Macao and Shenzen Story Continued….

I saw Shekou Port Station’s gate at the front. It wasn’t clearly visible because it was directly heading to underground.

My Friend “The Fat” suddenly stopped my step to down the escalator after he called me to waited for him to bought something. Somehow the transaction happened, I only saw the Moslem trader gave code  an index finger and I saw “The Fat”  was carrying a hundred yuan. Ohhh … I thought he just buy a hundred Yuan.

OK … I just waited. Another trader came to helped him cutted the peanut and cashew nut cake then putted it on a small scales…. “a kilo”, I thought.

#patforehead …. “What is this, Don?”, “The Fat” felt sad and wanted me paid a half …. I asked him to paid all….it was no funny. “The Fat” often made unnecessary problems”.

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Apparently he must pay 400 Yuan for it….Crazy. Drama on Shekou Port toilet had continued to “the most expensive cake in the world” drama. A kilo of cake for IDR 800,000

OK….What was the next drama?

After the incident, I immediately rushed to the platform for going to Fumin Station. I would put my backpack in Shenzen FOMO Hostel.

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Situation in Shenzhen Metro

Arriving at Fumin Station, I confidently walked along Jintian Road, I only needed to read a simple map. Turn right from exit gate, passed 2-junction then turn left at third-junction.

I couldn’t wait to checked-in in the tent room on rooftop Shenzen FOMO Hostel. Couldn’t wait for the night to enjoyed sky in Shenzhen by sleeping in a tent.

The final destination of a map that I brought was an apartment which was guarded by a fat security who only could speak Chinese language. I showed him the booking form … then he tried to explained as much as possible with sign language while speaking chinese language … yes, I still failed to understood … haha.

Then, a senior high school girl came, the security guard called her and told her to talked to me….Finally, he could speak english….”shutdown … shutdown”…. the security guard crossed his arms on his chest….owhh….the hotel was closed….closed because of bankrupt….OK, third drama had happened … the last one was really shocking.

I tried still relax before do next plan….finally, I stopped by at Mc Donald’s for lunch. Shelter bus was the best place to take a break whenever fatigued to brought a backpack on my back.


Statue of Philosopher Zhuangzi in front of MC Donald’s

After lunch, I decided to went to Dongmen “backpacker area in Shenzhen” to looked for impromptu cheap hotel hotel5Shopping complex situation in Dongmen

Arriving at Laojie Station “The Boss” looked for Local Sim Card. He wanted to called “Anggi” in Jakarta to booked a dormitory for us. While waiting for “The Boss”, I tried to sat on stairs in front of the shop. I approached a local girl who sat for waited someone.

“Do you know a hostel for backpackers near here?” … he took out his handphone from his bag….I thought she was understood.

But….evidently She gave me a English-Chinese translator application in her phone. Hahahahah ….So We finally talked via handphone. Every english question that I typed, she would read it in the Chinese column….so funny.

The conversation gave a conclusion for me to went to the end of a junction and there was a cheap hotel that had triple rooms.

Finally we stranded at Xin Chao Business Hotel. Only 300 Yuan for 3 person was required to enjoyed this business class hotel. It was OK for forgetting the sadness of 3 dramas all day in Shenzen.

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Situation in front and in the room of Xin Chao Business Hotel

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This is unique … Basement was marked with number -1 in elevator, a free snack was Sumedang (Indonesia) product….and unusual for me as Indonesian…hotel provided condoms in a desk….haha

At that night, I went to the fountain and light show on a cruise ship which was changed to a hotel and restaurant….and there was a fourth drama there.

Drama that always challenged me to travel anywhere …


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“The Boss” hadn’t yet came from upstairs, even though we made appointment at 8 am to checked out and met at Villa Ka Meng lobby.

Huft… … evidently he didn’t wake up yet, my message didn’t read by him. I realized it because I bring him to enjoy Macao by walk all day a day before.

That means … my exploration time in Shenzhen would be reduced. I think Okay… how come later.
Too far….

I should focus on running text on dashboard. I was hesitant to pressed a button on bus pole as a signal for the driver to stopped the bus at Taipa Ferry Terminal.

