Saturday, November 1, 2014

V/Line 2014

As my latest V/line review 2014

V/Line is the largest public transport for regional Victoria, Australia areas such as Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat and Gippsland etc.

In the past two years, Victorian's public transport system has been changed, myki card (IC card) replaced paper ticket (except long distance), extra rail services are provided for V/Line services, and new platforms were made.

V/Line also have Coach (Bus) services especially for long distance, they currently have service to outside of Victoria in addition with Albury such as Canberra, Adelaide and South Coast NSW.

At this time, I am going to share with you the latest happening in VLINE services around your areas.

1. All passengers must have myki card before your travel.

As you know, V/Line tickets are replaced by myki card during 2013 which means no paper tickets are issued anymore, but it is easy, you are able to get and top up (charge) myki card at stations, 7-eleven and shops, of course you are able to top up by online (credit card only).

Therefore you are able to travel through between V/Line stations and Metro Trains stations (e.g. from Geelong to Brighton Beach etc.).

Here is the link
V/Line Network Map
The map explained bold purple line is myki only area as you must have it before your travel.

But some of services (especially long distance), you need to reserve a seat before your travel, you can make a reservation at ticketing office at no extra cost for Economy class.

"In my experience, I was hard to find a seat when I was travelling to Marshall by Warrnambool Service (for visiting friends) because officer did not make a reservation for me even I said I take Warrnambool service at 7 pm but paper ticket at this time."

And authorized public transport inspectors are on any V/Line services constantly to check your valid myki and paper ticket otherwise you get a fine $216, but if you did not have valid myki in the Metropolitan public transport, you will get fine '$75 penalty as 'on the spot' otherwise $212.

"More Ticket checks! More Often!"

Following this video is for Metropolitan area Melbourne.

However paper tickets are still available if you are travelling to long distance areas (Inter City) such as The Great Ocean Road (Torquay and Apolo Bay), Warrnambool, Ararat, Adelaide, Mildura, Swan Hill, Shepparton, Albury, Canberra, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance etc.

2. Pakenham Metro Station

Actually you are able to "get on and get off" any V/Line trains (except special trains) so you are able to catch both Metro Trains and Vine trains to City.

Gippsland Line Timetable (current)

3. Flinders Street Metro Station

Normally, VLINE Services will depart at Southern Cross station but Flinders Street station will be also stopped for Gippsland services and one service terminates at Flinders Street then return to Traralgon (Morning peak only).

Please see the link of Gippsland Line timetable also (section 2)

4. Not stop at North Melbourne Station except Seymour and Shepparton Services!
Due to the introduction of the Regional Rail Link in the west no trains stop at North Melbourne, except Seymour and Shepparton services. All trains will however stop at Footscray and other suburbs on their way into the country.  People wanting to go to North Melbourne should get off at Footscray and catch a Metro train at no extra cost.

This then frees up all the metro trains

5.Quiet Carriage is provided

Friday, October 31, 2014

Fitness first relaunches

As part of RNIS Healthy living month.
Fitness First relaunched and RNIS was invited to try them for one week
As part of Bupa's best blog competition for 2015

And so they did attend.

Fitness first started in 1990's and today they have branches all over Australia.

The Melbourne Central one is quite good. We enjoyed the sauna, the exercise bike, the kettleball class and the hardcore one. We tried everything.

The classes are at lunchtime and during the evening and they go for half an hour. Do not have food less than half an hour before your gym sessions as it takes about half an hour for your food to digest. You will get sick and sore stomach from it if you go straight after food.

The kettle ball was great, we did lots of lunges for 30 minutes. But was easily tired afterwards. I might have to do some at home everyday. Lifting a heavy 6kg ball was hard. At home I don't have 6 kg balls.  My instructor was great in showing me the techniques.

The instructors are lovely and they take you through step by step as to what you need to do. At the bike we burned 103 cal per half an hour and we rode 7km. On the first day I was super tired.

