Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Yogyakarta, a Foolish Girl's Dream Come True

Do you know that feeling when you have  a crush on this person since the first time you've met (early 2013) making your knees weak and face flushed whenever you're in his presence? It took about some time to finally realize that these reactions were immature and down-right foolish. Hahaha.

And to top that foolishness, I also secretly harbored a dream to ride on a motorbike with him and explore mountains, beaches and waterfalls together. Yeahh.. my head is full of horse shit. How to behave myself around him with these thoughts in my head? LOL!

But as months past... (a whole year even!) and having traveled with many people sometimes alone with the opposite sex whom I trust my life and honor with and who became great friends, I suddenly garnered the courage to befriend my crush, minus the foolish thoughts. :)

So one fine day, when browsing for cheap airline tickets online, I chanced upon a cheap RM125 return tickets to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. My heart skipped a beat when I realized that the guy I secretly admire is currently staying there. I decided to test if I could come there by messaging him, asking if he was free to host me.

................ few anxious moments later.............

The answer came back positive. :P

I began calming myself telling myself that I'm used to travel with guys. Why should this be any different? *takes deep breath* I can endure this! (Padahal jadi galau. Cilakak!)

Arrangements were made.

  • he'll pick me up from the airport! checked!
  • I'll be staying at his female friend's house - checked!
  • backpackers picnic on Sunday - checked!
  • other activities are open for discussion. Hell, I'll go anywhere with him. ehhhh..  :)

Packed only a backpack for the four days three nights trip, I boarded the earliest LRT train to KL Station to catch a bus to the airport. I have to admit, I didn't bring any attire that warrant admiration if ever I was gonna win some-one's over. ( Aku gagal sebagai cewek. #muntah )

I reached Adi Sucipto Airport at around 11:15am and upon exit, I was sniffed by a labrador dog aided by some customs officers. Shocked at first, I let them do their business before heading straight to the exit only to realize that... ohmaiiiiii... the airport in Yogyakarta is SOOO SMALL!

Thankfully there was free wi-fi in the airport and I messaged my friend to inform of my arrival.

Dup dap dup dap. (Rasa mau tampar diri sebab gagal elegen sebagai cewek. Blerghh!) He was going to pick me up from his workplace. I suddenly felt sorry for burdening him but grateful at the some time. Hehe. We found each other after several minutes. He was in black helmet, pants and jacket. (Yahh.. sudah hitam.. pakai hitam lagi. OK, dia juga gagal sebagai cowok. Hahaha.)

Teaser : Next day trip. No.. that is not him.. His picture shall never be published on this blog! :p
Without further ado, I was sent to my dwelling for the next four days. I actually had a happy smirk on my face when riding at the back of his motorbike. DAMN-IT!

A foolish girl's dream come true. At last.

Friday, November 28, 2014

9 Countries in 17 Days (Full Itinerary with costs)

Lately, I've been receiving emails and questions on my previous trip to Russia and "other countries" which I didn't quite mention. Most of them requested an itinerary. Hehe. So to answer those inquisitive questions, I decided to answer it with a blogpost.

Day 1 : KLIA - Hanoi International Airport
26 September 2014 - via Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi on the 19:10pm flight. Flight took about 3 hours. I reached Hanoi at 21:15pm and slept at the airport. 

Airport transit time : almost 14 hours. T____T

Day 2 : Hanoi - Moscow, Russia

27 September 2014 - via Vietnam Airlines to Moscow on the 11:05am flight. Flight took about 9 hours. I reached Moscow at 17:55pm and made my way to Friday Hostel near Kitay Gorod Metro Station.

Day 3 : Moscow - St. Petersburg, Russia

28 September 2014 - via train 054Ч Grand Express at 23:30pm and arrive the next morning at 8:35am. Booking of this train ticket can be done here.
Places I covered : Free Walking Tour at 10.45 AM which covered : Varvarka Street, Romanovs Chambers, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Lenin's Mausoleum, The Senate Palace, GUM, Kazan Cathedral, Moscow Hotel from the famous Stolichnaya Vodka cover, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Ruins Grotto, The Kremlin.
After the tour, I entered the Kremlin and went shopping at Arbat Street before checking out from my hostel to catch my train. :)

Day 4 : St. Petersburg, Russia

29 September 2014 - checked in at Simple Hostel.  

Places I covered : Church of the Savior and Blood, Winter Palace and Square, The State Hermitage Museum, Nevsky Prospekt, Russian Museum : Marble Palace, St. Micheal's castle, Mikhailovsky Palace

Day 5 : St. Petersburg, Russia - Helsinki, Finland

30 September 2014  - via Train Allegro 785 at 15:25pm and arrived at 18:01pm in Helsinki. Booking of this train ticket can be done here.  I stayed two nights at a couchsurfer house located near the central train station. 
Places I covered while still in St. Petersburg :  St. Petersburg Mosque, Peter and Paul Fortress

Day 6 : Helsinki, Finland - Tallin, Estonia - Helsinki, Finland

1 October 2014 - via Eckero Line at 8:30am and return at 19:30pm. Return ferry tickets can be booked here.
Places I covered : Viru Square, Toompea Castle, Old Town, Katariina Kaik, St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and two shopping malls. Haha.