I thought bus would stop at every shelter…. but it wasn’t. So…. I got off at the next stop and continued by walk to ferry terminal.

There wasn’t sign along avenue….I was sorry Sir & gentlemen, I stepped on new sidewalk that you made … it wasn’t ready to be stepped on.

Because of it….I understood when you shouted hard while lifting a shovel.

I just tried to apologized on my way … after leaving the area about 100 meters, I looked back … Curious if my steps before would make problem on pedestrian walk way.

Grateful, they seemed normal as a sign that it hadn’t significant problem.

I arrived at ferry terminal around 9:10 and this was the situation:

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Took a queue immediately and observed surrounding activities. It wasn’t busy yet as I imagined. Queuing behind Korean families who were busy their gadgets, I finally got a ferry ticket 19 minutes later.

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Queued for 20 minutes to got into ferry through that blue door. The officer gave me a name tag at that blue door and another officer would take back at the ferry entrance.

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During sail, a beautiful crew walked around to give a cup of mineral water. I tried to be patient to anchor in Shenzhen … Curious how is Shenzen ?

My attention was focused on three young women on front left. During sailing, they were busy to polished their face with cosmetics. And indeed after arrived, they liked artist who be cynosure.

Arriving at She Kou Ferry Terminal, I filled an arrival form in an open corridor between ferry and immigration counter.

9 degrees Celsius weather was pierced my bones … Ocean waves made me difficult to filled a form while sailing.

“Helooo … Do you have a visa?” a slim officer called me.

Oops … Just me who haven’t entered yet to immigration counter… the counter has empty…..better I ran to counter and complete a form in front of her.

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Finished … She was kind and helpfull… smiling when he asked to me.
Dying for a pee….

Looked around for a toilet at Immigration office. Finally I saw it at the corner.

A while after I entered in toilet … It has been changed to HORROR. “A little cursing in the heart” when I found faeces didn’t flush in the closet …. I thought it didn’t hard for just push the button.

So I canceled to pie there….

I left the room and looked for Shenzhen Metro station. Because I actually confused to found it. So I approached young officer. I spoke English and he just stared at me. Yess … He finally failed to understand.

For effective communicate with him… I opened my handphone … show their train picture. Finally, his hand immediately pointed to an underground gate at the end of She Kou Ferry Terminal courtyard.

Okay, Let’s went to Hotel, bro….Oh I was sorry, my mind was hostel.

Were we finding the hostel later?

NO NO NO … the Shenzen Fomo Hostel that I booked was already closed…
How was I looking for an impromptu cheap hostel? … I will tell it later … hihihi

Drama di Shenzen Berlanjut….

Pintu masuk Shekou Port Station terlihat didepan padangan. Pantas tak terlihat kentara karena gate langsung menuju ke bawah tanah.

“Si Gendut” tiba-tiba menghentikan langkahku menuruni escalator setelah berseru kecil untuk menunggunya membeli sesuatu. Entah bagaimana transaksi tadi terjadi, aku hanya melihat pedagang muslim itu memberi kode satu jari telunjuk dan kulihat “Si Gendut” membawa selembar seratus Yuan. Ohhh…..Hanya beli seratus Yuan.

OK lah…..kutunggu aja. Pedagang lain datang membantu si Bapak memotong kue kacang dan metenya kemudian menaruhnya di timbangan tangan kecil….”sekilo”, aku membatin.

#tepokjidatgelenggeleng….”Gimana ini, Don?”, Si Gendut terasa sedih dan memelas minta sumbangan ke guweh…..Kuminta dia bayar aja….terlanjurrrrr, rada sebel juga nih “Si Gendut kadang bikin masalah yang tak perlu”.

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Ternyata dia harus merelakan 400 Yuannya demi sekilo kue begituan…..hadeuh. Setelah drama di toilet Shekou Port…berlanjut ke drama kue termahal didunia. Masa iya kue sekilo harganya Rp. 800.000

OK….ayo drama lagi yang akan datang.

