Going to the city during weekdays has never been my option, well, particularly because of how expensive the transportation might cost. I prefer travel around on weekends because during weekends, we have a flat fare of A$3.30/day, so whether you are using tram, train or bus, Myki will only be charge for that amount. But I have to go to the Consulate General of Indonesia in Queen Road because I have been here for 72 days and I haven’t officially reported my arrival. So yeah, I got out from my flat at 10am and took a 3a tram. I checked my PTV (Public Transport Victoria) Journey Planner already, just to make sure I will halt the tram on the right stop. I found out it took only 25 minutes to KJRI. When I was there, I met my senior back in high school. It was funny because we never really talk, but we are friends on Facebook. So it was a bit awkward when we greeted each other. Well, at least we don’t pretend as if we don’t know each other :p I lodged all my arrival report application to the officer and I left the building in less than an hour.
I don’t feel like going home too soon, so I decided to wander around the city. My friends keep asking me if I can find action figure or stuff related to Superman and Zorro, so I googled a pop culture specialist store, Minotaur. They got pretty awesome stuffs there.
After finding what I was looking for, I walked to check on Sony Center. I was going to buy a camera bag, but I got distracted and almost bought an ipod dock. Sigh,I always.. ALWAYS have a thing about ipod dock. Oh well, so are watch, clock and gadget. Thanks god, I was able to control my compulsive urge to spend before I regret it. I went to Typo and I finally gave in and bought a digital clock! See, I really have a thing about clock :p
The day was bright, I got information from red-jacketed City Ambassadors about Melbourne Museum, so I went to Melbourne Museum. This is something I always admire from Melbourne, the city is very helpful to visitors, road signs are easy to understand and the city have a very well-integrated transportation system. The concession fee for general admission to the museum is free, it is wonderful. They have so many display and it’s all very interactive. I love how they arrange the exhibits in several themed galleries. I imagine the future Museum of Indonesia will be similar like the one in here.
The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm everyday. I left the museum at 5pm and went to Melbourne Central to watch Taken 2. I love Melbourne on Friday because the stores open longer than 5pm. Before the movie started, I walked around the mall, found a Crumpler store and was wishful to bought its camera bag. 10 % off for student! (Sigh, so tempting, but it’s still too pricey :p). Well, I have to praise my self-control today, I didn’t waste much money on unimportant stuffs. Oh, the movie was disappointing. It was very short, less than 90 minutes, I guess. Silly things happened, I walked inside the cinema and thought I was late because the movie was playing already. I sneaked into the room trying not to disturb those who were watching only to realise that it’s not my movie time. I checked my ticket, apparently, I chose the latter schedule, it was silly. I sat there for 5 minutes and almost spoiled myself with the whole storyline.
I love getting to know Melbourne, but it’s time to explore the other state. This week, I got a surprising news. One of my assignments requires me to keep update with campaign issues. I found a new tourism campaign in Canberra interesting. They have a ‘Human Brochure’ program where people will be selected to promote the city through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms. I hope they get to be a worldwide trending topic.
Canberra is away from the popular tourist spots. The city’s design was heavily influenced by significant areas of natural vegetation that have earned Canberra the title of the “bush capital”. I entered the competition not knowing that I will be one of the lucky 500. I haven’t got any briefing related to the news, but I am excited. I am scheduled to come by the end of this month. I hope everything goes as planned. I need to finish all my assignments before that.