Photo Tips for DIY Bookcase

Following the first bookcase I built and wrote about on the 17th of March, I am taking this one-level up. This is a 120 cm by 120 cm bookcase.

Step 1. 21 lots of 4x3 sawn timbers

Step 2. build 2x leg stands 

Step 3. Nail 3 timbers (first shelf)

Step 4. Nail top timbers to place 
Step 5. Nail the other timbers in

Step 6. Put in the brace & support
Perfect fit - from timbers to a bookcase

Australian Tourist Visa: How To Apply Online – So Easy, Yet So Hard

This post aims to help Papua New Guineans who are intending to obtain Australian tourist visa for short stay. It is an experience I share to help others. In fact, I was very annoyed when I started the application. Two things went wrong. First, I realized that the whole application process changed, it was not like before where you submit the visa applications at the Australian High Commission’s office. The visa submission process was left in hands of agents. You have to go to an agent to get it sorted for you, or do it yourself online.

The later was easy, but the wireless internet connection at home (and at the agent too) was not working. I’ve tried in vain for two straight days though I had all the required and recommended papers. Simply because a major Internet cable was said to have been sabotaged.

At the agents, I completed the application form – form 1419. In addition, I had less than 10 working days to get a visa before leaving on a booked flight. It was stressful. Sounds all too familiar?

So how did I, finally, submit my application?

To make it clear I have not got a visa yet. The decision to grant me a visa is out of my control having applied, I am writing in waiting. Let me answer the question. The ‘break-through’ came when a friend mentioned that I could use a mobile phone as router (or Internet Access Point). So, I did and submitted my application online. It cost K3 to get a Digicel’s data bundle (60MB) to upload all the documents. Here is the link to a step-by-stepguide on how to connect your mobile phone and laptop. So you can do that anywhere in PNG. It takes up to 10 working days to get response. If you haven’t got one after that period, give them a follow-up call.

There is a list of required document you must produce. Use this PDF link to see more. The common documents are a passport photo (doesn’t have to be signed), copy of passport biography page, bank statement, Form 54 Family Composition, etc.

I would recommend using the online application. It costs Au$136.46. For fees and charges information, refer to Costs at the agents are indicated on the image above.

A 300MB mobile data would be enough  to launch your application online.

Important tips/docs for online application:
-Ensure that all your documents are less than 5MB before uploading
-Passport page/s
-Passport photo, taken in the last 6 months
-Bank statements
-Evidence of assets in country of residence. E.g. recent share value cert.
-Family Composition (Form 54)
-Check list PDF
*Visitors with different circumstances may provide extra docs, use this as a guide 

Connect Laptop Using Mobile Data: How to Access Internet Using Mobile Phone As Access Point

Do you know you can do exactly that – using mobile phone data to access Internet on your computer? Actually, it costs less to access the Internet this way than using an Internet CafĂ©. The steps below are from an Alcatel mobile phone. Different phones may have settings slightly different.

HOW TO STEPS - On your mobile phone (Android and i-phone)

1.       Go to settings

2.       Click on tethering and portable hotspot

3.       Turn on Wi-Fi hotspot

4.       Check your laptop wireless network connections to see if there is connection between your devices
5.       Click connect, this will establish connection (IMPORTANT: mobile to laptop wireless connections will require password which is generated by your mobile phone – go to step 6)
6.       Enter the password and connect - this should be done on you computer
7.       Personalize the security setting if you wish to do so
8.       Now, it should be ready to use

If you get one of Digicel’s data bundles like the Day Pass or Booster pass you can do a lot more things on your laptop than mobile phone. 

DIY: Build a Bookshelf And Save, Customised To Meet Your Preference

If you have lots of books and wanting a bookshelf, the obvious choice would be to buy one. Take a look at the prices of bookshelves at Courts. I bet the other retailers have the same prices, if not more. You may not have the time to build one. That is okay. All you have to do is buy it. But any DIY person would know the satisfaction that comes with building something.
Courts' Price at March 2016
I spent K157.20 to build this bookshelf - 110 cm (H) x 30 cm (W) x 140 cm (L).  Such a size bookcase would, ideally, cost around K500. Despite the fact that it may not be professionally done, it is practical, stable and above all met the need.

Six stands (taken from a crate) providing lift to slot nicely into back wall; rope attachment at the back as 'stopper'

Perhaps the important fact behind DIY idea was that I saved more than K300. Additionally, I now have materials (nails, off-cut timbers), tools and knowledge and skills to make the next one better.  I only have to buy good quality timbers to make it look great.

It would be smart to paint the finished shelf. I have decided to use wood stain or vanish, but I considered them to be too expensive. That is why the first bookshelf has not been given any TLC. I planned to build a couple more. Hopefully they will get the Tender Love and Care they deserve…

I’ll provide some tips (with photos illustration) for building a bookshelf in my next post (a step-by-step guide). So, if you would like to get some inspiration, join me on Google+Twitter or Facebook for update. 

Here are some vital materials, tools and information I used in the making of the first bookshelf shown in the above photo.

Materials used
1.       Nails: One, two and three inch nails
2.       Timbers: 4x1 , 1x1, 2x1 (some of the timbers & nails are taken from a used crate)

Tools used
1.       Hammer
2.       Hand Saw
3.       Tape Measure
4.       Square
5.       Nail punch (option: use a 5 inch nail)

Other useful info
-          You can ask for the timbers to be cut to length at the timber yard before taking them away. Instead of using your hand saw, the electric saw they use at the timber yard gives a fine cut, ensuring perfect fit.
-          Always take the off-cut with you. They are useful.
-          POM residents, hire vehicles are usually on stand bye at most timber yards. Keep an eye out for them if you need help with transporting timbers.
-          The timbers have been sourced from UAA Timbers, behind Big Rooster, opposite TST Boroko 4 Mile.

-          Price and receipt attached (Take note of the Unit Price)
Unit price: K2.50/m 20x20cm | K4.80/m 4x1 inch