Which One For You: Living in the Big City, Suburbs, or Countryside?

Thursday, 28 July 2016


When writing this article, I'm admittedly hungry and craving for Ramen. It's been over a month since I've never eaten out with my girls again. We're totally busy with new boyfriends, summer vacation, working, and also another reason we never talk honestly. Longing for spending some money to dine out, makes me getting bored of something in the refrigerator. It always ends up with salmon (and salmon). Duh!

So what to do with Ramen? Yes, because Japanese restaurant does only exist in Copenhagen and I'm living about 11 km away. Sadly, I had to be forlorn just eating cereal tonight.

Although I can call the restaurant and ask for delivery, but the area where I live is too far away. The average food can be delivered is only pizza or sushi around here. All right, so this the fate living in the suburbs.

Sort of experiences of living in big cities, suburbs, and had also lived in the countryside for 7 months in Belgium, allow me to make a comparison of the ups and downs of living in these areas. Although every country and city can't be equated, but as a generalization, this is what the pluses and minuses that I've ever felt.

I Never Can Make Friends with Danes

Thursday, 21 July 2016


November last year, when I returned to Belgium and waited for a train to Brussels from Charleroi, I sat in the empty chair next to an old man in the lobby. The old man was ready to open his lunch box, when I glimpsed, they were bread and bacon. Hose ten minutes later, the old man suddenly greeted me with a friendly smile, "Bonjour, madamoiselle." I turned toward him and inevitably greeted back with a stiff smile. From that time, the conversation with the old man began.

The old man was initially asked about my origins in French. But since I already stammered to answer the question, finally the old man is willing to change to Dutch. (FYI, I learned Dutch and French when I was in Belgium.) Unfortunately, he did not stop babbling and made his meal spurting everywhere. Like a police inspector (or might be just try to be nice), randomly I asked about his life then get an answer by turned lonely after being left by his wife. The longer, this old man also spoke in louder voice, disturbing enough for people sitting behind us. Funnily, he just laughed and didn't really care what people (and I) felt.

When I sat on the train to Brussels, I realized that the average Belgians are more warm and friendly indeed. Although some Europeans generally don't like small talk, but they also don't hesitate to say hello to a stranger. When talking with strangers, they are like have strong intention to join into conversation. Especially the elder ones who are mostly mournful.

COPENHAGEN: Place for Going Out and Design Lovers

Tuesday, 19 July 2016


Came to Copenhagen about a year ago, I was a bit skeptical with this tiny city. What Copenhagen have beside the landmark colorful port? I had asked a local guy in Tinder and he just replied firmly, "depends on what do you want. Check out those plenty of bars!" Okay, bars are everywhere I guess.

Like any other capital cities in Europe, Copenhagen also has lots of museum and some sightseeing places (where I think a bit boring). I actually don't really like museums and any ancient building like castle or old church. What I enjoy is visiting places where the locals are, mingling with them while relaxing, and not always have to check must-visit box all the time.

Almost a year, back and forth Herlev-Copenhagen, I realized Copenhagen is totally monotonous. Since my place only have buses going to Nørreport Station, so this is the most comfortable route I prefer to catch the town. But, this is also tremendously tedious by stopping in Norreport station or Strøget, strolling along the pedestrian until Kongens Nytorv and say hello again to Nyhavn, where is always crowded by tourists.

Back to the answer of Tinder guy, actually Copenhagen provides enough enjoyable things we want. However, the pleasures itself sometimes still boring when all you can do every weekends just shopping, watching box office, or bar crawls (yes, this is the right place indeed!).


Pilih Mana: Tinggal di Kota Besar, Pinggir Kota, atau Pedesaan?

Monday, 4 July 2016


Saat menulis tulisan ini, sebenarnya saya sedang lapar dan ngidam ramen. Sudah lebih dari sebulan ini saya memang absen makan di luar bersama teman geng karena sedang berpuasa. Rindu sudah lama tidak makan di luar, membuat saya mulai bosan isi makanan dalam kulkas. Duh!

Lalu apa hubungannya dengan ramen? Iya, karena restoran ramen cuma adanya di Kopenhagen, akhirnya saya harus manyun makan sereal dulu malam ini. Walaupun bisa delivery, tapi ternyata daerah tempat saya tinggal terlalu jauh dari restoran mereka. Makanan yang bisa diantar rata-rata hanya pizza atau sushi di sekitar sini. Nasib tinggal di pinggiran kota ya beginilah.

Mengurut dari pengalaman tinggal di kota besar, pinggir kota, dan sempat juga tinggal di pedesaan selama 7 bulan di Belgia, membuat saya bisa membuat perbandingan tentang suka duka tinggal di daerah tersebut. Walaupun setiap negara dan kota tidak bisa disamakan, namun secara generalisasi, beginilah plus dan minus yang pernah saya rasakan.

Tinggal di kota besar 



Plus:
1. Kemudahan dan kecepatan dalam menerima informasi.
2. Transportasi publik beroperasi lebih lama dan bervariasi; contohnya Metro atau tram yang hanya ada di ibukota ataupun kota besar lainnya.
3. Banyaknya tempat makan dan nongkrong yang hip.
4. Suasana yang lebih hidup dan berwarna.
5. Banyak festival dan konser yang hanya digelar di kota besar.

9 Alasan Positif Mengapa Harus Ikut Kegiatan Sukarelawan

Friday, 1 July 2016




Baru-baru ini, akhir pekan saya harus tergadaikan karena diisi dengan acara ataupun festival yang ada di Kopenhagen dan area sekitarnya. Bukan dengan sengaja datang sebagai peserta atau penonton, tapi bekerja sebagai sukarelawan di acara tersebut. Iya, bahkan akhir pekan pun saya memutuskan untuk tetap bekerja.

Saya memang sudah tahu kegiatan sukarelawan sejak dulu. Tapi jujur saja, baru sekarang bisa benar-benar mengikuti dan terlibat langsung di dalamnya. Saya ingat betul, saat mendaftar ke salah satu program beasiswa pemuda ke Jerman, mereka sempat menanyakan tentang kegiatan sukarelawan yang pernah diikuti saat pengisian formulir. Saya bingung, tidak ada kegiatan sukarelawan yang pernah saya ikuti selama ini. Malu, merasa ada kesempatan yang hilang, hingga minder bercampur menjadi satu. Padahal, pengalaman mengikuti kegiatan sukarelawan adalah salah satu poin penting yang akan dinilai oleh juri.

Di kota kelahiran saya, Palembang, kegiatan sukarelawan memang nihil. Ada, sukarelawan saat demo, yang dibayar hanya dengan nasi bungkus dan sama sekali memalukan dicantumkan di dalam CV. Di beberapa kota besar di Indonesia sebenarnya kegiatan sukarelawan ini sudah cukup terjamah. Niat sudah ada, tapi cukup memberatkan bagi saya harus pulang pergi naik pesawat bekerja sebagai sukarelawan kala itu.