For the most part, life in Brisbane has been fairly normal after coming back from Cairns. If you can even consider life here normal. The week after returning from Cairns was spent catching up on sleep and uni work. It was actually very relieving to know that I would be spending the upcoming weekend in Brisbane, especially after all the adventuresome travelling I have been doing.
The other day me and a Norwegian friend decided that we should keep away our study stress with a little shopping. We started talking about fashion in the Nordic countries compared to Australia and the idea of how a woman should dress. I have long thought about how there is a more conservative and sophisticated ideal here. In the library for law and economics, you will see luxurious blouses, sleek pencil skirts, pearl earrings and set hairstyles. Compared to my jeans and big shirts they look like something from a TV series about the White House. Even brands that caters to the younger crowd follow this trend. All the shops have stylish dresses in a classic style, a model that is rare in the Swedish stores. It was these that my Norwegian friend was looking for. She has made it her goal to buy at as much feminine clothing she can before she goes home. I myself am fond of the Scandinavian style, but sometimes it’s nice to bring out the inner woman with a capital W. This I got to do last weekend when I was invited to high tea in the suburbs. It was an afternoon full of cakes and beautiful, ambitious young women. After that it felt good to pull on my pajamas, eat chips and watch Breaking Bad.
This monday I have been visiting the Australia Zoo in Beerwah. The whole zoo is honored to the deceased animal scientiest Steve Irwin who died in 2006 due to attack of a stingray.
The zoo offers a wide range of exotic as well as domestic animals.
Well… Koalas and Kangaroos are considered as domestic creatures here. I rather call them “exotic” in my foreign view
Nevermind, have a look at the great pictures that have been taken within our stay in the Australia Zoo.
It’s definitely worth a trip! Enjoy
Ahmm……I really have no idea of the changeable weather in Brisbane……However I guess it is the time for autumn although it is so puzzling why so many Aussies still wear shorts or skirt……while my classmates in China are suffering from 35°C at midday……I feel so lucky haha~
Well,it was an amazing experience on movie world,gold coast last weekend~Actually I admit I am a completely coward in terms of the adventurous attractions,thus I had really tough time when trying different kinds of roller coaster forced by my friend~Luckily,it seems I am okay~haha at least I was sober after adventure:P
All different kinds of shows were fantanstic!4D movie,Hollywood car show,and cute cartoon characters’parade……It is funny to take photos with them,which made me feel in the fairy tale~More than half of the visitors were little kids followed by their parents,how I wish I could go to such a movie paradise when I was at that young age……
And Sunday was mother’s day!So sad not being able to stay together with my mother:( But it was really warm reading a lot of wishes online to express hiden love for mother by the people from all over the world~And I heard of there being a live concert in Brisbane botanical garden near Mt Coot-tha~It was a pretty pleasant trip!Especially imagining taking a lazy walk through rainforest in drizzle ~And breathing the fresh air ,watching exquisite gardens……It is easy for visitor to forget all the worries,annoyances and just enjoy a peaceful day~
Hopefully the rainy days won’t last for long……I love sunny Brisbane&this lovely May!
Last weekend, we went on a day trip to the Gold Coast Hinterlands. That is, mountains, rainforests, waterfalls and mist. Most of the trip was unfortunately just sitting in a bus that wound up along steep hillsides. In spite of this it was, as always, a nice break from studying to see the Australian countryside. The first stop was a bird show where various birds of prey with lots of personality were showcased. I can clarify that it was a lucky stroke with the camera that made it look like the guide kicked his beloved owl, and nothing else. We saw several lookouts afterwards but my favorite place was the stop that was second to last. Misty forest completely covered with moss gave me the feeling that I was right in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. I was almost disappointed when I did not get to see a velociraptor come thundering down the slope. The Raptors, who after all are the dinosaurs closest relatives, got to make up for this. At the end of the day we got to see a cave full of glow worms. I enjoyed the view, unlike many who were determined that they should get a picture of the scene. Several disappointed amateur photographers fell asleep on the bus on the way home.
The final exam timetable finally came out this week:)It really demonstrates a traditional Chinese saying “some are happy some are worried”……I am afraid I am the sad one since my exam will finish at the last day of the semester……Anyway,it is always good to study longer and prepare for it better,isn’t it?
Last weekend I went to Hinterland in gold coast with Quest(thanks for this fantastic club again since it has really made us exchange students’ life rich and colorful here:))It is so relaxing to breathe the fresh air in the rainforest and enjoy the pleasant walk ~And we finally made it to see the mysterious glow worms in natural arch~their tiny light made the dark cave lively and incredible~~Sorry for my lacking of words……you will never know the real beauty unless come to see in person!
Oh one more funny thing~~A candian exchange student Sherry and I was introduced to a vegetarian bufflet in westend and then I have had the coolest meal in Australia so far……Only 11dollar ,we got whatever we wanted and didn’t notice our stomach’s groan until we finished the forth plate of feast~~ Ahaha~~highly recommand to all international students!The place which won’t make you feel the scary price level in this world most expensive country~~
And we came across a Buddism festival in southbank~I was really feeling at home seeing so many Chinese saler and stalls~and again I am so proud of the long history and splendid Chinese culture~~welcome to China to get more about these regious culture and taste more traditional but cheaper Chinese food!Come on!
haha~~a Nice May~A nice week is coming~~
It is said that the most common(maybe even the only choice haha)way to spend the
relaxing weekend holiday in Brisbane is to the beach~
So though I already got really tanned in Moreton island,it won’t
discourage me from going toByron Bay last weekend!
