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Why Sweet Home? It is an ambiguous phrase and in fact, if you were to ask ten people what it means to them, you would get ten different answers. Perhaps, that is why the name appeals to us so much. It leaves us, and our readers room for their imaginations to explore. With our second issue we enter a new year, full of potential and exciting possibilities. It is a time of fun and families, holidays and celebrations. All these things contribute in their own way to the image of a Sweet Home and the perfect time for a bit of relaxation and reading. Each time we commence work on an issue, we stop and ask ourselves what will fire the imagination? What new ideas are out in the world and what products and experiences are there to be explored? In an ever changing modern world, there is always something out there to amuse or amaze us. New technology appears every day and fashion continues the never-ending process of evolution. In short, the world is an amazing place and within the pages of this magazine, we hope to bring you a glimpse of it. With that in mind, we hope that you find enjoyment in the pages of your Sweet Home.

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Feature Story 06 | ROMECITI GREENERY Another nursery augments Romeciti’s green credentials.

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s part of Romeciti’s ongoing commitment to ensure that all our projects feature the stunning landscapes our residents have come to expect, Romeciti is pleased to announce the recent purchase of the Camden Nursery. This acquisition will augment Romeciti’s already extensive supply of native plants and greenery. Spread over 43 acres of land, this vast property has been a source of locally grown flowers, shrubs and greenery as well as, providing landscaping expertise to many properties throughout the region for twenty years. Complimented by a large dam to ensure a plentiful supply of water all year round, this acquisition ensures that Romeciti will be able to provide the finest native greenery across all our properties.

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With a combined purchase price exceeding $10 million for both Camden and the North Rocks Greenery, the purchase of these two nurseries has afforded Romeciti the opportunity to revise and provide a new and more detailed landscape plan for our Maida Green 1 development in Epping. These revisions have also allowed Romeciti to bring in mature plants and flowers to upgrade the landscape for the benefit of our residents. At the same time, we have laid additional groundwork for future investment in other green initiatives and projects. Romeciti’s desire to provide our residents with green cities is clearly demonstrated in Romeciti’s Eastwood Collection and Natura residences in Macquarie Park, boasting well in excess of 10,000sqm of gardens and greenery between them. With Romeciti now the proud owner of two stunning nurseries, we lay claim to an exclusive and vast supply

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of native plants, as well as the benefits of having two experienced teams of landscapers, thereby allowing Romeciti to be able create and maintain landscapes far beyond what has been previously seen. This combination of factors means Romeciti can continue to plan all future projects, safe in the knowledge that we will have a steady supply of mature plants consistently available to us, as each project demands. Additionally, the benefits to Romeciti residents will come not only in the form of beautiful, vibrant landscapes, but will also present opportunities for our current and future residents, to take part in our Green Life community events, and trips designed to take advantage of being conducted within a more naturalistic setting, enhancing the overall experience.


景观设计能力再升级 • 不同景观实现不同生活情境,提高用户 使用率 • 丰富树种确保景观设计更加多姿 • 多种树种从植物色彩、公共区域设施、社 区主题,带来更惊艳的视觉效果 • 多种类树种带来立体景观,通过不同植被 组合实现景观层次化 • 多触感景观打造,在视觉外通过对本地植 被的选择带来香味和形态的体验 澳洲原生成熟植被供应能力再优化 • 全方位养护管理保证植被品质 • 更多时间对植被生长、数量进行考察 • 通过根部处理、修枝除叶等方式保证植 被形态 • 成树移植保证原生植被原汁原味生长 • 用景观组合保证细节,提高人性化和实 用性

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优质社区生活能力再提升 日后,随着Camden苗圃庄园和North Rock苗 圃庄园的不断升级,若晨集团旗下两大庄园将 成为业主和买家休闲、观光、养生和体验自然 的好去处。同时也将进一步完善集团注重环保 健康、品质服务和绿色自然的“绿色生活”体 系。 在未来,若晨集团将继续拓展自有苗圃庄园版 图,通过收购、投资优质大型苗圃基地,实现 所有若晨开发项目植被自供应。


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it is a season that is associated with rebirth and growth. To originate or arise from. It was this image that sat at the forefront of our minds when we asked our designers to sit down and create the Limited Spring Series release at our Natura Residences in Macquarie Park.

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To complete the Spring Series package, we ensure that each resident receives one year’s free usage of the Rome Club services. This five-star service includes the concierge services (security, package storage and additional assistance), private bookings of the exclusive amenities for events such as private dinner parties, cleaning services, and wellness sessions.

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Best homewares shop? While globetrotting in Marrakesh, I found a tiny shop with furniture, lighting, pots, jewellery, rugs and a mix of fascinating handmade objects. One day I hope to bring home an extravagant amount of knick-knacks. It’s the perfect place to buy unique feature pieces that can completely change the feeling of a space. Greta Mak is an interior designer at Elenberg Some of Greta Mak’s favourite things. Photo: Henry Przybycien

Fraser, elenbergfraser.com.

This article first appeared on domain.com.au and Domain magazine. Article link: https://www.domain.com.au/news/q-and-a-with-interior-designer-greta-mak-20160512-gnxyfq/

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和NATURA设计师GRETA的Q&A 在设计NATURA的室 内空间时,Greta的灵 感在于“人和自然的共 存”。室内的每一个细 节都被考虑到,从而创 造出宜人而高效的生活 空间

— 关于最让自己印象深刻的住所 “最让我印象深刻的一处住所是我有史以来见 过的一间最小的Studio,打造这间Studio虽然 手忙脚乱但也给人带来了无限灵感。”

— 关于自己家的风格 “我家的风格就是各种混搭的物件,通过旅行 中收集的各种小东西给家增添奇妙的色彩和细 节。”

— 关于古典和现代风格 “在室内场景让古典与现代两种风格相互碰撞 是我钟爱的一件事,因为这种挑战能带来不同 风格之间的巧妙融合。”

— 关于设计的建议 从一个物件开始,然后把这个物件的设计风格 延伸到整个空间。

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Life On The Road


FIVE QUESTIONS WITH

Vince Frost IS THE FOUNDER, CEO AND ECD OF Vince Frost - Frost*Collective创始人兼CEO

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AN AWARDWINNING MULTIDISCIPLINARY CREATIVE COLLECTIVE WHOSE WORK MAKES AN IMPACT AROUND THE GLOBE. FROST IS A CHAMPION OF THE IMPACT DESIGN CAN HAVE, IN CREATING A BETTER WORLD. WE SAT DOWN WITH VINCE TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HIS THOUGHTS ON THIS.

作为一位资深的创 意人,Vince向我们 分享了他对于设计 的理解以及与众不 同的想法。

— WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING DESIGNERS CAN DO TO CREATE A BETTER WORLD? This is about a changing of mindset. Traditionally designers have been conditioned into thinking everything they do is about financial success or wining design awards. And it’s not to say those things aren’t important, but to design a better world we need to change our priorities. As designers we need to be thinking about how we can make a positive contribution through the opportunities we are working with on a daily basis. I believe that with every job you do, every day, you have an opportunity to shift things or design an outcome that is more positive for the future of our world. Traditionally designers blame lack of budget, lack of time and clients for their inability to think progressively. The reality is these are often the parameters of the brief and we need to find a way to make a positive contribution to the realisation of clients’ goals within these parameters. Without them, a designer will design themselves into a self-indulgent oblivion. I strongly advise everyone to disrupt by being open to researching alternative ways of doing things, materials, outcomes and collaborators in terms of finding your way to a better solution.

— CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHY YOU BELIEVE HUMAN EXPERIENCE DESIGN IS SO IMPORTANT? Traditionally when we designed a product or a place it was often thought about in isolation or without a full understanding of the customer experience - the human engagement with the end product. Now, we work with an understanding of human behaviours and we aim to design not only products or places, but connections, behaviours and journeys. The result is enriched experiences, an outcome that motivates me every day. We can use design to help people have a better experience without them even knowing it. It’s not about a superficial trend, or designing for designs sake. The design is the journey, and the journey is all designed with our five senses in mind. We are focusing more and more on designing stimuluses to create a reaction and we use data and map customer journeys to do this. “当一个设计人真正地了解自己的价值观,他才能创作出让世界变得更好的设计作品。“ “对于现代的设计师来说,最重要的是真正了解‘人性化’以及用设计创造出人性化的体验。

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— HOW CAN WE USE DESIGN TO IMPROVE THE WELLNESS OF THE WORLD AND THE PEOPLE LIVING IN IT? When we think about designing environments, as just one example, we are designing places to engage people and make them happy as a priority. Light, air and space are basic human needs we are putting first. We’re designing spaces with different energies for different times of day. Places designed for respite and calmness to recharge from our hectic world are now a priority. Outdoor and green spaces have become hugely important, and green ratings and carbon neutrality are of massive importance to both people and the earth. “如果我们要设计真正舒适的环境,我们不仅 要考虑到人,还要考虑光线、空气和空间里的 每一个细节“

— YOU’VE WRITTEN A BOOK CALLED DESIGN YOUR LIFE EXPLAINING HOW YOU USED DESIGN PRINCIPLES TO IMPROVE YOUR OWN LIFE. DO YOU REALLY THINK DESIGN CAN SAVE LIVES? I think it absolutely can. On the news recently a lifesaver drone was used off the coast of Australia to deliver a life raft to two boys in trouble on its first day of service. That’s all about design. So many things are being done to find ways of improving the way we live.

— AS ADVICE FOR YOUNG DESIGNERS, WHAT DO YOU WISH YOU HAD BEEN TOLD AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR DESIGN CAREER? Firstly, I wish someone told me to design my life. People talk about it a lot - that you have to be well and healthy before you can help others. I thought that was a selfish thing and it wasn’t a focus for me for a long time. I really think so many of us abuse our bodies through alcohol abuse, eating the wrong foods, not doing enough exercise or not having enough rest. Having a strong energy and utilising it for positive outcomes is extremely powerful. The thing I wish I’d been told at design school is that being entrepreneurial and

“设计正在悄无声息地改变我们生活的每一个 方面”

understanding business and commerce is just as important as being creative. The two sit hand in hand - creativity and business. How can you possibly design successful outcomes if you don’t understand business? Starting your own business or designing your own product is a good way of embracing commerce but also realising the combined power of it together with creativity. Design is the craft and you can express yourself through your creative exploration and problem solving, but it’s nothing if it doesn’t address the commercial problem you need to solve. “设计让我们的生活变得异彩纷呈。”

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We see beautiful images of homes everywhere, magazines, tv and on the internet and apps such as Pinterest, Houzz etc. So its only natural to want to achieve a styled look at home too. So what does a styled look really mean? Well it simply is the act of presenting your home to showcase its best features and the lifestyle the property offers.

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THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM IN TERMS OF STYLE AND COLOUR THEMES FOR A HOME. START BY LOOKING AT MAGAZINES AND TEARING OUT IMAGES THAT YOU LIKE AND CAN RELATE TOO, OR SEARCH THE INTERNET OR USE APPS LIKE, PINTEREST & HOUZZ, FOR IMAGES THAT YOU LIKE. As you then review the images you have collected, you may see a theme appearing. It may be a particular colour that is common in most of the images such as whites, blues or reds, or it may be that the images all seem to be a similar style. Maybe its contemporary or perhaps it’s the Hamptons look. Whatever it is, that’s a great place to start when you want to style your home.

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o, you might say where do I go from here? Well here are my 5 top tips for getting that styled look in your home: —

a nicely set bed that just speaks of rest. Consider a bedhead for behind the bed, as this will add scale, style and presence in a room and help to create a backdrop and focal point in the space. Then add fresh linen that is simple in design and with only a single colour or again maximum 3 colours. Add loads of pillows and cushions (again up to 2-3 colours) for that comfy and luxurious feel.

1. Consistency throughout the home is key to ensuring your home feels welcoming and inviting. This can be achieved by selecting complementary furniture items and decorative items and soft furnishings such as Art, Rugs etc. 2. Open plan living /dining areas are very common, so its important to pick one style and colour theme that will be replicated in all these spaces.

5. Outdoor spaces are so important given the great outdoor lifestyle that our climate offers, so style this space as an extension of the interior. Whether it be a lounge setting for a lazy afternoon catchup with friends or an outdoor dining set for a casual meal, add some greenery on the table setting to emphasise the connection with nature and of course add some coloured cushions (that co-ordinate with your interior colours) for that added plush, comfortable & stylish feel.

3. When choosing a colour for any area in the home, start with selecting a rug or some art work as inspiration for the space. You can then select 2 or 3 colours from your inspiration piece, and use these colours in the space. Mix the colours into the accessories, cushions, decorative items etc. Anymore than 3 colours will be too busy in the space so try to stick to just 3 colours. 4. As for bedrooms, I think there’s nothing more appealing than having

Now you can finally get that styled look in your home, by following our simple but effective 5 top tips above.

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Dimitra Oldham is a leading property stylist. The founder and creative director at Staging Designs she has over 10 years experience styling and renovating homes for home owners and investors. www.stagingdesigns.com.au.

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Everyone has their own needs, wants and the reasons to buy can vary. There are many factors at play and despite the glossy brochures and smiles of the sales people, at the end of the day, it comes down to you. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR? WHAT DO YOU NEED? AT ROMECITI, WE ARE ALWAYS INTERESTED IN WHAT OUR RESIDENTS THINK SO WE DECIDED TO ASK. One future resident, retired marketing director Teck Kai Chan recently purchased in Romeciti’s Natura project in Macquarie Park and we wanted to know why he had chosen Natura for his new home.

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— WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO MOST ABOUT LIVING THERE?

— WHAT SORT OF RESEARCH DID YOU DO BEFORE CHOOSING NATURA, WERE THERE OTHER DEVELOPMENTS ON YOUR LIST?

I look forward to riding bikes with my cousin and nephews, listening to them playing their violin in the music room, booking the common party room for birthday parties and anniversaries. I also plan to store my wine collection in the cellar with temperature control, keep exercising in the gym, practicing tai-chi in the yoga room, reading and enjoying a cup of tea in the private sky garden. I look forward to slowing down and enjoying the fruits of my years of hard work here and overseas. Natura is an affordable luxury, and not outrageously expensive. It’s a retirement gift for myself.

I consider myself an experienced enough investor (but not a professional investor). I wasn’t looking at the Macquarie Park area, as the only thing I knew of this area was the university, a huge shopping mall, and some high tech companies. When I heard of Natura by chance, checked it out, but I also checked out other developments. They’re all fine developments, but Natura suits my lifestyle better. I’m close to my cousin who also bought an apartment in Natura. He has a young family, likes to go biking with his kids, I can envisage us riding on the bike track in Natura and beyond. Lane Cove national park is nearby, which is another attraction. So is Macquarie University. He bought an apartment in Natura for the generous space, exceptional service Romeciti has promised, and with a view of sending his kids to the University nearby. Other developments I’ve checked out are basically three bedroom units on the top floor, not exactly like Natura’s penthouse. It’s truly unique and it stands out from the crowd.

After weighing up the options, Teck Kai Chan decided that he would take advantage of the custom design opportunity offered by Romeciti to collaborate with the design team to combine the two apartments and tweak the floor plan to his liking. “What I’m getting is a bespoke grand penthouse, not just another penthouse with minor modifications,” Mr Chan said. “It’s an offer too good to refuse.”

