AUSTRAL14 – Day #0 (21-10-14): CGK-KUL

Pada 21-30 Januari 2014 (tepat sebulan yang lalu) saya melakukan perjalanan ke Australia dalam rangka datang ke Big Day Out 2014 dan nonton Pearl Jam. Minggu ini tepat sebulan yang lalu saya bepergian, dan agar tidak lebih jauh lagi prokrastinasi (penundaan pekerjaan) saya, maka saya akan post di blog saya hari-per-hari, sebulan yang lalu (paling ya selisih 1 hari.) Lewat dari jangka waktu sebulan saya rasa udah basi. Saya mulai ya dari Hari #0 (keberangkatan pesawat dihitung Hari #0 karena overnight.)

Saya sudah menunggu hari ini datang sejak Agustus 2013, saat saya pesan tiket Big Day Out untuk nonton main headliner Pearl Jam. Saat itu booking tiket BDO Sydney (Hari #1. Awalnya akan diselenggarakan 2 hari di Sydney, dengan hari pertama bertepatan dengan Australia Day. Kemudian promotor festival membatalkan Hari #2.) Lalu di bulan2 berikutnya mulai menabung AUD dan booking kamar untuk Sydney (saya booking Hostel Casa Central) dan tiket pesawat (AirAsia dengan stop-over di Kuala Lumpur.)

Poster Big Day Out 2014

Teman saya Irawan mengajak saya untuk roadtrip keliling australia dengan menggunakan mobil sewaan. Dan karena memang paralel dengan rencana membawa petisi untuk mendatangkan Pearl Jam ke Indonesia (yang berpuncak pada acara “FAITHFULL – Pearl Jam Nite VIII : Bring Pearl Jam To Indonesia”) dan ada rencana untuk bertemu di Melbourne dengan kontak dari pihak yang membantu kita (menyampaikan petisi ke Pearl Jam,) maka itinerary trip yang saya namakan AUSTRAL14 (get it? Australia in 2014?) berkembang dari seminggu menjadi 10 hari, dengan menambah rencana Big Day Out Melbourne dan keliling Australia.

Lalu saya pesan tambahan tiket Big Day Out Melbourne dan hotel di Melbourne (rencana awal di Melbourne Metro YHA tapi karena terlalu lama menunda akhirnya fully booked, diganti King Street Backpackers Melbourne.) Hotel di Merimbula (pertengahan perjalanan Sydney-Melbourne) dibooking oleh Irawan (sepertinya dia tidak terlalu cocok dengan hostel dan memilih motor inn Black Dolphin.)

Rute yang kami pilih adalah melipir sepanjang Sapphire Coast, dari Sydney perjalanan 7 jam ke Merimbula (kota resort pantai) dan beristirahat di sana semalam, lalu besoknya berangkat dalam perjalanan 6 jam ke Melbourne. Stay di Melbourne 2 malam sambil datang ke Big Day Out Melbourne. Lalu dilanjutkan dengan day trip Melbourne Sydney, untuk ke Big Day Out Sydney dan sisanya dihabisakan dengan city tour di Sydney sampai pulang. Berikut itinerary yang direncanakan di TripIt.

Pagi itu (seperti hari-hari sebelumnya) Jakarta diguyur hujan deras. Di beberapa bagian kota Jakarta digenangi air (baca: banjir.) Jam 10 saya pergi sebentar ke Ace Hardware dekat rumah untuk membeli koper (yup. Saya sudah packing dulu sebelum punya koper.) Pada perjalanan pulang saya beli nasi padang, untuk bekal makan di rumah.

Setelah packing (1 koper utama, 1 backpack notebook dan 1 tas kecil selempang) saya minta panggilkan taxi sekitar 4 jam sebelum jam 18.55 keberangkatan pesawat, antisipasi genangan air dan macet di Jakarta. Dan setelah sempat mampir sebentar untuk sebuah keperluan, taxi saya melaju ke Bandara Soekarno-Hatta Terminal 3. Surprisingly, rute via Sudirman-Grogol lancar saja.

