Just after returning from expedition to Garut-Tasikmalaya-Sumedang, my fatigue after a week traveling in that three districts didn’t make me tired. Didn’t take a break, I prefer to complete my mission for complete South Asia exploration by visiting the remaining three countries.…Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Air Asia ticket which I bought for USD 25,8 since April 7, 2018 was able to keep my mission and my wallet to continue to travel the world. Yes, I had to caught Malindo Air on Kuala Lumpur-Dhaka route in KLIA.
During waiting period of my departure, many questions arise from work colleagues or other friends outside of work.
“Yeeee, why are you traveling to Bangladesh?. It’s not elite”
“Donny, what do you want to see in Bangladesh?”
“You will go home and sick, Donny”
“Wasting time….Better you go to Ancol (a beach in Jakarta) than go to Bangladesh”.
“Donny, Why does have to go to Bangladesh?”
I answered: “Yes, up to me … it’s my money … It’s my steps“.
Ups, I didn’t answer like that….That’s impolite.
Hahaha …. “Yes, guys, my money is only enough to travel there“….Hahaha….That’s my answer to them.
Other people don’t know about my mind about traveling….more crazy, more better….more weird, more amazing…Hahaha.
As usual…Using DAMRI bus at Kampung Rambutan Terminal. Besides being cheap, it is also close from my home. I prepared USD 2,9 to pay the fare with departure time on 15:00 hours. 1 hour and 15 minutes trip drove me in Terminal 2F, Soekarno Hatta International Airport.
Through gate 5, I started entering first X-ray screening. Not so smooth, my backpack which became my only friend was seen flipped by AVSEC (Aviation Security) officer, smeared with wet tissue and then watched closely. No need to worry…. the important thing is no drugs in it….Hahaha. Even if denied entry, it’s calm…. this is still in my city. Just go back to home with DAMRI again….If I denied to boarding.
“Hi Ms, can me get window seat, please!“, My seduction to check-in staff at Air Asia counter. God, She is very pretty and kind, always smile …Hahaha, It’s be her duty to smile to everyone. “Hello, It’s your boarding pass“, She said….I got seat 2D, yes I failed….Hahaha.
Let’s stamped a passport! …. Even though it’s an e-passport, but my habit of stamping a passport make me didn’t care about existace of autogate counter.
Immigration Officer: “Where do you go?“
Me : Just mention in detail one by one of my destination, so he wasn’t be suspicious, “Penang, Dhaka, Colombo, Maldives, sir. Transit in Mumbai and Singapore“. What kind of trip trip is it? … crazy.
Immigration Officer : “Backpacker?”
Me : “Yes sir”
Immigration Officer : He saw my face, checking my new passport and old one. Then….He stamped it, “be careful, sir“.
Me : “thank you, sir….surely I will be careful”.
Immigration Officer : “You are great“.
Yuhuuu…..I’m great like he said
Then I prayed at end of corridor before entering gate. After that, I entered second X-ray screening in front gate D5….Yess, very smooth.
While I was sitting reading near charging station, came a couple of Korean. They tried very hard to use it too.
Me : “Hi, Sir. That’s broken. I had tried many times and failed”.
He : “Oh yea….Why put it here if broken” ostensibly kicking charging station while smiling.
Me : “Do you want go to South Korea?”.
He : “Oh, Nup….I’m from California and will fly from KL”.
Me : “Oh Nice”.
He : “What are you doing here? “.
Me : “My profession, your mean?”.
He : “yeaaa”
Me : “Sales”.
He : “Good money?”
Me : “If not good, I willn’t here to fly with you”.
He : “yea…yea…yea”, nodding while smiling at me.
Looked like his girlfriend was a travel vlogger. Always speak with her confidence….Great. I thought I could not be like that? It’s better to write than to talk like her.
QZ 206 finally leaned to gate. Yup ….my adventure started immediately. Thirsty made me out from gate to buy mineral water. And a little warning from gate officer to immediately back to gate. Ok, sir, instead of buying it on the plane, it’s expensive.
Exactly on 19:17 hours, I started boarding.
Turbulence night flights on end of December. Seen middle-aged man next to me was so tense and held tight to the armrest chair throughout flight while me and a young woman who flanked him only wryly smiled while hiding misgivings.
Because my latest knowledge about Ipoh and Penang was so minimal, I decided to explore Travel360 inflight magazine. Hoping to find valuable information about Ipoh and Penang tourism. And …. thanks …. I really got it.
QZ 206 was preparing to landing. Could not sleep during the trip because focus in reading inflight magazine to find information. This time, my 5 days transit adventure in Malaysia was foolish. Traveling without enough information.
Once arrived at KLIA2, a thoughts which immediately occurred to me were looking for a free water station, dinner, prayer, bought bus ticket to Penang and then sleeping.
Come on…Got ready to go to Penang tomorrow.