Journey To The West

Australia is super duper big lol! When I told my dad we were gonna drive from Darwin to Perth, he freaked out and asked me how far we would drive. “You better don’t know the distance, Pa.” I said. I’m glad he didn’t google it because I know how overthinking my dad is.

Because it is this far.

 

For you to compare.

 

And we are all girls and our manager+supervisor were kinda worried they even gave me tips and emphasized to stay connected because the truth is communication coverage in Australia is still lacking in many places especially when you do road trip.

Telstra is the best provider and its signal reaches many places yet no one of us use Telstra lol! But seriously tho, I would say our journey was kinda blessed but maybe having Telstra would be safer because you’ll never know what will come to you. And I’m so happy I’ve got Cia and Rusi in this journey. Cia is a very reliable person, not a typical female driver. She understands automotive and she is a very good driver. Rusi can’t drive but her ability to keep us awake was amazing lol! She had a pile of conversation topics, high level of endurance when it came to the talking and being awake, and voluntary painful strikes she gave to me whenever I felt sleepy while driving XD. Can’t forget how painful it was when she hit my hand.

Ready to know the story? Here we go.

 

Before we left Darwiin for good, we still managed to take selfie with manager+supervisor and gave them farewell gifts.

Rusi cried so much omg

We left Darwin around 11.45 and our goal that day was to get to Timber Creek before the sun sets. Cia and I have passed this route before and to be honest, the view in NT is still boring. “Flat” scenery, only bushes everywhere. Another challenge was driving the van itself; because it is slim and tall, it wasn’t stable if we drove more than 120 kmph. When I was driving, I almost sent us to death because suddenly the van lost its balance and I got panicked! I braked to slow it down but I made it worse. Then I learned whenever I lose balance, better just to lower the speed and don’t brake so suddenly. We passed Katherine and had lunch there and OMG it was so hot and humid. I wished Timber Creek wouldn’t be hot but actually it was the worst.

Image from Google.

Very hot, no wind, and to make it worse, I had problem with Cia. We couldn’t sleep in the van or we could be suffocated. At about 2 am, we went outside and slept in the kitchen area of the caravan park. There were 2 ceiling fans on and they helped so much. The most important part was Cia and I had to be fit because Day 2 would be a very loooong and tiring day. But it went better tho. No more problem between me and Cia; Rusi and Cia got “enough” sleep, and I somehow felt fit enough to be the next first driver.

 

Our goal today was to spend sunset time in Broome. Broome is famous of its long white beach and camel ride. So many good sunset pics with camels and we really hoped to see that but it was a veryyyyyy long drive we didn’t know if we could make it. I started driving early, at 4.45 am and it gave Cia enough time to recover her energy.

Rested in Kunnunura and had our breakfast here.

 

Lily Creek Lagoon.

 

Managed to take picture with Cia aftermath lol.

 

Her turn to drive.

 

From our window.

 

The weather was so nice that we stopped to take selfie with pretty clouds.

 

Told ya it was pretty.

 

Met cute wallabies :3

Eventually, we didn’t make it to Broome. We slept at Willare and it was still about 170 kms away from Broome. Good thing that no one of us was selfish enough; we took this journey easily. No sunset in Broome, no worries.

 

Changed plan, we tried to make it to Broome before sunrise so we started to drive at 4 am but dafuggg the sun rose at 5 am! xD We had fun on the road instead while waiting for Cia to poop in the bush.

When we arrived at Broome, we had another situation. We were so so so so shocked to hear recent airplane crash happened in Indonesia and it killed our friend’s parents. Lisa. I cried instantly and to be honest I lost myself to enjoy the day so we spent almost an hour at Maccas to sit quietly, surfed the internet and read articles about the crash. Rusi brought us back to the reality, the show must go on, and I’m sure Lisa didn’t want us to mourn too long either. Then we discussed about the trip and continued the day.

Hello Oaks lol.

The beach was really spectacular! White sandddd, so clean and vast, and the color was so blueeee. The wind was strong and it was really nice to do water sports here.

We continued driving to our next stop: Port Hedland. Believe me, the journey Broome from was the most boring, tiring, and annoying of all. It was hot, bright, no beautiful scenery. Only red dirt, bush, and endless straight road. I was driving and I was really sleepy actually since I swam earlier. We took a rest in Sandfire (the name of the town is as scary as the color of the dirt or sand or whatever) and the rest area got a pretty cute photogenic spots.

