Si Mungil….Busan Gimhae Light Rail Transit

Yes….Okay….yes….Okay.

Hanya 2 jenis kata itu yang keluar dari mulutku, Aku tak benar-benar serius mendengarkan pramugari itu menjelaskan prosedur keamanan di pintu darurat. Justru Aku terpesona dengan kecantikan wajah khas Korea si pramugari. Hingga Dia selesai menjelaskan pun, Aku masih terbengong menikmati keelokannya sampai Dia mengakhiri penjelasannya dengan senyuman….tentu Kubalas dengan senyuman semanis mungkin….hadeuhhhhhh.

Penerbangan selama 1 jam 30 menit menjadi perjalanan yang mendebarkan karena Aku terus berfirasat kurang baik ketika pemeriksaan imigrasi Busan nanti.

Aku tiba….

Dan benar apa adanya….Aku benar-benar dicuci oleh petugas imigrasi itu. Baca kisah menegangkan itu disini:

https://travelingpersecond.com/2018/02/05/imigrasi-busan/

Kejadian di imigrasi itu membuat lidahku terasa pahit ketika mengecap potong demi potong pie yang kudapatkan dari penerbangan Busan Air itu.

Kisah ini nantinya akan membuatku berubah 180 derajat dalam hal mempersiapkan dokumen ketika bertraveling. Aku di kemudian hari menjadi orang yang sangat perfeksionis dalam hal preparation.

Keluar dari Gimhae International Airport dengan muka kusut tapi kebahagiaan itu tak mampu kusembunyikan dalam-dalam. Inilah pertama kali kakiku menginjak di “negeri ginseng”.

Udara 2 derajat membuatku bergegas mencari keberadaan stasiun LRT. Dengan cepat Aku menemukannya di sisi kanan pintu keluar airport.

Kusentuh tombol-tombol di mesin atomatis itu untuk mendapatkan token Busan Gimhae Light Rail Transit.

Menunggu LRT datang dengan rasa penasaran yang tinggi tentang apa yang akan terjadi berikutnya dalam setiap detik petualanganku di Busan.

Tak lama menunggu LRT itu pun datang.

Tentu tujuan pertamaku adalah dormitory tempatku menginap di Busan. Aku akan menuju Kimchee Busan Guesthouse di bilangan jalan Hwangnyeong-daero.

Berhenti di stasiun Sasang yang merupakan stasiun akhir LRT , Aku beralih menggunakan Humetro (Nama panggilan untuk Busan Subway) jalur hijau.

Di dalam Humetro inilah Aku melihat satu wajah Indonesia, Sesekali dia melihatku, begitupun Aku. Sesekali Dia tersenyum, begitupun Aku….#apaan sih, orang dia laki-laki.

Kupaksakan diriku mendekatinya.

Percakapan pun tak terhindarkan. Ternyata benar, Dia seorang professional Indonesia yang sedang bekerja di Busan. Dari dirinya kuperoleh informasi bahwa warga Busan belumlah seterbuka seperti warga Seoul. Jadi Aku akan memaklumi saja apa yang akan terjadi dengan interaksiku dengan orang lokal selama di Busan nanti.

Percakapan pun terhenti ketika Aku harus turun di Stasiun Seomyeon untuk berganti ke Humetro jalur oranye. Hanya perlu jarak 1 stasiun saja kemudian aku turun di stasiun  Beomnaegol –stasiun dimana guesthouse tempat meninganapku terletak-.

Tak mudah menemukan lokasi guesthouse ini, sempat tersasar lebih dari setengah jam di tengah suhu udara yang sangat dingin hampir membuatku panik sebelum akhirnya Aku menemukannya setelah  bertanya kepada karyawan GS25 minimarket.

Akhirnya check-in juga ke Kimchee Busan Guesthouse.

MRT from Kaohsiung International Airport to Downtown

The Southeast Asian LCC giant with flight number AK 0170 smoothly landed me at “Asia Little Dragon” land, through its front yard i.e Kaohsiung International Airport precisely on 1:05 pm.

Thanks Sir. Tony Fernandes, for always providing many cheap tickets to travel around Asia

Taiwan which I have only heard as a country that always opposed China’s superiority. The country which became third destination for Indonesian worker to earn incomes after Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Taiwan is also known as “A little country with many airports”. Imagine it!, this small island country has 37 airports with Taoyuan International Airport as its best airport. It shows that Taiwan is a very busy country.