T3 Soetta #AUSTRAL14 - ThumbnailSetibanya di Terminal 3 saya langsung check-in, beli roti di Circle K Terminal 3, dan menunggu sambil menulis post ini di Starbucks Terminal 3. Beberapa saat jelang jam boarding, saya berbenah dan menuju ke waiting lounge Gate 6. Ternyata keberangkatan tertunda, sehingga saya sempat menunaikan shalat Magrib di musholla Terminal 3. Setelah itu saya sempat menunggu keberangkatan delayed di lounge Gate 6.Test

KLIA LCCT

Jam 18:15 saya baru boarding flight QZ8196 menuju KUL (Kuala Lumpur.) Penerbangan CGK-KUL ini hanya memakan waktu 2 jam. Di KLIA LCCT (Low-Cost Carrier Terminal) saya turun ke terminal LCCT, lalu segera melewati jalur imigrasi khusus untuk connecting flight. Tidak ada jeda waktu menunggu karena penerbangan sebelumnya memang delayed. Walaupun sudah check-in boarding pass, saya minta waktu kepada petugas keluar sebentar untuk ke toilet LCCT.

AirAsia X CabinPenerbangan AirAsia X D7 222 KUL-SYD menggunakan pesawat Airbus A330-300. Kursi berlapis kulit merah putih tapi agak sempit, sesempit siku yang bolak-balik tersenggol pramugari yang lewat (hmm, pramugarinya dari berbagai negara kawasan Asia.) Dan teman duduk saya juga gadis cantik dari Filipina sepertinya, seorang Pinay. Sudah terlalu cape untuk memulai percakapan…

Bangkok 05-06, Day #7 (12/30/05)

at 10:30 by tuk-tuk i went to baiyoke 2 building, said to be the highest hotel in the world (i don’t know if compared with hotel dubai?), the highest building in bangkok. bought the ticket for 400 baht, which entitles me to a free drink on rooftop bar.
enters the lift. wow, it’s a capsule lift with ascending view of bangkok, well, pratunam market. we got of on 77th floor.
nice view of the city! thought i was on the very top of baiyoke so made panorama view here, eventually there’s more upstairs. there’s a small bangkok museum here, with vintage photos and old-fashioned becak here, not to mention model of vintage chinatown style store facade (a mouthfull, just check out the picture.) then through other elevator, went upstair. there’s 80th floor, still with windows. climbed some stairs with the decoration of an alien and all supposedly-eerie statue, they must had planned for a museum here upstairs, because one section of the stairway which leads downstair is still closed.
upstair is way cooler. it’s a rotating platform where you can observe bangkok in all it’s 360 degree glory! i spent long time here trying to make a panoramic stitched up view, just by making series of pic standing in one spot. made it to a quicktime VR movie, go check it out!
then after my carefully plan to attend friday prayer in the embassy failed :-(, i claimed my free drink fo a special baiyoke punch, served with popcorn, sat in one spot where i can spot my sister’s apartment. sip. sip. sip. gulp. gulp. gulp. went back down to 77th. bought some more maps. went down back to the ground.
in pratunam market i stumbled across this chinese themed t-shirt shop. bought a kind-a-print t-shirt with motifs of gecko, a red very-chinese t-shirt and a chinese kumpuk-dog pink t-shirt for gita. then i browse through the ol’ wholesale market of pratunam.
walked my way to central world plaza or isetan to make it short. it’s kind of older shopping center like hayam wuruk plaza, but like usual way more organized, and nicer, and cleaner. bought a work shirt here.
then at 3.30 went to the basement to check out the food court. after quick recommendation by monica through the cell phone, i lunched at MK restaurant, this nice franchise here in bangkok, famous with duck and steamed stuff or suki. got myself roast duck on rice, and a crab dim sum set, just to find out later in the evening, not to take everything for granted is pork-free. yum. made a walkthru through platinum, at first to restraint myself not to buy anything, only to budge to buy very cheap watched, at B95 (50% off), one for me, one for sarah. made a short visit to pantip to buy S-video to RCA cable. then went back home. whoa i heart siam.

