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Saving Update: (Vlog #1) Saving up with Chantel

Just a quick savings update with Chantel!

Check out her blog HERE and follow her on twitter HERE.

And also, HERE‘s a link to the blog I mentioned in the video 🙂

Keep an eye out for more vlogs coming soon… Itinerary vlog with Grace will be next 🙂



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Saving Update: Working the Public Holidays and Spending to Reward Yourself!

As promised, here is my latest Savings Update! Hope you savers have been doing well!

Since mid-February, I have been trying to save a minimum of $4000 for my Korean holiday! I have great news! I have just hit the $1k mark with ten months more to go until holiday time! Seoul, I can almost smell you!

No more trying to hitch rides to Korea!

So what have I been doing to save up, exactly?

Well, the Easter Holidays have just past and everyone had the opportunity to get away from school and work, and just have some family bonding time.

….Almost everyone.

I worked during Easter Sunday so I could get holiday penalty rates of time and a half. I find that if you don’t have anything planned for a public holiday anyway, why not just work? Make a quick buck. I made sure I still had the time to spend with my family because of course, family matters. So instead of celebrating on Easter Sunday, we had dinner on Easter Monday instead with our extended family.

Since reaching the $1000 mark, I thought I’d reward myself a little bit. I think I’ll be doing that now every time I reach a certain threshold! I don’t want to be too much of a tightass! You’ve still got to have fun and reward yourself a little every time you achieve something worthwhile! Before I started rewarding myself though, I made sure to transfer a percentage of my earnings into my Netbank saver account so I won’t be tempted to spend it!

So my mates and I went out last night for dinner at Alrose Garden in Strathfield for some hearty traditional Korean dishes. Apparently the spicy food there is really, really hot so I took the coward’s way out and just ordered a Chicken Schnitzel instead. I didn’t get to take a picture but their servings are MASSIVE! My Schnitzel didn’t even fit on the plate!

The Menu at Alrose Garden

All in all, the prices were really good in relation to how big their dishes are. The ambience was great, too, and they played K-Pop which was cool. 🙂

To continue on with the theme of big things, we went to Noggi afterwards to drown ourselves in their Frozen yogurt. We ordered the Groupi which is their largest serving and we demolished it in no time! Omnomnom!

This is the Maxi... not as big as the Groupi.

Also, we went to China Town Friday Night Markets in the city. I bought some dragon beard candy and I was going to buy 4 Minute’s new mini-album Volume Up but I found that the internet sells it for much cheaper! So online shopping it is!

I won’t drag on any longer, but I wish you guys the best in saving! And just remember to live a little, and spend a little to reward yourself every once in awhile!

Good luck!


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Saving Update: Easter Holidays & Selling Things Over Facebook!

It’s almost Easter, guys! Meaning another season of spending, spending, spending!!

I don’t know about you, but my family are big on Easter. We love our chocolate, but more than that, we love giving chocolate! Usually, before Easter Sunday my family and I go out shopping to buy Easter Eggs, Bunnies, and Bilbies for each other.

We eat bilbies, not bunnies!

But with the Easter season coming along, that’s more money spent for those who celebrate the season, so in order to save this year during Easter what I’ll be doing is buying cheaper eggs (Chocolate is still chocolate afterall) and what I’ve been doing in the weeks leading up to Easter is giving up a few favourite things. I’ve completely given up Easyway (so that’s a significant saving seeing as each of their delicious drinks will set you back $5 a pop) and I’ve gone hunting around Surry Hills (at Central in the City) finding cheap restaurants to eat at when I’m still hungry after munching down my packed lunches at uni. (McDonald’s now sell their garden salads for $2 for those concerned about diet).

For the moment my diet consists of breast pops.

Anyway, I have started planning on selling a few of my things over Facebook for cheap. Mostly just books (I’m an avid reader, you see) and probably other things that I don’t use anymore… probably even one of my guitars. :/

Right now, I’m still trying to convince myself to do it because it really is for the best. I mean, there is absolutely no more space left on my book shelves and selling a couple of things will leave my room with some extra leg room for everything I’ll be buying in Korea! 화이팅~!

Bye Bye Books 😦

Other than that, Saving’s going great! I’ve almost hit the $1000 mark and seeing as I only started saving a month ago, I’m very proud of myself. Also, I GOT THE JOB!! Woohooooo!! Korea, I shall see you soon!


  • Buy cheap chocolates for Easter.
  • Find cheap restaurants.
  • Sell things you don’t need on Facebook.
  • AND I am now no longer unemployed! (Still a full-time student though).

Annyeong~! 안년~!

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Major Setback: Pt. 2

Piggy isn't happy.

I’ve been doing so well saving up but some things you just can’t help. Today I bought Big Bang’s new album “Alive”. I bought two copies. One with all of Big Bang on the cover and the other was G-Dragon’s edition. Don’t worry, they’re not both for me! One is for Chantel who is turning 20 in approximately 10 minutes! (Happy Birthday Chantelly Belly! I hope you don’t see this until tomorrow)

Also, Die Antwoord’s concert is next Friday and as I said in my first blog “10 Ways to Save for Korea” they’re one of my Must See concerts of 2012 and I am not going to let myself miss this.

So in the past two days alone I have spent just over $100 … and I have to buy my $30 train ticket tomorrow. Damn.

But on the other hand, I went for my job interview yesterday and I’d have to say it went pretty well! The rates are incredible and if things go well, I’ll have enough for Korea sooner than expected. I don’t want to count my eggs before they’ve hatched though so we’ll just see how it goes and I’m just hoping for the best. 🙂

Anyway, here’s a banana with a face on it.


