Feeling Hungry? Here’s some help to choose your next snack or meal.

As a student deciding what to eat for your next meal can be…well..overwhelming. And to be honest sometimes you are just a little low on cash and your fridge is a little emptier than you would have liked to imagine in those high school dreams of independent university life.


Eating well and on a budget isn’t always easy for new students who are adjusting to living away from home for the first time, or if you’re still living at home and just want some more independence! Food choice begins as a novelty, but for many of the time poor and cash poor students, it becomes a chore and your health and diet fall by the curb. This doesn’t have to be the case!

Planning ahead and using convenience tools is your friend. Buying groceries, teaming up with your housemates and cooking together is the way to go.  You can even order groceries online to save time! Another way to save money is to scout out some of the food courts near campus – there are often cheap meals and deals that the rest of student community has caught onto.  On days when you’re pushed for time and cannot cook (don’t eat 2 minute noodles!) you can always order takeaway online – there are many healthy options, comfort foods and delicious deals for students. Sign up for special deals for students and 10% Delivery Hero today using your @learning.sibt.nsw.edu.au email address (find yours in the student portal).
We know uni life can be tough. So if your brain is fried or you are just having trouble in general deciding what to eat today – please feel free to use the Student Food Choices Decision Tree (just click the image to enlarge). Your tired mind and empty stomach will thank you for it later ! 🙂



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Good Food Month

October is good food month, and there’s lots going on around Sydney. For a calendar of events, restaurant suggestions and special offers visit sydney.goodfoodmonth.com.

As one of the highlights of Good Food Month, the Night Noodle Markets are back again, located in central Hyde Park. Each year the festival gets bigger and better and the food just gets yummier! For a quick overview, check out the Noodle Market menu and this map of all the stalls.


There are lots of different cuisines to choose from and the perfect opportunity to taste foods from the homes of some of your fellow students – Bangladeshi food at Singhas, Malaysian bites at Mamak, Korean BBQ at Poklol , or Chinese dishes at Mrs. Mi to name a few. For something sweet, there’s Gelato Messina’s Lucky Fortune Bar, Mini pancakes, Chat Thai Dessert or N2 Gelato.12079698_1209902735691781_7748403867730103345_n12109328_10153433632973961_4981132589866223241_n

If you’re really a fan of dessert, some of Sydney’s top restaurants are offering special late night treats as part of Sugar Rush. Or why not try some cheap eats from some of Sydney’s top eateries for only $20!

Some of our SIBT students went on the hunt for some tasty dishes too, so make sure to check out their foodie suggestions:

Exploring different food cultures in Sydney

The wonders of dim sum cuisine 

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Exploring different food cultures in Sydney

We are self-acclaimed food lovers always exploring and tasting the different foods Australia has to offer. We’ve reviewed our favourite cuisines and hope you’ll try them for yourself!

Food in China

Chinese people love dim sum! Especially Cantonese people. We often start the day with some delicious steamed dishes rather than fried! Going for dim sum is also often called yum cha, which means tea tasting or drinking tea. Usually, at dim sum restaurants we’re offered a variety of bamboo containers to select from. These include fresh foods such as Har gow (shrimp dumpling), Shao mai (steamed dumpling), chicken feet, etc. While the food is very different, the dining experience is similar to brunch in western countries and it’s a great way for family, friends and co-worker to get together.

Food in Thailand

2When trying a new cuisine, we often ask the restaurant staff for recommendations. In a recent visit to a Thai restaurant, we asked one of the waiters to bring us the most popular and traditional Thai dishes. He suggested a lot of hot and spicy foods – Som Tam and Gai Med Ma Moung (Chicken Cashew Nuts). He also explained that Thai people loved rice but they needed to eat something to go with it. They usually select hot and spicy foods and it’s the reason why Thai food is famous around the world.


Food in Korea

3Korean BBQ is famous worldwide and luckily, Sydney has an extensive variety of Korean restaurants. Korean people enjoy a dish that comprises of thinly sliced beef that marinated with different kinds of sauce such as pear juice, garlic and soy sauce. Eating this dish with a lettuce leaf is really worth trying. We tried it and it was delicious!




