Sooooo……. I’m back!! *dilemparin karung sampah*
After awhile vacuum, finally I wrote ‘things’ in this blog. I don’t even finish my winter trip post! And there are more post about my spring break and my second trip to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. I definitely not a good blogger, at all! *grin*.
The title of this post is related to many things. First of all I finally back again to write in this blog since my last post months ago. I knew there are many-many things left unwritten since I’ve been so lazy to write. *sigh* But I’m back, like the other ‘comeback’ postings I’ve done several times, still I couldn’t keep up to write again regularly. What a stupid blogger I am.
Second, I’m back to Indonesia again. My ten months adventure in USA have officially finished on the middle of May this year. So sad to leave all the comforts in that country. I’d been adjusted with the cold-dry climate of Wisconsin, the comfort transportation system, the people I left, friends that finally became family. But things are already waiting for me in this country. Yes, a lot of things are waiting for me, there’s no time to stay in comfort zone anymore, consider in my age, I should have gain something for my self. Well, I took all those adventures in USA as my experiences that I believe will be useful for me in the future.
I’ve been back again in Denpasar, Bali since May 24. My travel back home was a very long-long-long journey. I thought I spent more than 40 hours from Appleton, WI to Denpasar, Bali.
Our ‘leaving drama’ was started several days before our departure date. There were some farewell lunch and/or dinner with our friends including farewell dinner in our apartment that was intended to finish all the food left in our fridge. Jimmy cooked random dishes–from rawon, to tom yum–that absolutely didn’t match one with another, but never mind we did enjoy those foods, music, and dance together. We had to leave our apartment a day before our departure date, so we stayed at a hotel for our last night in Appleton. I flew with Jenny and Jimmy from Appleton on May 22. We were the earliest group to leave Appleton. Aaron, Anita, and Rose–our lovely coordinators–escorted us to the airport. There’s also Jimmy’s mentor and our lovely friend, Sarah.. I’m really sure will miss all of them.
From Appleton, we had to catch our next flight to Hongkong from Chicago. We met several friends here from Kirkwood, IO; Greenbay, WI, and Champaign-Urbana, IL. We were from the same program and left on the same date. Our Chicago-Hongkong flight was the longest one. it took almost 16 hours. I can’t believe I had to sit on a plane for a such long time. It definitely beats my 12 hours Tokyo-Chicago flight last year. Lucky us, the plane was much way better than our flight last year, at least United equipped their flight with personal entertainment.
Our second transit was only for around 30 minutes in Hongkong International Airport. The thing I hate from this airport was the security check! They were so annoying. No need to explain what they did, despite their job description, they were so annoying.
Next flight was from Hongkong to Singapore, it took about 4 hours to reach Singapore. We arrived around midnight at Singapore and had to stay there for 5-6 hours before our next flight to Jakarta. Due to a long transit, Jenny, Jimmy, Feby, and I decided to go outside the airport, headed to Mustafa for our late dinner. I didn’t know why, but I always feel hungry during the trip. I had my last dinner at the flight from Hongkong to Singapore, though I still could afford for some martabak at Mustafa (and still wondering why it’s so hard for me to gain some weight!).
Then we had our last international flight from Singapore to Jakarta by Singapore Airlines. Despite the brand name, it was the nicest flight among those flights back home.
We arrived in Jakarta around 7 a.m. and had to faced the immigration and custom. We passed the immigration smoothly and took our luggages. We had been reminded about the customs way before our departure. In some occasions the tend to set a high tax to some people. When our luggages came out from the conveyor we noticed some of our luggages was remarked by white chalk, that’s the way they mark on their target. Carefully we erased those marks using wet-tissue then walked through the custom. I seen their eyes was looking for marks on our luggages, lucky we erased all of them and passed them smoothly *yeay!!*
It wasn’t the end! After saying good bye with friends who are staying in Jakarta or were heading for another cities, Reni (from Champaign-Urbana, IL) and I were heading to Terminal 3 for our last flight back to Denpasar, Bali. It was the last 2 hours flight in our journey.
I will post some other stories either my experiences in USA or some life updates. Thank your for reading.. :)