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Uber Eats- Derby Day weekend city deliveries

06/11/2018

Uber Eats- Derby Day weekend city deliveries

Yesterday was Derby Day in Melbourne. It was the first of the Melbourne Cup Raceday where females have an excuse to dress up in black and white and men in their suits to head to the race course. 

Meanwhile, I was busy in the city attempting my hand at deliveries.

Here's a few things I have learnt:

Food Not Ready: 
Out of the ten trips I made yesterday, at least four were not ready by the time I arrived. Two of them were pizza orders, one was a stacked order for burgers and chips, and was a night order for fish and chips.

Due to being thumbdowned by a customer last week for a 'late delivery', I've learnt the best way to protect myself from being unfairly rated and to correct the ETA for deliveries was to click the 'food not ready' button. 

Delivering in the city: 
7 out of 10 times, the deliveries involved parking the car, and delivering to someone in a city high rise apartment. 

This involved paging the unit, taking the lift (which sometimes worked, and sometimes didn't) multiple times, and also entering the rider's home. 

Do I like it? Not really. 
I'd rather do it in the suburbs as it will be way more easier without all the high rise nonsense.
I wasn't doing it alone, so that was okay. It's acrually easier in the suburbs than in the city. 

Lunch times during the weekday:
Based on my experience last week, and this, I have found many delivery orders coming through around Werribee suburb in between lunch and dinner times. Once dinner time came, the orders seemed to stop. 

I can only speculate this is because most drivers finish their day jobs around 5pm, and are returning home. By about 7pm, there is a bigger pool of drivers waiting for order pings to come through. 

Orders in the City (on Derby Day weekend): 
There wasn't many orders coming through at 12pm to 1.30pm (only about 3 in the city). Also there was a boost promotion at that time. 

So we decided to just take a break for lunch and resume during dinner time at 5pm. 

Between 5pm up till about 9pm, orders started coming through more successively. We started in South Melbourne, driving up all the way to St Kilda, into the CBD, and then back to South Melbourne. 

We also tried again after dinner (after 10pm), but only one order came through.

I can't speculate why there were few orders today during lunch time. Considering it was Derby Day, it is possible many people were away at the racegrounds, hence the explanation for the lack of orders. Further to that, many of the Uber ridesharing drivers were congregating there. 

There are many variables to why there were few orders coming through on a Saturday lunch time in the city. 

Last weekend between 3pm to 9pm, I had many orders coming through between Altona and Williamstown suburbs. 

Granted, it was during a non peak time, and after lunch. Altona and Williamstown aren't exactly hot areas brimming with restaurants and eateries, but I had averaged about 8 trips in the four hours, averaging about $10 a trip alone.

Is it worth doing? Of course it is. 

Apart of being a side hustle that brings you some income (faster than passive income through EBay, or selling ads on your website), you can include car maintenance and service on the deductions when you do your tax returns at the end of the Australian financial year. 

What do you think? Will you consider doing UberEats? 

If you do, check out my invite link at: 



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04/11/2018

Wishlist: Birthday and Christmas 2018

It's that time of the year... first day into November, I've already received emails from all the retailers congratulating me of my birthday month (and asking me to redeem my birthday credits). 

I can't really think of what I want for wish list as I ended up getting a lot of it on my own 😂😂

So to make it more challenging, a Wishlist shall have items I can't get on my own (so it can remain a wish list).




1) Skincare products from Aesop from the parsley range, or Dermalogica for dehydrated skin. I generally use Aesop, as you don't need much of its products and it lasts a long time. The Dermalogica range is also available Australia wide without worries.
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01/11/2018

Uber Eats - my first week review

I recently signed up to become an Uber Eats driver in Melbourne, Victoria.



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Revisited post: ADHD vs Autism Spectrum

17/10/2018

Revisited post: ADHD vs Autism Spectrum

This morning I received in my email, a post I wrote 13 years ago in 2005 on a suspect case of ADHD

It’s been years since I wrote that post. I don’t even remember I wrote it as it was more than 13 years ago. 

Having reread that post, I do concur and make the case that the child is actually a suspect case on the Autism spectrum rather than ADHD. 

I have met adults who take Ritalin to help calm themselves down, and they seem pretty normal when on the medication. 

Since 2005, I’ve had the opportunity to work much closer with children on the autism spectrum since then. 
As I reread the post, I get the feel and sense that the child in the post is more closer to having symptoms of Autism than of ADHD. 

However the characteristics that were displayed is much closer to a high functioning child on the Autism spectrum.

Having a child that is crying and screaming for not apparent reasons, pulling things from the shelves, running out into the yard on their own, and preferring quiet places, as well as difficulty socialising with other children are all similar characteristics of children on the spectrum I have observed. They can’t be left on their own and need constant adult supervision in order not to hurt themselves. 

