Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Craving for Brazilian food...and possible solutions

Hello, everyone!

I am a Brazilian student living for the first time abroad and it never occurred I would miss my home country food so much! After 3 months living in Norwich there are 3 main dishes that made my stomach cries:

- Farofa: a typical Brazilian dish made with manioc flour mixed with chopped onion, garlic, eggs and bacon. Very exotic and delicious!

-Pao de queijo (brazilian cheese balls): small cheese bralls made of white manioc powder. the texture is very different from anything you've seen and it tastes like heaven

- Feijoada (black beans stew) - the most famous Brazilian dish, a black beans stew with different kinds of pork meat that you eat with white rice, farofa, and sliced kale.

In order to solve my "problem" here are a few possible solutions for that:

- Go to the Lusa Café, a Portuguese café, and shop, based in Norwich city center. There you can find many Portuguese items and a few Brazilian ones such as tapioca and Polvinho Doce - the main ingredient alongside cheese to prepare Pao de Queijo.

- Try Brazilian online shops such as Produtos Brasileiros, where you can find feijoada kits with all ingredients, side dishes such as farofa, white rice, orange and also guarana Antartica.

- Go to London and visit one of the Brazilian restaurants there. Here is a list of the best ones:

Do you have any other tips to help me? Share here, please! :)


Ludmilla Pereira
UEA Brazilian Student Ambassador

Friday, 7 December 2018

Pasta - The Curse of the University Student

You've had an exhausting day of lectures from 9-5. You trudge into your flat, wondering how you will complete that group project for next Tuesday, while studying for the test on Monday. Oh, and there's that 2,500 word essay due in in two days time. Your tummy rumbles and you go to look in your kitchen cabinet to figure out what to make for dinner. There they sit in the corner of the cabinet, staring at you seductively. You know you shouldn't, you've had the same thing four times this week already. Finally, sighing miserably, you take out the packet of pasta and can of tomato sauce and turn the stove on.

If you're a university student like me, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Pasta - boil for 10 minutes, mix it up with some ready-made sauce and you're done. It's not bad honestly, but it's not great either. Well, I'm here to bring you good news: you don't have to live this way anymore. "Hold up.", I hear you say. "No more pasta? I'll be dead of starvation in a week.". Fear not, I'm not suggesting anything as blasphemous as that. I'm just saying, switch it up a little. Experiment. Throw some parsley on that bad boy or something.

Here's a recipe that I found a little while ago that's become one of my favorites. It may not look like much, but it's got a wonderful flavor and proves pretty simple to make for those of you who still can't fry an egg without messing it up. (No judging, I'm bad as well sometimes,)

Pasta alla Puttanesca (Try google translate that for amusing results).

You'll need:
1. Olive oil
2. Anchovies (Pretty easy to find at your local store)
3. A tin of chopped tomatoes.
4. A jar of olives.
5. Capers (This one is optional, they're hard to find sometimes)
6. Some garlic
6. About 2/3 of a packet of pasta - of course

1. Boil the pasta. Nothing fancy here.
2. In a separate pan, heat up a few tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat. Chop up a clove or two of garlic and add to the oil. Stir for a few minutes.
3. Chop up the anchovies and add it to the oil. They should kind of dissolve and turn into this mushy, anchoveyish oil. Lovely.
4. Then, add the chopped tomatoes from the can into the pasta, along with chopped olives. Put the lid on and leave for about 10 minutes.
5. Mix with the pasta and (hopefully) enjoy

Note: I've left the quantities a bit vague in this because every time I do it I end up with slightly differing amounts. Just go with your gut feeling. You're an adult now, you can make your own choices.

I'll probably be making future posts with more pasta recipes in the future but until then, farewell.

Don't starve.

Chris Richardson
UEA Malaysian Student Ambassador

Wednesday, 5 December 2018


Hi everyone!

Christmas is now just around the corner and I'm sure everyone's very excited for it. Sooo, just thought I'd share with you this blog post I published on my personal blog, The #OOTD Files, about my favourite things to do in Norwich, including some of the best places I've been to! Check it out by clicking on this link.

