August Monthly Roundup

I can’t believe it’s September already. The year 2012 has certainly been passing so quickly for me, and there is still so much to do, so many places to visit, and so many people to catch up with.

I was back from my Japan trip early August and The Displaced Nation asked me to write about my experience for traveling around Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe and Yokohama (read it here). The assignment had forced me to sit down and actually form sentences – something that I hadn’t done for quite a while – which is totally different from ranting and rambling for 140 words in twitter. That and also a nudge from a blogger/friend (yes MissLaiLai, I’m talking about you!) that push me back to write. I thank both sincerely.

The highlight of August is certainly my visit to the best restaurant in Perth called Restaurant Amuse. Its 8-course degustation menu, pairing with wine (and on one course, banana beer), was superb, although the mouth-watering food matches its eye-watering price. Was it worth it? Maybe. I’ve lost the feeling of the ‘right’ price of things because everything is so expensive here. Although judging from their reservation which is fully booked for the next 4 months, it isn’t really a problem for some Perthians.

September 1st is the official date of spring in Australia, but sadly I will miss almost the entire month as I am going to travel a bit. My ambition to visit 4 countries in 2 weeks must be cut down to 3 because — what else — the visa process which took rather too long to get done. And every time this happens, I’d go ranting about it on twitter. How I wish I wasn’t Indonesian, how unfortunate it is to be an Indonesian passport holder, why the Indonesian government cannot negotiate better immigration policy for its citizen, and so on. At the end, I have no choice but to follow the procedure, and must endure the agony period of waiting my passport back from the embassy. Luckily, everything is fine and I am set to go.

So, I am very excited to meet my fellow bloggers soon next week in Belgium! Rima Fauzi, the cheeky lady behind A Chocoholic’s Piece of Mind has generously offered me to stay at her place on my short visit in Brussels. Lorraine, the author of Chez Lorraine blog, and another friend of mine have promised to hop on a train from the Netherlands and join us in Brussels. I am not sure what the four of us are going to do but I can certainly imagine that it’s going to be so much fun. Also, in case you didn’t know, Rima is a fantastic cook, and after drooling over her food pictures on facebook for years, I’d actually get to taste some!

For the past two weeks I have been in an intense discussion with a web designer who is helping me developing the new logo of Finally Woken, its banner, background, and everything else. Yes, I’ve decided to remodel my blog and hopefully it will be done before I leave for holiday. I am also creating a new, Indonesian language-based blog, which focuses on my travel experience. I must say though that writing in Indonesian is a lot harder than in English, and I am still bad at it. Sometimes I just give up and use an English word instead because my brain couldn’t find its Indonesian translation! But I am very excited about this new Indonesian blog and I have been asking around for people to help me. And once the remodeling work of this blog is finished, I will start the similar work with my Indonesian blog.

Well, I guess that is all for now. Till next time!

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