from the Peninsula: 1. my 1st trip abroad!
This is my first time abroad. My very first time. When I finally reached my dream - to be able to see foreign land.
It all started as jokes and speculations. Then we began to form real plan. Dewi, Nana dan Julinda, all three of them my friends from the office, and me. I searched the net for informations on places to visit, on prices. Friends abroad were contacted to suggest itineraries. Then I planned a meticulous itinerary. It's amazing the amount of information you can find in the internet. I love the internet. Anyway, so finally we were ready to fly out of Indonesia. For the first time.
In the check in counter in Cengkareng Airport today the airplane people said that they wouldn’t let us go unless we proved that we had at least S $ 500 each. So I shoved my money envelope under the guy’s nose to show him the S $ 2700 that I had. Actually mine was only S $ 600. The money in the envelope were for all of us. They let us pass.
Our flight with Emirates was not so nice. One of the stewardesses was very rude. But somehow I can understand it. It was a big flight, too many people are in it and most of them were Indonesian workers working as maids or servants or construction workers in the Middle East. Most of them were obviously very ignorant and couldn't speak English, just came out of the villages. Their Arabic were not better. They didn't know how to use things. So it was a hard work for the stewards and stewardesses. Besides it was a very short journey from Jakarta to Singapore. Only 1 hour. Imagine serving food to hundreds of people in less than half an hour! Wouldn't want to be a stewardess. Well, I think the companies wouldn't want to accept me either as a stewardess :)
Changi airport is very beautiful. It is very modern, clean and shiny. From Changi it is very easy to get buses downtown, to all directions. Clean and cheap aircond buses!
Atul picked us up. I was a bit worried because I thought I couldn't even remember his looks. But as soon as I saw him I recognised Atul. We went by bus to his apartment.
Singapore, Sunday, 13 Jun 1999
Posted at 10:51 pm by koeniel