From Batam to Singapore

Singapore has been one of the most favorite travel destination for a lot of Indonesians. One is because it’s quite close to some cities in Indonesia; second is because of the easy access of public transportation like SMRT.

Sometimes, you can get budget flights tickets to and from Singapore by Jetstar or AirAsia. You can travel for less than Rp.1.000.000 or S$100 (return way). For my city Medan, we usually take Jetstar (for budget flight) or SilkAir. But sometimes in a high season you cannot get cheap price. Jetstar sometimes can be very expensive too. Lidat how?

Don’t worry. There is another alternative to travel to Singapore. How? Take ferry from Batam.

Batam is a small island in Indonesia’s Riau archipelago in the South China Sea. It’s a free trade zone with multiple busy ports, known for its beaches, raucous nightlife and malls offering duty-free shopping. Upscale resorts in the shoreline areas of Nongsa and Waterfront City offer golf courses and water sports including windsurfing, parasailing and jet skiing. (Source : google)

IMG_20160313_132716So, you can take flight from your city to Batam first then you take ferry to Singapore. Of course, there are + and – by taking ferry.

> sometimes you can get cheaper price. If you travel from Medan, flight + ferry + cab fee can be less than Rp.1.500.000 (S$150). Flight is around Rp.700.000 (S$70), ferry is Rp.300.000 (S$30) and cab is Rp.200.000.(S$20). Ferry is open date ticket and all price is in return way.
> Batam is popular of their seafood, resorts, massage, and shopping. You can consider staying one night at Batam too!
> You can enjoy the sea and see a nice view from the deck. Pretty cool isit?

> it takes more time, especially on weekends. For some times, you can q for so long at the immigration. Worst, it can take up to 2 hrs!
> more tiring of course.

So, you wanna consider taking ferry for a new experience? 😊


It started from an itch..

When I looked at it, I thought it was allergy. Yeah everyone thinks the same too. But, I never had any kind of allergy in my whole life. Not that I know of. I have eaten a lot of things, included the weird one and I’m always okay.

May 26th, 2016
I arrived SG in the afternoon from Batam and checked in to a hostel located in Bugis area. After I put my stuff, I went out to find some fresh air and went back to hostel around 11+pm. I took a bath and slept.

May 27th, 2016
Woke up in the morning and had my breakfast. Fetched my guests at Changi Airport at 3pm then we traveled to Marina Bay and checked in to a hotel at Aljunied. When I wanted to take a bath, that was when I started to feel the itch on my back. At first I thought it was mosquito bite or something. I bathed warm water and went to sleep.

May 28th, 2016
Woke up early in the morning and was shocked! I felt itchy and I could see all red marks on my body, including my face. I had to cover my eyes with sunglasses and wore a hat. It was a super tough day cos I had to bring my guests around. I felt so uncomfy the whole day. I took Clarityn as the pharmacist at guardian suggested, but it’s totally not working on me. My bf bought some cream for me too (Mopiko and an anti fungi cream) but they’re not working on me too. Mopiko only gave the skin some cool feelings for less than a minute then it started to itch again. Back to hotel and I bathed warm water before I went to sleep. Had to apply the cooling cream on all parts of my body and directly went to sleep after that.

