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Satiapong Srilumputhong is from Bangkok, Thailand. He is currently studying Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery at International College of Advanced Education (ICAE).
This is Satiapong’s first time living away from home and studying abroad and there have been some challenges which he has overcome.
Bangkok is a busy city compared to Darwin (which is a very peaceful place to live) and he was able to cope easily since he made lots of international friends from ICAE. The only thing he misses from home is his family because he is very attached to them.
He chose ICAE because he learned that Darwin City’s weather is the same as Bangkok (warm and tropical). He also knew that the Industry Placement (internship) that ICAE offers students is one of the best, and ensures that students get over 6 months of practical skills training each year.
In addition, he is working in the kitchen even though he didn’t have any experience before studying with ICAE. He loves working in the kitchen and thoroughly enjoys every moment of it. He now works in “Basil”, a Thai restaurant and hot pot which is located in Coconut Grove suburb of Darwin.
He dreams of having his own restaurant in the future and studying in ICAE is a good way to learn about the key skills of being a cook, and then a chef. Studying is important as well as working with various restaurants to help him enhance his skills in the field. He also enjoys working with various people though it is a bit challenging for him but he knows that this will equip him to achieve his dreams in life.
His message for any future students is; “ If you want to gain hospitality knowledge and want to work in the Hospitality Industry, ICAE is the best choice. ICAE’s kitchen is very professional and a proper place to learn and become a good chef”.
Satiapong is a naturally funny and kind person. He enjoys every experience in Darwin. “I have gained many lovely friends. We hang out a lot whenever there is no class and it makes me feel happy”.