The Australian Open

Thanks to Blackmores I went to the Open for free

This year I walked to the Australian Open rather than tram it. In other years I trammed it there. It was not too hot which I enjoyed. When it is hot its hard to enjoy it.

Normally it is $54 (ticket plus handling fees by Ticketek). And no they don’t do concession ever since they offered the free one at Federation Square

This year I went to an outside court rather than an inside one. It was a lot of fun watching Verdasco play.

This year there seemed to be a lot more alcohol rather than food. And food was overpriced. For example the icecream I had at Hagen Daaz was $6 for just one scoop. And the wines were $10 a pop. Aperol spritz which was their sponsor had their glass for $15 when it should have been free for all.

Tickets this year were $56 (and that is including their handling fees which were $2.70).

As for the vegemite sandwiches they should have been free. At $6 it was a bit steep for just a bit of bread, cheese and vegemite. At Southern Cross we would have got it free.

Do go to the Australian open for fun but bring your own food.

Paying with Afterpay

Ever needed a new pair of shoes or an outfit and can’t wait for payday? Well here is the answer.


Afterpay is a system whereby you pay in four installments for the item that you want but haven’t got all the funds to pay for. I first heard of them via Melbourne Central’s shopping and ever since then I wanted to try it.

Afterpay works on your phone and everywhere that accepts it. But you have to over 18 to pay for things with this system.

But it is easy to sign up online. All you have to do is have a credit card to do so. It is fast and easy and your payment is approved within minutes. The item is then shipped to your house. You then repay the money in four easy installments over a fortnight.

If you forget one it doesn’t matter, they just add the money on to your next installment.

I picked out my shoes in store and then placed the order online. The shoes were $129 ($32 in four easy installments). After you pay you then get the email from Skechers. The shoes came a few days later and boy did I like them. They were light weight shoes which is great for a runner as it means that they can run faster.

My housemate signed for the package.


It is god darn hard to do so in store as not many stores are on board unlike what the website says.

Do sign up and use Afterpay if you want stuff quicker but don’t have the money to afford it straightaway. You will pay it back eventually.

Australian Open 2016

The Australian Open was on and Healthy International students was at this event. Herbalife supports athletes and events like these.

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We paid $44 for a ground pass. We could have paid $39 but we waited and forgot until it was too late. Every year we always choose the good matches and not the Grand Final. Why? There are too many people and it is too expensive for us students.

There were a lot of people and a lot of lines and waiting. Once you got in it was fun but the waiting around outside Hisense required patience and people had none.

We weren’t able to see much anyway. The things that we saw such as the Blackmores wellbeing and Woolowrths fresh food place might not be there on Grand Final day. We also saw the Shanghai Rolex place and got some fun shots in there. The lacoste place was alright.

The Woolworths place used to offer free samples last year, but I think that they decided to cost cut and not offer any samples anymore. Instead the place is really expensive and most of the skewers and salads I can get in the city for a fraction of the price. However there is this new sugar free tea which has stevia in it that was on offer and I am keen to give this a go in the city. I got a $1 tea voucher for it.

The Blackmores place offered some samples for us to take home which is good. And they also offered us some free yoghurt, tea and other things. The only downside is that I was only allowed to take three samples. Medibank house let everyone play tennis for free, but it was too crowded so no go.

Last year and this year I went to Cafe Aroma to relax and unwind before going back on to the court. I had a chance to have my supplements there as well as my tea. I also enjoyed a lovely pear tiramisu. This place is only a pop up cafe for the event and my afternoon tea came out to $18.50. The hot dog and chips bought inside the stadium was $11.40 and was fattening. But at least I went for a walk afterwards.

My advice is to bring your own food unless you relish waiting in long lines and go there for the whole day and night. Bring enough snacks and your Herbalife supplements. Bring your own water as drinks are expensive there and there is free water for your bottle at one of the many fountains. Oh and don’t bother driving. It takes forever to find a free park and around that area you would have to pay for parking. Instead take the free tram from the city (trams in the city are free nowadays) or the train to Richmond station. Or you could walk to Flinders st as it is healthier.