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Mind-Blowing! These Are 5 of The Most Unusual University Buildings Worldwide!

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University buildings can be boring sometimes. However, some education institutions have gone against the grain to produce some rather quirky and eccentric architectural designs that will leave you longing to pack your bags now. These buildings are but a handful of university buildings that have met challenges to form and function.

Other than that, they also have salvaged historic buildings or even built new buildings that reflect the region or the mindset of the students who attend these universities. The grandiosity of these structures is justified. Their excesses, even when they involve hundreds of millions of dollars, are necessary and well worth it. These are 5 of them.

1) The Hive, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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The circular structures of this learning hub at Nanyang Technological University were inspired by the shape of beehives, although many have since pointed out the building’s striking resemblance to dim sum baskets. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the building was created with the university’s flipped classroom teaching method in mind, where students watch their lectures online, and then come to campus to delve deeper into their subjects in discussion-based lessons.

2) Sharp Centre for Design, Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada

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Built in 2004, the Sharp Centre for Design is one of Toronto’s most recognizable buildings. The striking tabletop-style, black and white tiled building rests on 12 brightly colored steel legs, each four storeys high. It also happens to be located next to the oldest building on campus, which really highlights the contrast between the two building styles.

3) West Campus Union, Duke University, US

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When the West Campus Union at Duke University in North Carolina needed renovating, the architects did far more than restore the original 1920s design. This glass box connects old and new, acting as a modern gateway between the neo-Gothic architecture of the original campus buildings, and serving as a central social space for students.

4) C13 building, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland

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The C13 student center at Wrocław University of Science and Technology in Poland features seemingly randomly placed circular windows, making it stand out from the classical university buildings that surround it. It’s a great example of Poland’s modernist architecture and a student favorite.

5) UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

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Another Frank Gehry design, the UTS Business School at the University of Technology Sydney opened its doors in 2015. Critics were quick to compare it to a squashed brown paper bag, prompting Peter Cosgrove, Australia’s then governor-general, to declare it “the most beautiful squashed brown paper bag I’ve ever seen”.

Sources: The Student.

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Food Review: Other Than Coffee, These Are Recipes That Can Be Done With ‘Dalgona’

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The name ‘Dalgona’ has recently become famous all over the world. The word is actually under which it is most popularly known, comes from Korean. It usually translates roughly to “it’s sweet” and is also the name used for a honeycomb toffee snack sold by street vendors in Korea, which the sweet foam of the drink is said to recall.

There are actually a lot more recipes that can be done by using these ‘Dalgona’ ingredients. Many people in this whole wide world would definitely think of Dalgona Coffee right away when they are talking about Dalgona. Little did many people know, many things could really taste delicious by using ‘Dalgona’, and the recipes to make them are simple.

1) Dalgona Coffee

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Because Dalgona Coffee is made up of equal parts water, coffee, and also sugar, Dalgona Coffee tastes like a really sweet cup of coffee. The particular whip has a very smooth texture, almost like a meringue.

2) Dalgona Candy

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Dalgona Candy is actually sugar melted and also whipped with a little bit of baking soda so it puffs up, and you can eat it by itself. It doesn’t taste like coffee at all, which makes sense because there is no coffee in it.

3) Dalgona Cake

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The cake itself is a dense, yet still fluffy texture with a buttery, vanilla flavor. The whole cake has a thick layer of cinnamon sugar filling baked in the middle, which, with the addition of flour, stays thick and doesn’t melt into the cake, which is amazing.

4) Dalgona Ice Cream

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It is called Dalgona ice cream because that is what it is. This is one of the easiest coffee desserts to make. Coffee flavored desserts are one of many people favorite ways to indulge.

5) Dalgona Matcha

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Dalgona matcha tastes like matcha milk but with a thick and creamy airy texture that’s velvety and rich. It’s sweet and has a nice hit of matcha

Sources: Home Grounds, Hummingbird High.

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Food Review: Crispy And Creamy, Try These Local ‘Aiskrim Goreng’ In Ampang!

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From classic vanilla to durian to sea salt, the flavours of ice creams are just endless. Who doesn’t love ice cream? Cold and creamy, it is enough to relish the heat and to satisfy our taste buds at any time. We are well versed with the cold version of ice cream but have you thought about fried ice cream?

