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This blog captures the musings and anecdotes of the daily life of a Malaysian who is now living in Melbourne, Australia.



My cats in a Melbourne winter.

Moving to a house where you can't bring the cats indoors is an experience. Once the current owner moves out, she says it is possible then...

Anyways, it has been an interesting experience watching how the cats have adapted to the changes in the new environment. I used to live in a ginormous double storey house with cats as my only companions. But now the dynamics has changed moving into a smaller house with a lot more noise and more chatter..

The cats currently reside in the garage (so our cars are parked outside). So far they have explored the outdoors and they even know which room I sleep in...

I've brought along their cat toys, their cat bed, well,  basically all their worldly cat belongings.

To make their residence a little more comfortable, I've gone shopping at the local Bunnings in Hoppers Crossing.

To keep the cats from sleeping in an entirely dark room on their own, I've purchased the Click Nightguard Rechargeable Torch from Bunnings. It is a night light with motion detection features, that also comes with its own detachable torch.

The torch automatically emits a bright blue light when motion is detected. Otherwise, it is just a pale blue light on its base.

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Photos: Wild Action Petting Zoo came to my school.

Thought I would like to post some cute photos from school recently. 

The man in the photo is the zoologist from Wild Action. They go around schools, bringing animals for kindy incursion visits, as part of their many learning programs for children.   

It was my first time face to face petting a few different kinds of four legged lizards, and two different types of snakes. There was also an owl, a koala (that smelled a mix of eucalyptus leaves and gum tree leaves), a tortoise and a couple of other animals too. 

I finally realised why they called owls as "mou tou ying" in cantonese.... (cat-head-eagle)... the owl has eyes that looks like the eyes of my cats. LOL. 

Koalas can sleep up to 20 hours, and poop 200 times a day.
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The Two Dreams.

The Two Dreams.

Hi, readers...

It has been ages since I updated this blog. A lot has happened since I wrote. Some good, mostly bad.
Well, bad in the sense that it is bad, but I know it is a good learning experience for me no matter how bad it has been.

My parents came to visit in April for about two weeks. They helped me to clean the garden.
My father basically managed to clear the garden of all the grass and weeds in a matter of one week-ish! That is totally amazing for a man of 70+ years old. My mother helped me to clean out the house. Then they put the house out for rent.

After three years, I am now back to renting a room as my humble abode. Along with my one year old adolescent cats, Atlas and Thor, we moved out in the middle of a chilly Autumn.

It is a big change from having to look after a big house with four rooms and keeping it clean, vacuuming all the time, and keeping it dust free.
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Uber Eats- Derby Day weekend city deliveries


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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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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Uber Eats - my first week review

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

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