May 29th, 2016
IMG20160529064042Woke up and felt so deeply terribly not good at all. I felt so so itchy till I couldn’t feel my own body. When I looked in the mirror, I thought I saw a monster. Yeah that bad. The red marks became worse and my face didn’t look like my face anymore. I just cannot hold the itch. One of my guest was so kind and she was around my mom age, suggested me to check myself to hospital. So, both of us took a cab to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) where the hotel reception said was the nearest hospital from the hotel. Accompanied by my kind guest, we finally arrived at the hospital. After registered myself, we had breakfast then I got checked up. After some series of check up, the doctor said that I had to do some blood test and took an injection. So I laid down on my bed and the nurse pulled me. I was totally like a sick person. One of the nurse named Marina took my blood and she told me that the injection that she was going to give would make me feel uneasy and the feelings won’t be good, but I had to bear with it. I didn’t see she injected it, but I felt it. And that was super fast! Like about 3 seconds after the injection, I felt very uneasy. I felt dizzy and couldn’t see around. I felt like a drunk woman. My legs felt numb, also my left hand. The nurse moved me to observation room when I couldn’t do anything but rest and close my eyes. I felt so so sick that time and I cried. Like what happen to me and why it happen so fast like this. And sadly my guest had to leave to catch her flight, but not long time after that my bf came! (I’m still lucky hehe). He was so worried and didn’t even bath when coming to the hospital :’D
The injection was really strong and I also had slight fever so the nurse gave me two panadols. And what’s also so magic about the injection was, the red marks on my face and some parts of my body missing a bit, like instantly. Still itchy though but the injection made the itch stayed calm. That time I even couldn’t go to the toilet by myself. The nurse accompanied me, twice. Ugh I feel so so sick. But let you know, the doctor who handled me named dr Audrey was really kind. She was still young. All the nurses were very kind too. They really treated me with care, especially the one who gave me injection named Marina. Her name was so easy to rmb lol.

Did mention that I suppose to take flight back to Medan on the same day? Ah ya and that’s even more suck. I was thinking to cancel my flight back to Medan that day or just took later flight. It was 10 am and my lab result came clear. Nothing serious happened and the doctor told me it was “Urtikaria” and she said I was fit to travel and I was able to go back to Medan. I was still so weak and bf had to pull me using the wheelchair. I tried to walk after that. I had to. Slowly but safe, and yeah made my way back to Medan.

May 30th, 2016
Total bedrest at home. Still on my meds and my mom put some cooling powder on my body to make me feel shiok a bit. But..

May 31st, 2016
I didn’t get better. My parents decided to bring me to see the doctor. The doc gave me new meds and also an injection for my allergy and itch and I got better after that. I didn’t bath cos my parents said it was something similiar to “Hong Mok” (that’s how we called it in Chinese) means I may not touch water or kenna wind. Have to wear socks at home too.

June 1st, 2016
Woke up in the morning and still didn’t get any better. Parents suggested me to drink vitamin called “Tonikum Bayer” after breakfast and it actually made me worse at first. I felt more itch on my body and went to doctor, again. I was given injection, again, but..

June 2nd, 2016
IMG20160601162157I still didn’t get any better. I was so scared to see myself like that. I went to see another doctor again, and given another med and injection, again. Omg I was so tired and my left ass was actually hurt (till now) cos I had three injections on my ass already and still not getting any better. And my uncle told me that the vitamin that I took would make me feel and look worse for a while but it was actually healing. Erm okay..

June 3rd, 2016
Early in the morning after breakfast, I drank the vitamin again and took a rest. This sickness really made me felt so bad. But hey, not long after that, I felt better, gradually. The itch started to go away, a bit by a bit.

June 4th, 2016
Finally! I woke up without any itch at all! So happy because I will have trip to Bangkok with my family on June 6th and I thought I had to cancel it but I don’t have to! Thank you for all your prayers. I believe that’s one of the reason I am back to myself.

I think I do know why I got that itch. Remember I mentioned that I stayed at a hostel in Bugis area? Yea, I think it came from there. The hostel was dirty and the bed also very small. When I came, the kitchen was flooding and the staffs were cleaning it. Ugh so disturbing! The bed sheet looked so old and dusty till I had to slept on the blanket instead. I thought it started from bed bugs’ bite. I had stayed in few hostels but I can say that was the worst! Read some articles online to find out the cause of my itch and bed bugs was one of them. Also read some reviews about this hostel and some people actually had the same itch as mine after staying there. I wrote a bad review on TripAdvisor but they didn’t publish it. Maybe it was too harsh and mean. So, I won’t tell you the hostel name unless you asked me personally :p

Some tips :
Be careful of the place you are staying. If you have the time, read all the reviews about the place, yes, ALL. Not just from one website, but maybe from a few. Make sure that it’s a comfortable place for you to stay. Hygiene is the first. Small bed or rude staffs are still tolerable but when it comes to your health, you might want to think twice.