Day 7 : Helsinki, Finland - Stockholm, Sweden

2 October 2014 - via Viking Line - M/S Mariella at 17:50pm and arrived at Stockholm at 10:00am the next morning. I spent a night on that cruise ship. A night on the ship can be booked here.  
Places I covered : Sightseeing Cruise from the Market Square. Rock Church

Day 8 : Stockholm, Sweden - Oslo, Norway

3 October 2014 - via Swebus at 22:20pm and arrived in Oslo at 5:55am the next morning. Booking the bus can be done here
Places I covered before boarding the bus : Old Town, The Royal Palace, Skansen, Hard Rock Cafe (by request)  

Day 9 : Oslo, Norway

4 October 2014  - overnight at Citybox Oslo 
Places I covered : National Gallery, Norwegian Folk Museum, Viking Museum, Fram Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum, 

Day 10 : Oslo, Norway - Reykjarik, Iceland

5 October 2014  - via Norwegian Air at 8:35am and arrive in Iceland at 9:25am. Flight tickets can be bought here. I stayed two nights at the Bus Hostel.
Activities I've Done : Ishestar Horseback Ruding Tour (Afternoon)

Day 11 : Reykjarik, Iceland

6 October 2014

Activities I've Done : Grand Golden Circle 1 Day Tour which covered Gullfoss Waterfall, National Park Thingvellir where LOTR and GOT did their movie shots, Rift Valley.and the Geysir 

Day 12 : Reykjarik, Iceland - Copenhagen, Denmark

7 October 2014 - via Wow Air at 9:25am and arrived in Denmark at 12:05pm. I stayed at Copenhagen Backpackers Hostel for one night. 
Places I covered : After washing my clothes, I rented a bike and cycled to Nyhavn, Then it rained heavily and I got stranded there until dark. Hahaha. Even lost my map so I was also LOST.

Day 13 : Copenhagen, Denmark - Krakow, Poland

8 October 2014 - via Lot Air at 9:25am and arrived in Poland at 14:30pm. i stayed two nights at a couchsurfer house here and spent most of the afternoon and night with her and her friends. :)

Day 14 : Krakow, Poland

9 October 2014
Places I covered : Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum (1 Day Tour), Old Jewish Quarter, Old town, and Main Market Square 

Day 15 : Krakow, Poland - London

10 October 2014 - via EasyJet Airlines at 10:30am and arrived in London at 12:00pm. I spent a night at Gainsborough Lodge. as it was near to the airport.
Places I've Covered : London Bridge, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Victoria Street, Cruise on River Thames.

Day 16 :  London - Moscow, Russia

11 October 2014 - via EasyJet Airlines at 7:00am and arrived in Moscow at 13:55pm. I stayed at the airport until my next departure to Vietnam via Vietnam Airlines at 20:00pm. My long stay at the airport eventually made me shocked to find a mushollah at the airport!!! Hehehe!

Day 17 :  Vietnam - Malaysia

12 October 2014
Homeward Bound. :)

Overall Accomodation/Transportation Costs Between Countries (after conversion to RM) :
  • Friday Hostel : RM68
  • Train from Moscow to St Petersburg : RM254.64
  • Simple Hostel : RM78
  • Train from St. Petersburg to Helsinki : RM379.87
  • Couchsurfing at Helsinki - FREE
  • Cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm : RM310.82
  • Bus from Stockholm to Oslo : RM201.58
  • Citybox Oslo  : RM280
  • Flight from Oslo to Reykjarik : RM263.29
  • Bus Hostel : RM145
  • Airport Bus Transfer (return) : RM124.88
  • Flight from Reykjarik to Copenhagen : RM376.25
  • Copenhagen Backpackers Hostel : RM102
  • Flight from Copenhagen to Krakow : RM459.46
  • Couchsurfing in Krakow : FREE
  • Flight from Krakow to London : RM249.44
  • Gainsborough Lodge : RM196
  • Flight from London to Moscow : RM244.24
Overall Costs : RM3733.47

Flight from Malaysia to Russia = RM1,948.00 

Total = RM5681.47 (excluding entrance fees, Estonia return ferry tickets, food, day tours)

So there's my somewhat full itinerary to countries I've visited. I went to nine countries but if you include Vietnam, it would have been 10 countries but I didn't step out of the airport. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to contact me via email or the comment post below. :P

Happy traveling peeps and stay SAFE!! Always!!