The Coffee Experience: Australian Edition

 

Ordering coffee is not as easy as it seems...

I need coffeeAustralia is well known for its coffee culture. Add that to being a university student, and the chances of you drinking coffee while studying at QUT are quite high. In fact, there are about 6 different places on QUT Garden’s Point campus where you can get a quick caffeine fix.

When I first moved here to start my degree, I learned the hard way that ordering coffee here is usually not the same as back home. For instance, my coffee of choice is black, which is sometimes known as an Americano in some countries. The first time I tried ordering black coffee here, I was met with blank stares from the barista. This is how the conversation went:

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Hakuna Matata.

I finally got to go see the Lion King show with other fellow blogger Iman and it was awesome! I mean, after watching the show for the fourth time. Yes, the fourth time. Well, long story short. I accidentally watched the show when I was in Disneyland Paris in French, English and French again. And now, in English again.. well back to the story. Read more

Lost in Translation: An American Frist Hand Experience

One of the reasons I decided to study in Australia was because the official language here is English . Considering that my first language is English, everything should work out great. Well, that is what I thought. Read more

Chillaxing Study Places.

indexNoisy Neighbors or house mates got you down? Have no fear!

There are tons of places that I personally like to study whenever it gets busy around your house. Here are a few places, where I thought I could share with you all, that you could go and work or study:

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Vegemite, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Vegemite

 

If you’re in Australia, the chances are that you have already tried some Vegemite. It’s one of those things that you either love or hate.

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Jacarandas.

It’s Jacaranda season.

If you haven’t noticed those purple trees you all have been seeing around campus and in the city, well you should.They are called Jacaranda Trees if you didn’t know that. Not only that they look pretty in the trees but once they have fallen down, they leave a pathway all covered in purple which looks a scene in a movie and they smell lovely too!

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Living on an Island

We always have one week holiday in the middle of the semester. Many always said that the one week holiday is not really a break because you still gotta do assignments. Well, it is true. Once we are back to uni, we will have never ending deadlines. Before life gets hectic again, I took time to take a break from study. We all deserve a bit of a break right?

During that one week holiday, I went to Fraser Island, one of Queensland’s holiday destination for 4 days. I knew that I couldn’t waste all of that time enjoying the break so I brought my assignments with me, hoping to work on it when we were relaxing at the resort. It all worked out fine in the end, I took time to enjoy the island and use the night time to study. Remember to manage your time especially around this time when a lot of assignments are due!

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The Morning Tea Experience.

As you can tell from above. Yes, I love tea and That is all I have to say.
Nah, I’m just kidding, not about the tea part that is.

Photoblog: Parasailing at Gold Coast!

Recently, I decided to go parasailing with my friend, as kindly sponsored by the QUT Business School for my efforts from my previous semester blogging on this platform (Funfact: If you guys did not know, this blog used to be under the QUT Business School, but in this semester, it has been officially changed to the QUT International Student Blog!) I chose to go parasailing with Surfers Paradise Parasail, Jet Ski Hire and Jet Boat Rides and boy, was it fun!

We met up with the friendly crew at around 11am and off we went on a speedboat for our sail!

The day was as beautiful as it can get for a nice spring morning. The crew took us out to a little spot not too far away from Southport beach and started getting those aboard into harnesses before launching them off!

Along the way, we also encountered many people doing water activities. From kayaking, to being on speedboats, to canoeing, and jet-skiing, it was relaxing just looking at these people enjoying themselves while enjoying the lovely sea breeze.

The crew who had us was really nice and friendly. I’m so glad my friend and I made the choice to go parasailing.

The parasailing package that we chose was a tandem parasailing selection. That means that people usually go up in pairs, which was really good for a novice like me. This actually is not my first time parasailing. Having done this previously in Malaysia,  I remembered my first time parasailing involved me landing face down on the ground (a picture could probably be found somewhere on Facebook), so I was in doubt of my own capabilities to parasail. But luckily, we were launched off a little pad on the back of the boat, and were landed gently back on the same spot too!

I didn’t have many pictures, as I did not own a GoPro to take up the flight or be brave enough to bring my iPhone up (IMAGINE THE HORROR IF I WERE TO DROP IT…), so here’s just a quick summary of my little trip to the coast to parasail that day. All in all, I had tons of fun and it was a great experience. The thrill of being high up above the sea (and imaging you would fall in the whole time) and being able to see everything was simply exhilarating. Not to mention, the scenery was simply breathtaking!

If I were to rate this trip, I would definitely give it a 5/5! The only thing that I would probably lament about this would be that we only had such a short time up in the air. Nonetheless, it was still a great experience, and for everyone who hasn’t done this before… WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?