Bangkok 05-06, Day #6 (12/29/05)

doing tid bits of my latest project, and still waiting for an important data from my client. so until then i can do nothing. i guess the client was also caught up with end of year event. so we’ll just leave everything as it is, for now.

had lunch at home, then at 1 went out. i crossed the street through the pedestrian crossing bridge, then went to the right, along the sidewalk to siam discovery. took pictures along the way.

this was the first attempt of mine to go out by myself so i got a li’l disoriented this time. spent my time too long inside every individual shop. the shops are nice and the business really meant business. i mean even the smallest details (i.e. the decor, etc) are thought over so the customers are brought to each shop’s world.
from CD warehouse to Loft (the stationery haven,) shop by shop. then i moved along to the next building siam center through the plaza, just to realize the buildings are connected by connecting bridge. enter the siam center. here was pretty much the same. just made a quick browse throughout siam center.

then i came into the Siam Paragon. this is said to be the newest addition to the lines of mall in Bangkok. and one of the largest i might add. after i took some exterior pictures, when i entered the ground floor is the food center. lines of franchised restauraqnt like burger king, KFC, etc on one side, the food court in the middle and on the farthest side is the supermarket. i event can not see the end of the farthest side of the supermarket!

then i climbed up the escalators. there’s cars in display on every floor, and by cars i meant luxurious cars: lamborginis on the 2nd floor, etc. and on the 2nd floor there’s an entrance/exit gateway to the sywalk, which leads to the BTS station Siam.

on to the upper floor. to my amazement there’s a floor designated only for car showrooms, just like in automall in jakarta, but in this case it’s the 5th (?) floor! and may i repeat: by car i mean CAR: lamborgini, masserati, hummer, porsche, ferrari, etc!

on to the upper floor, a lot of the shops are still close. well, this mall is not yet open so i understood. the in-store LCD display i found on one of the upmost floor is in 3D, with the newest technology: no glasses required!

then i climbed down the set of escalator on the other end of the building. on the ground floor there’s this brass ensemble, playing standard songs. nice band. made it to the basement of this humongous building, theres ocean world siam. not paying any fare though, just took a glimpse of what’s the inside is all about. the fare is B45.

then through the skywalk, i exited. my tiredness said i’ll take the skytrain to ratchathewi, but my curiousness and fondness to explore new things told my feet to walk down the stairs on the other end of the street, to siam square.

then i explored siam square. siam square is pretty much the blok m version of bangkok, but way far more organized, cleaner and nicer. there’s dunkin donuts on th phra ram I, roti boy (nice franchise, although the i can’t try out the most popular buns because of the pork buns when i asked, there’s a queue for this pork bun!) made my way inside the square.

walked up to the point where i waited with my father on the sidewalk bench the other day. walked up and down the main lane, after paid my respect to the usual 6 o’clock national anthem and thai flag on the LCD display, I decided to enter A&W to eat waffle. had this packaged deal  of waffle w/ ice cream & maple syrup, root beer and curly fries. some cute chicks entered A&W as well, for the eye candy. but come to think of it, they all nice! no kidding!

then cluctching to these shopping bags, i went to Siam BTS station. go to ratchathewi, then by foot went back to my lodging.

Bangkok 05-06, Day #5 (12/28/05)

Don Meuang Airport Hall
Don Meuang Airport Hall

when i woke up all the people are gone. my folks are making last minutes shopping, my sister & in-law are in the office. then at at 10 monica came back with some durians, then my folks came. they packed their way much luggage. then after some apartment shots we all went downstaris, for sony already waiting on the car. we are going to drove my folks to the airport, they’re departing to CGK today.

after check-in, we had lunch on the 2nd floor of don muang. kangkung and black pepper beef. then i went to the lavatory and browse some books on the airport bookstore. Continue reading “Bangkok 05-06, Day #5 (12/28/05)”

Bangkok 05-06, Day #4 (12/27/05)

MBK view
MBK view

in the morning at 9.30 me, t. jessie and bokap catch a cab and went to MBK (Mahboonkrong for those not in the know.) lots of stores haven’t been opened yet. but we started our hunt for items to buy for souvenirs or just for ourselves.

MBK is a very large shopping center that’s kind of mixed between whole-sale-ness like ITCs in Jakarta, and dedicated stores like Ratu Plaza. i had my strategy of just browsing for items, not rushing to buy things because my stay here in Bangkok is still up until Jan the 7th. so I have the chance to come back here again after serious considerations.

