April, 2016 Archive

41st year of Liberation Day in Vietnam (30/4/1975 – 30/4/2016)

Written by Editor’s Picks, News


Leo Bui

This year, 30/4 and 1/5 happens on this weekend so people in Vietnam has 4 days off until the next Wednesday. Over a week before April 30th, visitors to Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City will see eye-catchily brightened with Vietnamese flags, red with a yellow star, banners and neon lights. Likewise, festival zones are decorated to be spots for a parade or the stage for a national live show.

Vietnamese Liberation Day (Ngày Giải phóng or Ngày Giải phóng miền Nam) is also called Reunification Day (Ngày Thống nhất) which is a public holiday in Vietnam that marks the end of the Vietnam War (Kháng Chiến Chống Mỹ), commonly known as the “American War”.

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Troops enter the grounds of Independence Palace (Photo by Francoise de Mulder/Corbis)


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It was the morning of April 30, 1975, and North Vietnamese tanks were thundering towards their last military target: Saigon. Those tanks were an indication that the war in Vietnam was at long last over, imprints the fall of Saigon government, as the end the Vietnam War and the freedom of Vietnam’s southern part.

Today it is one of the major Vietnam festivals and events. Therefore, fireworks and cultural-sport activities mark their national reunification.



Source: Vietnam Visa Easy

  • Hoan Kiem Lake area organised cultural performances art (Culture and Art), sports; Television Cycling Cup in Ho Chi Minh City in 2016 and 41 years since the liberation of the South, reunification.
  • Organisation “On jogging for life: Green – Clean – Beautiful”; Truc Bach Lake has represented fashion programme “Towards excellence Capital 2016”
  • Socialization Programme for Culture and Art “street art festival Hanoi culinary past and present”
  • Organization of thematic photo exhibition at the Exhibition House 45 Trang Thi Hoa Lo and Monuments
  • Cinema organisations serving people from all walks of Human Capital

Source: TTXVN

Ho Chi Minh City


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  • It will set off fireworks in four venues to celebrate the 41st anniversary of the liberation of South Vietnam’s and national liberation (April 30) and the 130th International May Day (May 1).
  • According to VOV5, the shows are scheduled for 9-9:30pm on April 30 at the roof of Saigon river tunnel in district 2, Dam Sen cultural park in district 11, Cu Chi and Can Gio districts. As part of celebrations, a photo exhibition will open along Nguyen Hue, Dong Khoi streets and Labour Culture Palace in district 1 from April 25.
  • On the event, the civil Labor Federation will dispatch the Workers’ Month to honour exceptional specialists and present endowments to those living in need.

    Flickr : Huy Yo

  • Music performances, the 28th HCM City TV Cup bicycle race and other sports tournaments are also scheduled for April 30.
  • On April 29 morning, officials of the municipal administration and the municipal Vietnam Fatherland Front committee are due to pay tribute to fallen martyrs in cemeteries. The race will depart from Hanoi on 10/4 and ends at noon HCMC on 30/04/2016. The tournament this year has followed the familiar route from north to south with the slogan “Non sông liền một dải” (“Landmark was a stretch”).

VNExpress – Đức Đồng



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  • From 29/4 to 5/5 days is the week launch cruise season with main activities centred in “Bien Dong” park
  • Demonstration sports at sea; coastal festival with competitions basket boat, carrying fishnets, underwater tug of Danang fishermen.
  • Along with racing kayak on My Khe Beach; dance sports programme; bikini flash mob demonstration for visitors to join right on the beach downtown; colouring contest on paper with the theme “Together protect langurs shanked and respond in a civilised urban culture”.

Source: Tuoi Tre Online

During this 2-day vacation, big cities will be very quiet and calm because many people will have gone back to the countrysides to appreciate the day with their darling family. Before occupants’ door,  there are Vietnam’s national banners gladly waving noticeable all around. On TV, related remembrance projects or music indicates performing successful melodies about the Vietnam War are shown.

