Our recent travel to Perth

Some of you might remember that we featured an article about Perth (Western Australia). This time we wanted to share our recent stay there. The paragraphs below is a summary of our travel diary during our 5 days stay there.

Perth, sometimes known as the most isolated city in the world, is also known to be a “boring city”. But from our very own experience it is everything but boring! You see, everyone’s definition of exciting is different. To me, being unique is somewhat exciting.

Day 1

After our long trip from London, we finally touched down at Perth international airport. It was winter time, so the temperature was relative cold.. though we’ve become accustomed to it (coming from London). After stepping out of the airport at around 2 pm, our very first impression of Perth was that of “fresh air”. Another first impression is that of “relaxed lifestyle”. Maybe it was because the airport was relatively quite, compared to where we came from! And we’re loving the trip already! We headed straight to our hotel in the city to freshen up. Took a quick nap and got ready for dinner.

Day 2

Waking up early at around 6 in the morning, we took the taxi to the Perth Zoo. On the way there, we asked the taxi driver about the normal stuff that driver and passenger talk about. Eg. how long he’s been working as a driver etc etc. From our conversation we found out that he previously worked for a skip bins hire company based south of the river. This bin hire company was very well known to the locals here. although he doesn’t work there full time anymore, he still help out whenever he can during the busy period. This lead into our early perception that the people of Perth is helpful and loyal. anyways, shout out to this skip bin hire company!

Our visit to the zoo was good. It was very memorable since it is the first time we have seen a koala up close and personal.

koala in perth

Day 3

After hearing a lot about how awesome the beaches are here in Perth, we planned our third day here visiting the west coast. We went to places called Trigg beach, Sorrento and City Beach. The view looking out to the horizon is amazing. Clean blue water and good enough waves to go surfing on. So if you are a keen surfer we highly recommend taking your surfboard here. We’ve also been told that there are better beaches to go surfing. But unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to explore them all!

Day 4

We pretty much spent the whole day walking around the city and Northbridge. It was an eye-opener to say the least! The city had a relaxed atmosphere and the we found the locals to be very friendly. We ate at several spots like the Pancake place at the Carillion. They had two buskers in the city hall playing the guitar and singing pop music.

Day 5

This is our final day before heading back. It felt like we only arrived yesterday. That is how quick the time has past. I guess we were having too much fun! Before flying out, we went and visited Fremantle and had lunch at Kailis; a very famous seafood eatery. In fact, asked anyone who has visited Perth and they would of most likely had visited this eatery.

Preparing your house for an upcoming storm

You may remember our last post about the right time of buying your house. Well here are some tips on how to keep it safe for an upcoming storm. Don’t you wish you can travel to a sunny place and avoid it all together?

When a storm comes, you must be prepared. You do not just prepare foods and your security for the upcoming storm. But, you also need to prepare your house, especially if your roof is getting old. Now, to make sure that you are prepared for upcoming storms, you have to look for a Roofing Company that will inspect the roof.

A Roofing Company is needed to insure the security of your roof because as experts, we guarantee your safety. Therefore, you will have less worries when the storm hits your area.

If you don’t prepare for an upcoming storm, you will like suffer from various roof damages, such as:

  • Leakage
  • Pulled off Roof
  • Pipe Damages
  • Removed Nails

Now, if you would like to avoid experiencing such damages, then it is a must to go for a Roofing Company.

How preparation is made

Preparing for an upcoming storm is essential for every homeowner. So, we have here some of the services that a reliable Roofing Company offers.

Cleaning

One of the best things that a Roofing Company is to clean the roof. You might have trees around your place. So, we have to make sure that leaves are removed from the roof and gutters. Dirt may cause the stagnant water in the drainage of the roof. So, it is a must to clean the area.

Repairs and Installation

After cleaning, damages in the roof will be more visible. Therefore, it must be fixed and repaired. If there are missing nails, then it must be replaced. A cement for roofs or adhesive is also necessary. It is used on the shingles, especially on the edges. This will add strength to the connection of the roof and the rafters.

Those are just a few of the minor repairs that are commonly done by a Roofing Company. But, when it comes to major damages, renovations and repairs. You can surely get a guaranteed quality service.

A Roofing Company also offers installation of metal hurricane clips. These clips are connected to the walls inside the house. It is another way of providing support to your roof. Therefore, pulling off the roof during the storm with strong wind is prevented.

There are also situations, where trees or branches fall on the roof during the storm. When this happens, you can always count on the roofing companies to fix your roof problems.

Maintenance

It is also a must to make sure that the roof is strong enough because too much wind during the storm may pull off the roof. Again, regular inspection is necessary.

There are various companies providing roofing services, but it is not that easy to find a trusted and a reliable company with an excellent service. Always remember that these companies do not just work for the payment that you will give. They are experts and professionals in this field. But, they do not collect money for their own benefit alone. They work to give the best service at a very affordable price.

Perth City: A local masterpiece

Perth City is a mixture of pleasant climate, vibrant colors, warmth neighborhoods and stunning beaches. Plus, it offers cultural hotspots, underground train line, and huge mining pit, alfresco dining, bar-bistros and relaxed urban vibe. Apparently, these components exist in harmony in Perth.

You can enjoy more sunny days than in other capitals of Australia. You can also get to explore their Kings Park which is the largest inner-city park in the world or visit the Rottnest Island where the quokkas are the main attraction. The Fremantle’s winding portside streets, their gallery precinct, and the museum also give tourists that historical feel.

The Best City to Live

According to the 2015 Global Liveability ranking of The Economist, Perth is one of the fastest growing cities across the globe. People are living a stress-free lifestyle while enjoying city perks. It’s like having an outdoor lifestyle with an easy commuting system. There are various inner-city developments like the Waterbank, Perth Arena, and the city skyline.

