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Having a chance to visit Perth (again) this winter time has really delighted me. Been here, studied here and lived here for sometimes makes me feel emotionally bound to this city. Of course one way or another many have said that Perth is relatively quiet as compared to eastern coast cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, but I personally think that what makes Perth differs and unique from others, laidback, not rushing, beautiful weather this time.

I stayed in my host-parents’ house where I used to live when I was here years ago. A beautiful cozy house with italian flare I would say (since my hostparents are Italian) plus that it is convenient to either catch a bus or a train.

/DAY1

my sister and I were craving to have lunch at this Japanese canteen called ‘tanpopo tea-house’ that is located near our former school called St. Mark’s somewhere in Mt. Lawley; so we decided to take bus from the city to go there. Surprisingly St. Mark’s is not there anymore, either they have closed down or relocated somewhere else. Our school building has been transformed to a city-loft style of apartments block. In addition ‘tanpopo’ too has relocated itself from the corner of the small supermarket to now its own shop across the street. Still the best menu we rave is the Teriyaki Chicken Katsu.

The rest of the day we strolled the city and not forgotten to visit Jaws sushi shop in front of GPO where we used to have our post-school-mid-day hunger fixed plus Miss Maud too (you will not find miss maud anywhere else except in this city!). Everything on display is soooo good!!

/DAY2

The next day we decided to go for Cicerellos even before we plan to go to Perth this time, so Fremantle is the answer. Same old school style of fish and chips but we love it. Luckily that we did not order one for each, instead we ordered one and we shared and evenĀ  that successfully made everybody full. Huge portion that is. After that big brunch we strolled upon cappucino strip – that is a street where all the coffee shops are located and yes, they all offer cappucino! If you are not into coffee then the famous gelare shop is just around the corner (Yes, we do have ones in Indo but trust me it tastes somehow different!). We spent the rest of the day in the city, try to navigate our way since the city itself has been progressively renovated and relocated, in a good way of course; bought some snacks australian made in woolworths and plus not forgetting our favourite Baker’s Delight!! If you ask me what is good there, I always love it’s banana cake.

/DAY3

When we were students here, we did not really spend our time to go to the countryside or visit other suburbs that are famous for local produced items, so this time we decided to embark on half-day tour for farm and winery visit. The tour starts at 9 in the morning and lasts for 4 hours.

Our first stop was Margaret River Chocolate factory, massive chocolate display and extensive chocolate variants to choose from. I do not really like the chocolate but the home-made ice cream was something to-die-for! Next stop was Caversham wildlife park where you could see and experience the Australian outback. I have been to similar place before when I was in excursion for my English course but I could not remember where it was. So that was Caversham park, full of koalas, kangaroos, snakes, lizards, dingos and so on.

After that we went to one of the well-known wineries in the region located in Swan Valley called Lancaster. I am not into alcoholic drinks either, but its own produced dessert wines have blown me away! Good review on this one that I finally bought one for my host mum.

Last stop is the nougat factory which I think it runs by an Italian family too. You can ask for free sample before you decide which to buy, ranging from hard nougat, soft nougat, plus more than 10 flavours to choose from. This stop would make up the whole half-day tour and we were happy!

One thing that has never changed, dinner is always a fiesta or a celebration. My host mum would normally cook more than 2 dishes plus salad and dessert, so the dinner menu would be something like:

/Appetiser

Traditional style cannelloni with ricotta and spinach filling

/Main Course

Beer battered baked fish with mixed garden salad and olive, balsamic dressings

/Sweet Ending

Home-made banana custard, raspberry crumble sponge cake and ice cream

/After dinner

Selection of cookies and lemon cake

 

Last but not least, enjoy some shoots here. Perth anyone?

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Terakhir kali saya ke Perth kayanya udah more than 10 years ago. Udah agak2 lupa kaya apa, pas kemaren ke train station pun jadi bingung, dulu terminate di City of Perth, sekarang ada station baru namanya Esplanade. Dulu cuman 4 lines, sekarang ada 5 lines, bisa langsung ke Rockingham pake train. City of Perth juga mulai ekspansi, banyak toko2 baru, dan berdasarkan pengamatan saya kali ini viva la Nippon, dimana-mana sushi bar, toko sushi, japanese food lagi masa jaya sepertinya. Orang Indo pun udah ngga sebanyak dulu yang berkeliaran di sekitar city, kali ini banyak Japanese/Korean.

Cuaca hari pertama fine, hari kedua juga fine, padahal menurut hostmum saya sebelum saya dateng itu hujannn terus. Thanks God no rain ketika saya disana.

Tempat saya homestay pun juga udah banyak berubah, rumah yang dulu ditinggali udah dikontrakkin ke orang, my hostmum built another house yang bersebelahan persis sama rumah lama, lebih baru, serasa stay di hotel. Good thing. Rumah ini bisa ditempuh either bus or train, kalo bus tinggal stopin depan jalan, kalau train cuman jalan 5 menit ke train station. 2 stations away from the city, namanya Glendalough Train Station.

Salah satunya lagi yang berubah adalah tiketnya, dulu namanya multirider dimana concessions (students and elderly) dapet potongan harga atau normal price for adult, sekarang namanya ‘smartrider‘ sistemnya persis kaya di Singapore, dimana kita beli kartu basicnya, lalu tinggal isi ulang kalau udah mau abis balance nya. Yang ini agak lebih mahal AUD10 just for the card, plus another AUD10 for the credit. Smartrider ini bisa dibeli dimana-mana, di news agent biasanya atau di Transperth Information Centre. Total 2 hari disana saya menghabiskan AUD30 (card plus isinya). Daerah yang dikunjungi pun masih terbagi zone 1, zone 2 dan seterusnya, mirip2 kaya di London.

Hari kedua disana, saya udah di-tag for dinner specially cooked by my hostmum.

  • Appetizer: Home-cooked Lasagne with minced beef and mushrooms
  • First Course: Breaded chicken cutlets
  • Second Course: Baked cauliflower and potatoes topped with mozarella cheese
  • Dessert: Vanilla Ice Cream – Light selection by Bulla
  • Ending: Brie cheese with crackers

Untungnya masih seperti dulu, saya boleh ambil porsi yang saya mau, kalau kurang pun monggo boleh nambah. Dinner yang menyenangkan. Kebiasaannya adalah coffee or tea after dinner, yang dengan berat hati harus saya skip. Beneran kenyang saat itu. Jadi pengen balik lagi mumpung visa masih berlaku sampe October hehe.

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