Pasca kejadian itu, Saya bergegas menuju ke platform untuk segera menuju Fumin Station demi menaruh backpack di Shenzen FOMO Hostel.

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Suasana didalam Shenzen Metro

Sampai di Fumin Station, Aku menyusuri Jintian Road penuh percaya diri karena aku hanya perlu membaca peta sederhana. Lurus ke kanan stasiun, lewati 2 pertigaan lalu belok kiri.

Aku ga sabar segera check-in di kamar tenda di rooftopnya  Shenzen FOMO Hostel. Ga sabar menuju malam untuk menikmati langit di Shenzen dengan tidur di dalam tenda.

Spot tujuan dari peta yang kubawa ternyata mengantarkanku pada gerbang apartemen yang dijaga satu security tambun yang hanya bisa berbahasa mandarin. Kutunjukkan booking form….lalu dia berusaha menjelaskan sekuat tenaga dengan bahasa isyarat sambal bibirnya berbicara mandarin…..yesss, aku tetap gagal faham…..hadeuh.

Datanglah gadis SMA mau masuk gerbang apartemen, si satpam memanggilnya dan suruh ngomong ama guweh…..”shutdown…shutdown” (siapa yang nyalain komputer yaks)….si satpam menyilangkan tangannya di dada…..owh….hotelnya closed…..closed bubar yaaa bukan tutup jam kerja. OK drama ketiga terjadi….yang terakhir ini menohok banget.

Tenangkan diri dulu sebelum bertindak selanjutnya…..mampirlah diriku di Mc Donald’s untuk lunch siang itu. Halte bus menjadi tempat terbaik untuk rehat setiap kali kelelahan membawa backpack yang semakin berat di punggung.


Patung Filsuf Zhuangzi di depan MC Donald’s

Setelah lunch, kuputuskan untuk pergi ke Dongmen “area backpacker di Shenzen” untuk mencari hotel dadakan yang murah tentunya.


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Setiba di Laojie Station “Si Boss” gatel juga untuk cari Local Sim Card supaya bisa minta bantuan “Si Anggi” di Jakarta cariin dormitory buat kita. Sembari nunggu “Si Boss” beli Sim Card dan telpon sana sini, Aku coba duduk di tangga depan pertokoan. Kudekati cewek lokal yang entah duduk nunggu siapa.

Do you know a hostel for backpacker near here?“…..dia keluarkan handphone dari tasnya…..Asyik keknya ngerti nih cewek….Dapat hotel kita.

Lahhh…..ternyata dia sodorin aplikasi English-Mandarin Translator. Hahahahah….Jadi kita berdua akhirnya ngobrol via handphone. Setiap pertanyaan kuketik di kolom english dan dia akan membacanya di kolom mandarin….Lucu euyyy.

Perbincangan itu membuahkan petunjuk bagiku untuk pergi ke ujung pertigaan dan ada hotel murah yang punya kamar triple.

Akhirnya terdamparlah kita di Xin Chao Business Hotel. Hanya perlu patungan 100 Yuan per orang untuk menikmati hotel kelas business ini. OK lah…..untuk melupakan kesedihan 3 drama yang kulalui seharian di kota itu.

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Suasana di depan dan dalam kamar Xin Chao Business Hotel

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Nah ini unik….basement ditandai dengan nomor -1 di lift, free snack hotel adalah produk Sumedang dan heboh…..disediain kondom cuy…wkwkwk

Malam itu juga aku pergi menuju pertunjukan air mancur dan cahaya di sebuah kapal pesiar yang dirubah menjadi tempat makan…..dan ada drama keempat disitu.

Drama yang selalu membuatkan tertantang untuk berkelana kemanapun……


Asik di Macau dan “Dongeng” di Shenzen


“Si Boss” belum juga turun dari lantai atas , padahal janjian jam 8 pagi buat check out dan ketemu di lobby Villa Ka Meng.

Hufftt……bahkan ternyata doi belum bangun, WA ku “checklist satu”. Kumaklumi karena kemarin ku ajak muter gila jalan kaki.

Artinya…..waktu eksplorasiku di Shenzen berkurang. Okee lahh….bagaimana nanti aja.


