Redcliffe Festival of Sails

Good Friday has passed but my memory of the Redcliffe Festival of sails is still very fresh. It was a one-day event happening on Good Friday with Australia’s second biggest yacht race and other amusement events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went there with my friends by taking the Redcliffe Peninsula line. On the day, the Jetty’s market was also going on. We first had some brunch at the market and then proceeded to the Sutton beach where you can see people started sailing away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides that, there were a lot of food trucks along the beach. Tennis and volleyball court was also set up for people to use. What’s more? There were ponies to ride as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although summer has already came to an end, it was still pretty cosy and warm at the beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got this shot at the Moreton Bay truck for free after a fulfilling meal.

If you are thinking about a one day trip outside down town Brisbane on weekend, Redcliffe is surely a place worth visiting. You can spend the morning exploring the Jetty’s market and then read books along the nice beach. PS:There is also a huge outdoor swimming pool similar to the one in Southbank if you feel like a swim.

 

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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Fun during the busy season!

Times passes too quickly! It’s week 9! Good thing the students have a long weekend due to the public holiday. During the break, a few of my friends and I head to Gold Coast for a getaway to de-stress from the assignments and mid semester examinations. It was a short holiday, but enough to take my mind off studies and just relax and find rest.

It’s great that Gold Coast is just an hour drive away. It is also easily accessible and convenient even though you do not have a car. You can easily get to Gold Coast by train!

The beaches there are really beautiful. These pictures are taken when we went to Broadbeach. The weather was great. It was sunny and the weather is not too cold though winter is coming. Walking along the beach with such a beautiful view and the sound of waves crashing could help you to escape stress.

One of my favorite activities in Australia – catching the amazing sunset.Despite the busy assignment period, it is good to be away from studies and just chill. Manage your time wisely so you can have time for both fun and studies.

Here are some tips and advice from QUT on time management: https://www.library.qut.edu.au/study/planning/timemanagement.jsp

Noosa Hike with QUT International Student Services

I’ve heard about the QUT International Student Services trips many times through friends, but haven’t had the chance to attend it ever since I started QUT. As my graduation is approaching soon, I would love to explore more about Queensland before I graduate. So this time I signed up for a trip to Eumundi Market and Noosa for around $50 (personally I think it is a bit expensive).

The whole trip was very relaxed and you could have a lot of freedom. We were taken to Eumundi Market in the morning first and had two hours exploration by ourselves.

 

Trust me, the market was huge, you might need more than two hours to check out every stall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another highlight of the market was its street artists. They used imagination and hard work to brighten your day.

After the market fun, we headed straight to the Noosa beach and national park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lot of people were enjoying the nice weather on the beach. Our coordinator from ISS took those who were interested in a hike straight to the Noosa National Park. For some of the students who just started their life in Australia, it was their first time seeing a beach in Queensland, so some of them were really excited.

 

 

 

 

We had about four hour to explore in the park before heading back. So I decided to take a long hike. The view was so pretty and astonishing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember to bring some snacks and sunscreen because there is no shop inside the mountain and you might need some energy to recharge yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took a fruit break for about 20 minutes while taking some pictures and enjoying the peaceful wave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took this picture at a place called the Hell’s Gate. Did you see my hair being blew up by the wind? It was a crazy experience because the wind there was so strong and you can hear the wind punching the edge of the cliff and making loud noises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isn’t the view amazing? I’m glad I decided to go on this trip and checked one place off my bucket list. Also I made several new friends along the way as well.

Overall such a fun experience!

Become a Brisbane International Student Ambassador!

Brisbane International Student Ambassadors are selected by government-related organisation to represent for around 75,000 international students in this city. Their main work is sharing real-life Brisbane stories to their home country networks by social media and encouraging them to study in Brisbane.

There are 40 International Student Ambassadors from more than 30 countries this year and I am the only Taiwanese and definitely appreciate that I can be a member of this team. This blog will share the information about applying to this program and the experience of attending appointment ceremony.

First, the application for this program is usually available at the beginning of year and official organisation will inform selected students to be interviewed in March. After finishing interview, the result will be released soon and a new team now already appears. The only requirement for this program is that international students must at least have one more valid studying year after becoming an ambassador. Hence, if you are also an international student and interested in this program, just pay attention to “Study Brisbane” or “Choose Brisbane” at the end of every year.

Lord Mayor is so nice!

Appointment ceremony is the first event that all Brisbane International Student Ambassadors participate in. To be honest, I have never expected that I can meet Lord Mayor of Brisbane when I study in Australia. It’s a really special memory for me and I have also made a vlog for recording this amazing moment.

One-minute video: https://www.facebook.com/just.a.traveler.hao/videos/1849989898572470/
Full video: https://youtu.be/mGqwtZV3Aak

2017 BISAs

This is the team of 2017 Brisbane International Student Ambassador. If you would like to know our lives in Brisbane, please follow “StudyBrisbane” hashtag on different social media platforms or easily click the link below to check the profiles of all ambassadors!

Follow us: https://goo.gl/jNtg2t
Follow me: http://www.choosebrisbane.com.au/study/why-choose-brisbane/testimonials/2017-student-ambassadors/hsia-hao-chang?sc_lang=en-au

Finally, thanks for your reading and we will keep show you how we love this amazing city, Brisbane!

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. 🙂

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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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!