Good Bye Melbourne

This post was supposed to be published at the time I left Melbourne, the city where I spent almost 1.5 years of my life lately. I started to write it in the plane that took me home, 31 December 2015. After so many unexpected things came soon after arriving home, I finally have a chance to write my good bye to one of the most liveable city in the world ….

The plane that took me home that day might become silent witness about how I felt when leaving one of the greatest moment in my life behind, to start a new yet old one. Even though one of my classmate took me to the Airport, I can say that, at the time I left that city alone, by myself, the way that I could enjoy every last memories I had with this city. In fact, I spent most of my time alone to enjoy every moment, not only when looking around Tullamarine Airport, but also few days back before that day. Wandered around Swanson Street, watched beautiful performance of Melbourne Buskers in Bourke Street, Took city circle tram around, and Visited Melbourne Harbour. I was thinking that not long after leaving, I surely will miss this city …

I will miss killing time by walking around in the city area, and enjoying buskers

I will miss sitting in the grass in front of state library just to enjoy warm sunshine

I will miss spending my time visiting my favourite shopping venue : COLES, where I did grab vegetables and fruits 🙂

I will miss my campus life, nice study spot in Law Building, silent area of Giblin Library, study gossiping spot of GSA Building, even delicious coffee around campus.

And eventually, I will miss my quality life and myself while being there.


Thank you Melbourne, for giving me such a beautiful memories and sparing me the greatest moment of my life ….

I do hope that I will have a chance to spend more time with you in the future ….


Happy Birthday, Mom …

From southern part of the world, to the best person I’ve ever known for my entire life

Please allow me to greet you

“Happy Birthday 60th My Dearest Mom”


It’s not the first time I cannot be with you to celebrate your birthday yet this is the first time I’m not sad for not being there. Because today, we’re thousand kms apart but you’re in the Holy Land of Mecca, fulfilling your lifetime dream as a Moslem. The one that I may regret is because I cant join you there. But, to see you how happy you are for being there .. that’s enough for me for now, coz no words can express my gratitude since Allah gives you the greatest gift in 60th year of your life …

Dear Allah,

I couldn’t thank more for sending me to her womb and let me to be her daughter … Coz being her daughter is the greatest gift You’ve ever given me in my life …

Dear Allah,

Please give me opportunity to bring happiness to her life, be a daughter that she’s proud of as well as fulfil her dream as a mother …

Please protect her wherever she is, keep her healthy, take away her pain, and give your bless for every journey she’ll walk into …

Aamiin Yaa Rabbal Alamiin

اَللّهُمَّ اغْفِرْلِيْ وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَارْحَمْهُمَاكَمَارَبَّيَانِيْ صَغِيْرَ

Melbourne, 20 September 2015

Challenging Myself


Yesterday, one of my friend challenged me to do something that seems so easy to execute but in fact it is so difficult to accomplish.

Today, in my first day of challenge, I failed straight away …. 😦

It’s so hard to act based on your logic when your heart told you otherwise …

Let’s see tomorrow …

I do hope I can do better even thought deep inside I just have a feeling that I’ll face another failure …

Izinkan aku kembali berdoa


Telah berulang kali aku mencoba pergi. Memaksakan diri terbangun dari mimpi yang tak berkesudahan. Melepaskan diri dari asa yang tak kunjung terpuaskan …

Terkadang aku begitu percaya diri, meyakinkan diriku sendiri bahwa aku telah berhasil menutup rapat pintu pengharapan. Menyimpan semua pinta dan rasa di sudut hati yang tak kan pernah lagi kubuka …

Tapi ketika setitik cahaya itu datang, Aku tidak bisa mencegah diriku untuk kembali memupuk angan-angan. Menyirami kembali benih impian yang sempat layu karena kenyataan …

Ketika setitik embun mengiringi hadirnya mentari pagi, Aku tidak bisa menahan diri untuk tidak memupuk asa, bahwa gelapnya malam akan segera berganti dengan hari baru penuh dengan cahaya …

