May, 2016 Archive

World Press Photo 2016

Written by Entertainment

World Press Photo 2016 is a global exhibition showcasing the best visual journalism of the past year. Compelling photos are displayed in the State Library of New South Wales until the 19th of June. I urge you to visit the impressive library and the exhibition. But a fair warning, some photos are graphic so viewer discretion is advised.

The atmosphere at the exhibition was silent and reflective. The photos felt emotional and raw, bringing to life the phrase “a picture is worth a 1000 words”. The photos brought to life some of the remotest parts of the world, such as the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Tibetan Buddhists would travel to this place for the week-long Bliss Dharma Assembly. Photos of the earthquake that hit Nepal were also featured. These were some of the most emotional photos I had ever seen, apart from photos of the refugee crisis.

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The Larung Gar Buddhist Academy at Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture celebrating the week-long Bliss Dharma Assembly

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Some of the devastating shots after the massive earthquake that hit Nepal

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Some of the devastating shots after the massive earthquake that hit Nepal

Beautiful shots of nature, as well as some of the bloody truths of the world, are on display. They remind us to acknowledge that even though some of these issues don’t affect us directly, it will surely affect us in the long-run both personally and as a species. News of devastating events such as the earthquake in Nepal, the refugee crisis, or police brutality becomes much more real because you can’t simply change the channel and pretend things like that aren’t happening.

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Shots of the current state of some of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas as a result of police shootings

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Some of the less gory photos of the refugee crisis, including the famous one where Syrian refugees designate a chair for each member of the family that they’ve lost

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Racism is not a thing of the past and it is still a heated topic in America

But, not all photos that were displayed were of devastation. There were shots of sports such as basketball, ski-jump, and synchronized swimming.

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Photos of cultural traditions such as the feast of Las Mayas were included as well.

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Life at the Antarctic was also captured, truly reminding us that there is life just about anywhere.

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It is important to remember that though these shots are beautiful, they are more than art. They are real people, real photographers, who sometimes risk their lives to showcase the truth. These are real issues and each shot tells a story. This exhibition connects us with each other because empathy is universal.

“World Press Photo’s prestigious Photo of the Year was awarded to this evocative image of a Syrian man handing his baby through barbed wire as he crossed the border from Serbia into Hungary It was captured in August 2015 by Warren Richardson, the first Australian to win World Press Photo’s top honours!” (taken from The State Library of NSW Facebook page)

So please, visit the exhibition and see for yourself these compelling images because the photos featured in this article do not do them any justice. The library opens at 9am Monday – Friday and 10am Saturday – Sunday.

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Study In Australia: Dann Nguyen

Written by Your Story

Meet The An Huy Nguyen, otherwise known as Dann Nguyen. He is a Vietnamese international student, the main singer of “The Calligraphers” band and an adviser of VIET Youth Australia. Here’s what he had to say about his experiences:

Why did you choose Australia? 

Choosing a place oversea to follow your dream is hard, but I am always eager to learn about Western cultures, new knowledge and techniques in a course related to music industry. Apart from looking for a high-quality school/institution, you will have to see if the place you are going to is safe and saving enough or not. After taking ages to conduct my personal research, I decided to go to Australia instead of the America because:

1/ Australia is a safe country.
2/ I can work part-time legally.

So I landed in Australia and well, this is an “open-minded society”. I mean it because it is where people do not care about your appearances, abilities and the way you behaves, as well as there is no gossip and creating a network for business is easier.

“You are not a tree to stay in a place” 

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Tell us a bit about your academic experiences:

I finished high school back in Vietnam and right after that moved to Australia with my passion for acoustic music in February 2015. Since I was under 18 years old at the time, I started with a Foundation program in UTS: Insearch, and graduated with quite a high grade. Honestly, I found Foundation very easy. Future students not to be apprehensive about it. Some tips to survive:

  • You just need to work very carefully and notice the details about English —> It is ALL about English!
  • Try to be financially stable! —> Learn to cook, home-cooked food is good and cheaper!
  • Take more risks and be open!
  • Do not skip many classes

After the Foundation program, I then took one semester of ‘Bachelor of Sound and Music Design’ in the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), skipping all the core subjects and theory classes because I was so excited to learn about what I could do. However, I felt as though I needed a more hands-on experience and so transferred to SAE Institute, majoring in Audio Engineering to save time and money on the way to reaching my dream.