And finally on December 27, 2016, I was allowed to visit it.

My arrival in Taiwan was a stopover visitation, before I headed to my main destination, Japan and South Korea. I could say that it is a prestigious trip in my 6th year as a backpacker.

If you don’t know where is Taiwan. You san imagine it: if we are on traveling, it will be further away from Hong Kong but closer than Japan. Well, have you imagined it, right? … If not, then try to see Dora’s map … hihihi

Okay …. In the previous article, I told my story when staying at Kaohsiung International Airport before leaving Kaohsiung towards Tokyo.

If you forget it. See the story here:

https://travelingpersecond.com/2018/03/04/menginap-di-kaohsiung-international-airport-taiwan/

Well … Then what will I tell about Taiwan this time?

Better….I’ll show you how I reached Kaohsiung downtown after landing.

Let’s start it, guys.…

Before landing, procedure of every airline in general, they will give you a arrival card and you can fill it during the flight.

Couldn’t wait to enjoy the beauty of Taiwan, my eyes kept stealing glances at plane’s window when landing. Swiftly sweeping the simple architecture of Kaohsiung International Airport from Air Asia cabin.

Once passed an aerobridge, I was faced with a long hallway with various wallpapers with “Welcome to Kaohsiung” theme.

a simple corridor … smart way because its wallpaper makes it beautiful

For your information, Kaohsiung is second largest city in Taiwan after their capital “Taipei”, so you should visit it if you have chance.

After walking down corridor for 10 minutes, I started entering immigration counter area.

let’s stamp my passport

My attention is on Indonesian students. They cheerfully queued….I saw them carrying their passports and e-visa sheets. “Great, Indonesian students have more chance to visit abroad now”, I muttered.

I quickly completed immigration process because I have shown Taiwan e-visa and Japan waiver visa. Oh yes, you must know that Indonesian tourist only need a free e-Visa if they already have a Japanese visa.
Exit from immigration counter, I started to walk down this Arrival Hall:

small and modern minimalist interior

Near Arrival Hall exit, you can find brochures which can help you to explore Kaohsiung. You will also easily find ATM and local SIM Card selling counter in this hallway:

This is last space of arrival hall before you actually leave the airport..

Have you taken some brochures yet? Want to buy a sim card first? Do you want to exchange your USD to eat?

I decided to get in MRT towards downtown. It means I had to find MRT station location.

Heiii.…don’t rush out of arrival hall.…just stop for a moment near exit gate, then look at your front, there is a access building to MRT. There is it.…

Well…that building is at front….

After using lift, I found Kaohsiung International Airport MRT station

I bought a two day pass for my 3D2N journey in Kaohsiung.…MRT had came… let’s see its interior:

Enjoying smooth sound of MRT, I headed to Houyi Station where Paper Plane Hostel where I stayed during traveling to Kaohsiung was located. Within 30 minutes I finally arrived at Houyi Station:

From MRT exit gate, I just walked to its back then turn right around 50 meters to find my hostel:

Swear … this hostel is cheap and cool.

I stayed for two nights and got new friends at dormitory, He is Vietnamese and his friend is from Bandung but live in USA (well, they are in the photo above). They are study in same college in USA and they are traveling together to Taiwan.

After checked-in that afternoon, I immediately went to biggest street culinary market in Kaohsiung….where is that?….wait for the next article!

Mengunjungi Sungai Siak, Pekanbaru

Percakapan berbahasa Jawa waktu itu memberiku sebuah fakta bahwa penduduk Pekanbaru kebanyakan masih berdarah Minang. Semakin memperkuat mindsetku bahwa orang Minang memiliki budaya merantau yang sangat kuat.

Hanya butuh 10 menit bagi pengendara tranportasi online itu menjelaskan semua hal tentang Pekanbaru sampai kita berdua berhenti tepat di depan lobby Hotel Sri Indrayani.

Menitipkan ransel dan melahap 4 helai roti tawar menjadikanku siap di menit pertama dalam eksplorasi Pekanbaru.

“Hi Donny, Kamu harus berjalan menuju utara jika ingin menikmati sungai Siak”, gumamku.

Ketika mendengar kata Pekanbaru, otakku selalu terfikir oleh sungai Siak. Bagaimana tidak? Sungai ini pernah menyandang sebagai sungai terdalam di Indonesia yang pada masa kejayaannya biasa dilalui oleh kapal tanker dan kapal peti kemas.

