Monthly Archives: March 2015

Happy

Hi everyone! I’m back.

I’m pretty sure not everyone was going to believe I would stick with this blog, but I am! Therefore, today you will get another glorious blog!

Last time I spoke about Singapore, today it’s time to discuss Jakarta!

I left last Saturday, really early.. I was flying out at 10 am, and my taxi would arrive at 7.30 am. Just in case my own alarm wouldn’t work, I requested a wake up call. Which is completely normal.. However, apparently the ringtone from the wake up call was the Kabouter Plop music! Every Dutch person will know what I mean by that. For non-Dutchies: here is a link. I’m not kidding, I have never been in such a foul mood as that morning. What a way to ruin a perfectly good morning -_-

Anyway, I made it to the airport in time (no queues! In an airport! What a wonderful feeling:)) and eventually, I landed around 11.15 am local time (Jakarta is one hour behind Singapore). Boskalis had arranged for a driver to pick me up, but I couldn’t find anyone at the airport holding a sign with my name. After wandering around for 45 minutes, I then decided I would call a taxi on my own and just charge it to the company. Remember, Thecla has no sense of direction and I was not going to get lost in an airport… Man, was I happy to be out of the heat and into an air conditioned car. I cannot express how hot it can get over here. The taxi dropped me off at my hotel and I got checked in. Again, I got really lucky and the hotel is amazing. I have a great room (15th floor, so an amazing view), great food and really friendly staff. I have to get used to everyone being so damn friendly and polite. I mean, everyone is bowing all the time, apologizing for ridiculous things and then saying thank you if you don’t get mad. I get that it’s their job, but the different cultures do play a role as well I suppose. It just makes me feel awkward…

After checking in and relaxing for a bit, I went to my new workplace. Because of all of the road works, crumbling sidewalks and rushing traffic, it takes me way too long xD. 300 meters suddenly becomes 5 km! And we all know I don’t enjoy walking, haha!

I got back to my hotel around 4, and I was so tired, I just fell asleep! I woke up around 5.15 pm got dinner, and went back to bed:). On Sunday I slept in. I eventually got woken up by housekeeping, because they wanted to clean my room xD. I decided I would go into the mall that is attached to the building where my work is as well. I shopped, had some lunch and shopped even more. It almost feels like America to me. Except for the sizes. They are definitely used to smaller people over here xD. Way to make me feel insecure, Indonesia ;-). But things are ridiculously cheap… A good dinner can cost you about 10 euros! Which is 150.000 IDR… I feel rich with all of those massive bills in my wallet. Which I’m totally fine with! Feeling rich is a good feeling :).

When I got back around 4 pm, I decided to go the gym (I know, big surprise. Thecla does something active for a change.. 😉 It only lasted for 45 minutes, but I sure was proud of myself! 🙂

So after only 2 days of work, I’ll be moving to the project office tomorrow. I’ve been at the regional office for the last two days, getting some experience with the financial system. So tomorrow, the real work can start! I can honestly say, even though I’ve only been working abroad for a week, I’m really enjoying it. The hotel life is fabulous (for now), I don’t have to clean, cook or worry about anything! That’s pretty cool:). Of course, work is what takes most of my time, but it is really interesting and time flies when I’m at work. What more can you want?

It also means I can finally unpack my suitcases. I’ve had 3 different hotels, 4 different hotel rooms so far and tomorrow I will finally arrive at the final destination (no jokes about bad disaster movies please ;-)).

Well, that’s it for now. Not much to say. Life evolves around work and sleep these days…But that’s not a bad thing! I’ll let you know what I’m up to :).

BTW, I learned my first bahasa (local language) yesterday! I’ve had to write it down because I keep forgetting it. But I can now say thank you in Bahasa!

So to everyone who is reading: Terima Kasih! 🙂

Until next time,

Thecla

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“Leaving on a Jetplane”

Current location: Singapore

Local time: 1.45 pm


Ready to leave for Singapore

Ready to leave for Singapore

Hello one, hello all!

Welcome to my first blog post! I’ve been talking and bragging about my blog for a while now, so I figured now would be the time to actually start it!

I’ve been in Singapore for 48 hours and I’m already packing to leave towards my next destination. All I’ve done over here is working. And eating. But mostly working. I arrived on Wednesday evening around 5 pm. After getting through customs (which was a pain in the ass BTW…long queues, no end in sight), I found a dude who was holding a name card with my name on it. I still have no clue who he was, but he was very lovely. Explained how Singapore works, what to do and more importantly: what not to do. Very friendly indeed.

He dropped me off at my hotel, I checked in and was very happy with the air conditioning. Don’t get me wrong, the temperature is lovely. But so hot! The normal temperature is around 30 degrees Celsius. Which is fine. However, it feels like 40 degrees. Not very fine. It actually feels like someone put a hot blanket around you and now you’re finding it very difficult to breathe. But enough complaining. I’m in Singapore! Yay!

Even though I slept on the plane, I found myself to be really tired. I got some dinner in the hotel restaurant (first meal that consisted of rice), and went to bed around 9. I woke up a few times during the night but I was still very well rested when I got up around 6.45 in the morning. My boss in the area was supposed to pick me up at 8 am, so I didn’t want to be late. I packed my bags, got some breakfast (second meal that consisted of rice), and waited for my ride to arrive. We got to work and I got an introduction and started my training. We stopped for lunch and I finally got to enjoy some sandwiches. Since the building is under renovation, some of the Dutch folk decided they would buy some sandwiches and some cheese and ham (doh, Dutch!) every week and as long as everybody pitched in, you could eat it too. Technically that means that I ate for free, since I didn’t have any cash on me. I have some euros, but those are not very useful abroad J.

I also met a colleague (Menno) who was staying at the same hotel that I was going to be staying in, so we met up to ensure I could hitch a ride with his taxi in the evening. We left at 5.30 pm and got to the hotel at 6. And what a hotel it is. I’m very sad I’m going to be checking out tomorrow, because it is very close to being the perfect hotel room. I’ve got my own kitchen, a massive bed, a washing machine and a couch! Closer to an apartment than a hotel room! Menno and I met up around 6.30 pm for a drink outside (still hot, not unbearable though) and we talked for a while. He gave me some advice, talked about his experiences with the company (17 years and still going strong!), and we had some good laughs. Since he was meeting up with some other colleagues for a work dinner, I decided to try my luck at having dinner at this hotel restaurant. Turns out I was lucky, since it was an American style restaurant and I had a massive burrito and some nachos. Yum!

The rest of the night was very uneventful. Watched some TV shows on my laptop and went to bed around 10.30 pm.

The next morning I was supposed to be meeting up with Menno at 7.30 am, so we could leave for the office. Again, my alarm went off at 6.45 am. I got some breakfast (American pancakes) and was ready at 7.25 am. However, turns out Menno was late and we wouldn’t be leaving until 8 am. Fine by me, since I was watching YouTube on a lounge chair outside J.

We got to work and now I’ve been told I’m going to be leaving tomorrow (Saturday) for Jakarta! This means that my training is done! Yay me:). This also means that I’m going to be leaving my awesome hotel room. And I don’t even get to sleep in! Plane leaves at 10 apparently, even though my ticket hasn’t been booked yet. I’m really adapting to the Boskalis way of life: information is going to be there at the last minute. No way you’re getting it earlier 🙂

Alright. That turned out to be a bit longer than I intended. Don’t worry, not all posts will be this detailed and long. Or they might. I really don’t know!

Thanks for reading and you’re always welcome to comment 🙂

Thécla

PS. Look at this awesome view:

Not bad, eh?

Not bad, eh?