Eda Sansel USTUN
Turkish Student Ambassador

Friday, 30 November 2018

Internhsips- shape your future

Internships - shape you FUTURE! 
Image result for internships

Getting Internship over summer is quite IMPORTANT Whether an internship is paid, for credit, unpaid or not-for-credit doesn't change its value. Internships are investments in your future. Often, students do not want to do internships because they worry they'll be stuck doing menial tasks like getting coffee or making copies and let's face it- no one wants to work for free. The truth is, although not all internships pay, they do pay in other ways.
Internships will help you:

Real world experience: Joining a company as an intern gives you the opportunity to work hands on in a professional environment. Internships help by teaching you more about the career path you are pursuing. They help you to test whether you would like to work for that particular company or do that particular job you did or saw/ shadowed someone doing. 

Networking: Internships often give you the opportunity to attend meetings and events. By interacting with professionals you gain new connections and learn how to communicate in a professional environment. Personally, my internships have introduced me to a lot of useful resources and have given me the opportunity to meet a variety of professionals in my field. Networking has helped me acquire references and find new job opportunities. Internships can even provide you with a professional mentor.
Image result for internships

Resume Builder: As a student I know the importance of a strong resume. Without a solid resume it can be tougher to be considered for a position. And how can you have a strong resume without any experience? Internships are key to building experience as a student or recent graduate. Employers are much more likely to hire someone with internships and work experience rather than someone with a generic resume, lacking experience.

- New skills: Having number of skills is very important for your personal development and of course for your career because number of different jobs need you to have variety of skills. You will be questioned about your skills and internships help you build and perfect your skills that you will need later on in your career. The most common one is time management: When you're working in a fast paced professional environment you need to know every minute counts. Time management is vital in every circumstance whether you're attending meetings, finishing tasks on deadlines, making phone calls. Personally during my internships I got a chance to work under Finance and learnt a lot of things and mastered new skills as well such as working quickly and efficiently with numbers, working with programs such as SAP, SPSS and MASTRO that are used worldwide. 

- Career Foundation: Internships provide you with the building blocks you need for your future. Many internship opportunities help set the foundation for your career. It is important that you choose you internships based on your interests and career prospects. As an intern you have the opportunity to get your foot in the door with a company. Keep in mind, employers often use internships as a recruitment tool to test out future employees and in many cases, companies hire interns after graduation.

Image result for internships
So having an internship is important, especially to international students who want to stay and work in UK, to have an internship in England will increase your chances of finding a graduate scheme or a job after graduation and get sponsored for your Tier 2 Visa. 

It is better to start applying now as getting into an internship can be very hard as getting into a job, there are tests, interviews you need to pass and it can be tough but once you get an internship you will help your future. 

here are few links of useful websites where you can find internships over summer:

I hope this helps and I didn't stress you.... XD
Image result for happy worker

Good luck!

Dalel - Ambassador for Central Asia 

Thursday, 22 November 2018

AFTER GRADUATION: Finding a Job as an International Student

Finding a job after graduation as an international student is probably one of the most frustrating things to think about.

Image result for headache cartoon

A lot of organisations would prefer to not have to deal with applicants for which they would have to sponsor for a work visa. In that case, it's a lot easier to just give positions to UK citizens and permanent residents. This makes it a lot more difficult for us foreigners because only a handful of organisations are willing to sponsor successful international applicants. The fact that as an international student, you are limited in where you can apply for is bad enough but no one mentioned THE APTITUDE TESTS.

As an international student, you are on a Tier 4 (General Student) Visa which allows you to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week during term time. The visa typically expires in October and if you haven't managed to secure a job or further education, you would need to return to your home country.

Related image

The biggest piece of advice I can give is to start ahead of time. Start applying for graduate jobs/schemes/programmes and further education as soon as the academic year begins. Do not procrastinate till December and certainly not till the next year. Funnily enough, a lot of the organisations that are willing to sponsor international applicants are the larger, more successful organizations. They are extremely competitive and have earlier applications deadlines (October-November). 

Once you get past the application, you have the aptitude tests: numerical, verbal reasoning, diagrammatic and situational judgement. This is the difficult part. EVERYBODY'S WORST NIGHTMARE, but honestly, it's ok. There's a secret. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Honestly. It's like with IQ tests. There are people who master the IQ aptitude test structure and score 180+. It's not because their Einstein's cousin. No. The more you practice the aptitude tests, the more you will get accustomed to the types of questions and that's literally all it take and you're halfway there.

