Run Kemmy Run!

Hey you guys!

This is a story about how I almost missed my flight. Yeaaaaa, told ya, I always, I repeat, ALWAYS, do stupid things during my travel.

My family planned to go to Japan during Eid Mubarak holiday last May-June. They departed on May 25 while I on May 28. I felt bad to actually leave the office again after disappear for 3 weeks on April. Don’t blame me, I got hospitalised for one week before I flew to the UK hahaha. So anyway, my flight was from Jakarta to Osaka and I was going to meet my family in Kyoto.

You see guys, at the end of the month, we have to do something called accrual. So I had to finish this accrual first and then went to the airport to catch my flight. AND my friends (yes friends, they are more than just a colleagues to me) kept teasing me so I could not leave the office. It’s basically because the other team had not finished their report yet. But I just cant left them, I mean, the report was our responsibility. Sooo, I left at 4.30 pm or something and managed to arrive at the airport without any problem. My flight was at 8pm and since I was fasting, I thought I could pray first then eat something real quick to break my fast.

At 6pm ish I went inside the gate and boy oh boy the queue was pretty long. I flew with Jetstar and I bought a seat last minute before I went to the airport. Just my luck, the airport service officer printed the wrong seat. So I asked him to change my seat according to what I have bought. Oh you guys, I saw this “LAST CALL” on the screen and I was panicking hahaha. Then I immediately went to the immigration then proceed to the boarding gate (slightly running!). But apparently the gate was not opened yet. Oh phew, lucky! I was still able to charge my phone first. I dont really like to bring power bank so yeah haha.

I had around 2 hours of transit in Singapore and 50 minutes stopover in Taipei. The ticket said that my flight from Singapore-Taipei-Osaka is using the same airplane so I thought oh okay I dont have to change airplane then. Apparently, I still had to get out from the plane although it was only a 50 minutes stop using the same airplane. To be honest, until now I dont know the difference between the two, but what I know now is that we still have to get out from the plane. AND 50 MINUTES IS FREAKING SHORT.

I got out from the plane and just walked calmly. Stupidly, I followed some people in front of me while trying to check where the transfer/flight details is. Heck, I could not even find one. By the time I realised… OH WOW I ARRIVED AT THE IMMIGRATION GATE. WHAT THE FUCK?! I WAS DOOMED.

I thought okay, this is it. I’m going to miss my flight. Bye. Gotta buy new tickets. Shit. What should I tell my parents. SHIIIITTT. My parents and brother will definitely rant about how stupid I am. Yep. Great.

OH WOW I ARRIVED AT THE IMMIGRATION GATE. WHAT THE FUCK?! I WAS DOOMED.

Trying to calm myself down, I asked a security there but apparently he could not speak English. So he said that I had to fill the form and went straight to the immigration. I AM SO DEAD. I DONT SEE OTHER PEOPLE NEARBY. DEAAAAD. DEAAAADDD.

So I walked back to where I was from mindlessly. Could not even tell what time is it here and how many minutes left for the airplane to depart. Then, I saw 3 airport staffs and went to them, hoping that they could show me the way. So I asked where should I go, I could not find any flight details around here. They could not speak English as well but they told me to go back by pointing the way. So I tried to ask desperately if they could check which gate is my flight from their phone. Apparently my gate was B1 or something and you know what, I was near gate D. HAHAHA. DEEEEEAAADD.

I ran while I was carrying my travel backpack (yes I only brought my backpack since I didnt buy any baggage). Then I finally saw the flight details near gate B. Guess what I saw. Yeah… “LAST CALL”

Oh my days, another last call.

I ran with all my might. Apparently my gate was very far which is at the end of the building. Oh and, after I reached the end of the corridor, I had to go down to actually reached my gate. I kinda forgot, I think it was gate B1R or something. So I ran again until I reached the gate.

LUCKILY, I ARRIVED JUST IN TIME!

When I arrived on my seat (at the back), I saw that most people that flew with me from Singapore were not there. So most of them are new passengers. Oh. That’s why when I blindly followed the previous passengers I just got lost hahahha

Moral of the story: Again, dont be stupid Kem. Dont just blindly follow people in front of you.

So that was it guys. A story how I almost missed my flights twice in a row and ran with all my might while carrying a backpack.

Cheers,

Kemmy

Hotel Review: Mulia Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia

Hey you guys!

I reviewed a hostel previously in Hostel Review: Mad Monkey Backpackers Hostel Kings Cross. And now I want to review a hotel. This is a 5-star hotel and I was able to stay there because well… work. I can’t afford it, well maybe I can and then I won’t eat anything for a month hahaha

Sooo anyway, lets start the review.

Value

Guys, if I check the rate on the internet… you could definitely say that I won’t be able to afford it.

So I checked the price on Booking.com and I’m pretty sure this was the room that I got from work. It costed 3.388.000 IDR for one night or around 242 USD. Wow. But maybe my office got a different price as usually there’s a corporate rate at hotel. So? Is it expensive? You betcha. Is it worth it? Well you could find it in the final verdict!

Facility & Service

The facility was superb. There are couple of restaurants there and a lounge at the lobby. The food was great like seriously, I have stayed in many hotels and this is by far my favorite. Usually hotels’ food taste bland in my mouth but this hotel? Well 5 out of 5! The price does not lie for this one!

I do like the room that I was staying at. So the bathroom has a bathtub and a shower, so I could take a bath at night and just relax there! I mean, I just love taking a nice warm bath you know, especially when you’re soooo tired or basically before you go to sleep so all of your muscle will relax. Aaah so relaxing~

Yepp… this room is only for me.

