#4 Carton Milk Cows

Hey you guys!

Talking about places that I want to visit would be difficult as it will be a really really long list. Yepp. I can assure you that. So I just gonna talk about one specific place. Nah, more like one specific country that I really want to visit ever since I was in 3rd grade of elementary school. New Zealand.

I remember it very very well. You guys know the picture on the carton milk? Yea when I was a kid, it showed a picture of black and white cows eating grass on a really big and wide field. Yep. That one. At that time, there was a competition held by this dairy company uhm I dont remember which brand and the prize was to go to New Zealand. Mind you, at that time New Zealand was not very known in my country. At least to people that I know. I meant, come on, I was like what 9 years old so mostly people that I knew are 9??? Hahahah. But the adults did not know that as well for some reason. Or maybe they were just playing on me? Eh? Wut?

When I was a kid, most people (and kids) know USA (we basically only said America though hahaha even though America is a continent. Well, we were kids…), England (yes only England not the whole UK) umm what else… neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Singapore I guess. Well not much basically. So when we were talking about where you wanna go and I mentioned New Zealand, people were confused.

What is that?

Did you just make a random country out of your mouth?

That does not exist!

Well yea that happened. You can imagine my frustration trying to say that it’s real. But then when people asked me what’s in there, my answer was not the best either.

Cows.

Yes. That, my readers, was my answer. My sole answer on what’s in New Zealand. Great.

What? Cows?

Yes, I want to see where milk comes from

But… you can do that here…

“Yes but the cows are different! This one is black and white like in cartoon! I want to see those cows eating grass on a really big field

Oh good Lord.

But yea, I did not get the prize to go to New Zealand and I havent been there until now. So there you go, another travel bucketlist of mine: seeing black and white cows eating grass on a big green field in New Zealand. (you can find my other travel bucketlist here which I have checked wooo!)

Cheers,

Kemmy

VISTA #12: 18 hours

Hey you guys!

It’s been a while since the last time I posted this Visual Story Saturday. Actually it’s been a loooong time since the last time I actually update my blog. Well today I’m going to talk about my trip to Vienna, Austria last November 2019. Yea yea this COVID situation sucks, no? So I want to reminiscing my travel experience to Vienna.

I just moved to Germany on late Sept 2019 and a colleague of mine contacted me. I guess it was October when she texted me. She told me that she is going to Germany with one of her colleague (I also know him). Back then, I had this issue with friends of mine here so I was really really upset and just wanted to get out from the city for couple of days to forget about it. So yea, I was really excited when she asked if I wanna join them and they will bear all of the expenses. UUUH YES PERFECT COMBINATION WOOO!

So, I tried to find a plane ticket for the weekend but it was too expensive and I had to transit in somewhere I forget the exact location. Nuh-uh. No way. So i tried to find a train ticket but again too expensive and then I turned into bus and yep, this is it. So I bought a ticket for Friday evening (around 6pm I guess) because I had class until afternoon and another was for Sunday night (10 pm I guess). I had classes on Monday but I was thinking to skip the morning class and attend the evening one. Because I have no idea about the material at all, so i think i just should not skip it or i’ll get even dumber by the week ahahah.

What I got from my 18 hours trip

Kemmy and impulsivity are best friend forever. The journey took me 18 hours. 18. freaking. hours.

I had around 4 – 5 hours stopover in Berlin for both trips. Like. In the middle of the night. And i think the other one (from Vienna back to home) was at 5ish am? It was winter. Yes. Great job.

Oh the thing I do just to ease my mind and meet my friends.

Do I think I was being dumb? Yes

Do I regret it? No

I was really upset, feeling kinda homesick and i think that was a great opportunity to get out from the hustle and bustle of my mind. Besides, I got to meet my friends from home and I really enjoyed my time with them so much.

Cheers,

Kemmy

Packing Tips If You’re Going To Move Abroad

Hey you guys!

As you know now I have moved to Germany for my Gradschool. I thought maybe it’s good to share what I brought when I moved to Germany. When I was about to leave, I was really confused on what to bring, do I need to bring X or not, should I just buy this instead etc.

I never really like packing, well, unpacking is even more annoying for me hahaha. I usually just left things in my bag until couple of days (or weeks?) after I travel. I usually pack light as well, as I find bringing many stuffs as troublesome. Pain in the butt. So that’s why I prefer to travel with my backpack. But again, I couldnt really do that now, could I? So I started to research on what stuffs should I bring to Germany on the internet and asked couple of my friends who already moved to Germany.

