Qatar dari udara
Alhamdulillah saya sudah sampai dengan selamat di asrama. Iya di asrama. Kalau sampai ke Turki berarti sampai di bandara Ataturk juga sudah sampai, kan? Jadi untuk lebih pastinya saya sudah sampai di asrama. Saya sudah sampai di titik terakhir perjalanan. Tahu kan untuk sampai ke rumah di Indonesia itu perjalanannya seperti apa? Itu tu butuh tenaga, emosi dan juga finansial. Lebih-lebih bagi orang yang rumahnya agak di pedalaman Indonesia seperti saya. (Sudah ada bandara yang pesawatnya beroperasi setiap hari sih, masih termasuk terpencil gak ya?) Nah, untuk sampai ke asrama di Turki juga begitu. Karena saya bukan di Istanbul, melainkan di Manisa, jadi rute perjalanannya lumayan menguras tenaga dan uang juga.

Itinerary Kepulangan:

Moda Transportasi
26 Juni 2016
Izmir - Istanbul
Atlas Global
28 Juni 2016
Istanbul – Doha
Qatar Airways
29 Juni 2016
Doha – Kuala Lumpur
Qatar Airways
29 Juni 2016
Kuala Lumpur - Medan
Air Asia
30 Juni 2016
Medan – Bener Meriah
Mobil Teman

15 September 2016
Bener Meriah - Medan
Mobil Pribadi
18 September 2016
Medan – Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian Airlines
20 September 2016
Kuala Lumpur - Doha
Qatar Airways
20 September 2016
Doha - Istanbul
Qatar Airways
20 September 2016
Istanbul - Izmir
Atlas Global
23 September 2016
Izmir - Manisa
TCDD (Kereta Api)

Sebagai Gambaran, ini perjalanan yang harus kami lewati untuk sekedar mengunjungi rumah. Kita semua tahu bahwa hidup ini adalah sebuah perjalan. Seharusnya kita tidak perlu heran lagi ketika akhirnya kita hidup dalam perjalanan yang tiada henti. Saya tidak mengutuk perjalanan yang saya lewati. Kalaupun ada yang saya kutuk, itu koper saya yang rusak. Koper saya yang dibanting-banting oleh pihak bandara sampai rusak. Selebihnya saya ikhlas. Saya ikhlas melewati semua perjalanan itu. Terlebih karena perjalanan saya ditemani oleh mode transportasi yang yang nyama. Untuk review pesawat, inshaaAllah lain kali akan saya tulis juga didalam blog ini.

Berjalanlah kawan
Kamu tidak terlahir sebagai pohon yang kakinya telah dikalahkan oleh takdir
Iya terikat oleh sebuah perjanjian maha purba dengan tanah
Perjanjian yang hanya mereka berdua yang tahu

Kau pun terikat janji,
Kau telah berjanji kepada hidup bahwa kau adalah mahluk pejalanan
Dan kau pun akan terus berjalan
Menyusuri hitam putih kehidupan ini
Menemukkan tanda-tanda kekuasaan sang penguasa
Menemukkan kebesaran ilahi

Batu Cave, Malaysia

It's such an important moment for me because Kuala Lumpur came as the first city in South-east Asia that I have ever visited. Yes, I was in Europe, I was in Milan, Paris, Amsterdam etc - and yet I have never been to my neighboring countries - Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines etc.. 

So finally last Summer I had the opportunity to go back to my hometown, Sumatra Indonesia and I immediately saw this as a good time to visit one, if not two, of Asean cities. Since I am from Sumatra, it is easier for us Sumatranese to come back home via one of Asean cities, KL or Singapore, as oppose to Jakarta. Returning home via Jakarta, not only it will take a longer time but also it will cost much more money. So it seems choosing one of Asean's airports is the ultimate choice. I chose KLIA (Kuala Lumpur International Airport) out of nowhere. I think I chose that one because all of my friends did the same. I could have chosen Changi Airport, but I didn't. Maybe next time.

"I am definitely going to explore Kuala Lumpur," that was the voice that I had in my head. But I chose to reach home first, and explore KL later before returning back to Turkey. So what I did was coming to Kuala Lumpur a little earlier, like two days before my due flight. My flight is due on September the 20th at 02 AM. And I was already in Kuala Lumpur on September the 18th, meaning I had about two days to explore Kuala Lumpur. 