“Do not care about haters. Because you have your values”

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How would you describe yourself?

I am a bold, daring, optimistic and confident person! I am not afraid of taking risks and doing what I am keen on. I defined it as my pros and cons, as it helped me to ignore public opinion and focus on myself and what I love. However, it also makes myself become quite a bit hurry and hasty when handling problems that I always think it has nothing to worry about.

I have an endless love with acoustic music and guitar. And my dream is to be able to create an acoustic guitar brand. Therefore, I chose to study the “Bachelor of Sound and Music Design” at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). This subject and major are pretty hard to find in Vietnam, so with a passion for acoustic music and guitar, I came to Australia, enroled in the top university in this major to pursue my ultimate goal of my life.

Remember: “You are you! Do not be fake!”

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You mentioned that you were in a band, how did your passion for music start?

Since I was in high school, I joined many music clubs, set up Phu Nhuan Acoustic Club. I also recently won first place in “VIET Youth Has Talents 2015” with my band “The Calligraphers”. After I came to Sydney, I also joined all Vietnamese student music events such as “VDS Gala” and “VietYouth got talents” (I call it ‘enthusiasm’), and am currently an adviser for the organisation of “Viet Youth Australia”. I also still keep in touch with my team in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) despite the distance and different time zones. I mainly write their training contents with the knowledge I gained from reading books or by asking famous international Vietnamese students, and create useful projects for the students about things such as the ‘Mindset’ and being an ‘Entrepreneur’.

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What is some advice you can give to other international students?

“Do not wait for an opportunity. Find it or create it yourself.” I like this quote because it can be applied to anyone, in any situation and think it is especially inspirational to artists. Although I love Vietnam, I still wanted to leave and find an opportunity to bring new air to my homeland’s music industry. I love my country’s music and desire to do something new, to proofread the acoustic music. The music industry in Australia is all filled up; even Westerners cannot get a job. In Vietnam, the music taste of young people is westernised.

At the moment, I am having a three-month holiday before the new semester starts at SAE. I took a chance during this long holiday to come back Vietnam and prepare for my treasured event as a director of “Ngan Ngo – The Concert”. This concert, in the form of musical theatre, is to orient new thinking about arts to young people and enhance their knowledge of humanities. All music clubs from every high school in Ho Chi Minh City will be able to contribute to this enormous project and perform at Hoa Binh Theatre which can fit up to 2000 people.

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“There are 7 billion people so why don’t you be confident?

It is not about who you are; it is about you.

Because you are different!”

– Dann Nguyen

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Calligraphy is Not Dead!

Written by Entertainment, Student Life

Calligraphy comes from the Greek word kalligraphía, whose root words are kallos (meaning “beauty”) and graphein (meaning “write”). Back in the olden times, it was a tool for communication, but it was also an art practiced in many languages in various cultures. Some examples of languages that practice calligraphy as the art of beautiful writing are Arabic, Persian, Indian, Mongolian, Chinese, and Japanese

Sometimes calligraphy is used as a substitute for “regular” art. In Islam, it is forbidden to paint portraits, hence, why Arabic calligraphy boosted in importance and sophistication. Islamic calligraphy has been used from architecture to coin design, with beautiful writings of passages from the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam.

In Chinese history, calligraphy is seen as one of the highest forms of Chinese art. What you wrote is as important as the way you write it. The history of Chinese calligraphy is as long as that of China. It’s more than just a showcase of the abstract beauty of lines, but a way of self-expression and preservation of culture.

An artist by the name of Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang has fused Islamic calligraphy with that of Chinese. He works to write Arabic using traditional Chinese calligraphic brushes and techniques. Born in 1963 in the Shandong Province of China, he is a renowned master of this art form. He’s the first Chinese Muslim to be awarded the Egyptian Certificate of Arabic Calligraphy. Haji Noor’s work has created a new world of calligraphy, much like J. K. Rowling has created a new world for witches and wizards. His art falls under the subcategory called “Sini”, which is a Chinese Islamic form for Arabic script

His work has been displayed in galleries and museums around the world, often known as the first Chinese/Arabic artist. Visit him on his website for more details.

As an added bonus, here are some modern calligraphy art to soothe your senses.

Be right back, I am going to find myself a brush, pen, and some ink.

