Bus from KLIA2 to Penang

A connecting flight ticket to Dhaka required me to transit in Kuala Lumpur. Oh….Really, I had to set foot in Kuala Lumpur for 12th time.

You are great, Donny….

No, It’s not about how great I am, but about I am who very bored

I had to quickly rack my brain to make this trip became memorable.

Fine….Finally I decided to leave Kuala Lumpur and chose to visit Penang by extending my transit time.

Until 2017, I never visit Penang. Because my travel distance is far from Southeast Asia now. So I forced myself to stop by to Penang before starting South Asia trips.

Then….How to reach Penang from KLIA2 (Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2)?

I’ll give you some choices,

Alternative 1. Using ETS (Electric Train Service)

Cost which be spent if you use ETS:

  1. Aerobus from KLIA2 to KL Sentral = USD 3
  2. ETS from KL Sentral station to Butterworth station = USD 21
  3. Ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal @ Penang Sentral to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal @ Penang island = USD 0,3

Overall fares = USD 24,3

Alternatif 2. Using Bus

Cost which be spent if you use bus:

  1. Direct bus from KLIA2 to Penang Sentral = USD 14,1
  2. Ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal @ Penang Sentral to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal @ Penang island = USD 0,3

Overall fares = USD 14,4

I think you know what kind of transportation which I choose?…..

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On 22:05 hours, Air Asia QZ 206 landed me on KLIA2. The meaning is clear, right….Sleeping again in airport….Hahaha.

After stamping my passport in immigration counter, I immediately headed to Transportation Hub on 1st floor of Gateway @ klia2 mall. And then I sat at NZ Curry House corner to eat “Nasi lemak” (Malaysian originally food) and “teh O” (tea without sugar) for USD 1,7 as my dinner menu….dinner in midnight.

Eating it in my midnight.
I repeated a similar menu in the morning before going to Penang.

And to secure a ticket to Penang. In midnight, I bought a StarMart Express bus ticket with its last destination i.e Penang Sentral for USD 14,1.

In midnight, that counter was very busy…. Beware if tickets sold out!…Just try to buy it on 12Go
The final destination is still listed Butterworth terminal. Before Penang Sentral was completed built, the bus stopped at that terminal.

Yessss….

Eat….Done….

Ticket….Done….

It made me can sleep very well in airport mosque at 3rd floor Departure Hall of KLIA2.

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And my journey to Penang began. That morning on 6am, I boarded into StarMart Express in Door 1-platform A01 according to the ticket.

StarMart Express was arrived in platform.
I sat in seat number 22.

Because it was a long journey, I bought a bottle of mineral water and a light snack for USD 1,2.

Going along North-South Expressway road, Starmart Express went slowly. And 3 hours 45 minutes later, I arrived at Amanjaya Terminal, Ipoh City. Ipoh itself is the capital of Perak State.

The bus dropped and took a number of passengers at Amanjaya Terminal.
Road situation when leaving Ipoh City.

On 11:00, Bus arrived in Taiping road and finally stopped at Kuala Kangsar Terminal. Passengers do toilet break for 10 minutes.

Kuala Kangsar Terminal is located right on Persiaran Bendahara street, Bandar Baru city, Kuala Kangsar District, Perak State.

On 11:55, bus stopped at StarMart Express Taiping office on Jalan Kampung Dew, Simpang area. This is the final destination of StarMart Express Bus from KLIA 2. And to continued a journey to Penang, passengers will be moved to another StarMart Express bus or other bus which in cooperation with StarMart Express.

StarMart Express @ Taiping Headquarter which is located in Laut, Matang dan Selama Districts, Perak State.

And this time, I was transferred to Eagle Bus which in collaboration with StarMart Express.

This “Green” bus is owned by Eagle Coach SDN.BHD company.

No problem for me to be transferred to another bus. The important was arrived in destination. But I didn’t know about other passengers, are they also still comfort or maybe are they annoyed … hahaha.

OK, let’s continue my story….

On 12:30 hours, bus arrived in Kamunting Raya Express Bus Terminal for 10 minutes toilet break again.

This terminal is located in Kamunting City, District of Laut, Matang dan Selama, Perak State.

10 minutes later, bus slowly left Kamunting City and showed beauty view through winding roads which splitting hills.

Perak State which is very beauty.

Soundly sleeping because of lacking sleep on last night at KLIA2. Finally, I didn’t feel that bus started to entering Penang Sentral platform on 13:54 hours.

High curiosity made me didn’t feel tired after got in bus for 7 hours 54 minutes to reach my dream destination….”Penang”

I was dropped off at this platform when I arrived in Penang Sentral.

So guys,….Who doesn’t want to see Old Town of George Town which is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site?….I think everyone want to visit it

Come on, visit it !….Just travel like me, I guarantee that it is cheap.

You can also get KLIA2-Penang bus ticket on 12Go travel e-commerce.

Tian Tan Buddha….Pesona Religius di Ngong Ping

Perjalanan Menuju Tin Tan Buddha

Aku: “Is it a bus to Tung Chung Station, Sir

Driver: “Yes, Sir….It will go there”.

Percakapan singkat di pintu depan double decker S56 di bus stop, Hong Kong International Airport. Dengan bus tingkat itu, Aku menuju Tung Chung Tempory Bus Terminus yang berjarak 250 meter di barat laut Tung Chung MTR Station.

Duduk di deck bawah bus, Aku terus mengamati ke luar jendela untuk menemukan tanda keberadaan Citygate Outlets sebagai bangunan terdekat dari Tung Chung Station yang paling mudah terlihat karena ketinggiannya yang menjulang.

30 menit berlalu, akhirnya Aku melihat bagian atas shopping centre itu. Membuat hati sedikit tenang karena sudah pasti Aku tak tersasar. Bus perlahan merapat di Tung Chung Temporary Bus Terminus. Dalam sekejap pula, Aku bisa melihat keberadaan bus bernomor 23 yang bertujuan akhir di Ngong Ping. Tak bergegas mengejarnya, karena Aku harus mencari sarapan di Citygate Outlets.

