Lonely Traveller

The day has come.. 29 January 2006 at 11.00 Mr. Rohim pick Me up at the QnAp Asia office, then We go to My boarding house to take My bags and then We go to the airport. Below is time based story of My trip to Netherland:

11:30 Arrive at Sukarno Hatta airport.
Go to the correct gate, in My case the gate that have China Airlines logo.
X-Ray scan check. Don’t bring any metal or sharp things.
Check in to airlines counter, I want to sit near window so I tell the officer now.

What I give to the officer:

  • Passport
  • Ticket
  • Airport tax Rp. 100.000,-
  • Insurance certificate
  • Luggage

What I get from the officer:

  • Passport
  • Ticket
  • Insurance certificate
  • Boarding pass
  • Arrival – departure form
  • Luggage receipt on My ticket.

12:00 Paying fiscal
I go to the bank in the airport, it’s near the check in counter. Prepare this:

  • Passport
  • Boarding pass
  • 1 million Rupiah for paying fiscal fee

What I get:

  • Passport
  • Boarding pass
  • Fiscal receipt

12:05 Fiscal checking counter
On this counter I should show:

  • Passport
  • Boarding pass
  • Arrival – departure form
  • Fiscal receipt. The officer give a stampel on this receipt.

12:07 Imigration counter
What I give to the officer:

  • Passport
  • Boarding pass
  • Arrival – departure form
  • Fiscal receipt

All document returned to Me.

12:08 Waiting for the Gate Opened
when I come to the boarding room, the gate still closed so I must wait.

13:10 X-Ray Checking
Entering the boarding room, X-Ray check again.

13:12 China Airlines Counter
What I give to the officer:

  • Passport
  • Boarding pass

What I get:

  • Passport
  • Boarding pass
  • A card colored green, this is used to giving order when I should go to the plane

13:50 the Plane is Coming

14:30 Onboard the plane
Flight to Taipei for 4 hours and 40 minutes

15:00 Lost My HP pen
I lost My HP pen, didn’t found it

17:45 Ask for a Pen
I ask a pen to write the log from a beautiful stewardess :D

17:47 Dinner Time
It’s dinner time but I didn’t get one :(

17:55 Dinner Now
Aha.. they just skip Me because I walk around the plane, got My dinner now :)

18:15 Entertaintment
On A330 there is a small monitor each chair and We can watch movie or hear music. I was watching a movie and then listening to Jazz music channel.

19:45 Arrive at Taipei Airport (Chiang Kai-Shek)

20:00 Wait at Gate A7 Boarding Room

20:00 Line Up To Get Into the Plane
What interesting in this airport, the officer use a machine to tear the boarding pass, not manualy by hand :D

21:15 Onboard in Plane. B747-400
I like A330 instead B747, why? because B747 didn’t have a small tv on each chair, so I can’t watch movie that I like, also the music channel is sucks. But B747 is bigger than A330 and have 4 jets instead of 2.

21:30 Heading to Bangkok
I quiet shocked when seeing on the information screen that the plane is heading to Bangkok, I was scared if I in the wrong flight.

22:15 Captain Speech :D
Heard info from the Captain that the flight heading to Bangkok then to Amsterdam, so it’s another transit. I’m glad :D

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01:10 Arrive at Bangkok, Thailand

01:30 Got Boarding Pass
A girl on the end of the hall give Me a boarding pass to Amsterdam

14:45 Arrive at Schiphol Airport Netherland :D
Yay.. I’m in Netherland..

15:00 Passport Check
A little bit confused with the next step, I know I must go to the Imigration, but still get confused – hey this is My first time going to foreign country :D - so I ask an officer on the Imigration office, She said I must get inline to “All passport” check counter. There is 2 kind: all passport and EU passport, guess the last one is for people that have european passport or from european country.

15:15 Baggage Claim

15:20 Baggage Check
My baggage was checked by security official when I want to get out to arrival hall, they check for customs things such as tobacco, etc. (I wasn’t remember the things). I’am bringing a slop of Dji Sam Soe, but fortunately it’s passed. When the official want to check My suit case, I try to open it.. I already give the correct key number, but it won’t open – I’m just proud of My bag security, even I as the owner already put correct key number it won’t opened :p – but I was lucky, the security officer said “Okay, no problem.. You are lucky.. You still need to go somewhere else..” then He show the way to get out to arrival hall.

15:30 Waiting Somebody Pick Me Up
I was waiting for somebody to pick up at the airport, I try to make a phone call using the card that Ronny gave to Me at Jakarta, but it’s already expired so I can’t use it. But the phone accept credit card too.. so I use My credit card to make a phone call to Johan. Johan said that Uncle Chris and Ferdi already go to the airport so they will come soon.

16:30 Have Some Drink at Airport Cafe
Long waiting for somebody pick Me up, I decide to have some drink. I go to a cafe near the arrival hall gate. A waitress came offer Me with a PDA in Her hand, I think cafe or restaurant in Netherland is more advance on handling customer order :D. Not so long.. uncle Chris and Ferdi came up, and then We have drinks together.

18:00 Go To Ki’s House
The road in Netherland is very clean and just strait forward like a tol in Jakarta, the difference is there is no traffic jam in Netherland :D even the street is not a tol!

19:15 Arrived at Ki’s House
Yeeeaah.. finaly..

I’m introduced to Frank Mulders, Ruud Mulder (there is a ‘s’ difference :p ), Ria and Mark (not Mark van Dun). Now I know Frank’s and Johan’s face hehe.. not just from chat.

About 24:00 We have dinner together, Me, Uncle Chris, Linda, Ferdi, Ki, Mark and Aunt .. (I forgot the Name :D ) Then.. Peter van der Kamp coming :) .. Happy to see Him again :p

Ah.. I’m tired.. that’s all for now

Markus

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