Totally excited!!! Finally I have my first duty trip!!! Yes, I have my duty trip to Palembang for SSB Selection Test. When I realized I will go to Palembang, I couldn’t describe how I’m feeling. Nervous and excited mixed up.
I departed at 25/2 with Erwin. I have a confession. I haven’t come to airport for 10 years, as a passenger. Not to pick-up someone. So, I felt like a beginner. Not to mention that I go alone, without my family. I’m totally blind with the process in the airport hehehe. But I have Erwin, my trusted partner from Marketing Team. He guided through phone about the process from check-in until boarding time. Yeah he’s late because his taxi late to pick him up. So I waited him in the boarding room.
Being in boarding room, I can see the runway clearly. I saw planes took off and landed and it excited me more. Little bit worry of course, because it was raining pretty hard. I started to pray for rain to stop. Hey, it’s my first flight after 10 years. It should be warm and shiny. Not gloomy and rainy. The rain stopped when I boarded to the plane. I sat at 6B, got in the middle. My heart started to beat faster, knowing that I will fly again. Pray harder when the plane started taxiing to runway, took off and flew through the clouds. We have turbulences very hard and I felt my heart sank. But, I maintained cool expression eventhough my heart beating faster.
Overall, I enjoy my flight to Palembang. I could see only clouds. The clouds like… soft pillow made me want to sleep on it hehehe. Now I know why few years ago BJ Habibie made a photography book and exhibition captured the beauty of the clouds. They indeed beautiful. Too bad I sat in the middle, not beside the window. I also saw Palembang when we approached the airport. I saw Ampera Bridge, Kemarau Island where there is pagoda. I’ve heard about the legend of the pagoda. But I forgot the story. Hmmm I should dig more about this one.
First day in Palembang, we came to schools for the preparation of the test. Then, shop some snacks. In the hotel, I took a massage treatment. Very soothing. I felt relieved and recharge. Next morning, we went to Sampoerna Academy to see the venue. Prepared the equipment then off to find delicious pempek. We didn’t go to Pempek Candy because we knew the taste. We just want to find another alternative.
Big day 27/2 came as the Selection Test held in that day. It ran well and we finished at 1 PM. I said to Erwin, I must take a picture at Ampera Bridge. To verified that I’ve been to Palembang hehehe. So at 6 PM, we went to Ampera Bridge. It’s cold because after rain. But it didn’t stop me to take pictures. Ampera Bridge at night totally beautiful. That bridge totally huge!!! Now, with that picture, I could say that I’ve been to Palembang hehehe.
On Monday 28/2 we returned to Jakarta, of course with lots of pempek hehehe. I’m sure I will have another chance to go to Palembang again someday, not for business trip. But for travelling. I would like to go back to Palembang again hehehe. Can’t wait for another trip, duty or personal.
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