Maka izinkan kali ini aku kembali berdoa, agar Tuhan mengarahkan dua jalan ke satu titik pertemuan, untuk kemudian menyatukannya perjalanan kita di satu jalur yang sama …

Melbourne, 08 September 2015, 01.50 AM

Pic taken from here

A Promise From The Past

I’m in the middle of rearranging my blog when I found my posting from almost 6 years ago. The title is “Weekend @Jakarta”. I wrote that article after visiting my aunt who happened to go for Hajj at the time. A sentence from my post suddenly caught my attention:

Pa, Bu … I promise some day will be yours ….

I remember made a promise at the time. That day might be my aunt’s moment to visit Moslems’ Holy Land, but definitely someday, it will come my parents’ turn. That I believe what I said to myself.

And now, at the same time I write this posting, that promise has been fulfilled. Allah has given that opportunity. Six years after the promise was made, our family’s prayer is answered. My parents are in Hajj Trip, and currently spending their time in the Holy Land of Madina, the place from where our religion has started to spread around the world. The place whose citizen welcomed our prophet and gave him place to live ….

Ibu Apa Nabawi

I’m not the only one who contributes to their journey. But there’s no word can express how happy I am that that moment finally arrive.

Keep healthy Pa, Bu … May Allah bless this journey of yours by allowing you to complete every phase perfectly and bringing you back as Hajj Mabrur

Thank you for helping me fulfil my promise …

Love you always …

Another new experience: LINES(WO)MAN

I’ve fallen in love with Soccer since I was 9 years old. Not as player of course, just a regular spectator. At the time, my dad offered me to accompany him waking up in the midnight and watched world cup 1994. I barely remember why, but I just fell for Samba Team since group match, and they became the winner in the end. That’s how I like watching soccer for the first time.

Until now, 21 years since my first football ‘match’ experience, I came to another experience of soccer. Not a spectator -TV or Live Match- but as a linesman (or you may call it lineswoman :D).

No thing special actually, this is definitely not a big match, woman soccer ‘Division 4’ in Melbourne. May be not that special for some of you. But for me, this is amazing …

One of my friend who is part of the team, asked my help becoming referee assistant. I was confident coz I know much bout soccer rules and sometimes I noticed what linesman do in the field. So I took the offer.  

However, everything was not that simple. One day before the game, I realized that actually I had no idea about the detail duty of a linesman, even did not know what sign to be made, their proper act, position and so on. I just came to think, this idea was not that good, since I was afraid that I’ll make a mess to that game.

But everything was going really fine, especially when every body didn’t expect much from me 😀 … (hahaha .. kidding). The thing is, this new experience was really good. I might not be very good, but I just think I kinda like it and would love to do it in the future (not in a very professional match of course … :D, a low level yet still professional match would be OK :P).

Anw, this is me with linesman flag. So sad, I dont have any capture of me while doing my duty …


Life Update : One Duty Has Been Accomplished

Finally, I have a chance to update this blog after its temporary shutdown lately … Just came back from my hectic days of my final project in MBA ITB. Yeaah … today’s highlight is not Melbourne, the University of Melbourne or my life in that city …. During this summer break, I decided to come back home … finished something that I started 2.5 years ago … a MBA studies that should have been finished last October yet got delayed because another dream I pursue in Melbourne.

Throw back several years ago, had graduated from my bachelor degree with not very good result, I told myself, I would never join academic program in my future. It happened for several years till someday around 2012, some circumstances brought me to a new decision, I should register to ITB for MBA Studies. Probably, because I had not-so-good experience during my bachelor study, I decided to focus and gave my best effort. Not to mention, the tuition fee was quite expensive and I need to pay by myself 😀 …

The study had not finished yet, but then I joined the company program for studying aboard, sponsored by Telkom. Surprisingly I got chosen and passed the admission to the University of Melbourne, Australia. New problem then came through. How about my study at MBA ? Should I just give up and stopped. The story went well so that I can finish all classes but leave the final project. Good news was I can do it remotely.

