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House Buying: slight stumble at the final hurdle

So close

So in the middle of last week I received a call from our mortgage broker who was asking if I had the approved First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) paperwork. I was under the impression that it was completed and approved in January.

Sadly I had that mixed up with the clearly different First Home Owner Concession.

With a crazy rush on Thursday this week to get the paperwork sorted. Fortunately due a twist of the Federation of Australia, while ACT and NSW have a public holiday on Monday, Victoria where our bank does all the processing for the FHOG so we may just have this thing settled on time.

In the mean time, here are some new photos from just prior to final hand over condition.

 

House Buying: slight stumble at the final hurdle House Buying: slight stumble at the final hurdle So close So in the middle of last week I received a call from our mortgage broker who was asking if I had the approved First Home Owners Grant (FHOG) paperwork.

My first few weeks with the iPhone 6 Plus

Screen Shot 2014-10-05 at 1.15.26 amI had been holding on to my iPhone 5, waiting eagerly for the goodies that are announced each September by the doyens of product secrecy and marketing.

Hearing the rumours of a larger iPhone really wetted my appetite. I was weighing up getting one of the larger Samsung Note 4s and immediately wipe any remnants of Samsung’s gimmick filled bloatware. Thankfully the iPhone 6 plus was the answer I am looking for.

I conceit that the name of the new device is pretty crappy, most people just call it ‘the big one’.

While the size is defiantly the draw point, after working with and using closely, there are other features that have really come to the forefront for me – the battery and the camera being amounts them.

The Camera

I have to admit, I am not a great photographer, Frankie is far more the photographer than I am. Most of the fantastic images we took in Mynamar were taken by Frankie.

The manual or dynamic stabilisation is comparable to my mirror-less Samsung NX1000.

The Battery

Any one who knows me knows that I am very far from my phone – to the point of even having my previous iPhone 5 in its Lifeproof case in the shower with me for music.

This often leads to having a dead phone by noon. Not with the iPhone 6 plus. With a fair among of usage, including streaming musics, push notifications, location services, background activity and constant use I easily have over 70% left at 2:30 in the afternoon. Most days achieving 11-12 hours battery life between charges.

I am now really hanging out for the life proof case for this phone

Honourable mention – the external speaker

It is not a make or break feature of a phone for me. I say phone but I am getting more and more annoyed with actually having to talk to people by telephone. I use this device like many others for the consumption of news, media, sound, podcasts along with communicating with you – the lovely people of the inter webs.

The external speaker located on the base of this phone if big, and LOUD. I can hear the sound better and clearer sitting on my sink in my bathroom, than from a bluetooth speaker in the shower.

The bending thing

I know a lot of hoohar has been made about the ‘bending’ of the iPhone 6 plus in people’s pockets – personally I don’t have those issues, mainly because I am not stupid enough to put something that cost over $1000 in my back pocket and sit on it – but hey if you did and it bent. I am sorry to hear that.

My first few weeks with the iPhone 6 Plus My first few weeks with the iPhone 6 Plus I had been holding on to my iPhone 5, waiting eagerly for the goodies that are announced each September by the doyens of product secrecy and marketing.
Tonight’s #slop #prisonfood is chili beef with asparagus   #burmese

Tonight’s #slop #prisonfood is chili beef with asparagus #burmese

Bee in my spring onions #nofilter #iphone6plus full zoom #canberra

Bee in my spring onions #nofilter #iphone6plus full zoom #canberra

New hair. #nofilter #dickson #canberra @frankiepho #love #burmese

New hair. #nofilter #dickson #canberra @frankiepho #love #burmese

Why would @fitbit take away a product I loved with no replacement?

Why would @fitbit take away a product I loved with no replacement?

Over the past week I have discovered some cracks on the back of my Fitbit Force. As you remember I purchased this device in the US as I am still as yet to see it available I Australia.

I contacted Fitbit support first via twitter as then by their support page as they requested. I provided photos. After a follow up request to find out what was going on as I had not heard from Support.

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More slop.  Concentration camp quality

More slop. Concentration camp quality

Holiday Plans - April 2015

Holiday Plans – April 2015

Holiday Plans – April 2015

Frankie has been looking at holiday locations for next year. He is looking at being home in Myanmar for the Burmese New Year Water Festival and usually falls around mid-April.

Taking onto the end of that I am planning some dive spots in Thailand as well as some much needed rest and beach time.

Some probable locations are:
Kuala Lumpur
Krabi
Bangkok
Chiang Mai

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Working on my Fitness!!

Working on my Fitness!!

Working on my Fitness! I know it may come as a shock to some of you, but I am no athlete…

I have just entered week 7 of the couch to 5km running program.

If this fitness thing all sounds a little familiar, well yes.

I have been using the fitbit ecosystem for over 12months now. First the fitbit Flex which the band died after 9 months…

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I am now a Student - God help us all

I am now a Student – God help us all

I am now a Student – God help us all

I have resisted it for as long as I could…

I have signed up for a Bachelor of attendance.. I mean Arts ( Internet Communication) with Curtin University in WA.

Looking at the subjects and units, I am actually really excited – most of them will benefit you, throughout this blog and who know what else it will bring.

As can guess, I live in Canberra, and the Uni…

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