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Terence Lau - Hong Kong

Course: Bachelor of Arts in Tourism
University of Canberra
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

"G’day Mate! How are you? What are you up to?"

I remember when I had just arrived at the residence and my floor warden asked me this question. I wasn’t able to answer this at all. Simply because I didn’t understand what was meant by it! Finally, I realised that it is the most common greeting in Australia. It was absolutely one of the most embarrassing moments in my life.

Living in Canberra for almost five years, I truly enjoyed every single moment in the capital city of Australia. Some people think that Canberra is a quiet city with not much entertainment, full of politicians, embassies and government departments. However, from another point of view, I considered this was a good place for study. Away from the crowded city of Hong Kong, Canberra is definitely a quiet and peaceful place to live. You can hear the parrots singing outside your bedroom every morning and sometimes I saw kangaroos jumping across the road in front of my car. You can see and explore so many things which you won’t be  able to experience in Hong Kong.

Studying in Australia is not just about gaining knowledge and friendship, you can also experience independence, friendship, self-motivation, decision making and cooking skills. Meet your floor mates at the kitchen and making with friends with them is the best way to practise your English and learn the culture and spirit of Australia. 

Being a sports fanatic, I enjoyed playing soccer, basketball and snooker with my buddies.  Even though I graduated from university over 10 years ago, I am still playing soccer with my Aussie buddies in Hong Kong, we’re known as The Barramundi Soccer Team.

Last updated: Friday, 3 June 2016 9:30:54 AM

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