However, it had never been easy to do the final project while there were many assignments from my class in unimelb. Other reason was just because it’s very hard to focus (and lazy as well :P). Therefore, till the end of semester in unimelb, I barely updated my final project. So that, a very hard job came during my summer break: How to finish this final project within 3 month of my holiday?

And Taraaa …..


Pic taken with mbak wulan n teh yenni, my MBA’s classmates and mbak salma, MBA academic staff who has been very helpful to us 🙂

In the end, it is hard to believe that I could make it this far. With support from my advisor, friends, family, the hard work has been paid. I could finish it faster than expected. And finally, 10 February 2015, I am officially Widya Wardani, MBA with the perfect CGPA, the achievement that I’ve never imagine before. It’s too good to be true … Even till two days after this big event, I still wake up with the question : is it dream or reality ? ( :D).

There’s no thing left to say but thank you for all support that has been given to me …. For all my classmates in Executive MBA 47, you had been great companion for this 2.5 years … not only I gained the knowledge, but also met a new and great family … special thanks for my officemate, andika .. you’re the one who made me sacrificing myself to this ‘candradimuka’ … The ‘sacrifice’ that I’ll never regretted ….

And now .. another duty is waiting … Let’s just finish the MIS one … and for this one, no option for not making it on time 🙂

Study Hard, Play Harder ^_^

Agaain … I failed to fulfill my target to write regularly in this so-called journal :(. You guys should forgive me for that, okey :D. I admit my college life start to get hectic recently … So many assignments and deadline in past few weeks … I even for the first time stayed overnight in that ‘hogwarts campus’ … I and my colleague hardly managed to finish our assignment on time at the time, so that we decided to stay till 6am in the morning,went back home for taking a bath and preparing our lunch box .. and holaa .. back to campus for next class … -___-” .. Thanks God the result is good, so the hardwork has been paid evenly ..

Forget about student life, I’m more interesting in sharing about my last two trip .. still in Victoria state tough yet quite far from melbourne

The first trip is to Tesselaar Tulip Festival. I had the journey with My MIS *) Indonesia friends. In Silvan Hills area, during spring, from mid sept to mid oct every year, there are Tulip Festival. Like the name, there are thousand tulips blossom beautifully, and the owner made this plantation as tourist attraction. Beside tulip, visitor also can find several event and many good spots that made us feel like being in Holland. There also some performances every weekend. When we were there, Turkey Cultural Performance took place. Unfortunately due to some reasons, we couldnt make time to watch the show at the time.

Tesselaar tulip is located near Mount Dandenong, around 1 hour by train from Melbourne City plus 20-30′ by settle bus, provided by Tesselaar..  More information about this event can be found in its official website:

Here are some captures I and my friend made during the trip ..


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Nice isn’t it ?

The second trip was yesterday (Sept 28). I and my Telkom’s mate along with some new Indonesian friends from Monash Univ went to Old Gold Mine of Victoria owned by England Government in 1800s and stopped producing in 1911 (cmiiw …). It is located in Ballarat area, Sovereign Hill in particular. This place is around 100km from Melbourne. We took a V-Line Train to this area and we spent 1,5 hours to arrive in the Ballarat Station. Arriving in Ballarat Station, we noticed that some building look old yet no thing particularly special because these old building can be found in the city as well. Buutttt ….. The time we enter Sovereign hill, the atmosphere changed dramatically. We were brought into ‘real’ England Mining area back in 1800s. The building, how the people get dress, even the public area are that old. Check some pics below:


 a man doing iron forging


 Old Style Tower


The gate toward gold mining




old building


even the horse also bigger than recent horse


the old bank .. do you notice “australasia” instead of australia ?