BM – SF, the most boring part.

We made it to Port Hedland in the evening. Port Hedland is a busy place and so many mining sites and I think I saw a factory here. It even has international airport! And its caravan park was the best because we got signals, they have free laundry+dryer, and the weather was nice.

Milo and marshmallow to warm the hearts.

 

It was Halloween day and we participated in it thus we put make up on.

Guess the themes.

We drove to a certain distance with those looks lol. Worst part, I lost to Cia and Rusi and I had to pay the fuel with that look. Just as I entered the store someone near the cashier was shocked, “Whoaa, what’s going on here?” He laughed af xD

Rusi took the pic of our spot.

 

I think I’m kinda obsessed with clouds.

 

And oh, the journey from Port Hedland to our next stop was a bit merry. Usually we drove alone for a certain (far) distance without passing a vehicle from both lanes, like, the road was super quiet. However, we met so many road trains and other vehicles here. Many mining sites spotted too along the way. Hectic.

We spent the night in Karalundi and it was very quiet and actually we were lucky the caretaker of the place was waiting for someone who booked a spot via phone. And luckily we arrived earlier than him so we could still sleep there. Someone named Kayleen accompanied us during dinner time and he was very chatty! We tried anything to try to stop him talking like giving him food, disctracting him, etc but he kept on going T^T. Cia was the only one who listened to him patiently xD.

 

 

Just in case somebody is curious about Kayleen, here’s our pic:

I wish your dreams come true, boy.

Today, surprisingly we made it to Perth xD. At first we were even not sure if we could arrive in Perth on Nov 3rd! The journey from Karalundi to Perth was the best! We passed Meekathara, Cue, Mt. Magnet, New Norcia, Wubin, Bindoon; beautiful small towns. But Lake Austin was one of the attractions we want to visit!

Nice huh

Rusi even wanted to leave Karalundi unshowered because she wanted to swim at beautiful Lake Austin. However,

This is the actual Lake Austin.

 

Somebody ain’t happy.

 

So the Lake Austin I browsed earlier wasn’t located in WA but in USA xD. Thank God Rusi took a bath in Karalundi or she would be super upset throughout the day lol!

Sad not, the scenery of those towns I mentioned was pretty.

Jacaranda tree in Mt. Magnet

 

A very quiet monastery in New Norcia.

When we got to New Norcia, it was a bit cold that we wanted to make Indomie. Indonesians will understand the relationship between indomie and cold weather :p. Cia was the first one to cook meanwhile Rusi and I wandered around and took pictures. To be honest I like New Norcia, it’s old and beautiful.

But dunno why we felt the horror in New Norcia because it’s too quiet lol!

My mind was contemplating if I would see a ghost from the window. Just like in movie.

Cia was the one who panicked the most and insisted to leave ASAP lol. Rusi even chose to eat the indomie in the moving car rather than to spend more time in New Norcia. We guys were really overreacted xD.

Anw, were so spoiled by beautiful scenery of a SUUUUUUPPPPPPPEEEEERRRRR VAAAAAAAASSSTTTTT wheat field from Wubin to Bindoon, it’s like hundreds of kilometers!

Sunset time.

So pretty :'(

We finally arrived in Perth at around 7.30 PM. Safe and sound. I came back to Mark and I know Cia and Rusi will enjoy living with Mark too.

All the things happened during the trip; so much laughters, excitement, fatigue, disagreements, so many new things to learn especially in driving, we thank God so much. Thank universe. Now that we’re in Perth, hopefully beautiful things will come to us too.

Let’s hit the road again sometime.

Sayonara

Life is indeed a never ending adventure. Cia, Rusi, and I decided to leave Darwin, to leave stability, to leave ongoing income without a clear assurance about the next job. Rusi could’ve climbed up (she was already a supervisor tho), Cia got so many hours and her work was trusted. Me? Eventho my wrist hurts and I had to have it rested, my manager helped me to keep being productive by giving me easy tasks. In my eyes, I really had the stability. BUT! Blame our ages, we’re still so young that we want to explore more. The plan of moving to Perth had emerged since a month before but we kept delaying it until it reached one point and I realized the universe was working on us! We searched for flight ticket but Cia’s instinct said better no hurry. She actually wanted us to do road trip instead of flying. Rusi suddenly watched Instastory of her friend; doing road trip by campervan for a very cheap price by relocating the van from one to another state. Somehow I also suddenly read my friend’s, Wilson Sumbayak’s Instagram post which boosted up our spirits. Minutes after that, we found a perfect ride from Darwin to Perth from www.coseats.com. We booked rightaway lol.