Pusat perbelanjaan yang dikombinasikan dengan perkantoran dan hotel.

Keluar masuk beberapa minimarket di lantai dasar mall, Aku tak kunjung menemukan makanan halal. Kembali ke plaza depan sembari duduk mengamati sekitar, hingga akhirnya menemukan logo McDonald’s di ujung mall. Mendamparkan diri di resto cepat saji itu. Burger omlet hangat dan secangkir hot tea seharga Rp 26.000 membuatku lebih siap untuk menjelajah Big Buddha.

Lambang MTR (Mass Transit Railway) Hong Kong

Selangkah kemudian, Aku sudah bersiap di Tung Chung Temporary Bus Terminus dan kemudian mengantri di platform bus No.23. Dimulai dengan men-swipe Octopus Card di automatic machine fare di sebelah sopir, akhirnya Aku memulai perjalanan menuju Tian Tan Buddha.

Interior bus no.23 menuju Ngong Ping.

Bagaimana ya pemandangan selama perjalan menggunakan bus no.23. Intip dikit yuk!….

Itu bagian dari Laut China Selatan lho…..
Menyusuri Tung Chung Road.

35 menit kemudian…..

Aku: “Hello, is it yours?”, Aku berteriak kepada rombongan wisata sambil memegang Immigration Clearance Arrangement milik seseorang yang jatuh dibawah bangku.

Salah satu dari mereka: “Oh, it isn’t”, berseloroh setelah membaca dan mengkonfirmasi itu bukan namanya dan teman rombongannya.

Aku: “Oh, Ok”. Aku menyerahkan lembar itu ke sopir, barangkali nanti ada yang nyariin.

Bus No. 23.

Kejadian itu menjadi penutup cerita perjalanan menuju Tian Tan Buddha.

Tian Tan Buddha dan Destinasi di Sekitarnya

Bagian pertama yang Kulalui adalah Ngong Ping Piazza. Apa aja yang ada di Ngong Ping Piazza, ini dia:

Memasuki gerbang depan Ngong Ping Piazza membuatku kagum akan destinasi ini. Luas, megah dan sakral.

Main gate Ngong Ping Piazza atau sering disebut New Pau Lau.

Setelah melewati gerbang maka bagian selanjutnya yang akan Kamu lalui adalah Bodhi Path sepanjang 122 meter dengan 12 patung di sisi kiri dan kanan yang dikenal sebgai ”The Twelve Divine Generals”.

The Twelve Divine Generals” berwujud 12 patung jenderal dewa sebagai penjaga Tian Tan Buddha. 12 Jenderal Dewa ini juga melambangkan 12 zodiak Tiongkok. Kedua belasnya dipersenjatai dengan senjata tertentu.

The General Indra, mewakili waktu antara jam 9-11 pagi. Mewakili lambing ular dalam zodiak Tiongkok. Bersenjatakan tongkat.
The General Makura, mewakili waktu antara jam 5-7 pagi. Mewakili lambing kelinci dalam zodiak Tiongkok. Bersenjatakan kapak.

Setelah melewati Bodhi Path maka Kamu akan menemui bagian lain yang dinamakan dengan The Four Lotus Ponds (Di Tan). Bagian ini biasanya digunakan untuk upacara keagamaan yang diselenggarakan oleh Po Lin Monastery.

Di Tan adalah pusat dari Ngong Ping Piazza. Sering dijuluki sebagai “The Alter of Earth”.
Jika beruntung, Kamu akan disapa oleh doi yang bebas berkeliaran di sekitar Ngong Ping Piazza.

OK, Ngong Piazza kelar……

Bagian selanjutnya yang kutuju adalah Tian Tan Buddha.

Tian Tan Buddha adalah salah satu patung Buddha tertinggi di dunia. Menghadap ke utara dan perlu mendaki 268 anak tangga untuk persis berada dibawahnya. Dari atas juga akan terlihat pemandangan Lantau Island 360 derajat.

Yuk….Kamu kuat ga naik?.
Pemandangan Lantau Island 360 derajat menantimu jika berhasil mendaki anak-anak tangga itu.
Free jika Kamu sebatas berkunjung di luar patung Tian Tan Buddha. Tapi Kamu harus membayar jika ingin masuk ke bagian bawah patung Buddha

Disekeliling Tian Tan Buddha akan Kamu jumpai enam patung Bodhisatva yang terlihat seperti memberikan persembahan berbeda-beda untuk Tian Tan Buddha.

Ini dia salah satu dari keenam patung Bodhisatva.

Lalu bagaimana wujud dari Tian Tan Buddha. Ini dia:

Gagah menjulang dengan tinggi 34 meter.

Menuruni kembali Tangga Tian Tan Buddha maka Aku segera bergegas menuju Wisdom Path.

Apa itu Wisdom Path?

Yups…adalah jalur setapak yang membelah hutan dengan pemandangan di kiri kanan jalan berupa prasasti-prasasti yang berisi tulisan-tulisan dari ajaran Sutra Hati dan dituangkan dalam lembaran-lembaran besar papan kayu. Sutra Hati sendiri sangat dihormati di kalangan Konfusius, Buddhists dan Tao. Papan kayu ini berjumlah 38 buah dan disusun sedemikian rupa sehingga membentuk pola angka 8 sebagai lambang infinity.

Tanda menuju Wisdom Path.

Wisdom path ini hanya berjarak 15 menit jalan kaki dari Tian Tan Buddha.

Yuhuuuu….Sampai juga di Wisdom Path.

Wisdom Path kelarrrr…..yuk, apalagi?

Yup….Mari berkunjung ke Ngong Ping Village.

Ini perkampungan ya, Don?….Kok Village.

Bukaaaaaannnnnnnnnn……..Ini Cuma tempat penjualan souvenir. Hahaha. So pasti, Aku ga bakal lama-lama disini….