Despite the effect of Agent Orange that still haunts the people living in this sacred land, Vietnam has moved forward to make remarkable achievements while still proudly honouring their long and brave history.


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Study in Australia: Thomson Ch’ng

Written by Student Life, Your Story

Come to Australia in 2009. Bachelor of Commerce (major in Finance and Management) at Curtin University Sydney (2009 – 2011). Master of Project Management at Curtin University Sydney (2013-2015). Project Management is imperative and essential skills. One of his favorites quotes: “Be part of the Change you wish to see in the world. Believe in making a difference in the community.”


Thomson is one of the founding delegates and immediate Former President of Council of International Students Australia (CISA). He is a strong believer in “Creativity, Imagination, Savy and Achievement (CISA)”, taking “Why Not” as a motto with strong determination yet enjoy meeting new friends and establishing life long friendship.

It is predictable that with a strong slogan, Thomson became the Vice-President of ASEAN Youth Organisation period 2016 to 2018. Keep on reading further for the story of Thomson’s pathway to get this position through his inspiring words to everyone.

Life journey: Why Australia?

Have a Family’s friend, the area you have a connection, make you feel easier from your home country. Tend to salute and inspire friends who came to Australia without family.


An impressive fact about Thomson is that he can speak FLUENTLY 5 LANGUAGES: English · Mandarin Chinese · Malay · Hokkien · Cantonese · Hainanese. Also, English is the third language.

He confided, on the first days he arrived in Australia, he could not totally get what the tutors said because of their strong Aussie accent. Right after that, as soon as possible, he began improving his English skills by practicing and listening to a lot. He started to involve literally and communicate with local people surrounding and Thomson took years to get who he is now.

Experienced in learning a language and acknowledge its tough, Thomson is very passionate about giving back to the community via knowledge and skills learned via study abroad journey.

* To anyone who is striving to master their language:

“Do feel free to “Drop In, Pop In and Say Hi”!”


There’s no shortcut to any success. Studying a language is an on-going thing.
What important is creating a habit. Nobody said creating a habit is easy. Metaphor as to learn how to ride a bike: the first few step takes much energy, by the time the bike starts moving, there is where the momentum has begun and it no longer requires the similar amount of energy compared to the first few steps.

Let’s start to do it every day: subscribe newspaper and started reading early morning while having breakfast and know what’s happens in Aus, mainstream, SMH, Telegraphs,… hard to network with people when come to an event have a topic to discuss about, read and practice from times to times.
Thomson’s aspiration is to become a politician or diplomat at the same time which gives him a tool to help more people and create changes.11008070_10205291427819481_3214111792837263802_n

* To everyone start building your success:

Plan everything at the beginning
You need to be inspired and empowered. Look up in the future, let’s do it in a team, a group, to support.
A lot of international students are a lack of supports from universities and community in general Join International students societies and feel free to share your problems to receive advice and helps in advance.



No part-time job!

Thomson found himself too hard to get many things done at the same time. So he chose to focus on the key things: studying and master the skills he thinks that are the most necessary ones. Here are some words from a project management student to anyone looking for the key to being good in time-management:

If you think you can combine to do many things at the same time very well, feel confident to do it.
If not, let’s spend more time in your target and less time in other things. Make it perfect, exquisite. Acknowledging yourself, strongly focusing on one thing and practice as much as you can, you will get what you want in the meantime.


To many people, communication skill is the most important, and with Thomson, this philosophy is more crystal than ever. To him, one of the best thing to being an international student in Australia is: have friends from different countries in the world!

Here is a True story: Thomson has been travelling with his family to many places around Asian’s countries, from Vietnam to Thailand and so on, and he enjoyed it because he always has friends whom he has met in Australia hosted him and his family around when they were in their country. Imagine you travel with a local or guided by a local will be much easier and safer, is it?


