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16 Funny Pics of uni life in Australia

Written by Entertainment, Student Life

1. Part-time lecturer, part-time baby sitter

2. Somehow, Harry Potter’s friend studies at USYD

3. Let’s build a snowman, Frozen after-effect 

4. Someone has a tough night  before the exam

5. My only Blanket

6. A Bromance in lecture

7. Nothing to beat with the wind and rain in Sydney

8. Another method to pay for his institution fee

9. We’re proud of being a UNSW-er

10. The master of cheating 

11. Practice makes perfect

12.  A panda and possum at UOW 

13. Life won’t be tough with a bottle of Hennessy

14. A portable kitchen in a student’s lab

15. One way to save on the electricity bill

16. Last but not least,

We have to learn to be patient while studying at uni

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Bankstown’s Christmas Tree Bombing

Written by News

At 12:30am Monday, the biggest Christmas tree in Bankstown was fire-bombed by two vandals.

Police are investigating the two people captured by security footage.

Bankstown’s Christmas tree is known to be the largest Christmas tree in South Western Sydney, but is also known to suffered vandalism in recent years.

It is reported that the damages are worth up to $2500. Despite the act of disgrace, the tree still stands and the lights will continue to be on Friday at 7pm as per schedule.

The question is: Who are these two Bankstown criminals?

 

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Ice-cream: What’s the flavor of your personality?

Written by Student Life

 

Which one is your favorite? Chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate chip or vanilla? Do you know what ice-cream flavors can say about your personality? In order to test the theory, take your date or your lovely family member to an ice-cream shop and you will see which flavor they’ll choose and why that one among thousands. 

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Chocolate Ice-cream:

Charming and sexy are the most two common values in the inner-you,
so you are always surrounded by friends.
You are a committed and responsible person in every aspect.
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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-cream:
You truly seek perfection, and no one can compete with that.
You are also a faithful, lovely and harmonious person.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice-cream:
You are a very independent, generous and competent person.
Whenever there is any problem, you always deal with it in a calm and professional manner.
You have the potential to become an inspirational leader.
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Vanilla Ice-cream:
You are an easy-going, classical, day-dreamer type.
But once you are passionate about something,
you will do it – maybe without even thinking about the pros or cons of your actions.
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Strawberry Ice-cream:

People always call you “sweetie” or “sweetheart” because being sweet is your natural state.
You are very loyal, kind and well-behaved.
You always strive for harmony and provide support for your family and surrounding people.
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Cotton candy Ice-ream:
You are an adventurous person, who loves exploring and trying different things in the world.
But it doesn’t hide the fact that sometimes your inner-child can burst forth.




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5 Secret Tea Types to Lose Belly Fat

Written by Health

More and more people are drinking black tea today. Black tea is processed through several different stages involving being heated, rolled and fermented.

More and more people are drinking black tea today. Black tea is processed through several different stages involving being heated, rolled and fermented.

 Green tea is healthier than black tea due to its processing. Green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process to retain a higher amount of antioxidants.


Green tea is healthier than black tea due to its processing. Green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process to retain a higher amount of antioxidants.

 Oolong Tea means black dragon, Chinese-style-tea, which is semi-fermented in the process to retain the leaves color.


Oolong Tea means black dragon, Chinese-style-tea, which is semi-fermented in the process to retain the leaves’ colour.

Flavour tea is an infusion of leaves, seeds or roots extracted in hot water. There are various herbal teas to choose from such as peppermint tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea or rooibos tea

Flavour tea is an infusion of leaves, seeds or roots extracted in hot water. There are various herbal teas to choose from such as peppermint tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea or rooibos tea.

Coffee leaf tea is the hottest new beverage these days. It contains low caffeine but rich antioxidants and polyphenols – higher than green tea and oolong tea

Coffee leaf tea is the hottest new beverage these days. It contains low caffeine but rich antioxidants and polyphenols – higher than green tea and oolong tea.

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18 Secrets only 90s Kids from Japan and Malysia Know

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

if I am a Japanese kid from 90s:

I would never grow up without Doraemon:1

Or Ninia Boys:2

And  Pokemon:

4

After dinner, my favourite cartoon was Kimba, a little lion tries to break barrier between human and living wildlife:

5

Magical Girl was my dream for a birthday present or a Christmas gift:

6

I bought lots of different stickers, roller stamps and temporary tattoos, but I have never used them all:

9

I skipped my class and sneaked in a computer game shop for this Boong-ga boongga game:

12

 

If I am a Malaysian kid from 90s:

I always waited eagerly for getting a Roti-ice cream from an ice-cream man, under the heat weather:27

I had never shared Mamee Monster to anyone in the class because of its tasty:

26

I collected lots of tiny toys inside these chocolate boxes, just only RM 0.50:

24

My mom always bought Nyam Nyam Rice Crispy for me after my piano class; a moment when dipping your chocolate coated spoon in the pot of multi-colored rice was insane:

23

Eyes-glass chocolate candy transformed me into a superhero:

22

Do I still remember the Nano song?:

21

I could finish one stack in 10 minutes:

14

It took me ages to decide which flavours I want to get:19

I tried to avoid the stones landing on my face while throwing it up high. Batu Seremban

18

No one could compete with me in this battle as an eraser collection of international flags was my proud:

15Source:  Amulet Forums

I practiced typing through Mario Teaches Typing program in primary school:

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Source:  Reddit

Dash Yonkuro:11

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90s Japanese and Malaysian Kids Know It

Written by Student Life

How many of these can you remember?

If I am a Japanese kid from the 90s:

I would never grow up without Doraemon:1

Or Ninia Boys:2

And  Pokemon:

4

After dinner, my favourite cartoon was Kimba, a little lion tries to break barrier between human and living wildlife:

5

Magical Girl was my dream for a birthday present or a Christmas gift:

6

I bought lots of different stickers, roller stamps and temporary tattoos, but I have never used them all:

9

I skipped my class and sneaked in a computer game shop for this Boong-ga boongga game:

12

 

 

If I am a Malaysian kid from the 90s:

I always waited eagerly to get a Roti-ice cream from an ice-cream man in hot weather:27

I had never shared Mamee Monster with anyone in class because it’s too tasty:

26

I collected lots of tiny toys from inside these RM 0.50 chocolate boxes:

24

My mom always bought Nyam Nyam Rice Crispy for me after my piano class. That moment when you dip your chocolate-coated spoon in the pot of multi-coloured rice was insane:

23

Eyes-glass chocolate candy transformed me into a superhero:

22

I still remember the Nano song; do you?

21

I could finish one stack in 10 minutes:

14

It took me ages to decide which flavours I wanted:19

I tried to avoid the stones landing on my face while throwing it up high. Batu Seremban:18

Source:  Traditional Games in Malaysia

No one could compete with me, a proud flag eraser collector:

15Source:  Amulet Forums

I practiced typing through Mario Teaches Typing program in primary school:

13

Source:  Reddit

Dash Yonkuro:11

 

 

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Leap Second: Why We Will Have an Extra 1 Second for today?

Written by News

Do you know that today, 30th June 2015, you will receive a special gift of time with an extra one second, as a leap second?         

Did it happen before?

The atomic clocks will mark 23h 59m 60s for today instead of 23h 59m 59s, but July 1st will continue as normal. Since the atomic clocks started to govern our time in 1967, the first leap second was introduced in 1972. The leap second continually added every year from 1972 to 1979. Six cases of the leap second were accumulated in 1980s but only four times of this have been added since 1999. Today is the 26th time in history to record an extra second from our atomic clocks.

Why adding one extra one second?

TIME NEWS explained:

“Leap seconds were introduced to keep our notion of time in line with an ongoing slowdown in Earth’s rotation, caused by volcanoes, earthquakes and other natural phenomena. While that slowing rotation is extraordinarily gradual, over long periods it adds up to notable chunks of time, potentially throwing our concept of time off from Earth’s day-and-night cycle — or even seasonal schedules. The “leap second” attempts to rectify this by inserting an extra second into a day to give the Earth time to “catch up” to where it’s supposed to be based on the traditional solar cycle.”

The Earth’s rotational speed changes erratically and unpredictably, so the leap seconds are always announced 6 months in advance. It is still a question for scientist about the next coming leap second event.

So What would you do by having an extra precious gift from Time? 

NEW WORDS:

UCT (Universal Coordinated Time):  the time standard to determine local times in worldwide.

Atomic clock: the most accurate type of clock to measure time in the world, regulated by the vibration of atomic system.

Solar Cycle: a cycle of the sun.

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The 6 Best Tips to Make New Friends

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

Attend volunteer work outside university or college

Look for a community outside of your university or college area. This makes you become more engage in the surrounding community. You will also get more contact with not only local friends of the same age but also from different age groups. For instance, participating in ISLA’s events is a fantastic way to be exposed to Australian cultures, enhancing your skills and knowledge for future careers.

Participate into clubs and societies 

Sign your name for membership in the clubs or societies that you love during O-week and start participating in their activities. Universities and Colleges have various numbers of clubs and societies and hold weekly or monthly events, such as parties, lunches, trips and tours over the course of a semester. Australian love sun and the beach, so joining Australian sports clubs is an excellent way to meet Australian students and learn more about the sporting culture of tennis, rugby, cricket or swimming. Playing sports is also a part of Australian culture, and you will get to hang out after every section to encourage bonding team spirit.

Because of the multicultural community, you can find some societies created for a specific culture such as Malaysian student association or Indonesian Association. This will allow you to feel more confident and comfortable in getting to know more local and international students, who can understand and speak you native language.