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Makan Makan 2016

Written by Editor’s Picks, News, Student Life

All of us, as humans, have certain things about ourselves that differentiate us from others. However, there’s one thing among the countless number that we universally love: food! It’s one of the best ways to celebrate and begin sharing cultures.

I was fortunate enough to experience this at the Makan Makan event held in UTS and organised by MASSA (Malaysian and Singaporean Student Association) of UTS. The name of the event, (Makan Makan) translates to “eat”. Which was basically what the event was. It was a huge crowd of students being spoiled rotten with amazing Malaysian and Singaporean food. It was great to be able to spend time with such a fun and loving community.

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This event was organised and executed by MASSA but members from other universities were present to provide the organisers with moral support. At roughly around 6:30 pm people had started to line up for registration. The crowd had gotten massive; the line only kept extending and it was the longest when people lined up for food.

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People began to settle down when it was time for performances which made the night even better. They included entertaining musical performances, musical bands, piano solos and even the demonstration of Silat, which is a Malaysian martial arts style, as well as mini trivia games in between.

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The Makan Makan event has been running successfully for an incredible 21 years, and the number of students attending increase each time. The main aim was to get students together, celebrate unity, culture and promote diversity.

“The best way to share a culture is through food.” Said Wong Dao Min, the artistic director of MASSA. “Malaysian food has got that spice and texture and I love to share that experience with people and promote diversity. That’s what the event is all about.” Furthermore, he said that the best way to appreciate a culture is when you’re with friends and a community in general to share it with. Being relatively new to his position, he is determined to continue the good work, strengthen bonds and shine the right kind of light on the Malaysian and Singaporean culture.

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The event did exactly that. I had never tried the Malaysian and Singaporean food, so I had no clue what was being put on my plate. However, every single thing tasted delightful and I started to wonder why I hadn’t tried this cuisine earlier. Overall the event was insightful and enjoyable and everyone had a great time.

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I would like to thank everyone at the event which made me feel welcome in their community and for introducing me to the Malaysian and Singaporean culture (and food). The Cultural Director also has a little message for all you readers: “If you are interested in the Malaysian and Singaporean Culture, then come over and join us! We’re always ready for you!”

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Changes in Student Visa from 1st July 2016

Written by Editor’s Picks, News

Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced a new change for student visa application, starting from 1st July 2016.

There will be only one student visa when studying in Australia as visa subclass 500 no matter the differences of your study field.

So after 1st July 2016, when you apply for student visa for your Master degree, you will hold student visa subclass 500. If someone was to apply for a Bachelor degree, they will also have the same visa subclass as yours.

Your family members, who may want to join you in Australia during your study period, will also hold the visa subclass 500 after the 1st July 2016.

Students, holding a current visa subclass from 570 to 576, will remain valid and the change will not impact on the conditions and rights of the current visa status.

For more information please check BORDER.GOV.AU or email VOIS for assistance.

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Study in Australia: Laura Liu

Written by Your Story

Travelling from Shanghai (China) to Adelaide and then Sydney 6 years ago, Laura Liu – a Chinese girl has become a more and more active international student. When Laura arrived at Australia in 2009, she held an IELTS certificate scored 6.5. She did take it again and got overall band 7.5 by reading and listening to Australian news: “I suggest ABC News 24”, Laura said.

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1. Foundation lesson: “Talk to people! Don’t be shy!”

Laura began learning English since she was about very young but her very first problem studying in Australia is eastern culture studying. She took a Foundation degree in Adelaide transaction period. Here is where she improved her language skills the most by talking with local people living in the area. They are super duper friendly and interested in talking with international students since there were not a lot of international students at that time. The course taught her ‘critical thinking’ and break the eastern culture barrier in studying: keep asking questions.

2. Bigger city – Bigger opportunity

Laura was born and growing in Shanghai, the capital of China, which is a very large, active and developing city. She acknowledged the opportunities a big city can bring out due to the comparison between Shanghai and other cities in China. Therefore, Laura decided to move to Sydney for an undergraduate degree. From 2011 to 2014, she did a Bachelor of Communication (majoring Public Relations) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Despite the challenges this major towards international student in terms of language disadvantages, Laura was so eager to learn and here are her philosophies:

  1. Passionate with communicating to people and helping to solve the problems
  2. Communication is very practical: in everything, you have to communicate to transfer information or requests, to persuade, trade and achieve the goals.
  3. It is very rewarding in the third year of this degree in UTS: you will be received offers of internship via emails, UTS Online forum or UTS Career Hub –> You should subscribe to these media platforms and update the information regularly to get an appropriate internship.