Menyengatnya udara Pekanbaru yang membakar kulit diiringi dengan ramainya jalanan Pekanbaru mengiringi langkahku untuk semakin mendekati sungai Siak. Hingga akhirnya aku bertanya kepada seorang polisi lalu lintas untuk menunjukkanku jalan tercepat menuju jembatan Siak 1.

Kabarnya sungai Siak ini memiliki 4 jembatan yang menjadi landmark Pekanbaru. Setelah bermandi keringat akhirnya Aku tiba di tepian sungai Siak. Tepat di bawah jembatan Siak 1

Terkenal dengan sebutan jembatan Leighton yang dibangun oleh PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia

Tak sabar untuk melihat bentangan sungai dengan keindahan arsitektur seluruh jembatan yang dibangun diatas sungai legendaris ini, Aku segera bergegas menuju keatas jembatan Siak 1.

Aku tepat di tengah jalur pejalan kaki jembatan Siak 1 yang sudah berumur 42 tahun….ngilu dengkul euy.

Begitu di atas jembatan, Aku bisa menikmati lebarnya sungai dengan lebih leluasa….pantesan kapal tanker bisa masuk.

Memandang jauh ke depan, terlihat bentangan jembatan yang lain. Lengkungan kuning yang menjadi ciri khas jembatan Siak 3 dan konstruksi jembatan Siak 4 yang saat itu belum jadi tapi sudah menampakkan bentuk (Membaca surat kabar, jembatan ini sudah diremikan Februari lalu).

Itulah jembatan Siak 3 dan di kejauhan itu adalah tiang jembatan siak 4

Tak mau meninggalkan begitu saja sungai Siak, Aku berusaha untuk menemukan aktivitas warga di sekitarnya. Perlahan Aku melangkah menuju jembatan Siak 3. Melewati salah satu sisi sungai, Aku menjumpai tenda-tenda kuliner yang belum buka sebagian.

Warung kuliner di sepanjang sungai Siak.

Kemudian Aku terduduk di sebuah taman untuk berteduh dari panasnya matahari sekaligus melihat aktivitas warga Pekanbaru. Kuperhatikan satu pasangan muda yang asyik bermain di taman dengan anak pertamanya. Aku juga tekun melihat beberapa warga menjaring ikan di bawah jembatan Siak 1. Terkadang hilir mudik kapal patroli Kepolisian Air Polda Riau mengalihkan perhatianku yang sedang khusu’melihat aktivitas-aktivitas itu.

Taman di tepian sungai, dekat dengan jembatan Siak 1

15 menit kemudian Aku kembali menyusuri tepian sungai hingga tiba tepat di bawah Jembatan Siak 3. Jembatan warna kuning yang terlihat lebih artistik.

Area bawah jembatan yang sangat terawat dengan adanya taman yang lebih luas dan dibawah sisi jembatan yang lain juga terdapat destinasi wisata “Rumah Tuan Kadi”.

Riverside park tepat dibawah jembatan Siak 3
Rumah Tuan Kadi

Dan diseberang sungai terlihat jelas markas Polisi Air dengan aktivitas di dalam kapal patroli yang begitu sibuk.

Markas Kepolisian Air Polda Riau

Setelah merasa cukup puas menyambangi sungai Siak dan kulihat waktu sudah menunjukkan jam 11:15, akhirnya Aku meninggalkan sungai ini untuk menemukan destinasi lain di Pekanbaru.

Traveling to Many Countries, Why Not?

Donny, I wonder, How do you travel so much?? Working in office makes me travel less since I have to ask for permission. How about you?

The question which arose in my WordPress App when I stuck in traffic jam on highway.…yesss.…Wulan “the cute” was a little curious why I can travel to many countries (yess….on January 2020, I has visited 25 countries).

Solo-traveling like marijuana.…but that’s for me, I don’t know how about you guys?.… If in three months I don’t travel, it will definitely make me “fall in depression (hahaha)”.… if depressed, I will usually stuck at corner of my desk.

Then definitely I will open my laptop and look for LCC (Low Cost Carrier) webs from various countries for cheap ticket.… that is a impact of my other strange habit….i.e I usually collect many airline tickets …. yes, I have tried 28 airlines during traveling as a backpacker.

Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia have been visited, next destination is Middle East….”You must go to Mecca” my mom said … “calm down,mom. I have a hajj ticket which is countdown in 9 years.… I hope I can “umrah” while waiting for Haj”, I answered.

Uppsss….Sorry, Wulan … I didn’t yet answer your question.

So these are why I can go to many countries:

  1. I have big intention to explore 100 countries.

Intention is like fuel. No intention means no action. If there is no action, I will be stuck forever in Jakarta.

My intention is visiting 100 countries in my life. It is meaning that I will set my foot in 60% from all country on earth.

Do Anyone want to join with me?

2. Just being a crazy backpacker.

Even my friends called me “Crazy Backpacker”.…look it:

Yes….

I’m crazy….I always buy my ticket without thinking.…the important thing is cheap and headed for a new destination.

I’m crazy …. Every time I meet friends, I’m always provoking them to join in my trip.

Putri, Anggi and Dini (they are friends in my office) always refuse if I invited them to traveling.

I’m crazy.…I often dream about traveling.

I’m crazy…. Every I receive my salary.…I murmured, “Which destination will I visit?”

I’m crazy….When entering Korea, I almost deported because only bring USD 100 without a credit card in exploring Busan and Seoul for 6 days.

I’m crazy.…I almost got freezed to die in India because I was at station and get train with open windows at 4 Celcius degrees for 12 hours because my train which its cheap ticket about USD 2,3 from Agra to New Delhi was delayed

The point is employee with minimum income like me must be a little “crazy” to travel around the world. If your salary is good, you can stay in 5 stars hotels when traveling.

It’s easy concept……

3. No day without itinerary

Even I have made cheapest itinerary for my next 2 years trip.…crazy.

it isn’t easy to make an itinerary for the next 2 years

Good planning will help you to make cheapest trips.

4. Mark your time! You will know when you can travel

Make long weeked holiday list and note your leave time from a previous year. Flipping through a desk calendar has become my bad habit. Even though all long weekend holidays have been marked, I afraid if miss some holiday in calender

5. Visiting countries in similar region at a time.

The ideal way in planning a trip is visiting several countries in similar region at a same time. Why? Yes, because they are close together, they can be visited in one trip. For example, last year I visited Dhaka (Bangladesh), Mumbai (India), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Maldives.

6. Connecting flight can save my money

If I booked many connection flight…It’s mean I don’t have a lot of money. Connection flight in this article mean travel through a lot of countries before reaching the main destination.

Direct flight are usually expensive … because of it….finally I also known as “connecting backpacker” by all of my friends.

For example: Next.…before arriving in Dubai, I will visit first to Kuala Trengganu and Kuantan (Malaysia) then to Kochi (India).…tired, but challenging.


Do you want to join?….hahaha

Do you ever go to Kochi, India?

7. Surely, saving your money….

I can save USD 300 in a year from my daily meals budget. This just one of many way that I do:

well.…start from bring self lunch menu and eat it in city park when I work

And this USD 300 can pay for cost of meals, hotels and venues for travel twice. Just imagine !, except tickets, I only spent USD 200 to visit to Penang, Ipoh, Dhaka, Mumbai, Colombo and Maldives for 15 days… how can I do?

Watch out, don’t follow it … you can get sick….hahaha

8. Traveling every second which you have.…this is the concept of travelingpersecond.com

I usually use every bit of time for exploration. after meet my clients and before back to office, I usually take 30 minutes to visit a museum. So all my office-friends called me “The King of Museum”. How come, all museums in Jakarta have been visited by me, until I was confused about which next destination can be visit.

This is a example …. after meet customer, I can stop by at “Tebing Keraton”, Bandung

9. Extending my time when get duty in other town.

Getting duty to other city on Friday until Saturday are fun because I can extend on Sunday.

extend to Nusa Kambangan while on assignment to Cilacap
going to the “Watugong Pagoda” when extending after on assignments to Semarang.…and get bonus to meet ex-college friend

10. Traveling during office events, of course

When Marketing Conference event or Year End Party one in my company agendas can be changed to be semi-traveling by me.

visit “Borobudur temple” in third time because of Year End Party event
“Triwindu Market” in Marketing Conference to Solo

11. Pursue a bonus trip from my company

The marketing division in several companies provides bonus trips …

Well, I will work hard to get it….No say to failed.…

The important thing is I can travel for free and don’t reduce my leave. My leave can be took for other trip.

