First entry di tahun 2015 huh?? orang lain busy dengan anak, laki bagai but for me, work, friends, travel are everything at this moment. And for this very first entry for 2015, i would like to share my experience when i travel to Birmingham, UK last February. That was such a memorable experience and from that, i knew i can survive alone somewhere in this world.
On last February, i got a message from my superior that i need to travel to UK for my work and you now what? i need to go there ALONE!. Hanya Allah je yang tahu dup dap dup dap dalam hati. Hoi mana pernah aku travel oversea sorang sorang. Cuak dia hanya Allah aje yang tahu. But, my company did not force me to go, they just want to give me this opportunity which is no where i can ever grab. So, here is my checklist when you need to travel alone and the place that you're assign to go is not somewhere in Malaysia. Which is when you have to travel to oversea, alone.
1. Weather. What i mean is, the current weather over there. At that time, UK was in a cold weather (winter). A week before i travel, Birmingham was caught in a snow. The temperature was around -1 to 0 Deg C.
2. Outfit. Please go shop the suitable outfit that you will wear during your trip. Of course when you travel during winter, you need to buy a lot of warm clothes such as long john, heat Tech (buy from Uniqlo), winter jacket, glove, socks, mafla, and suitable shoes.
3. Research. Please do some research for the place that you want to go. This is important as you might loss and end up in a panic situation. And, jangan malu bertanya. Orang tua tua cakap, malu bertanya sesat jalan. Cakap orang tua tua ni memang betol, tak percaya, cuba.
4. Believe in yourself. This is the most important point after all. If you're not believing yourself, then you can't survive alone.
Sambungan cerita ke Birmingham kat atas tadi.
After my boss's wife booked the flight ticket, nervous dia makin menjadi jadi. Excited cuma sebesar kuman, tapi nervous jadi sebesar gajah. Berulang kali dalam hati "boleh ke ni pergi sorang? takde orang nak culik ke nanti?". Thousands of questions appeared in mind.
Even my mom sendiri tak percaya when i told her that i want to go to UK. At first, she does not allowed me to go there alone. She asked me to bring my friend, Dalilah to go with me. But, i said no this is a work matter, and i need to go alone. The best thing of my mom is, even dia takut nak lepas but at the end of the day, she knows that she can't do anything about it. So, dia cuma boleh kasi restu kat anak dia.
So, i got my mom's blessed. Then i kept on asked everybody around me " nanti kalau transit tu macam mana eh? nak ikut ke mana? luggage pulak macam mana? macam mana kalau tertinggal flight?" Haaaa kauuu, banyak giler soalan. Cuak derrr.
FYI, i was transited to Paris on the way to Birmingham and transited to Amsterdam when on the way back to Malaysia. Guaa tak pernah naik flight besar besar main main transit macam ni woih. Paling jauh pernah pergi Kota Kinabalu aje.
On that day, my flight to Paris Charles de Guelle was at 11.30pm. Ditemani oleh sahabat baik dunia akhiratkuu, Dalilah bergeraklah kitorang ke airport. About 1 and a half hour before departed, i asked Dalilah to go back home. So now, my journey started.
Alhamdullilah, masa dekat balai menunggu before naik flight i got a new friend. She also will be going to Birm and we are on the same plane. That was her first time to travel alone also.Hai Satwinn (i know you will not read this, but i still want to put your name in this entry).
Dalam flight pulak, jumpa sorang akak melayu ni. Disebabkan aku yang peramah bertegur sapa, so akak tu pon friendly dengan aku. Her final destination was Spain. So she was transited to Paris and took another domestic flight to Spain. Masa dia cakap dia nak ke Spain tu, aku dah ternganga mulut dengar. dah macam kampung dia aje bila dia cakap nak ke Spain.
After 14 hours di udara, finally we have landed safely in Paris. Lepas keluar aje pintu kapal terbang tu, dah dapat rasa sejuk mencucuk sampai ke tulang. The first ever sejuk melampau macam tu pernah rasa dalam hidup. Lepastu buat buat hembus angin, keluar asap!!! jakut satt.
Then, after Kastam France tu check our passport, berkejaran pulak kitorang ke connecting flight to Birmingham. After check screen besar nak tengok gate number yang hendak dituju, terus masuk ke kawasan kastam untuk diperiksa. For those yang bawak laptop, sila buang bateri laptop tu siap siap. And, one more thing, kasut yang dipakai biarlah jangan yang bertali. Susah woihh nak pakai buang. Kastam negara luar tak macam Malaysia. Sangat ketat. Pemeriksaan yang sangat teliti.
Sewaktu menunggu my connecting flight to Birmingham, i saw the snow outside the waiting area. I try to record a video but can't see the snow sebab masa tu gelap lagi kat luar. So, after 1 and a half hour, i safely arrived at Birmingham. Luckily, i got someone to pick me up at the airport.
End of story.
Banyak bendalah yang aku belajar masa travel sorang sorang ni. Belajar berdikari dan berani. Even dengan size yang tak cukup ketinggian ni, berjaya jugak menjejakkan kaki di bumi Eropah yang orang dok bangga bangga sangat. Even mat salleh sana jumpa aku pon terkejut aku berani datang situ sorang sorang. Lepas that first travel, dah mula mengumpul angan angan dan duit untuk ke sana lagi.
And for next time, not for work but for a vacation. In sha Allah.