Accomodation, Student, Student Housing, Time Management, Uni Life

How To Pack Up/move out Your Dorm Room

So this is it the final week at University. Beside reminiscing all the memories and hours in the library studying there’s actually one more thing that I have to worry about: packing. Moving out is much more difficult when you don’t have your parents around to help you organise all the clothing, knick knacks which you’ve accumulated over the year! It can be overwhelming to think about leaving the place that you have called ‘home‘ for the past year. Here are some tips on how to pack up/move out:


1. First off, don’t leave all the packing on the last day, you can start packing small amounts at a time and set up some small goals each day to accomplish. If you’re coming back in the new term, you may consider renting a storage unit with a friend who also plans to return.

2. Start packing your clothes early. Pack away your winter clothing first that you definitely won’t wear now. Then move on to everything else.


3. Throw out trash, clothes, wrappers, old papers or the things that you don’t need.Recycle the papers. Instead of discarding (and therefore wasting) the other items, give them to a friend or a dorm mate or leave it in a place for anyone to take.

4. Tidy up. Purge the fridge. Sweep and vacuum your dorm room, throw away any remaining garbage in the trash. Clean the bathroom and leave the room as the first time when you moved in.

5. Return the key to the hall reception and redirect your mail.


Comment below if you’ve any other tips on moving out/packing up. Good luck to everyone moving out!


International, Portsmouth, Student, Study, Time Management, Uni Life, Uni services, Work experience

6 things International Student needs to know

For most international students, coming to study in the UK can be exciting, or intimidating. In order to enjoy both studying and living abroad, it is crucial to be fully prepared. After staying in Portsmouth for 8 months, I’ve spoken to a number of international students and marked down a few things that international students have to think about before arriving in the UK.

  1. Research

It would be good if you speak to anyone already in the UK or the alumni from your country. I’ve asked my friend who is a graduate from the University of Portsmouth and she helps me a lot in the process of applying the course. The next step is have a look on the University website for an idea of the things you might need to consider. Besides, don’t be afraid to contact the university directly to ask about the course details or other arrangements. Besides, there are always local advisers or agencies that provide details on studying in Portsmouth. Learn about the clubs and societies here at the University of Portsmouth.

2. Be academically prepared

If English is not your mother tongue, try to improve it to a level where you can feel confident about using it both academically and socially. Check out Global café in Park Building on every Wednesday, you will be able to meet friends from all over the world.

3. Working in the UK 

International Students usually pay a higher tuition fees than domestic students. Luckily, the Purple Door supports students to find jobs or career planning. Getting a part-time job not only provides some extra money, but also an opportunity to extend your networks and improve your language skills.

4. Student accommodation
Accommodation is one of the most important things that you’ve to concern about because this is where you’ll spend most of your time, meet your first friends and where you have to sleep! Normally you will get into student halls as an international student, here are some advice on choosing student accommodation.

5. Freshers’ Fayre


This is a week held at the start of the academic year which involves all the way from induction to huge bar crawls, find your way around your campus, clubs and societies and start to get used to living in the UK. As an international student, you’ll find some particular events that are designed for international students such as coach trip to Brighton or Oxford.

6. Finally, the Weather

The weather in UK is unpredictable. Even if the sun is shining, rain clouds can quickly appear and result in short, heavy downpours. Make sure you bring appropriate clothing and always carry an umbrella (even though sometimes it’s too windy to use an umbrella).



As always, feel free to ask questions or add anything else in the comments below. 🙂

Exams, Time Management

A Few Study Tips to Achieve your Goals in Exam

I would have assumed that the end of term is supposed to be dull and exhausting, and course, the FINAL EXAM. Most of us know the basics like make a clear plan, find a distraction-free study corner, get plenty of sleep , etc. Here are some other study tips, try any of these..

      1. Form a study group

        Why not form a study group with friends? Sometimes it would be better not to study solo, it’ll provide you with moral support, and also motivate you to achieve good grades.

      2. Embrace New Technologies

        Imagine that a Facebook notification pops up when you’re revising, so you check it out and waste another few minutes. To avoid distractions like this, the SelfControl app helps you block websites for a certain amount of time. This allows you to concentrate on your studies as well as to avoid sporadically checking social networks or your email.

      3. Eat brain-boosting foods

        A typical mistake that students make throughout the exam periodis to eat poorly and unhealthily. Keep your brain well-functioned by choosing nutritious foods that help memory and concentration such as fish, nuts, yogurt and fruits. Avoid energy drinks, go for a cup of coffee instead – who doesn’t like the smell of coffee? Warning: Don’t overdose!

Finally, and I know this might sounds cheesy, but I have one last piece of advice for you all.

Trust yourself and Trust your abilities.

Good luck!

Free time

DIY Easy Branch Jewellery Holder under £3

Hi guys!

I was wanting to buy a jewellery holder for some time, but always thought some were quite expensive so I made my own using tree branche.In this post I want to show you how to make a super simple jewellery holder in 15 mins. It’s perfect for displaying jewelry in your dorm because no nails and driller required. This is not only a jewellery holder, but also a piece of wall art. 🙂

Items you will need:
– Piece of Dead or dry Branches
– Twine/Hemp
A few pushpins
– Craft or Spray paint (optional)
– Cup hooks (optional)

1. Find your branch (Backyard or just wooded area that will have plenty of fallen branches).

2. Clean up the branch with water and wait it to dry.

3 (optional). Spray the branch whatever colour you want and wait it to dry.

5. Lastly cut a piece of twine or hemp to wrap both ends of the branch. Finish it with knots to keep it placed.


Isn’t it beautiful in its simplicity?! Let’s try it!

Free time, Uni Life

Happy Chinese New Year!

Growing up I celebrated all Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, but this is my first Chinese New Year in UK without family. I was very fortunate to celebrate it with my friends here. We first put up some spring couplets as decorations then spent 4.5 hours to prepare a reunion dinner. Food is a big part of the celebration, a common element of Chinese New Year’s feasts is fish since the Chinese word for fish shares the same pronunciation with the word for abundance, thus eating fish is believed to bring a surplus of money or good luck in the coming year.

Turnip Cake
Steamed Prawns with Chopped Garlic
Tom yum Soup
Steamed turnip with Dried Scallop
Braised Shiitake Mushrooms in Oyster Sauce
Steamed trout
Poached chicken with ginger and spring onion
Black sesame sweet rice dumplings

Chinese New Year FAQ

Q1.What is the Chinese New Year & why is it such a big deal?

“Chinese New Year” aka “Spring Festival”, is the most important festival for Chinese. The date is based on the lunar calendar thus varies every year but normally falls between mid-Jan to end of Feb. The Chinese New Year is extremely important to the Chinese as this is the time that people get to spend time with their families.

Q2. Why 2016 is Called the Year of Monkey?

Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. This year is the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal of the cycle. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.

Q3. Things Must/Mustn’t Do to avoid a year of bad luck? 

  • Don’t talk about death or anything negative
  • Don’t buy any shoes as it is considered very unlucky
  • It is said that if you sweep up rubbish or throw away rubbish on Chinese New Year Day, you will be sweeping or throwing away the wealth and luck.
  • Wear red underwear (This is an interesting one,isn’t it?)

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below and I’ll get back to you 🙂

I hope you all have enjoyed reading this and wish you all a very prosperous and happy new year!