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Taking a chance, Laura applied for an internship position at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. She successfully got the position and after a month working, the organisation signed a contract with her for an official paid position. Since then, Laura was working with them for half a year and then stopped when she had to pursue her master degree.

Even so, Laura gained a lot of experience due to ‘big’ chance she found in Sydney through ‘big’ events from ‘big’ organisations located in Sydney.

During 2014, Australia held the G20 Summit and managed a series of government visits. Laura was the only mandarin speaking project assistant from DPC and she arranged numerous translations between the Chinese media representatives. She also assisted in translating English and interpreted their words through face-to-face communication.

Laura was invited to manage international and national media groups when the President of China arrived in Sydney using her bilingual skills, collecting foreign media’s feedback on the day and acted as a bridge between the state government and Chinese media. After the event, she approached Chinese media and collected their feedback and comments. Laura was also responsible for translating written Mandarin news stories into English and these have contributed to the State government’s database. As a result of her support work, the 2014 Leaders Forum in Sydney achieved worldwide media coverage and the Chinese delegation team was deeply impressed by the host city Sydney.

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Laura also assisted by creating major time grids for the International Leaders’ activities within Sydney. They were instrumental in managing and allocating staff to manage specific events for each other. During the G20, she put five-time schedules for different international leaders into an integrated time chart. Since a lot of the activities were happening on the same day, she had to use her coordination skills to make sure schedules would not clash. She successfully merged them together and provided the team with a core file to work with. Her strong attention to detail and multicultural background has positively contributed to the success of hosting high profile events such as Australia-China State/ Provincial Leaders Forum in Sydney.

Prior to the arrival of the President of China, Laura attended preparation meetings with the Chief Management Staff at the host venue and made critical suggestions on the design of the venue to incorporate a pleasing cultural perspective. The level of detail was much appreciated.

3. “I wish I did…”

Laura did regret not to put all efforts in studying some skills that she thought it was so basic. You may be ‘good’ at computer skills such as Microsoft Words, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoints, etc. but the company will require they are professional. Sometimes, ‘good’ is not enough, and its term is true in most of the situations. Plus, if you are keen on working in Public Relations’ industry, learning how to use social media to administrate or manage the posts will be a strength and highlight point to put in a resume and appreciated by hirers.

And yes, she really meant it when she said: “I wished that I learned or used those tools before so it wouldn’t take more time to learn about them”.

So, here is a quite important reminder for Communication students!

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4.  A Proactive attitude

One of the most significant achievement of Laura for a whole time studying in Australia is her attitude: from a shy person and usually felt left over because sometimes she is the only international student in the class, Laura becomes more active and approaching. This attitude brought her positive Master of Management at the University of Sydney.

To those who are thinking of doing Master of Management, let’s also thinking of 3 key ideas Laura took from this degree and decide whether to take it or not:

  1. Global society: it is people that drive this world around
  2. Communication does matter: a rapid way to approach a conversation to get what you want –> Practical skills needed in every organisation.
  3. Apply networking: talk to your teachers/tutors/professors regularly to share your personal goals, ask for their advice/references/networking –> job offers, opportunities.

5. An intergration between working and studying

  • Culture:
    • how to talk and communicate with colleagues = experienced people, clients
    • working as a team
  • Attitude: obstacles to phone someone and listen to harsh words if they are not in the mood or have a tired day.
  • Adaption: need to start changing yourself to adapt to new environment and be resilient

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6. Earn experience and find a solution

Now: volunteer for NGO: Social Enterprise

  1. support the Human Sound Project: Business Development Plan –> interested in connecting people through sound
  2. collaborative experience
  3. volunteer = she saw the value of this project and was willing to help –> she contacted to the director of this organisation and asked to join the project.

Message: “Enjoy the fun”. Earn experience and find a solution.

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 “Success is not just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do”.

 

 

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10 short funny English Jokes

Written by Editor’s Picks, Student Life

1/A: Doctor, how can I live longer than 100 years?

Do you smoke?
A:No.
Do you eat too much?
A:No.

Do you go to bed late?
A:No.

