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*~ Be happy, think positive, SMILE!
*~ Love simply
*~ Live the day like there is no tomorrow
*~ Live without regrets
*~ Dispose of your rubbish carefully
*~ Reduce your usage of plastic shopping bags
*~ Love the world, be charitable
*~ Respect Cross-cultural relationships
*~ Respect same-sex relationships
*~ Be kind to your family, respect ur parents
*~ Enjoy song & dance
*~ Swear till your hearts' content
*~ Love who you are and be satisfied
*~ Eat when u r hungry
*~ Money is not the most important thing
*~ Have faith in something you feel strongly about
*~ Respect all religions
*~ Don't take life so seriously
*~ Give hugs
*~ Have manners! Be polite
*~ Cherish ur group of friends
*~ Don't talk shit, get to the pt
*~ Be passionate about your job
*~ Invest in a good eye cream
*~ Don't waste food
*~ Respect elders
*~ Don't be afraid to have a say!
*~ Love animals

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I'm in the wrong business!
Tuesday. 5.3.11 7:17 pm
Yesterday I used the online business - http://www.serviceseeking.com.au/ to find a person to look at my hot water heater and to get an electrician to fix my IKEA lighting fixtures. My first step was to sign in using an account and create a request to have electricians and plumbers contact me with quotes. Then it was followed up by a call from someone who sounded like they came from overseas...like someone from the Philippines. They were not able to convey my request very well, I think english may have been their second language. The reason why I turned to an online service seeking website was because I do not know any local electricians or plumbers, usually I would depend on word of mouth...but my network has not grown as widely since we only moved two years ago.

After the request was made, I received one phone call today and another email. I spoke to someone with a really strong accent which I could only understand 50% of what he was saying. So I believed the gentleman said 'no call out fee' but he will take a look at the hot water system and charge $88/hr if he needs to fix it. I am not aware of what is the norm, and I thought 'no call out fee' was a great way of getting a client's business. When I told him to come over, he did but then found nothing wrong with the hot water system and said he would have to charge me $88 fee. I didn't quite get what he was saying because he kept on asking personal questions about my background, about where I worked and whether I owned my house! It was such a bad experience...because the system is a failure! I really heard 'no call out fee' and he said he stated clearly that he would charge me $88/hr. So it is my word against his... He was able to charge us $50 instead, but I don't carry cash of course so I could only pay him $30 from my wallet. I swear he would have just stepped into my house, looked at the hot water heater and left in 5 mins...and wanting to charge me $88 for a visit for no reason.

If this is the norm for all tradies then I am in the wrong business. But I could not possibly charge someone if I didn't do anything! I already knew it deep down that there was nothing wrong with my hot water system...but I guess I was a bit unsure with the weird, loud noises that came from it when we used hot water. I really thought it was a free check, otherwise why would I have called him??

Many times I have thought about learning general handy work around the house, because I am the type of person who would rather do things myself than trust someone else! Because I don't trust the way tradies charge people an arm and a leg for a simple job. TAFE should just create a course for women and how to not rely on a man to do the dirty work. There are actually women out there who want to learn about these things! LIKE ME! This motivates me to be the next DIY queen :)



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