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Thursday, January 28, 2010

How to maximise your Medibank Private membership?

Medibank Health Insurance includes all sorts of different benefits like remedial massage under a scheme called Flexi-Bonus and PackageBonus. I don't know about you but that has left me quite confused. I have $650 worth of PackageBonus and $175 for this calendar year to use my flexi-bonus but what can you use it for? Who can you claim from? Anyone out there able to shed some light?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

24 Live News on ABC Australia Coming Soon

In an interesting development, it looks like ABC will be pressing ahead with a 24 hour dedicated news channel to be launched some time this year. Keep an eye out for what will be an Australian first in free-to-air news coverage. Here is an announcement about what is ahead.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Go Perth Wildcats!

Wildcats consolidate top spot on the National Basketball League ladder with a fiery win over Cairns on the weekend. If the Perth Wildcats continue this run, they will be the most successful NBL team in NBL history.

24hr McDonalds dining room.... or is it?

Do not enter.. even after cleaning

This is what happened when we went to the local Melville McDonalds store in Perth just after 12am. This area photographed is the main restaurant dining area which is supposed to be open 24 hours. There were only 4 tables available so we were practically sitting next to another group.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Speed Camera Locations in Perth

Many people don't realise that the WA Police publish speed camera locations on their own website. You can get to these speed camera locations here.

Below are the current penalties for speeding in Western Australia.

Speeding by light vehicles

(Cars, motorcycles and other vehicles less than 22.5 tonnes Gross Combination Mass):
Km/h over the speed limit

Not more than 9 km/h
More than 9 km/h but not more than 19 km/h
More than 19 km/h but not more than 29 km/h
Was $250        Now $300
More than 29 km/h but not more than 40 km/h
Was $350        Now $700
More than 40 km/h
Police can impound the vehicles of drivers who exceed the speed limit by more than 45 km/h.

Speeding by heavy vehicles

(Vehicles with a Gross Combination Mass of 22.5 tonnes or more):
Km/h over the speed limit

Not more than 9 km/h
More than 9 km/h but not more than 19 km/h
More than 19 km/h but not more than 29 km/h
Was $350        Now $400
More than 29 km/h but not more than 40 km/h
Was $500        Now $850
More than 40 km/h

Monday, January 11, 2010

Half a Crayfish $9.95 at Burswood

During January you can go to the Emporium in Burswood Entertainment Complex (Intercontinental Hotels Burswood) during lunch and dinner Monday - Thursday (11am-3pm, 5pm-9pm while stocks last) and get:

  • Half a crayfish / lobster
  • Salad
  • Chips
  • James Boag Beer / Soft Drink 
for only $9.95! Get into it!

Thanks to Andrew Phuong for the heads up! Have you got a Perth hack to share? 

Friday, January 8, 2010

Things to do in Perth: Outdoor Cinemas!

Many people who come to Perth say that it is boring but often they are just too used to one type of enjoyment such as shopping only or eating. One of those things to do on a hot Perth night is get to an outdoor cinema. 

The Perth International Arts Festival runs through the summer months in Perth. There are two outdoor cinemas that screen award winning films from around the world. Get there early as the gates open 6pm and have a picnic dinner in the lush surroundings just before the movie. As the time nears to 8pm when the movies start, grab an ice cream and a coffee from the stalls and make your way to the beach chairs for the movie. It will be one unforgettable night in Perth. One cinema is in the Somerville Auditorium at the University of Western Australia. Follow the people carrying picnic rugs to find your way there. The other one is in Joondalup. To find out what is screening tonight, details can be found here.

Burswood at the Movies - beanbags cost $6 to hire

Also, for more contemporary and popular movies, you can make your way to Burswood Entertainment Complex where Movies By Burswood screens outdoor movies during the summer months as well. 

My personal favourite is Somerville's outdoor cinemas as it seems to be one of Perth's best kept secrets. You can check it out as long as you help to keep it that way.

Burswood screenings include: 

TUE     12      UP (PG)                                     
THU    14      THE BOYS ARE BACK (M)                              
FRI     15      THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (M)                                             
SAT    16      THE INFORMANT! (M) –plus-
                   THE BROTHERS BLOOM (M) 
SUN    17      - Private Screening -       
MON   18      - Private Screening -
WED   20      2012 (M)
THU    21      PARANORMAL ACTIVITIY (M)                                      
FRI     22      AVATAR (Rating CYC)
SUN    24      A SERIOUS MAN (M
MON   25      PLANET 51 (PG)                                                                           
TUE     26      Australia Day Holiday Screening
 Special Screening Time 9:00pm
THE INFORMANT! (M)                                                                   
WED   27      ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL (PG)                             
THU    28      WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (PG)           
FRI     29      SHERLOCK HOLMES (M)                                              
SAT    30      AVATAR (Rating CYC)
SUN    31      MOON (M)
MON   1        ZOMBIELAND (MA)                      
TUE     2        A SERIOUS MAN (M)                                       
WED   3        THE INFORMANT! (M)                                                                   
THU    4        AWAY WE GO (Rating CYC)                               
FRI     5        DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? (Rating CYC)                             
SAT    6        OLD DOGS (PG)
SUN    7        NOWHERE BOY (Rating CYC)
MON   8        - Private Screening –
WED   10      - Private Screening –                          
THU    11      AMELIA (PG)                                                  
FRI     12      OLD DOGS (PG)
SUN    14      St Valentine’s Day Special
DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS? (Rating CYC) -No Free Passes-               
MON   15      NOWHERE BOY (Rating CYC)
TUE     16      BRIGHT STAR (PG)                                                  
WED   17      CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE’S ASSISTANT (Rating CYC)              
THU    18      Chinese New Year Fireworks
                    THE PRINCESS & THE FROG (G)
FRI     19      IT’S COMPLICATED (Rating CYC)

FRI     1        THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (M)      
FRI     8        PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (M)          
FRI     15      WHIP IT! (M) 
FRI     22      2012 (M)
FRI     29      ZOMBIELAND (MA)   
FRI     5        AVATAR (Rating CYC)
SAT    13      Early Lovers’ St Valentine’s Midnight Screening
                   THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON (M) -No Free Passes-
FRI     19      35Th Anniversary Screening
                        THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (M)   

Monday, January 4, 2010

Extended Trading Hours in Perth Tourism Zone

The new year brings a welcome change to the shopping side of life in Perth as the WA Government's extended trading legislation kicks in to allow the following "tourizm zones" to open up to 9pm every day:
  • Perth CBD
  • Fremantle 
  • Subiaco
  • Mt Lawley
  • Victoria Park
  • East Perth
  • West Perth
  • North Perth
  • South Perth
Later, the following suburbs may also be tourism zones, so stay tuned.
  • Joondalup
  • Midland
  • Armadale