My volunteering experience with RSPCA

I attended QUT Skilled Volunteering Expo and signed up for a few organizations that I am interested in. After signing up, I received the emails when they need volunteers for the events.

I had a lot of free time after finishing the final exams so I registered my name to volunteer as the photographer for Santa Paws Christmas market by RSPCA QLD.

The RSPCA is an independent, non-government community-based charity providing animal care and protection services. The RSPCA’s mission is to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. If you would like to know more about RSPCA, here is the link for you: https://www.rspca.org.au/

Basically you can find all types of things related to pets in the RSPCA superstore.

If you want to have a pet and believe that you will be able to take good care of them, adoption is a pretty good idea.

There are seven reasons why you should choose adoption. So think about adoption!

Some fun facts about the dogs’ age when comparing to human years.

The following photos are the cute dogs in the RSPCA adoption centre at that time.

Other than dogs, there are also cats in the RSPCA adoption centre.

People can have their pet’s photo taken with the one and only RSPCA’s Santa Paws on that day and also do some Christmas shopping for their pets.

The dogs were clad in with the Christmas accessories by their owners and waiting for the photos to be taken.

This little cutie pie wore the fancy clothes. How adorable is it!

The following photos are some other cute dogs I met during the event.

This little one was sniffing my camera haha!

Happy dog and the happy owner.

Two cutie pies.

Not only the pets, kids also have a lot of fun during the day.

The team is there to help you if you need any.

My volunteering experience with RSPCA was great. If you have time and feel like doing something meaningful, think about volunteering.

Sidebar: I met with other RSPCA volunteers during my morning run along Brisbane River at South Bank. The volunteers were strolling with the dogs for adoption in RSPCA.

Everyone is welcome to get close with the dogs and have fun with them if you are keen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUT Dance Showcase

I came across QUT Dance Facebook page last time and knowing that they were recruiting volunteer photographer for their upcoming showcase. I registered to volunteer as the photographer and would like to share my volunteering experience with you guys.

I went for their rehearsal and one of the showcases to take the photos.

The following photos are some of the performances during the day.

At the end of the showcase, the performers danced together and thanks the audiences for their coming.

I enjoyed watching the showcase while taking the photos. If you are interested in watching the showcase, simply like their pages to get updated. Or you can also join the society if you would like to be one of the performers! Besides, there are some free dance classes for students who are keen in learning dancing to join throughout the semester as well.

 

 

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) turns 10!

I went to Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) turns 10 party with my friends. GOMA is an art museum located in the Southbank precinct of Brisbane.

On that day, there were backdrop and lighting prepared right in front of GOMA entrance. Anyone can take the photos there if you are keen.

The current major exhibitions at GOMA include art of Australia and the Pacific, a captivating new light work by renowned artist Anthony McCall and also over 200 contemporary artworks exploring light, space, architecture and the senses. If you are keen to know more information, simply check out the link: https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

Feed your eyes with the colourful exhibitions there.

The following photos are some artistic exhibitions at GOMA.

Other than seeing exhibitions, we found back some childhood fun through some hands-on artworks.

I created my own lego robot!

This is the area for you to write your thought for the world, your pet or anyone you miss in the world.

After finish seeing the exhibitions, you can still hang out with friends at the open air pub there.

The exhibitions brought me into the artistic world. A very recommended place for you to visit if you have some free time to spend at Brisbane. Forgot to tell you it is free for entrance too!

 

 

 

QUT Kelvin Grove campus

Today I would like to share with you some photos of our beautiful Kelvin Grove campus.

Kelvin Grove is an inner northern suburb of Brisbane. It is located approximately 3 kilometres from CBD. It only takes around 10 minutes to travel from Gardens Point campus to Kelvin Grove campus with the frequently scheduled shuttle bus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelvin Grove campus is home to the QUT International College and to students in creative industries, education and health. I am a health student so almost all of my classes are scheduled at Kelvin Grove campus.

I am one of the frequent library-goer. I used to stay at a shared-accommodation near Kelvin Grove campus so I can stay at the library until late evening and also walk to the library during weekends. I feel Kelvin Grove library is nicely designed in order to give students a very comfortable and conducive study environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The library is well equipped with the services and facilities for students.

 

 

 

 

 

There are still many other places and facilities which I didn’t manage to include in this blog post. Come QUT to explore more yourself! 🙂

The library consists of six levels. Fifth and sixth levels are the silent study zones. I like the spacious table provided there.

Outside of the window, the view you can see there is Brisbane CBD.

If you prefer open air study environment, Kelvin Grove library has designed the area with excellent view for you as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The area specially designed for researchers only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always like the view seen from the library. I can rest my eyes well after long hours staring at the computer or reading materials.