What most of us like about Perth is that everyone can have a balanced work and play because of the nearby beaches, waterways, bar scenes and green zones. So yeah, you can get the best of both worlds. They also have shopping malls, restaurants, bars, and cafes.

Food lovers and wine enthusiasts will surely enjoy the Elizabeth Quay where they can find places for a delicious dining experience. The Quay also offers activities such as sea plane rides, cruises and gondola rides. Now that sounds adventure to us!

Rich in Arts and Culture

Aside from getting a sun-kissed skin and salty hair, tourists are also after the rich tradition of Perth, and that is what the Perth Cultural Center has to give. To see an extensive collection of Aboriginal art, you can go to the Art Gallery of Western Australia or visit the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts to watch current exhibitions.

Since the city is in the midst of urban development, the villages such as the Leederville and Mount Lawley follows suit. They have edgy restaurants pubs, farmers market, multicultural food stores and clothing shops.

The New York Times branded Perth City as “hipster heaven” and is now considered as one of the most exceptional outdoor cities. The locals feel that they are the luckiest people on earth since they get the chance to enjoy the water while still living a cosmopolitan lifestyle.

When to stop holidaying and buy a house?

Yu may be asking yourself, should I stop travelling and settle down. Buy a house perhaps? Well keep reading and ponder!

People will usually ask “when is a good time to buy a house” and the answer is it depends. It will rely on an individual’s circumstances and goals. But, if you are persistent to know, continue reading.

The location is a crucial factor to consider. Proper timing also has a significant impact on how much you will pay. Based on some research, October is the best month for home buyers. The best day is Monday, and the perfect date is October 8.

  • According to RealtyTrac, most homes that were purchased in October have a 2.6% discount from the current fair market value. Realtors also advise their clients not to sell their home until spring while they tell home buyers that it is a great opportunity. It is because most home sellers are motivated to sell their property through the holidays which is off-season
  • There is less competition during this time since fewer buyers are in the marketplace. Aside from October, the best months would be February, July, December and January which is according to statistics.

Peak season includes spring and summer. Some will advise you to buy a house during this time since you will have more options. However, it also translates to tough competition and higher prices. That is the reason why others think that fall and winter seasons are the best times for home shopping.

Aside from the numbers above, timing is crucial when it comes to this life-changing purchase. The statistics won’t help if you don’t consider the following factors before pulling the trigger.

FINANCES – apparently, this is the biggest part of the equation. Make sure that you have the following;

  • Downpayment (DP) – you need to have a sizable down payment before lenders allow the mortgage that you want. While some can require you as little as 5% DP, other will ask you to scrape 20% of home’s value. You can also check some down payment assistance programs to see if you are qualified.
  • Monthly Mortgage- how much mortgage you can afford? If you have a higher salary but also have a higher debt, it could be a not so good sign. There are mortgage calculators online where you can check if you can plug in your income and debts for the monthly mortgage.
  • Good credit standing- your credit score will measure how efficient you are in paying your past debts. Remember that lenders take this numbers seriously and increase your chance to land a higher loan. If you don’t have a credit history, get it now. Lenders prefer to see at least one year of payment.

MARKET CONDITIONS- like any other business, housing markets have its highs and lows. It is impossible to find the perfect timing, but still, the market conditions can give home buyers a little incentive. Try looking through listings in your area.

In general, houses that are on the market for more than six months means the market is slow, so the prices are steady. But, if the properties were bought in weeks or months, expect for buyer bidding wars which tend to drive up the prices. Likewise, the interest rates for home loans fluctuate according to the market conditions.

Dubai: Dos and don’ts you need to remember

There are many things about Dubai that you need to know, when you are considering going on holiday. There are different feelings about Dubai. Some say that this is the best holiday destination that you can go to, while others are saying that, you should stay away. The truth is that if you know all the dos and don’ts about Dubai, then you will have a wonderful time. Here are a couple of things that you need to know about Dubai and what you should do and shouldn’t do.

Alcohol don’ts

This might come as a surprised, but there are many alcohol don’ts that you need to remember. This is one of the main reasons why so many tourists are getting into trouble in Dubai.

The first thing that you need to know, is that residents have a license to purchase and to use alcohol at home, and they need to prove their license before they can purchase any alcohol in shops. This is why you will not be able to purchase any alcohol in the shops of Dubai. You will only be able to drink any alcohol in restaurants that has a legit license. Drinking in public is forbidden. Even, if you are walking and not driving.

Do obey every rules on the road when you are driving yourself

When you have hired a car to drive in Dubai, the one thing that you should know is that you should obey all the rules of the road. They don’t tolerate any speeding, drinking or driving or skipping any stop signs. This can really get you into some serious trouble.

This is one of the reasons why most tourists are actually making use of a taxi than renting their own car. They don’t want to get into trouble with the law with obeying any road rules.

Don’t even consider doing drugs in Dubai

We know that most tourists don’t really do drugs, but if you are considering it, you should be really careful in doing drugs or carrying drugs on you in Dubai. Even, some prescription medicine in other countries isn’t allowed in Dubai, and you can get into some serious trouble if you are caught with illegal drugs in Dubai. Even, if you are a tourist.

You need to make sure that you are going to know if your prescription drugs that you are taking with you are going to be legal in Dubai. If you are using drugs, you need to reconsider going to Dubai or you should leave your drugs at home.

There are many dos and don’ts that you need to know and remember when you are going to Dubai. The last thing that you want is to get into trouble because you weren’t familiar with their rules and customs. This is the only way that you can have a great time in Dubai. This can be a great place to visit, but it can be hell if you don’t know their rules.