Culture Shock

Hari ini pas satu minggu aku berada di Malang, Indonesia. Dalam satu minggu, aku sudah makan nasi padang, bakso, nasi goreng, sate ayam, ceker, dan, soto. Makanan-makanan yang aku idam-idamkan selama ini. Masih banyak lagi makanan yang ingin aku makan sebelum kembali studi ke Australia. Dalam satu minggu, jadual bertemu teman-teman lama, silaturahmi ke saudara, dan family time juga full. Satu minggu berlalu dengan sangat cepat, dan aku sukanya, aku jarang buka media sosial. Walaupun agak-agak bersalah karena aku punya tanggungjawab di organisasi.

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First Ramadan in Australia and a Story Behind My Blog

Hi Y’all!

This week is pretty hectic. I have three essays more to go due on 25 May, 4 June, and 8 June. Also, this is Ramadan month which I actually have some to do list as well such as read Quran one day one juz. I also genuinely want to write to you all of my very first experience fasting in Australia, but I merely have time about it.

Anyway, before I ‘talk’ about my fasting experience, I would like to talk about this blog. So, I actually have two blogs, this one and the other one that I deactivated. I set it as a private mode so no one can’t see it but me because I write some personal stories there. I don’t want to see it again, and I don’t want people to reread it, because what’s done is done. However, somehow, a few weeks ago I feel like my posts on my other blog is precious and it is what’s a waste if just dump it like that. So, I export it to this blog, and tadaaaa there are more than 400 posts from 2013 on this blog. But, now, I realise, why I do I even did it. Thank God that  WordPress has an excellent system, and I can move those post into draft posts easily.

The reason I made a new blog, Not Average Girl, because I want this blog is much more professional and less private stuff of my daily life. Ideally, I want to run two blogs, this one is to share my scholarship and school stuff, while the other is where I can tell you my personal stories, my romance stories, in a frank way, and just be me. Meanwhile, I just can’t run two blogs. It is exhausted, and I don’t have much time. So, I exported all of my posts here without thinking about the consequences, and have moved it again into drafts post. I’m so-so-so silly.

I love writing on the blog, even telling my personal stories. Yet, recently, I feel like, people are judging me based on what I write here. I don’t know whether this is just my anxiety or what, but I have changed my mind, and I don’t want to write too personal stories. I used to write everything on my blog, and it is so much fun! And a lot of people leave comments on my blog, share their experience or leave a suggestion. I also used to write about my romance life. When I re-read it again, I feel like, “Omg, it is such a drama”, “Omg, why do I even like this bloke”, and whatsoever. And I still do remember about a guy who liked me, but he also liked another girl in the same time. It’s so funny. Now he is so chill to me, I don’t even know whether he remembers what he did in the past. He was like, “Hi Gadis, can you write some wishes to me on a piece of paper and capture it when you hang out somewhere in Australia”. I’ll be like, dude. Okay, I’ll leave it here.

Alrighty then, so here we go, my first Ramadan in Australia.

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Sabtu ke Gereja

Sabtu, untuk kedua kalinya, aku pergi ke gereja Trinity Uniting Church di Dandenong. Pertama kali pergi ke sana, pertama kali pula aku kehujanan dan keanginan yang segitunya di sini, karena payungku sampai terpelanting kesana kemari hingga aku memutuskan untuk rela berbasah-basah. Yang kedua, aku sangat bersyukur karena minggu ini rasanya musim gugur rasa musim panas. Cuaca dingin dengan rata-rata 20 derajat celcius.

Ngapain aku gereja, anyway?

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Budaya Titip Absen

Beberapa hal yang ‘menakjubkan’ di kelas terjadi belakangan ini. Aku pikir, ini menarik untuk aku tulis. Bahkan kadang kalau aku absen menulis, aku merasa terlalu banyak hal di pikiranku, and I just want to let it all out.

