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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Studying at Indonesia Uni vs Australia Uni

G’day mate!

Today I’m going to talk about the differences between studying at Indonesia Uni and Australia Uni. This is based on my under graduate experience at Universitas Brawijaya and currently, I’m studying Applied linguistics at Monash University. I will generalize what’s happen if you study in Indonesia and Australia, but maybe you could have the different experience with me. So if you want to disagree with what I’m saying, you can drop a comment below!

So, shall we start?

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Going to Australia: What You Should and Should not Bring to Australia

Judulnya panjang banget yak, karena aku bingung seharusnya artikel ini berjudul apa. Intinya aku mau share pengalaman aku tentang apa yang seharusnya kalian bawa dalam koper kalian dan apa yang seharusnya tidak boleh atau tidak perlu dibawa ke Australia, karena negara multicultural ini punya peraturan yang sangat ketat tentang barang-barang bawaan kalian.


Nah, berdasarkan gambar tersebut (dari https://www.wmo.int/pages/prog/www/DPFSERA/Meetings/CG-NERA_Melbourne2008/INF3-Customs.pdf) kita dilarang membawa produk-produk susu dan telur, dairy products, daging-daging olahan sendiri yang tidak berkaleng, hewan dan tanaman, kacang-kacangan, buah, dan sayur. Jadi, kalau misal mau bawa abon itu tidak diperbolehkan karena itu olahan daging (padahal mamaku semangat banget mau bawain abon, tapi ternyata tidak boleh). Lalu untuk kacang-kacangan memang tidak boleh, tetapi kalau seperti bumbu pecel atau bumbu gado-gado diperbolehkan karena itu olahan kacang. Namun, semua makanan tetapi harus di declare.

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A Lot of New Things to Learn

Yesterday I went to Chadstone Shopping Centre with my house mates, my new neighbor and my senior at my previous college. My house mates ( a husband and a wife ) were free from work so they can join us shopping together. They said they also wanted to buy some stuff for their kids. The new neighbor, J, came two days ago and she knew nothing here yet, so I decided to asked her out. Then, my senior, which is I’m so contented meeting her here, apparently we had the same fondness that is books, discourse analysis course and literacy course.

We decided to go by bus because Chadstone had limited parking hour and it was expensive. It was about AUD 5 for an hour and cars were not allowed to park more than 1,5 hours. If we park more than that, we will get a fine. It is a new thing for me that in Melbourne, I do not know whether this rule applied in whole Australia, we cannot park more than 2 hours. Unlike Indonesia, we can park our vehicle as long as we like.

Thus, in Australia, if you want to go to the mall for a very long time, it is better to use public transportation. Here we have bus, tram, and train and it is called PTV (Public Transport Victoria). It is very convenient and cheap, only AUD 1-3 depends on our destination. However, they have a lot of bus station and lane, so I don’t have guts yet to go somewhere alone (haha). Continue reading

Karnaval Grebeg Suro Ketangi

Setelah berkunjung ke panti, siangnya ada karnaval di depan perumahanku. Karnaval ini bertujuan untuk bersih desa yang memang dilakukan setiap tanggal 1 Suro. Orang-orang sih bilangnya grebeg suro. Sebenarnya karnaval ini diadakan oleh masyarakat Dusun Ketangi, Desa Tegalgondo, Kecamatan Karangploso, Kabupaten Malang, tetapi rupanya masyarakat satu desa turut meramaikan, termasuk aku. Penasaran dengan foto-fotonya?

Here we go! 😉

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DSCF1115 bertemu murid-muridku SMP, eeeeh ternyata mereka peserta karnaval. Love their outfits!

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