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

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!

 

 

 

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.

Adventure in Springbrook National Park!

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How can you miss national parks when you are traveling in Australia?

Springbrook National Park locates in approximate 80 km south of Brisbane and it is part of the Shield Volcano Group of the UNESCO World Heritage – listed Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. This national park is well known by amazing views such as waterfalls and abundant natural environments. “Glow Worms” is one of the main characteristic of this area. Tourists traveling here usually visit four main sections, including “Springbrook section”, “Natural Bridge section”, “Mount Cougal section”, and “Numinbah section”.

Moreover, there are five main lookouts that are established in these sections, including “Wunburra Lookout”, “Best of All Lookout”, “Canyon Lookout”, “Hardy’s Lookout”, and “Purling Brook Falls Lookout”.

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This day, I went to the “Springbrook section” with my QUT friends and we visited two lookouts that are “Best of All Lookout” and “Purling Brook Falls Lookout”. The reason for choosing here as our destination is that it is relatively an easy place for people to arrive by driving. Also, the difficulty of hiking tracks is not really high and the view is yet spectacular and amazing. Therefore, not only us but also other tourists love to visit here. Next, I am going to share some travel experience to all readers!

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The first lookout point

Purling Brook Falls” is our destination and the total length of tracks is approximate 4 km. There are many stairs and clear walking paths in the route, so I personally think it is not really hard for tourists and we spent around 2 hours to finish it in a relaxed manner. Also, there are three to four lookout points for visitors to enjoy the views.

You can just arrive at the first lookout within 2 minutes after you enter the track. Actually every lookout of this section surrounds Purling Brook Falls and the route is from the top to the bottom and back again for tourists to enjoy the different view from different viewpoints.

20160722_110952WOW!!! It is the base of “Purling Brook Falls”, our destination, with the rainbow view and the falls’ height is more than 100 metres! It was a little hard to express my feelings and emotions in languages at that time, but I am so sure it is definitely extraordinary and beautiful!

There is a small suspension bridge next to the base of waterfall and it means you will walk on the final part of the track after passing through it. It is time to go back to the top! The photo of waterfall below is the final image of waterfall shot at the last lookout point. It was totally different view but still spectacular.

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Next, we went to “Best of All Lookout” for seeing the view of south east area of Queensland, Australia. It was a funny name for me before I visited here because it sounds “overconfident”, but the view is quite amazing and unforgettable after I saw it and you can even see the “Byron Bay”.

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The panorama of Best of All Lookout

20160722_110835After visiting Best of All Lookout, we just finished our one-day trip and went back to Brisbane city. There are too many awesome national parks in Australia waiting for our exploring. If I visit other Australia’s national parks in the future, I will continuously write down my experience in this blog. Thanks for your reading!

Finally, if you would like to read more details or acquire more information about Springbrook National Park, my blog article may be a good choice for you: Click Here

Also, please feel free to leave your comments below and follow this QUT blog continuously! Enjoy it! 🙂

 

Being an ally!

I am from India, a country where marriage equality is still a dream for many.  Though I was always an ally for the Sexuality & Gender Diverse, Intersex and/or Questioning (SGDIQ) community, I was never sure if I could speak for someone else’s experiences. I never had to experience what they go through in their daily life and was it alright to speak about things I do not have personal experience of?

Well, coming to QUT definitely changed that. Apart from the university’s focus on equality, there are two amazing support groups for the SGDIQ students, The Queer Collective and The Pride of QUT. I was unsure if I would be welcome in the groups. Boy, how wrong I was! Both the groups have been amazingly fun and supportive. There are safe spaces in the campus where people can come in and chill. I haven’t been able to be involved in their activities as much as I would love to. There are rallies, plays, stalls at fairs, and my favourite, movie nights. The pic below is from one such movie night organised by The Pride of QUT.

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I absolutely admire the team leaders of both these groups. They have been so understanding, patient, and supportive with me despite my ignorance when it comes to a lot of things. And today I can confidently tell you, it is not necessary to experience injustice to actually stand up for it.

 

Discover Brisbane: CBD

Brisbane

Brisbane’s CBD, or more commonly known as the City, is located in the heart of Brisbane. It is also right next to QUT’s Gardens Point Campus, making it a favourite destination among students. What I love about the City is that there is always something new to do and discover. Here are a few of my favourite things :

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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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Lost in Translation: An American Frist Hand Experience

One of the reasons I decided to study in Australia was because the official language here is English . Considering that my first language is English, everything should work out great. Well, that is what I thought. Read more

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