Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a sanctuary located in Currumbin, a coastal suburb in the Gold Coast region of Queensland, Australia. It has an area with 27 hectares of lush bushland to walk through. In this vast sanctuary we can meet various Australian native animals such as kangaroo, koala, wombat, dingo, emu, and many more. The sanctuary itself is open from 8.00am – 5.00pm daily.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

I got the chance to visit the sanctuary during the Gold Coast Orientation Trip with QUT on 25 February 2017. It was my first time to see many Australian native animals. I spent my time there wandering around the sanctuary to see those animals.

Kangaroo

Koala

Emu

I also watched some shows and attractions when I was there.

I had the chance to touch a kangaroo for the first time ever in my life in this sanctuary.

Me Touching a Kangaroo

All in all, it was a great and unique experience for me to visit such place because I could meet many indigenous Australian animals. The shows and attractions were also interesting. I hope I could visit this sanctuary again in the future.

The Benefits of Traveling Solo

I’ve flown by myself many times before, but I had never flown to a new country to travel completely solo. Much to my parents’ dismay back in the US, I challenged myself to step a little outside my comfort zone and take a trip alone to Queenstown, New Zealand for a week.

I know it sounds extremely intimidating to take on a brand new country all alone, but I promise, there are endless benefits of doing so. When I arrived in Queenstown, the only plans I had set were my hostel for the week, and bungy jumping on my first day. I wanted to leave my plans open so that when I was presented with new opportunities, I had a flexible schedule to decide what I wanted to do. Not booking my week was the best choice I made- I met tons of new people and discovered awesome new places. Making friends that happened to have cars and/or boats allowed me to travel with great company without having to spend the extra money for transport. If I had flown to Queenstown with a friend, they may have wanted to go different places than me, do different activities than me, and eat different things than me. Since I was by myself, I was able to make decisions based off what would make me happy. If I wanted to wake up early and fit in a day full of activities, I didn’t have to worry about another person being willing to do the same. If I wanted a day to relax and read by the lake, I didn’t have anyone to object. I felt an independence and freedom in New Zealand that I have never felt before because I truly had complete control over everything that I did. It was a relief to not worry about meeting other people’s wants or needs. Being disconnected from the rest of the world because most of the places didn’t have wifi was also a major factor of my fulfilling experience during the trip.

Overall, being on my own for a week was an amazing way for me to get in touch with myself. I had a lot of time to clear my head, reflect on things, and realize what is actually important to me. I was able to toss out a lot of my careless worries and concerns, and focus on the happiness that the little things in life bring me. I highly recommend taking a trip by yourself, whether it is to a new country, or even just a new state or town nearby- it will impact you in a very positive way.

 

Riverside at the Gardens – Sunday market

Having lived in Brisbane for a little over a year, one of it’s many little quirks I’ve found are it’s abundance of fairs and markets. You can find plenty of them right in the city and in the suburbs around the city.

I recently discovered the Sunday market that happens at Riverside at the Gardens, every Sunday of the month and decided to hop down there to relax during my mid-semester break. It’s located at the Botanical Gardens entrance right down Alice Street. (Pro-tip: if you find yourself at uni on a Sunday want to get out of uni for a rash shopping trip or to grab a bite, just walk down Alice street to this market. You’ll love yourself for it. Promise.)

My first experience at this market happened to the special Easter edition of the market, as it was happening on Easter Sunday, so there were some fun competition, an egg hunt and a raffle draw also happening.

There were not many vendors, but there were a generous variety of things on sale: sweet/savoury cuisine from different parts of the world, clothes, handmade jewellery, wooden crafts, soaps/bath bombs and even make-up.

My sugar-rush inducing, cookies and cream doughnut.

The best part of the market is it’s location – you can grab a bite and head over to sit under the shade of the trees in the garden and enjoy your food.

The prices were all very reasonable for the food. The clothes were on the pricier end.

There was great fresh produce at better prices than you would find at the supermarkets, so I would highly recommend taking a bag along for grocery shopping.

Brisbane’s markets are something you should definitely try out if you’re living here. Maybe we’ll run into each other sometime. 🙂

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!

The RoundUp

QUT’s subject rankings

Did you know that QUT is ranked amongst the world’s Top 100 in these areas:

  • Communication and Media Studies (No.1 in Australia again!)
  • Nursing
  • Law and Legal Studies
  • Architecture, Art and Design, Performing Arts
  • Engineering – Civil, Structural, Mineral and Mining
  • Education and Training
  • Sports-Related Subjects
  • Social Policy and Administration, Social Sciences and Management

*QS World University Rankings by Subjects 2017

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CityHopper: Free Ferry Service in Brisbane

Did you know that there is a free ferry service in Brisbane? Yes, you can use a free ferry service, which name is CityHopper, if you want to travel along the Brisbane River for free. This is the only free inner-city ferry service in Brisbane. This ferry can be easily spotted by its red and white colour.

CityHopper

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Hangout at Fortitude Valley

Fortitude Valley is my favourite hangout place with friends.

Fortitude Valley is a suburb near to Brisbane City. It takes only 10-15 minutes by bus to get there from Brisbane City. Fortitude Valley is also well known of its Chinatown Mall as it is a hub of exotic Chinese supermarkets and restaurants. Fortitude Valley is such a hip and interesting place. I have so much fun and surprises while exploring there every time.

During the weekends, there is a creative market happening.

Free chess can be played for fun if you are interested.

My favourite brownies shop at My Bakery Lane at Fortitude Valley.

I hope I can have a taste of all the flavours they have.

Once in a while, there may also have free music performance.

Recently I discovered Winn Lane at Fortitude Valley. Hearsay there is a shop selling tasty burger which is recommended to give it a try!

Some of the cool stores at Winn Lane, Fortitude Valley.

You can also spot many graffiti here and there while walking around Fortitude Valley.

James Street at Fortitude Valley is Brisbane’s foremost retail and lifestyle precinct. It features a mix of over 130 specialty shops, including a huge range of designer clothing and homewares stores, award-winning restaurants and cafes, art galleries and design havens. You can receive more information from http://www.jamesst.com.au/

My favourite store at James Street. Simply like everything in the store.

My favourite book shop at James Street. The shop also sells tasty Matcha food. Don’t miss it if you are Matcha lovers!

Always can’t resist the desserts and pastries!

I believe you will have a lot of fun and surprises as me while exploring Fortitude Valley!

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!

Urbanest – Student Accomodation

Located in South Brisbane, Urbanest is just about a fifteen minute walk to QUT’s Gardens Point campus. It is also a five minute walk from many restaurants on Grey Street and the Streets Beach. Needing to travel further? Urbanest is right next to the bus and train stations.

The apartment building itself is quite suitable for a University student as well. The two most common room styles are:

  1. a 5 or 6 person apartment, each resident with their own room and bathroom, and a shared common room and kitchen
  2. a 16 person apartment with 8 rooms, meaning two people per room and bathroom, and a shared common room and kitchen for the apartment.

There are also single suites and studio style apartments. Urbanest has a movie room, a fitness center, study rooms, and a laundry room. The management for the most part is pretty good. They know how to do their jobs, and do their best at accommodating residents needs. They also put on events for the residents.

Urbanest is a very sociable place with students from around the world. It is very easy to meet people and fun to learn about the different cultures this world has to offer.

No the apartment complex isn’t perfect, but it’s worth looking into if the majority of your classes are at Gardens Point – or even Kelvin Grove!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

🙂

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!