 

Perkara Daftar Hadir

Kalau di kampus aku dulu, daftar hadir selalu berformat resmi. Selalu tercetak, ada kop universitas, mahasiswa kadang-kadang harus tanda tangan atau hanya perlu dicentang oleh dosen, dan selalu ada tanda tangan dosen di setiap minggu. Dosen juga harus mengisi jurnal kegiatan yang juga harus tertandatangi. Sementara itu, di sini, sejauh ini dari 4 mata kuliah dan 2 tutorial yang sudah aku jalani, tidak pernah ada daftar hadir resmi yang tercetak. Tetap ada daftar hadir, tetapi hanya berupa selembar kertas yang harus kami tulis sendiri nama kami, nomor mahasiswa, dan tanpa tanda tangan. Bahkan ada satu kelas, pada semester ini, yang tidak perlu mengisi daftar hadir. Jadi, kalau tidak hadir pada seminar tersebut sah-sah saja karena tidak akan mengurangi presentasi nilai.

Lalu, perkara titip absen (TA), kalian yang sudah pernah dan sedang menjadi mahasiswa tentu sangat-amat paham dengan sistem ini. Di kampusku saja, yang sistem daftar hadirnya seperti itu, TA kerap kali terjadi dan sering tidak ketahuan. Apalagi satu kelas ada sekitar 35 mahasiswa, dosen jarang mengecek satu per satu. Kalau di sini, dosen juga tidak pernah cek mahasiswa satu per satu. Aku pun yakin dosen tidak hafal semua nama mahasiswa karena sebagian besar mahasiswa adalah mahasiswa internasional yang namanya sulit dihafal dan diucapkan. Walaupun begitu, jumlah mahasiswa dalam satu kelas tidak pernah mencapai 25. Tapi tetap saja, bisa saja TA dengan mudah karena hanya harus menulis nama dan nomor mahasiswa tanpa tanda tangan.

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Who likes swimming?

Did you know that Monash University has Water Wise program? It is a sports program that teaches you to swim from the beginning, and it’s free for undergrads and postgrads students. Even more, they have Water Women! Water woman is held every Saturday night 6pm-8pm. It is only woman who can enter the Doug Ellis swimming pool. The staff and the trainers are also women. So, of course, I’m taking the women-only class on Saturday at 7pm.

I joined Water Wise program last semester. They put me in introductory level. I can swim breaststroke though, but apparently, they teach freestyle. Lucky me! At that time I only joined the class for like 5-6 times because I went back to Indonesia, it was summer holiday. Then, I didn’t practice it for four months straight (haha!). Yet, I was able to kick, and I know how I should move my hands. I was also quite good at backstroke; it’s when you swim by lying on the back.  Continue reading

Going to Wilsons Promontory National Park

Aku belum pernah mendaki di Indonesia, dan aku ingin sekali mendaki karena banyak yang bilang bahwa pendakian itu sangat menyenangkan. Lalu, siapa sangka bahwa pengalaman pendakianku pertama berlangsung di negeri rantau, Australia.

Aku dan grup arisan -iya aku punya kelompok arisan di sini- memutuskan untuk mengadakan arisan bulan Februari di Wilsons Promontory National Park karena mumpung masih liburan. Kalau sudah waktunya kuliah tentu kami pasti akan fokus mengerjakan esai, sehingga akan sulit untuk sekedar berkumpul bersama-sama. Lalu, di sana ada banyak pantai yang bisa dinikmati dan gunung yang didaki. Kami memutuskan untuk membuat tenda di sana dan mendaki pagi-pagi.

Pada hari pertama, 3 Februari kemarin, kami singgah ke Norman lookout dan Pantai Squeaky.

Squeaky artinya mencicit. Pasir pantai di sana memang kalau diinjak ada suara mencicit.

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Foo Fighters Concert at Etihad Stadium Melbourne

Yesterday, January 30th, was one of the best days of my life!

It was the very first time I went to a concert, and it was a rock concert! It was Foo fighters! For those who don’t know Foo Fighters, it is a band from the US. The vocalist, Dave Grohl, was a drummer at Nirvana band before it dispersed. I think it’s been ten years since the suicide of Kurt Cobain. You know, attending this concert reminded me a lot of Nirvana too. If Kurt Cobain didn’t attempt suicide, I bet he would be a legend.

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