If you read my last blog post, in the middle of all the mumble jumble and contest talks, I mentioned that on my way to Bali, I ended up on the wrong island… Well, now you get to know about that, and the day leading up to it as well.
How did I end up booking the wrong tickets? Well, basically, while planning my trip, I started typing in Bali into the flight search engine, and Balikpapan came up as the suggestion. Since it was also in Jakarta, I just assumed that it was the same place, and booked my tickets. Boy, could I have been more wrong?
I fell sick on Tuesday, and had a pretty bad cough and cold by Wednesday morning. And this was only the start of the day. I got to work around 9:15am, which is a normal time for me. I then proceeded working like a good little worker (with the occasional breaks on Facebook/Twitter/IceCaves), until around 10:45am. At that point, the internet just stopped working. I don’t mean it slowed down, I mean it just stopped. Not even Google would load… The phone lines were down too, and to top it off, it was just me and one other guy in the office – everyone else (including my boss) had eerily disappeared.
What to do when you have no internet and nothing else to do? You play old school games like Minesweeper and Solitaire. But seriously, how many hours can one person spend playing those games? Naturally, I was bored as hell after two hours. It was lunch time at this point, but I’d only had time to grab an apple – I was leaving for the weekend and hadn’t had time to do any actual groceries or anything like that. So that meant I didn’t really have anything to eat for lunch, except my handy dandy apple.
My flight was at 7:45pm, and I needed to be at the airport around 6:00pm latest to check in. The traffic in Jakarta is really bad, so I was going to leave the office at around 5:00pm since the traffic is really bad, and head straight to the airport. At 3:00pm, I was so overcome by sleepiness (due to my cold) and boredom, that I gave up trying to wait, and left the office. The other guy working in the office with me recommended a mall on the way to the airport, so I decided to stop there and grab some food to eat. At least it would shut my stomach up!
I finally got to the airport, checked into my flight for Balikpapan at 7:45pm, and had to wait there for about 4 hours for the flight to take off. Luckily, I had my laptop and managed to watch three episodes of Chuck. It’s the last season, and I was finally catching up with it. Around the time my battery started dying, they announced that we needed to board the flight. Finally, things were looking up. I got onto the flight, stowed my bags away in the appropriate places, and settled in for the short 1.5 hour flight. I managed to get an aisle seat, which I prefer, and didn’t have any crying children next to me. As far as I was concerned, #win flight moments.
Things were really looking up at the airport – I managed to get off the plane pretty quickly, and my bag was one of the first on the conveyor belt. I got out, and got a cab. Pretty good, since it was nearly midnight at this point. And then I realized that things always seem to be going great, right before that moment when something awful is about to happen. And something awful happened. The cab driver, in an extremely terrible accent and incomprehensible english, told me he couldn’t take me to my hotel, because my hotel was on a different island. Ummm, what?
How could I be on the wrong island?
The wonderful skeezeball of a cab driver (and no, this isn’t anger towards him because I was on the wrong island, rather that he had the balls to laugh at me for it) started laughing and called over his friends to tell them how stupid I was for ending up on the wrong island. I got seriously irritated and even more confused. I went to talk to the flight airline desk, and finally understood what had happened. Bali was on a different island, and the airport I was meant to go to was Denpasar, not Balikpapan. Note to self: Don’t book flights in the middle of exam season, ever again. D’oh! The only way to get to Denpasar was to fly back to Jakarta the next day since there were no more flights that night, and then take another flight from Jakarta to Bali the day after that.
So poor ol’ me had to find a hotel at midnight, while sick, confused and annoyed out of my mind, that wouldn’t be too insanely expensive and was close to the airport. I managed to find a nice one next to the airport – seriously, it was actually partially ontop of the airport – the airport hotel 🙂 I checked in, and the guy felt bad for me, so he gave me a huge discount 🙂
I got into the room, then had to start checking online for flight information and how to get back to Jakarta and onwards to Bali. After midnight. While I was sick, and hadn’t eaten anything since about 3:30pm. I ordered some room service after a bit, and around 3am I finally went to sleep (after drinking half a bottle of cough syrup.. ok, I didn’t drink half :P). I was in a completely comatose state until 11:30pm the next day, when I realized I had to wake up and get all my stuff together, since hotel checkout was at 12, and I sure as hell wasn’t paying for another night!
I left the hotel, went back to the airport, and sorted out my tickets. Fortunately there was no fee cancellation for my return ticket to Jakarta – they just changed the dates for me 🙂 I then had to get tickets from Jakarta to Bali, which I could only get for the following day. Frustrating.
I did, however, finally manage to get to Bali. And Boy, was that an amazing trip! The beach, a tour, lunch by an active volcano, white water rafting, elephant feeding and riding… Eesh!
Some other interesting news:
- My .COM Domain Giveaway – ENTER NOW!
- The IceCaves Challenge – ENTER ROUND 3 and VOTE for Round 2
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These are contests I’m currently involved in – you should seriously consider entering all of them! The prizes are amazing, and the contests are pretty fun! Also, don’t forget about the upcoming contest that I’m having in conjunction with Just Smile, my other site, as well as two other friends.. But more about that later 🙂