First Trip to Borneo

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Mas Aji and Fikri
My very first trip to Borneo Island (or most of Indonesians use Kalimantan). Yippiee! Even for works, but when you can travel and all the expenses are paid by other party, you can't really complain, rite? hehhe

I took Garuda Indonesia, GA 514 11.55 pm arrived at Balikpapn at 15.05pm (one hour ahead than Jakarta). It's quite busy time at the airport. Something wrong with the system. So they had to do everything manually. It was funny to see handwriting on your printed ticket. You can't get the seat number, they would give you in the boarding room. Hmm that's weird!

Luckly, i was companied by two of my co-workers, Mas Aji and Fikri. The project in Balikpapan is one of my office's school wide development. Those two men are the officers. I helped them in media things.


Anyways, we had coffee first at Starbucks.

You can find many coffee shops
and restaurants in Soekarno Hatta Airport and most of them usually offer you free wi-fi.

Our plane was delayed for 1,5 hours due to the system broke down. The ride was little bit bumpy too, but safely we arrived at Sepinggan Airport Balikpapan. It is International aiport with traditional architecture. Really nice :D. A car picked me up than i went to one of the mall by the beach. Balikpapan is well-known as mining city. I don't really recommend you swim at the beach though hehehe unless you find a beach that far from the mining.

I met my friend, mba Yati. She's a reporter for Tribun Kaltim. Than we went to Blue Sky Hotel (see my travel review for details). Really too bad that she had to go to another meeting, but i got chance to take a tour to Tribun Kaltim Office.




At nite, we had dinner at Dandito Restaurants.
WElcome to Sepinggan Balikpapan
We supposed to go to antoher restaurant but      since it was raining (and we were mad hungry). The restaurant was nice. We had Black Pepper Sauce of Crabs, Fried fish, sweet and sour squid, cah kangkung (well if you in Indonesia, you ordered seafood, make sure you have these veggies along)


The food were good, very rich with spicies and fresh. Say good by to spoon and forks, use your hand!! The additional flavor , they had a singging hall. There was keyboard and mic, so you can singing any songs and the keyboardist would play it for you. We had blast, when Hendri and Cahyo were singing like a pro (or at least trying to be one hehehe)
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Mas Aji and Fikri
Mas Aji and Fikri
WElcome to Sepinggan Balikpapan
WElcome to Sepinggan Balikpapan
Kissing Mr.Crabs
Kissing Mr.Crabs
Activities in airplane : Sleeping
Activities in airplane : Sleeping
Listening to ipod
Listening to ipod
Another alternative activities in …
Another alternative activities in…
Me and Fikri
Me and Fikri
Blue..bluee sky
Blue..bluee sky
Clear Sky
Clear Sky
Balikpapan from above
Balikpapan from above
Balikpapan from airplane view
Balikpapan from airplane view
Hmm whats up with the smoke?
Hmm what's up with the smoke?
Balikpapan
Balikpapan
The town mobil plate code: KT
The town mobil plate code: KT
Hey girll look here!
Hey girll look here!
Ahh! Mba Yati infront of Tribun Ka…
Ahh! Mba Yati infront of Tribun K…
The singing hall
The singing hall
Dandito Restaurant Menu (they have…
Dandito Restaurant Menu (they hav…
Mr.Crabs
Mr.Crabs
Cah Kangkung
Cah Kangkung
Mr. Fishy
Mr. Fishy
You have to have chilli sauce
You have to have chilli sauce
OUr dinner
OUr dinner
Natalie and I
Natalie and I
Ahh Fressh!!
Ahh Fressh!!
Cahyo with his coconut (es kelapa …
Cahyo with his coconut (es kelapa…
Hows the coconut guy?!
Hows the coconut guy?!
Hendri singing like a pro
Hendri singing like a pro
Use your hand :D
Use your hand :D
Cahyo in Action
Cahyo in Action
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