Hmm, Nunu was not lying. Most (not to mention all) of the girls here in Bangkok are very pretty. had it very close with this girl selling software DVD, but it’s a matter of miscommunication and culture shock, it didn’t work. not to mention I was exhausted following my parents around. they have to get the items they need, I don’t. Continue reading “Bangkok 05-06, Day #4 (12/27/05)”

Bangkok 05-06, Day #3 (12/26/05)

Happy Father Going To Pattaya
Happy Father Going To Pattaya

plan A we want to depart for pattaya at 10 so that sony can join us. but apparently sony can’t make it out of embassy duty, so we depart at 8.30, earlier. we went by a chartered microbus, driven by this thai man, can’t speak english. but monica can communicate with him. it’s obvious that he’s lost if it comes to bangkok toll highway. well. the road to pattaya mostly is the toll highway, nice and smooth. at 11 we arrived in front of hard rock hotel, we parked. we tried to look for place to pee, and enter this hard rock cafe merchandise stuff. allured to buy nice HRC Pattaya sand shirt. then i peed nearby at next door public toilet owned by one of the restaurant, for B10 fare.

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Bangkok 05-06, Day #2 (12/25/05)

early morning i am woken up early by ani, my sister’s maid cleaning up the room and opeing the drapes. aargh, i moved to her usual room. my sis suggests that ani sleep on the living room while i occupy her room. and i agree cos my gadgets are scattered around the appartment.

my nap didn’t go further than 8 am, cos we have to get ready to go to chatuchak. had an early cold shower, then got prepared. we then had breakfast. after that by sony’s car we went to deliver x mas gift of lapis legit cake i brought to their colleague. then after that we went to chatuchak.

Pork Stew @Chatuchak
Pork Stew @Chatuchak

we parked on discovery’s parking lot. discovery is a children scientific playground and museum (i think), located at the farthest of the chatuchak, near the section of pets and aquarium.

there in chatuchak lotsa neat stuff and for less price. we take a nibble of this grilled squid street vendor. nice. there’s also this gentleman stirring a large (i mean very large) pan of deep fried pork. yum. and just by the entrance of this part of chatuchak, a nice fried critters vendor (you name the most unbelievable ones, they got it) larvae, tiny chick, bugs, crickets, etc. crispy!

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Bangkok 05-06, Day #1 (12/24/06)

so here we go again, or should i say: here i go again, ‘cos like always i go solo on vacation. i had predisposition in my mind that every year i have to go abroad for vacation. or, at least: go for vacation, not necessarily abroad. started in 02 i was vacationing to singapore while attending iDN’s fresh conference. in 03 i went to hong kong due to very bargain cathay pacific ticket. in 04 i went with sammy to go diving to bali. then this year, because my sister and her husband are here in bangkok, and my parents are already here since last week, i joined them today.

after doing some crash shopping, for items titipan much more that my personal items! i went to ratu plaza and after done my biz there, i went to ps to do more shopping for things i haven’t had yet which i need for this vacation.

odd thing, while i was pondering i should have a spouse to accompany me doing this kinda stuff, there on the back of ratu plaza lot, i met *drum roll please* estira. but still i adore her, despite of everytime i met her, her style was getting less and less ‘her’. and guess what, she’s all alone too. god works in mysterious ways. i become one with the universe.

now i find myself speed-packing. luckily all can be squished into one medium suitcase. then the cab i ordered came. said goodbye to my sisters, then departed.

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My Trip To Bangkok, Published 3 Years Later…

I found a journal during my holiday visit to Bangkok, 3 years ago. That was my first visit to Bangkok, to my sister’s apartment in Petchburi Street area, behind First Hotel (Soi 11.)

My travel date was Dec 24, 05 to Jan 7, 06. I wrote my journal down in Text Edit on my Mac, and somehow haven’t
managed to publish it yet. So now I will publish it, on the exact same
day, 3 years later.

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When In KL(…or Bring Passport All The Time)

Because as of now I am currently in KL, I MUST BRING MY PASSPORT ALL THE TIME (not looking like a TKI is a plus)…

[through an email post]

Saya Budiman Bachtiar Harsa, 37 tahun, WNI asal Banten, karyawan di BUMN berkantor di Jakarta.

Kasus pemukulan wasit Donald Peter di Malaysia, BUKAN kejadian pertama. Behubung sdr Donald adalah seorang “Tamu Negara” hingga kasusnya terexpose besar-besaran. Padahal kasus serupa sering menimpa WNI di Malaysia. BUKAN HANYA TKI Atau Pendatang Haram, tapi juga WISATAWAN. Continue reading “When In KL(…or Bring Passport All The Time)”