* Last but not least, to every single one who is still studying:

  • Let’s make mistakes and do not be afraid of MAKING MISTAKES! Making mistakes as much as you can before you leave school because you will learn a lesson from your mistakes, FOR FREE! This is the best time to make mistakes, after that, ever mistakes are risky and counts your success.
  • Do not be afraid of REJECTION. This is what you will learn: the more you are rejected, the more you understand things better and the pros and cons; since then you will be very high-confident (but not over-confident) because you understand yourself and what you can do Tips from Thomson:
  • If you are high-confident, you might not be successful soon, but if you are NOT confident, you will definitely never going to be successful anytime.
    Be humble, be open-minded.


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How to deal with a bad score?

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

huge TOEFL envelope arrives in your mailbox. You rip open the seal, hands shaking and heart racing. There’s your score but you stop breathing:

I got a bad score?!

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From a college entrance exam to a high school test, we’ve all received frustratingly bad marks. It’s easy to let the mark prompt rash actions or lower self-esteem. So as the master of bad marks, I have discovered the best three solutions and the worst three solutions to deal with a bad mark.

Top 3 Solutions

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RUSH HOUR, Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, 1998, (c)New Line Cinema/courtesy Everett Collection


Reach out to a friend and confide in them. Chances are you will feel better letting out your emotions than withholding it. Once, I received a terrible mark and almost went to accuse the teacher on a personal level. Thanks to the words of wisdom from my friends though, it snapped me out of my anger and motivated me to work harder to prove I am better that mark.

With friends as your best support network, your thoughts on that bad mark will drift away. Perhaps you need a new swimsuit for summer or your gals want to try out fine dining. Whether it be arcade or movies, engaging with your pals is a reassurance that you have a whole group supporting you and chances are definitely that friends can relate. You might even find friends sharing funny stories on their stupid test mistakes.

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Stop sulking in bed and grab a punching bag to let out that steam. If you aren’t a gymmie, play your favourite sport or do something fun like trampolining at Sky Zone Alexandria. Exercise can be as intense as rock climbing or simple like walking your dog. If you feel restless in bed from the thought of that bad mark, what exercise does is that the endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—improve sleep, which in turn relieves stress. Hence, if construction kept you up all night before the day of the exam, throw a good punch and get a good nights sleep after.

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A must to do after receiving that bad mark is to reflect and improve. Why did you receive this low mark? Was procrastination at its finest or was your study approach inefficient? If possible, find out the correct answer sheet, even better with explanations, and pinpoint where the mistakes were. This way on the next time round, your new study methods and exam habits can improve you chances of a high distinction.

Worst 3 Solutions

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As much as we would love to binge watch the Harry Potter series or Orange is the New Black, excessively watching movies, playing video games or surfing the Internet are temporary fixes with risk factors in the long run, such as Internet addiction disorder (IAD).

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Take drugs, pills or alcohol

Sure we could all do a chill night at the bar during Happy Hour with friends but it’s easy to lose sight of how many shots you’ve taken. As if a bad mark is not good enough, you might find yourself dealing with drugs or pills to ease the pain away. The more you look to drugs, pills or alcohol as your solution to deal with a bad score, the more attached you will get and end up causing more harm to you.

giphy (17)Lash your anger out on others

When something bad happens, it can become responsive to lash out on other people. While your roommate might have played the music too loudly during your study hours, the test was still taken by you after all. Do not let the anger bubbling inside translate into irrational actions such as writing a hate letter to the board or engaging in physical violence on others. Keep calm and carry on.

At the end of the day, a bad score is not the end of the world.

Mistakes are there for us to learn from on wrongdoings and work on our improvements. Don’t seclude yourself because of that one bad mark; there are plenty of chances in the future to improve. Move forward with a clear idea of what you need to do next.

Photo: Thuy Le

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Chicken dumpling snack: Steamed Momos

Written by Entertainment, Student Life

This dish I absolutely love. Why? Well because it looks great, it’s convenient to eat and tastes oh so good. This dish isn’t hard to make. Just a little bit of practice and we all can be professional cooks of Momos ! However, they do take some time to make, so ensure that you have a good couple of hours to complete this dish. These snacks are great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’re also a great picnic snack, party food and really convenient for people who work a lot and have only short breaks in their workplaces.


