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Month: March, 2011

TOFWD- The Organic Food and Wine Deli

tuna nori rolls

poster advertising the fact that going organic is healthy

my green tea

energy balls made from organic trail mix

spelt (a type of wheat) cereal

more organic goodness

my meal which included salad

date: 24/3/11
                This deli is located in Degraves st, which is well known for their fine food. The people there are really lovely and the serves of their food are huge. This is pretty much like RUSU realfoods, except that they serve breakfast. Here I had two sushi rolls and tea, which all adds up to $10.30. I found that their rice was a bit dry and too much soya sauce. They used brown rice, which tends to dry out quickly in sushi. But the fresh ingredients and fast and friendly service made up for it. Im willing to give this another try.

TOFWD* the organic food and wine deli on Urbanspoon


Shuji sushi

Shuji Sushi

250 Flinders lane
                This is actually better than Tomodachi’s Sushi. I got a lot more value for money. All together my bento, tea and miso soup came out to $16.70.  My bento was $12. Not bad huh. This is a takeaway place as well as a eat in place, which is situated in Emirates House, on the Flinders Lane side.
Here is a picture of my bento (top right). This bento came with way too much rice so I couldn’t finish it all.
Service was a little bit slow. I had to wait a while to get my tea refilled and pay for my food.

Melbourne Central Oweek- 1/3/11-4/3/11

Melbourne Central Oweek- 1/3/11-4/3/11
            This week was the beginning of uni, where students needed to start studying. There was a party on Tuesday from 12pm-2pm, discounts on tomodachi food 3/3/11, cupcake masterclass and loads more. I didn’t get to go to the cupcake masterclass, but I did check out the shot tower stalls and the DJ.
There weren’t as many freebies as last year, which was a shame.
Note: I didn’t go to tomodachi because I have heard a few bad reviews about it and I didn’t have a lot of money. But I did enter the “Win free sushi for a year” competition.

Article on quinoa, found in the 3/3/11’s The Age paper


All students should read this as Quinoa is another gluten free source of carbs that is Low GI. Even though this is expensive this is much better than rice.

Phone and Internet

Check out: for some of the best phone and internet deals. I personally don’t recommend Vodaphone. It is expensive and they somehow seem to screw you up by taking your money. Best spend it on Optus. Good value for money and they do have an Internet and Mobile phone bundle. They also have heaps of cool deals and you can win prizes.
Most students like to go prepaid because it is cheaper and you don’t have any contracts and you can spend as much as you like.
Skype is an internet program that has cheap or free overseas calls, that allow you to see the other person face to face. It worked for me. To sign up check out:
Don’t go with Dodo; they are expensive and sometimes it does not work. Best to go with iiNet. If you are not sure which internet deal suits you talk to the shop assistant at a computer shop. They would know their product.
I have heard that some of my friends went with Vodaphone for their Internet connections and found that they did not deliver a single byte and people were charged for no bytes of information. I used to go with Vodaphone for both my phone and internet connections and they were pretty bad.

Market days and chill and grill days…

date: 15/3/11
Market days run every second Wednesday. You can pick up a bargain between classes.
The chill and grill bbq is on weekly (every Wednesday from 12:30pm onwards) in Bowen st, City campus. Here you can get to eat some yummy sausages and falafels for free. To top it all off there is some yummy organic salad. NB: the falafels are vegetarian and are from RUSU Realfoods.


date: 15/3/11
My advice: Wait until your first week of classes to see what your lecturers want you to buy. Wanna save more money on your books? Don’t buy your books from the bookshop, unless you have to. Instead head to to see how you can save more money. Or you can buy books from students on campus. Books will be advertised on the MYRMIT website.

Entertainment book

Wanna save some money? Well here’s the answer. Right now you can purchase the entertainment book at: or from some RMIT clubs that advertise the book. It is only $65 a year and you can get that money back by going out to lots of restaurants and entertainment venues. They have 2 for 1 meal deals, 25% off deals, 2 for 1 game deals, $25 for 2 movie tickets, $11 Village movie deals etc. so why not sign up now and save?
Note: the RMIT student union might also sell them, so it worth asking


date: 16/3/11
Check out these sites for more information. (Commonwealth bank), (ANZ bank), (National Australia Bank) and (Westpac bank). I found that the Commonwealth bank is the cheapest and much more efficient ways for student banking, but there might be a better option that suits you. And the plus side is that they will give you a bag of freebies.

Public transport

date: 23/3/11
Its easy taking public transport.  You can save money on parking and petrol as well as save the environment. Its only $7 a day and $3.80 for two hours (zone 1, for zone 1 and 2 it’s a bit extra). You can travel on any of Melbourne’s public transport (except taxis) without having to pay extra.
There are trains and buses to the countryside. Check out: for more information and to check out ticket prices.
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