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What types of food do Olympians eat?

Written by Health

It’s now a couple of weeks into semester and you might be running low on energy. With Rio 2016 done, here’s a list of food items inspired by the athletes.

For the elite athletics, food is just more than a form of art, but a source of energy. It boosts performance and maintains an active and focused mindset for days intense training sessions and exhausted games. Thus, a typical Olympian requires more than 3 prominent meals a day with an extra post-workout snack after training.

DWAYNE JOHNSON – THE ROCK is an extreme eater consuming more than 15000 kcals a day for 150 days

HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 22: Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the "Faster" Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 22, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD – NOVEMBER 22: Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the “Faster” Los Angeles Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on November 22, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Black beans or any types of beans

Damaris Phillip's Coconut Lime Black Beans for Taco Tuesday as seen on Food Network's Southern At Heart

Damaris Phillip’s Coconut Lime Black Beans for Taco Tuesday as seen on Food Network’s Southern At Heart

Similar to almond, it is the highest nutritionist and vibe for the body, which keeps the athletes feeling fuller for longer.

Almond or peanut butter


According to an American journal of clinical nutrition, almond contains 20% fewer calories than other food but have the same amount of energy and protein as well as micronutrients to meet the requirement. This allows the athletes to avoid losing power or skipping meals and to prevent being dehydrated.



Water is an essential element in the body as 70% of the body is water. Water keeps the body hydrated and flushes any toxins from the inner system.

Green tea

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Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that aids weight loss, a higher metabolic rate for the body and physical performance enhancement. This is done by mobilising fatty acids from fat tissues. The caffeine in tea also increases the concentration of neurotransmitters and other neurons to increase concentration and help memory.



Salmon contains Omega 3s and fatty acids to regulate the heart rhythm. It frees any blockages in arteries, avoiding heart-related diseases as well as obesity.

Greek Yogurt


Delicious Greek yogurt is an ideal post-workout indulgence for the athletes. Yogurt replenishes glycogen stores and provides protein for the small tears incurred in muscles during training sessions. Greek yogurt has high protein and low sugar level which keeps energy levels high during grueling workouts.


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Eating eggs can give an additional benefit in weight management. Egg yolk is a source of vitamins and minerals such as zinc. Without an adequate amount of zinc, it may leave you feeling sluggish, decrease your immune function and delay healing.



Oatmeal brings a spike of energy levels giving the body sufficient and long-term fuel, helping the athlete to maintain peak performance and concentration.

However, Olympic athletes all have their cheat day as any other human.



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Things You Don’t Know About EID in Malaysia

Written by Entertainment, Student Life

Islam is a religion practised by over a billion people and Muslims are followers of the faith. The ninth month of the Muslim calendar is the holy time of Ramadan, when Muslims all around the world fast for a month. By avoiding food and water from dawn until dusk, Muslims look to fulfill one of the pillars of Islam. (The five pillars of Islam are five basic acts in Islam that are considered mandatory and are the foundations of Muslim life.) After resisting temptation and fighting inner demons, they are then rewarded with Eid (or Raya), a month filled with food, forgiveness and celebration. As it is a big occasion in countries all over the world, Eid is observed in tandem with the country’s specific culture.

In Malaysia, where I come from, the event is a huge deal. Preparations can even begin from the second week of Ramadan. It depends on how much money you’re willing to spend, but some families go all out and make their Eid clothes or kuih (koo-weh). Some even give their living room a makeover: new curtains, new cushions, new furniture, new paint, the whole she-bang. Others choose not to be too grand in their Eid preparations. 

What do we do during Eid in Malaysia?

The night before Eid, Muslims in Malaysia watch their TV sets and await the Eid announcement after Maghrib prayers (second last prayer of the day). Once it is announced, a takbeer is heard in the nearby mosques and various TV channels. It is a proclamation to prevent Muslims from becoming too prideful and to remind themselves that the month of Eid is a blessing and a reward from Allah (the Muslim god).

The takbeer is usually performed by men at various mosques

On the first day of Raya, Muslims go to the early Eid prayer at the nearest mosque. Then, they return home to the delicious home-cooked meals that have been prepared that morning or the night before. Raya is celebrated with immediate family members first, then with other relatives and/or friends.

After breakfast, we have a “forgiving session” where family members take turns apologising to each other for any mistakes made or harsh words spoken. Usually, the youngest will ask for forgiveness from the eldest and move down the age line. The reason we do this is because Eid is the time of forgiveness and renewal. A common phrase used during this period of the year is kosong-kosong which translates to “zero-zero”. It means that all past mistakes are forgotten, and we begin our relationship with each other fresh and new for the rest of the year.