Old bakery


Bank counter


old hotel

This place doesn’t only show the old surroundings in Victoria, but also provides some events like Gold Mining Tour, Army Parade, Theater and Demonstrate how people produce a gold. One of the employee even showed us how to make 3 kg Gold … It is worth around 1.5 Billion Rupiahs nowadays ^_^. So sad I couldn’t take some picture of it.

And below are my moments with my friends in Ballarat, credit to me, mas wawan and Arfian …












Mie Rebus ala rumahan (no MSG needed)

Hi readers, I’m back with my promise to share some cooking recipe that I’ve tried in my little kitchen during my daily life in Melbourne. The first one will be “Mie Rebus”. As this recipe is Indonesian Recipe, I think I prefer to write it in Bahasa ^_^


Mie Rebus ala rumahan

Bahan Utama :

  • Tulang/Daging Sapi secukupnya, direbus untuk mendapatkan kaldu alami. Untuk mendapatkan kaldu, tulang iga will be the best choice, dikasi daging dikit akan lebih ok sekalian buat campuran mie.
  • Mie Telor atau jenis Mie apapun yang bisa jadi mie rebus. Di sini saya sendiri pakai bahan Chinese Noodle yang bentuknya mirip mie nya mie ayam kl di Indo. Untuk saya, saya prefer mie ini dibanding Mie Telor, karena lebih kenyal dan tidak gampang hancur.
  • Telur Ayam 1 butir,
  • Sayuran (kol, bokcoy) jika suka atau ditambahkan campuran lain spt bakso, jamur dsb
  • Bawang Daun diiris tipis
  • Seledri diiris tipis
  • Bawang Putih diiris atau digiling
  • Tomat
  • Cabe (cabe keriting atau cabe rawit diiris kurang lebih 0.5cm)
  • Bawang goreng

Bahan Rempah dan bumbu tambahan (yang berbentuk bubuk, masing-masing 1/2 sendok teh, kecuali garam)

  • Merica bubuk
  • Kapulaga
  • Cengkeh
  • Kulit Manis
  • Buah pala bubuk
  • Garam
  • Pekak / Bunga Lawang
  • Irisan jahe +/- 1 cm
  • Sedikit gula

Cara Membuat

  • Rebus daging / tulang sampai keluar kaldu
  • Rendam/rebus mie sampai sedikit lunak, tiriskan
  • Tumis bawang daun, bawang putih, irisan cabe sampai harum,
  • Masukkan sayuran dan campuran lain
  • Tuangkan air kaldu
  • Masukkan bahan rempah dan tunggu sampai mendidih
  • Masukkan tomat dan telur
  • Tunggu sebentar (maksimal 1 menit), masukkan mie, aduk sebentar dan matikan api.
  • Taburkan bawang goreng ketika dihidangkan

Selamat menikmati ….

Survival Mode On (Makan Murah di Benua Kangguru)

First of all, I wanna ‘break’ my plan by writing this post in Bahasa, not in English like I usually did lately …. ^_^

Setelah panjang lebar bercerita dengan english yang gitu-gitu aja tapi sangat ingin mengasah kemampuan menulis mahasiswa yang sedang gencar-gencarnya diberi tugas nulis ribuan kata oleh bapak/ibu dosen unimelb tercinta, kali ini gw pengen nulis pake bahasa Indo aja … Finger Crossed 😀

Satu hal yang mungkin masih luput gw ceritakan di posting-postingan sebelumnya adalah salah satu komponen termahal untuk hidup di melbourne adalah MAKAN. 1 kali makan standar ala mahasiswa di kampus, bisa dihargai AUD7 yang kalo diconvert ke indo bisa sekitar 70 rebuan lebih. Jenis apakah makanannya ? Warteg sodara-sodara  ! .. Makanan yang terkenal dengan murah meriah nya di Indo, yang range rasanya bisa macam-macam … mulai dari biasa aja, enak sampai enak banget. Naahhh yang murah meriah dan bisa cuma berharga 10rebuan itu 7 kali lipatnya lah di melbourne. Kalau mau makan ‘sedikit’ enak, dalam artian naik pangkat dari warteg ke ayam penyet, siap2 merogoh kocek lebih dalam (AUD 10 – 13). 130rebu makan ayam penyeett ??? di Indo udah dpt 10 porsi mamaaaa ….. 😥

