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.
26 Juni 2016
28 Juni 2016
Istanbul – Doha
29 Juni 2016
Doha – Kuala
29 Juni 2016
Kuala Lumpur -
30 Juni 2016
Medan – Bener
Bener Meriah -
Medan – Kuala
Kuala Lumpur -
Doha - Istanbul
Izmir - Manisa
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
terlahir sebagai pohon yang kakinya telah dikalahkan oleh takdir
Iya terikat oleh sebuah perjanjian maha purba dengan tanah
hanya mereka berdua yang tahu
Kau pun terikat
berjanji kepada hidup bahwa kau adalah mahluk pejalanan
Dan kau pun akan
putih kehidupan ini
tanda-tanda kekuasaan sang penguasa
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.
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.
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 foundlocal 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 :)
worth-visiting in Kuala Lumpur:
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.
(KL's most well-known Chinatown)
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.
(the twin tower)
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.
not really in A-list. But if you happen to have extra budget you can come here
and enjoy shopping branded clothes and etc.
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
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.
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
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