Get a part-time job or internship position

Landing a part-time job or internship position can help you to expand your connection outside the campus area. You will experience the working environment as it is in Australia. You might engage with many of local colleagues from different backgrounds, and they could originally have a same background as yourself. Even if you are working in a well-known firm or local coffees shop, you will be able to earn extra cash for spending and also find new friendships.

Speak to your housemates or roommates

Australian students sometimes have to move out and live independently in a new area or city to pursue their dream. They eventually live away from their family so you could find local students living in a shared house, a dorm, a student accommodation. When sharing the same roof, a random talk or a simple greeting such as “Hi” or “How are you going today?”, is essentially a great starting point for friendship.

Make friends with other international students

Exchanging cultures and cuisines from other internationals students with different backgrounds is an alternative to understanding the Australian culture. So do not only focuses on your native but also meet other students from different countries also. Befriending with other international students might be easier since you are in the same boat and have a willingness to explore and enhance your knowledge about the new country.

Be proactive, stay positive, smile, be confident and JUST DO IT.

Be confident about yourself

It can be just a little harder to connect with Australian students, but do not give up. You might be surprised to learn that local student might also feel the same way about befriending with international students. Everyone needs to learn new cultures, find and make new friends. So you are never alone. There is no difference between international and local students.

Source: from ISLA city of sydney / Police NSW/Cao Tim/ Danny/ and Khoa Tran

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Spend It Or Save It?

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

I have spent a lot of tuition fees at the beginning of every semester, a part of the cost of accommodation and transportation.

Yes, you would be shocked at the amount of spending for textbooks in Australia. According to National Association of University stores, Australian students spend an average of nearly $600 per year on textbooks in the last four years.It’s still a lot of money, especially for international students, due to their low-currency-value compared to Australian dollars. After few years battling high fees in university, I have recognized few basic tips that I can help you to save an extra penny in the pocket, no matter your course of study.

Buy second-hand textbook/ Buy used one

Buying a used textbook is the easiest and quickest way to save money rather than spending on brand new ones. Normally, used textbooks  range from 30% to 65% less than original price depending on its value. The vital element is to make sure you check that book edition matches your course’s requirement.

Find them:

  1. Your university/ college’s notice board
  2. Secondhand-bookshops located within the campus.
  3. Visit thesecondhandbook.com or exchangetextbook.com to find a fair offer with various options, but record specific details about the book such as ISBN number, edition codes or authors’ names

By the end of the semester, it’s time for you to get back your money. So remember to look for your textbooks to resell it after.

Rent your textbook

Another option is to rent your textbooks. The price fluctuates from 20% to 50% less expensive than its value. This option is quite expensive compared to buying it new. You could easily find those used textbooks in your campus bookstore or second-hand bookstore.

Again, ensure you know the textbook’s name, edition, author’s name and ISBN number to borrow the right one.

Don’t forget to return your textbooks before the deadline or you will charge an extra fee per week for that.  You may need to take extra care of rental books, so you don’t lose money after using it.

Borrow textbook from library or friends

One of the options that I have used is simply spitting the textbooks cost with my close friends taking the same class or course.  Borrowing textbooks from library and friends save you a significant amount of money, cutting your costs in half. It could be a bit  inconvenient by sharing the textbooks, as you have to continually swap the books around. So  it may be better to arrange and use efficiently when keeping it.

Some of the lecturers or tutors are adamant that you have to carry textbooks with you during the class, so before choosing this option.You and your friends need to research secretly about your professors’ teaching style to arrange the textbooks around.

Sharing textbooks means you have the responsibility to take good care of them, so your friend can use it  as well. By keeping it clean in original condition, you can resell  the textbooks at a higher price to regain less cash back in your pocket.

Use your smartphone and tablet

After frist year, I always borrow my friends’ textbooks or  go to the library for a whole day or few hours during a lunch break to make a copy of that.

You can use your smartphone or tablet and take a photo of the pages that you are required to read. This option is a saver as no cost is involved at all.

Or You can go to a printing shop to make a copy of the textbooks, costing less than 20 dollars for a-300-page-textbook.

But Be careful!! Australian copyright is very strict so generally; you are responsible fro your actions. Remember to return the textbooks to your friend and ask them for their next available day so that you can take photos of the needed chapters.

Visit your library

The library is a free resource to borrow or lend your textbooks, but not always an attractive option.  For books in high-demand section in some universities and colleges, the loan maximum period to check out  is 2-3hours, or there is no option to checkout at all Your choices are limited as you can only borrow the books whenever it is available.

But you won’t be able to keep your textbooks for the whole semester.You must remember  to extend the loan period, or you have to pay extra money for the overdue books.

Keep Calm and Save Money on your textbooks!

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