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Eruption of Barujari Volcano

Due to the last eruption occurred on 31st Oct 2015, Mount Rinjani on the world stage again. The beauty of Mount Rinjani is finally beginning to be recognized in the global arena as a candidate for Global Geo park status.

Mount Rinjani, which folklore says was controlled by the beautiful Princess Dewi Anjani, has been officially recognized as national park and is now in competition with a number of national parks around the world.

1257 – The Rinjani caldera forming eruption is thought to have occurred in the 13th century

Based on the writer Siegfried, Tom (2012) of “Mystery Volcano’s Name Revealed Despite Gag Order” this eruption are “the most powerful volcanic blast since humans learned to write.”

September 10 and 12, 1847 : The first historical eruption occurred

1994 and 1995 – The eruption have presented at Gunung Baru (or ‘New Mountain’). This cone has since been renamed Gunung Barujari (or ‘Gunung Baru Jari’ in Indonesian).

3 November 1994 – Lahars or volcanic mudflow from the summit area of Rinjani volcano traveled down the Kokok Jenggak River killing thirty people from the village of Aikmel who were caught by surprise when collecting water from the river in the path of the flow.

May 2010 – Rinjani erupted three times, May 22, 2010 with activity continuing until early on May 23. It was placed in the standby status by Center for Volcanology & Geological Hazard Mitigation, Indonesia with a recommendation that there be no activity within a radius of 4 kilometers (2.5 mi) from the eruption at Gunung Barujari.

27 April 2009 : Gunung Barujari became active, with activity continuing through to May 2009. The mountain was closed at that time as the eruptions intensified with plumes of smoke and ash as high as 8,000 m (26,000 ft)

31 Oct 2015 (my birthday haha) – Mount Rinjani started erupting again. Volcano ash eruption that led up to the Bali and Java.

But, aside all the things of the volcano , this place is indeed very beautiful. Below are the breath taking picture for the mountain.

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Zue 🙂

 

 

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Stranded in Bali Pt 5

Monday, 9th Nov 2015

1.00 am

We pushed our trolley to the Air Asia counter. After the long queue, when we reached the counter, the staff said, “This is lane for flight to Melbourne. Your flight’s counter will be open on 4 am”

Soo happy. :p

Then we find a place to sleep before the counter open back on 4 am.

4.30 am

My sleep distracted when I saw many people ran with trolley to get to the queue. Jasz take fastest action and line up. At last we get 4th turn in the line.

“Your flight is not cancel yet, just delay. We need to check again after airport reopen on 8.45. It’s still depends on situation”

“But, we will assist to check on the baggage first. If the flight cancelled, we will return back”

This words broke our heart.

“You may waiting at the Departure Hall, in front of Immigration Check Point”

After that, we heading to the said place. Waiting at the corner, people getting more and more. We just pray that the flight will be resume.

7.30 am

Our flight resumed!! But delay at 8.45 am.

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11.45 am

We safely landed KLIA 2 International Airport. I just feel like I want to kiss the airport’s floor (but i didn’t). Haha.

This is all the stories behind all the things happen for this trip. We are happy, get excited, sad, nervous. All the feeling mix.

Thank you Allah for this money-can’t-buy experience. We love it indeed 🙂

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Stranded in Bali Pt 4

Sunday, 8th Nov 2015

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As planned, we will check out today and we just overnight in the Airport until next morning. I keep checking my email, whether have any changes again with my schedule. But so far, there’s nothing that i receive.

After breakfast, just lying on the bed, watching TV. Bapak came sharp at 12 in the afternoon, right after we checked out.

Before heading to Airport, we ask Bapak to bring us to Krishna, the place to bought the sourviners. Then.Then we straight to the Airport.

Oh by the way, before we reach at the Airport, Bapak drove us to local stalls to have a lunch.

2.30 pm

Arrived at the airport. We asked Bapak to pray for us as well, hope this time will be as planned. We just find the place to sit and we did find it. Just at the corner and not many people there.

