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30 Jul

It’s been a month since I’ve been in Melbourne and it’s such a refreshing change from tropical Singapore which is hot and humid all year round. Coming from an urban jungle city, the old architecture of Melbourne City and even Melbourne University fascinates me a good deal. I especially like the Old Quad lawn area, which I heard was modeled after Oxford University.

Gorgeous flowering tree at Old Quad, Melbourne University. Taken in lomo mode on my iPhone.

One of the things I had to buy for my apartment when getting to freezing Melbourne is a heater! Being an environmentalist, I learnt something new while researching online on the types of heater to get and I came across this article which actually said you could use a low setting fan during winter. Read more here. It’s pretty interesting to know what sort of heating system will save you energy, save you on the bills this winter, and you get to do your bit for the environment at the same time.

One of the fun things about moving to a new city is the chance to set up my own place! I managed to get most of my furniture from IKEA (because everything seems to be on the internet these days, I could figure my way there quite easily!) and I really like it when big companies take a stand and do their part not just for the environment but desire to make change through their business. IKEA works with UNICEF and WWF towards their social missions. It’s great when big companies adopt this attitude first – it educates consumers through their business and influences them positively to make a change in their lives as well. It makes spending the money more worthwhile as well.