There are lockers available for use by the members.
Some essential items sold here should you need

Free hairdryer for use by the members

The shockwave was the better one of the two classes that I went to. Here you can try lots of different things in three rounds. Each time after the first time it gets faster and easier. This shockwave there was rowing, jumping, block climbs and running. And giving my bum and legs a good workout.

Membership starts from $104 per month.

Want a snack afterwards? You can buy the health bars for $2.20- $3 or you can bring your own. I'm lucky to be near an office full of free water but if you are not then its best to bring your own.

Real fit food demo

RNIS was invited to this event by Realfoods but had to buy their own pizza.
As part of RNIS Healthy living month.
As part of Bupa's best blog competition for 2015

Each semester Realfoods has a cooking demonstration which is themed. This one was themed around Brain food and eating the right foods for it. It was during Mental Health and Organic week.

Held at their cafe, it attracted a lot of people. People that you don't normally see at RMIT. It was also two weeks before the end of semester exams. Hence this was a good time to learn about a healthy and positive mind.

You are what you eat

This is all about making the right choices. Try and have salads more days of the week. Do visit the markets on Saturdays and Sundays for fresh local produce.

Green tea helps to improve your concentration. In Japan many people drink it and it helped their memory.

Being positive

Think positively. Also try and make the right decisions.

Other tips

Be active. Exercise every day. Try eating lots of greens.

Wake up early. When you wake up early your metabolism is a a lot faster meaning that you burn a lot more fat.

Relax. Close your eyes for a minute and breathe in and out for a few minutes.

Many thanks to Realfoods for the invite.

Annoying Brother by Claudia

RNIS bought a Groupon for this which was $8 for breakfast burrito and coffee.

Annoying Brother is in Carlton and its known by locals and bloggers such as Eat and be merry for their coffee and breakfasts alike. The owner is a lovely guy who lives in Preston.
The funky decor

Tip jar

Salt,pepper and sugar

The atmosphere is lovely and the place is close to the number 96 tram into the city. The place is small and kitchy just like the rest of Carlton.

My short black smelt a little whiney and tasted flowery. They do have single origin and that's what I had in the form of a short black.

There was one other table and they mixed up there orders as well as mine. They almost gave me a ham and cheese croissant. Fortunately they told me that they were just new.

The waitress was outside cleaning the window on a bar stool and it looked really unsafe. She looked like she was going to fall.

I am a little miss no meat and I ordered my burrito with no meat in it. On the first presentation there was bacon in there. I had to remind the waitress of my order of no bacon. Luckily they remade it and it was suburb. I love the fresh avocado in there and I loved the tomato relish. The eggs were just perfect. It was just like the way I make it at home.

Rating: 13/20 Good burrito, but letdown by bad service. I really do hope that they pick up their game or otherwise they will not be business for long.

Perhaps they should invest in a small step ladder.
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 As part of RNIS's Healthy living month
As part of Bupa's best blog competition for 2015

It is important not to get too drunk. Each year many first year International students get too drunk whilst in Australia because they are not used to our drinking culture and the standard cup sizes. So here is a guide to help you.

How much should I have in a day?

Men= not more than 4 standard drinks per day
Women= not more than two.

Don't drink every day as it is not good for your live, skin and cells. Do drink occasionally like once every three weeks.

There are light, mild and heavy beers. For the light ones you can have one glass. There are cocktails which have a little less alcohol in them.

What are the effects of drinking too much?
There are several such as being too violent, crashing, feeling faint and the list goes on and on. It is an offense to be drunk in a public place and if you are drunk in a public place then you can be fined $5000 for it.

It is also an offense to be driving whilst you are drunk. It does take at least 1-3 hours for your alcohol to have digested. In Victoria you must have 0.00 (L and P plates) or 0.05 (fully licensed) blood alcohol limit to be able to drive.

So the message is: try not to get drunk. You can always say no at the beginning of the shout by saying that "I'm not going to drink!". You could also say that "I will be working the next day and I need a clear head". Or "I am driving".
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