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Month: August, 2012

Cafe Le Miel

Le Miel is a little cafe on Elgin st just a short walk from RMIT. It was here that I met up with the Coffee Enthusiasts group of Melbourne Uni and they have free coffees for their members when they meet. The food is not for free- I had to pay for them.
Here they had all sorts of lovely decorations and you can sit and watch the world go by. Its not like another cafe where they want you to leave straightaway.

They also do breakfasts but I was not hungry. I had breakfast at home. Their breakfasts are huge. The coffee beans are from Proud Mary’s hence the awesome coffees.
My mocha here was pretty decent. It was nutty and really strong.
I also had two eye catching little sweets at $3.50 a piece. The sweets were a lemon tart and a cheesecake of some sorts. I love both of them. 
The lemon tart had the right amount of tang to this and was pretty sweet, hence I did not need to add any sugar to this.
The cake was also lovely with the right amount of cream to this. I loved the berries on top.

Many thanks to the guys that organised this. They were right when they said that the coffee is good here.

LE MIEL et la lune on Urbanspoon


RMIT volunteer fair

Its fun, free and on right now in the Caf. Come one come all. Many companies there looking for people.


This place is a place tucked away in a new lane called Literature lane. It was opened a few days ago and already it is full of people. I had trouble finding the place because Urbanspoon had said that the place was near the corner of Lt Bourke and Elizabeth. Well they were wrong…. its actually across the road from SAB and RMIT just off Lt Lonsdale st.

This place sells all sorts of Chinese baos and soy milk all for cheap. The most popular were the veggie and pork ones, but I just had lunch so no.

It was just after 2pm when I went so I just ordered dessert buns. The place was still packed with students looking for lunch and their fix of soy milk. I tried the soy milk and I found it a little sour for my liking. But I loved the taro and custard buns…. they were yummy, big and very filling for $3.40 altogether. And not too sweet.

Now RMIT why did you have to put nine new restaurants in SAB, when we can go to this wonderful bao place and get our fill of bao?
If you put nine new restaurants in SAB then the poor bao place might be out of business. RMIT please please don’t put nine new places in SAB as we don’t need them. What we would like is better student services and a student union in SAB. Oh yeah come to think of it, a computer lab would be nice.

Hey Urbanspoon please update your location to outside State library

I will be back to try their lunch options.

Wonderbao on Urbanspoon

Hello Sailor Vintage Market

Hello Sailor Vintage market is on from time to time in the shot tower square at Melbourne Central. They are on some Fridays and weekends and dates are usually advertised on Melbourne Central’s Facebook page.
Most of their items are under $100 and they only sell grily stuff, sorry guys.
But here are some pictures of the last one that I went to

Desi Dhaba and the RMIT mid Semester party

The RMIT Indian along with Su-Chai Junction put on a party for all of its members free of charge. There was free food and drink served at Desi Dhaba. We were the only table at Desi Dhaba at 4pm and Su Chai mentioned that it was really popular. Our party had lots of people turn up but Desi Dhaba wasn’t as popular. We came at 4.30pm.
I wonder why Desi Dhaba got so many bad reviews on Urbanspoon.

The staff didn’t do much except to serve the food. Not even to ask about our food. They asked us to move to the back of the restaurant, why?

I normally don’t post pictures of the bathrooms but the bathroom was dirty and really stinky. Oh yeah and the locks didn’t work.

Everyone got a chai and a snack plate consisting of a samosa (really small and it broke easily), a potato cake thingy which looked really oily and greasy and the onion thingy which I liked. That and the chai which was spicy and not too milky.
The free water tastes urgh and more like tap water.
The next time I get invited I’ll only just stick to the chai and avoid the bathrooms and the other things at all costs. Thanks to Su Chai for inviting me, sorry I couldn’t be too positive about this place. I hope you understand

Desi Dhaba on Urbanspoon

Writing services

They are services where people write assignments for you. These are most commonly advertised on Facebook and Twitter and Google. These cost hundreds of dollars. You have no idea who is writing the assignment for you. It may save you a fail in the interim but believe me you will be caught by RMIT or any other uni.  Student you may think that this can help you get better marks because your English is not as good as locals, but trust me when I say: LECTURERS DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR ENGLISH THEY ONLY CARE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING TAUGHT IN CLASS!!!!

