User-specific Applications folder : inheritance possible ?

Very rarely does anybody use this computer, but I'm learning about account security and trying it out in order to learn about how it works. So I created accounts for Administrator, Guest, and made my primary account standard.
I have a growing number Applications and some of them aren't really of much use to anyone who uses this computer. So I figured this would be a good chance to learn about a private Applications folder.
I created an "Applications" folder inside my home folder, and OS X was nice enough to give it the special "A" icon. (Thanks OS X! However, I was hoping that it would "inherit" the Apps from the main Applications folder and add those inside my Home directory to it. Currently they function as two completely separate folders, which works okay, but is less convenient.
Is there a way to do this? If there is no built-in way, is there a way to accomplish this with Folder Actions? (I haven't used Folder Actions yet, but I'm reading about them and they're quite interesting....)
-- Tony
White MacBook Core Duo   Mac OS X (10.4.8)  
  Mac OS X (10.4.8)  

Well, I do already have an alias of "/Applications" in the Finder sidebar. Your suggestion functions, but what I'm trying to do is eliminate the extra click in switching from "~/Applications" to "/Applications". Not a huge deal, just an inconvenience I would like to ditch.
So my hope is that there's a way to go to "~/Applications" and have it list everything from "/Applications" in addition to the local contents.
Possible? *sniff sniff*

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