Borrow a book from the library is just so easy and convenient with the facilities provided.

There is a collection of music in store for you to borrow as well.

This is the GamesLab in the library. You can still borrow Xbox One PS4 Controllers from the Library Helpdesk to play in the room if you are keen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A rich collection of books covered different fields at level 4.

You can also book a meeting room if you need to have a discussion with your group mates.

Right outside of the library, there is a café.

We can also easily access to the services provided by the student learning support centre at Kelvin Grove campus.

Another good thing of Kelvin Grove campus is there is a Woolworths! Woolworths (aka Woolies) is a supermarket/groceries chain at Australia.

Kelvin Grove campus also has a building for QUT health and recreation. You can find various of health clinic services in this building includes Optometry, Psychology and Counselling, Podiatry, Human Movement, Nutrition and Dietetics. If you are interested to know more about services provided my QUT medical centre, check out the link: http://www.medical-centre.qut.edu.au

There is Healthstream Fitness Club in the building as well. If you want to use the facilities provided by the club, simply sign up to become the member.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student centre is the place that you can go to get your general enquiries answered.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUT Creative Industries Precinct is located at Kelvin Grove campus. The building is well constructed. If you are interested to know more about QUT Creative Industries Precinct, check out the link: http://www.ciprecinct.qut.edu.au/about/

The following photos are some parts of Kelvin Grove campus.

There are still many other places and facilities which I didn’t manage to include in this blog post. Come QUT to explore more yourself! 🙂

Solo trip at Newcastle

I planned my first ever solo trip in life to Newcastle to mark the completion of my bachelor at QUT.

Due to my very limited travel funds, I came across Couchsurfing on internet and tried to send some requests to the potential hosts. I got the positive reply from one of the host finally which meant that the accommodation would be free during the trip! So Yeah! However it was a bit daunting for me to just go like that as I have never tried Couchsurfing before. Furthermore, I didn’t know the hosts at all and also I was going there by myself. It sounds like so adventurous for me indeed!

Newcastle is a harbour city with many beautiful beaches at New South Wales. It is located not very far away from Brisbane. The flight from Brisbane to Newcastle only takes around 75 minutes and the one-way flight ticket only costed me for $39 dollars!

My Couchsurfing host is a lovely couple, Cameron and Julie. Cameron is Australian while Julie is from Ireland. They met each other during their backpacking trip at South America and fell in love since then. Their love story is so beautiful.

Besides providing me free accommodation, they also cooked food for me and drove me here and there. I appreciate their kind hospitality very much.

My first home-cooked meal at Cameron and Julie’s house at Newcastle.

During the daytime, I wandered around Newcastle city and the beautiful beaches myself with the assistance of the map.

I went to Newcastle during the summer time in Australia and came across the list of things to do in summer in Newcastle at the mall. If you happen to plan your trip to Newcastle during summer time as well, hope this list gives you some useful travel information 🙂

If you are one of the coffee lovers, Newcastle will be a good place for you to explore because there are many good cafes scattering around the town.

The following photos are one of the best cafés I went at Newcastle, One Penny Black. I enjoyed drinking their coffee and also eating their signature muffin.

     

Other than the good food, the cafe also has the good ambience.

The nicely presented crepe I tried at ‘Coco Monde’. I miss the tasty crepes so much now.

Other than good cafes, there are many cool shops scattering around the town as well. The following photos are some of the cool shops I enjoyed exploring very much at Newcastle.

The popular doughnuts shop ‘Doughheads’ at Newcastle. It tastes so nice and I am craving for it now!

There are so many creative and hipster stuff in this shop which called ‘Blackbird Corner’ at Darby street.

I feel so comfy and refreshing while staying inside this shop. Probably this is the magic power of botanic.

I adore the design of the shop and also the cool products selling inside the shop.

I didn’t manage to visit this shop in the end. However I know I will like it just from the exterior of the shop.

If you are book lovers, you shouldn’t miss visiting the bookshops at Newcastle. I have so much fun while exploring the bookshops there. I believe you will be as well!

The following photos are some photos I took while wandering around the town.

       

       

I was also lucky to catch the free performance by the orchestra in the city.

If you enjoy seeing scenery, Queens Wharf Tower is the place that not to miss. The following two photos are the view taken from the tower.

       

If you have some time, you also can plan your visit to art gallery and museum at Newcastle. These two places are free for entrance.

       

Besides, I also went to many beautiful beaches at Newcastle.

       

        

        

There is a beautiful garden in front of the sea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I spent some good time exploring Newcastle with my hosts as well. They brought me to Newcastle Memorial Walk. I was so amazed by the breathtaking view there.

