From Sekupang to Blakang Padang

So the journey begins… Not knowing what to expect as no research was done, I came with no expectations. Of course I have an idea of the village life in Southeast Asia. As soon as we got out of Sekupang Ferry Terminal, we took a right turn and walked to the jetty, which is about…

Buying Train Tickets in India

This was a nightmare for my friend Irfa and I. Yes, we did our research, we read guidebooks and articles online. The thing is, everything was so confusing and there are a lot to digest! We can’t possibly remember every single detail. Back in Singapore, we even tried to book the first train…to no avail. Too…

First Sunrise From The Train

Oh it was such a lovely journey, breakfast were served twice, at 9am and 40 minutes later. There were no annoying passengers on board, or wailing babies or running kids, etc. To top it all off, we caught the sunrise! It was lovely, really lovely. Whatever misadventures we had in the morning just evaporated together…

First Train Experience in India

The train from Delhi to Agra departs at around five in the morning. My friend Irfa and I woke Shailja’s sister up and bade farewell. Shailja was out till late last night and her sister said it was okay to not wake her up. We jumped into the taxi Shailja booked for us earlier. Sleepy…

Gurgaon Haryana India

Gurgaon Road at Night

Gosh. I just realised that I visited an extra state! I thought Gurgaon is in Delhi but nooo! Gurgaon is in Haryana, south-west of New Delhi! No wonder the train ride to Chandni Chowk took a while, it all makes sense now! Gurgaon is a developed place with multinational corporations setting up offices in the…

Why I love Delhi Metro

Despite my previous post My Problems with Delhi Metro, I enjoyed the ride. There are two sides to every story right? #1 – Tight Security Every passenger has to pass through a metal detector and belongings have to pass through the X-ray baggage inspection system. I took pictures of the whole process, thinking of sharing it…

My Problems with Delhi Metro

Intimidated? Yes. Nervous? Yes. Truth be told, I was apprehensive about taking public transport in Delhi, not because of the catastrophic 2012 Delhi gang rape, but…the fear of the unknown. I have never seen how the metro looks like, nothing about them in the Bollywood films I’ve watched, did not Google or Youtube the metro, certainly…

Welcome to India!

One of my biggest fears of this trip is the point of arrival in India. Most flights arrive at night (10pm) and that intimidates me; I have a preconceived idea of the airport and roads, after having conversations with friends or colleagues who were born and bred in India or have been there. These were some…

Lost in Transition

The title of this post could be The WORST Donuts, or KLIA Sucks, or Unfriendly Customer Service Officer, or Dirty Airline, but let’s start on a positive note, shall we? KLIA Sucks would be perfect though. Inevitably, flying with Malaysian Airlines means there’s a transit in Kuala Lumpur. After an hour of flight, we arrived in…