Food in Australia

4We couldn’t write a blog without mentioning Australian food! Sitting in a quiet restaurant or outside with plenty of sunshine, drinking a glass of wine, with delicious chips, salad or beef ribs is what Australian spend their time doing at weekends. The beef ribs are always so juicy and delicious. A fresh salmon salad, tasty pasta dishes and chocolate or vanilla smoothie makes a wonderful weekend for us. We’re really embracing the Australian culture but we also have the luxury to enjoy foods from other countries too!



Written by SIBT students: Rita, Karen

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The wonders of Dim Sum cuisine

We all love food, right? If it weren’t for the excess calories and daily commitments of our day to day lives, I bet most of us would spend most of our day eating, I know I would! Tragically, most good things have bad consequences.

The Chinese cuisine is both exotic and mind-blowing; this is especially for the Chinese people who are very culture-oriented, as well as other people, who have an appreciation for diversity.

We recently visited China town, eagerly searching for a restaurant that would endow us with a full-packaged China cuisine experience!  Having this in mind, we quickly spotted a brown-roofed and blue-lighted restaurant that seemed to be exactly what we were looking for. Moments later, after going through the menu, we discovered an exquisite Cantonese style of cooking, the popular Dim Sum.


As it was brought to our table, we couldn’t help but admire its presentation. It was served in small round bamboo bowls that held the contents magnificently well. It had a steamy, fresh and fragrant aroma, as well as a sweet and sour taste, due to the sauce that accompanied it. With the food came the chopsticks, and the forks, for those of us who haven’t yet mastered the art of using the simple but sophisticated sticks.

Yum Cha, is another name for Dim Sum, which means ‘’drinking tea’’. We, however, did not choose to accompany our food with the tea, though tea is part and parcel of Dim Sum. This delicacy cannot be characterized by the time of day it is taken, since it can serve as breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. A classical Dim Sum dish consists of an unequal percentage of shrimp and pork, wrapped in a thin sheet of dough. This dumpling is known as the Cha Siu bao. It also includes rice noodle rolls, and can either be steamed or fried. Different meats can be used, and the menu can also be prepared to suit vegetarians.

Dim Sum is truly an enjoyable experience for anyone who wishes to be part of a communal and elegant menu.



Students: Mohammed Ali Bumozah, Renyu Fang, Wong Wing Chi Vanessa, Thi Giang NGUYEn


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Fashion Passion

This month marks Sydney Is Fashion – the time when the top designers, models and fashion bloggers come to the city to find out what’s in and what’s out.

Whether you enjoy dressing up, dressing down or following the latest trends, there’s something for everyone during the month of September. If you’re like me and love a bargain, you’re also in luck because lots of stores are holding special sales and discount days, so it’s the perfect time to start adding to your spring and summer wardrobe.

The most talked about event will surely be the annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival which will run from 24 September, where the top Australian fashion designers will be showcased on the runway at Sydney’s Town Hall. If you can’t make it, follow all the action on the Festival’s Facebook Page.




There’s also a really cool Re-Fashion event happening so that you can get advice on how to mend or up-cycle a pre-loved piece of clothing. It’s proven to be very popular, so there’s a waitlist but why not put your name down!


If you’re in the chic Surry Hills area, why not try out the FREE Urban Walkabout Food Tour in the area on Saturday – the perfect addition to a day of browsing or shopping.

The city centre shopping district of Pitt Street will be buzzing with shoppers trying to pick out the latest key accessories and fashion pieces. Westfield Sydney is hosting a fashion event this weekend, but even better, why not enter the competition to win a $1,000 gift card to spend on a new spring wardrobe!

We know that lots of SIBT students are trend setters on campus and enjoy experimenting with lots of different looks. One student in particular, Mia Tran, loves fashion and make up, and has given us some top make up tips which are easily done at home! Mia has her own blog which you can check out at www.beautybymia.com. Some other SIBT students also went on a fashion tour of the city centre and picked out their top looks for Spring.

So whatever style you’re into, make sure to get involved and check out Sydney’s fashion scene!

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Student Fashion Trends

Recently, some SIBT students went in search of the latest Spring/Summer fashion trends in Sydney. Here’s what they found…


We were all really excited to find the latest spring/summer fashion trends in Sydney. We discovered that the upcoming spring and summer trends include using sorbet color, tropical pattern and Head-to-Toe White.  We looked at different stores in the shopping center such as Hugo Boss, Salvatore Ferragamo, Channel, Zara, Topshop to find out the newest fashion and accessories in Sydney.