Tick tock tick tock… Time flies to slow.

6.30 pm

Jasz asked me to accompany her watch a TV at the 2nd floor. We just sat on the floor and watching mute movie. Have couple of person join us too.

Then we heard an announcement.

“We are sorry to inform that due to Volcano Eruption of Mount Barujari, Airport Ngurah Rai will be closed on Sunday 9.30 pm until Monday 8.45 am”

What??? Our flight is tomorrow at 6 am and obviously it will be cancel!!!

We ran to find Adik and Razif. This is more ridiculous. We want to go back!

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Stranded in Bali Pt 3

Saturday. 7th Nov 2015

I can’t believe that I’ll woke up again at Suris. Both night I couldn’t sleep well and at last I’m here again. Thank you Allah.

Our phone ringing. Most probably from room next door.

“Kabupaten..”, sounds of hilarious from Adik when I greet that way.

“Haha. Do you guys already wake up? Let’s have a breakfast. The Cafe is nearly full”, tells Adik.

“Okay then. We’ll get ready first”, reply me.

After few minutes, we saw Adik stood still in front of our room. Waiting for us.

Today’s breakfast is Indonesian Cuisine. We had been served Nasi Goreng, Fried Instant Noodles, fried eggs, sauce chicken (like sambal), vegetables and they also have toast.

There’s nothing we do today. Just watching TV lying on the bed.

Murtabak and Terang Bulan

“Bapak bought us food!”, said Razif to us. Bapak is so generous. He knows that we are in trouble so get something for us to eat.

Bapak bought Murtabak and Terang Bulan or in Malaysia we called it Apam Balik. This murtabak is super delicious. So much stuffed inside the Murtabak. We love it much!

For Terang Bulan, delicious too! The taste is nearly the same but this is more fluffy. There’s nothing stuff inside, only chocolate. In Malaysia, it is stuffed with sweet corn and peanut. Chocolate is special optional.

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Above is the boxes of food. Murtabak is half finished cause it’s too delicious.

So we enjoyed it so much. Later after that, since this is not enough for our dinner (haha), we go out and find the food for dinner.

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We walked to the Kuta town and entered 1 Shopping Mall but I can’t remember the place. And I found this hilarous Chocolate!

Cokelat Obat Stress > Cure the Stress

Cokelat Gawat Darurat > When got Emergency

Cokelat Tolak Miskin > Less Poverty

The best part is, they have a presciption like normal medicine. Hahaha.

That’s all for today. We go back and have a soundly sleep that night. For today is our last day stay at Suris, we have to stay completely in here. Lol.

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Stranded in Bali Pt 2

Friday, 6th Nov 2015

Yayy! Today is our date to fly back to KL. Our flight is schedule to depart at 7.45 pm.

Same like yesterday, we had instant noodles for breakfast. It’s okay since today is the last day we will be here.

Around 11 am, while waiting for Pak Supir to pick us to the airport, me, Jasz and Adik went to Discovery Mall. We saw a T shirt yesterday and after calculate our budjet, still left enough to buy some sourvenirs.

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Above is news from CNN Indonesia.Our hearts are increasingly pleased with this development . Airport was opened in the morning of November 6, 2015 and several flights were safely landed at their destination.

Ngurah Rai International Airport 

1.30 pm

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Happpy face while eating our lunch that we bought at Es Teller, Discovery Mall. Wong Solo Penyet chicken tastier than Es Teller. Actually , the difference lies not either on rice or chicken itself, but on Sambal Penyet.

Cancellation flight : 2nd time

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I received this creepy SMS to check my email for flight has been cancelled again!! Oh my god. What we gonna do??

My heart is increasingly unpalatable. Seriously, there’s nothing left for us to continue our life here. Our budget is thin. We rushed to the Air Asia counter and continue to line up. The face of all the passengers uneasy , waiting for the uncertain result.