       

Julie drove me to Mereweather beach and still treated me dessert. How enjoyable to savour the dessert just right beside the sea.

Julie also brought me to Fernleigh Track to cycle.

We went to the wildlife park too. The following photos are the cute animals I met that day.

       

After travelling around Newcastle, I headed to Sydney from Newcastle by train to meet a girl friend and travel Sydney together. The travelling time is only around 3 hours and the train fare is pretty affordable. I will share my Sydney trip with you guys in the future 🙂

My solo trip at Newcastle was a wonderful and memorable one. I was so glad to meet Cameron and Julie during the trip and thanks again for their kind hospitality.

Lastly, I would like to share a quote with you guys I came across at one of the shops at Newcastle.

Happy New Year!

I love the festive season. I went to the lighting of Christmas tree at King George Square in Brisbane city with friends.

Before they started the lighting of the Christmas tree, there were some Christmas carols singing performances on the stage!

Finally Santa Claus was coming right before the moment of lighting up the Christmas tree!

Brisbane City Hall and the Christmas tree with the confetti. The moment when the lighting of Christmas tree was on like magical. It was so pretty!

Brisbane City is donned with the Christmas decorations. I can feel the Christmas spirit while walking around Brisbane City.

Brisbane is so happening and fun during this festive season. There were also many other free activities and events for the whole family happening at Brisbane. You can easily find yourself occupied if you are keen.

Wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Brisbane City Hall & Museum of Brisbane

I spent one of my afternoon at Museum of Brisbane and enjoyed hanging around there very much.

Museum of Brisbane is located on top of Brisbane City Hall.

The beautiful Brisbane City Hall in the early morning during winter.

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The charming Brisbane City Hall when the night falls.

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You can join the free tours if you are interested!

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If you would like to receive more information about the exhibition at Museum of Brisbane, check out the website: http://www.museumofbrisbane.com.au

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The day when I visited Museum of Brisbane, there have the exhibitions of 100% Brisbane and INK REMIX: Contemporary art from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong and also the collection of Story Bridge.

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The following photos are some of the interiors at Museum of Brisbane.
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Some fun facts from a day in the life of Brisbane I know through the exhibition.  

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I had a sniff of the scents of the city at the Museum of Brisbane. It smells so nice!

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You can also listen to a Brisbane story at Museum of Brisbane if you are keen to know more!

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Following are some interesting stuff I got to see from the exhibitions on that day.dsc00016 dsc00015 dsc00018

The shop is full of cool stuff!

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I learnt so much every time when I visited there. And haven’t I mentioned it is free for entrance right? 😉

QUT Gardens Point Campus

I do not always go to Garden Point Campus because my course is based at Kelvin Grove Campus. So I am actually not very familiar with Garden Point Campus. Today I walked around the campus before my evening jog along Brisbane river and found how beautiful and convenient the campus is.

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Library is the place that I am more familiar with at Gardens Point Campus. It is located in the centre of the campus.

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Right outside of the library, there are dispensers and microwaves. It is so convenient when students are mugging for exams in the library.

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During the exams period, the opening hours is extended until 2am. Another cool thing of the library is we are allowed to have our lunch or dinner inside the building. So students can stay in the library for the whole day to study efficiently.

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Beside the library, there is a zone for you to chillax with friends whenever you want to have a short break from the study.

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I got help for my assignments at the library helpdesk before. The staffs are helpful and approachable! Besides, there is also IT helpdesk which the place that you can seek some IT help!

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Lockers are provided in the campus for students to use as well.

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There are many emergency poles in the campus. You can easily seek assistance in the campus if you have any security concerns.

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Copiers and Network Printers corner at Law library.

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Computer zone at Law Library. Other than the computer zones in the library, there are also many computer labs in the campus. Some of them are accessible for 24 hours.

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It is really good that kitchen facilities are provided in the library!

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Applying to be the member of Healthstream then you can enjoy the swimming pool and gym facilities in the campus.

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I enjoy walking around the bookshop. There are many interesting stuffs inside! I like the QUT merchandise too!

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Near to the bookshop & café, there are botanic bar and food court.

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Students can always approach the friendly staff in the student centre to seek for assistance.

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Pharmacy, restaurant and the corner store in the campus.

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Following photos are some amazing spaces in Gardens Point Campus.

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Following photos are beautiful infrastructures in Gardens Point Campus.

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After walking around some parts of Gardens Point Campus, I crossed Goodwill bridge to South Bank to start my evening run along Brisbane River.

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Rest on the grass in the halfway of running.

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Hope this post helps you to know more about our campus:) Other than that, there are still many other amazing facilities and spaces in QUT campus! Come to explore it yourself 🙂

 

Beautiful places surrounding Brisbane

Graduation season is around the corner! So today I will share about some places or activities that I have visited and tried before and hope it may be helpful for those are planning a trip for the family and friends who come to attend the graduation ceremony at QUT.