Image result for exam cartoon

With postgraduate education, the only thing I can say is apply on time. In fact, this is the one thing you should take away from this post. Start on time and that alone will help your chances.

Good Luck!

-- Chioma Elsa Nwanna

Monday, 19 November 2018

My Favourite Studying Place at UEA

December is coming soon and it means the deadline for essays and presentation are getting closer😅 
I prefer to study at a very quiet place with a big table. My favourite place is the UEA library. It's 24/7 and with all kinds of equipment (Charging / Coffee / Books....). 
If you fancy studying at a cosy place with some sound like a cafe, Scholar Bar and Union Cafe might be your best choice. Find your favourite place, bring your laptop and book and enjoy studying 🙋

Taiwanese Student Ambassador
Jung-Sheng Wang

Tuesday, 13 November 2018


As an international student studying here in the UEA, the most common question I would get from everyone was what my name was followed by where I'm from. Being from a small country like Brunei, the most common reply I would get is "what? where's that?" or "I didn't even know that place existed..." I'm here to tell you exactly where Brunei is, the hidden treasures that can be found in Brunei and what it's like living in a small country like Brunei. 

Brunei on the Map
Brunei Darussalam (pronounced as bruu-nai-dah-ru-sa-lam), meaning the Abode of Peace, is a small nation located on the Island of Borneo in South East Asia. Brunei has a rough area of 5,765 square kilometers of land with an estimated population of 434,076 as of October 2018, 0.05% of the population of London. Brunei is divided into 4 main districts which are Brunei-Muara, Tutong, Belait and Temburong, and these different districts are accessible via land or water transport. The capital city of Brunei Darussalam is Bandar Seri Begawan which is home to the infamous, Kampong Ayer (Water Village). This village is accessible for all locals and tourists with motor boats that cost less than BND 5 (roughly less than £3) for a single ride

Motor Boats in Kampong Ayer Brunei
Kampong Ayer Brunei
Besides that, an Ecopark located in the middle of the capital of Brunei was launched in October 2017. This is also accessible to all locals and tourists anytime of the day. This is such a beautiful place to be surrounded by nature in the morning, and it's just so astonishing at night with all the bright and colourful lights filling the entire park. 

Ecopark Brunei in the Morning/Afternoon
Ecopark Brunei at Night 
If you're looking for a relaxing place to go for a holiday then Brunei is for you!! Empire Hotel and Country Club is located close to the beach which allows many different activities to take place here. Not only is it a 5 star hotel, it offers many many different activities, not only for guest but visitors as well. You can go kayaking for BND 5/45 mins (which is roughly £2.50) and even swimming for BND 10 for the entire day (approximately £5). You can even go strolling on the beach and watch the sunset which I can say for myself, is so beautiful and relaxing. 

The view from a hotel room at Empire hotel 

Empire Hotel in Brunei
Besides that, the different beaches in Brunei offers ATV activities for just BND10/30 mins (approximately £5) and you can roam around the beach freely with these. I can vouch for this when i say, it is so amazing to be riding on these ATV when the sun is about to set. Truly beautiful. 

ATV in Pantai Tungku, Brunei

But let's not forget, one of the best things about Brunei is the FOODDDD!! Brunei has wide range of food ranging from local delicacies to other worldwide food such as Korean food, Japanese food, Indian food, Thai Food and many many more. The best thing besides it's taste is that they're really really inexpensive. You can get a plate of rice with chicken, egg and sambal (chilli) for typically £2 and sometimes even £0.50 depending on where u get it from. 

Chop Jing Chew Buns - filled with Butter, kaya and Peanuts
(cost less than £1 each)

Saphira Cake House, Brunei- different variance of local delicacies 
(cost less than £2 for a few pieces)

Nasi Lemak - rice with chicken, egg and sambal (chilli)
(typically cost less than £2 but some can cost £0.50)

There are many other amazing things about Brunei but I hope what I have mentioned above will give a little more insight on where and what Brunei has to offer. I can vouch for it when I say Brunei is definitely a beautiful place that is worth the visit. 

- Jie Chie Yong (Brunei and Singapore International Ambassador)