Kickstarter and it’s myriad of crap.

Early last year I decided to ‘invest’ in two projects on kickstarter after seeing them on my RSS feed. They were More/Real: a ipad stylus cap, and The Oona: Iphone stand. 

Google kickstarter to see how it works.

I ended up receiving these two things around 9 months after the fact.

The More/real stylus caps don’t work well. and thats putting it nicely. You get 2 different tips. A ‘slow’ tip (because the rubber is way too crippy) and a ‘fast’ tip which glides over the screen but does not register with the ipad unless you press down really hard (which stops it from gliding smoothly, which kinda defeats the purpose of a ‘fast’ tip)

The Oona, just plain don’t work. iphone don’t stay on the suction cups. on the website it says 

Only mount your phone using the Oona as high as you don’t mind dropping it. 

I don’t want my phone to drop from ANY height. So i should attach the Oona onto my phone and put it phone side down on the table??

Moral of the story, don’t buy either of these after they go on the market.


BNE Lounge

BNE Lounge

Second dinner. Smoked trout salad. Caramel tart for desert followed by some salty nuts. Mmmm

Second dinner. Smoked trout salad. Caramel tart for desert followed by some salty nuts. Mmmm

First dinner at the qantas lounge. Moroccan fish soup, ciabatta with mushy pea filling and mystery meat and mushroom pie.

First dinner at the qantas lounge. Moroccan fish soup, ciabatta with mushy pea filling and mystery meat and mushroom pie.

Since my round the world trip in April, I’ve been hooked on accumulating as many Frequent Flyer Points (FFP) as possible so I can go on another trip.

There are many ways of collecting FFPs. Easiest being credit cards.

Earning by spending

Many credit cards are available that earn FFPs, but all at different rates. It can range from 1.5pts to 0.5pts per dollar spent. Amex cards in general earn more points than visa and mastercards. (hence why Amex cards attract surcharges at certain locations.)

My everyday spend card is CitiBusiness Gold Visa (earn rate of 1.25 pts/$). It has the highest earn rate for a visa/mastercard.

I also have a Qantas Amex Premium card which I use to purchase Qantas plane tickets. The base earn rate is 1.25pts/$ but when purchasing from Qantas, the earn rate is 2.25pts/$.

Earn by signup bonuses

Signup bonuses are by far the easiest and fastest way to earn FFPs. The two cards i’ve mentioned both give a bonus of some kind.

The annual card fee for CitiBusiness Gold card is $149. But it comes with a 40,000 points signup bonus! (which is enough for 5 sydney to melbourne flights!)

The Qantas Amex Premium card ($149 annual fee) gives you 5,000pts after first spend, 12,500pts if you spend more than $500 within the first 2 months, and another 2,500pts after first spend with Qantas for a total of 20,000pts.

How I earned 100,000+ points via Creditcards.

Everyday rewards mastercard - 18,000 bonus points ($89 fee)

Qantas Amex Discovery - 10,000 bonus points (no annual fee)

Qantas Amex Premium - 20,000 bonus points ($149 fee)

CitiBusiness Gold - 40,000 bonus points ($149 fee)

ANZ Frequent Flier - 10,000 bonus points (free)

Westpac Earth - 16,000 ($75 fee)

Total spend: $463 for 114,000 points. Thats enough points to fly business class sydney to london!

All About Ami: Amigurumi Teddy Ornaments

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This was our first year setting up our Christmas tree in our new house. We bought our tree last year at Walmart after Christmas when all the prices were heavily reduced, so we had to wait almost one whole year before we could set it up! As we assembled our tree and placed the lights and ornaments…

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