  • Hot air balloon. The package normally includes the champagne buffet breakfast in the vineyard after the ride. If you are wine lovers, you can still taste the wine there and grab some if you like it!

Before we flew to the sky.

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The hot air balloon is almost done to ride us to the sky!

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The following photos are the wonderful view up in the sky.

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When we were about to land down.

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The view is really breathtaking up there! Once again I was amazed by the beauty of the nature in Australia again from the hot air balloon ride!

  • Cleveland Point Lighthouse. It is located on the north-eastern tip of Cleveland Point, at Cleveland, a suburb approximately 25 kilometres east-south-east of Brisbane. Basically what we did on that day were just taking photos with the lighthouse, enjoy the sea breeze and had lunch and ice cream at the restaurant nearby.

The following photos are lighthouse and me.

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The only place that you can find food at that area.

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The ice cream is so yum! Feel like savouring it again!

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There is also a playground! Kids can occupy themselves there!

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  • Tangalooma island resort is located at Moreton island. It is only a 75-minute catamaran cruise from Brisbane. There are many activities you can do there so it is a place which suitable for the family.

One of the highlight activity there is definitely dolphin feeding in every evening. You will have a chance to hand feed the wild dolphins there! I had an interesting dolphin feeding experience since then!

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People were having fun with ATV quad bike tour on the beach.

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I should give kayaking a try next time!

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Strolling on the beach is definitely a good idea! The sand is so soft and clean. You have to experience it yourself!

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You will see starfish everywhere along the way. No matter alive or dead starfish.

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Don’t miss the chance to take photo with the famous shipwrecks there!

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There was bonfire after dinner time. Interesting experience for me as well!

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  • Maleny is a small scenic town which located 90 kilometres north of Brisbane on the Blackall Range overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland.

It is like a wonderland to me!

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What’s make the goat so excited and wanted to jump off the fence?

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Seems like is a must to take a photo with the big chair!

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After visiting Maleny botanic gardens and bird world, we headed to a hiking place. There is a lookout point along the way.

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The beautiful lake view from the lookout point after the hiking trail.

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Missing the serenity there!

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Before heading back home, we visited a small town, Montville. This shop is pretty interesting.

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Pretty Chapel Lane at Montville.

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  • North Stradbroke Island is an island that lies within Moreton Bay in the Australian state of Queensland, 30 kilometres southeast of the capital Brisbane.

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If you are lucky enough, you can actually see dolphins jumping in the ocean! We were the lucky one on that day.

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Missing the view! I will visit there again!

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Stepping out then only know that there are so many beautiful places surrounding Brisbane!

Sail away

Planning a wonderful trip is the motivation for study during the hectic period of semester.

A girl friend and I booked the flight ticket to Whitsundays and also the sailing trip when we were suffocated by the various exams and assignments. We wanted to sail away after the semester is over!

Whitsundays lies between the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, a massive stretch of coral teeming with marine life. Most of the islands are uninhabited. They’re characterized by dense rainforest, hiking trails and white sand beaches. The town of Airlie Beach on the mainland is the region’s central hub.

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Personally I think that Brisbane locates at an excellent location so it is good in term of budget while planning the trip to some bucket-list destinations in Australia. The flight from Brisbane to Whitsundays is about two hours. The return flight ticket of budget airline normally costs around $200. If you catch the promotion, the price can be much lower than $200.

Kickstart our very first sailing trip at Whitsundays!

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You will have a chance to try to sail the boat with the captain if you are keen!

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Sitting at the deck to enjoy the sea wind while the boat started to sail. How chillax is it!

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On the first day of our sailing trip, the captain sailed us to the middle of the sea and we stayed overnight in the boat. I was like sleeping in a rocking bed. Remember to bring the sea sickness medication with you if you are worried!

Whitehaven beach is a pristine, award winning beach on Whitsunday island. We are lucky to be the first boat to arrive Whitehaven beach on that morning.

The view of Whitehaven beach from the lookout point at around 7am.

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After we enjoyed the breathtaking view from the lookout point, we walked down to the beach to take plenty of photos of us with the view haha! (no colour adjustment or filtering effect at all!)

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The captain told us the view from the lookout point is very different between 7am and 9am so we walked to the lookout point again before leaving. The view of Whitehaven beach at around 9am.

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We had the dinner on the deck and enjoyed the beautiful sunset.

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I woke up early morning and stayed on the deck to enjoy this wonderful view.

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Chilling on the deck to enjoy the last bit of the sailing trip.

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Feeling recharged after this amazing getaway experience! Study hard play hard!