I have to say the beach of Byron bay was definitely my favorite one~
Shallow and clean see water,cute waves at times,and there are
always some children doing surfing~
I tried to “crawl”to inner place of the beach,and then a friendly guy came
to me and told me the water was actually deeper than it was looked like so advised me to
be careful:)I was so moved to be looked after by a stranger (though I wondered how my
stupid behavior gave away the fact that I was a poor-swimmer~~haha)
Last week there was a public holiday called ANZAC day,which is the memorial time of veterans of
Australia and New Zea land .I was happy to get a day off and more happyto see the marvelous
march in the city.Thousands of veterans,students,officials ,workers worn their
special uniform,walked through the city and received the warm honor
and respect of everyone.To be honest,I didn’t know much about Australia battle history initially,
but I know the memory of history will always encourage the nowadays people
to treasure their current life more and feel motivated to make contributions to their mother country heart and soul.
And one great thing I want to mention is Sunday’s 25th anniversary of 1988 world expo in Brisbane.
I happened to watch the short opening ceremony and listened to an exciting
concert made by people who has devoted to this beautiful city in past score of years.I can feel their
love to this cityfrom music~And then I visited new-opened museum in City hall telling the story of Brisbane,especially focuses on the river
which is the proud of every residents here.
The expo is regarded as a turning point of the city for it helped Brisbane
change from a big village to a modern developed metropolis.I wish Shanghai can also make the benefit
from the 2011 world expo to the most and let the next generation be gratitude of that.
I seems to fall in love with this city……deeply……why I have to leave 2 months later……~~~~(>_<)~~~~
Have I have stared at my computer screen all day. And all day yesterday. In most cases, the inspiration usually comes to me if I just let it do it. But not this time. After a week of hard studying it seems that my brain has got muscle soreness. Training and coffee has not helped. Wish me luck this week!
The last two weeks weren’t that interesting as my prior weeks have been.
It was UQ’s examination period and therefore, a lot of midterm exam needed to be written. Moreover, many assignments were due.
Let me give you a short overview of the courses that I attend here at UQ.
CUMO1002 is a course that aims at making students aware of different cultures in the world. It’s called “Intercultural Communication” and it focuses mainly on themes like how people of different cultural backgrounds communicate with each other. A lot of theoretical concepts are well connected with practical experiences of the students as well as the teachers and tutors.
The course offers a big variety of students from all over the world. Hence, very interesting conversations between Australians, Americans, Germans, French or Japanese occur. Furthermore, all kind of studies attend COMU1002. In my tutorial I have students of Education, Social Sciences, Politics, Business and of course Communication.
The assessments of the class does not include any kind of exams, so all students of COMU1002 are required to hand in two essays and give one group presentation. My first essay was already due. I was working on a film analysis related to Intercultural Communication. My group presentation will be in a few days. So cross your fingers for us!
In total, the course is really interesting and emphazises in a good way how to deal with people from different cultural backgrounds.
FINM3402 is a finance course called “Investments & Portfolio Management”… and yes, it is as hard as it sounds like. The whole course rushes through themes and topics like there is no tomorrow. In order to be able to pass the class a lot of work and effort has to be put into all materials constantly through out the whole semester.
Actually, the topic is very interesting (for me - at least lol), but the huge amount of equations and valuations make it hard to follow.
We already had our midterm exam almost a week ago and marks were released today. Having 35 as the maximum of points, the average score was 18.5 pts. A pass-grade (pass > 50) was given by reaching more than 17.5 pts. As you can seen, a huge percentage of student must have been failed.
In total, FINM3402 is definitely the hardest course that I attend here at UQ. But it can be seen as a great measurement of how hard finance in university as well as in real life is.
ECON2410 is my third course here at UQ. It teaches how firms make decisions on a micro-economic level. The course is called “Economics of Business Strategy”.
The course is a mixture of mathematics & evaluations and theoretical knowledge. Probably most students dislike this course, because the material is quite dry. I like it due to the fact that everything is well structured and there’s always a chance of getting good grades when sticking to the recommended procedure.
The midterm exam was written a few weeks ago. Unfortunately we haven’t heard back anything from it so far, but I think it was definitely possible to score quite well in the midterm.
The last course is called “Financial Accounting/Reporting” and introduces the Australian Accouting Standards. Some basic background knowledge of Accouting is required. The first few weeks sum up all the important information though, in order to ensure that every (exchange) student can follow. In the beginning I needed to get aware of some differences between the German and the Australian system, but on the long-run this course seems to turn out as an easy-going one that returns good marks when you attend the tutorials.
The lectures and the tutorials are very well structured. Therefore, students do not need hours of hours of time to ensure their understanding.
The midterm was written a few days ago and it went quite well I reckon. Results should be available soon.
Nevertheless, the experience of sitting in a room with almost 500 other students is very unique. I have never written an exam under such circumstances.
I hope my explanations were at least a little bit interesting. Have a good day and I would be delighted if you visit my blog soon again.