International Student Interview: Atsuki Sakata

Atsuki studying in QUT Gardens Point library for his assignment

What’s your name?

  • Atsuki Sakata

Where are you from?

  • Nara, Japan.

What do you study?

  • Master of Professional Accounting

Why do you choose to study at QUT?

  • Because the weather in Brisbane is good. The reputation of QUT Business School is good too. The campus is located in the city which is very convenient.

Why do you choose to come back to university after working for 8 years?

  • I want to take a break from work. I realised that I need more knowledge to be a professional. And I like Australia! Before coming here, I’ve been to Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in Australia, they are really good cities with kind people.

What’s your favorite place in Brisbane?

  • South Bank. I like just watching the water flowing in the river and the scenery makes me feel relaxed.

What do you want to say to those who are planning to come to study at QUT?

  • Don’t just study, explore more of the city.

Roma Street Parkland

Have you ever wondered where to walk around and relax in Brisbane? Or do you want to hold an outdoor event in Brisbane? Or maybe you want to do volunteering work in a parkland environment in Brisbane? Well, Roma Street Parkland is the answer!

Roma Street Parkland (ref)

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Chasing the sunset

I like to take photographs of sunset because it is beautiful. If you like to see or take photographs of the sunset as well, probably can think about these few places around Brisbane that I am going to introduce you.

  • Wellington Point is a suburb of Redland City, about 22km south-east of Brisbane. It is the good place to catch sunset!

The photo was taken at the bottom of the bridge before the sunset.

The following four photos were taken from the sun was about to set until almost set. I am so astonished by the changes in the colour of the sky at that golden hour for photography!

I think it is a good idea to include people in the sunset photographs as well.

The photo was taken above of the bridge after the sunset. Isn’t it amazing? The sky became pinkish colour after the sunset.

  • Redcliffe is a residential suburb of the Brisbane metropolitan area located within Moreton Bay Region LGA in the north-east of the Redcliffe peninsula, approximately 28 kilometres north-north-east of the Brisbane CBD. It is good to choose to go there on a Sunday morning so then you can also explore the market there.

You can find fresh produce, arts and crafts and many other things there.

There are also goats in the market!

The following few photos are the beautiful sunset at Redcliffe.

The sky turns into pinkish colour after the sunset at there too.

  • Shorncliffe pier is a historic pier which situated near Saint Patrick’s College and lower Moora Park. It takes around 35 minutes to travel from Brisbane city.

People say here is the good place for meditation.

  • Kangaroo Point Cliffs are heritage-listed cliffs located at Kangaroo Point just across the Brisbane River from the Brisbane CBD in Queensland, Australia.

The last few photos were the beautiful sunset with the view of Brisbane city.

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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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!

 

 

 

 

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  • 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!

ISAQ Welcoming Party

ISAQ (Indonesian Student Association of QUT) is an association for Indonesian students who study at QUT. ISAQ is also open to all other QUT students who have interests with Indonesia. This association holds events regularly.

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Orientation Lunch

Monday, 20 February 2017 marked the commencement of O-Week at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for academic calendar 2017. There was a lot of interesting events during the O-Week. One of the interesting events that caught my eyes was the $2 lunches. It was simply because you cannot get $2 worth of lunches anywhere near QUT. Because of that, this event was included in my must-attend events during the O-Week and in which I always had my lunch during the O-Week (of course because of the price). Read more

Brisbane vs Sydney: The Differences of Christmas & New Year!

There are many different ways to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Australia. Last time I wrote the “5 events on Christmas and New Year in Brisbane” which illustrated some interesting activities that students can enjoy freely. This time I would like to share some experience of celebrating my second Christmas and New Year in Brisbane and Sydney and some interesting differences between these two cities that I found.

Brisbane vs Sydney

I love Brisbane!

Well… Brisbane is more chilled out. Although you may feel Brisbane is more crowded in this holiday, it is still much better than Sydney’s situation. There are numerous tourists from all around the world visiting Sydney during Christmas and especially for the New Year fireworks. It may make Sydney much more crowded than other cities of Australia. For example, if you want a perfect view of fireworks, you should prepare for it as early as possible! On the other hand, it’s no problem for you to arrive South Bank two hours before the New Year Fireworks.

About Christmas and New Year Events

According to Brisbane government, there are around 400 events held in December for celebrating Christmas and New Year. However, most of the events are local. On the other hand, Sydney indeed has more international events during this period. Although there are some differences of events between these two cities, there is one same thing. People all feel relaxed, happy, and blessed in this Christmas month and New Year!

Actually many Asian countries also embrace and celebrate Christmas and New Year, but it is still a little bit different from western world. After I came to Australia, I gradually love the atmosphere of these festivals and strongly recommend all international students to join the local events to experience Australian culture more.

Finally, please feel free to leave your comment below and don’t forget to keep following this QUT blog! Also, I am here to wish everyone a better year! 🙂

Day Trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

I have always wanted to see a koala ever since I came to Australia. To me koala to Australia is like panda to China. As I got one day off this Wednesday, I went to the famous Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to see some animals.

It’s very convenient to take public transport to Lone Pine. Route 430 can take you straight there within 1 hour. The following are some pictures of the animals I haven’t seen before.
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The highlight of the day is seeing one wombat falling asleep on her back. One minute ago she was still running around while the next second she was asleep. I called this wombat ‘comedian’ because she brought so much laughter to the tourists.

When the wombat is still running around

When the wombat is still running around

Also because of Ekka holiday, you can get a free picture with koala with your own camera device for free. Thus there is a long queue of people waiting to take pictures with koala.

Altogether I spent the whole day there learning different types of animals and enjoy the beautiful weather. If you are new to Brisbane and want to see some cute animals, definitely come to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary!

OMG She fell asleep on her back!

OMG She fell asleep on her back!