Going Around Jakarta

After DBA Jakarta, we extended our stay here for another two days. Sovi and Jen took time off to bring us around including: Pantai Indah Kapok, Mangrove, Time Machine (my most favorite and highlight of the trip!), Korean BBQ, LemonGrass Bogor, and Little Venice @ Puncak.

Gotta admit, it was a bit of a guilty pleasure as I have a launch coming soon with Kate (this being her first) and I barely got anything done in the past several days.

Great trip overall to wrap up our visit to Jakarta!

DBA Jakarta Live

Last year I went to DBA Surabaya Live as a speaker, this time I returned as an attendee. Joining me from Malaysia are my ex-interns Shaun and Cally, workshop student Kate, and newcomer Charis 🙂

There were about 70+ people attending this event, and even though I think some parts of the event could have been improved we got what we came for: networking and connections building. Plus, catching up with friends in this business from long ago.

Didn’t get much work done as Internet is sluggish at JS Luwansa and with long hours at the event. I reasoned that I do a launch almost every month but it’s not all the time I get to meet my business associates and friends face-to-face.

Spent a good 4 days here receiving luxury and pampered treatment, lol.

After the event, we extended another two more days stay to visit Jakarta…

Disney Land, Hong Kong

Went on a short vacation and took my mom to Disney Land in Hong Kong (yep, Hong Kong again… even though I was here just last month!)
With a lot going on this isn’t the best time for me to be on holiday, but I figure I can always make more money anytime.
Also, I promised her long ago to take her on a long overdue vacation and originally, the idea was to go to Europe. However it doesn’t seem that safe now, and my business is demanding more of my time than before, I wouldn’t have been able to properly plan the trip.
So, Disney Land it was.
Your parents won’t be forever young; if you can you should take them out for a treat while they still have the health and mobility to enjoy!

Skytrex (Not So) Extreme Challenge

It’s been probably 3 years since I last went to Skytrex. Came back here again with Kiwi Piwi and first timer Jun.

There were some notable changes at Taman Cahaya Shah Alam: Entrance is a different place, the bus seats have changed, there were some upgrades to the Skytrex entrance facility…

… And downgrades in the obstacle course itself 🙁

The course is shorter this time with some obstacles from before clearly removed, and we weren’t used to the new magnetic U and C ‘click’ hooks, totally unlike the carabiners we’re already familiar with.

 

Finished the course in easily 1.5 to 2 hours, and that’s us taking our own sweet time; could have finished it in under an hour if we wanted to.

Good morning workout, but have to say it’s a little disappointing experience this time.

Bungee Jump in Macau

Right after Hong Kong, I followed Sasa and her friends to Macau. It was just one hour Ferry ride and the vibe here is entirely different. Not as congested and packed to the brim like Hong Kong. Roads are cleaner, and hotels are nice!

We stayed at Broadway Macau and we would be here for just 2 days. So we went swimming and walked around the city for some sight seeing at night, including swinging by some casinos.

However the main attraction for me in this trip is the Bungee Jump at the Macau Tower, said to be the sight of the tallest bungee jump in the world according to Guinness Book of World Records.

233 meters in comparison to the Auckland Tower Skyjump I did 5 years ago at 168 meters. So that’s probably like an extra couple of seconds of freefall and scare.

I was feeling anxious leading up to the jump itself, but as soon as I leaped off the platform, all fears wore off. The 10 seconds of free fall went by quickly.

The only thing giving me a post-traumatic disorder is, believe it or not, the price tag for this jump.

… A whopping $500 or RM2,000!

I was in for a nasty surprise when I registered for the bungee jump – I was expecting it to be around $200 – $250 (around the price of the Auckland Sky Jump, or maybe slightly more since we’re talking about the tallest bungee jump in the world)

But not only did it cost double, there were no printed photos or cert after the jump even though I went for a rather ‘premium’ package that included videos and photos.

I had no problem forking out that sum, but it certainly isn’t value for money, knowing I was burning $50 a second on my way down and all I got was a USB drive after that. (I was told I will be given an e-cert by email 2 days later, didn’t get it to this day)

Should you do this bungee jump? For a YOLO kind of experience or for the sake of striking a list off your bucket list, sure go ahead – just be informed on the price you’re about to pay, which is substantially more expensive than other bungee jumps – most likely taking advantage of their coveted Guinness World Record.

Oh well, at least I can tell you I’ve done it before 🙂

Overall good 2 days spent here, and 3 days in Hong Kong before this. Now it’s time to go back to Malaysia…