But did you know that using these services to write assignments for you is plagiarism in RMIT’s eyes? Well it is and if students use these services and the lecturer finds out then you can be charged with plagiarism. Plagiarism is a big big issue in RMIT and other universities in Melbourne and there are some very severe penalties for this such as exclusion or expulsion.

So how does your lecturer find out?
They find out in all sorts of ways such as:
* Via an online software called Turnitin
* Via knowing you and knowing how bad your English is.
* Reading the articles themselves
* Later assessments such as exams where students do need to demonstrate understanding

The bottom line is…. DO NOT USE THEM!!!!! You learn nothing by using them!!!! RMIT will do their best to get rid of these services. You should go to their study and learning centre to get help writing assignments or form some study groups. RMIT has also got a mentor service for Business students called SLAMS. Other unis have some sort of study and learning services so go and use them instead of these writing services.

The new library in Melbourne Central

The library just opened a few days ago

And it is here you can borrow books for free. And return them anytime you want or replace them with your own books.

Save tafe rally

For some time now Mr Baillieu has cut some of the funding for the TAFE courses in Melbourne, meaning that about 2000 jobs will go and 10000 students might be disadvantaged including International students. TAFE is a pathway to University. It is what the working class can afford. If Mr Baillieu cuts the funding then it would be harder and harder for International students as well as locals. To read more about it click here.
Today there was a big protest outside of Parliament. My friend and I attended the rally. Thousands of people came and we all shouted.
Pictures of the rally.


The reject shop

Here everything is under $10. There’s heaps of snack foods, cleaning stuff and mops and hair stuff. And they sell ktichen utensils for $2 to $3 bucks ( for good stuff that is)

Hall st larder

Ah this is what used to be an exceptional French place with all the pantry goods being sold. Well not anymore. The name “Hall st Larder” did really mislead me because I thought that there would be some produce sold here and I was looking around for it.
There are quite a few all day breakfast specials and the crowds are what drew me in when I was doing errands.

But inside was a different story. The service was a bit cold and there was a lady in the kitchen that frowned quite a fair amount. I was trying to take pictures of the food being displayed in the kitchen but that lady gave me a cold look. This was after I’ve ordered and found my place of course.
There’s not a whole lot of outdoor seating like there used to be.
I got drawn into the cakes and of course I had to have those as well as the “$10 breakfast special with hot chocolate” and add about $2 for spinach which I thought it was great at the time, but  IT’S A BLOODY RIP OFF!!!! FOR SUCH COLD AND BAD SERVICE!!! There was one lady that smiled. The rest didn’t.
And when I asked for my chilli sauce they said that they ran out. WHO WOULD RUN OUT OF CHILLI SAUCE AT 11.30AM???? Shocking!!!!
The eggs were nicely done but I think it needs be a little more spicy to add that extra flavour. Otherwise it turns bland. The toast was dry at the edges. The spinach was a little overcooked and some of the toast became soggy.
The hot chocolate was really lukewarn and bland.
The cakes were good though. I loved the flourless cake ($5.90- a bit steep for a small cake, but it was cute and really moist and dense). Same as with the cupcake ($1 for such a cute one).
I hope that they lift their game soon, or otherwise I will not be back. I might just come back for their cakes and salads (The salad looked really good btw but it was too cold for one). To the manager GET RID OF SOME OF YOUR COLD, USELESS STAFF THAT DON’T SMILE AND GIVE REALLY COLD LOOKS!!!!

Hall Street Larder on Urbanspoon

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