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About Aubrey

In 2015 I came to Australia and became an international student here. Ever since then I started my journey of getting more engaged in university, seeking internship and making more friends. I always strive to live in the moment because time is really short for us international students!

Redcliffe Festival of Sails

Good Friday has passed but my memory of the Redcliffe Festival of sails is still very fresh. It was a one-day event happening on Good Friday with Australia’s second biggest yacht race and other amusement events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went there with my friends by taking the Redcliffe Peninsula line. On the day, the Jetty’s market was also going on. We first had some brunch at the market and then proceeded to the Sutton beach where you can see people started sailing away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides that, there were a lot of food trucks along the beach. Tennis and volleyball court was also set up for people to use. What’s more? There were ponies to ride as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although summer has already came to an end, it was still pretty cosy and warm at the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got this shot at the Moreton Bay truck for free after a fulfilling meal.

If you are thinking about a one day trip outside down town Brisbane on weekend, Redcliffe is surely a place worth visiting. You can spend the morning exploring the Jetty’s market and then read books along the nice beach. PS:There is also a huge outdoor swimming pool similar to the one in Southbank if you feel like a swim.

 

What is HiQ?

Recently there has been a big change in the library especially in Gardens Point campus. There are more computers and studying places on the third floor and when you walk into the library, you will see some students wearing orange shirt with an IPAD trying to help answer students’ queries.

It wasn’t until the beginning of May that HiQ was officially announced to QUT students. From my understanding, HiQ is an offline and online services place offered to students and it combines the functionality of student centre, IT help services and library services.

 

 

More digital screens were introduced to encourage student interaction.

 

 

 

 

 

A more centralised place also saves students time to go back and forth from different services places.

 

 

 

I do have thoughts about this new service delivery mode. The following are some pros and cons I could think of:

Pros:

  • Combing all services at one place will be more efficient and time-saving for students
  • Better facilities, sofas and chairs
  • Students helping students

Cons:

  • Students don’t have a waiting area when waiting for their queries to be answered
  • Students need to be put into a queue by staff member even if it is only a small question

I’m always glad to see changes happen at QUT. Time will let us know how HiQ is going to be in the future. But I’m sure it will be helping students as always!

Noosa Hike with QUT International Student Services

I’ve heard about the QUT International Student Services trips many times through friends, but haven’t had the chance to attend it ever since I started QUT. As my graduation is approaching soon, I would love to explore more about Queensland before I graduate. So this time I signed up for a trip to Eumundi Market and Noosa for around $50 (personally I think it is a bit expensive).

The whole trip was very relaxed and you could have a lot of freedom. We were taken to Eumundi Market in the morning first and had two hours exploration by ourselves.

 

Trust me, the market was huge, you might need more than two hours to check out every stall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another highlight of the market was its street artists. They used imagination and hard work to brighten your day.

After the market fun, we headed straight to the Noosa beach and national park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lot of people were enjoying the nice weather on the beach. Our coordinator from ISS took those who were interested in a hike straight to the Noosa National Park. For some of the students who just started their life in Australia, it was their first time seeing a beach in Queensland, so some of them were really excited.

 

 

 

 

We had about four hour to explore in the park before heading back. So I decided to take a long hike. The view was so pretty and astonishing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember to bring some snacks and sunscreen because there is no shop inside the mountain and you might need some energy to recharge yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took a fruit break for about 20 minutes while taking some pictures and enjoying the peaceful wave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took this picture at a place called the Hell’s Gate. Did you see my hair being blew up by the wind? It was a crazy experience because the wind there was so strong and you can hear the wind punching the edge of the cliff and making loud noises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t the view amazing? I’m glad I decided to go on this trip and checked one place off my bucket list. Also I made several new friends along the way as well.

Overall such a fun experience!

Travel Alone Can Be Fun – Sydney Part 2

I talked about the first day of my Sydney trip in the previous blog. This time I will share with you what I did in the second and third day.

  • Day 2

My second day is composed of a whole day walk among Darling Harbour, Paddy’s Markets and NSW State Library. I also accidentally walked into a lot of other places on my way.

I came across this beautiful Chinese Garden right next to the Darling harbour. It brought me a sense of peace and there were a lot of tourists sitting on the rock and enjoy the blooming lotus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also write down your wishes on the pink paper and hang it up. It was a pleasure to read the nice wishes of other people and be touched by their positiveness and kindness.

  • Day 3

I was chatting with the girls living in the same room with me in the hostel the night before and we were talking about our plan for the next day. It turned our that they wanted to join me for the costal walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach.