凭借敏锐的嗅觉和独到 的眼光,知名国际广告 公司前总监陈先生的作 品在行业内屡获殊荣。 面对客户的要求,陈先 生总是精益求精,不断 交出令人称赞的答卷。 当自身的角色转换为客 户,为自己和家人挑选 March 2018 | Romeciti Group

一套居所时,陈先生心 中也有与众不同的“广 告经”。 去年初,陈先生成 为NATURA Serene 28

Penthouse的业主之 一,下面就来听听作为 生活“私享家”的他是 如何在NATURA追寻 尊享生活品质、寻得资 深广告人心中的那一份 独特审美格调的吧。


— 生活环境篇

— 个人格调篇

对于广告人而言,在生活中寻求启示非常重 要。我喜欢感受都市生活的无限活力,也爱纯 净自然的清幽静谧,置身于令人心旷神怡的环 境中是我打开创意泉思的第一步。 NATURA最初吸引我的地方在于它独特的地理 位置。地处城市繁华却享有桃源般的意境。 生活在悉尼多年,Macquarie Park给我的印象 一直是Macquarie University所在地和南半球硅 谷这个称号。但当我第一次来到NATURA的时 候,我的印象有新的升华。 步入NATURA展厅的一瞬间,我能感受到大 家经常讲的“从喧嚣中抽离”,繁闹都市 生活顷刻间转身,呈现出一片绿意。生活在 NATURA,上一步还是车水马龙,下一步就闻 鸟语花香,亦动亦静怡然快活。 将巧妙的设计、独特的创新融入生活,不仅能 为生活平添几分快乐,更可以为我带来思考的 动力。 熟悉我的人都知道,我对创意的高度 和设计的精度有很高的要求。在亲自 前往NATURA之前,得知NATURA是 Romeciti、Architectus、Elenberg Fraser以及 Aspect Studios全明星团队强强联手之作,让我 提高了对这个社区的期望。 相较于浏览效果图,我更喜欢实地考察。来到 NATURA展厅后,无论是社区整体建筑设计还 是室内装潢理念都带给我不少惊喜。 整个NATURA占地面积高达11,000平米,而仅 有357套精装公寓,在我看来能够赋予每一位 住户更完整的生活体验。 除此之外,NATURA的内部装潢风格给人“破 晓的希望”和“暮光的柔美”,社区底层公共 空间犹如私人俱乐部,都市生活和自然养生在 这里巧妙的碰撞,生活在NATURA,我能够感 受到一段优雅旅程的开始。

我认为真正的个人生活格调是将自身的学养和 见识进行独立的、富有个性的运思,并在生活 中付诸实践。这也是我选择NATURA的又一个 重要原因。 我喜欢朋友间的思想交融,NATURA独特的 Master Club服务设施为我和朋友欢聚提供了舒 适便捷的场地;

— 社区专享活动 “服务”的概念对于我而言意义深远。在选择 新居的时候,除了硬件条件,我还非常看重社 区提供的配套生活服务。这一点NAURA丝毫没 有让我失望。 NAURA为Penthouse住户提供的Master Club就 像身边的私人管家,从安保到日常起居关怀, 细微至极。 NAURA还为所有住户举办系列社区活动, 为大家相互了解和沟通建立了平台。生活在 NATURA,除了享受都市生活的脉动和自然的 馈赠,还能感受社区带来的其乐融融。

“我热爱与家人一同畅享欢聚时光,NATURA 的绿荫长廊成为我们骑行的理想选择;我 崇尚小酌怡情,NATURA的恒温酒廊可以帮 我储存美酒收藏;我追随太极带来的平衡 感,NATURA的瑜伽房为我提供了完美的清修 空间;我留恋文字赋予我的力量,NATURA独 特的阅读空间让我能够畅游书海。”

— 居家置业篇 关于置业,我同样看中的还是区域未来的发展 潜能。 选择搬迁NATURA,我看到了悉尼的未来。众 多全球通讯、医疗研究、制药以及高科技行业 巨头入驻Macquarie Park。在这里,每个人都 由机会和来自不同领域的精英相互交流。 除此之外,随着Macquarie Park经济走廊计划 的进一步落实,以及耗资85亿澳元的西北交通 建设计划的实施,Macquarie Park商圈将成为 起搏整个澳洲经济的重要板块。 住在NATURA,坐拥湖光山景的同时,我希望 能够看到Macquarie Park成为澳洲最大人才交 流中心及悉尼又一CBD的变迁。

— 绿色环保篇 环保和创意一样,除了好的想法,更重要的是 付诸实践的能力。不能执行的想法是纸上谈 兵;看不到的环保构想只能称得上是幻影。 NATURA除了置身于繁华都市中的绿境之外, 社区的众多环保装置透露出的绿色人居理念我 也非常认同。 • 绿溪长廊深入社区,NATURA体贴地为住 户提供共享单车; • 为了倡导绿色出行,NATURA安装了特斯 拉充电桩; • NATURA的公共区域采用了太阳能供电, 更好的利用清洁能源;

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ecognising this as a major influencer of the modern marketplace, the University of Sydney, MBA team approached Romeciti with an exciting proposal. Romeciti, who has placed a focus on creating community education opportunities, was more than willing to hear what they had to say. The University of Sydney MBA team wished to visit China with the idea of an exchange of ideas in respect to the shifting market focus regarding healthy lifestyles. Romeciti, a developer of luxury residences with a strong emphasis on green living and green communities, having offices in both Sydney and Shanghai, was ideally placed to facilitate this trip. Romeciti’s extensive business connections would allow the University of Sydney MBA team exclusive access to; CEFC, a Fortune Global 500 company, specialising in energy and financial services; Joyoung, a healthy lifestyle provider with over $1 billion revenue and 3,000 employees; Saishi Group, one of the largest landscaping practices in China with over $200 million in assets; Hongyue Group, one of the largest landscaping/plantation practices in China with business all over the globe.

of significant value to their counterparts throughout the exchange. Romeciti organised for the MBA team to experience the world renowned city of Hangzhou and visited the headquarters of CEFC, Joyoung, Saishi and Hongyue, who all share Romeciti’s passion for Green Cities and the strong community ties that such a philosophy creates. It was this synergy of ideas that highlighted both the clarity of the Chinese thinking in regards to green cities and the fact that Romeciti’s vision of future living shared much of the same characteristics. This philosophy of green and healthy living, embraced by all the participants in the exchange, laid a strong foundation for both future exchanges and meant that they would be able to establish strong long-lasting partnerships with Chinese companies that maintain a similar philosophy. “We are very proud to advise Romeciti on how to create synergies between Australian residential developments and their China operations. This is a fascinating opportunity for our MBA students to utilise their skills and experience in Australia and at the same time gain deep insights about Chinese market and business.” -Dr Wei Li, The University of Sydney Business School

These companies, recognised as leaders in the provision of healthy lifestyles and green designs throughout China, would provide the MBA team and Romeciti with invaluable experience and deep insights into this unique marketplace. This was especially relevant to the MBA team goals of: • Providing recommendations to Romeciti as to how it could increase its promotion of the Romeciti product in both Australia and China. 
 • Identify potential synergies which may be achieved between the Romeciti’s partners in China. 
 With sustainability being identified as a vital component of future business, Romeciti’s own extensive practical experience and understanding of the creation of sustainable residences, and how that stimulates a healthy lifestyle within the urban environment, allowed the team to provide knowledge

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若晨集团作为悉尼大学的长期MBA合作伙伴, 特意针对此次悉尼大学“绿色社区和绿色建 筑”的研究课题安排了与若晨集团以及若晨集 团合作企业的多场研讨会,并针对这一课题进 行了深入的探讨和研究。 悉尼大学MBA学员受邀拜访了若晨集团合作企 业华信能源总部。华信能源连续四年入围世界 企业500强,更在2016年中国民营企业500强榜 单中排名高达第七。 在如今“打造生活方式”概念愈发受到追捧的 背景下,若晨集团促成悉尼大学MBA学员来到 倡导健康生活方式的合作企业九阳总部,进行 深入学习。 悉尼大学学员也拜访了若晨集团合作企业虹越 总部。 作为若晨集团的长期合作伙伴,国内顶尖景观 设计所赛石集团为悉尼大学MBA学员深入讲 解了以国内项目园林景观布局为主题的内容。 赛石集团是专注于人居环境品质建设的高端景 观营造商,为高端地产项目进行园林景观规划 设计。 “这次由若晨集团主办的活动对我们悉尼大学 的学生来说是一次无与伦比的机会,通过若晨 集团这个桥梁我们既得以利用他们在澳洲的经 验和专业技能,又对中国市场和企业获得了非 常深入的了解。“ -悉尼大学李薇博士


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TRAVEL TIPS: • Around the city, many locals speak English. • There is easy accessibility to ATMS and banks. • The Croatian Kunar is the local currency. • Breakfast is NOT a common meal, (with many Croatians preferring a simple coffee to start the day) so many cafes won’t always offer a large breakfast menu. • Coffee (Kava) is a daily drink and is usually consumed BLACK by the locals. • Most beaches are rocky rather than sandy so having a pair of aqua shoes is a worthwhile purchase.

旅行贴士: • 很多当地居民都可以讲英文 • 城市中可以方便的找到ATM与银行 • 当地的货币叫做“库钠” • 咖啡是克罗地亚人钟爱的早餐,你在当地 餐厅很难找到丰盛的早餐 • 如果你喜欢海边,千万别忘了带一双舒适 的鞋子,因为在克罗地亚石滩要多于沙滩

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offee served in a plastic, disposable cup. When you are on board a submarine, that is just how it goes. From time to time, travelling presents unusual opportunities and when the offer was made, there was no way that I could say no. After all, how often does someone say to you, would you like to come for a ride on my submarine?