Terakhirrrr…..Ada satu lagi destinasi di Ngong Ping. Yaitu Po Lin Monastery. Sorry ya gaes, Guwe gak bisa kunjungi….Sumpehhh, cuapekkkk puolll. Guwe belum tidur semalaman, karena ga ada dapat posisi tidur yang nyaman di Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila. Mudah-mudahan Aku bisa ke Hong Kong lagi dan mengunjungi biara itu. Biara tempat berkumpulnya para biksu dan pertemuan-pertemuan keagamaan berskala Internasional.

Bye Ngong Ping….Welcome Disneyland…..

Ladies Market….Si Penutup Hari Pertama.

Petualangan di Hong Kong Disneyland pun berakhir….Saatnya melanjutkan ke destinasi lain.

Kuserahkan Rp. 264.000 kepada staff perempuan penjaga reception desk Hong Kong Taiwan Hotel. Membasuh tubuh pada jam ke-32 sejak mandi terakhir di Manila adalah hal pertama yang Kulakukan setelah membuka pintu kamar….Daki seberapa tebal?….Beuh, tak perlu ditanya juga sudah bisa diduga….Pufftttt.

Kedai nasi goreng halal ala India di lantai 1 menyelamatkanku dari kelaparan setelah setengah hari penuh menjelajah Tian Tan Buddha dan Hong Kong Disneyland di Lantau Island.

Berjalan sedikit cepat menuju Tsim Sha Tsui Station dan perlahan meninggalkan Chungking Mansions Building yang menjadi lokasi hostelku. Menggunakan MTR Tsuen Wan Line dan berpindah ke MTR Kwun Tong Line di stasiun Mong Kok akhirnya Aku tiba di Lok Fu Station.  

Perjalanan kereta selama 16 menit yang mengurangi saldo Octopus Card ku sebesar Rp. 15.000. Hari pun semakin gelap ketika Aku keluar dari Lok Fu Station di gate B. Sial, Aku terjebak malam menuju Kowloon Walled City Park.

Tak mau berlama-lama menetapkan arah, Aku bertanya kepada seorang ibu karyawan kantoran yang sedang bergegas menaiki Kowloon Green Minibus (Kowloon GMB) yang merupakan transportasi andalan di Distrik Kowloon City.

Aku: “Excuse me, mam!. Sorry for disturbing you. Can me know, which way towards Kowloon Walled City Park?”.

Dia: “Just walk straight through that street, You can find it in 1 km or you can use this GMB to go there”.

Aku: “Oh, thank you mam. I prefer to walk towards there”. (bukan kamusku naik bus untuk jarak segitu)

Menyusuri Junction Road, Aku mulai sedikit curiga karena jalanan terlihat sepi dan sedikit gelap. Tapi Aku tak pernah berniat membatalkan pencarianku. Setelah berjalan selama 15 menit tibalah Aku di Kowloon Walled City Park. Benar dugaanku, taman sangat sepi dan tersamar gelap. Keberadaan beberapa lampu taman tak lantas membuatnya terang saking luasnya taman tersebut.

Aku hanya memandangi taman itu dari pelataran depan saja. Tak memungkinkan untuk masuk ke area yang lebih dalam, membuatku segera meninggalkan taman ini.

Hanya sebentar saja di depan taman.

Aku kembali menuju Lok Fu Station dengan berjalan kaki. Aku berniat menuju ke Ladies Market sebagai penutup trip hari pertamaku di Hong Kong.

Kamu tahu kan Ladies Market?

Maap ini bukan pasar jualan perempuan ya……

Ladies Market merupakan street market sepanjang 1 km yang mayoritas kiosnya menjual barang dan pernak-pernik wanita seperti jam tangan, kosmetik, souvenir, baju bahkan ada juga yang jualan celana dalam.

Naik MTR Kwun Tong Line. Aku menuju Mong Kok Station yang merupakan pemberhentian terdekat dengan Ladies Market. Hanya 9 menit dan Rp. 10.000 kok.

Keluar dari Gate E2 Mong Kok Station dan dilanjutkan dengan menyusuri Nelson Street.

Sebenarnya Kamu itu ngapain sih, Don….Kurang kerjaan.

Diperempatan kedua berbelok ke kanan. Akhirnya Aku disambut dengan wajah Tung Choi Street yang sangat ramai. Penuh dengan billboard di setiap sisi jalan.

“Wah, ini ya Ladies Market, gileee….rame bangeeettttt”, batinku. Waduh, bisa-bisa kebablasan hingga larut malam kalau lepas kendali.

Ayoo, dibeli….100 Dolar dapat 3”, sayup-sayup kudengar bahasa negeriku. Penasaran berat yang membuatku mencari si empunya suara hingga bener-bener ketemu batang hidungnya. Oalah, si penjual adalah seorang ibu warga negara Hong Kong yang sepertinya memang fasih berbahasa Indonesia.

Ayo beli buat oleh-oleh ke Indonesia, pak”, sahutnya. Aku pun tersenyum lebar. Entah bagaimana Dia membujukku, hingga 100 dolar bisa keluar dari dompetku untuk kemudian dikemasnya 6 pieces t-shirt bertajuk “I Love HK”….Hadeuuh, emak-emak dimanapun tetap juara dah…..Jago nawar ya guweh….Hahaha.

Kemudian, sisa waktu lebih kugunakan untuk menikmati jajanan pinggir jalan dan menikmati sekaleng softdrink di sebuah bangku trotoar. Mata yang sebetulnya lelah tak terkalahkan oleh kantuk karena keramaian Ladies Market. Hanya saja, waktu yang kemudian mendesakku untuk segera menuju hostel dan menutup malam itu dengan kesan tak terkira tentang Hong Kong.

Selama 7 menit, MTR Tsuen Wan Line pun mengantarkanku hingga Tsim Sha Tsui Station dimana hostelku berada. Ongkosnya Cuma Rp. 10.000, ya….

Selamat malam HK, see you tommorow.

….Zzzzzzz….

Wallpaper and Reality

HAHAHAHA ….Actually, my cartoon version is like that…. Look at the spittle, That is very amazing.

A waiting room at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport which was Mumbai tourist gate, was deliberately chosen to be the background in this wallpaper.

Why Chhatrapati Shivaji?