Topshop and Zara were our favourite store picks. Both brands originate from European countries such as UK and Spain; and the majority of Australians love to shop in those stores because Europe is famous for fashion!

Zara’s clothing and accessories are tended to be smart casual and business attire such as suit for males; shirt, pencil skirt and dresses for females, the customers are around the age of 18 to 48 and the prices of the product are generally more expensive. In addition, Zara have a child/baby sections for younger customer.

group3While Topshop’s clothing and accessories tend to be more casual and informal so as to attract younger customers around the age of 14 – 25. Also, the prices of the product are less expensive compared to Zara so it’s a great place for students!

Students: Jamshaid HAKIMZADAH,  Tsz Ching HO,  Anthony HU,  Phuong Mai NGUYEN

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Student Make Up Tips

Hi, I’m Mia and I’m a past SIBT student. I studied at SIBT and now I’m studying at Macquarie Uni. It’s my dream to become a TV presenter but in my spare time I am a make up artist and I just love make up and fashion. Below are my make up tips for students. Trust me, I know this, because I’ve made mistakes too, many times!


Mia1The first makeup mistake is wearing the wrong foundation shade. As you can see, on the left side of my face, the foundation is way too dark for my skin.

The one on my right isn’t too bright, just because compares to the darker foundation of the other side of my face, it looks a bit too light in photo. However, even your foundation is slightly lighter than your skin, don’t worry because we can always darken it by adding bronzer and contouring powder to it.



Because I have a very oily skin, powder has always been a must for me. I use powder just set my foundation in place and keep it last all day. There is one thing that I have done many many times before and have seen many girls have done as well is using a foundation powder over foundation. Foundation powder is meant to be worn on its own, not over another foundation, otherwise it will make your skin look very thick and cakey, unless you want an extra full coverage.

Mia2On the left side of my face, I’m using the Bobbi Brown Foundation Powder. As you can see, the powder makes my skin look very heavy.

On the right side of my face, I’m using my Chanel Finishing Powder. This loose powder doesn’t only help me set my base in place but also brightens up my skin and gives it that flawless healthy looking finish.


A brown smokey eye is a great option if you want a dramatic look, without being too dark. Adding a pop of gold really open up and brightens up the eye and adds a bit of light to make the eye really stand out.

When it comes to eye shadow, it is important to take your time blending, because you don’t want to end up looking like a panda bear or you’ve been bruised. So be patient and take your time!

I highly suggest investing your money in good eye brushes. I use a flat top brush, a point brush, a fluffy brush and a blending brush.


Mia5If there is one thing completely changes my eyes, it is eyeliner. I don’t know whether you have noticed this, but Asian girls love big eyes. The thicker the line you draw, the bigger your eye will look. However, as you can see on my left eye, I have dragged the line way too far that it makes my eye look even smaller.

Another tip is that when you use pencil eyeliner, always make sure that the top is sharpened so that it allows you to achieve that accurate winged line.


Mia7And of course, lashes! Before applying mascara or false lashes, don’t forget to curl your lashes. This step will help to open up your eyes and to combine your real lases with the false lashes you are going to apply.

Using a tweezer will help you place the lashes more precisely.



Mia8I love brows! The problem is I wasn’t lucky enough to be born with thick full eyebrow.  So eyebrow pencils have always been my best friend!

Here I’m using The Face Shop eyebrow pencil to fill in my eyebrow and Maybelline Brow Drama Mascara to set my eyebrows in place. The mascara is not completely necessary but I guarantee the end result will be so beautiful! (Brush upward for strong, sculpted eyebrows)


I love contouring my face! It gives me cheekbones and a V-line chin instantly without having to do plastic surgery or photoshop my photo! Always start off with less than you need and apply more because it’s easier to add more than it is to take it off. Over contouring will make your face appear heavy and cakey.


Bobbi Brow Apricot has always been my go to blush since it gives me justMia13 enough color to my skin but also very neutral and not over the top on the cheek.

When it comes to blush, where you place it is just as important as what color you choose. The lower you apply your blush, the chubbier your face will look.




I love the Inglot Highlighter. When I’m not doing something too bronzy, this highlighter is perfect; because it is so vanilla, it really compliments my skin.

Don’t forget less is more. Too much highlight will make your face look oily.