We start text to our boss and family members to let know about this situation. Each surprised and did not expect this thing to be happen in second time. Worry , tired , uncertain thought. Various kinds of feelings that arise.

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Above are picture of real time situation right now. All affected passanger line up with patience. Australian or westerner seen more relax when facing this matter than us.

Reschedule 2nd time

We make our turn again. As usual, the staff need our booking number and passport. The booking paper thay I’ve print before turns to be look-alike rubbish as I keep took out and in again from the handbag. Lol.

“The latest flight will be on Monday, 6am”, said the staff. “Is it okay?”

She stares at us. Waiting for the answer.

We look at each other. Then we nodded. We had no choice at all. That flight is the earliest one that not accupied.

“Okay. I’ll change the flight details. You may check your email after this. The itinerary will be change but the booking number remains”

Eventually, we get acquainted with 1 family that stranded same like us. After few time, we get more close and always share our thought about this thing. They turn to check reschedule flight is after us.

“Due to flight is already full, we only have seat on Monday, 5.25pm”, they also nodded. Just agreed even in the first place we thought that our flight will be the same.

She told us that her friends can’t wait anymore, thus they change the flight route from Surabaya to KL. Then her friend take road journey to Surabaya and it takes about 17 hours journey.

I thought for awhile. Thinking if we can make some changes of our plans. I asked the staff, “Is the Surabaya Airport ever close for this cause?”

“Yes, yesterday and few days ago they close for half day as well”, tells the staff. “The Airport also have no confirmation whether they will close or not because it is still depend on weather. If you want to change route, we can assist further”, continue the staff.

I shook. “Thanks”

Then forget it. Don’t want to take redundant risk!

imagePic above is our reschedule flight.

After that, we sat down the floor at one corner. Thinking what will we do after this. We have 3 more nights to go to wait for our flight on Monday.

First thing first. We need to find an accomodation. We can’t just stay here. Bottle water costs 3 times more than outside. Sigh.

Am texting my aunt. Ask for help to make an online purchase with upfront payment as we have no cash right. But the transaction won’t get through.

How baby how? Tell to myself. Lol.

Eventually my brother offer some help. Pais will cash in some money and it’s enough for my cost here for next couple of days.

Then Adik and Razif got an help as well. Jasz is okay since she left more and enough. Allah’s help are always in time. Alhamdulilah.

“I’m thinking to stay at Suris again. The rate are more cheaper than before”, like an electric shoke, all nodded. Since we got nightmare on 2 daya back, Suris will make us to stay safe here.

We ring Pak Dani again. He also have nothing to do as his guest from Malaysia had cancelled the flight. So he always remind us to call us whenever needed.

Once we saw Pak arrived the airport, he giggles. So do us. Haha.

“Welcome to Bali”, he teases us. We all laugh in tears. On the way to hotel, we make fun for all the things that happen.

Suris Boutique Hotel

Around 6 pm

We arrived again here. There’s nothing can compare how it feels when we step up thia hotel. So joyful.

Checked in as usual.

“The standard room that you are booked are all full house. So we will give you deluxe room”, we smile and nodded. The room is just in front of pool.

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The room. Spacious as before but this room have bath tub.

Once we done, we change our clothes and we debusshhhh to the pool!

That’s all for today’s survival. Will continue soon.. 🙂

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Stranded in Bali Pt 1

Thursday, 5th Nov 2015

I couldn’t barely sleep last night. Same goes to Jas. The room is not cold even equipped with air conditioning. When we lie down on the bed , our body itchy and I doubt there is a termite in bed. Mosquitoes fly in the room. What the hell is this place?

Because there is no free breakfast at the hotel, we ate instant noodle which we bought yesterday at the Indomaret. And there’s nothing we do today. So we just watch TV and surf the Internet while keeping to check update on current flight schedule.

