Monthly Archives: January 2015

Sending parcels

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thCAK55BX6When you live so far away from your family and friends you miss a lot of the important dates such as birthdays, Christmas, etc. Of course, you can call them, organise Skype sessions, text and email but you will most likely want to send a parcel per post with gifts, Australian delicacies (such as Tim Tam!), etc.

Sending a parcel overseas is quite expensive and you end up spending around $100 so you only do it for special people and special occasions. Sometimes the postage can be more than the full cost of the things you’re sending šŸ˜‰

Well, this Christmas season I sent a parcel to some very special friends and was mortified to find out that they were asked to pay around 90 EurosĀ forĀ custom fees! I called Australia Post and the spoke to a very nice girl who explained that since it is an international parcel, customs at the receiving country can choose to randomly checkĀ any parcel and charge a fee. The post offices in both countries have no control over that and cannot stop or avoid it.

It was definitely a nasty surprise and it has definitely put me off sending parcels again. Can you imagine having to pay to get a gift? I can’t believe that the fee was actually more expensive than the postage which I already find expensive!

There was nothing in the parcel that would cause customs to suspect anything, nothing that was tax exempt and not one item that exceed $150 in value.

So be warned, when you are sending a parcel overseas you never know when the receiver will be asked to pay an absurd amount to customs!

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Gelato Messina

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In Sydney, when you think Gelato you think Messina. I had been wanting to try these for a long time and I am so glad to say that they did not disappoint šŸ™‚

Queue at Messina Darlinghurst at 10 PM

Queue at Messina Darlinghurst at 10 PM

After a homemade dinner, we got in the car and drove to town. We got to Victoria Street at 10:00 PM and could not believe the queue outside!

But the service is quick and organised and we were served very promptly.

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The decor celebrates ice-cream, summer and Italy. There areĀ many gelato flavours to choose from and the display is mouth-watering. For a moment you want to ask for a scoop of each ;-p

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We decided to try two of the house specials. Not only were they both delicious, we were pleasantly surprised with the price. Given that they are so renowned, I was expecting these to be expensive but they are actually cheaper than many of other brands IĀ“ve bought before.

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Dr Evil and Chilax Princess

On my way to the train station

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In Brisbane’s inner suburbs we are always running into the typical Queenslander houses raise on stilts with their all around balconies.
In Sydney they have the Federation houses,  mostly semi-detached with beautifully ornamented porches.
I love both of these house types and find that they give each city their own character.
Having just moved to Sydney,  I can’t help but look around my new neighbourhood with wonder.