A little history on Momos:
They originated from Nepal and Tibet but are a very common fast food in Nepal, North and Northeastern India, Sikkim and Darjeeling. You could say Momos are like dumplings with a Nepalese twist.

So without further ado, I shall tell you how you can make these little packages of delight.

For the skin of the Momos:


4 cups flour

1 to 1 1/2 cup of water (approximate)


  1. Put the flour into a large bowl and make a pit in its center like a well.
  2. Add water slowly and gradually and mix it until the dough can hold itself together.
  3. Knead the dough until it is firm and supple (kneading it for a couple of minutes gives better results)
  4. Flatten the dough completely into a thin yet firm layer.
  5. Use a round cookie cutter to cut out equal shaped wrappers.

For the filling of the Momos:


1 lb minced chicken

I chopped small onion

2 stalk spring onion

small pinch of cilantro

1 tablespoon oil

2 table spoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon oyster sauce

salt and pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients into a bowl using your hands and add teaspoons of water to keep the mixture wet.
  2. Lay the wrappers flat and moisten the edges with water.
  3. Place the filling onto the centre of the wrapper so that there is a 1 or 2 cm border
  4. Pinch the edges of the wrapper together to make a fringe
  5. Put the momos into steamer and wait until they seem dry. If they feel sticky, they need a little more steaming.

Keep practicing and trying and one day you’ll get the perfect plate of Momos.

Good luck!

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Fancy A Spot of Malaysian Tea?

Written by Health, News

The British were once a powerful imperialising nation. They colonized most of Asia, Australia, North America, and some parts of Africa. By colonizing these nations, they brought with them their ideas, culture, and traditions. They left traces of their culture, infusing it with those that they had colonized. Their influences are so large that many former colonies still follow traditional English culture – afternoon tea.

But of course, with a little twist. One of these colonized nations is Malaysia. Malaysia is home to 29.72 million (as of 2013) with 14 states. It doesn’t matter which part of the country you’re from, at around 3-5 PM, you’ll be hankering for something sweet to munch on before dinner.

In this article, you’ll be able to make your own typical Malaysian teatime classics at home! Presenting to you, jemput-jemput pisang and teh tarik, the epitome of classic Malaysian teatime delicacy. It is essentially mashed banana fritters and aerated milk tea, respectively.

Simple and quick to make, these classics are perfect after a long and tiring day. These soft banana fritters melt in your mouth as you wash it down with creamy, frothy tea. Hints of nutty, gritty coconut coupled with the sweetness of the banana just hits the right spot as wafts of milky tea float into your nostrils. The sweetness of the banana compliments the milky and slightly bitter taste of the tea, making it the perfect pair. What are you waiting for? Read on for the recipe!

Jemput-Jemput Pisang (Mashed banana fritters)

You will need:

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons sugar OR 1 tablespoon of sweet condensed milk
  • 4 – 6 tablespoons of flour
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut OR instant oats
  • oil for frying

*This recipe makes roughly 15-25 pieces (depending on how much you spoon into the hot oil)

The end product!


  1. Mash the bananas then combine with sugar/condensed milk. Set aside.
  2. Mix flour and salt together. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet. Make sure the batter is lumpy but not too thick.
  3. Then slowly combine the desiccated coconut/oats into the batter, gently mixing. (The smell of banana and coconut/oats should be water your mouth right about now.)
  4. Heat the oil on medium (enough to deep fry). Take tablespoons of the batter and place them into the hot oil
  5. Place a sheet of tissue paper or paper towel to soak up the excess oil.
  6. Turn the fritters around and remove them from the oil onto the paper towel once they’re golden brown on all sides.