Tips for the itch:
– Eat medicine for itch /allergy. Yes, that’s probably one thing you should do first. It didn’t work on me but who knows it works on you?
– Apply cream to ‘cool’ your itch.
– My mom mix 白酒 (some kind of alcohol) together with prickly heat powder and applied it to my skin. It was nicer than the cream and very cooling. When I didn’t bath, I use the alcohol to wipe myself too.
– See a doctor. If you’re not getting any better, the best advice is to see a doctor. Take med and an injection will surely make you feel better. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water, take plenty of rest and drink vitamin too.

Wah dunno I’ve written so long on my mobile phone. Now I’m already at Bangkok and will enjoy my holiday! Catch up on my next post 😀


Experience Night Life in Clarke Quay

Are you one of the person who:

  • Loves night life?
  • Looks for a place to enjoy night view?
  • Loves crowd?
  • Have a “young blood”?

1457802781585If your answers are YES, then Clarke Quay is your best option. Located in the heart of Singapore, you can reach this place easily by MRT – stop at Clarke Quay station (North East Line) and you’ll be able to see the view of Singapore River from there!

I see a lot of people come here with friends and couples. A lot of bars are around. You can enjoy live music, watch soccer, eat, drink, sing at KTV – it’s about having an awesome fun and superb parties here!

But how if you are not a night life lover like me? Well.. You can come here just to see the view of Singapore River, walk around to see the crowd, or maybe ride the G-MAX Bungee Ride (if you got the adrenaline). Conclusion: It will be no much fun if you don’t like night life, but if you never come here maybe try once also ok lah 😀

This place is very crowded especially on weekends and public holidays. Party birds should come here. But, let me warn you, things here is quite pricy. For alternative, maybe you can walk to Robertson Quay for drinks but quite far walking distance if you go from Clarke Quay.

So, is Clarke Quay your #1 option to spend your weekend?


Mustafa Center – Toko Serba Ada

mustafaHeard of Mustafa Center in Singapore? It’s a 24 hours shopping center located on Syed Alwi Road in Little India. I call it “Toko Serba Ada” in Bahasa Indonesia, means everything you want to find is there! Ya not exactly everything lah but I can say that everything that’s inside a supermarket is also here! Plus, they also sell books, DVDs, watches, electronic goods, footwear, clothing, and also jewelry and household appliances. Around the area you can also easily find money changers and some places to eat.

It has 6 floors and two buildings. You can find a lot of entry and exit doors. You might need few hours to explore this place if you are really a shopaholic. Not to mention that things here are cheap! (I mean it’s cheap for Singaporeans :p) but I found that some things are also cheaper than Indonesia! I bought Pepero before which cost S$1 only when in Indonesia I need to pay for Rp.15.000 (S$1.5) haha.. So yeah, this is one of the place that you need to go when you come to Singapore. I suggest you to come early in the morning or maybe around late night cos’ maybe it won’t be so crowded. Maybe.

So, there are some points on why I like this place:

  1. Perfect place to buy whatever things you want, especially your daily needs.
  2. Open 24 hours.
  3. Things are cheap.

Why I don’t like this place:

  1. Sometimes it’s too crowded that you don’t even have enough space to walk.
  2. I don’t suggest you to buy mobile phones here. Maybe they sell for low price but we cannot guarantee. I have read some bad reviews about buying mobile phones here so I don’t recommend.

How go get here : Stop at Farrer Park MRT station (North East Line) and follow the signboard to reach Mustafa Center. It’s so easy to find.