Boredom to the max, we go out and decided to find our dinner as well. And we certain to walk through the narrow road with handwriting “beach” signboard the we found yesterday. Less than 15 min, we reached the main road that we tooks nearly an hour to get here yesterday!

Our fault to hear the advice from the local yesterday. We have no idea why the guy need to deceived us this way. Or else, he don’t get what we asked for. Here, even though we barely understand the local, but because of different accent sometimes is it not translate well.

Once we get to the main road, we asked the nearest way to the beach. We need to walk inside Centro Shopping Mall (Discovery Mall) and the end of the mall, we’ll saw the beach.

We are so happy to see the Kuta Beach!

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If only we bring our swimwear, we can get in the beach. At this times, many people enjoy the beach activities such as surfing and many more.

Eventually the local from Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS) organize an event to release a 1 day old baby turtle to the sea. Wonder if the babies could able to live til adult as usually others sea lives will eat the baby turtle.

We walked on the coast until we are tired . Sit for a moment in front of the street of Hard Rock Cafe while cleaning the sand beach at the foot .

“In front of there is a halal food stalls. Let’s eat there, okay? ”

“Yes. It does not matter to eat anywhere. So hungry.. ”

So we walked back to the place. We found 1 stall that we certain halal. So we order:

4 seafood fried rice ( 25,000idr each )
4 drinks ( approx 8,000idr )
Salted Fish Sauce ( 40,000idr )
10 satay ( 25,000idr )

For satay , we paid separately to the next stall .

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Pic above : Satay that we ordered. Small if compare to Malaysia’ s satay. The taste is like peanut sauce.

In total we paid except satay is IDR 220,000 . On the way back to the hotel , we calculate the price that we eat . If we follow , it costs only 172,000idr . Why do we pay 220,000idr ? Excessive in 48,000idr . RM15 if convert !!

We give in. This is our fault for we do not ask well with the stall owner about the price calculation . In this critical time , even 48,000idr is very valuable .

That night there was no activity we do. To be continue tomorrow ..

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Bali 2015 Pt 5

Wednesday, 4th Nov 2015

8.30 am

We woke up as the ray of suns light our room. I thought to get more sleep, furthermore I’ve done all the packing. Take a quick bath and straight to the hotel cafe. Today we have an A la Cart breakfast and offered few variety of choices. We all go for International Breakfast.

We had coffee/tea, orange juice, scramble egg/omelette, saute tomatoes with potatoes, 2 toast with butter and strawberry jam and sausage.

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Pak Dani had been informed earlier to pick us after we check out at 12. After breakfast, we go back to the room and take some nap.

Suris Boutique Hotel
Location : Jln Blambangan. 15 min to Kuta Beach
Room rate per night : 400,000idr

This hotel is the best. We opted for Standard Room but due full house, we are given Connecting Room that worth double the price!

There is nothing that we are not satisfied for this hotel. From the staff to the room and facilities, they work hard to make our stay more pleasant.

The place was cozy, pool open till 10 pm. Because I’m too tired, I forget to take a picture of the room. But actually you guys can check from the website. What you see is what you get.

Notice for cancellation of flight

The night before, I watched news that Ngurah Rai Airport has been closed for operation. Mount Barujari, the small volcano near Mount Rinjani in Lombok produce a volcanic ash. But later in the evening, the airport resume back to normal.

“Hope that when we go back tomorrow, our flight ease. This is creepy guys”, said Jas to us.

Actually we are not so excited to flees back but this not mean that we want to extend our holidays. I woke up and get the jaw dropped text!

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This is not okay! We have little money left and this is just enough for food and not for accommodation.

“It’s okay. We check out the hotel and we ask Pak to sent us to airport as planned”

“Might be we can straight away to the airlines customer service to check what they can do and figure out this matter”

But first of all, I email the airlines as they give 2 option which is reschedule or refund. Refund? No way!

Ngurah Rai International Airport

12.15pm

As we arrived, I saw long queue. But I walked away to get the flight schedule board. Airport has been closed and no one can enter the departure hall.

