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Madelaine De Leon

Madelaine De Leon

Hey hey hey! I’m Madelaine. I like all things indie and chill. If you need to know if you’re astrologically compatible with someone (not that it matters but anyway), I’m your girl.

Do Healing Crystals Work?

Healing Crystals are an alternative medicinal practice that claims to have healing powers. But do they actually have healing powers or are they simply colourful rocks? As an enthusiast of all things New Age, I decided to take a crack at healing crystals to figure out if they can heal …

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Monthly Horoscopes: September

Horrorscopes: October

Slow down 2017, it’s already Spring!  Let’s see what the astro gods have in-store for you this September. Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19) Balance between the intensity of a smile with a resting b*tch face. Moving your face will only lead to wrinkles.  #scientificallyproven #confirmed Taurus (Apr 20 – …

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Top 10 Board Games

Top 10 Board Games

Board games, they’re the best segues for breaking party awkwardness, making friends, and dramatically ending them. And all because you flipped and broke their Ikea coffee table. Big deal! As we’re in the ‘a-stress-ment’ period, here’s a list of board games that will never leave you bored. Cranium Great for …

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TV Review: The Good Place

TV Review: The Good Place

You know that feeling when you’ve just finished a whopping meal, and you’re in a complete state of bliss… and then suddenly, you end up bloated with stomach cramps? Well, that’s exactly how I felt when I finished the first season of The Good Place.  The show begins with Eleanor Shellstrop …

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SUBURB DETOURS: UNSW, Kensington

Kensington or “Kenso” (fun fact), is an Eastern suburb, southeast of the CBD. Home to many, Kensington provides the land upon which students in HECs debt reside, often lining up for free food events at the lovely UNSW. BACKGROUND Originally inhabited by the Cadigal people, who used to live around …

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SUBURB DETOURS: Maroubra

I’m sure in your years as a uni student, you’ve heard of ‘Maroubra,’ or as I like to call it, that beach with the large Rubik’s cube. Maroubra or the “Bra” is a beachside Eastern suburb, great for ducking out of the hustle and bustle of school life.  As the …

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SUBURB DETOURS: The ‘CBD’

CBD which is short for ‘central business district’ (not to confuse it with QBD – the beloved Australian bookstore), is a suburb and the largest, mainstream area in Sydney. This place is THE tourist hot spot (no question) and not too far from campus, stretching from Circular Quay up to where …

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SUBURB DETOURS: Manly

Manly is a popular tourist spot in the Northern Beaches area. Basically it’s Australia’s own Miami. Good for a mini vacay or taking beach pictures on the beautiful Instagram. Manly has a gorgeous array of settings perfect for the spring weather. BACKGROUND • The original inhabitants of the land were …

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HOW TO SURVIVE A CAFFEINE FRENZY

  As semester rears its ugly head, your caffeine intake has gone from zero to your only hero. Papers to write, existential crises to be lived and all the coffee chugging has turned your life into a scene from the Planet of the Apes.  And,  it’s time for an intervention. …

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SUBURB DETOURS: Surry Hills (and a trip down Oxford St)

Surry Hills is an inner city, Eastern suburb, perfect for the refined hipster. Good ol’ Surry has a palette of fine foods, nice nooks and wonderful wall art. (Pro: super close to uni.) Need some picturesque architecture in your life (or on your Instagram feed)? Surry Hills’ got you covered. BACKGROUND …

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SUBURB DETOURS: Parramatta, the Emerald City

Parramatta or (you guessed it) “Parra” is a western suburb, that’s not too far from the CBD and not too far from the outer west. Basically Parramatta is the Emerald city of Sydney.  Like any other western suburb it is stereotyped to be full of bogans and gangstas, but I …

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SUBURB DETOURS: The Great West of Liverpool

While pretty much every university student spent their semester break, “backpacking” through Europe (you know it’s true), I devised a travel project of my own. This semester I plan to travel across different suburbs a fortnight, from my home area, Liverpool up to the beautiful Kensington. All with my trusty …

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IND-I-Y: Is Indie Becoming too Mainstream?

There has always been a fine line between indie and mainstream. When I struck up writing this ‘indie’ column, my attempt was to define the term and furthermore define the culture it has created. Upon reflection, I have learnt that the term has begun to turn on its head; it’s …

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IND-I-Y: The Indie Study Playlist

As all your exams of death are coming~a~running, I thought it would be best to curate a little indie ‘study’ playlist! This will guide you into some deep listening of indie artists possibly worth checking out, and also to showcase to you my very oddball taste in music for all …

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IND-I-Y: The Year I Was a Hipster (These Are My Confessions)

Growing up, I didn’t realise that liking indie music had some weirdly hidden undertone, that stirred quite a reaction from people.  When they ask for my music taste I simply say the classic phrase, “I like indie music, probably bands you’ve never heard of”. And there it is. A black …

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Game of Thrones Horoscopes

  Aries: Daenerys Targaryen   It seems like the kettle is blowing off steam, DaenAries. All feuds will dissolve and you can now breathe.   Taurus: Joffrey Baratheon   Your happiness is the main focus right now. Don’t let others stomp over your decisions with their ugly feet. Your prickly …

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IND-I-Y: The Big Deal with Avocados

Picture this. There you are, sitting at a run-of-the-mill creatively, “groundbreaking” hipster café. You pick up your breakfast and drool is drooping over the contents of your shirt. Your mouth is salivating, your hand glands are sweating, your eyes are pealing. And all for the price of some green goop …

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IND-I-Y: How to Make the Perfect Indie Film

A while back, I was watching an indie film entitled, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and I thought to myself, this is pretty much the indie version of the Fault in Our Stars. It seems apparent that movies have stood the test of time to prove that stereotypical archetypes can …

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IND-I-Y: How to Name and Proclaim Your Indie Band

There’s an escalating trend of individuals who believe they have IT. That God given talent provided by the wings of Red Bull. You’ve got a band that’s sick? They’ve got just what it takes to blow the water out of the park in the music industry! They have musical porpoise written …

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IND-I-Y: Guide to Indie Record Shopping

April is coming… (it’s already here actually)   Winter is coming…  (is it ever too early for GoT references?) And so is a funny little phenomenon in the independent industry titled, Record Store Day. What is this (which is the probably the number one question engrained in your mind as you …

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IND-I-Y: The Big Deal With Newtown

You may have heard it; you may live under a rock. Newtown (or what my mum ironically calls ‘Old Town’), is an inner-west suburb sandwiched between Redfern and Ashfield. It has cultivated indie all-star cred among most of Sydney’s urbanised hipsters and has become such a big deal that even …

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IND-I-Y: Is It Death Cab for Indie Music?

When I was just around the curb of 11 years old, I watched a movie called ‘Juno’ and it changed my life forever. That sounds dramatic come to think about it now, but there was something alluring about the main character. Not because she was 16 and pregnant, but because she …

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