No, I don’t mean to scare anyone of you who happened to visit this blog to find words of encouragement before deciding to continuing your study outside your country. But well, let’s face the fact, it is not easy.
What? You heard that so many times already? Sorry to say, but that’s the truth.
I started to live alone in Bandung, which is only 150km away from my hometown in Jakarta. I could go back anytime I want, every time I miss the smell of my room or the taste of my mom’s cooking. Second time is a lot further, I moved to Jogja. It’s approximately 550km. It wasn’t that bad either. Because, at least, I still live in the very same country with my family and to gathered up once every two months were still possible. Besides, the foods are all good and cheap that you don’t have to think about cooking your own meal.
This is my 3rd week here in Melbourne. Feeling homesick and being a crybaby calling my mom in the middle of the night is expected. I’m not a receiver of full-tuition scholarship, which means I still need to pay for my living cost here that … well, expensive. I need to manage my expense, in order to survive. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’ve learned how to save my money, bought more things that I need - not what I want, I’ve even learned how to cook better. (I hope this makes my boyfriend happy :p)
But the trade-off is my time. It might be only me that haven’t yet adapted with the time schedule like the bus, the train, the tram’s timetable and so on. Like, if you miss a bus, you need to wait for another 20 mins for the next bus to come and 30 mins in the train case. By the time you got home, you need to cook your dinner, do the laundry, and other ‘housewife’ activities. Which takes around 2-3 hours a day. Sometimes, I also want to explore the city, reducing my stress and taking photos to be published in my instagram account. I think that is one of the thing that make me happy, so I need to stick with that. With 5-6 hours spent in your day doing non-studying thing, 5 hours class, and 6-7 hours to sleep, well, it left me with 6-8 hours doing my assignments that are completely not easy.
Yeah, it is hard to manage your time as well as manage your money right here. I always think that I need to work, but even with this activities my body is super-exhausted. Guess my time management still not as good as what I think.
I don’t mean to complaining or anything, but I’m an extrovert. Writing this is important. I hope holiday will come sooner. Or my graduation period. At this time, I’m trying my best to enjoy the life in Australia.