Posted October 20th, 2012 in Perth WA, Ume's Thought | No Comments »
Nature – this is one of the things I love about Perth!!
Although going to the park is one of our daily routine, we had quite a time in the park we went to this morning. It’s just normal park, nothing special, but with what we did we felt so close to nature. We played with trees, leaves, sticks, stones, and bugs
I was amazed how much both of us enjoyed doing these simple things – watching lady bugs moving, collecting pinecones, and making letters with sticks – without toys and bouncing balls.
There are so many parks across Perth and it’s amazing. I really think Australia is a very nice place for families with kids.
Today’s experience recalled my childhood memory. I used to climb up trees to catch cicadas and beetles, soaked my body in the small river to catch crayfish, and watched killifish swimming around in the water. Now I can’t do these things around my house anymore. Things have changed a lot, and I barely see wild creatures over there. Lots of buildings, trucks and noises.
Today I felt that we belong to nature and are part of it. I wish kids benefit from these amazing things out there in Australia.
Posted September 8th, 2012 in Perth WA | No Comments »
… First, this is not a photo of Hinata Cafe market which was held in Bibra Lake. Today a new Apple store opened in Garden City so I went there to have a look in the morning. It wasn’t my plain, it was D’s. I was actually gonna go to Hinata Cafe from 10AM, but D insisted that he wanted to get free T-shirt. :-p
There were many people queuing and the staff in blue Tshirts were cheering to all customers.
After receiving freebie, we headed to Hinata Cafe market.
It was a beautiful sunny day! Perfect day for outdoor market like this. It was my first time going there, and the place was cosy and filled with people. Parking area was very limited.
There’re chairs and tables where people can eat and drink the food/beverage they buy from Hinata cafe. Above photo – nature craft was my favourite.
There are handmade arts and craft sold inside the small building. They’re so cute and well-made. Very lovely.
From 10:30 and 12:30 there was “under the tree kindergarden” which some people did reading and singing to kids.
Demonstration of Japanese tea ceremony was available.
I met many friends over there. It was a great catch-up. My friend had this “miso soup & 2 onigiri” lunch served on a bed of a bamboo leaf. There was a big queue to the cafe. I wanted to eat green tea tiramisu, but I couldn’t Hopefully I can try lots of food next year.
Posted September 2nd, 2012 in Ume's Thought | No Comments »
My friends were saying that they got invitation for their husbands’ companies’ Christmas party, and I thought “Christmas? Already?!” To think about it, it’s already September. 3/4 of 2012 has been gone and only 1/4 remains. Wow, how quickly can time pass around us?
Soon there will be “Christmas tree section” in department stores and shopping centres, and people will be talking about what to buy for Christmas presents (although many might already have done lay-buy). Sigh, I wanted to move out from this house by the end of this year, but I don’t know if it’s going to happen.
Oh, today is Father’s Day. Father’s Day in Japan was in June, so I feel like “again?”.
I baked cookies for D. And making nachos tonight. It’ll be enough…
Today, because it’s Father’s Day, entrance to Perth Zoo is FREE for fathers. I have 1 year pass, so three of us can go there for free (basically). :) I’m waiting for them coming back from Sunday mass.
Posted August 16th, 2012 in Food, Jakarta, Perth WA | No Comments »
I’m quite surprised to know that not many people are aware of IKEA’s current promotion – “I could eat an armchair” where the amount you spend at IKEA restaurant will be taken off your store purchase. (term & condition) This offer ends this Friday, so if you are interested then rush to IKEA!!
I actually didn’t have anything particularly that I wanted to buy, but since sister-in-law is here from Jakarta we took her to IKEA for lunch yesterday. We ate around $33 worth food, and got $33 worth IKEA items for free!
It’s not only IKEA, but many shops in Perth are starting Sunday trading from next week. Perth is changing. I remember when I came here in 2003…. I had a huge culture shock when I found out shops are closed on Sunday. For me, weekends are the time people go shopping!
Hmmm…. by the way, I’ve already started shopping from Japanese online shops…. I’m gonna ask my dad to bring them to Bali then I can take them home here in Perth. (thank you, dad) I wasn’t gonna buy many things, but it’s so hard…. There are so many things that I want to buy from Japan!! On my last homecoming trip to Japan, we had total of 50kg allowance for check-in luggage, but we had to leave half of what we bought there because our luggage were already over 50kg. So, imagine how many things we bought during our stay there…. It’s crazy.
It’s kinda shame that there is no Daiso in Bali. Well, but we are not going to Bali for shopping. We are going there to RELAX and EAT I can’t wait!
Posted July 29th, 2012 in Perth WA | 2 Comments »
There will be an exciting event for people who love hand-made craft, art, music, Japanese foods and culture in Bibra Lake. This event, called “Hinata (sunny side) Gallery Cafe”, will be held on 8th of September 2012 at Perth Waldorf School, Bibra Lake.
There will be stalls selling hand-made crafts, arts, etc as well as Japanese foods and drinks. I’ve never been to this event before, but apparently it’s held annually. I hear all the things at this event are very well-made and good quality. Above of all, nothing can beat the warmness of handmade things.
There will also be an opportunity to experience Japanese calligraphy, and listen to Japanese musician playing and watch Japanese film.
Cafe will open from 10:00 to 19:00, Craft/Workshop open from 10:00 to 16:00, Music Concert will start at 16:00 for 30 minutes, and Film will start from 16:30 until 18:30. Yes, it’s a whole-day event!
So, write down the date “8th September 2012″ on your diary and experience the whole culture and entertainment of Japanese artists!