Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Date: 15th Feb 2017 - 15th March 2017 (29 days)
Route: Jakarta - Bandung - Sukabumi - Jakarta - Yogyakarta
Damage: MYR600 + IDR3M = MYR1600
initial budget was MYR2500 all in.
rm500 was for the flight ticket, rm100 ration and supplies, rm100 travel insurance (i get one year so its easier i dont need to keep buying for upcoming trips). the tix is not cheap at all because i always bought last minute. i only managed to grab cheapest of the week because the idea was to just go. i found myself googling for 'where to go after ' hehe. and of course, sometimes, internet result can only get so much, sometimes asking the locals works better.
i also activated most of my cards for overseas transaction and big purchase was done on the cards. i just need to keep track on the dates to not to overdue and hurt my credit rating.
the other essentials would include getting connected by the mean of having internet. bought a simpack for IDR1000 and subscribed 3GB internet for IDR60000 that can last 30 days. just ngam. but my quota finished in mere 2 weeks so i had to topup another IDR60000.
transportation city to city hopping is average rm100 or IDR300k. include main train/bus and local transfer. daily commute would incur somewhere around 50k to 100k. best way to travel around is by renting a motorbike but that wasnt an option for me so i get around mostly by gojek grab bike or uber bike. since the initial plan was to do transjava up to komodo island part, i did check the local flight. it cost just some IDR600k per trip. if one is cash rich but with limited time, wont burn too much in the pocket there. u can perhaps guess my situation here, rich on time but not money of course i can afford sleeping 8hrs on the train haha.
accomodation i'd say, vary from city to city. i prefer hostels and dorm type. in jakarta average is 150k. so it makes sense u dont want to spend more than couple of days here. plus what do u do lol.
in bandung and jogja... it can get you decent hostel for less than 100k per night. ive met couple of travellers who do hostel hopping within same city lol. it is understandably travelling with a buddy can bring the cost down because twim room is always cheaper than a single room.
i used to think its just a place to shut eye. boy was i wrong lol. it can really get cosy and when nothing pushing my butt to pack and leave, i hardly pack and leave lol. talk about fast to adapt. okay that was not quite the case. i am still the antisocial me, i dont like too much people outside it gets crowded or too little people i dont feel at ease. thus getting back to the nest is a natural thing to me.
i also went for camping for mere two nights in bandung. so that was only IDR30k. there are actually lots of camping ground not too far from the city.. like within one hour.. and like it or not, the local glamping scene or they call it camping ceria really is in. they come in buses to spend a day or two in the tenda. u wont get to see other tourist much as well. it can get a little boring.. or exciting depends on the mood lol. and one thing i noticed, they always do pre wedding photoshoot with extensive props and setting all. i should really learn that. and oh, they always have specific entry fee for pre wed photoshoot apart from local and foreigner rate. ha.
food is rather cheap. good portion carb + protein + vege averaged 15 to 30k. and i must really tell myself again and again to eat more fruits. its good and since i find indonesian food often little too rich in seasoning msg-like, fresh fruits should be able to resync ur tummy environment or something. towards the end of my trip, a friend recommended a pizza place so i splurged like 100k per dinner but my flight back is booked so i know my cash would suffice till then. we go there few times, the pizza was that gooood. but actually, like i would back at home, i like skipping meals and just lazy to eat. sometimes to save cost but some other time, i just dont feel the need to. special thank you for other people i met i eat more with people sometimes they cook for me too.
what good city hopping without visiting major attraction eh? skimp on the budget and maybe not here. i dont do that much tho but good chance u can find at least one tour that would tick ur liking. theres something for everyone. in jakarta i went to the very large Grand Indonesia Mall and watched movie. 50k. i went tubing in jogja that was 150k. some major major touristy place ask for up to 300k entry fee. small museums and national parks wont cost u anymore than 5 to 10k.
thats pretty much to it. why 29 days? because one chop in the passport will only get u 30 days and its non extendable. although its quite common ppl overstayed and i can understand why; the bakso land so big they should grant 3months chop minimum and no u cant do obligatory visit to just one part because its different for every part.
wait... the math doesnt check u say? i spent a lot less than the budget (syukur here) because i had a 2-week working holiday volunteering at Tanakita Camping Ground (google it, great place) so my stay and food was well taken care of. let me know if i should explain more on how do i do this part.
and its a DIY kind of trip. (lets not go into whether or not i fit the backpacker definition, never tried to) i have never done this and embarking on my first one month travel on my own was honestly, scary to me. i got homesick few days before the trip. i just met quite everyone not few weeks earlier but i cant remember when the last time i missed them that much. like back in boarding school, all teary calling home and holding on not to sob to the other end with cracky voice. so i had to gather photos and gather them in one folder one on my dekstop and one in my phone. and oh, even videos too. its not embarassing to say this out eh. lol.
well i was even under the impression i might not even last a week before i purchase a flight back to KL.
but syukur again, when i was in airport lugging my pack to find sleeping place with power point, a friend suddenly decided to join me. so i was with him for a week in jakarta and bandung transitioning me into the land, handed over to my volunteer place for two weeks and free and easy for another one week in jogja. like i said, i have never done this, but i find its great that there are other solo traveller on the road and they sometimes get acquainted to one another and tag along.
and of course, good internet keeps my sanity in check id say. i get to talk to other ppl back home, updating my movement how am i doing and all.
i shall now end my log abruptly here. any question, do shoot.
i want to write more but i dont know how to or what to write lol

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