I had seen the same submarine earlier when I was in Amsterdam and to be honest, it didn’t seem that big at a glance. I later learned that when it’s on the surface, you are only seeing about 20% of the actual sub. I was escorted onto the naval base and got to go out on a boat to witness the sub in action. Once it disappeared below the waves, I had no real sense of where it was until I saw the periscope. Let me tell you, there is something decidedly unsettling about seeing a periscope moving through the water towards you. Climbing down into a submarine is a sobering experience. Make no mistake, a submarine is not a big place, but as I was given a tour of the boat, I realized she (yes, boats apparently are “she”,) was bigger than you expect but at the same time, not that big. I pondered what it was like to live in this for months at a time. The doors between compartments are small and require a degree of flexibility to walk through. Walking between the engines is also a balancing act and if you were to drop something, you would need to be quite the contortionist to climb down and collect it. I’ve seen my share of submarine films and those moments where a crew man is running the length of the sub seems somewhat comical now. The submariners themselves were more of a surprise than the boat itself. Being submerged in a massive cigar shaped steel tube is not the sort of job that is easily imagined and the men that do it, seem to take a perverse pleasure in this fact. Their uniforms are completely functional and reminded me of pirates. If ever there was a group of men (at this time, there are no women on Dutch Submarines) that would lay claim to the image of the buccaneer, they are submariners. These men are mostly larger than you would expect. They are fit and exercise regularly even when under sea. In fact, the Chief of the Boat was so big, I felt certain that he must

have eaten another unfortunate crewman. Their work requires some nerve too. Consider the helmsman. His job is to steer the boat. It sounds very straightforward but imagine for a moment you are driving a large semitrailer. It is sluggish to handle, and does not stop instantly when you slam on the breaks.

ADD TO THAT, THE FACT THAT YOU CANNOT SEE AT ALL WHERE YOU ARE GOING, AND YOU HAVE TO RELY, COMPLETELY, ON INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO YOU BY SOMEONE ELSE WHO ALSO CAN’T ACTUALLY SEE ANYTHING EITHER. THAT IS THE LIFE OF THE SUBMARINER.

— The Captain was also a surprise. Easy going and fun to chat with, on the bridge he is focused and yet still relaxed. That being said, taking civilians around is probably the least stressful thing he has to deal with, but you get the sense that even in more serious situations, they are still calm and professional at all times. There are lots of jokes, as you would expect when getting a group of men together for a prolonged period. (One crewman assured that the Captain even has a pair of

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underpants that has the boat’s motto “Small but brave.”) The air conditioning below decks is incredible and necessary as sometimes, when on a mission, the crew can go weeks without showers. Most of the time I had no trouble breathing and it never felt stuffy. Walking around below deck you also start to realize that submarines, and their crew, are geniuses at maximizing the use of space. Every submariner has a billet and the kitchen even has the facilities to bake fresh bread every day. (Yes they have a baker.) Somehow they manage to fit a functioning gym complete with rowing machine, free weights and even an exercise bike below decks. Extra beds appear in the most surprising of spaces and if you take the time to look in the nooks and crannies, you find everything from sauce for chips, girly pics and glass cleaner alongside rolls of toilet paper for keeping display screens as clean as possible. Riding inside is also an unusual feeling. When on the surface, you see nothing yet at the same time, you can feel and hear the waves hitting the sides of the boat. As the klaxon rings out the appropriate number of times before you dive, I found myself getting excited, but at the same time I was watching the readout telling us how deep we were. For the record, we didn’t go that deep at all, but it was deep enough for me. Once submerged there is silence aside from the air conditioning humming persistently. It is a comforting reminder that you still have fresh air but at the same time, that comfort is offset by the sight of evacuation suits hanging from pegs near exits in case of the need to abandon ship.

Returning to port I was lucky enough to sit on top the corning tower and speak to the Captain as he watched his crew practice getting close enough to the tug boats so they could tie and tow his boat. The XO was far less relaxed about the exercise than the Captain, as he barked orders to the various crew members to get the boat secured at the dock. It was like a strange puzzle watching him order each team to pull on their specific rope, at a specific time, to align the boat perfectly.

“ LIFE ON A SUBMARINE IS CERTAINLY NOT FOR EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY ME, BUT IT WAS DEFINITELY NOT AS BAD AS I HAD IMAGINED IT WOULD BE. ”

在狭小的舱内行走绝对不是一件容易的事。 操作潜水艇绝非易事,每一位船员都像小说里 的水手一样饱经风霜而又坚毅无比。 在艇内,海水拍打着船体、轰隆作响的引擎、 间断开启的空调一起形成了一场奇妙的海底交 响乐,和船体外神秘莫测的世界创造出一种恍 若幻境的神奇体验。

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在Lane Cove Park或是Shrimpton Park,你一定能时不时地瞧见深红玫瑰 鹦鹉的身影。 深红玫瑰鹦鹉一般生活在澳洲东南部,尤其是在新州和维州的海岸地区, 澳洲东南部的一些小岛也是它们的栖息地。

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3招儿让你轻松搞定新年健身规划 • 让你的目标动起来 • 好搭档等于更健康 • 别忘了吃出好身材

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eam up with a Friend on’t be a solo gym-goer. Working out with friends or exercise partners can drastically increase the chances of achieving your goals, not to mention bringing a positive social experience and inspiration that only a work out buddy can bring. Nothing motivates you to get out of bed quite like a partner knocking on your door first thing in the morning. Teaming up with someone can create and strengthen commitment to persevere, and can stop you remaining stuck in the same routine. From a purely fitness perspective, a training partner can also help broaden the scope of what you can do and make the training more interactive. Think about push-ups with a shoulder tap or crunches with a ball pass. If you don’t confine your imagination the variations on what you can do are extensive and can help you from getting bored with your routine. At the same time, try to take advantage of gadgets with the aim of making your training outcome more visible. Activity trackers, smart watches, and connected fitness equipment, like Peloton bikes or treadmill can be good options for you and help you track your improving performance.

MAINTAINING YOUR DAY TO DAY COMMITMENT CAN BE A LITTLE TRICKIER. EVERY SINGLE SECOND IS A GOOD MOMENT FOR YOU TO STOP PACKING ON THE POUNDS AND EVERY LITTLE EFFORT COUNTS. A GOOD IDEA TO HELP GET YOUR NEW HEALTHY LIFE STARTED IS BY SIMPLY STAYING MORE ACTIVE. USE THE STAIRS INSTEAD OF THE LIFT WHEN YOU HAVE THE OPTION. GET OFF YOUR BUS ONE OR TWO STOPS EARLY AND TRY AND AVOID BEING SEDENTARY AT WORK. STAND UP AND MOVE FROM TIME TO TIME AND IF YOU CAN, GO FOR SHORT WALKS FROM YOUR DESK. AFTER ALL, REMEMBER, EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS. March 2018 | Romeciti Group

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e A Smarter Eater hen it comes to food, be selective and try to pick the foods that make you feel full enough to hold you over until your next meal. Usually, you will find this as a result of foods that contain higher levels of protein. Protein-rich foods such as oatmeal, artichokes, egg white, avocado toast and almonds, are usually more slowly digested than carbohydrates, and they help make your full feeling last longer. Slim down your snack, up your fibre intake and using a smaller plate are other simple tricks that can help you become a smarter and healthier eater. It’s also important to keep in mind that there are always many diets and suggestions out there getting attention and it can sometimes be hard to simply maintain a regime. If you are trying a new diet or an eating system, ensure that it is one that is sustainable in your busy day to day life. If you keep all this in mind ad build regular healthy patterns, you will likely see the results that you are craving.


BOOK REVIEW

Tell the truth, Shame the devil – Crime Fiction

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n 1992 Melina Marchetta burst onto the literary scene with her first novel, Looking for Alibrandi. A coming-of-age story about a young Australian girl of Italian heritage, that tackled serious issues head on: ethnicity, religion, sexuality and suicide, as well as intergenerational conflict.

between the French police and distraught parents, whilst dealing with the shocked and grieving teenagers. They also provide the opportunity for Marchetta explores the secret lives of the many of the teens on the bus that are more intricate and surprising than anyone might imagine.