We got up early on the day and took a bus to Bondi Beach. The weather was very good, sunny with a little breeze.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luthyda, Layla and I were about to start our 3-hour hike.

Luthyda is from China and currently on her working holiday in Australia.

Layla is from Germany and about to leave Australia after working for one year to commence her midwifery course in Germany.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view along the costal line is just amazing. You can see so many tourists or locals either enjoying the sunshine on the beach, surfing or working out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t life beautiful? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are into nature, definitely check out the costal walk. If is refreshing, beautiful and free.

However, do remember to put on a lot of sunscreen. You can burn pretty bad after three hour in the sun. That’s the lesson I learnt.

My 3-day getaway to Sydney came to an end finally and I had to say farewell to the new friends I met there. Not sure whether we will come across in life ever again, but I guess this is the beauty of travelling alone. You will always meet new friends if you open yourself up. It is amazing to be friends with other people who are so different from you, yet share the same value with you.

I will come back to do the costal walk again in the future, definitely!

Volunteering for 2017 QUT Exchange Fair

Are you thinking about going for an exchange? If one-semester is too long or too expensive for you, maybe you can join a short-term exchange program for 2-4 weeks.

At the end of last year, I completed a short term exchange program in Japan for three weeks. It was an unforgettable experience for me where I met lots of friends and sharpened my Japanese language skills. As this program is so good and I hope more students can know about it, today I volunteered for 2017 QUT Exchange Fair.

This event was held in Kelvin Grove campus because the Young University Summit was happening in Gardens Point campus at the same time. The stalls were arranged according to different countries. There were more than 20 stalls at the event with exchange student representatives at each stall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was volunteering for the short-term exchange program stall. A lot of students showed up to ask about what short-term exchanges are and how could they participate. I noticed that many students are interested in Japan and UK.

I came across my friend Jodie when volunteering who attended the exchange program in Sonoda Women’s College with me together last year and she offered to help out at the stall. Thanks, Jodie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a good time sharing with students our experience in Japan and encouraged them to apply either for academic study or professional development purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in  going abroad to study for a short period, definitely go and check out this QUT website: https://qutvirtual2.qut.edu.au/ismms-core/outboundStp/listUpcoming

You can find the detailed information of each program, the application due date and program start date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good luck and have fun!

Travel Alone Can Be Fun – Sydney Part 1

After one year and a half in Brisbane, Australia. Finally I decided to explore other states in Australia.

I booked my ticket on Jetstar, which is a budget airline. The return ticket cost me around $120. Before my departure, I also book a youth hostel in the centre of Sydney, and the price is about $30 per night.

Even though I’m travelling alone this time, I wasn’t too worried because first Australia is a really safe country and second, you can meet new friends who are also travelling alone. And a good place to meet them is in hostel.

I spend the first two days in Sydney mainly walking around the city. If you haven’t been to Sydney, let me tell you, the CBD there is so big and there are so much things to explore.

St Mary Cathedral near Hyde Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After arriving in the afternoon, I took a long stroll nearby. When walking past a park, later I know it’s Hyde Park, this beautiful cathedral came into my view. I took a look inside and there was an event happening.

Then I walked past the botanic garden, like the one in Brisbane, people like taking wedding pictures there.

Inside the botanic garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I kept walking, I saw a pathway similar to the Brisbane riverside walk. Enjoying the terrific river view and breathing the fresh air, I couln’t believe this walkaway leaded me Sydney Opera House.

The view you can see along the pathway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Opera House and Harbour Bridge are right in front of me. I couldn’t believe this breath-taking moment and that a random walk leaded me here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seagulls were enjoy the gentle breeze like I did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I took lots of pictures and some video clips. While I was taking pictures, quite a few people walked up to me and kindly asked me to take pictures for them. As a return, they also offered to take me pictures too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is truely a multi-national city. You can see so many tourist and hear various languages. What surprised me is that they city took Chinese New Year to an official level. You can see the Chinese New Year vibe everywhere including giant rooster statue in front of the Opera House, giant Chinese Animal Lanterns from Circular Key all the way to the Rocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When it got darker and darker, you could see the beautiful lanterns shining under the moon. Overwhelmed by the astonishing view, I took a seat opposite the Opera House and enjoyed music street artists were playing and got ready to leave for hostel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the following days, I went to the Chinese Garden in Darling Harbour, met two friends in the hostel and took a long hiking along the coastal line from Bundi Beach all the way to Coogee Beach. It was hot, it was fun and it was the best part of the trip!

