Boarding our flight at Bandung Airport
I had a memorable trip to Bali thanks to my Indonesian student turned godson, Win. He came to Singapore for my summer course 15 years ago and we have kept in touch since then. He is doing his Masters in Criminal Law and graduating next year. I'm so proud of him.
Our flight to Bali was at 3.45pm on a Saturday. We left Win's apartment at 2.15pm. It is only a ten minutes drive to the airport but we were horrified to find ourselves stuck in a traffic jam. Bandung was holding an air show that day. -_-
There was no way out of the traffic jam and we couldn't turn back because the narrow roads were jammed with vehicles and crowds. Desperate, Win tried to call his friends who work in the airport and airlines but with no success. We inched our way to the airport. If we had got down and walked, we could have caught our flight.
Imagine the look on our faces when the dejected lot reached the airport at 5 pm and was told the plane was waiting for us!! Incredible! Amazing! Happily we board the flight.
The moment we arrived in Bali, Win's phone started ringing. A plane crashed while performing a low-altitude stunt at the air show. Callers wanted to know if we were safe. Whew! Thank God.
Sadly the pilot died a few days later.
When news of Win bringing us on a Bali trip reached my other Indonesian students, they came forward with lots of help. Tonton, who spent two weeks in Bali on his honeymoon earlier this year, lent us his GPS. It contained lots of info during his trip to Bali. It made lots of mistakes but without it we would be completely lost in Bali. What an amazing invention! :)
We arrived late at Bali airport and had to hire a car and book a room. Remember to book your room on the internet and before you arrive in Bali. We were charged an exorbitant price for a night's stay in a hotel when we book at the tour counter at the airport.
Win paid for our air tickets, hiring of the car, petrol and the first night's accommodation. We were very grateful for his generosity but we couldn't possibly let him pay for everything. So we paid for the rest of the trip.
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