WMia17hen the weather gets colder, I tend to move away from nude or dark lip colors and into brighter tones, and the YSL Rouge Pur Couture 01 is perfect for that.

Whenever I do a full bold lip, I like my lips to look as sharp and clean as possible. So after applying the lipstick, I always go back with a sharp flat top brush with a tiny bit of liquid foundation to clean out the excess.

Now if you want your lips to look fuller, this is a tip for you. Take any of your dark shade powders and a small point brush, go back in and place it right underneath your lower lip. This will contour your lips, gives it gradient to make it pop out even more.

Mia18Unlike the red lipstick I’ve used on my right face, as you can see in this photo, this nude lipstick is way to light for my skin. It dries out my lips and just makes them look very fake and flakey.




And here is the finished look guys! I really hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and have learnt something from it. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog and channel to see more tutorial like this. Thank you x



Left face:
  • Lancôme Foundation
  • Bobbibrow Foundation Powder in Porcelan
  • MAC Eye shadows in Saddle, Amber Lights, Dark Brew, Dance in the Dark
  • Maybelline Big Eye Eyeliner Pencil
  • Pretesa Eyelash Curler
  • Beauty By Mia False Lashes – Gwiyomi
  • Maybelline The Falsie Volume Express in Black Drama
  • The Face Shop Eyebrow Pencil in Brown
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contouring & Highlighting Palette
  • Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot
  • Inglot Multicolor System Highlighting Powder
  • Inglot Sparkling Dust Face, Eye, Body
  • ELF Lipstick
Right face:
  • Dior Star Foundation in
  • Chanel Finishing Powder
  • MAC Eye shadows in Saddle, Amber Lights, Dark Brew, Dance in the Dark
  • Maybelline Liquid Eyeliner
  • The Face Shop Liquid Eyeliner
  • Pretesa Eyelash Curler
  • Beauty By Mia False Lashes – Gwiyomi
  • Social Eyelash Glue
  • Maybelline The Falsie Volume Express in Black Drama
  • The Face Shop Eyebrow Pencil in Brown
  • Maybelline Brow Mascara in Medium Brown
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contouring & Highlighting Palette
  • Bobbi Brown Blush in Apricot
  • Inglot Multicolor System Highlighting Powder
  • Inglot Sparkling Dust Face, Eye, Body
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture 01
Brushes used:
  • Real Technique Stippling Brush
  • Real Technique Eyeliner Brush
  • ZOEVA 227 Luxe Soft Definer
  • ZOEVA 230 Luxe Pencil
  • ZOEVA 231 Luxe Petit Crease
  • ZOEVA 228 Cream Cheek
  • ZOEVA 126 Luxe Cheek Finish
  • ZOEVA 105 Luxe Highlight
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Brush
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Snap Happy

A day doesn’t pass when I don’t take a photo to capture a moment I want to remember forever, or in the case of Snapchat, just remember for 10 seconds! From photos of my friends having a laugh, the sun shining on a winter’s day, a view of Sydney’s iconic landmarks, a yummy plate of food to a selfie, sharing photos and our lives with others on social media has become addictive! #selfie, #filter or even #nofilter has become part of our vocabulary, used on a daily basis.

Girl With Camera

So to keep upwith the trends, and of course, the fact that it’s World Photo Day on the 19 August, we’re running a photo competition on our Facebook page. It’s easy, all you have to do is upload a photo of what SIBT means to you and caption it ‘My ____, My SIBT’.



iStock_000035961426_smallIn my opinion, one of the best places to get photos of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is by taking the ferry from Circular Quay toManly and snapping some photos on route, you can even take some beach photos when you get there!


For more beach scenes visit Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches in the Eastern Suburbs. Or for something a bit different, along the Bondi boardwalk, there’s a wall covered in fantastic graffiti photos like this cool dog one! Newtown is also a great place to take some cool photos of the graffiti laneways. Take some tips from this walking tour guide and find your favourites.

There are lots of photography groups around Sydney that meet regularly to go on photography walks around the city or share tips and tricks. Why not take a look at the Meet Up activity calendar and find a group or event that interests you?

Smartphone tipsOr for some cool tips and tricks, check out the Cooperative of Photography on Youtube. They have lots of short videos with DIY Smartphone Photography Tips which are easy to follow and try out for yourself!



For some more inspiration for our photo competition, check out the World Photo Day gallery or visit our Facebook page to see the entries so far and enter for yourself!

