This time… I want to share an old story of mine. It was happen two years ago (2005) but even now… it still becomes one of my worst experiences ever… 😥 The reason why I share this story is to remind you to be always prepared and know what you are doing when you are flying, specifically using Singapore Airlines … otherwise… you will end up like me 😦 Being alone in a foreign country and starving to death for two days 😈
Warning: This story might contains explicit gore and violence!!! Do not read if you are under 18!!! 8)
So… still wanna know what happen??
It was happen on one fine Sunday, July 10, 2005. Estimated time, 10.00 am. I was getting ready to leave my country for the first time to this so called, not so far away country. After saying goodbye to my Parents, Brother, and other family members, I went in for check in at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Well… since their son is leaving for at least a year before he can go back home, there was a little bit of crying, hugging and advice ritual 😉 It’s touching … but not part of this story 😀 we’ll skip that part for another time.
So.. I went in, and check in. Guest what? I got a Singapore Airlines ticket arranged by my scholarship sponsor 8) Well.. that was the first time I leave my country.. and I got a well-known airlines waiting for me 😀 No wonder I was really happy at that time since I never got any chance to fly with a luxury airlines. Although I only got an economic class, but it still a luxury for poor people like me. My mind was full of imagination while I was waiting for boarding. I imagined their seat, TV,
Stewardess, luxury cabin, etc…..
And then…. boarding time!!! 😀 I packed my things, and rushed to the plane. And inside…. I saw… something that I can’t ever see in Indonesian airlines 😯 (hopefully our airlines will get better by times… ). It was amazing…. I saw a neat passenger seat with a wide space. In front of the seat, there were monitor screen and a lot of buttons here and there. Wow… this one is economic class, how about the first class? Hmm… can’t imagine that one yet 🙄
Soo… I sat there, and watched my surrounding. The plane was packed…. and I saw a lot of foreign people on board. Hmm… that was the first time I heard some African language (there were a couple which seems like an African, talk like African, and act like African. Yup..yup… definitely an African 😀 ).
After that, the plane took off smoothly. And I start wondering… “Hmmm…. how much was the air ticket?” Since they arranged the ticket for me, I never know the ticket fare. But.. well.. its free… So I thought that I should just have to enjoy it to the fullest 😈
After a few minutes… I started wondering about the monitor, headset and buttons in front of me. Hmm…. whats this? Hmm… never seen this one before. So, I looked to the other guy, seems like American, who put on the headset and seems to enjoy himself with music. Wow.. that seems fun 💡 So… I put on the headset. Hmm… strange.. no sound at all?? So I tried pushing a few buttons. Push..push..push… still nothing 😥 “Darn it… is it spoiled??”. I thought of calling the stewardess and see whether they can help me with that. But… errrr…. my English was terrible 😦 So… worried that I might embarassed myself in front of the pretty stewardess, I chose to give up on the headset. And….. The guy beside me just stared at me, and smile. “What?? What are you smiling for?? Why don’t you help me instead?” I said… inside my mind 😛
And then, my eyes set on two kids, who were playing games with each other, using the monitor. Hmm… that one also seems like fun 💡 A grin showed on my face. And I started to turn on the monitor. Ehh… Hmm… ok… where is the button again?? Ahh… found it. I turned it on. And then… I didn’t know what to do. I just stared at the monitor screen. “What should I pushed or chose from the menu??” Hmm… ok. Seems like another dead end for me 😥 I looked at the guy beside me again. And this time, he just looked at me and turned his face to the other sides and grin!!! Darn!! he was laughing!!!! %&%#$##*^#&!@^#!….. “Hey you… why don’t we settle this outside!!” I said.. inside my mind again ….. Well… he is way bigger than me.. and going outside during the flight is not something that you would do 😛
Then… the bad come to worst. After flying for around an hour, the stewardess started to go around and giving lunch to the passengers. “glup…” The food really seems delicious… and I haven’t took my breakfast yet. “Time to eat”, I said to myself. But… wait a minute. “How much do I have to pay for that one??”, I thought to myself. Hmm… there were a few times when I fly using Indonesian airlines and I end up paying a very expensive price for a cup of noodle 😯 So… this one, a complete set of lunch on Singapore Airlines might not be only expensive. It will be very expensive!!! And… I only got 50 SGD on my pocket, which I prepared for the taxi and two days of living in Singapore. Beside those money, I do have some Rupiahs in my hand, but that one didn’t seems to be an acceptable currency in Singapore Airlines. So… I decided. NO LUNCH!!!
When the stewardess came to my seat. She asked me “What would you like, sir? Chicken or beef?”. “Hmm… no thanks. I’m fasting”, I replied (What?? since when you’re fasting on sunday?? you’re just to poor to pay for the food 😥 ) “Ooh.. okay. Enjoy your flight”, she said. And then she went off to the other passengers. I was left there, starving….. with nothing to do.
And there he goes again. The guy beside me. He did nothing this time, just eating. But, the way he ate… makes me want to smack him on the face 😛 hehehhe…. Maybe because his previous grin…I don’t know.. but.. he just seems soooooo…. irritating… happily eating beside a hunger fellow like me 😦 sighh…… So I decided to ignore him, and looking to the sky instead. Ahhh… soo… refreshing……………………………………………………….. “gurgle…gurgle…..” Oww… my stomach was crying.
After 1 hour and 20 minutes of flying, the plane landed safely in Changi Airport. Again… I packed my things… entertained myself with the amazing view of the airport and took a taxi to my new campus. After getting my room key, I went to my dormitory. Over there, I sat down… alone… and thinking…. about dinner. Oh no!!! .. I don’t know where the canteen is 😥 And… to make things worst… its sunday. the canteen is closed!!! Darn it… So I spend the night in my new empty room… starving…
And come the next day. I wake up with an empty stomach…. and looked for a place to eat. Strange enough… I can’t find the place 😦 I walked… and I walked…. but the canteen is nowhere to be seen. So.. I returned to my dormitory again. Hoping to find someone to talk to…. and asked about the canteen. But… hey… its Monday… how come its so quiet?? Then, I realized… it was holiday period 😦 Sighh…..
So I waited in my room until afternoon… and then… I finally saw someone walking in front of my room. I called him, and after introducing myself, asked about the canteen. Fortunately, he was also going to the canteen. So.. we took off together. Finally…. I get my dinner. Ooohhhh… that one seems to be the best dinner I’ve ever had 😆 After that… we talked… and talked…. and I told him the story about the lunch on Singapore Airlines. And he told me something that was really freaking shocked me……. “The food is free, dude!!!”………What??? *(^@$&*(&*!^$……….. Urrghhhh…. So I starved for almost two days for nothing???? …………..
Sighh…. so that was the story. Lessons learn dudes:
Never ever fly with Singapore Airlines unprepared. Know your things before you go!!! So that you can use the headset, play games, and the most important thing… have your lunch!!!
Have fun flying!!!
Notes: The pictures shown are taken from here w/o permission