Children on the Autism spectrum either be high functioning, or low functioning. The highly functioning ones have high literacy and numeracy skills where they are able to recite the numbers up to 100, read simple three to four letter words by the age of 5. Socially, they are able to feed themselves and put themselves a drink of water, but have difficulty when toileting. 

As I can only say, that was the best prognosis at least from an observer’s point of view at the time I first wrote that post in 2005


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My 10 best hangout foodie places in Wyndham

16/10/2018

My 10 best hangout foodie places in Wyndham

Having lived out here in the western suburb of Truganina for the past three years, I can tell you without a doubt that this place is totally boomin'!

Now the City of Wyndham encompasses and includes the little "suburbs" that are under the Wyndham Council. This includes Truganina, Williams Landing, Point Cook, Werribee, Wyndham Vale, and Tarneit. 

The car park lots at the train stations of Williams Landing, and Tarneit station are full by 7am each morning. Drivers come early to catch a spot before catching the free train ride to the Melbourne CBD before 7:15am every morning. 

Hence now in random order, I will list the foodie places here within the city of Wyndham that you should visit. (I have good taste.  You won't go wrong with my recommendation). 
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15/10/2018

Book review: Mastery by Robert Greene


I've been going through my library of audio books on Audible to make productive us of my time whilst waiting to start my new job. 

Apart from The Barefoot Investor that I am fond of listening to when going on car drives, this is among other audio books that have bought in 2018 from Amazon Audible.

The recording: 
Now, this is one of the books that I recommend you should get. Depending on where you got it from (there is the Kindle, and the Audible version). I bought the Audible version. Both are available from Amazon Australia.

The Mastery audio book version has a 16 hour recording. It's not the kind of book that you could listen to in one reading, as there are many parts the reader needs to digest in parts over many readings. But it is worth it.

Let me recount the reasons why I think you should get it (and The Barefoot Investor, of course.. LOL)

I chose to order the audio version of the book as it was something I could listen whilst going about my work or driving. I also enjoy the narrator's reading. His voice is pleasant to listen to, without inducing sleep, well paced, emphasising on areas which he knows the reader needs to pay attention to. 

The content: 
Mastery is as the title states 'mastery', of the human mind, their career path, and their endeavours. 

Having also read a previous book in 2005 by Robert Greene, the 48 Laws of Power, I have come to expect his story telling style of using well known history figures in order for him to illustrate his point. The 48 Laws of Power was a bit hard core reading, so it didn't really caught on with me. 

Each chapter takes roughly about an hour to listen to, and with 16 chapters to go through, you'd be spending an immense lot of time digesting what the author has to say in the material. Mastery is a much a easier read, with its points more digestible and succint. If you are a person who is looking for more reason and practical strategies for you to master your craft, this book is a better read. 

What I really enjoyed listening to Mastery was it brings to point that mastering your craft, or trade of your choice is still relevant now as it was 500 years ago.

What and who we have come to know as "geniuses" in their field of work did not come by accident. They put in many hours of study, hardwork, and persisted. It was not by luck or by chance, but they went through intense years of study in the apprenticeship phase before going out to strike out on their own.

It also brought home the point, and for me, that if I want to be successful in the field of work, or craft that I want to excel in, I have to put in equally just as many hours of study in order to master it. Mastery is not a "touch and go", and what we have in this day and time are just tools that helps us to practise and master our skills in the different areas in order to excel. 

There is no such thing as luck, and circumstances that can hold us back. One of the compelling examples that Greene uses is Leonardo Da Vinci. Born out of wedlock in 1452, his illegitimate standing prevented him from being able to receive proper formal education, and being able to attend university.

Yet, this did not stop him from pursuing his dreams and his ambitions. Without the education to pursue formal education in reading, writing and arithmetic, his future prospects for what they would have deemed a proper lucrative profession would be bleak.

This somehow was a blessing in disguise. Having the freedom to roam as he pleased as a young child (being illegitimate and all, they probably didn't pay much attention to him), he stole drawing paper from this father's office (his father was a notary who kept expensive rolls of paper in his office) to  sketch objects and animals as he wanted. At the age of 14, he started what is to be his formal apprenticeship as an artist in Florence.

Da Vinci always danced to his own tune. He never let his background prevent him from having his own dreams. One of the things that Da Vinci hated was the dependence forced upon artists to gain royal favour, to live on commission. He established a new strategy for his own livelihood, and be more than an artist, and pursued all the crafts that he needed to support himself. 

Just like Da Vinci, we need to know our own strengths, our weaknesses. Seeking our own path, with as much perseverance and persistence as we possibly can. Regardless of background or  circumstances, it is a matter of mind over matter.

