July 2010





So you have moved to Melbourne – Welcome, I hope you will be very happy. Your children may already be enrolled in school which is ideal but maybe that’s about all that is organised. Do you know where to find trades, goods, services etc?

Allow me to help.

I can:

  • Take you on a tour of Melbourne and surrounding areas.
  • Locate a GP who is taking new patients.
  • Find your local community centre.
  • Recommend some restaurants in your area.
  • After consultation, take you to your favourite kind of clothing stores.
  • Find the areas close to home where you can pursue your hobbies.
  • Suggest and even accompany you to networking events.
  • Recommend the best markets around town.
  • Suggest weekend retreats.

There are many ways I can make your move to Melbourne less daunting, I’ll even teach you how to be an AFL supporter!

Give me a call and let me know how I can make you feel right at home in your new city.

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Another party planning tip for you – how to make easy yet effective tea-light decorations for your next outdoor party or barbeque. They are also fun to make too!

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So you are thinking of having a party? – sharing your special day with those that mean the most to you.  Sounds like fun!

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Date and time – don’t forget to consider the weather when locking in a date.
  • How many guests – how much room have you got?
  • Theme – is there one? Fancy dress, special colour etc
  • Invitations – formal/informal – rsvp date by phone or email.
  • Inside or outside – do you need a marquee, more lighting?
  • Catering – self or outsource.
  • Drinks – barman? glasses? esky’s?
  • Decorations
  • Entertainment
  • Music
  • Waiting staff or friends?
  • For a teenage party – security?
  • Cake – don’t forget the candles.
  • Camera and/or video – charge the batteries.
  • Oh and you might want to clean the oven too.

Remember if this party is for you… it is important that you enjoy all the fun.  Outsource what you can, so you can be a guest at your own party!

If it all seems too hard – give me a call, Debbie at Day 2 Day Personal Concierge.

I can do it all for you.

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Further to yesterday’s post about travel tips, here is one of my favourite stores where you will find many items of women’s clothing suitable for your next holiday.

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My favourite thing in the whole wide world (except for pretty padded coat hangers – my therapist says I am making progress).

Of course there was a time not so long ago when all major travel planning, be it for business or pleasure, was organised through the local travel agent. Then along came the internet and now we have the opportunity to spend countless hours scouring websites for a great travel deal.

There is a “must look at” website called Trip Advisor. Any question you may have about accommodation, modes of travel or must see attractions in any place in the world can be answered on this site. The hours spent on this site are a delight as you are constantly educated and more often as not amused by the comments posted by fellow travellers. Of course when you a reading the recommendations take note of where the posters are from – need I say more?

When booking your flights and considering a stopover, whether it be Dubai, Singapore or another destination always check on the airline website to see what deals they can offer with hotel accommodation. You will find many 5* hotels at an extremely reasonable rate.

For those of you planning to holiday closer to home, check out the Stayz website. This is a fabulous site for finding accommodation throughout Australia. It is an extremely user friendly site and enquiries are dealt with promptly. Whether you are planning ahead or decide to go away at the last minute, I would have to say that this one takes some beating.

There are many fellow travellers who are willing to give you a few tips. These may include:-

Purchase a Lonely planet or similar book for your destination area and, during the mandatory happy hour rest period back at the hotel, go through your photos you have taken during the day and write down (in your travel diary) exactly where the photos were taken and of what using your book as a reference. All churches/cathedrals/duomos start to look the same; however you may wish to remember the name of each one.

Light a candle in each of these churches, always believe it can’t hurt and hopefully will give you good luck for your journey.

Before you head off, photocopy all documents, cards etc and keep these copies in a folder in your suitcase. Leave a copy with someone at home also.

If you are travelling with a partner/companion divide some of your clothes between the two suitcases. Hopefully the two cases won’t go missing at the same time and you will at least have something of your own to wear to tide you over.

Now this is mainly for the ladies, excuse us for a moment gentlemen. There are some wonderful travel clothes to be found such as the Mela Purdie range, Feathers and Vigorella. Even good old Postie fashions have some slacks (one of my favourite words, along with frock, yes the therapist is happy with my progress there also)

Happy travelling everyone.

If you would like a hand with your travel plans or need someone to keep an eye on your home while you are away, please get in contact with me – I’d be more than happy to help.

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