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Mamak night and the two sides to a story photo exhibition

Last night was Mamak night and it was held in the basement of 488 Swanston st (Arrow on Swanston). It is right next to the apartment block. I was a little confused when I first visited for the fortnightly meeting this month.

But the food there was good, except for the roti. The roti was a little too thick for my liking but I liked the rest of it.

I also had the cendol (One of Malaysia’s favourite drinks and it was for $2.50. That $2.50 goes to the Arrow neighbourhood to raise funds for a Thermomix).
The cendol is a cold and sweet drink best enjoyed during summer.

I loved the assam laksa.

Meld also gave away some prizes and free lollies to their followers.

I had fun at the photo booth and my photo is on their Facebook page.

Also there was an exhibition showing international student success in Melbourne.

Many thanks to Meld Magazine and the City of Melbourne for putting on such a good show.


RMIT Japan Club Sports day

Yesterday was the RMIT Japan Club’s sports day and we all went to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics center known as MSAC.
MSAC is such a lovely area but it is really expensive to park there. It is also expensive for an individual to hire a court. But twelve people came and the price was not too bad for a group. Several members of our group came late so we only had one hour to play basketball.

And then we braved the cold and went outside to play soccer in the park. It took a while to choose a good spot where there was no bird poo.

It was good fun and there was prizes to be won. After two hours we were all tired and starving so we went back to the city for some beer at Oxford Scholar and dinner. And then home to bed.

Many thanks to the RMIT Japan Club for such a good day out.

Stress less week

This week is Stress less week. Which means free water and cupcakes and massages. What a perfect way to end the semester just before the exams.

All from Student Union and All for students

Bribing your lecturers

It’s illegal to bribe or accept bribes from people whether it would be your lecturing staff at RMIT. There are really severe penalties for this.

It is illegal to have sex or a relationship other than a working one with your lecturer/tutor. There are very serious consequences for this at RMIT. It is also illegal for RMIT staff to bribe/ rape or have sex with you. They could be fired from RMIT for this.

You could end up in jail for this.

It is problem with International students in particular as they don’t know that bribing is not allowed. They also want pass everything hence they sometimes bribe lecturers. The reputation can sometimes be so damaging to the lecturer and the student

So please please don’t bribe your lecturing staff. Instead use the Study and Learning centre to assist you with your work. It s free for all students

Using the Online Learning hub at RMIT by Katherine

The Online learning hub is easy for students to use. There are many functions in this where you can post questions, have discussions, hand in assignments, view lecture notes and do some online exercises.
Your tutor will place stuff online for you to look at and it is your responsibility to check the Online learning hub once a week. You can login to MYRMIT and go from there.

This is meant to be accessed from anywhere anytime.

There is a part where you can hand your assignments in. Simply follow the on screen prompts and you will be good to go.

Log off day number 2 and free cupcakes by Katherine

Proudly supported by your Student Union and your SSAF fees.
Log off encourages people not use technology but to connect with friends by doing things together. It can include playing board games and ball games.
Here are the pictures.
More free food
More prizes to be won so come on down.

I had heaps of fun playing this game of Jenga

Love the t-shirt

The survey in which we all filled out at the end

And then I went outside for free cupcakes also supported by the SSAF fees. I went to support the final year art students as they get funding from the Union for their exhibition depending on how many people turn up to get some free cupcakes and put their name down. Its feels great to be supporting students and I encourage you to come on down.

Writing assignments and passing them

Hints to writing assignments:
1) Read the topic- its a surprise as to how many students don’t read the topic and write about the wrong thing. In the end they get no marks for it. If you are not sure of the topic ask your tutor/lecturer (basically whoever will mark your work). Use the tutorial time to ask these questions.

2) Start early- the earlier the merrier. Get all of your resources. If RMIT Library doesn’t have a certain item you can visit other libraries. You just need to apply for a special card that will allow you to borrow from other Unis libraries at RMIT. And then you can go and borrow stuff

3) Engage in the Study and Learning centre ( note: their resources are limited and students need to book appointments to see an adviser. They can only have three a semester). If you are a Business student the Student Learning Advisor Mentors can help you find your feet. You can drop in to see them at the times they are available.

4)An essay usually has an Introduction, Body and Conclusion and the list of references at the back. A report has more sections. It usually has an Executive Summary, Introduction, Literature review, Methodology, Results and a Conclusion.  If applicable an Appendix section. You would usually need a reference list.

5) The reference list varies between course so it is usually a good idea to ask lecturers and tutors what they require.

6) If English is your second language have someone read over your work whether it’d be your mentor or your local friends. And they can tell you where you went wrong. But just don’t leave it to the last minute though.