And this is the list that I came up with:

Clothes, Shoes, Bags, Accessories

Indonesia’s climate is different with Germany as we only have dry and wet season. My flight was at the end of September so it was autumn in Germany. I didnt really bring many clothes but what I brought mostly for cold weather and I also packed a formal dress and high heels in case I got invited to formal events. I usually wear light and thin clothes, like tshirt and summer dress, since it is really hot and humid in Indonesia. I only brought a couple of them though because I thought I could just buy them in Germany later when the weather becomes warmer. I dont usually wear accessories as well so I only brought my watch, beanie and gloves.

So, this is the list of the things that I brought:

Clothes

  • Leggings (2)
  • Thermal leggings (2)
  • Turtle neck long sleeve shirt (3)
  • Thermal long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Jogger pants (because it is soooo comfy; 1)
  • Blouse (2)
  • 3/4 sleeve t-shirt (1)
  • Tshirts (2-3)
  • Running shorts (2-3)
  • Formal dress (1)
  • Short skirts (1-2)
  • Shorts (1)
  • Jeans (2)
  • Jacket (2; one of them is for winter while the other is warm enough for early autumn and spring I guess)
  • Outer (3-4; I dont really remember though. But since I like to wear outer so I’m pretty sure I brought at least 3)
  • Summer dress (2)
  • Bathing suit (1)
  • Rain jacket (1)
  • Underwear (7 for bras and panties)
  • Sport bra (2)
  • Socks (7)
  • Tanktop (2-3)
  • Sweater 1

Shoes

  • Training shoes (1)
  • Flat shoes (1)
  • High heels (1)
  • High heels boots (1; I ended up buying another boots there because I find it tiring to wear heels daily hahah)

Bags

  • Backpack (1; to go to college so it should be big enough for my laptop)
  • Small backpack (1; my favourite bag for daytrips)
  • Hiking backpack (1; in case I want to travel)
  • Shoulder bag/sling bag (1; for daytrips as well if I wanna look a bit more feminine hahaha)
  • Foldable backpack (1)
  • Sling bag (1; I find it very useful when I travel to put my wallet and passport)

Accessories

  • Gloves (1)
  • Beanie (1)
  • Watch (1; I only brought my smart watch as I find it more practical)
  • Sunglasses (1)
  • Glasses (2)
  • Towel (2)

Electronics

I dont really use notebooks to write anymore now. I still use it but mostly I just use my iPad, again, because I find it more practical to save my notes, see my schedule, etc. It depends on how much you rely on gadgets really.

  • Phone (2; one is my work phone with my Indonesian number which my colleagues and most of my friends know so I just brought it with me. It could also be my backup phone in case the one that I use has some problems)
  • Laptop (2; again, for backup hahaha to be honest I dont really use the other one though)
  • Travel adapters (2)
  • iPad (1; I use it for reading, taking notes etc)
  • External hard drive (2; I divided work purposes storage and private storage. In case my colleagues need some of the data from work, I could send it to them so I just brought it along with me)
  • Portable battery pack (1; I dont really use it but I still brought it along just in case)
  • Charger
  • Wireless headphones (1)
  • Headset (2; I always forget to charge my headphones so I brought headset as well)

Important Documents

The important documents depend on what you need really. Since I am a student so what I need is my bachelor certificate, apart from my passport and VISA of course.

  • Original and translation of bachelor certificate and transcripts (I need them to re-register myself)
  • Legalised copy and copy of bachelor certificate and transcripts (10 of each)
  • Language certificate: IELTS (I brought the original and the copy)
  • Language certificate: German (I brought my latest Goethe Zertifikat and Kursteilnahmebestätigung or confirmation of course participant. I brought the original and the copy as well)
  • Passport and VISA (I also brought the copy)
  • Passport Photos (I basically brought a lot I lost count hahahah)
  • ATM cards and cash (not a document but I’ll just put it here hehe)

Medicine

If you have any prescription medication then you should bring it with you. I dont have any so I only bring some meds that I usually take when I have cold and heartburn.

Miscellaneous

Well, for me, my pillow is important hahahha so I brought my pillow from home hahha. So in Indonesia we have something called “guling” it’s basically a pillow but long. I have never found one whenever I traveled so i just brought it with me since I find it a bit hard to fall asleep if I dont hug my pillow hahahha. I also bring my face wash and some of my face creams from my dermatologist

I think how much and what you wanna bring depend on each person. There is no one size fits all in my opinion because everyone has their own style and needs. But again, I find recommendations on the internet and from other people really helpful when I was planning what to bring 😀 So I hope this could help you plan stuffs as well! Have fun packing! And also #stayathome guys and stay safe and healthy! 🙂

Cheers,

Kemmy