My fascination to this modern airport made me fall in love and continue to admire it. Isn’t Kansai International Airport modern one too?….How about Narita International Airport?.…Then what do you consider about Incheon International Airport, Donny?.

Yup, That three airports are very nice…but, That are owned by countries with super-developed economies. It’s normal …

I ask back. How does it feel when you find a modern airport in midst of crowded city in a country which its economy isn’t as good as Japan and South Korea ?.

Indescribable admiration.…

Then, why do I choose airport as wallpaper background?

It’s simple …. International airport has a function as country face. It interpreted cultural diversity and civilization level of a country.

Back to the wallpaper …

Here’s philosophy of the wallpaper above:

Map and Compass….Like a policeman who wields a gun in his waist, so I also have a similar weapon which I always carry when traveling i.e maps and compass. The ability to use these two traveling devices will significantly increase your confidence when traveling in a foreign country and will certainly make you more unique than other traveler.

Drink Bottle….Drink bottle is important item in saving budget. Filling it at airport’s water station….in public places….at hotels….or moving restaurant’s pitcher water into it is a crazy habit which I consistently do.

So when You was traveling with me….don’t be negative thinking, I’m not seeing that beautiful girls, but….I am looking for a free water station to save my budget.

Camera….That “black mirrorles” is Canon EOS M10 which I bought in 2018. So all photos which I published in 2011-2017 were result of handphone camera shots, I make sure that articles with experience sources before 2018 will display perfunctory resolution photos….It’s okay, the important thing is it can give you information before starting your trip.

Sleeping….Sleeping at airport is the best and safest way to minimize your budget. At least, it will save your cost for 1 night. I’m crazy….I have slept in 10 airports in Asia.

Itinerary Sheet….I am very detail in itinerary. In addition to being detail in arrangement, I’m also discipline in bringing it during traveling. Being a satire and laughter from many people when passing them by carrying a folder which containing itinerary sheets, print out of flight tickets, hotel booking confirmation sheets and public transportation maps. For others, this seems complicated. But it make me more comfortable when solo traveling. Complete document preparation is identical to self confidence.

Backpack….Yes, that’s my condition in airport. Backpack is never separated from me. Because all my supplies are in it. And surely no more backpack. Therefore, as far as I go, I have never bought a additional checked baggage.

Soooo….Hopefully, this wallpaper can describe my behavior during traveling…..

Which airport will I visit in next journey? How about Sultan Mahmud International Airport? Looks like good…. Do you want to go with me?

This Is My Logo….How About Your Logo?

Everywhere, logo is identity. Its function is so important because it makes our brand stronger. Cool….millennial generation said.

Therefore, I decided to design a logo in hopes of making this “travel blog” became unique. This logo will certainly be the basis of all logo variants from every activities which are travelingpersecond.com derivatives in the future. Who knows, I will have a travel agency someday….It’s my dream.

Actually, making a logo is not easy….4 months were filled with indecision by installing and removing logo components.

My concern don’t make a logo which looks good in people eyes, but rather to a design which illustrates my true conscience and character. It’s simple….but it makes logo maker confuses.

Thank you Giovanni who has patiently designed the travelingpersecond.com logo. Are You curious about Gio?….Achhh, her photo is too pretty to display. If I put her photo here, You willn’t read my article but you will see Gio’s photo for a long time….Her boyfriend will jealous too….Hahaha.

Already, forget about Giovanni.

Then what is this logo meaning, Donny?….So complicated design….not really millennial taste.

I can explain for you, guys:

  1. A man with his backpack….yes, that’s me….everywhere, I carry it….entering toilet, I bring it….I hug it when sleep….even if I’m lonely, I will talk to it….Hahaha, crazy.
  2. Can you travel for 2 weeks with two trousers?….That’s why, my picture in the logo is wearing trousers….Hahaha.
  3. Why do I take photo using a camera with that way?….yeah right, I’m a solo traveler. Yes I usually take selfies photo….Hohoho.
  4. What landmark is that?….Yes, it’s “Burj Al Arab” in United Arab Emirates which symbolizes “the east”. On the left is “Eiffel Tower” which symbolizes “the western” world. Not about a political world but it’s about traveling world….Hmmmh. I’ll finish to exploring “the east” world as soon as possible…Oh Eiffel, I’ll come to you.
  5. The footrests on the mound indicate that I’m a strong walker. Walking 8 km in a day, can you?….surely you also can, maybe just for one or two days….Fine, How about 14 days?….Hahaha.
  6. Are there 4 stars in logo, right?… Shhhtttt, that’s a secret….It isn’t a good moment yet to share about it….Hihihi.
  7. Then why are many part in logo are wrapped in a compass circle. Let me tell you !. On 2013-2017 is a phase which I traveling without internet. My special tools are a map which contain about local destination and a small compass for USD 2 which I bought in Gra ** d * a.
  8. What the meaning of letters “S” and “E” in logo? Yes….I’m a backpacker from “South East Asia” (“SE“-Asia).
  9. Woow, there is plane….Yes, why am I always excited about that flying vehicle. So, I tried to use various airlines during my journey.
  10. All are based on the tagline “Learning Culture by Traveling”. Yes, it looks very idealistic. But indeed I always try to learn cultures in countries which I visited.

Yeeeaaaayyy….Finally, I have a logo.

I hope to persistence in writing.

Deeply Exploring Sentosa

Why do most tourists always post their photos with Universal Studio globe background?. It has become an informal agreement, if you take pictures like that then you have legitimately visited Lee Kuan Yew’s country.

Then have you ever thought about exploring the whole of Sentosa Island?….Yea, one more, all of that was done by walking….Could it?

Hahaha….Crazy.

Have you ever been, Donny?….”Crazy backpacker” like me was asked like that …. Yea, I ever did it….until I got fatigue.

It is my story….How is your story….don’t do it, tiring!

Get off at Harbor Front MRT station, I exit via Vivo Mall. In mall, I tried to didn’t interested with nice goods there or even beauty Singapore’s ladies. Just need to focus on finding a sign which will direct you to Sentosa Boardwalk.

Vivo Mall icon on top floor….from this floor, exit door to Sentosa Boardwalk is already close.