 

Don’t plan too much he said. Set your direction and let’s pack no matter if you’ll fail or succeed. Sometimes you just need the courage (eventho it looks reckless).

Anyway, this relocation thing really helped us to save the money! All you have to do is to visit Coseats and find your desired trip (and good deal if you’re lucky).

Darwin-Perth was only had one deal. We were lucky tho. And in case you’re asking if we really paid $1 per day, well……

 

Yes we did

 

So the deal required us to relocate the campervan in a week and you can see we had to pay $100 on the 7th day because $1/day is only for the first 6 days. Actually Apollo asked us if we wanted to return in a day earlier but we wasn’t confident we could drive 4100km that fast. Plus, we’ll be charged extra if we deliver it late so yeahhh we chose to pay $100 :'( But you can see it was actually a good deal and some deals are good enough about the fuel policy. In our case, we got $50 refund of fuel but some can give you refund muuuchhh more, e.g. $700. Y so cheap? Because we basically helped the company to deliver the vehicle to the state where it was booked. And to us, it was a nice deal because the airplane ticket could cost $350 per pax. We’d rather add up a bit more and enjoy the scenery tho.

Anyway, we only had a limited time to do preparation but thank Gooooddd we worked at hotel coz there are so many leftovers that we could take and it saved us so much money. We didn’t buy toiletries, things we use in cooking such as cooking oil, salt, pepper, and many other spices and seasonings, linens to cover our beds, any many more. Another problem arose: capacity. Cia and I only brought 1 carrier and 1 backpack each, and a guitar. But you won’t believe Rusi lol! She brought 2 luggages, 1 daypack, and 2 more tote bags of her daily essentials. Cia and I worried so much where the heck we should place her belongings xD not to mention we packed so many shopping bags about our cooking items. But yeah, we could think about it later as preparation was the thing we had to do at that time.

To be honest we didn’t have a proper time to prepare for the road trip because we still worked in the past week and hotel was still busy plus we had a farewell party on the day before we left. Our manager and supervisor came up with and idea: International Food Day. Each person should bring one of traditional food of their country. So imagine even on the last day before we went we were still busy cooking xD. I cooked Nasi Liwet, Cia cooked Bakwan Jagung, Rusi hired someone to cook Rendang Sapi as she had a very high expectation of it but apparently she was not happy with it, three of us were.

 

Just finished cooking at Rusi’s place.

 

Not the complete one.

 

We had Fijian, Thai, Indonesian, Nepalese, Papuan, and Filipino foods. So nice! Can’t believe we were so good in cooking.

 

Maigad so blurred T^T. But well, I’m gonna miss these Indo girls :*

 

Last family picture <3 Not a full squad tho ;”(

 

Can’t believe it had been 6 months for me to work there. From the state of “I want to quit!” in literally everyday to the state “I’m gonna miss this.” To my manager, Ana, you’re something! You’re tough and sometimes scary but I know your heart is so tender. You are very compassionate and thank youuuu for helping me throughout my hard times and thank you for molding me to be tougher and better. And to my supervisor, Vini, I’m gonna miss your laughter. Your smile, laughs, jokes, and foods will be remembered xD. I always adore how inspiring your life is and parts of you as a mother are things I want to have someday. Thank youuuu. Good thing of this parting is, I left together with my 2 close workmates that I didn’t feel alone lol but I’m definitely gonna miss everything about Oaks.

 

 

Bye trolley.

 

D-day has come! Cia and I went to get the campervan and woooo, we were so spoiled by it. Four people can fit in the van and it has 2 beds, kitchen, sink, microwave, fridge, good air flow, etc! Niceeeeee <3 Watch this and you’ll be amazed. Cia was the first to drive and was so challenged to drive a van lol! But the van was really nice; smooth, automatic transition and really had good power.

Time to part came for real. We cried as we knew we couldn’t spend many days of togetherness with people we love in Darwin anymore but we’re still in Australia anyway. We hope we’ll meet again someday.

Thank you Darwin. I thank you so much.