As shown here, the oldest sibling is asking for forgiveness from their parents

Families usually go to each other’s houses to visit, reconnect and eat. So people who you haven’t seen in a long while or have never even met before may pop up at your home. But, in the spirit of forgiveness and Eid, you greet them with a smile and open arms. At the end of the visit, the adults may give out duit raya, money in individual packets, young children, students, the elderly and orphans.

Duit raya in colourful packets

The amount will vary depending on each family and each person. The packets are either bought or received for free from various institutions like departmental stores or fashion boutiques. The more relatives you visit, the more delicious food you get to eat and the likelier it will be to get money as well!

What do we wear during Eid?

In Malaysia, we wear our traditional clothes during Raya. Women wear baju kurung or baju kebaya that can be ready-made or tailored.

Baju kebaya

Men wear baju melayu with sampin and songkok.

Though recently, women may be seen wearing long dresses known as Judah or abaya that can have a variety of designs and colours. However, it isn’t usually considered traditional Malay clothing, but Arab.

Since it is encouraged to dress nicely and wear new clothes on the first day of Raya, many people are eager to prepare in the days leading up to it. Some families may even decide to coordinate their Raya clothing. There’s a sudden surge of shoppers at various malls selling traditional materials, new designs pop up (ranging from affordable to expensive), discounts are offered and shoe sales increase. Needless to say, it can get pretty hectic!

However, after the fifth day of Raya, the excitement starts to die down a little bit. You can wear non-traditional clothes or stop serving Raya food to guests if you wish.

What do we eat?

The first day of Raya, we eat traditional Malay food such as ketupat (ke-too-pat), rendang (ruhn-dang), sambal kacang (sam-bal ka-chang) and ayam masak merah just to name a few. Each state will have variations, but it is the same all around Malaysia.

Ketupat or nasi impit are soft rice cakes that have been boiled for a few hours, with a hand-woven coconut leaf case. Because of the skill required to make the casing, ketupat takes longer to make. Therefore, many tend to buy versions ready-made from the market or use nasi impit instead. The skill is still practised in more rural areas of Malaysia though.


Ketupat or nasi impit is best eaten with rendang is a dark-coloured spicy meat dish that originated in Indonesia. The smell is one-of-a-kind and aromatic.

Sambal kacang is a spicy peanut sauce that’s usually eaten with satay during normal days. Ayam masak merah is another spicy dish, but it is red and uses chicken instead of meat or peanuts. (We do like our spicy food, eh?)

Seen here are rendang, ketupat, ayam masak merah, sambal kacang, and seronding.

To cool and sweeten our palate, we treat ourselves to various kuih (dessert/pastries) that have been homemade or store-bought in the days leading up to Raya. Desserts may include tart nenas, suji, Almond London, other cookies, cakes and kerepek. In this modern day and age, you have just got to know where to get the best kuih to impress your relatives and friends.

What do we listen to?

Raya-related songs can be heard everywhere you go during this month. Here are some classic selections:

Eid is a grand celebration for Muslims all over the world to mark the completion of Ramadan, regardless of culture and customs. Even so, Eid has its special identity within a culture. For example, in Malaysia, Eid is unique in such a way that it is identified by the food that is served, clothes that are worn, and most importantly, duit raya.

How does your culture uniquely celebrate Eid?

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7 Secrets to charge your brain

Written by Health

Our brain is part of our body as a finely-tuned, hard-working powerhouse. It uses up more energy than any other organ in the body and because of this high energy-demand, the food we consume has a great effect on its function. Here’s a list of things you can munch on to help your brain.

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Brahmi is an important herb used in Indian Medicine as a neurological tonic with many benefits like enhancing memory, significantly improving learning rates and reducing anxiety.

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)

Another traditional Indian herb is Gotu Kola, which is just making itself a name for helping with weight loss in the Western World. Historically however it has been used for much more, like helping with mental fatigue and to enhance mental function.

Ashwaghandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwaghandha, or Indian Ginseng, is one of the most powerful herbs of traditional Indian Medicine, known for its potent protective effects on the nervous system. It helps the whole body to cope better with stress and charges your brain on learning, memory and reaction time.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Is most often used as a spice in the western world but has a long tradition in Chinese and Indian Medicine. The active ingredient, Curcumin, is very well studied and capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier which allows it to act as powerful neuroprotective agent as well as promoting brain health in general.


Peppermint has a long list of benefits for the human body and just smelling some peppermint essential oil can enhance memory and increase alertness as well as relieve tension and migraine headaches.


You think it’s just a fruit but emerging research suggests that the flavonoids in blueberries may improve memory, learning and general cognitive function, including reasoning skills, decision making, verbal comprehension and numerical ability.

Dark Chocolate

I bet you’ve heard the good news: dark chocolate (not the sugary kind) is actually good for you! It’s one of the best sources of antioxidants, charges the blood flow to your brain and contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine without keeping you awake all night.