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Update: Reversal of Medibank gap payment

13/10/2018

Update: Reversal of Medibank gap payment

9th October (Tuesday):
One week after this incident, Dr. Leong calls me to inform me that Medibank has approved her enrolment into the Medibank program as a member Provider! (woo hoo!)

I was on my work shift when she called, so she left me a message which I listened to on the iPhone 7.

Dr. Leong said that Medibank had actually agreed to reverse the gap reversal charge but because she didn't have my membership details at that time (I think she was at home), she could not provide any details.

The dentist then told me that she will follow up on the process by this weekend.

12th October (Friday):
Dr. Leong called me again. She wasn't coming in for work, but she called me to update me on the progress.

She told me that all the information from my customer profile has been sent to Medibank. Medibank has approved the reverse of the gap payment and it will be credited into my bank account the next working day the following week.

My Thoughts:
In spite of everything that has happened, I didn't have to do much on my side. This incident was a blessing in disguise for Dr. Leong as if should this situation was not brought to her attention, it would have affected another customer.

I thank Providence that I didn't have to incessantly call Medibank to deal with this situation, and I didn't have to do anything else apart from the initial call to Medibank.

What do my readers think? I am just relieved that the whole procedure went well.
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08/10/2018

Medibank: Gymbetter app pay-by-visit to the gym

Printscreen of the GymBetter site
Despite the sloth speed that Medibank takes in processing the enrolment of a service provider (read this post), they still have programs that benefit their customers.

When one of my Sydneysider friends, Hyunju came over recently, she oh-so-casually mentioned if I ever used the gym benefits that is offered by my medical card.

Gym Benefits? What gym benefits?

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Medibank Extras: I was wrongly charged at the dentist

05/10/2018

Medibank Extras: I was wrongly charged at the dentist

I took a week off from work this week as I was going to spend time with some friends who had come down from Sydney.

On my day off, I decided to go and see the dentist. I am with Medibank Extras, as most of my readers would know. This is my first time for this year that I am going for my teeth clean and check, which is covered under Medibank Private.

However when I received my statement, I had a shock of my life! It said on my statement that I had to pay 70% out of pocket. 
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02/10/2018

I bought a new website template from Etsy


Recently I made the decision to finally have my own domain. To complete the whole ownership  process, I decided it was high time to also update the template. The template that I had been using all this while was the free template available from Google Blogspot.
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30/09/2018

Videos: Making kimchi (fermented pickled korean cabbage)

Kimchi fermenting (on 2nd Day)
I finally made my own video! It is never too late to learn how to use new applications!!
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28/09/2018

Wish List 2018

It's that time of the year where I start making an annual wish list (nearing my birthday month, and Christmas month).

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26/09/2018

Earn rewards and prizes with your fitness tracker

My Garmin Vivofit 3- 11,909 steps today!

Did you know that you can earn rewards with your fitness tracker?

I didn't realise the impact of it until recently. (Please take note that this post does have affiliate links.)
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Bought my new domain from Google Domains!

25/09/2018

Bought my new domain from Google Domains!

It's taken me ages (years in real-time!) to finally take the leap, but I finally did it!

I finally bought my own domain. I bought my own domain off Blogger in just less than ten minutes.

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Medibank: Extras Cover Insurance

Medibank: Extras Cover Insurance

Medibank is one of the most popular insurance providers in Australia.

I was with them for a while when I was on a bridging working visa ten years ago (2008). Eight years later, I still decided to opt for them when I was deciding on the Extras Cover Insurance.

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Spaceship Voyager Invest Mobile App

24/09/2018

Spaceship Voyager Invest Mobile App

Recently, apart from the Raiz Invest App that I had written about, I came to know of Spaceship Voyager, another micro-investing platform that had been advertising a lot recently on social media.
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What is Passive Income?

22/09/2018

What is Passive Income?

I've finally had the time to sit down and write another reflective blogpost.

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Pictures: Home Sweet Home!

After two whole days of cleaning out my living quarters, my house now looks livable...

Thanks to Elaine for coming over to help me spring clean this place.

My dining area 
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Raiz Invest (formerly known as Acorns Australia).

20/09/2018

Raiz Invest (formerly known as Acorns Australia).

Today was my off day. I have had a tiring day, spent just cleaning out the house.

My neighbour-church friend, Elaine came over to my house to help me do an unexpected spring cleaning of the entire kitchen and sitting hall.

We pulled out the rotty - smell- dirty yellow carpet that has been scratched clean-into pieces by the kittens, cleared out all the expired sauces-bottles- practically every thing that looks like it was getting moldy and chucked it into black garbage bags and tied it up.

Then we headed off to Kmart nearby at Tarneit Central and bought some new display boxes to put the still edible and unopened packets of foods (and so the cats and bugs won't get to them in summer). LOL.