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Our favourite Sydney indoor hangouts…

Sydney is bursting with things to see and do, from the iconic Opera House and Sydney Bridge to the beautiful beaches. But sometimes, it’s nice to chill out indoors, where it’s warm and dry during the winter months. There are the usual options of watching a film at home, going bowling or to the cinema, but why not try something different and experience the real Sydney!



How about getting a group together for a pub quiz? You get to spend time with your friends or a group of people you don’t know, and improve your general knowledge while having a few laughs… and maybe even win a prize! If you’re not in, you can’t win! Here’s a list of top trivia nights in Sydney. And don’t forget The Arthouse Hotel which is close to the SIBT Sydney campus in the CBD which holds quiz nights on Thursday evenings.



There are also so many cool underground bars around Sydney that are shhh…. (somewhat) secret. During the day, you could pass by without noticing but at night, a door appears to a secret spot. The coolest bars in Sydney now are right on the SIBT campus doorstep, why not try a drink or bite to eat at:

Frankie’s Pizza – Karaoke on Tuesdays, Bands and DJs on other nights. Swing by for a slice of pizza any night!

The Swinging Cat – On the list as one of the top bars of 2015, listen to funky jazz music or taste their yummy grilled cheese sandwich.

Lobo plantation – the best place for cocktails, where the bar staff are the epitome of ‘cool’ and sometimes set the drinks alight with fire!

Ramblin’ Rascal Tavern – Serving the famous Mary’s burgers (if you haven’t tried one, you’re missing out!), enter through a side door next to Tony and Guy hairdressers on Elizabeth Street.


Or, feel like a sweet treat after hours? Is that a yes? Of course it is!

Meetfresh will make you feel at home or let you experience something different with their handmade, natural Vietnamese desserts. Based in the same complex as the cinema on George Street, and open late, you can visit before or after you see your favourite movie!


For some extreme ice-cream (frozen using Liquid Nitrogen!), try the N2 gelato shop in the city. Even in winter, ice-cream tastes good right?



Do you know of more good places to visit? It’d be great to hear about your favourite hangout spot in Sydney…drop us a Facebook message and let us know!


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Curl up with a good book

In this cold and rainy weather, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book and a cup of tea or coffee.

Instead of choosing to “hibernate” into your room, why not venture into the library. It’s a great opportunity to have a change of setting and to discover other topics of interest. With a more zen-like atmosphere, it’s also a good place to gather your thoughts and do some reflection or planning.

Or if you’re more studious, then visit the library at our Wynyard Campus for additional resources on your course program.  Every year, over 10,000 books are borrowed from the library, that’s five books for every Navitas student on campus! There’s a wide range of newspapers, magazines and DVDs available to students too. Other facilities include a meeting room and silent study area where you can revise without distraction, as well as computers, photocopying and wifi access. In 2014, students visited the library 170,000 times so it’s definitely the ‘place-to-be’, especially during exam time! Additional useful English learning resources are also available through Navitas English on Level 3, Wynyard Campus.

And of course, don’t miss out on visiting Sydney’s best library facility, the State Library of NSW, centrally located near Hyde Park. As a world-leading library, it has modern facilities, an extensive collection of books, quiet study areas and lots of interesting exhibitions and events to keep you inspired.

While it’s always an option to borrow a book from the library, there are lots of cool bookshops to hang out in right here in Sydney. For a more popular mainstream bookshop, Dymocks has the most comprehensive collection of books, and luckily, they have stores all over Sydney. For something totally different, Kinokuniya, in the heart of the city, is a cool Japanese bookstore full of books that you can’t find anywhere else.

Oxford Street, which runs from Hyde Park in the city through Darlinghurst, Paddington, Woollahra and ends in Bondi, is lined with lots of small shops, boutiques and cafés and makes for a nice walk on a Sunday afternoon. A number of bookshops are nestled along this street too. Both Ariel and Berkelouw bookshops are a favourite among locals but the real gem is the Ampersand Café and Bookstore. Ampersand sells new and pre-loved books while serving delicious lunches, sweet treats and hot drinks. So, you can settle down in a corner of the tall-storey café for the afternoon with your newest novel and a full belly – bliss!

Reading books is a great way to open yourself to new discoveries, to improve your English, and to add to your vocabulary.  Enjoy, and stay warm and dry while learning something too!

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