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Gift Card Expiry – Pain in the back April 17, 2013

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One of my friend recently had a $50 gift card that expired. I was surprised when he told me the supplier flat out refused a refund or extension to the card. I mean, this is no small amount. So I decided to do some research in my spare time.

Apparently, unlike the US (How to Avoid Wasting Another Gift Card – Lifehacker) where they require a minimum life span of 5 years and some no expiry, gift card laws are pretty crap in Australia and has no such min life scan:

Expiry date on gift vouchers could be banned under new laws

Calls for crackdown on gift card rules

Using gift cards before they expire

Choice – Gift Card Traps



Consumers loss an estimated $400m for unused gift cards each year and there’s nothing legally they can do about it.

The best bet, as a lot of forums has mentioned, is to politely call the company that issued the card and see if they can help. If not, then we are pretty much screwed…


Liferay first portlet tutorial April 23, 2010

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Termite Elimination November 2, 2009

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Termites is one of the biggest causes of house damages in Australia.

Recently I was recently looking at different ways to eliminate termites.

I came across several sites that I would like to share:


Offers Do It Yourself, termite baits which you can buy and install. The only restriction is that they don’t sell any termiticide to public, because “the current label for all suitable termiticide restricts their availability to licenced pest managers only”, ” it is a specialised product for which our professional pest manager has undergone special training.”

Then I looked at how to acquire a licence:


It looks rather complicated if I was just going to do it for one termite nest.  There are also courses:

http://www.pestcontrol.org.au/pest-control-certificate-course.html (APCA Pest Control Certificate)

https://www.tafensw.edu.au/howex/servlet/Course?Command=GetCourse&CourseNo=1377 (NSW Urban Pest Control (Licensing))


The APCA Pest Control Certificate take 6 weeks and costs $3000. Further more getting a licence looks time consuming, so I’ll skip that idea for now.


For now I’m thinking

1) to get “Termite Baits” and “Intrigue Dust” from “Green Termite Bait System”, install the bait and apply the dust, then look at the effects. Or

2) look at the prices for Pest Control, and get them to do it.


Family Values September 11, 2009

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Read article on family values: http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/b/newidea/27172/jo-lamble-family-values/

It also gave some good examples of family values to discuss:

  • Compassion
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Courage
  • Perseverance
  • Trust
  • Empathy
  • Obedience
  • Tolerance
  • Loyalty
  • Faith
  • Respect
  • Kindness
  • Caring
  • Acceptance
  • Reliability

Company Registration – ABN September 7, 2009

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For all those friend that are interested in registering a new company, here are a few link I found helpful in regards to ABN (Australian Business Number Registration).

DragonBall the Movie October 4, 2008

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DragonBall the Movie is comming out in 2009! Not an anime one, but one with real actors!

Here’s a trailer:


The cast can be found here:


Kids Are Quick September 28, 2008

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TEACHER:   Maria, go to the map and find North America ..
MARIA: Here it is.
TEACHER:  Correct. Now class, who discovered America ?
CLASS: Maria.

TEACHER:  John, why are you doing your math multiplication on the floor?

JOHN: You told me to do it without using tables.
TEACHER:  Glenn, how do you spell ‘crocodile?’
GLENN:       K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L’
TEACHER:  No, that’s wrong
GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
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TEACHER:  Donald, what is the chemical formula for water?
DONALD:     H I J K L M N O.
TEACHER:  What are you talking about?
DONALD: Yesterday you said it’s H to O.

TEACHER:  Winnie, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.
WINNIE:     Me!
TEACHER:  Glen, why do you always get so dirty?
GLEN: Well, I’m a lot closer to the ground than you are.

TEACHER:    Millie, give me a sentence starting with ‘I.’
MILLIE:          I is..
TEACHER:    No, Millie….. Always say, ‘I am.’
MILLIE: All right…..  ‘I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.’
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TEACHER:   George Washington not only chopped down his father’s cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn’t punish him?
LOUIS:     Because George still had the axe in his hand.

TEACHER:  Now, Simon, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SIMON: No sir, I don’t have to, my Mom is a good cook.

TEACHER:   Clyde , your composition on ‘My Dog’ is exactly the same as your brother’s. Did you copy his?
CLYDE : No, sir.  It’s the same dog.

TEACHER:     Harold, what do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested?
HAROLD:       A teacher

Amazon Kindle Killer September 18, 2008

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Looking for a device that is just as good as Amazon Kindle, but more rubust, thiner, much lighter, bendable, and can with stand a bash to the screen with a shoe? Well, there is just the product.

Scheduled to release next year, the to be named ‘plastic logic reader’ developed by Plastic Logic after 10 years of research is just what you could be waiting for.

Here‘s a video of the product demo.

Tips for Cancer Patients September 12, 2008

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Cancer is a disease in which a group of cells with in the body displays uncontrollable growth.

Acorrding to WHO: Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide: it accounted for 7.9 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2007.

While a complete cure for cancer is still in its research phase, treatments such as Chemotherapy, Radiotherapy, and Surgery has been adopted as the current means to battling this deadly disease with varying success rates based on the stage of the disease.

However these treatments leave fatal side effects. In some cases, they might have actually have a bigger contribution to the patient’s death as opposed to the cancer dieasea it self. In this article I’ll focus on Chemotherapy.

20 Things you need to know about Chemotherapy is a good article that talks about how Chemotherapy works and what you need to do or find out from your doctor before the treatment. The main idea behind the treatment is to stop cell division of these cancerous cells. But this would also have a large impact to other cell that divides often, such as white blood cells (reducing immunity), red blood cells (reducing oxgyen lv in body), mouth cells (causing a dry and uncomfortable mouth). Other effects include, hair loss, dry / discoloured skin and nail and  bone marrow problems.

Other Links

Cancer Council – Understanding Chemotherapy. Also has a list of other good resources to cancer.

Cancer Research UK – Side effects of Chemotherapy and how to reduce these side effects

Diet for Cancer Patient – a blog by a friend of mine regarding some diet recommendations for pre/post chemotherapy patients.

Free MBA September 11, 2008

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MBA; Master of Business Administration; When people think of it, they usually link to high paying important positions such as CEOs, General Managers and Managing Directors.

However, along with the high paying and important positions, many graduates (some of whom I know) also didn’t get very far, and was left with a bucket load of debt. After all MBA is a very financially challenging degree. Most of them costing on average $40,000 per year.

Is Getting an MBA Worth it?” talks about an alternative form of education next to the MBA. Names PMBA (Personal MBA), it is an:

a web 2.0, Internet based, self-driven program, that focuses on a $1400 reading list of 70 books with web forums, discussion groups and coaching.

So for absolutely no cost (if we borrow the books from the library), we can gain the knolwedge on par with MBA graduates.

For people who are looking to start their MBA, I urge you to have a look at PMBA. Who knows, you could save yourself tens of thousands of dollars. Or if not, you would have gain more knowledge to prepare you for better marks in the actual MBA program.

Here is a PMBA site I came across: http://personalmba.com/