Since Alibrandi, Marchetta has wandered through various genres and has now ended up in crime. That is not to say this work is in isolation of her previous work, as one of the more intriguing aspects of Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is just how many of the issues raised in Alibrandi resurface here. This is a crime novel in which anxieties about growing up now include the global threat of terrorism, and while teenagers continue to play a pronounced role, the focus is more on the parents, who are also struggling.

To Bish’s surprise and dismay, a young suspect has already been identified: Violette Le Brac Zidane, the granddaughter of the man held responsible for killing 23 people in a terrorist bomb blast 13 years earlier. Bish was involved in this case, and responsible for removing Violette from the care of her mother, Noor, who is now serving a life sentence for her involvement in the crime. Once back on British soil, Bish is recruited by the Home Office to find Violette, a quest that involves visiting Noor in prison and coming to the realisation that he has been implicated in an appalling miscarriage of justice stemming from racial tensions that stretch back to World War II.

Detective Inspector Bashir (Bish) Ortley of London’s Police has been recently suspended for uncharacteristically lashing out, although he was nicknamed the Hulk at boarding school. He is drinking too much while mourning the death of his son and the disintegration of his marriage.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is complex but well thought out, and delivers, with heart, a respect to the characters we encounter that serves to illustrate just how profoundly people’s lives may be shaped by the forces of history over which they have no control.

He receives a call from a former school mate who is working within an undefined corner of the Home Office. A bus carrying a group of schoolchildren on a language tour has been blown up in northern France and Bish’s headstrong daughter Bee, who signed herself up for the trip without her parents’ consent, is known to have been on board.

Marchetta does this seamlessly, while her characters spring to life on the page. They are beautifully executed, full of menace and threat, whilst also raising a lot of questions in reader minds. This book is compelling because despite the many layers, readers are given permission to draw conclusions, to reflect on different aspects of human nature and the consequences of that.

With his mother, in tow, Bish dashes across the Channel to arrive at the site, and immediately slips into his former professional role. While Bee has survived relatively unscathed, some other young people with whom she has become close have died or been seriously injured.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is a wonderful blend of contemporary angst within the world, and very much, personal pain. Sometimes heartbreaking, it is definitely a beautiful piece of work that every parent should read.

These hectic opening scenes are beautifully played out as Bish and Saffron mediate

Tell the truth, Shame the devil – Crime Fiction Tell the truth, Shame the devil 跌宕起伏、高潮迭起,Tell the truth, Shame the devil是一本非常值得一读的精彩悬疑小说。

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INLAKESH LIVING FOODS – Macquarie Shopping Centre

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NESTLED IN ONE OF THE MANY CORNERS OF MACQUARIE SHOPPING CENTRE, YOU CAN FIND INLAKESH LIVING FOODS. A CONTEMPORARY TAKE ON THE EVER PRESENT HEALTH FOOD STORE, INLAKESH SUPPLIES A WIDE RANGE OF NATURAL FOODS, OILS, AND ITEMS FOR EVEN THE MOST DISCERNING TASTE AND TO TOP IT OFF, THEY ALSO HAVE A SMALL CAFÉ AT THE FRONT OF THE STORE SELLING A RANGE OF MEALS, CAKES, AND DRINKS.

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he selection of cakes available with a coffee is significant ranging from slices such as the Fig Apple and Walnut, to raw Tiramisu cake, to Caramel Slices. Today I took the Bounty Cake to go with a piccolo latte. Most of the cakes are tailored to those who are following some form of restrictive diet, with a few paleo cake options, and most everything vegan friendly, dairy and gluten free. Orders are placed at the counter and the service friendly and prompt. Being at the front of the shop, there are only a few tables however they were clean and comfortable. The arrival of the food was also fast. The cafĂŠ seemed to be more focused to those who want a healthy meal rather than to stop in a grab a quick sweet treat after a movie or a day of shopping,

however if you are on the hunt for health alternatives at Macquarie Shopping Centre then this was definitely a must see. The Bounty cake itself was very dense and was not too sweet. Like the chocolate bar, it had a blend of chocolate and coconut. The different tastes and textures are noticeable however there was a strong coconut oil taste to it and I found that it was a little bit of a struggle to eat it all without the assistance of the coffee. That being said, I never felt that it was too much and quite enjoyed the overall taste. The coffee was good and hot without being too hot. The coffee had a slight hint of fruit to it but was not bitter and was very smooth. It was advertised as Organic Coffee however the price of the coffee was within the expected pricing

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range. They also offered milk alternatives including Soy, rice, almond and coconut milk. Additionally Inlakesh Living Foods also offered a range of coffee alternatives including an above average selection of herbal teas, chai, kombucha and other beverages. Overall if you are in need of a good coffee, or craving a healthy break from the usual cakes, Inlakesh Living Foods was a welcome oasis. The price for a slice of cake and a piccolo was around $12, which was a little high, but not if you consider the quality of the ingredients. In the otherwise standard options usually found in shopping centres, it was a nice surprise, though perhaps not the best destination if you are looking for a sweet relief from a healthy diet.

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SWEET HOME RECIPES Fresh herbs can elevate any dish from ordinary to the extraordinary. For those of you with your own herb garden, here are two simple recipes that take advantage of these extraordinary plants.

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Almond Parsley Pesto. A SLIGHT TWEAK TO THE ITALIAN CLASSIC BASIL-AND-PINE-NUT PESTO, THIS SAUCE COMPLEMENTS ALL TYPES OF ROASTED OR GRILLED VEGETABLES AND MEATS. ½ Cup Raw Almonds 2 Cups coarsely chopped flat leafed Italian Parsley (Leaves and soft stems) 2 Cloves Garlic 1 Cup extra virgin olive oil ½ Teaspoon red chilli flakes ½ Teaspoon salt 1/3 Cup finely shredded parmesan cheese 1. Preheat oven to 175C (350F), Spread almonds in a single layer on a rimmed baking pan. Roast almonds until golden, (usually about 10 minutes). Remove from oven and cool to room temperature. 2. Finely chop garlic, almonds, parsley, olive oil, salt, and red chilli flakes together. We recommend a food processor to blend together until finely chopped. Once complete, add parmesan cheese and mix well. 3. Place mixture in fridge and allow at least 1 hour to chill.

杏仁青酱 原料 1杯半杏仁 2杯欧芹 2瓣大蒜

1杯冷压初榨橄榄油 半茶匙辣椒粉 半茶匙盐 1/3杯帕尔马奶酪

1. 在提前预热至175度的烤箱里把杏仁 烘烤10分钟至金黄色。 2. 把切细的大蒜、杏仁、欧芹和橄榄 油、盐以及辣椒粉放入搅拌机混合, 之后再加入帕尔马奶酪末搅拌均匀。 3. 所有食材混合均匀后在冰箱放置一小 时后即可。

Non-alcoholic Mojito.

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FOR THOSE WARM AFTERNOONS WHEN YOU WANT TO RELAX ON YOUR BALCONY AND ENJOY THE SUNSET, THIS NON ALCOHOLIC OPTION IS A FAVOURITE. THIS RECIPE MAKES 1 JUG.

原料 4茶匙青柠汁 4茶匙细糖 2杯冰块 4-6片薄荷叶 2杯苏打水 少许盐 1杯水

4 tbsp lime juice freshly squeezed. 4 tbsp fine sugar. 2 Cups crushed ice. 4-6 Fresh mint leaves 2 Cups Soda Water (optional) 1 Pinch Salt 1 Cup water 1. In a pitcher add all the ingredients. 2. Crush the mint leaves with hands slightly before adding to the jug. Mix well until sugar dissolves completely. 3. Adjust the sugar and salt according to your taste and serve chilled.

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民以食为天 — 开启都市绿色饮食新篇章 Through our work creating beautiful sustainable residences, Romeciti is fortunate to be able to meet other companies and organizations that share our Green Life philosophy. Food Ladder is one such organization, working locally and internationally to address the worsening food security crisis using proven and scalable technologies to provide nutrient-rich produce.

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ince Ancient Greece when the father of medicine Hippocrates famously stated “let food be thy medicine” it has been widely recognised that core to a healthful fulfilling life is consistent, convenient and secure access to wholesome nourishing foods.

