Month: January 2014

Impulsive Purchase of The Year

It’s still January yet I’ve done ‘Impulsive Purchase of The Year’. Well, it was Ramda who told me that Ólafur Arnalds is coming to Mosaic Music Festival this March. When I checked the line-up, I saw Young Dreams on the list. Young Dreams is a Norwegian indie band from Bergen I was recommended a couple of years ago by a local and it made it to my playlist. I thought about coming but I was like, “Nah, not that they’re my favorite band or so.” A week or two later (which was actually “yesterday”), I realized that I have a day-off that would be expired by the end of March. I asked my fiancé for suggestion about it and he said, “Didn’t you mention about an event or so in Singapore?” I thought quite a lot around 08.00 AM like how was I supposed to be saving and so. I thought less than ever around 09.00 AM and purchased the ticket for Young Dreams, and Lucy Rose, plus round-trip ticket to Singapore. Plus booked the hostel near …

A bit of Fremantle,with a (Not So) Old Friend

Looking back one or two years ago, I worked with a lot of nice people on the rig. ‘Living’ on the rig didn’t give people choice whom to work with or without. On being myself, I would prefer building personal relationship rather than going fully professional so I made some good friends. We chatted and laughed, had lunch or supper together, and I even spent many special days with them (yes, I posted quite a lot about spending birthday, Eid, Christmas, and New Year on the rig :’)). One of them was Aldian, one of the best engineers I’ve ever worked with. Not only because he’s professional and responsible, but also genuinely helping and kinda funny. Teaming up with Himawan, Felany and Sathira, they made days easier back then. I had to admit that I started with zero of real-experience about drilling and rig stuff, and having friends like them was a blessing. Long story short, I moved to the office. Some friends were transferred, some resigned, and some just stayed. Aldian was one of …

Tips Traveling (Cukup Singkat & Hemat) ke Australia (+ Itinerary 10 Hari)

Akhir tahun lalu, setelah sempat tertunda karena urusan kantor, saya akhirnya berhasil menjejaki Benua Australia. Menjelang keberangkatan, nilai tukar rupiah menyedihkan sehingga 1 AUD ada di kisaran 11 ribu. Walaupun saya berangkat membawa USD simpanan, tetap sebagai ‘mbak-mbak kantoran biasa yang bergaji rupiah’, Australia rasanya MAHAL BANGET! *diucapkan dengan menjerit* Ditambah lagi dengan timing berangkat saat peak season menyambut Natal dan Tahun Baru. Waktu ngobrol dengan teman kantor yang orang Australia, dia bilang memang biaya hidup di Australia meningkat dari tahun ke tahun. Dia bilang rasanya Sydney sekarang lebih mahal dari London. *jreng* Saya sebagai orang Indonesia, setengah Padang pula, tentunya selama perjalanan mencari celah untuk berhemat dong. Walaupun demikian saya tetap berpegang teguh pada prinsip, “Kalau sudah jauh-jauh pergi ke negeri orang, pengalaman yang didapat harus maksimal!” Apalagi cuti saya terbatas, jadi selain soal biaya saya harus efisien pula mengatur waktu. Nah, mudah-mudahan tulisan berdasarkan pengalaman saya ini buat cukup berguna untuk dipertimbangkan oleh teman-teman yang ingin jadi turis tanpa ikut tur dengan waktu yang singkat dan biaya yang (cukup) hemat. Oh iya, saya pergi ke 3 kota (Melbourne, …