“Lengkuas Island Lighthouse” when got bonus trip to Belitung


8th Singapore trip because of achieving the target
Big Buddha in Phuket … Free again

Lots of other tips that aren’t enough to mention here guys … be patient, yess…

Hopefully I will finish my first book soon……

So, those are all of my behavior in traveling

Let’s traveling, guys.…traveling don’t have to be expensive … yes, right.


Wisata Dragon-Tiger Pagodas, Kaohsiung.

Perjalananku kembali dari Fo Guang Shan berakhir di Kaohsiung Main Station dan disambut dengan gerimis kecil yang mulai turun.

Waktuku mulai dihitung mundur 2 jam dari saat itu karena destinasi berikutnya akan ditutup tepat pukul 5 sore.

Kukeluarkan KPP Taiwan Pass yang kudapatkan di Kaohsiung International Airport MRT Station sehari sebelumnya. Aku segera bergerak menuju Ecological District Station.

KPP Pass adalah kartu pass berbasis cloud yg digunakan didaerah Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Penghu (Tiga kota besar di selatan Taiwan)

Menemukan halte dan menunggu bus bernomor R35A untuk mendapatkan akses menuju Lotus Lake menjadi tahapan berikutnya. Kulambaikan tangan ketika bus itu berjalan lumayan kencang di Bo’ai 3rd Road menuju kearahku. Mungkin si sopir mengira di halte tak ada penumpang. Menepi dengan gesit, akhirnya bus berhenti sedikit melewatiku.

Ternyata sopir itu perempuan, menanyakan tujuanku dalam bahasa Taiwan membuatku menjadi speechless.

Aku: “Dragon-Tiger Pagodas, Mam”

Doi: geleng-geleng kepala, matanya terpejam dan sembari mengangkat tangah pertanda menyerah tak mengerti dengan ucapanku.

Aku: “hahahaha…….”

Doi : terlihat sedikit sebal ketika Aku tertawa.

Aku : “Wait….wait”

Kukeluarkan smartphone, kucari gambar pagoda yang kumaksud dan kutunjukkan ke doi.

Doi : “Sedikit teriak girang…..ya…ya..ya…sambil mengacungkan jempol.

Setelah membayar TWD 15 (Rp. 6.000) dengan memasukkan koinku ke fare box, Aku berdiri di belakang.

Hanya perlu waktu 10 menit untuk sampai di Lotus Lake dan akhirnya pagoda kembar itu terlihat dengan jelasnya.

Kaohsiung bear seperti yang ada dalam gambar KKP Taiwan Pass ku

Panda adalah hewan ikonik di Taiwan, jadi Kamu akan sering menemui profilnya di tempat-tempat umum. Aku menemukannya di pagoda ini.

Jika Kamu mau membeli kenang-kenangan masuklah ke bangunan itu:

Visitor Souvenir Center

Memasuki area pagoda, terlihat sangat jelas si Naga dan Si Harimau:

Katanya Aku harus masuk dari mulut Naga dan keluar dari mulut Harimau….biar lucky.

Pagoda tujuh lantai berwarna kuning dan berpilar merah ini memang memancarkan aura kekhusyukan tersendiri di tengah luasnya Lotus Lake.

Lotus Lake sejauh mata memandang.

Diseberang depan Pagoda berdiri megah Istana Tzu Chi

Jam 16:45 Aku meninggalkan Lotus Lake untuk mencari makan malam di Kaisyuan Night Market.

Disinilah kebingungan dimulai, Aku tak tahu harus naik bus nomor berapa dan menuju kemana. Zaman itu, Aku keliling hanya bermodalkan peta dan kompas, paling anti menggunakan google maps. Apalagi kalau tidak untuk berhemat. Jadi selama tak mendapatkan WiFi, maka keberadaanku di sebuah negara tak akan terdeteksi…..Keren kan kaya agen CIA.

Jika sudah bingung begitu, Aku biasanya akan sembarang naik bus kota….kemanapun. Lalu akan berhenti di dekat spot-spot terkenal yang sudah kupelajari sebelum berangkat ke negara itu. Nah kebetulan Aku naik bus secara acak sore itu dan dalam kebingungan akhirnya Aku melihat Kaohsiung Arena (stadion sepakbola terbesar di Kaohsiung). Aku pun berhenti di halte terdekat dan entah waktu itu memang gratis atau sopir yang tidak tahu, Aku tak pernah menempelkan KPP pass-ku di automatic fare machine.