Welcome to my little (but growing) YG Collection, Alive!


That’s all for now! Wish me luck for this job!



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Major setback

Bring the boys out!

So unfortunately my keyboard decided to die this afternoon. As I’ve mentioned before, I am a music student so having a keyboard is vital to my education. Because of this, I had to dig out some $$$ from my Korea Kitty to buy a new keyboard ASAP.

This sucks terribly because it has placed a massive dent in my savings.

But in other news, I have applied for a job to help speed savings up a bit faster so hopefully I get hired so I can check-out chick my way into Korea.


(Also, the song I was charting out when my old Casio died was The Boys by Girls’  Generation. Ha! I just thought you should know!)


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Meet Piggy!

My piggy bank got an upgrade! She’s actually a piggy now, and she’s huge! YAY! More space for saving for Korea!


Meet Piggy! (Moomoo will be moving to my bedroom to adorn my bookcase and to be the holder of smaller change I find lying around.)

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10 Ways to Save for Korea

Okay, so as some of you may know I will be turning 21 at the end of 2012 and I will also (hopefully) be graduating with my bachelor’s degree in music. (Fuckyeah!)

To celebrate these momentous occasions in my life I will be going to Korea with a bunch of my closest mates. (Also, we’re going because we were poor high school kids back in 2009 who didn’t have enough for schoolies)

So I made a little list in my diary of 10 ways to save for Korea! Observe:

Unfortunately, I don’t know where I put my good quality camera, and I have also misplaced my scanner (don’t ask) so I had to take this photo with my shitty Toshiba webcam. I don’t think you can read what I actually wrote so I’ll re-write everything, explain it a little and hopefully if you’ll be travelling soon and are poor just like me, these simple rules I will be living by for the next year will help you save, too!

  1. Only buy EASYWAY every second day!
    (Or whatever other beverages/snacks you routinely buy)
    Easyway! Omnomnom
    So far I’ve done great in this! I have only bought Easyway once this week compared to last year when I bought it every single day I had a class. Sometimes even twice a day. I swear, most of Easyway’s profits probably came from my pocket.
  2. Make Packed Lunches.

    (These girls look really excited with their packed lunches. Although the girl on the left looks more so excited. The one on the right probably only has tuna.)
    Back to the good old brown bag. Sounds simple enough, yes, but buying lunch at the nearby cafe has always been my way of socialising whilst at college (socialising IRL that is. Otherwise, my social life belongs right here – on the internet) Making lunch and bringing it in can save you a lot more than going out to eat. I mean, a whole box of Big Tedz (Tiny Teddy’s older brother) are only $5 or less compared to one meal bought in the city which costs $10+. Anyway, once again I did great with this one. I only bought lunch once this week ($17 down the drain. Wow.) and the rest of the week I brought my food in.
  3. Don’t Buy a MacBook Pro.

    This one makes me really sad. I was meant to get a MacBook Pro in March but that would set me back almost $2000. That’s a lot of money. That covers my entire airfare + a few nights accomodation. I was really looking forward to the mac (I can’t even say “my” mac ’cause it’s not even mine) but life goes on and I’ll just have to stay a little uncool this year.
  4. Put allowance money into theBank!!

    Simple enough – just put your money in the bank, Jasmine. (But I can’t!) Yes I can. I put $100 into my netbank saver account this week (and by “I”, I mean my mum). I had $20 left from my allowance this week but the bank was closed so I ended up blowing it on Easyway. (Damn you Easyway! You’ll be the death of me!) So I need to work on this one but I know I can do it.
  5. No more internet shopping! 😦

    Another addiction I’m going to have to kick… especially now since Yesstyle just had an 80% off sale! But when I go internet shopping I always end up blowing a lot of cash on nonsense since I can’t see the money physically come out of my hands. I’ve already given Mother Dearest my debit card and without that I won’t be able to verify my card details therefore I can’t shop online! Easy.
  6. Do NOT touch the money in the Netbank Saver account!

    Well I don’t want to access my money anytime, because then I’ll be broke!
    I can’t withdraw from my NetBank Saver account unless I transfer to my main saving account so this is a great way to save money. It’s got no additional fees (I don’t know if that’s just ’cause I’m a student) and it’s a great way to control your money so I highly suggest it.
  7. Spare change goes into the Piggy Bank every week!

    My piggy bank is a cow. No, I’m not talking about the girl in the background. That’s me. Moo~.
    Basically, all my loose change goes into this at the end of the week. I’m pretty sure I have $12.70 in there. Woohoo! I just started it this week so I’m happy with that. It’ll grow in time.
  8. Only go to MUST SEE concerts & gigs!

    Yes, die fokken antwoord are one of my must sees. I don’t care how much they are. I’m going to see them in March.
  9. Don’t go out so much!

    I am awesome on MS Paint. (Shut up, it’s 4am)
    Refer to the picture above: see how easy it is to not go out? Yeah, do that.
  10. If I need to buy something, buy it cheaper!
    And by this I mean, buy generic! Not all the time, just when you can… I mean who needs Kellog’s Rice Bubbles when there’s Homebrand Rice Pops? Right? I probably wouldn’t buy generic cola though. I like my coca cola.

Well, that’s it. If you’ve managed to read through all that, good on you. Give yourself a pat on the back. Anyway, those are my tips! I hope you enjoy your trip and I’ll be posting more about my upcoming trip to Korea!

Kamsahamnida! Annyeong!

(All pictures belong to their rightful owners. Click through to go to where I found the photo. If somehow I credited something wrong, please send me a message and I’ll fix that right up!) 


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