QUT Airport Reception

Did you know if you are a new international student at QUT you can use QUT Airport Reception service for free? It is one of many services that International Student Services (ISS) provides to international students at QUT. In this post I am going to share my experience of using QUT Airport Reception when I arrived in Brisbane for the first time.

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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.

 

 

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!

Family trip in Brisbane and Gold Coast!

Brisbane and Gold Coast are two famous cities for tourists from all around the world to travel. These two cities are also the ideal traveling destinations for my family. Because I had a summer vacation and they also had holiday during lunar new year period which is the biggest festival for Taiwanese, they decided to come to Australia and travel with me. Moreover, I actually haven’t been back to Taiwan for more than one year, so it’s also the special reunion for us.

Today, I would like to share you some most-visited destinations in Gold Coast and Brisbane by a special way. I edited two vlogs about our traveling and share many important or useful information for travellers. If you are going to study at QUT or studying at QUT, it may be your travel guide for exploring these two cites when you are enjoying your holidays.

The main language of the videos is Mandarin, but I have already added English subtitles on them. No matter where are you from, hope you enjoy the vlogs!



Gold Coast

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnDBlcEAs2M



Brisbane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkYGbM7ijQc

 

If you have any interesting experience or travel tips about these two cities, please feel free to leave your comments below for assisting more students to deeply understand these amazing cities. Also, don’t forget to keep following this QUT blog and hope everyone has a great semester! 🙂

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!

 

 

 

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! 🙂

Choosing accommodation Part II

As promised in my previous blog post on choosing accommodation, here I am with a follow-up post.

Regardless of how much time and thought we put into choosing our respective abodes, we always end up compromising on something. The trick is to identify your deal-breakers and your perks – feel free to compromise on your perks.

For example, if you would like to be near a supermarket or shopping centre for convenient shopping, but being near public transport is crucial to you, then it’s alright if you settle for a place that has a bus-stop right outside your house, and the bus takes you to a supermarket in 15 minutes.

Consider the size of the room you would like – space is not major factor for me, but I have friends who cannot stand to be in a small room.

Consider natural light – I have visited many student share houses and other accommodation where the rooms are sold at a cheaper price because there is very little sunlight in the room or no sunlight at all! This is a deal breaker for me as I need natural light to function. My previous room had no windows in it and I suffered a lot because of that.

Think about your surroundings if you can afford to – would you like living in an apartment-style accommodation or a house surrounded by a small garden?

Last, but definitely not least, consider the lease terms before you sign the lease. If possible, send it over to an attorney-at-law and get it checked, especially if the jargon is hard to navigate.

Student accommodation agencies vary in flexibility and this is evident in their different lease terms. Carefully read the house rules and any other specifications put in your lease. Some accommodation agencies can be very strict; some do not permit any alcoholic drinks on the premises at any time, have strict rules on visitors and sometimes even on internet usage.

I have had to let go of many places that I liked because their rule on internet usage was that it could only be used for study purposes and not entertainment – everyone loves an occasional movie, right?

I hope you find satisfactory accommodation through your house-hunting ventures! Don’t forget to get in touch with QUT accommodation service for help and advice on accommodation and housing!

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.

What’s Your QUT Story? #QUTLife

About this time last year, I saw a campaign somewhere on the QUT website calling for voluntary QUT digital leaders. The main job that QUT digital leaders need to do is to share their own QUT life with the wider QUT online community through a hashtag: #QUTLife.

As I like writing blogs and taking pictures, I submitted my application in the form of a video and was very lucky to be part of the 5 digital leaders. Each of us are from different faculties and we formed great friendship in the past one year.

We attended some QUT flagship events together such as QUT Business Ball, Mental Health Week, Global Cafe and so on. I was also pushed to communicate with more QUT students as this is part of my job to listen to their thinking and share their story as well as mine.

Attending global cafe

Attending workshop together

Attending business ball as digital leaders

Recruiting campaign for the new year

Now on retrospect, I can see my footprint in different corners of QUT and as the new year will begin soon, I’d like to encourage my fellow international students to apply to be one of the new QUT Digital Leaders (click for application). It will be a wonderful opportunity to let the QUT community hear what you think as an international student and share your story with others!