! Besides, we also see a lot of things on specials, such as $69 sofa and $5 for a set of double bed fitting sheets and only $2 for cushion, there are a lot of good value stuff

So if you have time, it is worth to see if there is any good stuff! This sale is only last until this Sunday (22 / Oct). According to IKEA website, there are over 400 products on sale, at least 40% off. Please be quick to sho!

Note That: $ 2 Fish & Chips for IKEA Family member only, but IKEA Family member can apply in-store and free of charge



Logan Exit 23

3539-3565 Pacific Highway


Drewvale ALDI

Yesterday, ALDI opened a new store in Drewvale. I heard this is an Up Market Version, which is different than other ALDI stores.
Thus, I visited this store when I was off from work. Yes, this store looks different. The store entrance looks more high-end and a lot of parking space!

For the inside of this store, the shelves placed more neatly; the aisles are wider than the others stores too. The light is also specially designed. That is softer! The signboards are also big, very clear.
It looks fresh. It looks an upmarket supermarket rather than other ALDI which looks a budget store.
As for the goods, same as other Aldi, there are a lot of their home brand products and the most popular weekly limited specials. However, it seems to have more major brands products.

Perhaps, I have high expectations for this Aldi, I think this store is a little bit small, and the mall where the store located only have one other store, a medical center, there is no other shop, that is quite inconvenient.

In summary, the store is not bad; I like this store.


27 Illaweena Street
QLD 4116

Trading Hours:

Moday to Friday 8:30am to 8pm
Saturday 8am to 8pm
Sunday 9am to 6pm

Source:Open Clip Art Using Under Public Domain Attribution

That is not unusual to receive some letters with the correct address, but the recipient is neither you, your family nor your housemates. If you are just moving a new house, that will happen at all. Usually, the old tenants forgot to change the address to all companies which they used their service; you will receive the letters from the companies related to him/her. The solution is simple, if you are living in Australia, you just need to write on the envelope, “No Such Person” or “Return to Sender,” even you can add “Please Update your record,” then you just need to put the letter to any AusPost postage outlet, without stamps, that is a free service. So that you can send back the return address, and they will know your home without this person, should not send any letter to him/her. However, please remember not to open the letter, opened lettered will require the postage again, and other people’s letters are not allowed you to open that. Also, you should not put those letters directly in the bin; this is someone else’s property!

End of Financial Year Sale

June is the month of End of Financial Year Sale in Australia. I heard about the reason to have this sale season from my friend who came to Australia a few years before me. He told me the department stores to sell all of their inventories before the End of Financial Year. This sale can make their balance sheets looks better.
Nowadays, I think this sale season is an excuse to make a quick sale. As a customer, any kinds of discount is good. I found a lot of stores got a huge discount from 50% to 60%, such as David Jones, Myer, H&M, and Bonds. I saw a jacket at H&M for $20 something in H&M last week. Lastly, I was in Target on last Thursday. There was a flash sale, within the hour, all clearance clothing got further 50% off. I bought two infant t-shirts which about $2 each!
Thus, during two weeks, if you have time, that is good to go a major shopping mall. Maybe you can find some good stuff.

Dyson AM05

In Brisbane, the cold winter has arrived. For the preparation of this, I bought Dyson AM05 Hot and Cool Fan. It can give us a warmer winter, and BigW got a good deal for $399. So, I got that in Harvey Norman (because that is such good deal, BigW has already sold out, so I did a price match in Harvey Norman).
Firstly, that is a bladeless fan which sounds safer if you have a kid at home. I do not worry our daughter to put her hand on the fan. Secondly, it looks cool! Thirdly, the fan is quite powerful.
But there are two disadvantages. First one is very noisy. I won’t put that next to my bed. Someone told me the latest model, AM09, got a significant improvement in this aspect, but it is more expensive. Secondly, that is the price, although I got a good deal. That is three to four times more expensive than buying a fan and a heater.
Lastly, I have used this fan for a few weeks, and I still love it!

Sunnybank Plaza


Tomorrow(18/3), Sunnybank Plaza will have a one day sale. The most of the shops will have some bargain offers such as OSIM will have $100 off on their handheld massager and W Cosmetics will have 200% off storewide.

However, the most attractive feature of this one day sale, their super 10 minute specials, which is a kind of flash mob deal. Some stores will have some special on a particular time, and these specials will only last for 10 minutes. I like tomorrow 12:30 pm, ChaTime will have a buy one get one free offer, and at 3 pm Gloria Jeans will have all drinks half price.

Please do not miss that!


Cnr Mains Rd & McCullough St,
QLD 4109


Sunnybank Hills Shopping Center


Yesterday, I went to Sunnybank Hills Shopping Center. I faced a problem I have never seen before. That is the running out of parking spots in Sunnybank Hills Shopping. There are always a lot of empty parking spots. I have spent 15 minutes to find a place to park and that was away from the entrance too. I thought that must be a lot of people to do the Christmas shopping.
I went to Supermarket for getting enough supplies to survive this Christmas Holidays. There was a long queue. A lot of people was busy to buy the food for their Christmas Eve Dinner. After I did the supermarket shopping, I went to a Chemist. I have waited for a half hour to get a Prescription Medicines. This long wait is understandable. Because a lot of doctors will take a long break during this Christmas holidays, so a lot of people need to get the medicines they required on Friday.
Well, today, I found my home was running out of milk. Then I need to go Supermarket again. That is bad. There must be more people than Yesterday. I went Sunnybank Hills Shopping Center. I was in there around 3 pm. It wasn’t that bad. I found a parking spot easily. I bought a bottle of milk in Woolworth without any queue at all. I think that is a bit late in the day. The most of the people did their Christmas shopping.

P.S. Tomorrow is Christmas day. Almost all of shopping centers and supermarkets are closed, even I hardly know about any shops will open tomorrow.

Garden City

In past years, the most of the major shopping centers in Brisbane extended their trading hours near Christmas. Normally, they opened up to 9 pm during weekdays, on 23rd or 24th of December, they opened up to 3 am.
This year, they went much further. Tonight, most of Westfield shopping centers included Garden City, Chermside, and Carindale will open until midnight. Tomorrow, they will open at 8 am until the Saturday 6 pm. Therefore the centers won’t close on Friday! There are plenty of time for you to Christmas Shopping. Moreover, there are some stores, such as Myer and David Jones, have their pre-boxing day sales! Maybe, this is a good year for shoppers.