That’s half of the adventure done! Now onto the next:

Teh Tarik (Milk tea)

You will need:

  • 3 – 4 tablespoons loose leaf tea PR 3 tea bags (black tea preferably)
  • sugar
  • evaporated milk/sweet condensed milk

*This recipe makes 1 mug


  1. Boil 500 mL of water
  2. Add the loose leaf tea
  3. Let it come to a boil. Reduce the heat and let the mixture continue to boil for about 10 – 12 minutes until the colour turns very dark
  4. Take it off the heat.
    1. If using loose tea, put it through the strainer
    2. If using tea bags, let them sit for a few seconds before removing
  5. To sweeten:
    1. Combine 2 – 3 teaspoons of evaporated milk and 1 teaspoon of sugar (add more sugar to taste)
    2. Put in a teaspoon of sweet condensed milk into the tea, mix then taste. It is recommended to taste the tea each time a teaspoon of condensed milk is used as it is extremely sweet. Too much condensed milk and the tea will lose its flavour, too little and the tea will be too bitter.
  6. The colour of the tea should resemble golden mocha once it is mixed properly with a good amount of milk and/or sugar.


  • Traditionally, the teh tarik is “pulled” to produce amazing froth

    If you would like to get the authentic Malaysian taste of teh tarik, try “pulling” it by pouring the tea back and forth repeatedly between two mugs. This cools it and thoroughly mixes the tea with the milk. It also produces amazing bubbly froth 😉

  • You could also add spices like ginger and cardamom into the drink to give it an extra kick.
    • Slightly crack 1 – 2 cardamom pods and drop them into the tea pot after it slowly starts boiling with the tea leaves or tea bags. Cardamom can be quite overpowering so it really depends on your liking.

      Cardamom has anti-carcinogenic properties, good for cardiovascular health, helps control cholesterol, possesses anti-depressant properties, and can help control gastrointestinal disorders, such as acidity, flatulence, and stomach cramps.

    • You can grate half an inch of ginger into the boiling tea or you could cut thin slices. You could always add extra if you’re one for spices and heat! Ginger has a long been used to relieve digestive problems like nausea, muscle pain and soreness, and also chronic indigestion.

The dusky scent of afternoon tea wafts into your nostrils. Bite into a delicately crunchy fritter and let the sweetness of the banana along with the gritty texture of coconut flood your mouth. Wash it all down with the warm tea, feeling it loosen your tense body after an exhausting day. Enjoy these classics while chilling in front of the TV watching your favourite shows or journaling on the patio. Or just in silence because the food speaks for itself.

Leave a comment and tell us how your Malaysian teatime experience went!

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10 apps to help secure your HD (high distinction)

Written by Editor’s Picks, Student Life, Tech

Let’s get these apps while we’re feeling amazingly motivated (offer ends third week of semester when everyone can’t be bothered attending lectures anymore).

1/ Any.do –


Who doesn’t love a minimalist to-do list with a touch-based interface? Any.do can be organised into Work, Personal and Grocery List tasks, which can further be divided into Today, Tomorrow, Upcoming and Someday tasks, which can then be sub-divided into smaller tasks. And if you’re feeling really fancy, you can even use your voice to check tasks off the list.

2/ Scribd


Every student has experienced the need to find all their books on their mile-long reading list. But Scribd has a growing archive of 500 000 books from over 900 different publishers allowing you to keep a library on your tablet, smartphone and web browser.

3/ EasyBib –


For all your referencing needs (at 11:55 pm). Just enter in the title and the citation is automatically generated in any format you require. You can even scan the book’s barcode, as well as save and share references to help other students out

4/ Studious – 


Organise your classes and schedules using this timetable app. You can even sync up your timetable with your friends’ (or see who you can avoid)

5/ CamScanner –


Your phone instantly turns into a portable scanner, allowing the digitization of documents for easy storage and access. It also has multiple export options as well as other features such as automatic cropping and lighting functions

6/ Itunes U – 


Browse through hundreds of courses relevant to your field or other interests all from leading universities around the world

7/ Alarmy: Sleep if you can ($2) – 


Now we don’t need to set alarms for 7:00 AM, 7:10 AM, 7:15 AM… With Alarmy you need to either shake the device a certain number of times or take a photo of a specific object to shut it off.