Unexpectedly, all of a sudden, she asked me this question, "are you investing in stocks?"..

I sheepishly answered "yes.. I'm just a beginner".
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17/09/2018

Curtis Carroll: How I learned to read, and trade stocks -- in prison

I was randomly watching a video on Youtube, when I came across this video.

Curtis Carroll is an inmate at the San Quentin prison. He is serving a 54 year sentence for a crime he committed at 17.

He taught himself to read in prison, and was given the nickname "Wall Street" by inmates. He now tutors his inmates to be financial literate and to trade in the stock market all from within the prison walls.

This is his story.



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How to get out of debt

16/09/2018

How to get out of debt

Ok, I am sure you clicked on this post because you were curious about how to reduce your debt, didn't you?

In the past one month since I picked up Pape's book, The Barefoot Investor, I have followed up on that information by searching on Google, reading up, and watching videos after videos on Youtube on how people saved their dollars, prepare their budgets, and up their income. 

The Barefoot Investor was like an epiphany! 

It was all about renewing the mind, being prepared to do things in a more economically effective way. It started me on a journey to look at how I was using my money, and how I was spending my money without a proper budget. 
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Reads : The Barefoot Investor

22/08/2018

Reads : The Barefoot Investor

I recently picked up this book when I was having a stop over at my co worker's home, Hayley just yesterday. Flipping through the pages, the contents caught my eye.

I was so impressed with this book, that I decided to purchase the Audible version of the same book on Amazon Australia.
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03/08/2018

SA POL- Unfair Traffic Expiation Notice

Recently I received in the mail, a traffic 'expiation' notice from South Australia Police.

"Expiation" - to make amends or reparation for. 

I find it ironic that I was sent an "expiation notice" expecting me to feel sorry for some offence that was trifling. 



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30/07/2018

Eats: Rockpool Bar & Grill (Crown Melbourne)

I recently went  with some mates to Rockpool Bar and Grill at the Crown. Initially we were there to see if we could gain walk in entrance to the Conservatory, but , alas! 

That place was booked out! *hint*  Bookings are necessary!

In the end, we headed next door to the very expensive, high end Rockpool Grill instead. It was my first time in a such a fancy place in a very long time, so that was a nice treat.  :-)

To start, we ordered oysters for entree. .
Freshly Shucked Oysters with Mignonette Sauce. (above)
Sautéed Duck Liver and Pine Mushrooms on Soft Polenta with Grilled Chestnuts (below). 
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Protecting our God given Destiny

16/06/2018

Protecting our God given Destiny

It takes a while of walking with God to know and finally have a glimpse into the future that He has for you.
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03/01/2018

Digital Perm @ FM Beauty Salon, Strathfield

On my third day in Sydney, I finally had the time to head to the hairdressers.

I don't normally mind heading to the local one in Tarneit locally, but I was looking for an Asian styled cut, and all the ones on my area were Caucasians. Since I was heading to Sydney, I decided to just catch two birds with one stone.

                                   

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Welcome to 2018

01/01/2018

Welcome to 2018

Today is the first day of the year 2018.

Sitting (surprise, surprise) at the Sports Bar in The Star, Sydney, I finally have the time to sit down to reflect and write a short note about this past year.

(Basically ignoring everything else, whilst waiting for Jess to come here and catch up with me).

This morning, I was busy cleaning down the house, and watering the garden as I will be away for the week. I couldn't be able to know if my plants will survive the impending heat of Melbourne's weather this week when I am away, but I pray my good houseminder, Elaine will be there to save the day!

2017 was a year when I tried my hand at starting many different business endeavours, from childcare and catering. It was mentally challenging, especially when I was in a tight financial situation almost all the time.

However, when I finally made the decision to put down the childcare, a job in Montessori teaching fell into my hands. I really felt it was the right thing to do, as I had not had to struggle to look for this position that I currently still am in.

With office politics abound, I felt as though God's hands were on me. It felt  like there was a hedge protecting me from getting involved in it.

In reflecting as a Montessori teacher working with preschoolers, I learnt many things about consequences. The  importance of choices we make, and how it could affect the life of another many years down the road.

How the choices that a parent makes could have an effect on their children many years to come, as they grow into adulthood.

How the bad habits that parents allow to  develop in their children, affect their success in their adulthood, which takes  even more years to undo its effects. What parents hold true, will take root, do and don't do, will pass down to their children.

As the Holy Scriptures say, train the child in the way he should go, and when they grow up, they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6)

There are many things this year I wish I could have had, but they have yet to be achieved. I will never know if it will even come to pass, but I must not give up hope.

That I have a hope in a future that as I continue to serve my Lord, and my community, they will one day bear fruit.

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