Harusnya aku fokus pada running text di atas dashboard. Aku ragu memencet tombol di tiang sebagai isyarat buat pak sopir memberhentikan bus di Taipa Ferry Terminal.

Kufikir berhenti di setiap halte….lah kok malah bablaaaasss. Yo wes….Aku turun di halte berikutnya lanjut jalan kaki ke terminal ferry.


Ga ada tanda sama sekali…..Maap ya Bapak-Bapak sekalian, aku menginjak trotoar baru karya kalian….ternyata belum siap diinjak.

Hadeuuuh….Pantesan kalian teriak kenceng sambil angkat sekop.

Aku hanya berusaha minta maaf dengan caraku…..setelah 100 meter meninggalkan area itu, aku diem-diem tengok ke belakang….penasaran apakah injakanku menjadi masalah. Bersyukur  mereka sepertinya membiarkan….pertanda tak ada masalah berarti.

Aku tiba di terminal ferry sekitar jam 9:10 dan begini suasanya

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Segera mengambil antrian dan mengamati aktivitas sekitar. Ternyata belum sibuk seperti yang aku bayangkan. Mengantri di belakang keluarga Korea yang “autis” dengan gadget masing-masing, akhirnya aku mendapatkan tiket ferry 19 menit setelahnya.

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Perlu mengantri 20 menit untuk masuk ferry melewati pintu biru itu. Petugas mengalungiku name tag yang akan diambil kembali oleh petugas lain di pintu masuk ferry.


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Selama berlayar petugas cantik itu berkeliling memberikan secangkir air mineral. Aku berusaha bersabar untuk berlabuh di Shenzen…..Kepo nih “Kayak apa sih Shenzeeeennn???

Perhatianku tertuju pada tiga perempuan muda di kiri depan. Selama berlayar terlihat asyik memoles wajahnya dengan kosmestik. Dan memang beberapa saat setelah tiba mereka bak artis yang menjadi pusat perhatian….alamaaakkkk


Tiba di She Kou Ferry Terminal, aku mengisi arrival form di koridor terbuka antara tempat bersandar ferry dan konter imigrasi Tiongkok.

Udara 9 derajat kelamaan menusuk tulang….Ini gegara ferry ajrug-ajrugan dan membuatku susah mengisi form.

Helooo….Do you have a visa?” “Si Langsing” memanggilku.

Waduh….Tinggal Kita yang belum masuk ke imigrasi…konter udah kosong melompong …..daripada dikira “pekerja illegal yang sedang membuat konspirasi“…mending lari kecil ke konter dan melengkapi kolom isian di depan “Si Langsing”.

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Beresssss….ternyata doi baik banget….senyam-senyum ketika bertanya…kirain judes…..hihihi.

Kebelet Pipiiiiiiss….

Celingukan cari toilet di kantor Imigrasi. Yesss….Dapet.

Wee laa dalah….Sumringah berubah jadi HOROR. Aku benar-benar membuktikan “dongeng” tentang joroknya warga Tiongkok Daratan.  “Sedikit mengumpat dalam hati” ketika menemukan kotoran mereka tak disiram mengonggok di kloset….padahal apa susahnya tinggal pencet tombol.

Ga jadiiiii Pipiiiiisssss……tar simpen ajjjjjjjaaaaaa…..

Aku keluar ruangan dan mencari dimana Shenzen Metro berada. Karena bingung aku menghampiri pemuda kantoran. cas cis cus Aku ngomong English….doi malah bengong menatapku. Yess…akhirnya doi gagal paham.

Gini aja deh…..buka HP….tunjukin gambar train mereka. Nahhhh kan enak…..langsung tangannya nunjuk ke sebuah lubah bawah tanah di ujung pelataran She Kou Ferry Terminal.

Ke Hotel Kita bro…… Hostel dink

Apa iya kita menemukan tuh Hostel nantinya?

Kagak mas Bro….Shenzen Fomo Hostel yang ku booking udah bubarrrr….

Bagaimana kisahku mencari hostel murah dadakan?…..nanti aja ya kuceritain….hihihi