8/ Mint – 


Keep track of all your costs and spend within your budget. Best of all, it can organise your expenses for you

9/ GoConqr – 


Take notes, make mindmaps, flashcards or quizzes to help you study

10/ Evernote – 


What list of necessary apps is complete without Evernote? This is an all-in-one workspace where you can write articles, organise documents and photos as well as upload and share them.

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5 Songs To Make Overseas Students Homesick

Written by Entertainment

It’s mid-week so let’s enjoy some music. Being an overseas student is difficult in many ways, but one of the saddest moments is when we have to deal with the sudden feeling of homesickness. It might happen many times, especially when we are sitting on the train listening to some moody music. These are 5 songs that you should consider avoid listening to to if you are seriously homesick, or you may end up sobbing like a child.

1. Home- Michael Bublé

The name says it all. This song is a classic. For many international students, the long summer break is the ideal time for homecoming, but for some, it’s an ideal time to stay back, to explore as well as to work more. Michael Bublé’s song expresses this quite exactly as he sings ‘Another summer day, has come and passed away […] I wanna go home’.

2. Million Years Ago- Adele

Nicknamed the queen of heartbreak, Adele knows how to shatter our heart into pieces with her emotional voice. ‘Million Years Ago’ is about dealing with one’s self growing up, facing the fact that everyone has to change and someday we might have to go our own way. Listening to this song, you might end up thinking back about your whole life, the good, the bad, the joy and the tears when she sings ‘I feel like my life is flashing by but all I can do is watch and cry’. Then even worse, she goes right into the feels: ‘I miss the air, I miss my friends, I miss my mother…’. Good job, Adele, there must ninjas cutting onions everywhere.

3. I’ll Be There For You- The Rembrandts

Seriously, who would have listened to this song without clapping near the beginning? We all love the all-time popular series ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ and we all love this cheery opening song. Friends are crucial for a happy life, and this song tells it clearly. Even though ‘your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your love life D.O.A’, having friends besides you still makes you feel better. We might make lots of friend in another country, but we all miss those friends back in our home country, ones that can only talk to us via Facebook or Skype. And let’s face it, when you think of your homecoming, you don’t just think about spending time with your family, you are also think about your friends.

4. Need You Now- Lady Antebellum

This song might not be truly homesick for everyone, but for some, the context of the song itself is quite moody. The ‘You’ in ‘Need You Now’ might not necessarily be a lover (though for some it might be a distant love, who knows?) but a person you really need back there, oceans apart, whenever you feel lonely. ‘It’s a quarter after one, I’m all alone and I need you now’ Who wouldn’t feel a little bit lonely as an overseas student at that time?

5. My Land- Secret Garden ft Espen Grjotheim

Last but not least, feeling homesick may be equal to nationalism, as the more you miss your home country, the prouder you feel about it. Deep down in our heart, no matter how far we travel, our home country still wins that best place in our heart as the most beautiful nation ever, because it’s beautiful in many ways. This song sings it for you: ‘For you are my land and you always will be the voice ever calling me home to you’.

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4 Faces Who Are Breaking Beauty Barriers

Written by News, Student Life

In today’s day and age, beauty is a big deal. Its become a big issue in society that people do not consider someone for their personal qualities but more for their physical aspects. Not only that, but many products, businesses, movies and media outlets work to produce items that promote beauty. Despite this being obvious, beauty is more than looks. We are changing! Nowadays society is slowly trying to look past the boundaries of what is traditionally classified as beautiful.

Here are four people who challenge beauty standards and do a great job at it!

1)Madeline Stuart

Madeline Stuart is an 19 year old girl from Brisbane, Australia. She is an aspiring model with down syndrome. She has broken a perception of beauty as she herself, has proven to us that she isn’t any less worthy of being a model simply because she doesn’t fit the ‘normal’ criteria for models.

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“People with down syndrome can do anything, they just do it at their own pace. Give them a chance and you will be rewarded beyond your greatest expectations.”