By the way, wait….Do You know? What “Sentosa Boardwalk” is?

Sentosa Boardwalk

If you go to Sentosa Island by bus or car then you willn’t find this floating road. Especially if you ride Sentosa Express monorail or Cable Car….Hmmh, when will I be able to use it?…. hahaha, I ever once… just read it.

Yes …. Sentosa Boardwalk is a 600m long pedestrian path which is made as if it floats on sea to connect Sentosa Island with Singapore mainland….Very cool.

Sentosa Boardwalk starting point.

If Sentosa Boardwalk is for pedestrians, then where is car lane and monorail line to Sentosa Island ?.

Yes, it’s available….You just need to walk off the lane on left of Sentosa Boardwalk, then you will find the both of lane.

That are its lanes….

Street and monorail line towards Sentosa Island.

Because of free cost seeker, so I went to Sentosa Island by….by walk.

A little help by escalator. Even though big portion in this journey is still by walking.

Please, no hurry in walking….yes, fast in reaching destinations isn’t important because you willn’t be able to see many awesome views.

Here is it….results when I was observing on a side of Sentosa Boardwalk decks.

Nice….that’s Harbor Front Port. If you want to get a ferry to Batam, just go there. I hope I can around the world by cruiser ship like that.
Viewpoint in the middle of Sentosa Boardwalk

Automatic Fare Gates at end of Sentosa Boardwalk was covered in cloth, a sign that I didn’t need to pay USD 0,75 to entering Sentosa Island…. I think it was a special promo for something in that day.

Trick Eye Museum

Do you want to go in there?….Just prepare about USD 15.

Entering Sentosa Island gate, greeted by an artificial river opposite museum.

Sentosa Resort World Sign

The walking path led me to entering artificial cave below “Sentosa Resort World” nameplate.

Needed time to take a good photo….Failed many times…..it had to wait for next monorail to passed again.

Malaysian Food Street

After a long time, I was peevish….Starving began to hit after getting the photo. But I knew, There is Malaysian Food Street after Trick Eye Museum.

There was it….
Don’t think that It is truly street food….No, Itsn’t. Sentosa Island is a place where Singaporeans spend their money….hahaha.

To save money, I suggest filling your drink bottles at free water station next to ticketing counter near Sentosa Island entrance.

Malaysian Street Food exit door which directly faces Universal Studio globe.

Universal Studio

Even though I have been here twice before, I came here again for third time….you wasted your time, Donny….Hahaha.

Sorry, beautiful lady….I got a candid photo.

Many tourists have had enough until here when traveling to Sentosa. So, what are other attraction which located after Universal Studio?

Let’s Explore….

Lake of Dreams

Walking to south from Universal Studio globe, You will find Lake of Dreams. When afternoon, Itsn’t interesting. But if You come at night, this place will present an interesting choreography which combines audio, fire, water and light.

The show is free.…

The Maritime Experimental Museum

It’s right next to Lake of Dreams, here it is:

Heading south pass the pool with many small fountains like this:

Sentosa Merlion

Then it will be clearly seen the brown Merlion statue. This half lion and fish statue is often called as the twin of same statue in Merlion Park. You can follow Sentosa Merlion Tour for USD 13,5 to go to top of the statue from inside and enjoy beauty of Sentosa island from a height of 37m.

At night, there is an audio-laser show with Sentosa Merlion as the object.

The statue will change in color during Merlion Magic Lights Show.

Sentosa Merlion Walk

Behind Sentosa Merlion is a 120-meter Merlion Walk. Pedestrian path with a mosaic theme park concept with fountains along park will spoil your eyes in hot weather of Sentosa Island.

Sentosa Express Beach Station

At end of Merlion Walk, there are two large buildings. A building on left side is Beach Station. Sentosa Express user tourists who will travel along southern coast of Sentosa usually get off here.

Finally tasting Sentosa Express for free when returning from Siloso Beach.

i-Fly Singapore

Well, on right side is i-Fly Singapore building. Everyone who want to play indoor sky diving have to spend USD 66,5.

I can’t play sky diving….Hahaha.

Siloso Beach

Located right on beach, I decided to turn right towards Siloso Beach. Oh yes, if you turn left you will see Palawan Beach and Tanjong Beach. Just use beach tram which operate along coastline if you don’t want to walk!.

Along Siloso Beach Walk, I encountered several Machine Gun Pillboxes. This Singapore defense line was built in 1936-1940 during Second World War.

That….

You need to walk 700m from i-Fly Singapore to Siloso Beach and play as much water as you like there.

Interested ?? try to go around the island!.…definitely fatigue and sunburned….Hahaha.

Terdampar di Wan Chai District, Tersangkut di Lockhart Road.

Meninggalkan Bank of China Tower dalam kondisi sedikit gerimis, Aku harus berlari kecil menuju ke ‘Murray Road’ Tram Stop. Aku bersiap naik trasportasi legendaris di Hong Kong yaitu Ding Ding Tram. Tram yang dulu sering muncul di film-film layar lebar Hong Kong.

‘Murray Road’ Tram Stop.

Suasana sibuk Queensway Road yang padat akan kendaraan pribadi dan sebagian bahu jalan yang diambil untuk parkir kendaraan berat pengaspal jalan tak mengurangi rasa antusiasku menunggu tram ini.

5 menit menunggu, tram warna biru pun tiba. Aku melompat ke dalam tram dari pintu belakang dan langsung menuju deck atas tram sehingga bisa menikmati suasana jalanan dengan lebih leluasa.

Tujuanku adalah Victoria Park. Kamu tahu kan Victoria Park? Itu lho taman terbesar di Hong Kong Island yang menjadi tempat berkumpulnya para TKI di Hong Kong.

Aku tiba dalam 35 menit. Setelah men-swipe Octopus Card di fare machine yang terletak di dekat sopir maka Aku segera turun dari pintu depan. Tarif tram murah kok, hanya Rp. 4.500.

Turun di ‘Victoria Park’ Tram Stop yang terletak di Causeway Road.

Victoria Park sudah sangat dekat di depan.

