Been in Australia for work instead of studies, but generally, here are some things that you should think about:
- You cannot change the world but yourself.
- Be friendly to everyone.
- Don't have to be defensive about being Asian/Singaporean.
- Learn about their culture and don't behave as if every country you go to has to be the next Singapore. You will love it. Don't impose your own culture onto others when you are a guest in their home country.
- Have an open mind.
- Smile more. Smiles neutralize a lot of negatives aimed at you.
- Don't be an ugly Singaporean. We have enough bad image overseas.
Enjoy your time in Australia. I spent a lot of time in Melbourne and Sydney, but not in Perth (only a week there). What I have seen and experienced, I like. There was this one time when I was the only Asian in Esplanade in Melbourne, but everyone was nice to me, when I thought "shiat! This is it, they are going to chew me up and spit me out of their mouth" but that did not happen. If you scare yourself silly before heading there, you will always be on the negative when things happen, and that really will work against you when you interact with people. So throw all these negative things out of your head and simply go there and experience things and be nice.
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This is also what they said to Kitaro when he wanted to come and do a concert here some years ago !
Even if I do not agree with you, I will always fight for you to have your say.
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I agree about the Fosters. It's like non existent in OZ.
I think its mainly XXXX (for the uninitiated, this is a beer and not a certain kind of publication... and is pronounced 4eks) and maybe VB in Melbourne as well... at least while I was there some time back...
for beers.. i believe different states have different 'following' for beers..
from where i am staying at the moment, its definitely Tooheys and perhaps.. VB (aka Victoria Bitter)
heard of XXXX but Foster? nah.
Don't worry too much really..... Aussies are generally nice people. You will get one or two sods who are racists but just walk away.
I've encountered many nice people down under. Once a guy went out of his way to walk my wife and me to a certain location (we lost our way) even though it was 20 mins away and even gave us his mobile number just in case we needed more help.
Trust me, you will meet more nice people then nasty ones!
Favourite Aussie beer for me...... Toohey's Old for sure.... Crown Lager is good as well.
omg Tooheys adverts are superb. heh. Crown Draught ads are equally as hilarious at times, especially the Big Ad one.
anyway, hope all this light banter has showed the OP that Australia is filled with so many light hearted, good natured blokes and sheilas that you'll fall in love with. keep an open mind, and enjoy/soak in the experiences that come along with the journey. afterall, not many people get the opportunity of being exposed to a foreign culture for an extended period of time.
just remember to use sunscreen... its easy to get sunburnt when the weather is cool even when the sun is shining brightly... you don't feel the effect on the skin till its too late...
OT... never been impressed with Oz beers... Theakston Old Peculiar old English Ale for me
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The Australians also can be very friendly when drunk!
I don't know any of them in this photograph except the other guy with black hair.
Notice how my 70-200 is being washed with beer, and also that I look a little bit asian.