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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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Food for Thought: A Simple Butter Chicken

Written by Health, Student Life

Assorted powder spices in wooden spoons on wood.

Assorted powder spices in wooden spoons on wood.

This summer vacation when I went back to my home country, India, a great friend of mine asked me to bring a full-on Punjabi Butter Chicken Recipe. I was quite amazed at the fact that all he wanted is this recipe. So, I went to an aunt of mine to get the best recipe. Thanks to him and my aunt, I am sharing this recipe with all of you.


  • Gingerginger-garlic
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Dried fenugreek leaves (or kasoori methi)
  • Salt to taste
  • Red Chilli powder
  • Butter Chicken Masala (Available at Indian Grocery store)
  • Cream
  • Oil
  • Coriander leaves
  • and, of course, Chicken!!!!

All the ingredients are to be added as per taste and quantity of chicken to be cooked. If you can’t eat very spicy foods then a pinch or two is enough of red chilli powder as there will be additional spices such as the butter chicken masala. In my entire life I have never used a kitchen scale or measure to determine the quantity required.


We require a pan, a ladle, few bowls, knife, chopping board and spoons for cooking.

  1. Chop ginger, garlic and onion into small pieces
  2. Heat oil in the pan
  3. Add chopped vegetables from step 1 to the heated pan
  4. Add dried fenugreek leaves, salt, red pepper and butter chicken Masala.
  5. Stir until mixture turns reddish brown
  6. Now wash and add the chicken. Roast until golden
  7. Before eating, pour cream over chicken and heat it again

Your butter chicken is ready to eat. Top-it off with coriander leaves.

Special Ingredient: Love. Always remember to cook with the heart to get an amazing dish. In the words of Dylan Jones “Recipes don’t work unless you use your heart!”

 Please feel free to leave your comments or if you think I missed something I will be more than happy to hear your views and advice.

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Is Sydney too expensive?

Written by Student Life, Tips & Tricks

Oh gosh,  1AUD = 79,35 Nepalese Rupee = 16,184 VND = 81.22 Yen

Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in. So, how can you survive in Sydney over a 3 year-bachelor-degree or 1 year-postgraduate- degree or 3 year-high school-degree, when you are an international student relying on parents’ or just yourself for financial support?



If you are here in Sydney now- spending 450 AUD/week for a single room and facilities – consider seeking alternative options. There would be a cheaper one out there for you such as sharing houses or living in a home-stay accommodation.


For example: in the CBD Sydney, a single room is around 250 AUD or more. A shared room for two people can cost 170 AUD while for four people the rent can be 150 AUD. However, the price also depends on the location and the suburb chosen.


  • Go for a house inspection to see if all the necessary facilities are provided and speak to the tenants. You may decide if your personality fits your prospective housemates
  • “He kicked me out of the house around 1:00 am in the morning and denied to return my bond. I can’t do anything because we didn’t sign any contracts” one student said. Before signing the contract for a shared house, be sure to carefully read through the terms – especially for returning bonds and lease period sections

Saving money doesn’t mean you have to trade off your health and security. Please dial triple 000 for any emergency situation or contact us for further advice and assistance.

Food Shopping

Despite surrounding by famous beaches and harbors, having a seafood meal is pretty much a middle-class lifestyle. As being students, a limited budget doesn’t allow us to overspend for exclusive food. But, we can’t starve to death.

Knowing the base price of the food is a good idea for you to make a plan and to choose where and what to buy. In order to have a good knowledge the price, spend around 5-10 minutes of your time searching for online  prices or ask your friends before creating a shopping list.

Drumsticks might cost around 2.99 AUD/kg to 5 AUD/kg in butcher stores. In the supermarkets, it may be a bit pricier. 500-gram minced cost around 3 AUD to 5 AUD in Coles, 5 AUD plus in Woolworths or 4 AUD in Aldi.

“Chicken in Australia is pretty cheap so I usually buy around 6-7 chicken drumsticks for a whole week meal, one drumstick with a bowl of soup and rice a day.”



  • Store and freeze your food. However, don’t refreeze it again to avoid food poisoning
  • Take note of the label on the product, its ‘used by date’ or ‘best before’ date
  • Check out the supermarkets’ brochures for the week before heading to the shop. Supermarkets always give you a special discount such as buy 2 cans of milk for 5AUD (4AUD/each) or 10kg of brown rice for 10AUD (3.5AUD for 2 kg).  Buying in bulk and sharing the cost with your housemates/roommates is always the best option in this case.
  • Don’t forget to check out supermarket’s brochures for the week before heading to the shop (avoid junk food)
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“Living together with another 3 girls in a room, we always cook dinner and lunch together. Since we all have different backgrounds, it’s fun to try different cuisine dishes from the girls every time and It’s pretty cheap.”

