Guide to being an international student

Guide to being an international student

So I’m back in Singapore for good and now that I’ve settled down and straightened things out into a routine, I figured I should try to revive my blog and keep it running again.

Since I’ve just graduated not very long ago, I thought I’d recommence with a post I feel would be relevant for those wondering about my life as an international student in Melbourne and how I got around to study abroad.

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A day trip to historical Victoria: Ballarat, Melbourne

A day trip to historical Victoria: Ballarat, Melbourne

Disclaimer: If you’re not into still images and art galleries, this post may bore you. 😀

Courtesy of Study Melbourne, I made a virgin trip to the old town of Ballarat yesterday to claim my prize for the ‘How Far We’ve Come‘ photography competition I had entered last month.

I was lucky enough to have been selected as a finalist, which earned my photo a spot at one of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale exhibitions held in the vicinity until September 22nd.

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The spirit of giving: My SG50 story

The spirit of giving: My SG50 story

This is a story on how my little sister had her innocent wish granted by a very thoughtful stranger. 🙂

It all started with my mum’s Facebook post last night, where Musfirah expressed her interest to see the National Day parade – something I guess every Singaporean child would have on their wishlist. As an older sister who tends to spoil this precious one (and who is presently away and missing the sibling she’s most attached to), I thought I’d try my luck in finding that “golden ticket” for her.

And so the quest began…

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MIFF 2015: My Love, Don’t Cross That River

MIFF 2015: My Love, Don’t Cross That River

The Melbourne International Film Festival is here again and I’ve been tasked to write a review on one of the screenings. I must say it’s a perk to get to keep up with the festivals given my field of study, especially in Melbourne, where one pops up almost every month throughout the year.

Scrolling through the list of films, I stumbled upon a Korean one titled ‘My Love, Don’t Cross That River‘. After watching the trailerwhich left me in smiles, I knew right away that I had to see this one.

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6 Halal Asian restaurants in Melbourne’s CBD

6 Halal Asian restaurants in Melbourne’s CBD

Ramadhan is here again and I’ve put together a little post about food! I’d like to wish all my Muslim readers and friends a blessed Ramadhan and may Allah provide you with the sustenance to strengthen your iman and rejuvenate your soul. 🙂

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My 6 skin care ingredient must-haves

My 6 skin care ingredient must-haves

I’ve had a few friends approaching me in the past asking for some skin care recommendations suited for their troubled skin. So today, I thought I’d take a little break from working on my assignments to write this therapeutic post about some skin-loving ingredients which have worked wonders for me.

There are some old and new products I’ve tried which I think have somewhat improved the look of my skin and its texture. Whenever I purchase skin care items, I take my time to read through the ingredients and try to find the ones with less to no chemicals and which are targeted for specific skin concerns. Continue reading

5 Ways Melbourne is unique from Singapore

5 Ways Melbourne is unique from Singapore

It’s been almost 2 years now since I moved to Melbourne to pursue my studies. I’ve returned to Singapore a few times and every time I get people asking me how life’s like down under, and whether I would prefer living here for good.

I’ve always had this dream of living abroad because I prefer a more laid-back lifestyle compared to the hustle and bustle city life in Singapore. But then again, everyone has their own lifestyle preference and while Singapore isn’t exactly a place to look for breathtaking escapades, I’ve come to learn that you don’t always find everything greener on the other side. In a nutshell, wherever we go there’s bound to be pros and cons, yes?

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