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Where was I when I wrote this: Oh gosh uber behind once again. On our flight from Bangkok to Chiang Mai right now.
A bittersweet day. Sad that today is my last day with Chantelle and wrapping up my Indonesia adventures but excited to meet up with Jia and start “Leg 2” of the trip.
Back to Bali First
I really should plan these trips with later flight departure times because we’re up early again for our breakfast in order to make our 8AM flight out of Yogyakarta to Denpasar Bali. The Club Lounge breakfast wasn’t open yet so we had breakfast in the other restaurant and loaded up as was our tradition so far.
Flight to Bali was pretty smooth and even though it was a short flight we were served food and these strange fritters that didn’t taste that great. What made the flight was this guy in front of us who seemed to have some sort of flight attendant fetish. The entire flight from beginning to end he had his video camera on and would shoot minutes at a time zoomed into the flight attendant doing the safety demonstration or serving food. What a creeper. There was one shot he did where instead of shooting forward he was trying to shoot behind him to get one of the flight attendants. To spice up the video I decided to slowly creep up from my seat so I could get into frame and the whole time I had weirdo face on. I really hope he caught all that on camera haha.
After landing in Bali, we pretty much went from the domestic arrival area to the international departures. With a bit of extra time we decided to spend our last few IDR coins on a McD sundae which was so worth it – blueberry and longan again J. From there we had to enter the international departures building. One strange thing with this airport (and Yogyakarta as well) is to enter to the check-in counters you have to show your reservation printouts and do a preliminary check-in bag x-ray. Once checked in I spent what time I could with Chantelle before I had to get to my gate. Soon after I got to my gate and I was on my way to Singapore with AirAsia. I pretty much spent most of my time on the flight wrapping up one of my blog posts.
Arriving in Singapore
I landed in Singapore at around 3:40PM. After clearing customs I picked up my bags and first order of business was to exchange $50 USD to get me by my first day. I then had the brilliant idea of taking the subway to the hotel. After waiting in line forever to eventually realize that the guy behind the counter only breaks up big bills to small change and that single journey tickets can only be bought at a machine and then having to change lines twice I finally got to the hotel at 5:30PM. I totally should have just taken a cab.
Walking into the hotel I was half expecting to see Jia but he wasn’t down there so I had a feeling he was already checked in already. The scoop with Jia was that he flew out of JFK in New York the day before via Frankfurt with Singapore Airlines. He landed way early at 6:30AM so I contacted the hotel before to let them know about a potential early check in but I wasn’t sure if they would be able to accommodate. I checked in to get my keys and was greeted by Jia when I knocked the door.
We had a bit of time to catch up and unpack. There I found out that Jia had a bit of an adventure of his own in the morning. Arriving at the hotel early morning they found the reservation under my name but the other name on the reservation was Jia Yuan. The first name was right so they sort of believed him. However once they saw that I was a Diamond member they immediately ushered him to the lounge floor to check him in up there. There wasn’t a room ready but said one would be good to go at 10AM. In the meantime Jia got the lounge breakfast and eventually got to check into the room.
Mellben Seafood Restaurant
From the Conrad we grabbed a cab and head towards Mellben Seafood Restaurant where we were going to meet some of my Lund University friends from Sweden exchange. It was a bit of an adventure to get there because the cab driver didn’t really know the address or name of the restaurant so he dropped us off at the near by Ang Mo Kio subway station. At first we thought it was in the station or around but it wasn’t. Afterwards we tried to make sense of the numbering of the buildings but that wasn’t very obvious either. Eventually we asked some locals and they pointed us in the right direction. After about 20 minutes of walking we eventually figured out that we needed to get from Block 3 to Block 2.
Dinner at Mellben Seafood Restaurant was most excellent. Ann, Kevin, Stephanie and Wayne were gracious hosts, queuing up to get us a table before we got there, ordering all the dishes and drinks and finally paying for everything. I can’t thank you guys enough for a wonderful evening. It was so great to catch up and reminisce about our exchange days. We had two amazing crab dishes – one cooked in some sort of garlic special sauce and the other in a cream soup with noodles. Both were delicious! The Mongolian beef was also amazing. The restaurant itself is a local paradise as I didn’t see any real tourists around. The location itself is literally at the base of one of the many residential apartments that line the streets in this neighborhood. We were there on a Monday and the queues lasted an hour long so imagine coming to this place on a weekend. Super popular amongst the locals and probably one of the top Singaporean crab spots.
Full day in Singapore up next!
- Airport fees in Indonesia – Make sure you have IDR stashed away for the departure fees. 35,000 for domestic and 150,000 for international departures. They will not take anything but IDR.
- When you land in Singapore don’t be cheap…just take the cab. It’s way easier and decently cheap for the convenience. If you insist on taking the subway don’t bother to line up at the counter with the guy behind it. You can only buy single journey tickets at the machines.
- To use free wifi at the Singapore airport you have to go to any information desk. They’ll check your passport and hand you a slip of paper with a username and password.
- Early Breakfast @ Sheraton Yogyakarta
- 7AM shuttle to Yogyakarta Airport
- Yogyakarta -> Bali -> Singapore (Garuda-Indonesia/AirAsia)
- Land in Singapore at 3:40PM
- Take subway to Conrad Centennial Singapore (bad idea)
- Meet Jia @ Conrad, get settled and leave at 6PM
- Delicious crab at Mellben Seafood Restaurant with Sweden friends (Blk 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, #01-1222)
Head To The Next Day
Ready for the next day? Head over to Day 14 – The Real Singapore