Many tourists go back and forth in the airport and I know what they feel. This is very unpleasant and there is no signboard to where need we go for help.

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Then we saw Air Asia desk. We asked the status for we get constantly panic.

“Please get yourself queue here…” the staff with Indonesian accent pointing us to long queue that approx to be more than hundred people.

“…and you will get to the counter. You may reschedule or cancel the flight”, continue the staff.

In no time, we started to line up.

5.00 pm

At last we reached our turn. I saw many people return from the counter with sad faces.

Jasz give body language to 2 couple that just passed the counter and both of them that we certain will flees back to KL knew what we want to ask.

“Reschedule. It changed to Friday 5pm”, they said without any question.

That was a long gap between us and if they schedule at 5pm, what about us?

Our eyes keep on the counter and check whether is there any counter that done while waiting our turn. When we saw the staff hands up at us, we push the trolley over.

The staff asked our booking details and passport. We give it and few minutes later, she inform,”Due to volcano activity, we have to cancel the flight and change the date. It will be on Friday, 7.45pm”

We nodded. Agreed even deep down inside, we are very upset. Where we’ll going to stay? Is our money enough to go through another 2 days?

Razif suggested to ring back Pak Supir. Pak had told us that he can find the cheap and cozy hotel when he dropped us this afternoon.

“He said to book The Tirtha Inn Kubu Anyar”, tell Razif.

We go direct to Booking.com site. Found it! For 2 standard room for 2 nights, the rate is 620,000idr. Around RM50 per night.

6.00 pm

Bapak pick us up. Directly to the hotel. When we arrived , I saw the front of the hotel lobby was not tidy . They do construction work of swimming pool and too severe . The entrance to the hotel is too small, construction sand lying around outside the hotel area and the staff is not friendly at all.

Due to this, the hotel looks very messy. The location is in front of local houses. I just calm myself for this only 2 nights stay.

I open the door of the room . It’s like a normal without any other facility. In this room , there is one room as a kitchen and there is a sink . The bathroom inside the room with kitchen. The soap dispenser was dirty , and Jasz thought me not to use the soap provided for we do not know maybe that is an old soap.

For this room, I have no feels to take a picture. But believe me, the picture you guys see in the website is far nice than what we saw.

7.00 pm

We take a walk out of the place to find a dinner. We just keep walking as we have no idea the place is. Then we saw the “Beach” handwriting signboard to the left.

“Should we go this way?”, asked Adik. Eventually we met local guy that walk towards us and asked,”Is this the right way to the beach?”. He shook his head.

“This is path to the hotel only”

Then we resume to walk. We find Waterbom Bali in the back road. We are too exhausted as we can’t find the way as well.

2km after that, we found the road that the Mc Donalds located. At last we found the road that we recognize. We get in to the KFC.

This isn’t like a normal KFC that we had in Malaysia. They only served chicken with rice. No coleslaw, no whipped potatoes or even cheesy wedges.

We walked out. “So how do you think?”, one of us ask.

“Better we go to the Bakso place that we had yesterday.”

We slowly take a walk even though the leg started to ache. After 20 minutes, we reached the area. From afar, Jasz notice that the restaurant is closed. What we do is all in vain.

Lastly, we decided to go to Wong Solo. The place is just around the corner.

We had a Ayam Penyet as usual. The meal is so tasty and always be all time favorite meals here.

After done it, we tried to walk back to the hotel. But seems the place gone far and we found that we can’t find the right place anymore.

Then we asked 1 guy that we met in front of Best Kuta Villa.

“Your hotel is already too far. Whether you turn back and use the small road or you use main road but the place will be double far.” tells the guy.

We give up. “Is they any cab? How much to the hotel?”, asked us. “50,000idr usually”.

After bargain, we got for 30,000idr. We agreed and the guy that actually the cab driver, drove us back to the hotel.

This is not the end of our survival. To be continue.. 🙂