Continuing where the previous post ended, I had just landed in Indonesia and it didn’t seem like the adventure was over just yet. A slew of unfortunate events came my way but definitely added to the whole experience.
4. How to get to Bali
Touchdown Jakarta! Unfortunately for me, I had nothing planned beyond landing in their airport. It was 1am and I had no idea what to do next. All I knew was that I had to get to Bali. It took around half an hour to familiarize myself with the airport and talk to some people on how to buy a ticket. I found out that there was a flight to Bali at 540am but I had to wait until 3am to buy a ticket. That was easy enough. I just had to wait for the ticketing offices and check in counters to open so I just gave myself a walking tour of their airport. It wasn’t anything great but I loved that they used an Indonesian design theme.
5. The chance passenger!
3am on the dot and I was patiently waiting outside the Garuda Air office. I assume that’s their budget airline. To my surprise, the 540am and 740am flights to Bali we’re full! There was one more available seat in the 1040am flight so I took it. I asked though if there was any chance of getting on the earlier flight. I was told that I could be a chance passenger but I would have to wait until 510am before I could find out. I killed time right in front of the check in counter. Even before 510am I would talk to the flight officer and tell him I wanted to get on the flight! By 510am, he just kept telling me to wait. There were so many passengers lining up and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to fly out early. I was sleepy and tired from traveling all night but I was determined to get on the first flight. Since the flight officer didn’t tell me where to wait, I stood right next to him looking over what he was doing every so often hahaha. 10min before the flight he looks at me, half annoyed at my persistence I assume, and he gave me a boarding pass!! Hahaha! Yay! #PinoyPersistence
6. Homeless in Bali
Touchdown Bali!!! I was so excited and I couldn’t believe that I had made it to Bali. The trip was so hastily and spontaneously done that it didn’t sink in that I was so far away from home. I took a taxi from the airport to Ayodya resort for 125,000 Rupiah. (Yeah, they’re prices are CRAZY). And just when I thought I was going to be able to rest, I walk up to the reception and they tell me that the place is FULLY BOOKED! I was in shock. I wasn’t counting on that at all! I was so tired and disheartened that I sat in the lobby for a good half hour before deciding on what to do. Thankfully there were hotels nearby so I took my bags and walked over to Novotel and Marriott. Just my luck, they were also FULLY BOOKED! We’ll technically, there was one room in Novotel but it was for 6 people! I wasn’t going to spend on that.
Seemingly out of options, a receptionist told me to check out their business center so I could call other resorts in Bali instead of walking in to each one. On the way, I was on my iPad googling hotels then I decided to use agoda.com. That was my saving grace! At first, I checked Ayodya hotel just to see how much it would’ve cost if I stayed there. But then I decided to try searching for a room on that day. I didn’t think it’d allow me to book on the same day but I was wrong!!! I hit search and there were TWO basic rooms available! I was SO HAPPY!!! I used my credit card and bought it online! Then, I ran back to Ayodya and told the receptionist that I had a booking pala! She was dumbfounded. She couldn’t understand how I could have a booking when I just walked in a few minutes ago and she told me they were full! I couldn’t believe it myself but I had the confirmation receipt and they were obligated to give me a room! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED
7. Agoda explained
Apparently, websites like Agoda purchase rooms by bulk. Because I had walked in, the hotel had to report they were fully booked but that didn’t necessarily mean that Agoda did not sell all their bookings yet. So for those who travel like me, always know that there’s still a chance if you book through websites like Agoda.com
8. Vacation begins!
Yes, my hotel dilemma was the last straw in my crazy trip to Bali! I was able to final enjoy and relax. A day later, I flew out to Singapore for my first F1 Grand Prix.