My Gatton Playlist

Sometimes you have a song or two which if you hear those songs they will remind you of something... someone... or somewhere. I moved a lot back then in Australia and in every single place I stayed, I have kind of my 'soundtrack'. Every time I play the song, it will remind me of a certain place. In this post, I would like to list 10 songs that I always played or listened or sang back in Gatton, Australia.

1. Bu Gai (不該) by Jay Chow feat A Mei.

I knew this song since I was in Tasmania. I remember I heard this song for the first time in my first house in Tasmania. A Taiwanese housemate played this song and I felt I might heard this song before, anyway since then I like this song. Even until I moved to Gatton, and my Japanese housemates were sick of this song. 😜 "Qing qing piao~ luo xia lai~"




2. One Kiss by Dua Lipa

I have never been a fan of global top ten songs especially English songs. So if you ask me about songs which are famous now, I have no idea. One Kiss by Dua Lipa was no. 1 in global chart and when I was working in Gatton, almost everyday radio played this song. I worked inside shed and the radio was always on, and when this song was played, my supervisor always sang along. Now when I hear this song, I remember the shed I worked before.



I am so sensitive

Last year, two days before CNY, I cried in the farm because my roommate. She is one of my best friends I have in Australia. But one day, she made me really-really angry 😀 Because she chose money over me. She pushed me to ask permission to go home to supervisor who happened to be an Indonesian, I asked already, and my friend said: “UNA! Today price will be high, let’s just stay working!” What the F***? You guys were scared to talk to supervisor because you guys wanted to go home and I asked already and now you don’t want to go home? I swore a lot but I couldn’t be angry... and ended up crying 🀣🀣🀣 We went home and I just slept whole day while she couldn’t stop thinking about me πŸ˜‚

This year, one day before CNY, I cried in public train because suddenly my friend (one of my best friends) accused me to do something I didn’t do. He said: Una Why???? He always blamed me on something I didn’t do, and before happened three times. And I was so so so angry and cried. And now again?! The thing is before he was in front of me and I could directly swear in front of his face. Now he is faraway. I said to him I was sad and cried but I guess he’s not sensitive 😀

I guess my heart is softer than Hello Kitty's. Weaker than your hymen. Really easy to break... but not with big thing, I won't be sensitive with big issue. I will be broken heart even when you only accidentally throw away my towel. Before my friend threw away my towel to rubbish bin, I was angry whole day HAHAHA.

I know I am super sensitive...
And I cried over little things... and people don’t understand why I cried 🀣
But I dunno why I always cry on CNY.
Maybe because of moon motion can make people more emotional? πŸ€”

Or maybe because my crush is gonna marry soon?
My crush = Reino Barack

DOUBLE CHOCO PIE VS SANKAKU CHOCO PIE BLACK

When I go overseas, I like to try their special McDonald's menu that you cannot find in other country. My favourite fast food is McDonald's... and they always sell seasonal/limited edition menu in Indonesia. Is it monthly? I'm not sure. And I missed so many their meal like Burger Balado or Ayam Kremes Spesial Sambel Uleg since I lived in Australia before. I felt I would contact my friend in Indonesia and ask her to buy the limited edition menu and keep it in the freezer so I could eat when I return home 😒

McDonald's Australia has special list of menu called Gourmet Creations, but I never buy. I don't find them attractive try I don't know why. They have Gourmet Grilled Chicken Caesar or Angus Truffle Cheese... meh, not interested. But I remember I bought their limited menu Custard Pie. And I'm lovin' it. 😌 Last month, I tried Peach Pie (oh my god taste so chemical), Salted Egg Yolk Fries (this is sooo good), and Pandan cone in Singapore. And also Taro Pie and Lychee Sundae from McDonald's Malaysia. Big NO NO for me. I remember I tried Creamy Herb Chicken Pie from McD Singapore in November, it was good.

I don't really find McDonald's pies are addictive, until I tried pie from McDonald's Japan. Sankaku Choco Pie Caramel is my favourite, I ate more than 4 times in a week and I'm craving for it right now. How to buy if now I'm in Indonesia... πŸ˜“


McDonald's Japan also have Sankaku Choco Pie Black. Sankaku means triangle and black because the pie and filling is 'black', well not really black la, dark brown la. Pie in McD Japan is like pastry... really good. I don't know how Japanese make everything... all so perfect and good, like this pie. The chocolate filling taste so good (sorry I can't write food review, why all only good πŸ˜“) but I could sense slight chemical taste. I still prefer the Caramel, though.

SANKAKU CHOCO PIE BLACK 三角チョコパむ・ι»’
Where to buy: McDonald's Japan
Price: 120 yen (around Rp 16.000)


Today I bought Double Choco Pie from McDonald's near my home. I tried other McD Indonesia limited edition Apple Banana and Mango Custard Pie but they didn't leave any impression for me. Just so so. I prefer the original Apple Pie one. I find Double Choco Pie is the best among all I tried from McD Indonesia. I like the chocolate filling... Have you tried this newest McD pie?