She also wants people reconsider down syndrome as being a disadvantage. An example is when people apologize to her mother after learning about her Down syndrome. Her mother calls it a “very naive statement.” and goes on to say that if people considered her daughter for more than her external appearance but also her inner beauty, they’d know how beautiful her daughter is. She says that there would be more Down Syndrome models people had that type of thought processing. Madeline has proven to the world that down syndrome is beautiful. She has embraced her individuality and wishes everyone else to do the same. “We want everyone to be loved, after all that is all that truly matters.”

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2)Tess Holliday 

All sizes must be respected! But it is still unfortunately considered undesirable to see plus size girls in the model industry. Tess Holliday is a size 22 model who wishes that plus size models be portrayed as beautiful just like other sizes. Not to show that plus size is better than other sizes but in an effort to make people people respect everybody regardless of size.

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Currently she is one of the most successful plus size models. She made a huge internet sensation called #Effyourbeautystandards where people posted pictures of their “imperfections” with the hashtag Effyourbeautystandards. This caused a huge promotion of self acceptance and body positivity.

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“Being beautiful and feeling beautiful shouldn’t have a label or a number or a certain look to it. It should be who you want to be and to embrace who you already are.”

3)Harnaam Kaur 

Harnaam Kaur has polycistic ovary syndrome which lead her body to grow excessive facial hair. She tried various methods to get rid of the hair. As a student she was subjected to bullying and even had anonymous death threats which said things like wanting to burn her and throw bricks at her. Due to the constant tormenting, she began self harming and contemplating suicide.

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When Harnaam was 16, she hit rock bottom, wanting to end it once and for all. But before she could do the deed she had an epiphany.

“As I sat there, I started to counsel myself. I told myself: “The energy you’re putting into ending your life, put all that energy into turning your life around and doing something better.” This thought empowered her to move on with life.  She now embraces her beard as a part of her identity and confidence.

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“This is me, This is who I am. Its my oneness, my wholeness, I’m different and I’ve learned to accept it fully.”

4)Zach Miko

Zach Miko is the first plus size male model to sign up with a major agency. While many people have begun to accept plus size models as a profession, a plus size male model was never mentioned during the female plus size model era. Miko says that fashion needs to rethink its attitude to size.

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As of now, the whole idea of plus size male models is still new and introductory. But, with Miko being a new trend and a start to a potentially new phenomenon of body acceptance, the future may hold more possibility of accepting plus size men into the fashion industry. Of course, Miko himself admits that he isn’t exactly “big” either but he wanted to model because “men want to see normal looking guys modelling their clothes.” As opposed to the original trend of really muscular men.

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In the end, we all should know that beauty isn’t appearance. No one can be accounted for by the way they look. They must be valued for their kindness, their patience, their love, their generosity, their intelligence, their humor – as a person and not an object.

Everyone is gifted and beautiful.



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Expectations vs Reality for International Students

Written by Editor’s Picks, Student Life

Before passing through the customs gate and lining up to get your seat on a plane, maybe you thought studying overseas would be all in pink, red and yellow colors. But, once you step out of the airport, challenges and hardships are ahead because you are living on your own now. Accommodation, jobs, making friends and finding love are four obstacles that you will have to seriously face despite all the colors.

1/ Shares Houses or Shared Rooms?

Expectations: You move to a share house or a shared apartment with other friends in order to save on living cost

Reality: You realise that your room is as big as Harry Potter’s room under the stairs.

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My life studying in Australia

Expectations: It’s going to be fun, since everyone will always share cooking, cleaning and party time fairly with each other

Reality: The next day you might find your bacon, your eggs or your leftover meal missing from the fridge


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2/ Getting a dream job?

Expectations: When watching television about studying overseas, university students tend to have part-time jobs in fast food restaurants, coffee shops or bars. giphy (16)

Reality: However, you need to pay a decent amount of money to be certified when working in bars, clubs or even cafes. Despite getting the certificate, you are required to have previous experience almost everywhere. And fast food restaurants turn out to be a good workplace only for international students under 18 years old.

