Bucketlist Checked: Game of Thrones Tour

Hey you guys!

I posted about my 2019 travel plan previously and said that I want to go to U.K. and Japan. Glad to say that I have fulfilled my wish to go there! Yeaaayy! I also mentioned that I wanted to visit Game of Thrones filming locations as my bucketlist, and some of them, including the studio, are in Northern Ireland hence why I went to Belfast!

From Indonesia, I already booked the tour. So I booked the tour from Game of Thrones Tour. I booked 2 tours from the website which are Belfast Winterfell and Belfast Iron Island (which included Giant’s Causeway and Rope Bridge Adventure). It costed 50 GBP for each tour. Oh and the guides were actors from Game of Thrones!

I was staying in Belfast and the hostel’s name is Belfast International Youth Hostel. I usually book my accommodation from Booking.com as I could pay it later and most of the hostel/hotel offer a no charge cancellation fee. Do click the link if you wanna book the hostel or check the review. I will probably review the hostel in my other post 🙂

Anywaaay guys, lets talk about the tour itself now shall we? Oh wait before that, I want to talk about the GoT exhibition that was being held in Belfast! I arrived there on Friday and after I checked in, I went straight to the exhibition. I kind of forget the price but I think it was almost 20 GBP. There, there were many props that GoT used such as the sword, the clothes etc. You could also listen to the story behind the props from the crew. It was awesome! I, of course, bought many merchandises from the exhibition. Spent. Lots. Of. Moneeeeehh. Eh. It’s fine, right? Hahaha

Jaime Lannister’s hand
The Purple Wedding

On Saturday morning, I left the room for my first tour. The Winterfell Tour! WOOOOOP. There were many people joined the tour and we went there with a bus. The journey took some time and on the road, we watched the GoT behind the scene. Such a fun tour with people who love GoT! We arrived at the Winterfell and wow, looks smaller than I imagine! So the team did some CGI in the production (of course) but what actually amazed me is how they could see something and think “ok! This is it! The castle! The perfect place” I used to make short films etc back in uni but I cant imagine seeing a place or something here and there and think yeah it’s perfect for this scene. Awesome. They also used the same location for different scenes but hey, never really realized that! When we visited the filming locations, the guide showed a before after CGI picture and we watched the scene together. At the end of the tour, we watched an episode from GoT together which was amazing!

The Stark’s Dining Room
Stark, assembleeeee!

On Sunday morning, I got up early again and went to my second tour. The Iron Island. Wooop. Theon Greyjooooy! At first I wanted to back out because when I went to the tour on Saturday, the wind was pretty strong which made it hard for me. It was really cold. And to be honest, the Greyjoy is not my favorite (though I love Theon’s character development!). But then I thought, heck lets do it. In this tour, we went to some other places which are not in the GoT like Carrick-a-Bridge. The wind, just like the other day, was so strong, so we could not use the bridge so we could only look. OH THANK GOD I WAS SO AFRAID OF HEIGHT. But still, the view was beautifully breathtaking. I was a bit surprised to know that not many people know Belfast after I went there because damn, Northern Ireland is beautiful. And I only visited couple of place! Just like the previous tour, we saw the before after CGI and watched the scene.

Greyjoy squad

I really really enjoyed the tour! The guides were nice and it was really cool to talk to them. Especially if you wanna know the casts and crew behind the film. They told us story about how they film it, how they got casted, etc. Oh yeah, we got to wear some props like the Stark’s cloak, sword, the Greyjoy’s clothes etc. AWESOOOMEEE. Yep. For someone who loves GoT that much I flew to Belfast after I was hospitalized for 1 week, it was THAT awesome!

So guys, if you wanna try to do this tour, I am really recommending it. It was really fun! Especially if you enjoy GoT! And you could explore Northern Ireland as well, I find it beautiful. Really beautiful!

Cheers

Kemmy

VISTA #9: See you

Hey you guys!

Last week my coworkers held a farewell party for me. Usually when we hold a farewell, it would be a dinner at a (usually fancy) restaurant. Eh free expensive food yeay. But my farewell was a bit different.

My former line manager, Bang Sutan (in informal situation, we call any boys or younger or older men with “Mas” or “Bang” and any girls or younger or older women with “Mbak”), kept asking my close friend, Ryan, about my farewell. What do I want for the gift and where should we hold the farewell. To be honest I didnt even know what I want or where I want to eat. Well if they ask me what do I want to eat, I want to eat rice, chili (sambel terasi) and anchovy plus veggie (kangkung). Hahaha. Doubt that the others want to eat it as well hahaha.

Soooo after couple of weeks, the email invitation was finally sent by Bang Sutan. Wow. 3pm-6pm? Isnt it a working office hour? The farewell dinner is 3 hours? Wow. What a long time. But the place was still “TBA.” So I asked Ryan where will we go for my farewell and he told me that we’re going karaoke. OH. No wonder it’s 3 hours hahaha. I think the team wanted to have an “Away Day” event as well so they set it from 3pm. Ryan told me about the conversation he had with Bang Sutan earlier:

“Mas Ryan, where should we hold the farewell party for Mbak Kemmy?”

“Eh.. I dont know Bang. I’m not good at holding an event. I’m confused”

“Hmm, well she likes Japanese stuffs right?”

“Yes”

So lets have a karaoke party for her

“…”

Mas Ryan then said to me while laughing “I dont see the correlation between you like Japanese stuffs and karaoke.”

“But the others seem really excited to go to this karaoke. Some already made a song list”

Glad to know that the team was excited about it hahahah. Apparently, the time was changed to 5pm because our Head Department, Mba Inge, had a meeting.

So the karaoke began!

Let me tell you something. I dont like karaoke. I dont like singing. Mostly because I’m embarrassed by my tone deafness hahahaha. Basically I cant sing. Such a horrible singer. We get it Kem. I tried REAL hard to avoid singing but then I know I cant run away from it. The team kept asking me to sing. I even ate my dinner real slow then Mba Inge and Bang Sutan said “Kemmy, I know you’re eating slowly because you dont want to sing”

“Mba Kemmy, we are waiting for you until you finish eating”

Cant run away now that my 2 bosses said that! Oh what the heck imma gonna sing then. Hey, it’s not that bad since the others are singing as well hahaha. There were 4 mic but everyone was singing hahahha. I kinda thought like okay, no need to have mic here hahhaha.

At 8 pm, the team shared their thoughts about me and prayers for my next journey. To be honest, I really wanted to cry but I held it. Because I also needed to hold my pee. Yea. During that sad moment I cant cry because I was holding my pee. It was really sweet until I had to give a speech then I came up then said “Can I pee first?” Anti-climax I know.

We ended up having a karaoke party for 4 hours. And I had to go to the box tomorrow morning because we had our first CrossFit event. But hey! It was a really great night! I am really gonna miss the team so much!

Cheers

Kemmy