So cooking from scratch like our grandparents used to do, you find much cheaper and healthier than buying processed and canned food.


“I am vegetarian, so potatoes, broccoli and carrots are enough for my body to function a whole semester”.

The ground floor of Haymarket is the place for you. Here you will find fresh produce such as potatoes and pumpkins as well as fruits. You can store these in the fridge for longer than leafy green salads.

Watch the clock and stick to your shopping list! 



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7 Last Lunar New Year Events on the Valentine’s Week

Written by News, Student Life

Haven’t had the chance to enjoy Lunar New Year festivities in Sydney style? Don’t wait to celebrate! Here are some events to get you started. (Hint: it includes food…lots of food)

Lunar Markets (Sun 14th Feb)

If you celebrate Valentine’s Day and are already in the city, why not come by the pop-up food festival at Pyrmont Bay Park? With so many dishes to tempt you from steaming hot dumplings to fried rice, you’ll enjoy a red Lunar New Year/Valentine’s with a full belly.


Lunar Lanterns (Sun 14th Feb)

Take a moment to stroll under 12 enormous, dreamy zodiac lanterns. Sydney Opera House Forecourt will be the last place you can glimpse these lanterns to celebrate the New Year. An Ox made of mahjong tiles will visit Martin Place while 22 illuminated rabbits will be practicing tai chi at Circular Quay, Customs house.


Twilight Performances (Wed 10th – Mon 15th, 6 – 7pm)

Come by for the evening to watch short demonstrations held by thousands of performers from local organisations. They will be roving through Pitt Street Mall, Circular Quay and Martin Place. Against a backdrop of Lunar Lanterns – Ox, Rrabbit, Dragon, Goat and Tiger – watch  the performances highlight the concept of community.

Sydney - February 22, 2015: The 2015 City of Sydney Chinese New Year parade (photo by Jamie Williams/City of Sydney)

Sydney – February 22, 2015: The 2015 City of Sydney Chinese New Year parade (photo by Jamie Williams/City of Sydney)

Showcases include:

  • Street Monkeys – Fairfield’s Dauntless Movement Crew will perform monkey-inspired acrobatics throughout Sydney
  • Tai Chi Rabbits – Sydney Dance Company guest Kristina Chan will direct a ballet-inspired tai chi piece
  • Mah-Jongsters – Brent St Performing Arts School will perform tap routines wearing mahjong-tile-inspired costumes

Westpac Lunar Lantern Hub (Sat 6th – Sun 21st Feb, 8pm – midnight)

Walk under a 50-metre-long canopy of red lanterns at Sydney Town Hall and Capitol Theatre (courtesy of The Sound of Music) and marvel at the wondrous lights. Grab a drink at the Monkey Shoulder Whiskey Bar, the world’s smallest bar, or stop by The Star’s Fortune Garden to try out a game of mahjong. Don’t forget to take part in Westpac’s Lunar Snaps challenge which ends on the 22nd this month of February. Simply Instagram your best Lunar New Year pic with “#CNYSYD” and “#Westpac” to be in the running to win BridgeClimb passes for you and 6 friends.


Lunar Feasts (Sat 6th – Sun 21st Feb)

A night is not complete without some eating whether it’s street food or fine dining. Visit one of the 40 best Asian restaurants where set-price meals and Lunar New Year inspired menus await you. Make sure to book as these special offers are available for a limited time. For a comprehensive list, visit


Monkey’s Happy Hour (Sat 6th – Sun 21st Feb, 5:30pm – 7:30pm)

Need something after a satisfying meal? Head over to selected venues to get special Monkey Hour drinks (~$8). Part of the profits will go to Cure Brain Cancer Foundation to help with world-class brain cancer research.

  • Eat Love Pizza – 31 Wheat Road, Darling Harbour, Sydney
  • Quay Bar – 31 Alfred Street Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney
  • Edinburgh Castle – 94 Pitt Street, Sydney
  • Chelsea Hotel – 14 Railway Street, Chatswood
  • Since I Left You – 338 Kent St, Sydney
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Dragon Boat Races (Sat 20th and Sun 21st Feb)

At Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour, approximately 3000 paddlers will participate in the southern hemisphere’s largest dragon boat racing festival. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, the official charity partner for the Chinese New Year Festival, will also have celebrities such as Jim Wilson (Channel 7), Richard Wilkins (Channel 9) and Prof Charlie Teo as participants. To sponsor the celebrity boat, go to

Eye-Dotting ceremony, Dragon Boat Races, Chinese New Year festival, 8th February 2014. Picture by DAMIAN

Eye-Dotting ceremony, Dragon Boat Races, Chinese New Year festival, 8th February 2014.
Picture by DAMIAN

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