Tapi dont worry … Mau hidup hemat di Melbourne jg gampang (hemat dalam artian murah ala melbourne yaa .. jangan dibandingin sama warteg ato ayam penyet lagi lho :D). Kunci pertama adalah : Carilah flat, apartment dan sejenisnya yang memiliki peralatan dapur yang komplit. Karena untuk hidup ‘hemat’ dan tentu saja bisa mendapat makanan yang Insya Allah halal paling gampang ya dengan memasak. Jangan khawatir bagi yang ga pernah punya pengalaman memasak  sebelumnya. Ada banyak bumbu instan siap pakai dan resep masakan yang berseliweran di dunia maya. Tinggal googling dan nemu dah resep masakan.

Lucky for me, sejak zaman berseragam putih biru, gw sudah cukup familiar dengan dapur dan segala proses masak memasak. Walaupun sampai SMA posisi gw lebh banyak sbg asisten ibu yang memang hampir selalu berkecimpung di dapur tiap harinya untuk memastikan kami semua di rumah dapat asupan gizi yang komplit. Pengalaman mandiri gw di dapur udah dimulai sejak jauh dr ortu dan kuliah di ITB. Walaupun ya gt deh … masak yang gampang dan murah … Untungnya lagi seiring berjalannya waktu, gw terkadang punya kesempatan praktek masak yang agak ribet dan kompleks pada saat mudik. Alhasil, walaupun ga jago-jago amat, gw cukup terbiasa dengan pekerjaan dapur yang satu ini. Couldn’t say anything but super thank you for my beloved mom untuk itu …. Beliau lah yang selama ini rajin meminta gw nemenin beliau di dapur … Kali ini, gw bener-bener nyadar, alasan dibalik itu semua sekarang -jadi mewek kangen ibu :’)

Masak-memasak di rumah ini pada akhirnya ternyata ngebantu banget pas nyampe melbourne, terutama karena gw sendiri emang ga terlalu suka dengan masakan yang berasal dr bumbu instan. Ibu gw di rumah selalu bikin masakan dari nol, dari bahan mentah sampai jadilah makanan yang bisa dimakan. Efeknya ya gt, gw ga terlalu suka dengan masakan hasil bumbu jadi yang bertebaran di supermarket. Jadilah gw butuh hunting-hunting bahan masakan jg di kota ini. Naah … melbourne punya Queen Victoria Market, pusatnya pasar tradisional yang letaknya cuma sekitar 300 m dari apartment gw. Tinggal jalan kaki 10 menit doank nyampe. Sama lah kayak gw jalan ke pasar pagi di Bukittinggi sono. I guess God helps me with this 🙂

Tinggal di apartment dengan peralatan masak komplit, lokasi apartment cum 10′ dari pasar tradisional nya melbourne dan 1 km dari supermarket yang jual bumbu indo …. komplitlah alasan gw buat kembali beraktivitas di dapur.

Anw, based on request dari beberapa orang … selain My Melbourne Life, gw mungkin jg akan sharing resep masakan ala coba-coba yang pernah gw masak selama berada di Melbourne. Smoga tugas gw ga bejibun2 amat sehingga blog ini akan terupdate dengan segala akivitas dan resep seperti yg gw sebutkan di postingan ini dan postingan terdahulu

Sekian dulu yaaa ….

Salam winter menjelang spring dari melbourne (efek ngeliat matahri dan prakiraan cuaca yang berkisar 16-18 derajat saja … xixixi)


Melbourne, 27 Agustus 2014