Nah didekat stadium ini terdapat Stasiun MRT Kaohsiung Arena.

Dari stasiun inilah akhirnya Aku berhasil menemukan Kaisyuan Night Market.

Seru sedikit gila ini mah….

Bus from Amanjaya Terminal to Medan Kidd Terminal, Ipoh, Malaysia

Finding information about tourist attractions in Ipoh through internet is very much and easy.

But via googling, I have never found a sure way towards Ipoh downtown from their main land-gate i.e Amanjaya Bus Terminal … that’s the point. That’s why, I feel the need to write this article and hopefully backpackers like me out there can find this article later on Google.

But I know that the hotel where I stay is located about 1 km east from a small bus terminal called Medan Kidd Bus Terminal, then I can walk from iterminal to Abby by the River Hotel for 15 minutes.

Finding a taxi is certainly very easy, just need to whistle a little then taxi will come to you. Because taxi isn’t in my backpacker dictionary, without adequate information, I had to found the city bus until I got it.

Worries was surely in me….worried about scams or worry if I couldn’t arrive on time at the hotel… but the show must go on … this is the thrilled if You do solo-traveling with minimal information .

“Perak Transit” bus which departed from Penang Sentral dropped me off on first floor of the Amanjaya Bus Terminal.

I immediately entered the intercity bus arrival hall. The seat lines which passengers waited for their bus became first view that I saw there.

I deliberately allocated about 30 minutes to explore the whole of Amanjaya Terminal.

Of course, I had to found information about city bus towards Ipoh downtown. Luckily I found the Amanjaya Bus Terminal information center on 1st floor, precisely in terminal lobby.

According to a female officer at this information center, city bus to Medan Kidd Terminal was located on 2nd floor and numbered T30a.

Didn’t want to long waiting because I was worried about being late, I immediately used escalator to get the closest bus departure time.

And finally I found the bus shelter

And this is a bus route from Amanjaya Terminal to several destinations in Ipoh:

Whereas this is schedule of Bus No T30a from Amanjaya Terminal to Medan Kidd Terminal:

My trip to downtown began by getting in MyBas T30a

Paid for USD 0,9 when entering front door, I was greeted with familiar smile by Indian driver.

There is something different about this MyBas service. When I am using buses in Kuala Lumpur and Penang (Rapid KL and Rapid Penang), if you pay more than fare, the change money willn’t be refunded. But when I use MyBas, which is operated by Perak Transit, I pay 5 Malaysian Ringgit (USD 1,3) then driver gives me the change money about 1.5 Malaysian Ringgi (USD 0,4)…. Fair and Good.

Indian songs accompanied my journey that afternoon. The bus briefly stopped to refuel near to Terminal Amanjaya.

During the trip I diligently paid attention to a Chinese female solo-traveler descent who always pay attention to her google maps. Surely he also has lacks information like me.…hehehe.

Here are some views during my trip to downtown:

In 40 minutes, MyBas finally arrived at Medan Kidd Terminal

I didn’t wait long at Medan Kidd terminal because I had to immediately go to Hotel for check in then get around the city.

I noticed again this female solo-traveler who looked confuse at terminal. I took a time to ask where was he going, but She said that She would go to downtown by a taxi. I offered myself to walk together but it seems like She didn’t believe.…haha. A look like me really seems suspicious….wkwkwk. Well the important thing is that I have tried to offer kindness.

I decided to immediately walk along Ipoh’s pedestrian walkway.

Walk down this road to Abby by the River Hotel

I had to stop several times because of light rain pouring down Ipoh at that time. And finally in 30 minutes I arrived at Abby by the River Hotel.

Checked-in, paid, put my backpack in the room … then I explored around downtown until evening. Finally I can cross out one destination in my bucket list.

Jet Airways 9W 256 dari Mumbai ke Colombo (BOM-CMB)

Penerbangan ke-3 sekaligus penerbangan terakhir bersama Jet Airways ini sengaja kudahulukan untuk ditulis. Mengenang setiap penerbangan Jet Airways yang sangat berjasa dalam menuntaskan penjelajahanku di kawasan Asia Selatan.

Penerbangan dini hari (jam 02:05) yang bertolak dari Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport di Mumbai membuatku kekurangan waktu tidur dari mulai check-in hingga landing (jam 04:35).