Money saving ideas for students

Here are some money saving ideas for students. I know that as a student you need every single cent for the rainy days. Here’s some ways to save money
1) Collect free furniture. Did you know that RUSU has free furniture on Wednesdays? Well they do during semester. You can collect heaps of chairs, desks, tables all for free.
2) Use your buy one get one free vouchers that you get at Orientation events and other events. I shared one with a friend and we both ended up spliting the cost for the other one.
3) Do big cook ups on Sundays and then put some of your meals in the freezer for the week. Things to cook up could be stews, soups, curries, chicken etc. The freezer is your friend in this case and it is a good idea to shop around for the best one.
4) Go to all the free RUSU events going on all year and then you can have lots of fun cheaply. Cheap is great. RUSU has many events on for free or really cheap for non members
5) Don’t go out all the time for lunch or other meals. Once a week is ok. But if you do go out for meals see if you can try and share them with a friend as you would share the costs.
6) Bring your own lunch from home- I know this might be hard seeing as SAB doesn’t have microwaves. But the city campus has heaps more microwaves. And during the summer months you could have a salad and sandwich.
7) Carpool- if you go to the Bundoora campus and one of your mates does why not share a ride? And take turns in driving?
8) Make coffess yourself at home- I know they taste horrid but when you get used to the idea it is easier.
9) Grocery shop on Cheap days
10) Look for $5 coffee and muffin deals if you need to buy coffee outside. Mrs Fields has plenty fo them and so does some of the other places in the city.
11) Bulk buy your groceries- Look out for discounts in your weekly mail. Someimes there are discounts in Good Taste Magazines for Woolworths.
12) Buy tickets to events online- you can save heaps and heaps of money. Sometimes RUSU has competitions for their members and you can win some free tickets. Occassionally RMIT gives away some free movie tickets if you participate in their focus groups.
13) Join heaps of loyalty clubs for free- your favourite stores send you newsletters and heaps of discounts off stuff
14) If you live close to Uni you could walk to Uni and save money on gym memberships. Or live within about 5 kms of Uni you could ride your bike on a nice day. Save money on Public transport and parking. And it also saves money on Gym Memberships
15) Be healthy. Did you know that by being healthy you could save heaps of money on going to the hospital or the doctor?
16) Use your council. Did you know that council offer free things and events for its residents and there are free libraries for all to use? You can borrow books for free.
17) Hold a bakeathon at your house and have everyone having a go at baking. You’ll have heaps of fun and lots of snacks for the next two weeks.
18) Go to lots of Op-shops for your clothes. Op shops sell clothes in mint condition for a great price. Some of them you can find clothes for $3-$6
 19) Volunteer at places like Realfoods and Kinfolk. Here you can make friends and learn lots of skills for free. And have free meals occassionally and drinks. Sometimes these places hold cooking classes free for all.
20) Make sure that you shop around when finding a bank/phone/internet as some deals are better for you than others. Make sure that you sign up for a deal that is right for you. No two people are the same.

Moving away from home

And to a new country such as Australia.
You might love the freedom that it brings and the new friendships and leaving behind your past. But at the same time you might feel a little bit scared and home sick.
I remembered my first time coming to this strange country and not adjusting to life all that well. I didn’t do my research at home in China so I had no idea as to what this country will bring.
I did not join MATES an RMIT program to help new International students like myself.
When I got off the plane it was stinking hot (35C day) and I was easily lost. I did not know about the free pick up that RMIT had.

But Melbourne has many good eateries and students should try and find out about these before coming. Also student union has lots of good cultural clubs to join. Most of them are Facebook its just a matter of finding the club and talking to them.

MATES @ RMIT is a good group to join. I came in 2007 and they started in 2008. Now they are helping over 500 students. I have helped out before and loved it. Students you can ask heaps of questions about life in Australia before you come to Melbourne. And when you do come to Melbourne your mentor can help you find your feet

Enjoying Roast duck @ Rose Garden

Rose Garden is a cheap lunch place near RMIT city campus. Here they sell bbq pork, duck, roasts and other meals here.

It is popular with students as well as office workers.
The meals are mainly rice, but there are a few noodle dishes as well. They are all under $10 with most of them being $8-$9. For those of you that don’t know what to order there is a list with the top ten specials.
Here it not too busy, but mind you I had to sit with randoms as there was not enough tables and chairs. The place was rather small.
There is hardly any service, but what do you expect in a busy Asian eatery?
The serving of two roasts (duck and pork) and rice ($9.50) filled me up. The lady that I sat with was fascinated by the rice dish.
I loved the taste of this dish. It reminded me a lot of China.
This is the best place outside of Chinatown and Footscray that I found so far. I’m glad that it is ranked number 84 on Urbanspoon. And that a lot of bloggers love the place.

Rose Garden BBQ on Urbanspoon

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