There is also this sofa and desk in my room I think it’s for eating breakfast in the room and for people who might want to work. Well what I know is that this hotel usually used for business purposes.

What I do love the most from this hotel is actually the service. The staffs are sooooo friendly and helpful. I have had my share on unfriendly hotel staffs, so I am so happy with their services. I like that they always smile when they talk to you. It sounds simple right? But I do love people who smile back at me hehe.

Location

It’s located in the city center and you could catch MRT from here. I think it’s around 500m or less to reach the station. It’s also near shopping center and some office buildings, so it’s very convenient to stay here

Atmosphere

The atmosphere? Very. Posh. I mean… it feels sooo different with the accommodation that I used to stay during my travel. Oh well… I usually stayed at the hostel hahaha. Anyway, I just think I’m not used to it hehe

Comfort and Cleanliness

Well 5 stars for this definitely! The room was spacious, the bathroom was also spacious. It’s very clean indeed! The bed. Ooooh. Just perfect! It feels so comfortable to sleep there! (Apart from me being so tired from full day meeting!)

Internet

The internet is not disappointing either! It’s easy to access and of course every room has their own password so the connection is good as well!

Final Verdict…

5 out of 5! Not because it’s a 5 star hotel, but because I do like staying there! But since I live in Jakarta, I don’t think I will stay there for vacation nor stay-cation. I think it’s best for business trip. But if you want the best service from a hotel, then I would recommend this place! The location is just perfect if you like to shop or just to hang out at cafes or restaurants. They have many good cafes and restaurants outside of the hotel! And if you like luxury and being pampered, this is definitely the perfect place!

Cheers,

Kemmy

Travel Safety: Mind Your Belonging

Hey you guys!

It’s been a long time since the last time I updated my blog hahaha. So recently I just went to the UK (yeaaaay). I just fulfilled one of my bucket lists! Anywaaaay I’ll talk about it later. Yea yea I have at least 2 posts that I haven’t posted

Alrighty then let’s talk a bit about your safety. Yepp travel safety. No no, this is not because my background is from health and safety. Well maybe just a little heee. But this is also from my experience.

So during my travel to the UK, I lost my wallet. I lost it in Belfast, until now I’m not sure whether I dropped it or someone stole it. After I finished my GOT tour, I decided to dropped by Tesco and bought some food. I’m pretty sure I put my wallet in my rucksack as I put the change, 17 pence, in my pocket.

Anyway, I walked to the hostel, around 1 km from Tesco, then went to the kitchen. At first it was only me in the kitchen and I just put my bag on the table. Then I saw my roommate and waved frantically hahaha and by that time there was another person in there beside me and my roommate.

So anyway I still left my bag on a table (stupid right) and talked then cooked with her. The other person then went out. Then when I grabbed my bag, I realize I lost my wallet. But then I still try to act calm. I went to my room and searched my wallet. I let out all of my belongings from my bag and hope that I could find it. But no. Nothing. I went back to the kitchen and ate the dinner. Still trying to act (or look) calm. Then I went to Tesco again and asked whether I left my wallet anndd noooo there was nothing as well.

By that time, I started to panic a bit. I still tried to calm myself down and thought of any possible solutions. Then I thought, okay I still have my e banking and so I could just send the money to my roommate and asked her to withdraw it. TIDAK SEMUDAH ITU FULGOSO (Not that easy, Fulgoso; Fulgoso is the name of Marimar’s dog – a telenovela that showed on TV when I was a kid haha). She doesn’t know her bank account number. Yep. Dead. I needed to go back to London the next day and I needed at least 8 pounds for the bus.

She does not have much money either BUT she is soooo kind to actually give me 16 pounds :”””” FAITH IN HUMANITY IS RESTORED! Because of her I could go to the airport. But then, another issue was not solved yet. How can I go to London from Stansed?! What about food and everything?

I asked my friend’s friend, let’s call him Nuel, to store my luggage in his place before I went to Belfast. Becauseeee I flew with Ryan Air and bought no storage. I can’t call him and asked for a help because I don’t wanna bother him and I just met him once. And i was afraid that he will tell my friend, then it would cause an uproar back at the office. So, I hopelessly called my friend who studied in Newcastle. She apparently was in London that time but will fly to Paris the next day.

Miraculously, she knows my college friend who is currently studying her Master in London. And guess what, SHE WAS AT HER PLACE! I totally forgot that my college friend studied in the UK. LIKE WHOA. So she gave the phone to my friend, her name is Tita and Tita, if you’re reading this, I love you :”) thanks for saving me. So she told me that she would order an Uber for me to go to her place ah I am so relieved.

I actually already booked a room for my second week in London but the hostel canceled my booking on the day of my flight back to London. So I asked Tita if I could stay at her place. Luckily she has this nice sofa in the living room where I could sleep :”) I then decided to cancel all of my plan to go around South East England because my mood was kinda ruined and I had to spend more money than my actual budget

So guys, traveling is not always full of the joys of spring. Some bad things might happen, in my case I lost my wallet. Again, I’m not blaming anyone or anything, it’s pure because I didn’t pay enough attention on my surroundings. So please, be careful and stay alert during your travel. DONT ever leave your belongings unattended. I was lucky I separated my ID cards and other important card on separate wallet. I was lucky my passport was still with me. If it lost then I would definitely panicking.

Cheers

Kemmy