Memasuki airport, Aku segera mencari pray room untuk bersembahyang. Memasuki mushala, Aku disapa oleh seorang Bapak yang mengenakan kain ihram bersama sekelompok rombongan yang sedang shalat bersama. Senyum keramahannya menyambutku seusai berwudhu.

Dia: “Assalamu’alaikum, hi brother, where are you come from?”

Saya: “Hi Sir….from Indonesia”. Sembari kulempar senyum.

Dia: “I’m from Bangadesh, I think you are from Malaysia”. Dia kembali tersenyum

Saya: “Yeaa….Malaysian and Indonesia are looking same”. Kujabat tangannya

Dia: “Where will you go?

Saya: “I will go to Colombo…Oh ya three days ago, I visit your country

Dia: Tiba-tiba memelukku….”Really, How about my country? nice?

Saya: “Yeaa, exotic country….very original….I will come again next time”.

Dia: Kembali senyum dan menepuk-nepuk pundakku.

Aku juga menemukan beberapa orang India bersembahyang di beberapa selasar airport.

Makan malam waktu itu bermenu “beberapa gorengan jalanan asli India yang kudapat dari recehan rupee terakhir pasca menjelajah Mumbai”

Trik yang selalu kulakukan saat traveling adalah menukar kembali kelebihan uang lokal dengan USD sebelum meninggalkan negara yang kukunjungi lalu membelanjakan uang receh yang tak bisa ditukar dengan seporsi menu untuk waktu makan selanjutnya. Bahkan terkadang makanan itu akan kumakan di negara selanjutnya….Gokil bued….Ngirit minta ampun.

2 jam waktu tunggu tersisa kumanfaatkan untuk mengisi daya semua alat elektronikku yang lowbatt setelah kugunakan dalam menjelajah Mumbai.

Panggilan informasi bandara yang tidak sama sekali berlogat Indian English membuat Aku merasa berada di bandara-bandara Eropa (Ngaco….padahal belum pernah menginjakkan kaki di Eropa). Iya keren lho….panggilan informasi di airport ini beraksen native english.

Seneng banget melihat pesawatku merapat ke gate 85D, pertanda Aku akan segera menginjakkan kaki di Colombo.

Pesawatku baru sampai dan sedang proses unloading

1 jam kemudian boarding process pun dimulai…..

melalui aviobridge akhirnya Aku menangkap penerbangan ketigaku bersama Jet Airways.

Online check-in yang kulakukan 24 jam sebelum penerbangan membuatku leluasa memilih window seat. Posisi ini yang memang selalu kuincar setiap terbang untuk bisa mendokumentasikan setiap momen selama pernerbangan berlangsung.

boarding process sebelum Aku benar-benar terlelap tidur.

Mencoba menahan mata dengan mambaca “Jet Wings” berharap para awak kabin segera membagikan in-fligt meal.

inilah infligt magazine nya Jet Airways.

Bahkan hingga Aku terlelap menu itu tak pernah datang. Ternyata memang tak ada makanan dalam penerbangan kali ini. Atau entah Aku melewatkannya. Karena Aku benar-benar terlelap sangat nyenyak. Akibat kurang tidur selama eksplorasi Mumbai.

Dibangunkan oleh pramugari untuk segera menegakkan tempat duduk, menandakan Aku akan segera mendarat di Colombo.

Dengan cekatan Aku segera men-setting Canon EOS M10 ku dan menyalakannya. Aku akan menangkap beberapa view kota disaat pesawat bersiap touch down di Bandaranaike International Airport.

Aku tertegun dengan deretan cahaya lampu yang terpola lurus dan rapi. Tak salah lagi itu pasti pantai yang akan menjadi destinasiku di Colombo.

View sepanjang pantai Galle Face yang sangat terkenal itu.

10 menit kemudian Jet Airways benar-benar mendarat di Colombo. Aduh…ga sabar untuk segera turun.

Bandaranaike International Airport terlihat dari jendela pesawat.

Kedatanganku pada pukul 04:35 dini hari, membuatku harus menunggu hingga pagi untuk menangkap airport bus pertama yang akan menuju pusat kota Colombo.

Jet Airways sedang unloading process di Bandaranaike International Airport

Subha udesenak!Pearl of the Indian Ocean“….sambutlah diriku dengan ramah ya….hehehe.