On a Bus to Phnom Penh

On a Bus to Phnom Penh

Some people say that the most important part of traveling is not the destination, but the journey itself. It’s how the way we reach the destination. It’s all that we see during the trip. It’s how we enjoy every step we walk. It’s how we color every seconds of it, with lots of laughs or meaningful conversations.

On top of that, a fun travel companion could be a great addition to our journey. Or simply makes it more memorable.

A fun travel companion could be anyone. He could be someone traveling with you since the beginning. He could be someone you met at the airport. He could also be a doctor who accidentally sharing a seat with you on a bus to Phnom Penh.

What makes a fun conversation, fun? It could be anything, like interesting topics, willingness to talk or simply your current mood.

When it comes to talk with stranger, not everyone feels comfort doing it. There’s always resistance to “open” ourselves, even for simple things like telling our first name or where we come from. But a fun travel companion somehow makes us feel safe and comfort finding topics to chat. Then without you even realized, you can hear yourself talking too much about yourself, what brought you to the city, where are you heading to and what do you love about Cambodia.

Discussing current weather could be boring. I know. It never works for me.

You might started the convo by asking the ticket price. But once you feel comfort to chat, the topics could be anything like the movie that being played by the bus operator, what kind of phone do you use or how expensive the hotel rate in Siem Reap. In less than one hour, you found yourself discussing serious things like why did he choose radiology over other specializations or three main problems that most people face at their 30-ish age. Some personal things like why haven’t you married yet, or how do we compromise the peer-pressure stressing us to marry soon.

It was something inside him that made any topics sounds interesting. And a great travel companion like this that makes your short trip even more memorable.

I regret our very short meeting at Tuol Sleng. I should’ve asked for your email.

Belanja dan Terbang Gratis dengan SQ

Belanja dan Terbang Gratis dengan SQ

Dari sejumlah penerbangan baik domestik maupun antarnegara yang pernah saya alami, trip bersama Singapore Airlines adalah salah satu yang paling berkesan. Meskipun pendek (Singapore – Jakarta), tapi pengalaman merasakan salah satu maskapai terbaik dunia -according to CNBC- kesannya masih terasa.

Tapi itu pertama kalinya saya naik SQ dan belum pernah naik lagi sampai sekarang. :mrgreen:

Anyhoo, beberapa waktu lalu saya mendapat info via Twitter (hashtag #BCASQcard) mengenai adanya kerjasama antara BCA dan Singapore Airlines. Produknya berupa kartu kredit BCA SQ yang memberikan KrisFlyer miles Singapore Airlines setiap kali digunakan berbelanja. Ada dua jenis kartu BCA Singapore Airlines: Visa Signature & Infinite Card. Untuk kartu jenis Infinite Card, KrisFlyer miles didapat tiap kali belanja Rp.5.500,- dan kelipatannya. Kalau miles-nya sudah cukup, bisa ditukar dengan tiket SQ gratis. Sebagai nasabah BCA yang suka jalan-jalan, this promo sounds interesting!

BCA - SQ Card Launching in Sency
Tampilan BCA SQ Infinite Card

Ini cocok untuk mereka yang doyan belanja tapi sulit menyisihkan budget untuk jalan-jalan. Sebab semakin sering belanja, semakin besar kesempatan mendapat miles yang bisa ditukar dengan flight gratis dari SQ.

Ini cocok juga buat yang suka jalan-jalan dan suka malas bawa uang tunai (seperti saya). Apa-apa maunya gesek aja. Makin sering belanja saat traveling, bisa-bisa makin sering jalan juga nantinya. Naik SQ 😯

Ada juga promo BCA Fantastic Offers berupa complimentary beverages di outlet-outlet Starbucks di seluruh bandara di Indonesia. Kalau tertarik, plus ingin tahu promo-promo lainnya call aja Halo BCA 500 888. Atau download flyer BCA SQ Card berikut ini. Mau banget deh dapet CC ini (>,<)

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Mendadak saya rindu ingin merasakan kembali perjalanan Singapore-Jakarta hampir dua tahun lalu..

Bungkus Rokok di Pakistan

Bungkus Rokok di Pakistan

Kanker Mulut di Kemasan Rokok

Di tengah-tengah acara “Network! Pakistan 1st Social Media Summit” di Karachi yang saya hadiri beberapa waktu lalu, saya tertarik kepada kemasan rokok yang dibawa salah seorang kenalan di sana. Pada kemasan rokok tersebut, ada gambar kanker mulut dengan peringatan “Smoking causes mouth cancer – Ministry of Health”. Ah saya jadi ingat, beberapa tahun lalu saya pernah menulis tentang usulan untuk menaruh gambar penyakit akibat rokok di blog. Saya bahkan menggambar ilustrasinya di sini.

Pada kemasan John Player Gold Leaf (made in Pakistan tersebut), resiko merokok digambarkan dengan visualisasi yang jelas, tidak sekadar kata-kata seperti halnya kemasan rokok di Indonesia sini. I wonder whether this pic is effective enough to make people stop smoking or at least having a second thought if he wants to smoke or not.