Friday, June 22, 2007

Journey (I), Heart beated moments

This topic was inspired by Tari's and Aya's blog. They wrote about a year their life in Oz. Even I have lived here less than a year (about 10 months), I think there are a lot of things that I wanna share since I was in Indonesia right before I came here.

Actually, I applied scholarship in 2004, but the confirmation I should study abroad i got about one month before i came to Oz (August 2006). Hence, I did not prepare well. I was not even sure that I should be here in Oz... because I just asigned the contract about two weeks before departed date. Fuiiihhhhh....

Finally, at the end of August, i leaved my family, my friends, everyone in Indonesia. My little brother dropped me to the Syamsudin Noor Airport, Banjarmasin. My feeling was mixture of exciting and lil bit affraid also, cause that was my first time to go abroad, ALONE.... hmmmm....

The plane brough me to Ngurah Rai Denpasar Airport, but the plane should land at Soekarno Hatta Airport beforehand. At Soekarno Hatta, I should ran to departure gate to take my Oz dollar from money changer maid, because i had no money at all. My laptop on my shoulder swough everywhere...
For your information, I went to Oz without money at all from scholarship provider (HWS). Fortunately, my faculty leant the money. Thank you Dean... :)
My scarry experiences were just begun...

After I got money... i should run (again...) to the plane that would take me to Ngurah Rai Airport... Uchhh.... i am not an athlete... so i though i needed more oxygen for breathing... hahahaha

In Ngurah Rai Airport... the second scarry experience happened. When the immigration staff checked my passport, they asked me a letter from "Sekretariat Negara" that declared I hold blue passport (not private purpose). Because I did not know that I should brought that letter, i should pay the fee (1 million rupiahs... hmmmm...). I try to contacted HWS, but they said they already gave it to me?? To me???? hmmmm may be you gave it to someone else.... not for me for sure...
Furthermore, i never knew where the letter is... until i am here.... that letter had been at HWS office. They had not handed to me.... SH**.

After about 6 hours in the plane, it landed in Sydney Airport in the morning. I needed to take deep breath before I decided to catch the taxi.. cause my landlord can not pick me up at the airport. He should drop his partner to the doctor. OMG.... even in advance i had known no one would pick me up... i still felt terrible.... For you know... i should take English course in Sydney Uni before I enter the Uni... So it is obvious that my english is not good....

You can imagine.. how i talked to the taxi driver... and tried to give the instruction where the "homestay" that i never knew beforehand. Alhamdulillah... the taxi driver was a good man. He did not take the advantage on me, because i am a new in Sydney... Can you tell me what would happen to me when I was in Jakarta??? The taxi driver may be will charge me 2-3 folds..., right?

6 comments:

Mashuri said...

Cerita yang mengharukan.....sekaligus sangat berharga buat diceritain ke anak cucu kelak....

Di Banjarmasin kayaknya iya!Taksi bandara itu tuh sering malak orang. Apalagi kalo landing udah kemaleman, sering seenaknya naruh tarif. Padahal dia tahu lho unda ne urang banjar jua.

Kalo di Jakarta, kayaknya (kalo kagak ada jemputan) naek Blu* B*rd lebih save..

[H][A][R][R][I][S] said...

Deuh... kapan yah gw bisa ke luar negeri?? naik pesawat aja baru 3 kali. Hik...hiks... itupun klo pulang lebaran :(

Om, ada yang orang Aussie yang mo adopsi gw ga?? Hehehehe.....

retrospectext said...

Hmm, this is not your 1st time to go abroad, but if it is ALONE, then you are right.
Well, your stor is very inpirational. I just want to say: Poor you man, Hihihii.

w@hyu said...

cuman 2 minggu sebelum berangkat?! hm, yg namanya rejeki memang gak pernah salah alamat :)

terus kejadian di Imigrasi itu gimana mas? jadi bayar 1 juta? uangnya diganti gak ma HWS?

taksi di Jkt?! ada sih yg suka 'ngambil keuntungan' dari orang2 yg belum ngerti rute ke tempat yg dituju. tapi gak semuanya koq mas. masih banyak juga yg baik hati :)

eh, pulangnya mampir soekarno hatta lagi gak mas? kabarin ya ntar aku jemput deh. aku kan tiap hari di SH :D

awi said...

pengalaman yg seru dan nekat abis, thanks udah sharing ke kita, jadi ikut terhanyut dan terharu bacanya, kalo aku mungkin gak berani ambil resiko seperti itu.

Bakhrian syah said...

@semua: pengalam aku mengajarkan untuk hati-hati memilih pemberi beasiswa... jangan mentang-mentang ada kesempatan sekolah ke luar... apa-apa diembat tanpa pikir panjang... waspadalah... waspadalah...

@uyi: sepengetahuanku sih... memang taksi itu yang paling kualified

@ale: ada tuh Le... mau dijadikan santapan croc di Sydney... mau? heheheh

@ali: thank you bro... i am a poor man... hiks..hiks

@wahyu: beneran nih Yu mau jemput... boleh nginap sekalian ga??? hehehehe.... sapa tahu bisa jalan-jalan dulu... heheheh

@awi: nekat dan menyedihkan... hiks hiks...