Food Ladder has committed all their efforts entirely to focus on improving the food crisis, CEO Kelly McJannett affirms “We recognise and understand that secure food impacts positively on a vast array of other social goals both in the short and long term. Consistent ongoing access to nutritious food is sustainability at its very core.” Food Ladder creates social enterprises to address food security in disadvantaged communities internationally and in remote communities in Australia. For the past 5 years Food Ladder has been using its model of social business to create economic development and health outcomes concurrently with it’s custom designed hydroponic systems that grow commercial quantities of vegetables in places where it is nearly impossible to grow food or there is limited access to food. Working across language barriers much of Food Ladder’s success is based on simplifying the production of fresh local food making the core aspiration of food security a reality. Food Ladder has implemented its food security systems on the rooftops of village schools across India that are today feeding over 4,000 impoverished children who would otherwise have no access to nutritious vegetables. In remote tropical Australia, Food Ladder implemented its Food Security solution in Katherine in the Northern Territory and Ramingining in Arnhem Land, ensuring secure access to local, produce for the communities. Operated as viable and sustainable social enterprises, Food Ladder has collectively employed over 600 disadvantaged people. Locally, Food Ladder has created a proven model to address food security in remote Indigenous communities which is securing fresh, locally grown produce for the first time in decades, using sustainable technologies and educating children on the long-term health benefits of nutrition. The unquantifiable benefits also include the communities pride and sense of achievement through the projects which are proving to change attitudes around healthy eating as well.

While urban centres have traditionally relied on food supplies from rural growing areas, the desire of many urban dwellers to become more involved in controlling their own food security is being recognized. A recent trend in architecture has seen Eco-friendly buildings being designed to enhance the relationship between home and nature. These living structures filter pollution, remove greenhouse gases, minimise heat absorption and also provide fresh food for the residents, utilising innovative food producing gardens. Future living with Food Imagine living in a calming space like this, you’re making a salad, you realise you need more rocket and basil, you live in the heart of a bustling city yet there is no need to descend into it’s chaos and battle through traffic because you simply pay a visit to your sanctuary, your rooftop garden.

This vibrant living environment is also a quiet space to reconnect with nature and breath deeply, the fresh oxygenated air generated naturally by the plants. You can pick your own nutrient dense fresh salad greens, ripe and firm cucumbers and tomatoes, knowing exactly where your food has come from. With apartment gardens using systems such as the Food Ladder, your roof becomes an intuitive healthy hub, a space that allows you to connect with others and form a community around wellbeing as well as providing for

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quieter moments for contemplation and personal reflection. Children enjoy growing their food and so they happily eat what they have grown. According to many scientific studies, due to their involvement in gardening they will have better nutrition, greater scientific knowledge and understanding, enhanced literacy and numeracy, increased awareness of the seasons and understanding of food production, increased confidence, resilience and self esteem, develop fine motor skills, a sense of responsibility and a positive attitude to healthy food choices. Fresh food is the ultimate luxury because of the wellbeing it brings for your body, soul, family and community.

平凡的一日三餐不仅为我们的日常生活提供所 需能量,也饱含着丰富的家庭情感与文化韵 味。在当代都市,平凡的田园乡间生活看似遥 不可及,传统的自给自足饮食方式更像是痴人 说梦。但随着越来越多的绿色构想在当代人居 建筑中被付诸实践,我们的都市生活也能“返 璞归真”。说不定在以后的日子里,你可以在 社区花园中栽种心怡的食材,体验农耕的趣 味,享受采摘的满足。绿色饮食与乡间生活的 结合为都市的家平添了几分质朴的欢乐。

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the shifting market

CREATES O P P O RT U N I T Y 悉尼房产市场年度回顾与展望

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may also signal that the previous restrictions on investment lending leading to the cooling of the housing market are having the desired effect and no changes are needed for the foreseeable future. Analysts though, are consistent in their belief that the central bank will raise interest rates sooner rather than later. In October, the ANU’s nine-member board said there was a 73% chance the central bank would raise interest rates within the next six months. Additionally, the big four banks are all forecasting rate hikes this year. What happens then? The feeling amongst many of the banks is that most households have enough positive equity to provide a buffer against market changes and that market property prices would likely plateau unless there was a major economic downturn.

“ WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN FOR THE LOCAL PROPERTY MARKET? ”

The 2016 Census of Population and Housing found that 10% (2,348,434) of all people in Australia spent Census night in an apartment. There is now around one occupied apartment for every five occupied separate houses in Australia - compared with one to every seven, back in 1991. This trend is likely to continue as the Government rezones land to allow higher density residential development. In Sydney, land supply constraints have led to increased prices for blocks of land and detached houses. This is likely to have driven demand for apartments relative to other dwellings, as apartments use land more intensively than detached houses and are therefore relatively more affordable. Analysts Charter Keck Cramer estimate up to 25,500 apartments will be completed in Sydney in 2017 which adds voracity to the reports earlier this year from Citibank stating that 2017 was going to be the peak development

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year with a glut of new apartments reaching the market place and predicting a subsequent drop in prices. Whilst the market is slowing the expected drop hasn’t occurred as predicted. In CoreLogic’s Property Market Indicator data, it showed the daily home value index held steady in the week ending 26 November and though Sydney fell off by 0.2 per cent, it still rose by 5.3 per cent for the year. Despite this rebalancing of the market, recent months have seen a drop off in building applications, further pointing to a slowdown in the construction sector. While the figures are often volatile, another slump in apartment dwelling approvals continued a recent trend, having fallen 6.7 per cent over the month, to be down almost 30 per cent over the year. If this is the case, the peak development of 2017 may be giving way to a new trough until the market is able to respond to the changing market conditions. If the shift in attitudes for owner occupiers towards apartment living continues, it presents an opportunity for developers who are able to provide quality residences more tailored to the needs of owner occupiers. Indeed, many are already responding with larger apartments and amenities designed for the long term owner occupier. Within the growing owner occupier demographic, there is some distinction to be made between families downsizing from more traditional housing and first home buyers entering the market place. The challenge for developers is to strike the balance between providing the right size and styles of apartments that are needed by downsizers and families, whilst making them affordable to the first home buyers.

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WITH THE INSTITUTIONAL CHANGES ACROSS THE BOARD SEEMINGLY RESPONDING TO LOCAL DEMANDS TO RETURN THE HOUSING MARKET TO OWNER OCCUPIERS, THE EARLY INDICATORS ARE SUGGESTING THAT THESE CHANGES ARE SUCCEEDING IN ACHIEVING THAT MARKET SHIFT. THIS PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OWNER OCCUPIERS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR LONG TERM RESIDENCES, DESIGNED WITH THEM AND THEIR NEEDS IN MIND.

2017年,澳洲房地产市场见 证了诸多改变,无论政策的调 整还是业主需求的转变,无疑 将为市场走势带来深远影响。 「2017年,政府在宏观经济层面出台的维稳政 策为房产市场保持在现行价位,并步入更为良 性的增长周期奠定了基础。 在未来,随着澳洲主要城市公寓建造“井喷 期“进入尾声,以及“调控涟漪效应”和城市 居民居住习惯的转变而来的自住买家(Owner Occupier)数量增长,以业主需求为中心、更 加注重人居环境的公寓或将为市场理性增长注 入新的动力。」 1. 借贷和税制调控促进房产市场稳健发展 自2017年7月1日新财年开始,澳洲政府在房地 产领域的一系列调控新政对于海外和国内买家 都产生了巨大影响。 2. 提升首次购房者优惠 在新的财年,政府出台的“组合拳”让首次置 业者能够更加容易的晋身为业主。开放商也相 继跟进,出台销售政策为首次购房者提供优 惠,不少开发商调低了购房首付比率,让更还 未购房的买家有机会进入市场。 3. 维稳利率维持经济平衡发展 2017年,宏观经济政策层面的维稳为房产市 场维持在现行价位,并为步入更为良性的增长 奠定了基础。在未来,随着澳洲主要城市公寓 建造“井喷期“进入尾声,以及“调控涟漪效

