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.

Address:

27 Illaweena Street
Drewvale
QLD 4116

Trading Hours:

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

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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!

Address:

Cnr Mains Rd & McCullough St,
SUNNYBANK,
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.

Coles got an extended trading hours

I come from Hong Kong. When I arrived in Australia, I felt very headache about the trading hours of shops. After 6 pm, the whole CBD became silent. In Hong Kong, we can do shopping until 10 pm every day. The most of the supermarkets will close around midnight. In Brisbane, that is a completely different world.
Recently, that sounds some improvements. The Queensland Government changed the laws to allow the large stores, which can open to 9 pm. A few days ago, I went to Coles. I found the trading hours has changed to response this change. On Saturday, the stores will open until 9pm. But I checked Myer and other shopping centers have not changed their normal trading. However, they have some extended trading hours for Christmas period. I wish all shopping centers can open until 9pm every day!

Masters-Final Sales

Masters@Parkinson

Yesterday, I went to Masters at Parkinson. I found there were 16 days to close down. Moreover, the whole store got 60% to 80% off. I thought the should be a lot of good deals. But after I went there, the most of the shelves were empty. The most of the stocks are sold out.

Empty Shelves@Masters I planned to buy some LED light bulbs and lawn seeds, but these kinds of goods were sold out too.

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However, if you intend to have some home improvements, there were still some paints, wooden fences, floor tiles, bathtub and toilets left. Please be quick, I saw a lot of people bought these products yesterday.

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In Australia, we like to buy a gift card as the gift as a wedding gift and a present to thank you someone help. Sometimes, we don’t know what our friend want. The gift card is the best option; they can use it to buy the things they like, and it sounds more polite than cash.
Also, Gift card always has a discount. For example, this week in Woolworth special. If you buy Myer, City Beach and Kathmandu gift card, $50 gift card has 1000 Woolworth point which can be exchanged $5 Woolworth dollars(you can use as a cash in Woolworth). $100 gift card has 1000 Woolworth point which can be exchanged $10 Woolworth dollars. That is 10% off. It sounds a good deal.
Please be aware this special will be ended on Tomorrow.