Do you have affairs with promiscuous women?
A:No.

Then why would you want to live more than 100 years?

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2/How can I open a Banana

With a Monkey!

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3/What’s the best place to hide a body?

Page two of Google!

4/A man noticed his credit card has been stolen  but he never reported it. The thief was still spending less than his wife

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Teacher: “Kids, what does the fluffy chicken give you?”

Students: “Eggs!”

Teacher: “Very good! Now what does the pink pig give you?”

Students: “Bacon!”

Teacher: “Great! And what does the fat cow give you?”

Students: “Homework!”

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6/When your mom sits on an iPhone it becomes an Ipad

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7/What does ‘IDK’ means?

I don’t know

OMG, no one knows!

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8/Don’t break anybody’s ear, they only have one.

Break their bones, they have 206

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9/”One day our country will be corruption free”. Which tense we should use in English?

FUTURE IMPOSSIBLE TENSE

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10/Waiter: Would you like your coffee black?
Customer: What other colors do you have?

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Notre Dame gets creative for Art Week

Written by Entertainment, Student Life

Having low moments and experiencing negative feelings is not uncommon. But it’s the expression of those thoughts that will always help. This is what the University of Notre Dame aims to do this week.

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From Monday (2/5/16) to Friday (6/5/16), the university is holding Art Week to raise awareness of student mental well-being through creativity. Notre Dame students will showcase their talents in acts that they have worked to bring to you. They range from performance arts to stand-up comedy. During this colourful week you will also get a chance to:

  • Chat to counselors to learn more about mental health and other issues
  • Eat at the BBQ which will be running every day (all proceeds go to charities who are also involved in promoting mental health)
  • Watch student-produced films at Notre Dame’s cinema screening
  • Wander Artist’s Alley and examine student artworks, talk to the artists themselves and create your own masterpiece
  • Participate in short workshops that will introduce you to the basic concepts of art and other fields of creativity
  • Get up close and personal with Notre Dame’s animal farm on Thursday (5/5/16)
  • See what more the university has to offer by saying hello to other clubs and societies at various tents

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Each day will begin at 11:30 am and end at 2:00 pm (daily Mass will occur from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm). This is a great event if you are interested in different forms of creativity, want to perform and support others performing or just want to have an enjoyable time (or everything above!)

Every year most universities dedicate a week to bring together their students. What unites us is our passion, inspirations and hard work. So come down if you’re free and join the University of Notre Dame students in raising awareness of mental health concerns. See you there and have a great week!

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Yes and No with a Dishwasher

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

When I first came to Australia and lived with an Australian host family, there is one thing that I have only heard and seen the American movies. The dishwasher. Honestly, I don’t know to use it. What can or can I not put in? Here’s a list of things that can save your dishwasher and other kitchen utensils from improper use. 

Never put these in:

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1/ Chopping boards, cutlery or cooking tools made of wood/bamboo

The hot water and dry cycle of the dishwasher will cause the wood to swell and crack. Scrub your wooden utensils and chopping boards with a mixture of bleach and cold water to kill the bacteria. 

2/ Kitchen and steak knives
Dishwasher detergent is very abrasive on the sharp edge. During a cycle of washing, they might bang to each other to cause scratches and nicks on the blade. Just quickly hand wash it and put it on the rack to dry (it will take only 2 minutes or less)

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3/ Plastic containers or utensils
Heat from the hot water and the dry cycle can possibly warp your plastic bottles out of shape. Moreover, it’s quite expensive to pay for plastic containers in Australia.

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4/ Any labelled bottles or jars
The dishwashing detergent can pull off any labels on your bottles or jars. This little rubbish might clog your drain during its disposal flow. You might ignore this small thing but the trash can build up. In the end, you might have to call and pay a technician to repair your dishwasher.

5/ Disposable Aluminum

This just might be the biggest never of the list. A dishwasher works like cookware, such as a microwave. What happens if you put disposable aluminium in there? Black marks. Yes, it leaves black marks.

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 Put these in at your-own-risk:

1/ Nonstick pots or pans
The surface of some nonstick pans or pots might be damaged as it bangs on others during the washing process. You may risk its nonstick quality in the long term. 

2/ Vintage Plates/ Bowls/ Mugs
Hot water, water pressure and detergents can eat away its hand-painted decorated details. A majority of these are quite expensive to repurchase.