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应”带来的自住买家数量增长,以业主需求为 中心、更加注重人居环境的公寓或将成为市场 的全新增长点。 2018展望 – 自住公寓买家(Apartment Owner Occupier)数量或将大幅增长,注重人 居环境的公寓成为新增长点 BIS牛津经济研究院发布的2017-2032年澳洲 房屋建筑报告显示,澳洲经过这几年的公寓建 造“井喷期“之后,在未来几年,澳洲公寓建 造量将持续减少。据悉,2017年政府审批获准 建造的公寓项目数量锐减30%。不难想象,伴 随政府获准建造房产项目数量的骤减,市场也 将随之进入自我调节阶段。 供给端的收缩和需求端的稳定增长成为公寓市 场寻求新平衡点的源动力,进而从某种程度上 减少了房产价格的波动。 业主对于公寓居住需求的多样化也促使开放商 更具自身优势进行转型。为不同规模的家庭提 供最为契合的公寓类型成为开发商转型的首要 目标。兼顾业主生活需求多样化、当代公寓设 计理念和城市绿色可持续生态发展的同时,为 自住公寓买家提供价格合理的公寓将成为开发 商在未来几年成功的关键。 2017年的政策调控为未来房地产市场稳健发展 奠定了必要的基础,在新政策的支持下,以自 住为目的的公寓买家数量有望增多,其对于公 寓类型的多样化需求无疑成为房地产市场发展 的新机遇。在未来几年,提供以业主需求为中 心、更加注重人居环境的公寓有望成为市场的 全新增长点。


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TRAVEL CAN TEST US. NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO, THERE ARE ALWAYS ADVENTURES. SOME PLANNED, SOME UNPLANNED.

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WE DECIDED ON THIS TRIP TO CHECK OUT THE BEAUTIFUL MT RINJANI AND IT DIDN’T DISAPPOINT. Fortunately for us, our gear was up to the challenge. March 2018 | Romeciti Group

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Thank you Mt Rinjani, it was an amazing experience. I wonder where our next adventure will take us.

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By The Weekend was created to share everyone’s love for relaxed, comfortable, wardrobe staples. Made to be worn by anyone, anytime, without having to overthink the combinations (to allow more time for extra snooze and morning coffees). We decided to pick their brains a little to better understand their thoughts on finding your fashion and the latest trends.

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WHAT DO FASHION?

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WHAT FASHION TRENDS DO YOU SEE FOR WOMEN THIS YEAR?

Where to start? Fashion opens doors. It allows us to express our personality and even how we feel on any given day. For me personally, I feel like it’s brought the most change into my life when I’ve been on job interviews. Sometimes when I’ve felt particularly nervous about an interview, I put on my blazer, shirt and skirt and the result is transformative. Instantly I can feel like the most powerful person in the room, just because of the confidence an outfit can bring.

For women, we love the checked double-breasted blazers, mid heels, LBD, the classic white shirt and our personal favourite – scrunchies!

AND FOR MEN?

Men’s fashion has a few very interesting options. Combat boots and leather jackets on the one hand, casual double-breasted blazers and coats on the other.

HOW DO YOU PERSONALLY FEEL ABOUT CLOTHES SHOPPING IN STORES?

I would never say never to shopping at any store! Sometimes you find hidden gems in the most random of places! I enjoy it most when I’m feeling particularly indecisive about an outfit. When that happens I visit stores such as Mode Sportif, Parlour X, David Jones, East43 and Tuchuzy. Though I love the convenience of shopping online, sometimes you just need to try a garment on and get a good feel for it. This is especially true when you’re shopping for a special event, such as a wedding. Trying on the dress beforehand can help determine your style for the occasion.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN SOMEONE ASKS YOU ABOUT FASHION?

For us, the word ‘fashion’ means showing your identity and personality through your clothes and accessories. A way of showing to the world what type of person you are, and what you stand for.

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HOW DOES THAT EXPERIENCE GUIDE YOU IN YOUR BUSINESS?

DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR FINDING THAT PERFECT OUTFIT, ONLINE?

We love our shirts but we understand sometimes, it may not end up being what you need. We try and provide a personal shopper experience, whether you contact us via email or social media to help you get the outfit you want. We also offer free shipping on purchases over $100 and offer a full refund if you don’t love your shirts.

Before shopping online, it’s important for you to understand and get to know your body shape. This makes it easier to find garments that bring out your best. It also helps to understand the sizing wherever you are shopping. For example, with us, our clothes range from XS to L. With XS is typically being a size 6, S being a size 8 and so forth. If you’re still unsure about sizing though, contact the store for some help before you buy.

WHERE DO YOU NORMALLY SHOP ONLINE?

IN YOUR EXPERIENCE, IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FITTING A WESTERN BODY SHAPE AND FITTING A TYPICAL ASIAN BODY SHAPE?

By the Weekend of course! Some other stores I love are; Reformation, ASOS, Revolve, Net A Porter and Shop Bop.

“对于By The Weekend,时尚是通过成衣 和配饰诉说身份和个性,展现自己的性格和 追求”

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Everyone has a unique and beautiful body shape that they should embrace, in my experience though I often find that typical Asian body shapes are somewhat more petite and are not as broad across the shoulders.

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Time is an integral part of how our daily lives, the world, and society functions, but it can also seem relative to us individually.

A MOMENT CAN SEEM LIKE AN HOUR, AND AN HOUR A MOMENT. We now live at a point of efficiency and have forgotten that merely 50 years ago, an ‘accurate’ timepiece could mean everything - in business, and in life.

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y mother Adelaide and I began this endeavour a little under a decade ago, when she obtained her grandfather’s wristwatch in several pieces from my grandmother. She had the idea to re-create it by changing the context of a ‘watch’ into ‘jewellery’. The satifsation we took from that gave us the inspiration to create AHW Studio, with the idea to create beautiful original pieces that harkened back to a time when having an accurate time piece was something that could only be created by a master craftsman. Elegant, precise, desired.

having a pair, it presented an opportunity to create matching items, hence our cufflink sets. Now that we live in an era where ‘efficient time’ is everything, my family and I at AHW Studio, desire to rewind a little time, and provide a hint and a nod of respect, to a ‘hand-crafted generation’. With this glimpse into our yesteryear, hopefully we can bring about an impression of ‘slowed time’, or as we know it more colloquially... ‘stopping to smell the roses’. - Angus

To do that, we salvaged obsolete and broken watches and taking their parts, started to create. We discovered that time and use, meant that many of the watches had developed their own character and I always felt that in making these pieces, the use of the old watches provided an aesthetically pleasing contrast with the past and present with an eye to the future. Every so often, we were lucky enough to find a pair of matching timepieces and we realised that in

“手表在被发明以来的很长一段时间都仅仅被认为是显示时间的工具。 但我们把表面移开,让大家透过表面看到另一个丰富得难以想象的表芯 时间” 把闲置的手表从各地钟表店收集起来,再根据想象力添加蜻蜓、玫瑰等 饰品,古老的“计时工具”瞬间摇身一变,成为引领当下时尚潮流的艺 术配饰。

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WE REVIEW THE NEW PANASONIC LUMIX G9 MIRRORLESS CAMERA LUMIX无反相机历史上最高图像质量

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Over the past few years, Panasonic has made great leaps in their mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera lineup thanks to their small size, high picture quality and full feature set. Their cameras have been particularly strong for video, but now Panasonic is aiming to woo the photography crowd with the release of the G9, a camera that builds on their successes but also adds a suite of high-performance photo features. We went hands-on with the G9 to see how it performs. With a weather-sealed construction you won’t need to worry about taking the G9 out into harsh conditions. A large, highres viewfinder and articulating primary LCD screen mean you can grab the shot at any angle, and the addition of a secondary LCD screen on the top of the camera also allows you to view your settings from above. Dual SD card slots mean you can save your photos to two SD cards at once, removing the worry of card failure. Inside, the camera is packing a 20.3 megapixel sensor, a noticeable bump compared to many Micro Four Thirds sensors, which will allow for large prints. If that’s not enough, a new High-Res mode combines 8 photos in-camera to output a single 80 megapixel photo. The new photo features built into the camera focus primarily on speed, making the camera ideal for challenging subjects like wildlife, sports, and even kids who won’t sit still. The G9 improves on the 225-point AF system from their flagship GH5 camera, giving it autofocus performance that we found fast and reliable. The camera can also shoot 20 frames per second while tracking focus, and up to a blazing 60 frames per second with a fixed focus point. Panasonic’s excellent 6K Photo and Post-Focus modes also allow for a ton of added flexibility. In-Body Image Stabilisation is another great feature, giving you 6.5 stops of stabilisation, useful for low light shooting or handheld video. Speaking of video, the G9 hasn’t forgotten Panasonic’s excellent video pedigree, and is capable of shooting 4K video at up to 60 frames per second, so those shooting a mix of photo and video will still be satisfied.

