Hi everyone, this is Nicole and I am back for my blog now! I am now creating a check-list for you to fill your summer vacation with tons of fun. This checklist is super user-friendly because you only need to find out what you love, and then check out the corresponding activity! Let’s begin now!
Hello pretty people! Today, I am going share something very sweet with you all.
Guess what? I went to all things sweet pop-up museum called ‘Sugar Republic’ in Brisbane. And, it made me realize that the inner child within you is ageless… I actually came across the exhibition as a Facebook event and it looked something like this.
Hi guys, I am Frame. How’s your life going? I hope you have a wonderful time 🙂
It is been a long time since I wrote a story because I have been stuck with my assignments. This semester is really hard to manage the time for studying, working, relaxing and finishing loads of assignments! Read more
Part 2: The Bright Side
Well, I did not expect my second part would take that long to come up with (interrupted by my assignments haha) but yeah, here I go again!
Hi guys, it’s Ha and this is the second chapter of my student life in Brisbane. This part will be all about the fun stuff I’m doing as an international student and what I really enjoy.
After recently returning from my third surfing weekend trip in Byron Bay organised by QUT surfers, I can confidently say that the QUT Surfers club is my favorite club at QUT! If you haven’t heard, QUT Surfers is a relatively new club at QUT that aims to bring together both new and advanced surfers, organize weekend or day surfing trips and lessons, or just to socialize, chill at the beach and meet other cool people. No prior surfing experience is required to join the club so it is a great way to get out there and learn from the best. If being in the water isn’t your thing, the club is still a fantastic way to meet really cool people.
Celebrate QUT Discipline Strengths
It was pleasing to see the strong performance of QUT in the recent Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2018.
QUT International High School day – Monday 22 October
We welcome all international high school students who are currently studying Year 11 or 12 here in Australia.
During my winter break this year, I was invited by my best friend and her family to travel across the South-Eastern border of Australia with them. Our journey started with a flight to Melbourne, and road trips to Shepparton, Furner, Mount Gambier and Adelaide, and flight back from Adelaide to Brisbane.
The trip was an immersive experience as we stayed on farms owned by family friends, and I played with lots of baby lambs, had freshly laid eggs for breakfast and also had a bonfire night in the freezing weather.
My best friend surprised me with a trip to the Blue Lake, Tantanoola caves and the possum caves in Mount Gambier.
On the way to Adelaide from Furner, we also came across the famous giant lobster, and absolutely had to take a picture of it!
All in all, this trip inspired me to aim to travel more across Australia and explore the less famous towns and cities and discover more of Australia’s stunning landscape and natural formations.
Once in a year, the Royal Queensland Show (EKKA) is here in Brisbane again!!! This iconic show brings the city and the country together and showcases the best of Queensland in ten days. Before heading to EKKA yourself, you can now follow my steps and gain a unique insight about EKKA from me!
1.Fashion Parade & Art
Never been to a fashion show before? Now it’s your turn to enjoy the show at Ekka like a celebrity. Here you can see the works of Queensland’s top designers and have your photos taken with gorgeous models after the fashion show. As far as I know, this fashion show has been a must-see for EKKA since 1980. Additionally, the Creative Arts and Crafts competition shows you the most talented creations in Queensland and you can see creations ranging from embroidery, beading to leatherwork.
2. Animals & Agriculture
Australia’s cute creatures can be more than koala and kangaroos, and you will realize this in the animal nursery. A tour of the animal nursery in EKKA, you can literately embrace with any cute little animals! After washing your hands, you can directly enter the playground and enjoy your time with small animals such as cows, sheep, and little pigs!
In the ten days of the EKKA Carnival, competitions ranging from paintings, beauty contests for cakes to the largest vegetables will take place all the time. Among them, I am really impressed by the wood-chopping competition. It is definitely one of the best matches with the Ekka’s theme–“Bring the country to the city”. The wood-chopping area is always crowded with the audience who is keen to see the axes and flying sawdust.
3. Food & Drinks
The only thing I should say in this section is to walk around and eat as much as you can! EKKA is definitely a heaven for the foodies, where you can enjoy the delicious cuisines made by the freshest ingredients in Queensland. No matter you are a fan of the traditional Aussie food or you are super willing to try something new, EKKA gives you everything. I would just recommend a few here, the iconic EKKA strawberry sundae, Hot Dog, King-size churros, twisted potatoes, and chips loaded with meat and source!!!
4. DIYs & Photo Time
Do you want some lovely souvenirs from EKKA? You can actually do it yourself!!! Try to make yourself a crown decorated with blooming flowers or bring your friends and families some tulip made by a piece of paper!
5. Night Shows & Fireworks
Spending your night time at EKKA will be a perfect end to your EKKA experience. EKKA offers more than fireworks and it gives you a performance of Australian culture. I can name a few that you should never miss out: Wheel Standing monster car competition, Wild Colonial Wagon Chase and the Fireworks-Spectacular are the most eye-catching parts at the night. Fireworks are perfectly combined with performances and the superb equestrian skills make you cannot stop cheering. P.S., all of these are so much better to see with your own eyes since photos just cannot express how fantastic they are !!!
One more thing you should always do: Just remember to stop for a while and have a look at the EKKA rides at night, they are just amazing!!!
No matter what inspires you to come to EKKA, I can guarantee that EKKA will definitely fill you up with happiness and excitement and gives you the energy to reawaken your inner strength and your love for life! So remember to have your own EKKA experience this August and have tons of fun!!!
Hi, I’m Max, a Diploma in Health Science student at QUT International College.
I’d like to introduce you to my favourite place where I go to relax and release stress. Gold Coast can be hard to go without a car, so I have found another close seaside town to enjoy, Redcliffe.
I have become a coffee-lover during my stay in Australia. In this winter holiday, I decided to become a more ” professional” coffee fan so I signed up for a barista training course.
If you would like to ask me, what is my experience of learning about coffee in Australia? Well, I will not talk about how awesome is the Lattee art I have learned, instead of that, I
will definitely say I have experienced all the steps for making a cup of coffee and I feel that I have experienced the culture of coffee from a fresh new perspective.
It is common for us to see the barista making coffee for us every day. I also believe that we all have a certain coffee shop that we go for a coffee frequently and the staff there can remember our preferences for our coffee, for example, skim milk instead of full-cream milk, extra-shot or decaf. In my opinion, every cup of coffee they make is different.
This coffee includes Espresso, Long Black, Latte, Cappuccino, Macchiato, Flat White, Mocca and hot chocolate
I then got familiar with them by making eight of them in one round and practiced making them in a different order for a few more times.
The next step I learned was to make frothy milk. Thickness is the most important thing when it comes to the quality of the frothy milk. I will tell you a little bit about this and you can learn the rest during your own training.
The typical frothy milk is 1cm thick and is used for making Latte. The one for Cappuccino is a bit thicker and it is 1.5 cm and for Flag White has the least amount of frothy milk of 0.5cm in thickness.I could not even remember how much milk I have used and how many cups I had washed before I could make a beautiful frothy milk in different thickness successfully.
My second day was all about Latte art and it is also the most challenging part of this course. I have learned three different shapes to put on top of a cup of coffee, namely, heart, Rosita, and swan. They are the basics of Latte art and you can learn how to do more complicated shapes afterward. As a beginner, I am pretty happy for myself to master these three at this stage.
I enjoyed my days of learning to make coffee because I do believe that coffee is just like a lifestyle here in Australia, isn’t it? Imagine the picture of yourself making a cup of warm and tasty coffee in winter. Can you still resist your passion for becoming a barista yourself this winter holiday?