Work from Home Tips

Recently, due to the Coronavirus “Outbreak,” we are in a kind of lockdown. Our government encourages us to stay home if that is possible. Moreover, even a lot of people started to work from home. “Work from home” is not a new thing for me. I am a programmer. In our industry in Brisbane, “Work from home” is a common practice. Some companies offer an option to the employee, and some companies went a bit further, most of the staff are working from home. In our industry, “Work from home” is benefits both parties. For employers, the company can save rent. If some of the staff will work from home some days every week, then the company won’t arrange dedicated workstations for their team. They can switch to use hot desks. Then they can reduce the office space. I know some companies went much further, they went utterly virtual, every staff work from home most of the days. They may hire some co-working spaces if they have some meetings or some staff required to work together for some days. For employees, we can have the time traveling from home to ey may hire some co-working spaces, if they have some meeting or some staff required to work together some days. For employees, we can have time traveling from home to office.
Moreover, if you have any young kids, that is much better to care for them. For myself, due to these mutual benefits and some family reasons, I am working from home for a year and a half. Thus, I believe I had some experiences to share.
Firstly, if you are living in a city which is a low-density city, similar to Brisbane, I highly recommend having a room as your home office. Working from home is very important to separate the distractions from home. Even we work from home, and we still need to highly concentrated on our work!
Secondly, that is the working hours. Working from home does not mean flexible working hours. That is too two different things although a lot of companies offers both options for the employee. If you have fixed working hours, even you are working from home, and we need to work during our standard working hours. I hope other family members can understand this point.
Moreover, I particularly like a morning quick stand up meeting. This kind of meeting will be carry out every morning at the first task at the day, in the work from home environment, we will go that via video calls. During the meeting, we will give a brief report about what we have done the day before and what we are going to today, also, any help required. This kind of meeting will have the whole team understand the work progress for each member, even we are in various locations. Also, I encourage each team member will say a thing not related to work, such as an exciting thing that happened in your family the day before. This will help to maintain the bonding between your team. Besides our routine communications, when any problems occur, please do not hesitate to ask help from other teammates, the organization is decentralized, you still are in the team.
Lastly, that is a unique problem in Australia. Working from home required a stable internet from home to our office network, and we need to do video calls that required a good internet connection. However, our NBN is not doing an excellent job in some areas. Thus, you need to check your internet service provider, whether they can provide enough speed for you. If not, you need to buy a better speed package or switch to a new provider. Also, you need to make your internet provider can provide supports if your Internet got some problems. If not, you also need to consider switching to a new provider. The Internet is an essential tool for working from home.
I wish these tips can help you to work from home

We are running out of fruits. So I need to go out to a supermarket. When I went out, the fuel price is around 97 cents per liter! I have not seen that price around 17 years ( if I remember correctly). That is not surprising. I have not to fuel up for a month, and there is still half tank of fuel. We only went out about once and twice per week for getting groceries. A lot of people like us, work and study from home now.
Moreover, under the current situation, no one will travel oversea at all. A lot of planes are grounded now. We do not need that much fuel now! Finally, the price is dropped.

During this week, our life in Brisbane is changing due to Coronavirus. This week, our government announced a lot of new policies to reduce the chances of people gathering. All restaurants only can offer takeaway, and all pubs and clubs have to be closed too. Even the Gym needs to be closed. All libraries and pools of Brisbane City council are closed. Our city is half shut down now!
Don’t worry. We are ok. All essential services are still opening. Supermarkets and food shops are opened, the doctors are opened too!
I believe we work hard, staying home if you can. That stops spreading the virus and getting the virus.

Ying Cha No.9 - Sunnybank Plaza

In Brisbane, there are so many new bubbles tea shops during recent months. Another one I tried recently is in Sunnybank plaza. That is Ying Cha no.9.
That is exactly located in the heart of Sunnybank Plaza, their food court. That is so convenient. I can have a bubble tea after I have yum cha. That will be a kind of funny match. Or after you did a grocery shopping, then you have a bubble tea.
A few weeks ago, after I did shopping in Sunnybank Plaza, then I had a one in Yha Cha No.9. I ordered a brown sugar bubble milk tea. I do not know why there is a trend of brown sugar tea. I saw most bubble tea shops are promoting this kind of brown sugar tea. I like the drink I ordered. Firstly, it looks very nice.
Moreover, the tea tastes not bad. Furthermore, it is not too expensive, that is around $6. I also like the pearl in this tea, that is not too “rubber.”
I like it, and I added that shop in my list of choices!

Shop 11B,
Sunnybank Plaza,
Cnr Mains Rd & McCullough St,
Sunnybank QLD 4109

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During these two years, I found a lot of new bubbles tea shops opened. Moreover, in the past, these kinds of shops are from Taiwan or operating by Taiwanese. However, during these few years, those newly opened tea shops are from mainland China or running by the people from mainland China. I am glad to see that. I like diversity and more choice.
HEERETEA is one of them, a lot of my friends like the shop, and this shop is famous in Sunnybank. Recently, they opened a new branch in Myer Center, just next to Starbuck. That is a good location.
A few weeks ago, I went to City. Then I tried this new store. I ordered a drink which they are promoting, Roasted Burlee Milk Tea. The quality is not bad, not too sweet. Moreover, I like the taste of brown sugar. I love it, but that is quite expensive, at around $7. If I go to City again, I will consider to have it yet, I am keen to try other drinks on their menu.