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The Panasonic G9 is out now and is available at digiDIRECT stores or at www.digidirect.com.au. Visit your local digiDIRECT stores in Chatswood, the Sydney CBD or Bondi Junction for all your digital imaging needs.

We’ve always found Panasonic cameras to be well-made, and in testing the G9 we found that it lived up to the hype. We were particularly impressed with the feel and build of the camera, the picture quality, and the new photo features. The combination of the fast autofocus system and the high burst shooting options means we rarely missed an important shot. The cherry on top is that the G9 is a mirrorless camera, meaning it is light and portable and easy to bring anywhere. 今天我们为您送上松下m4/3画幅新旗舰机型G9的使用评测。这款主打 静态图像的机型,采用2030万像素传感器,并取消了低通滤镜。机身采 用镁合金全压铸框架,具备完善的“三防”性能,可在-10摄氏度下正常 工作。此外,机身还内置肩屏,让拍摄更轻松,舒适。G9采用更大的机 身缓存,在AF-S模式下具备60 fps的连拍速度,AF-C模式下则有20 fps 的连拍速度。 G9采用225点DFD AF对焦系统,在AF模式下传感器驱动速度达到480 fps。因此G9具备60fps(AF-S)/ 20fps(AF-C)的高速连拍,和0.04秒的超 高速AF。此外,你还可以根据拍摄需要制作某区域的一组对焦点,并根 据需要移动或更改其大小。G9采用104万像素可翻转、可触控液晶显示 屏,以及放大倍率为0.83x的高精度OLED电子取景器。同时,它还支持 4K 60fps高帧数视频录制,让拍照和摄像同时轻松在手。

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YOUR 24HR ASSISTANT. – Google Home

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oogle Home has finally launched in Australia, giving many of us, our first opportunity to have central point in which to integrate the idea of a smart home around. Google Home opens the doors to connect with IoT (internet of things) devices in their homes.

Powered by Google’s voice-controlled Google Assistant, it can be used to control lights, appliances and smart power switches, or to answer trivia questions, set calendar reminders and give you an update on the weather. In a nutshell, it’s basically the Google Assistant straight out of top-of-the-line Android phones, with an additional touch of Chromecast Audio.

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With a room-scale, always-listening microphone and speaker, the Google Home can pick up your voice from the other side of a medium-sized living space whenever you say the words “OK Google” or “Hey Google”; and, without any visible buttons on its body, you’ll be talking to it almost exclusively. After triggering it with that catchphrase, you’re then able to

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ask it a question or issue a command in natural language and, with the power of the internet, Google Home will respond. It also allows you to set up multiple profiles (Google Assistant will recognise different voices), You can get headlines from the ABC, The Australian, Fox Sports News and Sky and Chromecast as you require. It can even add items to shopping lists.

Smart Home Functionality. The highlights of what Google Home can connect to right now are Nest thermostats, Philips Hue lightbulbs and Samsung’s SmartThings platform. There are also plans to support more thirdparty devices like LIFX lightbulbs and LG MusicFlow speakers should be coming soon.

Google Home will give you surprisingly good, music or podcast listening, (though by no means the best) given its relatively small size. Because Google Home is essentially just like a Chromecast Audio, you can cast audio from so many apps on your phone straight to it. A future update will also enable Bluetooth direct connections from phone to Home, for all those apps that don’t current support casting. This way is much more convenient, plus you have the ability to just talk to the Home itself when you don’t have your phone nearby.

Google Home will also integrate with thermostats from Netatmo and Tado.

There is also a touch-sensitive panel on the top of the Google Home if you prefer to not keep yelling “Hey Google” and you can also run your finger around in a clockwise or counter-clockwise motion to adjust the speaker’s volume.

Recently, Google announced that Home would support several new smart home ecosystems including products from August, Wink, LIFX, TP-Link, Rachio, Vivent, First Alert, Frigidaire, and Logitech. Together, these should give you far more options for which devices you can string together and give you more control of your ever growing smart home. Any issues? Like Google’s rivals, you can pretty easily confuse your Google Home with a poorly worded question; its natural language processing isn’t exactly perfect. You’ll often get “I don’t know how to help you with that just yet”. This can be a little frustrating when you’ve tried to ask the same question several different ways.

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My standard approach if I can’t get the answer in two attempts, I just go to my computer. Final Thoughts It’s easy to be a little disappointed with Google Home if you expect it to instantly be the coveted centre of the smart home. It may well be in time, just not quite yet. Its list of smart home devices is ever growing but still a bit underwhelming, and, perhaps the biggest disappointment of all, it doesn’t have many of Google’s core services built into it. The best comparison for Google Home, obviously, is the Amazon Echo. They both have identical functions, fetch music from similar sources and are stumped, largely, by the same set of questions. Given the same attention from hardware and software developers and some of those additional Google services, the Home will likely grow from a nascent smart speaker with Chromecast integration to the first and most critical piece of the ever-expanding smart home. For now, the Google Home is simply a smart novelty with access to YouTube Music, built-in Google Cast and the ability to save you little bit of pottering around the home.


GOOGLE HOME 又一个小巧可爱的智能家电助手- Google Home顶部可触控表面隐藏 着四种色彩的 LED 灯,接收到新消息时光环就会开始闪烁。

功能推荐:消息通知,智能通话,日历与提醒,语音操控电视等其他多媒体平台

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HERE COMES THE BOOM. – UE WonderBoom

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ooking to liven up a day out UE tells us that the UE WonderBoom is the best budget Bluetooth speaker on the market. We decided to find out for ourselves. As a smartphone accessory, it’s hard to go past Bluetooth speakers. Must haves for any user who loves to listen to music. They have gotten so good over the past few years that it is a no brainer to have one when you are travelling, chilling with friends in the lawn or want to quickly listen to music at home. The look: The UE WonderBoom is small, it only weighs 425g and has a 102mm height and 93.5mm diameter. Just like other

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UE speakers it is easy to carry around. It even comes with a small loop on top that lets you conveniently hang it on your Backpack or anywhere you have space. It has the normal UE look with the two large ‘+’ and ‘-‘ buttons on the front that let you control. It also lets you pair two WonderBoom speakers together that result in a much louder music experience. Sound: As you would expect, with a WonderBoom, the audio quality does not fail to impress. It outputs clear and crisp sounds that can easily rival those of larger and more expensive Bluetooth speakers. For those who know their tech specs, the WonderBoom has a maximum sound level of 86dBC and comes with a

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frequency range of 80Hz – 20kHz. The speaker delivers a 360° music listening experience. Surprisingly loud for its size, I rarely needed to go beyond 50-60 percent volume range. I did try listening to music at a full volume and the sound remained quite clear with minimal distortion, which speaks to the quality of the speaker. It offers decent amount of bass too. Though not at the level of its larger brothers but enough for most people’s listening pleasure. Problems? Though not many, it seemed a shame to me that it only pairs up with another WonderBoom. So if you have any other UE speaker like the Boom 2 or MegaBoom you won’t be able to pair up. Also unlike


the Boom 2, the WonderBoom does not come with a companion app so you are not going to get over-the-air updates like you do on UE’s other speakers or have the ability to control it with the dedicated application. The volume buttons on the front also disappointed in that they require you to press hard for them buttons to work well (though you will be changing volume using your phone most of the time). Our verdict Where the UE WonderBoom really shines for me is in its value. At AU$110 the WonderBoom offers great features and performance for the price. The speaker sounds great, is fully waterproof, and has a 100 feet wireless range. Adding these

music from a non-Bluetooth source

features up it’s hard to go past it as a good, all round, practical speaker. What you need to know: • Super-portable Bluetooth speaker with big, clear, crisp 360-degree sound and good bass • 10 hours of music from a single battery charge • Waterproof and floats (IPX7-rated waterproof up to 30 minutes and a depth of 1 meter) • Wirelessly connect two UE WonderBoom to party louder • Works with Bluetooth and Bluetooth smart enabled smartphones, tablets and other devices • Lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, so you cannot use an aux cable to play

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UE全称Ultimate Ears,是一个外形可爱的“小 胖子” 。但这个迷你的“小胖子”体内,可是 能释放出强大的音效。 •

360°声场

IPX7防水性能

10小时续航

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