Daftar Wajib Kunjung Perth

Mengaku meninggalkan sebelah hatinya di kota paling terisolasi di dunia: Perth, saya baru sadar bahwa saya justru sangat jarang menulis apapun (kecuali ini) tentang Perth. Keinginan untuk menulis ini mendadak muncul setelah beberapa kawan meminta rekomendasi tempat-tempat menarik di Perth karena akan mengunjunginya dalam waktu dekat (dan membuat saya iri berat!). Jadi, keirian itu saya salurkan dengan membuat daftar ini saja. Jauh lebih sehat daripada nggrundel dan merutuk diri, kan? Siapa tahu dengan begitu, saya pun akan kembali mengunjungi Perth suatu hari nanti (kabulkan doa hamba ya Allah) 🙏🏼🤠

Oh ya, sekedar disclaimer, daftar ini saya buat berdasarkan pengalaman saya tinggal di sana pada 2011-2013, jadi mungkin beberapa data sudah kadaluarsa. Tapi tenang saja, beberapa info hasil bertanya pada mbah google sudah saya tambahkan. So, here is the list:

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Mencarikan Sekolah untuk Anak

Salah satu tantangan terberat menjadi orang tua, menurut saya, adalah memilihkan/mencarikan sekolah yang baik untuk anaknya. Sejak anak saya lahir, terhitung sudah tiga kali saya (dan suami tentu saja) dibuat pusing dengan masalah mencari sekolah. Sekolah bagi kami adalah investasi. Tabungan untuk masa depan anak kami. Jadi kami tak ingin sembarangan. Tujuannya tentu saja agar anak kami mendapatkan pendidikan yang menyenangkan sekaligus menenangkan. Apalagi ditambah fakta bahwa kami berdua berprofesi sebagai pendidik, maka “tuntutan” untuk mencarikan sekolah yang tepat menjadi berlipat ganda. Ibaratnya, anak orang lain saja kami didik dengan sungguh-sungguh, masak anak sendiri dicarikan sekolah yang ala kadarnya? Belum soal beban menjadi ibu bekerja yang seringkali disalahkan (dan/atau merasa bersalah) karena seolah-olah meninggalkan anak demi karir. Maka untuk saya, memilihkan sekolah menjadi perkara yang tidak main-main.

Hal ini tentu saja tidak menjadi soal kalau mencari sekolah yang bagus itu gampang. Terutama di Indonesia. Seringnya, sekolah yang berkualitas identik dengan sekolah yang mahal. Sehingga, pilihan bagi keluarga macam kami (yang masih harus hitung-hitungan dalam hal budget 😀 ) menjadi terbatas. Beruntung, selama tujuh tahun terakhir ini, kami bisa menemukan sekolah-sekolah, yang menurut kami, terbaik bagi pendidikan awal dan pendidikan dasar anak perempuan kami.

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Life as We Know It

Some people tend to think that living overseas is all about traveling and those fun things. In fact, living far from home is also about rethinking the life itself.

Living overseas giving you space. Space to realize things you previously took for granted. Food, for example. In Indonesia, finding Indonesian cook is never an issue (obviously!). They are cheap, and good and easy to get. No wonder some people cooked rarely, including me 😀 . They prefer to buy foods from restaurants or diners because it is way simpler and cheaper, especially for those mouth-watering Indonesian street foods.

When I wanted martabak manis/terang bulan (Indonesian pancake), I could grab it easily from the nearest food stall. When I was craving for cilok (Indonesian meatball-like snack) I could just buy it instead of make it. No hassle. Totally comfort zone.

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Australia or Sweden?

During my first weeks in Lund, every time I met new people, they always asked me same question: “What do you think about Sweden?”

It sounds like a simple question, but honestly, it is hard for me to answer. Not because I don’t like Sweden, but because I never really ask myself about that. I mean that’s question just never crossed my mind before. Of course I like Sweden. Especially Lund. Yes, the winter can be so long and freezing, but the rest is good. And I’m not that cynical person who tends to complain or criticize everything. I’m more that silver-lining person who chooses to enjoy every moment while it last. So my typical answer is: “Well, I think I like it. I mean I don’t have any concern so far. And yes it’s bit quiet compare to Indonesia and Australia but I like having new experiences.”

Then, after knowing that I’ve been lived in Australia, they started to ask for more comparison between Sweden and Australia. This is even harder to do. I don’t like playing favorite. Australia for me is like grandma’s house where I spent most of my childhood and I’d love to visit three or four times in a year. While Sweden is where I live now, it’s my current home, why wouldn’t I love it?

But if you really want to know the differences between Australia and Sweden, based on my personal perspective, here is what I think:

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Balada Sakit di Negeri Orang

Sesedih-sedihnya sakit di negeri sendiri, lebih sedih sakit di negeri orang.

Begitu saya pernah mendengar sebuah pepatah. Beberapa orang mengakui kebenaran dari pepatah tersebut. Bagaimanapun, sakit saat berada di negeri sendiri memang terasa lebih mudah. Minimal kita tidak perlu susah-susah menerjemahkan apa itu masuk angin kepada dokter yang kita temui, hehe. Tapi, sakit ketika berada di luar negeri juga membawa pengalaman sendiri. Terutama dalam hal mengendalikan rasa panik dan penggunaan obat yang rasional.

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From Diaspora to Racism: The Impacts of Migration in Globalisation Era

When I was in Sydney last year, I went to a suburb called Lakemba from the Sydney domestic airport by train. Once I get off in Lakemba Station, for a second I thought that I was not in Australia anymore. All the people I met were Asians and they spoke in Arabic or Hindi or other languages except English. From my friend I finally knew that Lakemba is well known as a suburb of Asian immigrants.

This experience is just a little example of how migration has become an essential part of globalisation. Moreover, migration is the earliest form of globalisation, as LeVine (2010) argues, “The theme of migration has been part of the collective human narrative for as long as there has been recorded history”. The Economist (2001, p. 65) supports this argument by states that “migration has been one of the most conspicuous features of human history”. In addition, according to Keeley (2009), “Almost 3% of the world’s population – or about 190 million people – live outside the land of their birth” and many more people move temporarily such as to study, as tourists, or to work abroad under special scheme (The Economist, 2002, p. 6).

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Our Winter Experience: The Unspoiled Tasmania

Deep in the forest (Photo by Zaki Habibi)

The plane that took us from Sydney was about to land, when the flight attendant suddenly announced: “Welcome to the beautiful state: Tasmania!”

Tasmania, our destination that evening, is indeed well known for its beautiful nature. Located in the southeast part of Australia, Tassie, that is how the locals call it, is the only state in Australia that is located outside the mainland.

Geographically, this island is divided into five major regions: Hobart and surrounds; East Coast; Launceston, Tamar and North; North West Coast; and Western Wilderness.

On our last winter trip, we only had chance to visit two regions: Hobart and surrounds and the Western Wilderness. However, these experiences were more than just enough to know that the landscapes and the views in Tasmania are just amazing.

Ranging from ports, museums, markets, to mountains and national parks, Tasmania is just too beautiful to be missed.

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