DOUBLE CHOCO PIE
Where to buy: McDonald's Indonesia
Price: Rp 14.000 (after tax)

I like both of the Choco Pie... Only the pie pastry, I prefer the Japan one.

JALAN-JALAN TIDAK BIASA DI JOGJA

 Di Tasmania, aku punya teman serumah yang berasal dari Taiwan bernama Eunice. Meski tinggal serumah, kami tak kunjung berbincang-bincang banyak karena ia tinggal bersama gank-nya yang semuanya orang Taiwan dan terlihat seperti eksklusif. Barulah setelah teman se-gank-nya cabut karena visanya habis, ia tertinggal sendiri dan mulai bercakap-cakap denganku. Ternyata Bahasa Inggrisnya sangat bagus dan kami sangat nyambung.

Kami jadi sangat akrab, meskipun akhirnya aku pindah rumah yang akhirnya Eunice juga sempat tinggal selama 9 malam. Kami bahkan sempat berwacana untuk bertualang di Asia Tenggara bersama. Namun Namanya rencana, akhirnya aku membatalkan karena aku mengganti rencanaku dan jadinya malah Eunice datang ke Indonesia! Ia punya waktu enam malam di Indonesia dan kami menghabiskannya di Jakarta dan Yogyakarta. Ia cuma punya tiket ke Jakarta dan aku pun mencari tiket pesawat ke Jogja sebelum ia sampai ke Jakarta.


Tiket pesawat ke Jogja bisa ditemukan di situs pegipegi dan user experience-nya sangat oke ya. Aku kalau klik button 'pesan tiket pergi' atau 'lanjutkan' kayak cepat gitu loading-nya. Dan di pegipegi kamu bisa lihat harga tiket yang tersortir dari harga yang paling terjangkau. Aplikasi pegipegi juga bisa didapatkan di Google Play dan Apps Store.

Eunice yang aslinya merupakan seniman dan desainer, ternyata gampang banget ngasih hiburannya ke dia. Naik mobil ke pelosok Yogyakarta sambil lihat rumah-rumah reyot aja dia bilang, “Wow Una, the house so beautiful.” Dalam hati gua, bagus mananya sih! Diajak makan bubur ayam abang-abang gerobak saja katanya enak banget. Jadi asyik mengajak Eunice ke mana-mana, apa-apa bagus buat dia.

Eunice yang sangat mengagumi kaleng kerupuk khas warung Indonesia pun membeli versi mininya.

GLICOPIA EAST: Visit to Pocky Factory

Who doesn't know Pocky?
Who doesn't love Pocky?

I love Pocky! And I have been wanting to visit Pocky (or Glico, name of the company which produces Pocky) factory since four years ago, and finally I visited one of the factories. I AM SO HAPPY!

In summer 2015, I stayed in Ashiya-shi, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Knowing there is a Glico factory called Glicopia in Kobe, I have been wanting to go, but all in the website is in Japanese, I couldn't understand and even I went there I wouldn't understand what the staff explain.

Now my Japanese is getting better and I still remember I wanted to go Glico factory. I don't know how many Glico factories in Japan, but as far as I know there are three Glicopia which are open for public. Glicopia Kobe and Glicopia East in Saitama are producing Pocky and Pretz, and also Glicopia Chiba, the Glico ice cream factory.

I visited Glicopia East in Saitama. The factory tour is free and all you need is reservation in advance. The reservation website page is all written in Japanese and the guided factory tour held in Japanese, so if you'd like to visit Glicopia, you can ask your friend or someone who speaks Japanese to book and take you there (and translate). You can book the tour up to three months in advance and you can check which schedule is available (weekend might be difficult to book).

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ALEX --- WORST CONTRACTOR IN GATTON?

Read the previous post: The Beginning of My Gatton Life

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After I arrived in front of Alex' -the contractor- house, I called him and I told him if I had arrived. He was not home and asked me why I didn't ask him to pick me up in bus station. After waiting few minutes, he arrived with his legendary blue Hi-Lux. I shook his hand and guessed his age around 65 to 70 years old. He let me come to his house and he left again... busy guy.

As soon as I found his full name, which is Eskander Alokaily, I googled and found many news about him. Some just neutral normal news, but there are also many negative posts. I even googled his name in Japanese and many posts in Japanese about him also. πŸ€£ Since then, I felt like I need to be careful with him. Scared, but not really scared la, but a little bit worried and tried to be careful. πŸ€£ You know, a person even wrote that he is WORST CONTRACTOR IN GATTON

Is it?

The answer is I DON'T KNOW.
But I don't think so.
And anyway, you can get second visa by working to him.

If you can see his teeth in real life, you're lucky.