Sunday, April 28, 2013

Banda Neira, my home in another life :) - Part two -

This is the second part from my previous post, story of my days in Banda Neira.

It was a beautiful morning in Banda Neira. Abba told us about good spot nearby the airport that has a great sunrise view from top. We all so anxious on see the view, yet we love the bed even more (lol). Though we were too late to catch the sunrise, most of us still wants to see the "view from above". Hop we go, 12 of us, with our pillow face, on.

Off we go
The pillow faces :p - Photo courtesy +danny ramadhan 
Gigantic Abbey Road - Photo courtesy +danny ramadhan 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Banda Neira, my home in another life :) - Part One -

It feels like home to me, it feels like home to me
It feels like I'm all the way back where I come from
It feels like home to me, it feels like home to me
It feels like I'm all the way back where I belong

(Feels like home - Chantal Kreviazuk)

The song is really suite this trip I had. A memorable trip, a trip to this tiny piece of heaven on earth, called Banda Neira. The view, the people, the experience, it was definitely a full package of happiness.
Banda map. Photo courtesy @sofyanard
There were 13 of us, head filled with the image of a beautiful island. We've been planning this paradise trip for quite sometimes, 6 months to be exact. Idea of going to this island was popped out during our joyful trip to Komodo island, well not all of us. This trip can be considered as a though one, as there's no direct flight whatsoever. The easiest way to reach Banda Neira is via Ambon, either by a small plane (pioneer aviation by NBA) or ferry crossing (by Pelni). It took only 45 minutes for flight and about 8 hours for ferry crossing. NBA fly 3 days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) each week, and as for Pelni, only God know their fix schedule. I, personally have this "small plane paranoia" prefer to go there using the ferry crossing. Unfortunately, until 1-2 months before departure, I still can't get the fix schedule. I started to gather the courage and went there by flight. And since it's only a small plane, there's only limited seat available on each flight, so we have to be divided into 2 groups. I joined the first group.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

This is how much I love Indonesia

I think, most of people love their country, their hometown. For me, I fell deeply in love with this crazy, almost-ruin yet beloved country, Indonesia.

About 4 years ago, with no skill whatsoever in a travel industry, i started working in a travel company. Back then i felt so enthusiast on learning about new things. In a first couple of month i struggle my as* out to learn about the system, the route and whatever that is. I begin to feel used to after the sixth month. The idea of working in a travel company never once crossed my mind, why? because i am a Japanese language graduate! Well, it turned out that Japanese are fond of traveling, so they do need a Japanese speaker to help them make itinerary :p

What's in a name

"What's in a name" or in Bahasa Indonesia "Apalah arti sebuah nama", ever heard that kind of statement? Lots, of course. 

For me, name means everything. It might be the first words we say if we want to start a conversation with a stranger, or perhaps we can categories the friendship level with our friends by how the called us. For me, since i was a kid until now, i have several nicknames. Start with Ucu/Ima, Kinoy, Bollie, Neng, Kair, or even dimples. I would know who am I speaking with or where/when i met them just by the way the called me. For example, Ucu or Ima is how my parent use to call me. Why ucu? Well, it's kinda long story that related with my family ethnic group, while Ima it's because when i was just a little girl, i can't pronounce "R" correctly (maybe).

And then Kinoy. Who is Kinoy anyway and why whould someone call me Kinoy? Well, back then, there's a puppet show called Unyil, Kinoy was Unyil's little brother. Kinoy has a bad habbit, he often cries whenever something bad happened, and so am I. Yes, i cried A LOT of times when i was just a little girl. That's the main reason most of my siblings and cousins called me with Kinoy. Oh, and yes, I was the youngest at that time.