Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
Submitted by mumunmumun on 20 October 2013 • Opinion
Tags: road trip
Road trips are a test of friendship. Usually you come out loving or hating your travel mates. In this case, I didn’t murder anyone and I lived to tell this story, which overall pretty much says I love most of these dudes!
Dancing with Om Endi. Fun!
There were a lot of surprises during this trip. I’ve traveled with Lucia Nancy or Uci before and I though I knew her well. I thought! I think everyone on the trip will agree when I say, Uci has a dark side to her that have shocked us all. She has a true thick Betawi upbringing. I was amazed and had endless stomach cramps laughing at her silly antics with her Betawi accent and her sporadic comments on the road. Seems like there’s more to that girl even after 2 weeks in Indochina. That girl is silly I tell you!
It was definitely a ride being just one of the two girls on the trip. While the boys can talk about their toys all day, it was fun to crash their discussions with things out of their norm such as about dressing up, dieting on the road, being clean (especially in the car, men can be really messy), and the importance of having a good profile picture. I can only hope, we weren’t the Yoko Ono of the group and bring more fun times than trouble.
These automotive journalists were also a joy to know. Although we were new acquaintances, it felt like that we knew one another pretty well, probably since automotive journalists are regulars on the road. With much test-drive hours, it becomes easy to mingle as we have that same bug for traveling. They’re tolerant of slower services outside of Jakarta, they know how to maintain their good traveling mood for a long time, and they look out for each other. Their sense of humor is also one that I can relate to. It’s very basic bad jokes, so bad that it’s funny. If I could relate to that, there’s definitely something wrong with me. LOL!
Aside to that, they have taught me much about cars. I’m no automotive chick but having able to drive, I can catch on one or two things about it. In short, I can say that automotive world is a serious business, especially in a developing country. And although it might seem like a lot of glamour, it really is rocket science. There’s a lot of technical stuff going on behind the engines and it takes a real car enthusiasts to really understand the art of a vehicle. Bloggers meet automotive journalists are a bunch of geeks! Geeks, I tell you!!! (and we’re proud.)
As for my fellow bloggers, aside to teasing each other with deadlines and word count (we’re really geeky), it was great to find friends that were mutually interested in the destinations as much as the Terios at hand, whether it was the people, the food, or the culture.
A special thanks also goes out to Guntur, our contact person to Daihatsu, and Ibu Amel for the opportunity. May success be and with us all!
It has come to the end of our blog journey with Terios 7 Wonders. Although the trip had ended last week, we still communicate amongst us regarding photos exchange and reconfirming information. But now that the writing has come to the end, we are no longer friends in need. The sentimental feeling has just crept in. I dedicate this post to my road trip fellows. Time will tell if we’ll still be friends in the next part of our lives or not. I hope that we will still in touch. Until then, thank you for the fun and laughter. *shed a tear*
Most of the gang.
*This post is in accordance to the Terios 7 Wonders trip but the opinions are my own
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