That's four days to spare~~ I ain't gonna spend the days rotting away at home. And hence I went on and booked myself a ticket to Medan, Indonesia on Saturday morning. A lil dramatic but, I had 3 days to prepare my itinerary and currency exchange and.....inform my parents and get myself transportation to KLIA.
My flight was on the same day as my brother's flight to Beijing, so he sneaked me into the MAS Golden Lounge which is reserved exclusively for business class passengers.
|MAS Golden Lounge|
|MAS Golden Lounge|
Arrived at Medan at 8:30 am local time. I took a bechak to Amplas terminal (later I heard from locals that Amplas is a dangerous place with a lot of robbery. Beware travellers!). The bechak is a motorcycle trishaw, and it's small, fragile and slow. The condition was further exacerbated by the horrendous traffic in Medan.
|On the bechak|
|Satellite Dish--West Malaysian call it "Big Big Astro" =.=|
|4,500 rp per litre i.e. RM 1.50. And they call it solar.|
|Merchant selling food and cigarette.|
|Women carry things on their head.|
|This reminds me of India.|
|Terrace paddy field|
|Reaching Parapat--the aquaculture enclosure.|
|The group of girls at the back (yellow shirt) were calling out abang, abang at me. I looked away instead of smiling back at them. Wrong move. Annoyed, they shouted jahat betul at me. Urrggghh >.<|
|Breathtaking isn't it? =)|
|The Lord of the Rings should be shot here!|
|The locals depend heavily on the boats to transport bikes, food and fuel to Samosir Island.|
|Love this one.|
|The water is rumored to be warm. I didn't try because the water wasn't clean at where I stayed.|
|The toilet is the only bad thing here. There were a lot of mosquitoes in there!|
But there are always con-men wandering around trying to con tourists, so do not trust them if they tell you shits different than what you've read on the internet.
After lodging in and rent a motorcycle at 60,000 rp, I visited the judgement stone at Ambarita. The entry fee was 3000rp, then there was a guide who told me some of the history of the Batak people, their livelihood, the way rapists and murderers were executed.
|The King's seat.|
|The prison where they keep the prisoners.|
|The magic book where magic spells and chants are kept.|
|The bomoh's magic stick, which he uses to beat the magic power off the prisoner.|
The rest of the day was spent riding around the island. The road was excruciatingly narrow. You have to honk every time u approach a turning to notify the person coming the other way.
|A typical Indonesian-styled wedding.|
|Water fall at Tuk Tuk|
But Danau Toba is a cool place due to the elevation, so I was basically freezing the entire time I rode on the bike. It's just like Genting highland, only less cold. Saw the waterfall but I read from the internet that I need to walk through the jungle to get there.
|95% of the population here is Christian.|
|The tomb of the King.|
|Sak Sang, a local specialty.|
|The locals depend heavily on the lake for daily chores.|
|Those bottles containing yellow liquid are actually cooking oil.|
Would head out to Medan the following morning.