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3/ Cheese Grater
You might find your cheese still stuck in the holes after finishing its washing cycle. So don’t waste time with the dishwasher, since you have to hand-wash it later on. Simply hand washing it with soap. Easy and Quick!
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Finally, I have decided to follow my mum and the traditional style…handwash!! If your skin is sensitive, please remember to wear gloves when washing and dry your hands immediately once you finish. You don’t want to spend heaps of money to buy expensive hand lotion or to visit your PG.

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Little Ms. Independent International Student

Written by Student Life

It’s pretty common for teens to wish they were on their own, living the independent life, with no parental units breathing down their necks. We’ve all been through that. I’ve always wanted to be independent — I’ve always dreamt of going to university, living on my own, setting my own curfew, exploring and absorbing culture through my pores. I just never thought that time would come so soon. I’d always prepared myself for the separation from my parents after I graduated. It was the norm. I’d come to terms that graduation marked the beginning of my adult life. But, alas, that is not always true.

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It was the summer after my junior year. Australia wasn’t a curve ball my parents threw out of nowhere; it’s been in the works since the beginning of the school year. I was excited. And nervous. Really, really nervous. I was no stranger to uprooting to a strange land; I’ve had to move to Saudi Arabia at 9. Settling into Saudi Arabia, however, is far easier than Australia. You’d think, “Well, you’ve lived in a conservative society all your life, wouldn’t you want to be independent?” I did. But there was a catch.

I had to do it without my parents.dsc_0757

They flew Down Under with me, of course, but they were only around for 1 week. I was only 17. How was I supposed to survive three months and three weeks without my parents?! They don’t teach you this kind of stuff in school. But thankfully, my mamma didn’t raise no fool. I could take care of my basic necessities just fine – I knew how to wash my clothes, change my sheets, wash the dishes, clean my room, the simpler stuff. I just couldn’t handle finances well. But it wasn’t something I couldn’t learn.

“When I first moved to London, I felt very homesick and yearned after the countryside a lot. Because London’s hard. It’s a big place, and it’s lonely. It takes a while to get into it. But once I got into the flow of it and started to grow up, I realized that my home is wherever I am.”

– Toby Kebbell

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Because I am underage, I had to stay in a home-stay. Living in a home-stay helped ease the homesickness – my host will usually have guests and they would treat me, almost, like their own. It made me feel very welcomed, except when they would begin to speak to each other. That always throws me off course. I went from smiling, laughing and trying to make small talk to just staring at a point on the wall or just staring at the TV as they spoke in rapid-fire Greek. 0 – 100 real quick. But I got used to it.

It was a challenge for me to enjoy myself here. There was this one time that a friend of mine pointed out that I was very cheerful and I was “emoting”. It was very interesting of her to say that – I had always thought I was emoting. Unknowingly, I had this solemn, somber, indifferent look on my face if I wasn’t particularly into conversations; probably an RBF but sadder. I was immensely insecure about being miles and miles away from my comfort zones. It was my defense mechanism.

I didn’t want to be one of those small town people who forgot themselves once they moved to the big city, the big leagues. Focused on not losing myself and home, I refused to enjoy what Sydney had to offer. But that always resulted in my sitting in my room, taking long walks down memory lane and getting lost in a whirlwind of emotions. That’s not healthy.

nazihah5Coming back for my second semester here, I’ve resolved to enjoy myself. Sure, I’ve had to grow up and mature pretty quickly, and I’m still a bundle of nerves anxiety. But, I’ve begun to accept that I’m 17 and miles away from home. It can only be a good thing in the long run and it’s the start of something great. The weather will change but it doesn’t mean I can’t get the most out of it.

I’ve got a mission here and that’s to make my parents proud, to make myself proud, and to grow. Like waves in the stormy ocean, responsibility and life broke the shores of my consciousness and washed me awake. Trying to surf the waves when I’ve only been practicing for 3 days is deadly. I will fall and get hurt but I’d hurt myself even more if I didn’t try.

It wasn’t (and still isn’t) easy and I don’t expect it to be. I’ve always got support from my loving parents and my wonderful friends back home and here Down Under. To help myself enjoy myself Down Under, I chronicle my adventures on my blog here and through photos on my gallery.

How long was I going to live under my parents’ wings?

I’ve got my own. Let’s give them a test run.

 

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