Tapi tak lama setelah turun dari tram, hujan kembali turun dengan deras. Dengan cepat Aku berlari mencari tempat berteduh di depan pertokoan di tepi Causeway Road.

Sepertinya Aku harus membatalkan bermain di Victoria Park. Hujan besar, taman juga pasti sepi. Aku harus mencari alternatif lain untuk memanfaatkan waktu supaya tak terbuang percuma di tengah hujan deras.

Aku berusaha mencari tanda yang bisa mengarahkanku ke Stasiun MTR terdekat. Di stasiun bawah tanah pasti lebih hangat dan kering.

Yes, Aku melihat logo MTR yang kemudian mengarahkanku ke entrance gate Tin Hau MTR Station. Aku memutuskan menuju area retail terkenal Hong Kong yaitu area Causeway Bay dan tentu akan berhenti di Causeway Bay Station. Tarif sekitar Rp. 8.000 dengan waktu tempuh 6 menit.

Tin Hau MTR Station.

Jam menunjukkan pukul 15:30 ketika tiba di Causeway Bay. Kuputuskan mencari kedai makan sembari menunggu hujan reda. Memilah-milah kedai menghindari pork hingga akhirnya hinggap di sebuah kedai kecil di bilangan Jaffe Road.

Nasi plus ayam-tahu-toge seharga Rp. 48.000.
Kalau ini kedai fast food terkenal di area Causeway Bay, yaitu Ying Heong Yuen.

Selanjutnya,

Aku menuju SOGO Mall….Ngapain Don?….Ngemall lah, kek orang susah aja. Keliling lebih dari setengah jam di dalam mall hanya untuk melihat barang-barang mahal. Yah seperti mall-mall di Jakarta lah.

SOGO Mall di Hennessy Road.

Keluar dari mall, Aku lama berhenti di salah satu sisi perempatan besar untuk mengamati aktifitas warga Hong Kong yang super ramai.

Perempatan sibuk di Hennessy Road dekat Stasiun MTR Causeway Bay.

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Dari area Causeway Bay, Aku kemudian berpindah ke pusat Wan Chai District menggunakan tram. Naik dari ‘Paterson Street’ Tram Stop dan turun di ‘Swatow Street’ Tram Station. Hanya butuh waktu 15 menit dan tarif sebesar Rp. 4.500.

Menuju pusat Wan Chai District.

Turun di ‘Swatow Street’ Tram Station, Aku segera menyadari keberadaan stadion sepak bola….Kok ramai amat. Ada pertandingan kali yee?.

Ternyata nama stadionnya Southorn Playground dan terletak di Luard Road.

Aku mendekat dan memberanikan diri bertanya kepada security di gerbang stadion….dan ternyata boleh masuk….geratisssssss pulak.

Buru-buru masuk dan ambil tempat duduk di tribun. Oalah ternyata itu adalah stadion yang digunakan untuk bermain sepak bola bagi masyarakat setempat. Tapi lumayan rame juga. Ikut merasakan aktivitas warga dan tak terasa seperti turis. Aku ikut teriak-teriak ga jelas, asal rame aje….Hahaha….Gelo.

Southorn Playground yang diapit Luard Road dan Johnston Road.

Hanya menonton setengah babak karena Aku ingin melihat nightlifenya Wan Chai.

Kamu tahu Distrik Wan Chai kan?

Yang jelas Wan Chai adalah pusat kehidupan malan di seantero Hong Kong. Selain dikenal sebagai area para backpacker menginap, ada beberapa area di Wan Chai yang terkenal sebagai red district alias tempat prostitusi. Jadi selain penginapan murah, Kamu akan mudah menemukan bar and club disini.

Aku mencoba menelurusi bar and club tersebut di sepanjang Lockhart Road. Dan benar adanya, wanita-wanita seksi berpakaian minim berlalu lalang keluar masuk bar and club. Beberapa diantaranya sudah nggelendotin para bule berduit….Mau donk Aa digelendotin, Neng!.

Ah, daripada mupeng….Akhirnya Aku menuju ke pengkolan di pertengahan Lockhart Road dan singgah kedai food street yang menjual beragam sate sea food yang dibakar ditempat. Cukup dengan Rp. 10.000, Kamu sudah bisa mendapatkan gorengan yang enak disantap di tengah dinginnya udara malam Hong Kong.

Ini dia kedainya….Ada Snack yang terletak di bilangan O’brien Road.

Baru juga mengunyah, wanita-wanita seksi itu datang dan jajan di tempat yang sama….Alamak, tegang….Mengalah saja, akhirnya Aku kabur dari situ.

Khawatir akan ketinggalan pertunjukan penting maka Kuputuskan untuk menuju Victoria Harbour. Aku harus sampai disana sebelum jam 20:00. Karena itu adalah waktu reguler dimulainya Symphony of Light. Menggunakan MTR dari Wan Chai Station menuju Central Station. Tarif sekitar Rp. 8.000 dengan waktu tempuh 8 menit.

Wah itu band keren amat lagunya…..kek ngerti aja lo bahasa mandarin Don.

Para pengamen keren di koridor penghubung Central MTR Station dan Central Ferry Pier.

Aku berlari untuk melihatnya menyanyi beberapa lagu dan setelahnya Aku menuju ke dermaga untuk menyeberang menuju Victoria Harbour. Dengan Rp. 4.500, Aku tiba di Victoria Harbour dalam 12 menit.

Mengambil posisi duduk yang nyaman, maka Aku menunggu Symphony of Lights dimulai.

Beuhhh……Cantekkkknyaaaaa.

Star Ferry menuju The Hong Kong Observation Wheel

Awan gelap dan kabut yang tak kunjung menipis di pagi itu membuat udara juga tak lekas pula menghangat. Was-was terhadap datangnya hujan yang bisa kapan saja mengguyur Hong Kong dan tentu bisa mengancam rencana gilaku di hari kedua.

Jepretan terakhir di Garden of Stars sebelum meninggalkannya.

Menyusuri Salisbury Road yang penuh dengan proyek pembangunan gedung bertingkat.

