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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Beautiful purple flowers

I love these pretty little purple flowers :-)


Friday, September 17, 2010

Flying with Air Asia

On 090910 (Hari Raya Eve), I took Air Asia flight from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur again. As usual, my bosses and I arrived early at the airport, paid our airport tax at the counter, and proceeded to the custom counter for passport stamping and documents verifications. There were long queue at the foreigner counters. =/
When its time, we showed our passports and boarding passes to the Air Asia personnel and proceeded to the boarding lounge. At the entrance, the ground staff tore half of my boarding pass and returned the passenger copy to me. Later, I found out that they took the wrong portion! They kept the portion with the airport tax receipt sticker on it. That was supposed to be the passenger copy and I need that receipt to claim my travel expenses from company.

I immediately approached the officer and told them about the mistake. However, the guy officer continued to check other passengers' boarding passes, while the lady officer looked at my boarding pass for 2 seconds and ignored me. She did not say a single word to me! I was like... Did she hear what am I saying? Or does she understand English? *curious*

Then, I saw the other half of my boarding pass was still lying on the table. I quickly pointed at it and asked if I can exchange the boarding pass. To my surprised, the lady officer scolded me with an angry tone! She said 'Duduk sana standby, nanti saya bagi!!' (Sit there and standby, later I give it to you). Gosh!!! What kind of service is this? She is a bad attitude ground staff. =(

After a while, another Air Asia male staff sent me a new sticker with apologies. Well, I have accepted his apologies with smile. At least his service is much better than the fierce lady. Good job!

I did self check-in and this is my boarding pass with the airport tax receipt sticker

I got an opportunity to sit on the first row and my seat number was 1E. *(^_^)* There was a middle-age Malaysian man on my left and an Indonesian girl on my right. The man was reading a book throughout the 2 hours journey, while the girl was enjoying the view outside the window next to her.

During this trip, I saw the wall panel right in front of me was full with words and signatures. Check out the pictures below.

The wall panel in front of my seat (upper area)

The wall panel in front of my seat (lower area)

Although I have no idea who is this Dato', I think he did enjoyed flying with AirAsia. Who knows he might have gotten some special VIP treatments from Air Asia. =)


Monday, September 13, 2010

Tangkuban Perahu Trip @ Bandung

This post has been delayed for almost 1 month. Now, I finally found some time to update my blog. This is how I utilise my 1 week of annual leaves. Yea, I'm on leave!!! Wooohoooo~~~ =)

On 17 August, it was Indonesia's Independence Day and we got 1 day of public holiday. So, my colleagues and I took this opportunity to explore other parts of Indonesia. D drove me and 3 other colleagues to Bandung again! This round, we visited Tangkuban Perahu.  

Tangkuban Perahu is an active volcano 30 km north of the city of Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java, Indonesia (Wikipedia, 2010). According to Wikipedia, this stratovolcano is on the island of Java and last erupted in 1983. It was 27 years ago, which is way before I was born.

We saw this board at the entrance of Tangkuban Perahu. In fact, I was too busy enjoying the scenery and didn't bother to read it =p

It is one of the popular tourist attraction in Bandung, besides Kawah Putih and Ciwidey strawberry farms. Tourists can either hike or ride to the edge of the crater to view the hot water springs up-close. We chose to drive up the hill to save our energy. Hahaha!! XD See, there were a lot of other visitors drove up too!

There were packed with a lot of visitors' vehicles!!

D told me that the name of Tangkuban Perahu translates roughly to an "upturned boat" in Sundanese. There is also a legend behind this mountain, but I have forgotten it. You can see the "upturned boat" from the picture below. =)

M and I snapped a beautiful picture at the edge of the crater

D, M and I were enjoying the view of the beautiful hot water springs... =)

There were a lot of stalls selling stuffs like t-shirts, batik, toys, eggs, corns, and other local souvenirs...

B left us and climbed up the hill alone. So, H, M and I were waiting for his return...

Later, we met 3 bikers who rode their mountain bikes up to this volcano hill. They were snapping pictures with their bicycles near the crater. Then, we made friends and helped each other to snap group pictures. We also got their permissions to snap pictures with their bicycles.

I posed with a biker's mountain bike, and you can see the other biker was posing with his bike at the background of this picture. Hahahah!

M also posed with the bike in a creative way!! Wooo.... Strong woman!!

In the end, we snapped a group picture with the 3 bikers =)

Even though it was a short day-trip to Bandung, we did enjoy the crater and a little bit of shopping at Rumah Mode after that. *(^-^)v*

However, we couldn't buy our bakso (meat balls) from Bakso & Sosis as it was closed. =( Probably they were closed due to public holiday or Ramadan month. Ishhh... I miss their yummy meat ballssssss!!!!