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!

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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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!

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

Australia’s largest Oktoberfest!

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Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival and it has been originally started in Munich, Bavaria, Germany since 1810. After many decades, this festival becomes more and more popular and now there are several cities all around the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations. For example, Oktoberfest Brisbane is Australia’s largest Oktoberfest and I would like to share some interesting experience about this event today.

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What is the special points of Oktoberfest?

There are more than 40,000 people participate in this event every year. People can have cultural experience of Oktoberfest Tent, singing, clapping, dance with popular Bavarian Oktoberfest Band, relax in the Munich Biergarten, and chat with friends here. Also, there are many entertainment facilities outside that family and kids can enjoy together. The most famous point of the event is that it is the great place where you can have delicious food, tasty beer, wine, and other drinks. When you drink your alcohol, you can also see the performances of traditional dancers, bell-ringers, leg-slappers and yodellers.

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Is it Australia?

The most interesting thing for me was that most of the culture-seeking enthusiasts were all dressed in traditional German clothes and so engaged in this event. When I just came in the event area, I was even wondering if I was still in Australia or not. However, this is why I love this festival, the fantastic atmosphere, well-design performances, excellent food and drinks are all unforgettable for me. Moreover, just like Ekka, the event is held at Brisbane Showgrounds that is closed to city and QUT and it is so convenient for students to experience it.

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Do you have any interesting experience that you want to share about Oktoberfest with others? Please feel free to leave any comment below and don’t forget to follow this QUT blog continuously! 🙂

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Hey, foodies, it is Brisbane Taiwan Festival!

Do you miss your home country?” I am an international student from Taiwan and my answer of this questions is that I love Australia and don’t really miss my country, but I absolutely miss “Taiwanese food“.

minced-pork-on-riceWhy?

Maybe you have heard about “bubble tea”, but do you know it is actually invented in Taiwan? There are various delicious and famous food in Taiwan because “eating” is the most important and enjoyable thing for us. Hence, we unsurprisingly create an amazing “foodie culture”. Moreover, CNN, an American basic cable and satellite television channel, has also written a news about “45 Taiwanese foods we can’t live without”.

fried_riceAlthough Australia is a multicultural country and has numerous delicious food, it is still a little bit hard to discover traditional Taiwanese food here. However, the good news is that there is an annual event named “Brisbane Taiwan Festival” which was held around Moon Festival, a traditional festival for Taiwanese.

img_0090 img_0093You can have a chance to experience lots of Taiwanese food and performances in this event. Also, fireworks and BBQ are other main attractive points of this festival. There is an interesting thing that I can share with everyone here. Taiwan is the only Moon Festival-celebrating country that has BBQ culture on this specific day in the world because there was a super famous TV advertisement launched 30 years ago and encouraged people to have a BBQ with family to share happiness.

p1100605Actually, I still don’t understand why we are easily influenced by just one advertisement and change our traditional habits. Maybe Taiwanese are all TVholics? haha…

img_0094Finally, if you have any question or stories about Taiwan, please feel free to leave your comment below and don’t forget to follow this QUT blog continuously! 🙂

 

 

Enjoy the Ekka day!

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Ekka’s gates close at night daily

Do you know what is the largest event in Queensland?

The answer is Ekka! If you are in Brisbane in August, you would absolutely see lots of advertisements of Ekka, the super famous annual agricultural show of Queensland. There are more than 400,000 visitors attending this event every year. Ekka’s formal name is Royal Queensland Show which was called the Brisbane Exhibition originally. The purpose of this event is to showcase Queensland culture, produce, resources and initiatives by award ceremonies, exhibits, educational demonstrations, performances and so on. Next, I am going to share some experience and information about this amazing event.

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When and where is this event?
Ekka is held at the Brisbane Exhibition Ground near Bowen Hill train station and it usually starts on the first Friday in August and continues for 10 days.

What are the attractions of this event?
First, you can spend a whole day here! There are a sideshow alley, animal parades, numerous typical fair snacks, food and beverage vendors that sell Fairy floss, Pluto pups, burgers, hot chips and so on, and lots of entertainment performances such as nightly firework shows and exciting facilities.

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Have you ever heard about showbags?
It is also an integral part of Ekka experience. Showbags are sold in the Showbag Pavilion and they usually contain food or novelty items which are all tested to follow the safety standards. There are hundreds of different showbags available for visitors to buy and enjoy various kinds of products. Consumers can easily have discounted prices if they buy the showbags.

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Finally, if you would like to experience the event online, my video may be a good choice for you: Click Here
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Foodie night at Eat Street Markets!

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Do you sometimes have no idea about night activities in Brisbane? Are you a person who likes to try various kinds of fresh and delicious food? Let me share some experience of visiting the night market in Brisbane for you. I am an international student from Taiwan, so I know night markets are quite common and popular in Asian countries. However, there are still some excellent night markets or events in Brisbane.

Eat Street Markets” is one of these markets which includes lots of vendors selling different kinds of products or food such as seafood, dessert, fried delicacies, flowers, clothes, creative stuffs, or even daily commodities. In brief, you can almost buy whatever you want in this night market and it is definitely a good place for people to visit and enjoy the food trip at night.

1466336060433This day, I went to “Portside Fresh N Wild Fish” to have a dinner with QUT friends from Taiwan and Hong Kong before we went to Eat Street Markets. You can find many comments about seafood of this restaurant on the internet. Although it may not be the perfect choice when you compare it with other seafood restaurant in Australia, it is still a good seafood restaurant that locates near Brisbane city.

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Then, of course, we went to Eat Street Markets and enjoy our foodies’ night. Just make sure you still have enough appetite cause you will never want to miss these delicious food! There is one thing that I would like to remind all readers which is you have to pay AUD$2 for an entry ticket per person in CASH ONLY.

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There are numerous food vendors in night markets and some of them establish their stores in containers which is really fresh for me because this design is not common in my country. Moreover, the night market is decorated with many bulbs or light which make here brighter and more comfortable for people going shopping and eating.

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Finally, we just finished our foodie night here and I felt pretty glad to experience Australian night market culture with these friends. If you are a new student in Brisbane or would like to embrace the interesting experience of night market, just come to “Eat Street Markets”. Enjoy it!

1466336313316Finally, if you would like to read more details or acquire more information about Eat Street Markets, my blog article may be a good choice for you: Click Here

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The Coffee Experience: Australian Edition

 

Ordering coffee is not as easy as it seems...

I need coffeeAustralia is well known for its coffee culture. Add that to being a university student, and the chances of you drinking coffee while studying at QUT are quite high. In fact, there are about 6 different places on QUT Garden’s Point campus where you can get a quick caffeine fix.

When I first moved here to start my degree, I learned the hard way that ordering coffee here is usually not the same as back home. For instance, my coffee of choice is black, which is sometimes known as an Americano in some countries. The first time I tried ordering black coffee here, I was met with blank stares from the barista. This is how the conversation went:

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Vegemite, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Vegemite

 

If you’re in Australia, the chances are that you have already tried some Vegemite. It’s one of those things that you either love or hate.

As for me, well my first taste of Vegemite went something like this: Read more