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Arvind Astadan has completed a Certificate III Commercial Cookery. His home city is Las Pinas, Philippines.
What are the main differences between your home city and Darwin?
The main difference between my home city which is Las Pinas, Philippines and Darwin, is that Darwin is too quiet and there’s no traffic here.
Have you ever lived away from home before coming to study in Darwin?
No. This is my first time living away from home.
What did you miss most from home during your study?
My mom’s cooking.
What activities did you do outside of school?
I just normally slept and went to markets. Explored Darwin. Went for a motorbike at night time.
Why did you choose to study in Darwin?
I chose to study here since my brother and his family have lived here for almost 3 years now.
What friends have you made since moving to Darwin?
I made a lot of friends from different cultures from work and college.
What is your favourite thing about living in Darwin?
No traffic. Simple way of life.
Did you have any hospitality work experience before starting with ICAE? If yes, how has the curriculum at ICAE helped expand on this?
No. This is my first time studying and working in the hospitality industry.
Did you work while you were studying at ICAE?
I worked at Darwin RSL. It was a bistro located in the city.
What is the most interesting and enjoyable part of working in the hospitality industry?
It’s hard work but sure it’s fun.
What was your favourite part of the course?
My favourite part of the course was the practical part in the kitchen. Learning new cuisines and cooking skills.
What advice would you give future students?
Just have fun while learning.