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Expectations: You thought that getting a part time job within 40 hours of a fortnight restriction could pay for all of your expenses.

Reality: However, you might work even more than 40 hours every fortnight to get cash in hand. You might even be underpaid, but you don’t know it. Or you quietly acknowledge that you work underpaid without fighting for your rights because of misleading threats to your visa status from your boss or your agent. Because of your silence, instant noodles or cheap chicken drumsticks are your daily meals.

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3/ Making lots of local and international friends?

Expectations: You are so in love with Hollywood movies and imagine that when studying overseas, you will have lots of close friends from different countries.10429827_882734098408840_148202098892270080_n

Reality: There might be 20 different nationalities in one tutorial but people prefer to connect with those from the same background. University campuses are massive and the hustle speed moving from different lectures to tutorials is fast. Yet another barrier to your friend target.

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Then, you have to spend extra effort participating in different clubs and societies to get more friends. But you share more hardships, struggles and time together.


In the end, facebook, wechat, whatsup, viber or twitter are the platforms for you to meet new friends virtually or to reconnect with your old friends back home.

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4/Looking for MR.RIGHT or MRS.RIGHT?

Expectations: When you live overseas, you might suddenly fall in love with a stranger at the club, in a bar, in the park or even on the bus

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Reality: Entry to clubs and bars might cost you a fortune, and this is excluding the price of drinks and food. So you might just want to skip this option to meet your charming prince or hot queen.

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If your loved one is still in your hometown, the time differences or unbalanced lifestyle between love, study and work might causes stress. giphy (12)


Even though there are challenges, movies only show a small part of the picture. It is a story with an end. You, on the other hand, are still writing your story. It is always changing; that’s part of the excitement.

A belief in love will beat anything. Life is what you make of it.

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Vegetarian Recipe: Shahi Paneer recipe

Written by Health, Student Life

Being vegetarian, I am often asked weird questions like “What do you eat if you don’t eat meat?”, “Where do you get your protein and nutrition from?” “It must be hard for you to survive here?” and another favorite: “Do you eat only grass?”

But, when you know cooking and are familiar with spices and condiments, you don’t have to worry much. Healthy and tasty vegetarian dishes are your answers. Paneer is an Indian cottage cheese which is quite a good substitute for non-vegetarian dishes as my grandma told me. So, activate your taste buds with this spicy and creamy dish.



  • Ginger: A slice or two
  • Garlic: A slice or two
  • Onion: 2 -3 for thicker gravy
  • Tomato: 2-3 chopped
  • Turmeric: 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilli powder : 1 tbsp
  • Garam Masala: 1 tbsp
  • Coriander Powder : 1 tbsp
  • Cream: 2-3 tbsp
  • Milk: ½ cup
  • Oil : 1-2 tbsp
  • and not to forget Paneer!!!! (250 gm)

All these ingredients are easily available at a supermarket near you. You can search for Lemnos Paneer in the cheese section of the supermarket. It is in similar packing to feta cheese. You can also use ginger-garlic paste (1 tbsp) in place of fresh ginger and garlic.

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  1. Chop ginger, garlic, onion and tomato into small pieces.
  2. Heat oil as required in a pan
  3. Add chopped vegetables in step 1 to pan in step 2
  4. Add turmeric, salt, red chilli powder, Coriander powder and garam Masala.
  5. Stir until mixture turns reddish brown.
  6. Pour half cup milk into mixture and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Cut Paneer into small cubes and add to mixture.
  8. Stir again for 3-4 minutes.

Shahi Paneer is ready to eat. Top-it off with cream and coriander leaves. Eat it with Indian bread (Naan or roti)


  • Paneer can also be roasted or fried a little by spraying some olive oil (in a separate pan) before adding to the mixture
  • The greater the number of onions, the thicker the gravy will bepaneer fried

 A piece of advice:  Not suitable for lactose intolerant as contains heavy dairy products.

Please feel free to leave your comments; I am waiting to hear how you made your Shahi Paneer.

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