Yes, you heard that right! Fried ice cream is a popular dessert served in Asian eateries. Despite this, some people attribute its origins to non-Asian cultures such as American, Mexican, and even Polynesian. Whoever invented it, kudos to them for making such a delicious treat. If you’ve never had fried ice cream before, it’s ice cream that’s been frozen solid under extremely cold conditions, then coated with bread crumbs, pastry, or a batter of some form, and fried briefly to cook the exterior to a golden brown. But what makes it so delicious and well-liked by the masses?

Speaking of fried ice cream, here’s one I tried after the lockdown and it brings me back to the good old times. The odd thing about this fried ice cream is the person does the business using only his car. With a mini stove and icebox to store the frozen delicacies, Mr Syafiq runs his business around the Ampang area.

There are about seven flavours sold. They are:

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate
  • Durian
  • Yam
  • Strawberry
  • Corn
  • Vanilla mixed with Chocolate

It only takes about 3 minutes to fry this frozen treat and once done, it is packed in a brown paper bag for you to enjoy it. Not only that, you can even purchase the frozen version and fry them by yourself at home. It is super simple.

My favourite would be the chocolate flavour because why not! I love how this fried ice cream looks like it’s something unique. Think about it. Ice cream and heat don’t get along but this fried ice cream says otherwise.

I’ve tried ice cream with cakes but I feel they become too soggy if left for too long. This fried ice cream, however, has a thick coating that becomes golden brown, crispy and crunchy after frying. And I just love how you get the best of both worlds in one bite. You get the crispy, hot coating followed by the creamy, cold ice cream. It’s just heaven! Also, the frozen cutlets look so adorable and easy to hold.

Mr Syafiq does not only sells them in his car but he also offers fried ice cream services for events. Booking fried ice cream for your function is gonna leave your guests awed for sure. You can find Mr Syafiq and his fried ice cream near Petronas Pandan Indah or near Tesco Ampang. If you can’t find him, no problem, you can directly call or Whatsapp him directly at number 017-3218040 to find his whereabouts.

Trust me, you definitely don’t wanna miss this amazing creation!

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(Video) Japanese Troops Devoured By Crocodiles In ‘Ramree Island Massacre’

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This particular incident of saltwater crocodiles devouring humans happened towards the Japanese troops occupying the Ramree Island in the Bay of Bengal during World War II in the early year of 1945. Those who had survived the battle reportedly did not fare well when they had to choose the doomed escape route across the crocodile-infested waters.

At the time, British forces needed an airbase in the area of Ramree Island in order to launch more attacks against the Japanese. However, thousands of the enemy troops held the island, causing an exhausting battle that went on for six weeks. The sides were stuck in a standoff until the British Royal Marines along with the 36th Indian Infantry Brigade outflanked a Japanese position. Maneuver split the enemy group in two and isolated about 1,000 Japanese soldiers.

The British then sent word that the smaller, isolated Japanese group should surrender. The unit was trapped and had no way to reach the safety of the larger battalion. But rather than accept surrender, the Japanese chose to make an eight-mile journey through a mangrove swamp. That is when things went from bad to worse. So horrendous. The mangrove swamp was thick with mud and it was slow-going. British troops monitored the situation from afar at the edge of the swamp. The British didn’t pursue the fleeing troops closely because the Allies knew what awaited the enemy inside this natural death trap that is saltwater crocodiles are the largest reptiles in the world. Typical male specimens reach 17 feet long and 1,000 pounds and the largest can reach 23 feet and 2,200 pounds. Swamps are their natural habitat, and also humans are definitely no match for the crocodiles’ speed, size, agility, and raw power.

The Japanese understood that saltwater crocodiles have a reputation for eating humans but they went into the mangrove swamp anyway. Soon after entering the slimy mudhole, Japanese soldiers began to succumb to diseases, dehydration, and starvation. Mosquitoes, spiders, poisonous snakes, and scorpions hid in the thick forest and picked off some troops one by one. Crocodiles appeared when the Japanese got deeper into the swamp. They are active at night.

Of the 1,000 troops who entered the swamp on Ramree Island, only a reported 480 survived. However, death toll estimates vary. What the British do know for sure is that 20 men came out of the swamp alive and were captured. These Japanese troops told their captors about the crocodiles. But exactly how many men died in the maws of the crocs remains unknown because no one knows how many troops succumbed to disease, dehydration, or starvation.

Sources: YouTube Simple History, History Of Yesterday, History Net.

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