Feeling so blessed for everything, alhamdulillah :) Allah do listen to our prayers and show the best way, even though sometimes we are faced with trials first just to test our faith. Always have a positive mindset, in every cloud there is a ALWAYS silver lining. 😇😇😇 – Read on Path.
A new cast. It was pretty entertaining with a new storyline, only if it wasn’t so damn long. Another movie where Autobots is the underdog and come out on top. Will surely be a sequel from the looks at the ending … – View on Path.
A new chapter in the history of Indonesia!
Thanks President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for the past 10 years leading the country. Congrats to the new elected President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, who will continue to lead our beloved country for the next 5 years (or maybe more). We have high hopes for you to make Indonesia better than before. :) Selamat bertugas, Pak. – Read on Path.
Excuse the title, but that was what (kinda) happened when we arrived in Japan. To continue the story before, I only had 20 minuted of watching Godzilla left when the plane is preparing for landing. Oh well, should continue on the flight back, please remind me haha.
So when we arrive at Narita, it was bloody sunny. You could not see that a typhoon was there a couple of hours ago. I guess the sun do really come out after the storm. We made past immigration and contacted Ai, our IPB friend who was already in Chiba since August. She told us that Mas Fedri was in the airport also and can show us the way to the train that is heading to Inage (the station closest to the Chiba International House).
We finally met Mas Fedri at the prayer room (so nice Japanese is also concerned about Muslim’s need to pray) and managed to squeeze in Ashar in the last minute plus Maghrib. Then we got together also with Abi, a newcomer of the 2 month Twincle program from ITB, and started our journey to Inage. The train rute is pretty simple to Inage, you only take the Sobu Rapid Line from Narita and one hour later you arrive. But first, we bought a Seica card to ride the train. Seica card is a rechargeable card for taking trains. The price is 2000 yen but there is a 500 yen card price and 1500 yen that you can use to get anywhere. More efficient than having to buy small ticket stubs.
We boarded our train with ease, not as packed as we thought although there is seem to be delays here and there. I’m surprised, Japan. But maybe because of the typhoon, so I’ll cut you some slack. When we arrived, we are greeted by Ai, Edu and Sigit, fellow IPB students and alumni. We then walked to our dorm, about 10 minutes from the station. Got settled in the dorm and find out the room is pretty neat. It’s like a family apartment with kitchen, TV, refrigerator, washing machine, microwave and dryer! Woho!
For dinner, we decided to cook whatever that Ai have (thanks Ai :)). On the process of cooking, lots of PPI Chiba members come and visited us in the apartment. So so so many. Mostly were Twincle students while others are in exchange and continuing their studies here. The apartment was packed and there were food, tea and chatty conversation. Plus a saman tutorial since PPI Chiba will be performing in early November (good luck guys!). It was so much fun since we got new friends and learn a lot about what’s happening around Chiba and Japan. Feels like home away from home :) The party (or get together) ended at midnight and we tidy up, unpacked and went straight to bed excited about what’s in story for tomorrow. Yap, the first day of Twincle Trial Program!
Hai all, so this time I’ll write about my trip to Japan. Me and 3 other Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) are chosen to represent our university in the Twin College Envoy Program hosted by Chiba University. We are enrolled in the Trial Course, which include 10 day stay and visit in Chiba. So basically this is my first time traveling to Japan and you could guess that I am super excited!
The process to acquire visa and other documents are relatively easy. Plus the steps to get Japanese VISA in the embassy is very clear. So we have no problem at all with immigration process. We were also funded by JASSO and IPB Ditmawa for transport and during the stay there. All we need to prepare are our presentation, souvenirs from Indonesia and enough clothes to last early Autumn in Japan. Yeay!
Our flight to Narita was scheduled on October 5 with a transit in Hong Kong using Cathay Pacific. Now the funny thing is, on the day that we are supposed to arrive in Narita, a typhoon was due to hit the Tokyo area. We were expecting a bit of delay, so we thought it was no big deal. We didn’t predict the typhoon anyway when we bought the tickets hahaha.
When October 5th finally arrived, it was somewhat hard to leave because it was coincidentally Idul Adha holiday :( So kind of missed out on eating as many ketupat and opor ayam plus sate that I want, but hey I’m going to Japan! So on Sunday, after the Idul Adha prayers, I ate breakfast and get ready to head to Damri Botani Square to catch the bus to the airport. I was accompanied by Arga (of course hihi) and my fellow Trial Course participant, Ka Cici & Ridho. Mba Tintin met us at the airport since she was bringing her family.
We took off to Hong Kong at 14.35 sharp (I’m impressed, Cathay). It was a pleasant flight since the entertainment and food was great. The chair is a bit stiff though and there were a lot of toddlers on board, but I got the window seat so it was cool. In the 4 hour trip, I managed to catch up on couple of movies that I missed. I watched Transformers 4 (yawn, so long) and half of 22 Jump Street (HILARIOUS!).
We finally reached Hong Kong at 20.35 local time and by the time we got out the plane, jeng jeng jeng, 2 Cathay staff went to talk to us. Turns out that our flight that was supposed to be on Monday in 01.00 was delayed until 10.00 because of the typhoon! Alhamdulillah, Cathay had us all set up with a free hotel room at the Regal Airport Hotel (1 person per room!), free dinner at the Shanghainese restaurant - The Dragon Inn and a 75 Hong Kong dollar breakfast in any resto/fast food counter of our choice in airport! Thank you Cathay! It was a super awesome and thoughtful layover. Too bad there is demonstration in the city area, because turns out that our flight was delayed again until 11.00. We could’ve had a city tour wkwk.
We finally got on the flight to Narita at 11.00. I managed to finish 22 Jump Street and start watching Godzilla on board while waiting to arrive hahaha. I’ll finish it on the flight back in 11 days. So our first leg of the trip is mostly spent on airplanes, hotel and plane. Hopefully more good luck and fun surprises awaits us in Japan!
Writen on board CX 524. 14.47 local time.
Excuse the pictures, not transfered yet to the laptop. More stories soon! :D