#NyalaUntukYuyun adalah aksi solidaritas netizen terhadap kasus pemerkosaan yang terjadi pada Yuyun

Beberapa hari ini kasus Yuyun sedang menyedot perhatian publik. Pelajar berusia 14 tahun ini tewas setelah dianiaya dan diperkosa oleh 14 pemuda di Bengkulu pada bulan April 2016 lalu. Meski kejadiannya sudah lumayan lama, namun baru beberapa hari ini kasus ini mulai muncul di media. Mengapa?

“Oh, kasus pemerkosaan lagi.. Oke. Lanjut. Kadang itu lebih menyakitkan daripada kejahatannya sendiri,” ujar Kartika Jahja, aktivis dan musisi independen di Twitter.

“Banyak yang menganggap bahwa kasus pemerkosaan ‘tidak leih penting’ daripada misalnya, kasus korupsi,” kata pemilik akun @csi_wulan di Twitter.

Berita mengungkap bahwa kasus pemerkosaan yang terjadi pada Yuyun dilakukan oleh 14 pemuda yang berusia dibawah 20 tahun. Lima diantaranya tercatat sebagai pelajar sedangkan yang lainnya sudah putus sekolah. Sebelum kejadian, para tersangka sedang berpesta tuak lalu tidak lama kemudian, korban yang baru pulang sekolah dan masih mengenakan seragam SMP lewat dan langsung dicegat oleh para tersangka. 12 tersangka sudah ditahan sedangkan 2 lainnya masih buron. Para tersangka diancam hukuman 30 tahun penjara dan dikenakan pasal berlapis.

Kasus kekerasan seksual terus meningkat

Menurut data dari Komisi Nasional Perlindungan Anak tahun 2015, tingkat kejahatan tertinggi di Indonesia masih dipegang oleh kasus kekerasan seksual. Ini tentunya sangat memprihatinkan.

Banyak pertanyaan yang kemudian muncul:

  • Mengapa bisa terjadi kasus demikian?
  • Mengapa anak dibawah umur tersebut bisa berpesta tuak dan mabuk-mabukan? Kemana orang tua mereka?

Jelas ini merupakan salah satu tugas besar pemerintah. Kasus seperti ini bisa saja terjadi karena berbagai macam hal, mungkin saja karena kurangnya didikan dari orang tua, tidak mendapatkan pendidikan formal yang layak, salah pergaulan, dll.

Tapi, diluar itu, there is one big question..

Mengapa kasus pemerkosaan terus saja terjadi?

Sebagian besar dari kita pasti tahu dan sering mendengar..

“Makanya kalau keluar jangan pakai baju yang seksi / hot pants/ rok minim…”

“Tuh makanya jangan suka pulang malam..”

“Orang tuanya pasti ga becus urus anak perempuannya..”

Itu beberapa contoh kalimat yang sering kita dengar. Masyarakat cenderung menyalahkan korban dan faktor lain yang terkait dengan korban, daripada mempertanyakan tindak kriminal pelaku. Inilah yang membuat banyak perempuan enggan melaporkan kekerasan seksual yang mereka alami. Dan sebagian besar dari mereka akan merasa malu dan cenderung menyalahkan diri sendiri, karena itulah yang sering didengar dan ditanam dalam otak kita.

It’s not fair!

Saya rasa ini sangat tidak adil ketika para perempuan selalu diajarkan untuk menjaga diri mereka sendiri namun laki-laki tidak pernah diajarkan untuk mengendalikan nafsu birahi mereka, sehingga saat kekerasan seksual terjadi, pihak yang bersalah bukanlah pelaku, namun korban. Ini sangat lucu sekaligus memprihatinkan. Do you know that perempuan yang berpakaian super tertutup saja bisa menjadi korban kekerasan seksual? Lalu ini salah siapa?

So, I think we should stop blaming the victim..

Well said..

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