What do you think about life in Sydney? Do you like it? Some of you might be will say YES OFF COURSE I like Sydney. There are some fantastic place such as Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, many beaches (Bondi, Manly, Coogee, Maroubra, etc). Transportation is very convenience. Crime rate is relatively low. Perfect place for study because some universities in Sydney have been chosen as top 100 of the best universities in the world. It is true. I absolutely agree.
How about if I ask you about money that you should spend (living cost) in Sydney? Do you still consider Sydney as a fantastic place to live in? Sorry buddies, I almost totally believe that you will fold your forehead skin and give me your sour smile and say yeee (Oz mode for saying yes) living in Sydney is very expensive. I give examples: the price of 1 can of Coca Cola (± 300 ml) is about AUD 2 (1 AUD ≈ IDR 7,100). In Indonesia we just have to pay IDR 2,500.-, or the price of Conello ice cream is about AUD 3, but in Indonesia IDR 5,000.-. Now you can think yourself about these prices.
So what you should do then to over come that issue?? For some wealthy people it is not a big deal, but some others will answer “I have to keep my belt tightly”, or some will give vary answers.
I give you one option to deal with that. Some Indonesian students, who live in Sydney, may have already known ANGLI CARE. It is a second hand shop. You can buy many things and it is very cheap.
In New South Wales State, there are many ANGLI CARE shops such as at Summer Hill, Narellan, Parramatta, Penrith, Richmond, Rockdale, St Marys, Wollongong, Blacktown, Bonnyrigg, Bomaderry, Burwood, Dapto, Fairfield, Hornsby and Liverpool. Most of those open at 9.00 – 4.45 on Monday – Friday, and 9.00 – 1.45 on Saturday. They are closed on Sunday. The closest shop from city is located in Summer Hill. You just spend about 30 minutes by bus number 440 and 438 from railway square to Liverpool street Ashfield (the closet bus stop to Angli Care shop) and then on foot about 5 minutes, whereas by train you just need about 20 minutes from central station to Summer Hill train station and then about 5 minutes on foot (please complain me if I am wrong.. heheheh).
Angli Care shop in Summer Hill is not a big shop. It is located at 105 Carlton Crescent and placed at a quite old building about 20 m x 20 m. One sixth is used for management office, three sixth is used to sort the “new arrival good” by the employees whereas two sixth is used to display the goods so the costumers can choose and select the products. They sell many things, such as garments (jeans, t-shirts, shirts, jackets, and even formal suit), shoes, cutlery, novels, blankets, bed covers, etc. For garments, they are put in wire boxes so you should explore every single box to find suitable ones for you. For garments, shoes and blankets, you just pay AUD 4/kg no matter what kind garments you choose… YES… they sell it on kg base. For every kg you can have 3-4 t-shirts. If you get lucky… you can find some products from famous brand names such as Levis and Dolce & Gabbana. For other products, they have their own prices, but mostly the price is lower than normal, even if you have to compare with the same products at Paddy’s market (the cheapest market in Sydney). If you want to have the experience at there.. I suggest you to go there on Saturday… because there are many “new arrival”…. But off course… there are many costumers either who have same intention. If you do not want to waste your energy exploring the boxes, you can go to other sections in the store and find selected products but the prices is a little bit higher than the price of the products in the boxes.
For Banjarness, may be you have known this kind shop in some areas in Banjarmasin… Pasar Tungging, but at Pasar Tungging the sellers display their products at field or even at the streets.
Notes: For bloggers from Banjarmasin… please tell further other about Pasar Tungging.