I will talk about the beautiful costal line in my next blog, stay tuned!

Getting fit on a budget at QUT

Working out is a great way to release stress and help you maintain a good body shape and health. Besides the low-cost exercise like running and jogging, there are many options you can choose from to stay fit with a low cost at uni.

  • Join a sports club

In QUT, there are lots of social sports clubs you can choose from. It is a great way to keep fit while meeting new friends. If you just want to de-stress and not work out too much, QUT MY(Meditation and Yoga) Club might be a good option.

I joined QUT MY Time this semester and went for the yoga workshop 2 times a week. I can say it helps a lot when it comes to finding inner peace and be less stressed. The membership fee for one year is only 10 dollar. What a bargain!

 

 

 

 

🙂 🙂

  • Use the swimming pool on campus

It was only until this semester that I started using the swimming pool in QUT Health Stream at Gardens Point campus. This is an olympic standard pool.

The cost for one entrance ranges from $5 to $8 dollar depending on how many passes you buy as a bundle. Besides that, they also run adult swimming classes on weekend which is very helpful especially for me as I can’t swim very well and in Australia pretty everyone can swim.

Picture from Healthstream Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Join the free Medibank Feel Good Program

Starting from March, Medibank Feel Good Program started and it will last for ten weeks. They have a range of free workshops ranging from zumba to ballet fit. You don’t need to prepare anything for the workshop, just simply show up and you will also get free yoghurt at the end.

It is only 15 minutes by walk from QUT to get to the venue of the workshop which is located in Southbank.

 

Let’s get fit together in the new semester!

Cooking is Fun!

It has been one year and seven months since I came to Australia. I still remember when I first came here, I found the living expense was very expensive. So I almost cooked every meal for myself even though it didn’t taste that good.

Gradually, I got busier and busier with university and managed to find a job to support myself. As a result, I got lazy with cooking because:

  1. Prepare food took a lot of time.
  2. Even though I spent time on cooking, it didn’t necessarily taste good.

So after about 2 months, I kind of gave up cooking and bought meal outside most of the time. However recently, I started cooking and gradually had an interest in baking.

I guess it is due to the fact that I was inspired by a friend who loves cooking and always say to me: Food is life, good for soul! I lived with her for a month when I came back from my exchange and didn’t have a place to live. She cooked different meal everyday and they all tasted extremely good. Watching her cooking made me feel that cooking itself is fun and it doesn’t take that long to prepare for a delicious meal.

Spent 15 dollar making 4 portions of pasta.

That day I missed the pork meat bun so much that I tried to make it myself

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After moving out, I started subscribing different Youtube channels on cooking and try to cook food according to it. So far I tried to cook traditional Sichuan style boiling fish, banana bread, pizza, pasta and sponge cake. Not only did I save money from cooking, I also felt a sense of accomplishment!

Lemon sponge cake

Home-made pizza

Banana bread!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooking is life, good for soul!

Check it out – QUT Art Museum

Is there a place on campus where you always pass by but never stop to take a look?

For me, yes! There are two places on QUT Gardens Point campus: QUT Art Museum and Old Government House.

This week when I was on my way to the library, I saw several very eye-catching posters about glass architecture outside the art museum. As someone very interested in innovation and design, I finally walked in and took a look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Art Museum is not very big and there are two main exhibition rooms on both left and right side. The design on shown that day is all about glass architecture. Some of them have actually been produced and sold in Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every two to three months, there will be different exhibitions. So if you are an art person or simply just want to explore more about the Gardens Point campus, QUT Art Museum is definitely a place worth visiting!

Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival in Brisbane

The Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival is organised by a non-for-profit organisation aiming at promoting Chinese films and boosting cultural exchange. It is held annually in major Australian cities during the Chinese Spring Festival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This year in Brisbane, Australian Chinese Youth Association hosted this event and there were 6 films open to public in Griffith Film School. I was very excited to hear about this event and went to see the movies 2 days in a row.

 

 

 

 

 

One the first day of the film festival, The Song of Cotton team came to meet and greet the audience. Before the screening of the movie, the director also held a workshop on film-making for all the film lovers.

The films showed during the festival covered a range of genres and explores different social problems. The Song of Cottons talks about the ageing of Mr. Sheng, the story between him and his young nanny. The Summer Is Gone shows the audience the struggle a family faced when China ended its state-owned company period and lots of companies became private owned and stable jobs no longer existed.

Film The Summer Is Gone

Black and White Film

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those Chinese Film fans, don’t miss out this event next year!