Roasted Burlee Milk Tea.

Address: Ground Level,
Myer Center,
91 Queen St,
Brisbane City
QLD 4000

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In the past, there was a very affordable Korean restaurant in Warrigal Square, Madtongsan III. We visited there very often, but it closed down a few years ago. Fortunately, she has other branches.
On the night of Lunar new year, I wanted to go out to eat, but all Chinese restaurants were full! Then Go for Korean food! So we went to Madtongsan’s market square branch. My wife likes that restaurant very much too, so I can also take this opportunity to recall some memory!
That night, we first took a look at their menu, which is similar to the previous one. There is also my favorite, hot stone rice, and there are free Korean side dishes, and they are free for the refill!
We ordered a bowl of hot stone rice and fried chicken fillet rice that night. The stone rice is delicious. I like the stone bowel, which makes the rice always warm! As for the fried chicken rice, it is also excellent!
In the end, I wish to mention the price, which is only around $13 for each dish! Affordable and significant portions! Value for money!
9 Lewina St,
Market Square
Sunnybank QLD 4109

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Although it has recently been affected by bushfires, many places have a fire ban, so many cities have canceled their fireworks displays. However, according to the Southbank Offical website, there will be a ten minutes long firework display on 26th Jan(Australian Day) at 7.30pm. The best places to watch are the Clem Jones Promenade and the Cultural Forecourt. Also, there are various Australian day celebrations in Southbank during the day time. You can refer to their official website

 Brisbane Lunar New Year Celebrations

This Saturday is the Lunar New Year! The Lunar New Year in previous years, we had quite a lot of celebrations in Brisbane, such as the fireworks and lunar celebration party in Garden City.
Unfortunately, according to the information on the website of Garden City, this year, it will not be so large, but there will be a lion dance performance at 7:30 every night from 23 to 25.
Fortunately, in our largest Chinese shopping mall, Sunnybank Plaza, there will be various New Year activities from the 22nd to 26 th, as follows:
Sunnybank Plaza
 Lion Dance Show: Wednesday to Friday, 10.30 am
 Lion Dance and Kung Fu Performance: Saturday, Sunday, 10.30 am
 Sunny Park
Wednesday to Sunday: 11:30 am outside Woolworths
Ice Craving
 Sunday at 4.00 pm
 Foodcourt, Sunnybank Plaza
Saturday, 12.30 pm
 Outside Kafe Cafe, Sunny Park

Moreover, on 1st February from 4 pm to 9 pm, there will be a Lunar New Year party on the rooftop of the Plaza car park, where there are various cultural performances such as lantern making workshops and calligraphy performances, of course, there are also lion dance performances, and there will be fireworks at night!
So if you want to have a festive atmosphere, you can go there!

The Noodle Club- Congee Breakfast

We are living in oversea, so I especially like Chinese food. I even want to eat Chinese food for the first meal of the day(breakfast). Unfortunately, not many Chinese restaurants offer breakfast because of demand. For people like us, who is the working class, we are in a hurry to work every morning. So, most of us eat breakfast at home. For those Chinese oversea students won’t get up that early to have breakfast.
Fortunately, a friend recently recommended the noodle club, where congee and fried dough sticks are sold before 10:30. There are two types of congee to choose, Congee with Pork and Century Eggs and white porridge.
I went there last week and tried it. First of all, I found that the breakfast there was not expensive, only about $7. Then I ordered the cheapest breakfast for only $ 6.50. I have packed white porridge with a mustard and a fried dough stick! The most attractive thing is that the fried dough stick is really huge! And it looks like it’s freshly fried!
Furthermore, the environment is very comfortable and not noisy, so I can have breakfast with my friends and have some chatting. I sat here for over an hour that day
Finally, I want to mention that the fried dough sticks there are very popular! So if you’re going to have this, you’d better place your order before ten o’clock.
I will go there for breakfast next time I have the chance.

Address: shop 2
254 warrigal road
QLD 4113
Phone: (07) 3189 3433

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A Segway/scooter does on footpath what cars do on the road. Thomas travelling 15+km on foot paths around Brisbane city is amazing. Don’t have to do it as slow as 3 hours of walking. Can see so many things in 2 hours wheeling it. Feeling fantastic! Trying new store location, Yummy Taro ramen now

Taro's Ramen - South Brisbane

Author: Thomas Kong(Photo&Contents are permitted to use by Thomas Kong)

Taro’s Ramen – South Brisbane
154 Melbourne Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
Tel: 07 3844 4414

From LiveInBNE Team: We thank you so much Thomas sharing his trip to southbank today. Thomas got a strong passion to promote traveling by Segway/E-Scooter. He mentioned that is a new way to travel. We do not need to wait bus coming or spend hours on walking for exploring. Segway/E-Scooter is much faster. He reminded us to follow the laws of using Segway/E-Scooter. Wear Hamlet and no passage. Further information read Queensland Government website