My first impression of Kuala Lumpur was that it's a safe city, at least it's much safer than Jakarta perhaps. And the transportations are much much more better than other Asean capitals. I feel like all the things that backpackers need are accommodated. Backpackers are independent people. They want to explore the city alone, not using the service of tour guides. And if public transports are not provided they end up renting a car plus a driver because they have no idea about driving policy in the country and also the route to get to the destination. So, public transport is a must. It's definitely a parameter to judge either one city is tourist-friendly or not.

Next is the accommodation. Kuala Lumpur offers all kind of accommodation, starting from a cheap one to the expensive one. So, you would not find any difficulties in finding accommodation. I stayed in Step Inn Guest House, and it was fine. I mean, I got what I need. I stayed in a single room with a bed and a fan. The bathrooms are separated from the room. It cost me around 6.5 USD

Since I am an Indonesian, I don't find Malaysian food very foreign. Hence I can easily eat the foods. And the cheapest food normally found in places where local people usually eat. The location of my accommodation was not so far from KL's most well-known Chinatown, Petaling Street, and I found  local vendors quite easily. I ate there with relatively cheap price. Eating nasi lemak costs 1.5 RM. And to give you a clear picture, no matter what you choose next to your rice it won't exceed 10 RM. So, enjoy the heaven of food :)

Places worth-visiting in Kuala Lumpur:

  1. Batu Cave
Site of Hindu temple and shrine. I was unfortunate to be there during its renovation. So, I can't really see the beautiful part of it. None the less, I still can see why people go there. The steps (not sure how many are they… but they are really many). Prepare yourself for a challenging walk up.

  1. Petaling Street (KL's most well-known Chinatown)
If you are a shopping lover, if you like to bargain, and if you like good stuff with good prices - then this place is definitely not to be missed.

  1. Petronas Tower (the twin tower)
I didn't find the tower very attractive. However, I do find something related to it very attractive. It's the KLCC Park, a park that makes KL more beautiful than it already is. And if you want to get a good picture of the twin tower, just come to this place.

  1. Bukit Bintang
It's not really in A-list. But if you happen to have extra budget you can come here and enjoy shopping branded clothes and etc.

These are the places that I happen to have been visiting. But I am sure there are a lot more to see. So, I am definitely going to visit Kuala Lumpur again sometimes :) Visit South-east Asia or Asean countries, as we call it.  
Qatar Airways is one of the best world class airplane that offers flight to almost every country with relatively good deals. I, for example, got 407.29 USD for return ticket Istanbul - Kuala Lumpur. Isn't that good enough? Choosing an airplane like this, an airplane that does not belong to a country where you start your journey (ex: since I fly from Istanbul, it should have been Turkish Airlines or Malaysian Airlines which offers a direct flight), could mean that ones have to go through a long transit. But why not, if having transit means seeing a new world, right?

I have heard this rumor for a long time but never tried to clarify it. Finally last Tuesday I stuck at Hamad International Airport for 10 hours before my next flight. What I did was, I went to the Qatar Airways counter and asked whether I get lounge or free meal during that long hour transit. Turned out I didn't get any of that. But the lady was nice enough to tell me that I still can have a free shared-sleeping room means rest room, which is one of Hamad International Airport's treat to its costomers. This sleeping room is for everybody, so if you happen to have a long transit at Hamad International Airport, just ask the airport stuff where its location. I guarantee you it's a nice place and what I am worried is that you may miss your flight because you will have a good sleep. 

Doha's Skyscrapers
The lady went on to tell me that I could also spend my transit time for a free Doha city tours. It only takes 3 hours, she said. This one stole my attention. And I feel like doing it. So I got into the line to register, because they limit the number of people who can be part of the tours. If I am not mistaken it was only for 20 people. If you arrived later, you may need to wait for the next tour.

So I got the 8 AM tours, but been lining up since 5 AM. I didn't have to line up actually, but I just don't want to risk this opportunity. People wait there, and if I didn't do the same I might not be able to be part of the tour. The lines are quite long!

I got my tour card!!!, a card used to pass the immigration. Yes, to do the tour we have to pass the immigration and our passports are stamped, meaning you still have some souvenir from Doha even though you didn't buy anything. Next is enjoying the tour.

The tour is basically going around Doha city by bys, which consists of a lot of skyscraper. Apart from that Doha city is just a city that's is still under construction. There are so many massive building being made. The metro is also under processed. So, ya… Doha is going to be a great city, just like its neighbor Dubai! That's for sure. And I think, they will succeed to make Doha a transit destination. Look, the airport is perfect, it provides almost everything what travelers need - wifi, rest area, macbook, shopping area (duty free) etc. So, next time you stop at Hamad International Airport, just don't forget to spoil yourself!

For more information on the tour, visit this link