My Trip to the Gold Coast (and Tales of Renovation)

So here I am, back on the Gold Coast at last after 3 long years away. I’ve forgotten how much I missed the sun, the beaches, the more relaxed pace of life over here. I didn’t miss all the juiced up dickheads though, I must admit. The women are fairly easy on the eye, though, compared to the average Kiwi girl. I guess it’s just something about the beach culture.

In any case, I’ve been hard at work doing some DIY repairs on my rental property here, but I’ve had to give up in defeat and accept some of the work that needs to be done is beyond my capabilities. I’ve enlisted the help of Rock Solid, who according to recommendations are the best renderers on the Gold Coast, so we’ll see how that all pans out. Fingers crossed they’re as good as I’ve been told they are.

Coming to Terms with a Pest Infestation

My writing schedule has been greatly disturbed lately by the fact my apartment has been near to overrun with cockroaches.

I’m pretty squeamish at the best of times, and this has become too much for me, to the point that I have decided to take a week long holiday and bring in a cockroach control service to deal to the problem.

I’m having a little “staycation” at the moment as a result, currently writing this from a hotel in the central city. Once the pest problem is taken care of I think I’ll head back to the Gold Coast for a while and take care of business over there as there are a few bits and pieces that urgently need to be done on my little rental property over there – more on that soon.

The Rise of Remote Work

There’s a big new trend in the world of work. Digital tech has now made it simple for companies to hire talent from other parts of the world, building a “digital office” of bright young things without having to worry about hiring from a local pool.

This is beneficial for companies because they have a much larger pool of talent to choose from, allowing them to find the exact right fit for their roles more easily. Of course, this is also very appealing to a workforce who is increasingly demanding the death of the 9-to-5 model and inefficient work practices. The freedom to travel and still earn is very appealing.

The idea is still young in New Zealand, but it’s growing. A New Zealander has recently launched a Digital Nomad Facebook Forum in order to bring like-minded people together to learn more about how to build location independent income.

A Whole New Appreciation for Math

I have always hated numbers. I think since the day I was born Math has not been one of my strengths. I have always abhorred crunching numbers and working on complicated formulas so it is no wonder when I graduated from the university with a degree in the arts. For me, less math, less problem.

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I have never really seen the application of mathematics in real life until I had to do my own budgeting and I tell you it was not easy. I have earned quite a new respect for the accountants and mathematicians and scientists. Dealing with numbers is not that easy. Fortunately, Acclaim’s bookkeeping software have the job much easier for me. I can now easily track expenses not only for myself but also for my little business.

So far, it has been so good. I can now see just how much money I spent on buying non essentials and I am slowly trying to cut back on unnecessary spending. I am now able to save more money and funnel more funds into my ever growing travel business and this is a very good news  for me. What I am trying to do now is to grow my business slowly and I am quite certain that my bookkeeping software will be able to assist me in that.

Currently, I am taking more classes in business so that I can grow my business and get substantial return of investments.

Protecting Your Credit

Your credit is one of the most important thing you have in the modern world. If you have bad credit, you will not be able to borrow money from banks and other financial institutions. We all know just how difficult borrowing with bad credit can be.

One of the many things which can ruin your credit is identity theft. Hundreds of people nowadays have become victims of horrible identity theft and they every single day they try to rebuild their credit and get their lives back together.

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Being a victim of identity theft is something which I don’t want to wish on anybody, even my own enemy because it can be devastating. As they say prevention is better than cure so protect yourself from identity theft. How? Here are a few ways.

Whenever you go out, never carry extra documents or cards. Take only what you need. When you order new checks, pick them up from the bank instead of having them mailed to you. This will make it harder for checks to be stolen and to be taken by identity thieves.

Be mindful when giving out your personal information on the phone. As a matter of fact, you should not give your personal information on the phone unless you are the person who initiated the call.

Lastly, be careful of what you put in your trash. Never throw receipts or bank statements. What you should do instead if shred these sensitive documents before throwing them away.

Adventures in Online Dating

Having been single for quite some time and having just come back from my trip of self-discovery in various countries, I decided to try out the NZ online dating scene. I have never tried meeting people online and to me it was a new thing and like all new things, it seemed an adventure.

Previously I though that it was quite absurd for people to meet people online. I mean how does it go talking to people onscreen? How can you get to know someone without even meeting them? How can you hope to meet someone special that way? Well, I have not met someone special yet but I am having an adventure meeting people and getting to know them.

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It was not as bad as I thought, it was actually quite pleasant. True, some people might irritate you and even upset you for pretending to be something they are not but there are quite a few pleasant persons who I have met and who I have constant conversations with. I have even met some of them personally and have taken long dinners with them while getting to know them even more.

Some people might not like meeting people online but I say give it a try. As long as you remember to be careful it should not be too bad. What could you lose trying to meet people online, right?