Kek jalanan Jakarta yak…

Terus melihat arah jarum kompas di tangan kanan dan map di tangan kiri, Aku terus melangkah untuk menemukan Star Ferry Pier yang Kutahu letaknya berada di sisi kiri arah jalanku.

Di Hong Kong banyak banget double decker kek gitu. Di Jakarta kala itu baru ada 10 biji.

Yess, Aku melihat menara jam warna orange. Itu adalah Hong Kong Clock Tower yang merupakan penanda bagi keberadaan Star Ferry Pier. Aku segera berbelok kekiri menjauhi sibuknya Salisbury Road.

Keren yo, Hong Kong Clock Tower itu….macam di Eropa.

Gerbang Star Ferry Pier sudah terlihat di depan.

Nah itu ntuh…..

Masuk yuk ke bangunan itu !. Wah pemandangan indah menanti di belakangnya.

Kapal hijau-putih itulah Star Ferry yang dimaksud dalam tulisan ini.

Hanya perlu men-tap Octopus Card yang kumiliki untuk memasuki raung tunggu Star Ferry Pier. Tarif ferry seharga Rp. 4.500 akan mengantarkanku menuju Central Ferry Pier di sisi seberang dengan jarak 1 km dan dalam waktu tempuh 12 menit.

Aku masuk ke ruang tunggu ferry.

Tak perlu menunggu lama, ferry pun datang dan masuklah Aku ke dalamnya.

Kapal pesiar Star Cruises….Kapan ya naik kapal pesiar?

12 menit kemudian, sampailah Aku di Central Ferry Pier di Hong Kong Island.

Pelataran Central Ferry Pier.

The Hong Kong Observation Wheel adalah destinasi di luar itineraryku. Bentuknya yang menarik mirip Singapore Flyer atau London Eye (Halah…maksain) membuatku enggan melewatkan wahanan ini.

Tarifnya Rp. 40.000.

Sementara AIA Vitality Park di bawahnya sangat ramai dikunjungi warga Hong Kong pada Jum’at itu. Mungkin karena mereka bersiap menyambut datangnya weekend. Keluarga muda bersama anak-anaknya yang masih kecil terlihat asyik bermain di taman yang di sulap menjadi wahana permainan dan beberapa beverages and food stall di sekitarnya.

Oh indahnya Hong Kong.

Bank of China Tower yang Gagah dan Starbucks Si Penyelamat Muka

“Kopi pahit tiba-tiba menjadi manis….Duh, indahnya”.

Setelah 1,5 jam menikmati The Hong Kong Observation Wheel dan AIA Vitality Park di sekitar Central Ferry Pier, akhirnya Aku mulai menyeberangi Connaught Road Central menuju Bank of China Tower (BOC Tower).

Lancarnya Connaught Road Central.

Tak sulit menemukan tower kenamaan tersebut karena dari jauh pun gedung dengan frame segitiga yang khas itu sudah kelihatan. Kan bangunan tertinggi ke-empat di Hong Kong.

Yuk Kita masuk ke BOC Tower.

Walah….Kok yang keluar masuk bangunan itu berparas tampan, cantik, modis dengan jas berdasi dan bergaya metrosexual….Aku sejenak berhenti ragu dan mengamati pintu utama gedung dari kejauhan. Buseettt….kagak ada satupun tampang backpacker atau turis yang masuk kedalamnya.

Raguuuu….Maluuuu….Deg-degaaaan

Masuk gak ya?….

Masuk ah….Melangkah maju.

Eh ga jadi dink….stop balik badan.

Pergi ah….Mulai melangkah untuk menjauh.

Eh ntar….Berhenti melangkah….Nunduk mikir….Garuk-garuk pala #terkesandramatis.

Yah cemen banget Lo, Don….Jauh-jauh kemari, nyampai tujuan malah kabur….Malu tuh ama jargon”, hati berbisik ke otak.

Malu bro….Kaos kucel, celana dekil gak ganti 4 hari, sepatu murahan ala trotoar Cijantung, mana pangkal shoulder strap tasku sobek lagi….Kirain akan banyak turis disitu….Ternyata kagak”, otakku membela.

Iye sih Don….Apa kita langsung ke Victoria Park aja?….Kan banyak tetangga kita ngumpul disana”, hati confirm mengalah.

Nah bener kan, apa guwe bilang….Yuk lah ke Victoria Park, mumpung belum sore….Nggak usah ngoyo gitu”, otak mulai bersekutu dengan hati.

Akhirnya,

Guwe kan salesman, masak iya kemaluan masih dibawa-bawa”, mulutku mulai menyingkirkan hati dan otakku.

Orang-orang sipit berdasi dan beberapa ekspatriat berambut pirang menatapku aneh ketika memasuki pintu gedung. Senyum semanis mungkin, berharap ada yang tertarik dengan kulit hitam eksotisku….Hahaha.

Tes….Tes….Latihan senyum sebelum masuk. Pintu disebelah kananku.

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Beberapa langkah memasuki gedung, Aku berhenti dan menatap seisi ruangan….Sok PeDe….Aku mencari letak front desk.

Yes…Itu, di bagian tengah ruangan.

Aku : “Mbak boleh nanya ngga?”….Eh, salah “Excuse me Ms, Can I get information about observation deck on 43th floor?”.

Si Mbak : Aduh tersenyum manis beud, “Hai Sir, our observation deck had closed

Aku : “Since when, Ms?”, english ngawur yang penting doi ngerti deh.

Si Mbak : “It closed since May 2015, Sir”.

Aku : “Oh Okay, Thanks you Ms”.

Si Mbak : “You are welcome Sir. Happy journey in Hong Kong. Where are you come from?“.

Aku : “I’m from Indonesia. Again, thank you for your kindness”……”Can me know where do you stay in Hong Kong?, I want to meet your parent”. #fiksibeud

Gagal tapi merasa puas mengalahkan ketakutan diri, Aku berbalik badan untuk keluar gedung.

Ba….Tiba….

Jegeeeerrrrrrrrrr……..keclaaappp keclaaaappppp……..jedaaarrrr (Jessica Iskandar).

