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HBB Recap!

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HBB Recap!

 ...great food, endless wine, banging music and legendary colleagues sharing their combined love of slacking off on a Saturday night

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Malaysian Food in Adelaide!

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Malaysian Food in Adelaide!

Sick of living off instant ramen because of your student budget? Here are some relatively affordable South East Asian eateries that really give you a bang for your buck if you’re after something filling. They probably average around $12 a dish – which sounds like a lot, but let’s be honest, one plastic tooth costs $8.

In no particular order:

Pondok Daun

 

Overall: technically Indonesian food, but very similar to Malay food nonetheless. All-round great tasting food with large portions

Best for:

Mi/mihoon/nasi goreng (wok tossed noodles and rice)

Crispy fried whole Tilapia fish topped with sweet-sour tomato Balado sauce (Ikan Nila Balado) – served with rice and complimentary “MSG” soup

Smoky, tender grilled meat – skewered satay or in thick slabs

Bonus (for Malaysians): opportunity to practice your rusty Malay with the super-friendly staff that runs the place

NanYang Café @ Renaissance Arcade

 

Overall: dishes are more Chinese-based but everything there tastes amazing – most of you would have been here

Best for:

Flat rice noodles in egg gravy (wat tan hor)

Wok-tossed flat rice-noodles (char kway teow) – this is so good that I’ve had this at least once a month for the past three years

Note: cash only! (and ATMs aren’t that close)

Thanh Thanh

 

Overall: ok, this is just full-on Vietnamese, but it’s good anyway! Prices are decent with loads of seating – come when you’re a group of fifteen and you haven’t made a reservation elsewhere on a Friday night

Best for:

Durian/custard apples smoothie – guys this is some legit stuff. Hands down the most realistic durian or custard-apple smoothie I’ve ever had, much better than the ones at Pondok Daun

 

Star of Siam

 

 

Café Michael 2

 

Overall: both are Thai places

Best for:

Tom yum soup – closely resembles the Malaysian experience

PappaRich

 

Overall: probably serves the broadest range of Malaysian food. I know the Malaysians are scoffing, but hey, beggars can’t be choosers

Come for:

ABC (air batu campur, shaved ice desert) – this is the only restaurant that I have found to serve it satisfactorily

Chicken curry with roti canai/prata (crispy Indian flatbread)

Warong @ Lower Ground Floor Rundle Place

 

Overall: a food stall at Rundle Place food court which is super conveniently located

Best for

Location – I’m serious, it’s great for a quick bite during shorter lunch breaks

Ming’s Steamboat (or Hong Kee, which is right across the road)

 

Overall: ironically, I’ve never actually tried their steamboat, but all the other Chinese dishes are amazing with generous portions

Best for:

Salt and pepper pork trotters – crispy, fatty and tender, this is honestly pretty much magic on a plate

Chef Lai

 

Overall: general Malaysian food paired with their decent prices and authenticity

Best for

Ambience: the place looks pretty run down from near and afar, and while that might put some people off, it just adds to the feeling of a real kopitiam back home.

Reviewed by Kit a.k.a Lim Ee Ling 

 

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Maintaining a post-vacation feeling once you're back to work or study

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Maintaining a post-vacation feeling once you're back to work or study

Well, the break has flown by and the tougher semester is here to stay put, at least for another 4 months. Most of us are probably still in semi-denial of the reality that the long-not-awaited Semester 2 is finally here, and that vacation is over, however short it was.

So to get right back on the dental track without much distress, we thought of sharing with you a list self-help strategies (we all know how useful they are) with help of the Almighty Google.

Dear Google, how to get back to studying after a long break? Well, this question itself is quite ambiguous in nature. It can be interpreted in multiple ways a) getting back to school after a long holiday b) taking up a new course possibly months or years after graduating from a certain school. But remember, I did ask the all-knowing search engine. After a complex set of algorithms being made to match my demographic group, I was directed to several websites that shared about post-vacation strategies.

Here is the list, let's dive right in, shall we?

#1 Limit your tasks, workload, commitment.

Let’s get real. Is that even a matter of choice in dental school? First day of the semester- anatomy overload at 8.30am. And the week just gets progressively longer and intense from then on with heaps of first time skills being put on test with even higher expectations. Well, let's skip this one, it is non-applicable for this course. 

#2 Turn your study space into a mini-sanctuary.

Well, mine still looks like a massive earthquake since the exams, with loose papers, snacks wrappings and other indiscernible crap lying around. The effort of sprucing them up itself seems to be a huge commitment, let alone renovating them into a paradise. Remember #1- limit your workload.  Again, not applicable. What is wrong with these approaches, they are contradictory. Moving on to No. 3. 

 #3 Make a holiday resolution.

Now, now, does anyone even do New Years resolutions these days? We all know it never works; we probably need another list of strategies to help make and stick to a holiday resolution. Again too much workload. If despite all odds a resolution is made, what would it be? Study X hours daily? Keep up to date with lectures? Prepare before all clinic sessions? I think the dental school has employed sufficient and efficient resources to deal with that.

#4 Find a vacation theme song.

This strategy is probably to remind you of the freer days, in the aim to get your calm mode on. It may work for some, but I am predicting most may fall into a post-vacation temporary acute depression instead. I, certainly am, one of them. The right jam to the heightened blah-ness would probably be Fantine’s“I dreamed the dream” from Les Misérables.

#5  Looking forward to come back.

This is when you are supposed schedule certain activities that you did on vacation during your first week back to uni i.e hiking, yoga, absolute nothing, etc. Hmm, this seems plausible. If we only had the TIME.

Maintaining the post-vacation chill ain’t that easy ay?

Jokes aside, hope you guys have had a wonderful break and a somewhat bearable, if not enjoyable first few weeks of dental school. 

 

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Rogue GV Black

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Rogue GV Black

Publications can’t report on the final basement party, but what we can do is share a most curious story in the days leading up to the night.

 

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President's Update | March

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President's Update | March

Since there were positive responses from my previous update, and given that both Emma and I believe in keeping all dental students informed, so heck, here’s another one.

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First steps as a Dentist:

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First steps as a Dentist:

.....to meet the BDS students from different years, gain their wisdom. By that I mean free textbooks, best pub crawls and which people to suck up to. 

Sanjit Suresh (BDS 1)

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