Hujan euy……duhhhh…..kudu kumaha?.

Pegawai kantoran itu pada masuk kembali ke dalam lobby. Banyangin, satu setelan pakaian backpacker di tengah banyaknya setelan jas berdasi….Dasar gembel.

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Okay…Okay……Aku kembali mengamati sekitar.

Ahhhhaaaaa…….Itu, Starbucks di ujung kiri ruangan. Dengan pedenya Aku masuk ke starbucks. #ingatdompeteuy

Emang lo aje yang punya duit”, Gumamku angkuh. (tar malam ga makan dunk guwe).

Ada suara di belakangku….

Bule Cantik: “Hello, do you queueing?”.

Aku : “Oh No, I just seeing the menu. You can queue first”, Busettt…..Guwe kelamaan mikir cari harga kopi termurah di depan kasir.

Bule Cantik: “Oh thank you, handsome”.

Aku : “You are welcome, sweety”.

Akhirnya pesan long black coffee seharga Rp. 26.000.

Pait ih….Telen sonoh……Gaya sih.

Duduk di deretan bangku kosong aja supaya orang lain ga risih dengan keberadaanku.

Kursi semakin penuh karena orang lain pun akhirnya pada ngopi menunggu hujan berhenti. Dan rezeqi itu pun datang.

Kopi pahit tiba-tiba menjadi manis…kek ditabur gula 5 sendok. Lah iya ada Dia didepanku…….

Seruput pelan-pelan aja Don”, Setan mulai berbisik.

Satu seruput…..ngelirik……sruput lagi….ngelirik lagi.

Daripada hanya terpana mending guwe nanya deh

Aku : “Hi, Ms….Do you know WiFi password here?”

Si Cantik: “I’m sorry, I’m using my own Wifi”, sambil tersenyum.

Aku : Pukulan telak si tampang gratisan….”Oh Ok, Thank you Ms”.

Tak lagi ngelirik dan tak lagi bertanya. Pura-pura menikmati kopi yang sebetulnya pait warbiasah….#sambilsiul.

Petualangan konyolku di BOC Tower berakhir dengan beberapa hook dan uppercut yang cukup telak….Menyedihkan.

Hujan telah reda….Saatnya menuju Victoria Park. Aku keluar gedung menerjang gerimis lembut yang memapar muka.

Yuk, naik Ding Ding Tram !.

Scoot Air TR 457 from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore (KUL-SIN)

SCOOT AIR….Low Cost Carrier (LCC) from Singapore, which its stocks are owned by Singapore Airlines.

Scoot Air TR457 flight path. Source from https://flightaware.com

Scoot is 22nd airlines which I have ever used. Through flight number TR 457 on regular route Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Singapore (SIN), I firstly used Scoot Air service on March 31st, 2018. On that time, I boarded an Airbus A320 aircraft with 168 passengers in capacity.

Even though I ever used Tiger Mandala Airlines on November 26th, 2013 while heading to Bangkok and Tiger Air on January 11st, 2015 when I returned from Vietnam. Now the two airlines have merged into Scoot Air.

Look that ! Tiger Air identity in Scoot Air TR 457 plane.

Ambiguity of terminal where I would depart (whether from KLIA terminal 1 or KLIA terminal 2) made me a little nervous because departure list usually publishes 2 hours before flight. And of course, it takes time to move from KLIA2 to KLIA.

For international flights, I always start towards airport on 4 hours before flight time. So I left Westree Hotel on 05:30 and rushed to Skybus/Aerobus shelter which located in KL Sentral. Because distance from hotel to shelter is only 40 m, I only needed to walk for 3 minutes towards shelter.

Indian descent hotel security sharply watched me in inner door of lobby….Because I stood for a long time in middle of lobby door….I was seriously watching around….So quiet, I had to make sure that there wasn’t suspicious thing along road which I would pass towards KL Sentral.

Yesss….There aren’t any people on road….Fast walking. Like an racewalking athlete, I started to stay away from hotel. I arrived in shelter when bus was ready to leave.

With USD 3.1, I arrived at KLIA2 on 6:30. I immediately headed to information center to ask about terminal where TR457 would take off. On early morning, I disturbed information center officer with some questions because departure board didn’t display yet an information about TR457, so She had to pull keyboard and searching information for me….very kindly officer.

God…..my eyes glared while chewing Nasi Lemak (original food from Malaysia) with fried egg in corner of NZ Curry House….Look like a goat which was ruminating. It was a sign that I wasn’t ready to get early breakfast.

Yes, there wasn’t other choice, it was better to have breakfast in Indian restaurant with cheapest price before heading to 3rd floor for check-in, immigration and departure processes.

Departure Board in Departure Hall
Information Centre in Departure Hall
Departure Hall Area
Check-in counter no Z2-Z3 for Scoot Air TR457.
After passing immigration counter, I headed to waiting room at gate L3.

I entered waiting room on 08:05. In boredom of waiting, Vietnamese came to me and ask something:

Vietnamese: “Hi, Can you explain to me about my cigarette (while showing a pack of cigarettes which have been smoked two stumps). Can I bring it when entering Singapore?

Me : “Do you bring another one  or just this opened pack?. If you just bring it, you can savely entering Singapore.

Vietnamese: “No, I just bring it. So it’s savely. Thanks you.

Me: “You are welcome”.

Waiting room in front of gate L3.
After waiting for 20 minutes, finally boarding process begins.
Where was seat 14D?

Scoot Air is identical with yellow. The charm of young air crews was very fresh when their appeaybrance is clad in yeloow t-shirt and shallow.

Fly over Malacca Strait
The sky is really clear, very comfort to fly without turbulence.

After fllying about 1 hour and 15 minutes, I landed at Changi International Airport Terminal 2. Trying to leave Changi as soon as possible to go to Greendili Backpackers Hostel in Race Course Road and then ready to explore Singapore for 7th time.

Searching MRT map before entering Changi International Airport immigration counter.
Catch the MRT ! towards downtown.

Let’s go to Mustafa Center for lunch before exploring.