Gyvenate sau įprastą gyvenimą ir staiga gaunate žinią apie kokią nelaimę nutikusią už jūrų marių (o gal visai šalia). Skambi, neigiamų žodžių turinti antraštė sukelia jausmą „kaip baisu“ (net jeigu tai tiesiogiai jūsų neliečia). Priimate informaciją tokią kokia ji yra, be gilinimosi ar pasidomėjimo detalėmis, nes galvojate „juk tai žiniasklaida, jie informuoja turėdami pagrindo, faktų“. Viena naujiena, po kitos – ta tema eskaluojama plačiai. Draugai, giminės klausia „ar girdėjai, matei?“, internetinėje erdvėje žmonės pradeda dalintis savo baimėmis, kitais šaltiniais apie nelaimę. Visa aplinka atrodo persismelkia neigiamomis žinutėmis. Ir nepajuntate, kaip pradedate tuo gyventi, pradedate dalintis ta pačia informacija. Atsiranda kažkoks nerimas, baimė visame kame.
Man tokia situacija pažįstama. Tačiau nesitikėjau, jog gyvendama šalia įvykio centro pamatysiu kaip lengvai sukeliama panika, pasėjama bereikalinga baimė be jokių sprendimų.
Ugnikalnio Agung (Balio saloje) suaktyvėjimo žinia pasiekė tikriausiai visą pasaulį. Tačiau užsienio valstybių žiniasklaidoje nuolat atnaujinama (arba gerokai pavėluota) informacija ne visuomet yra tiksli ar pagrįsta faktais, dažnai net nenurodoma originalaus šaltinio. Ko pasekoje didelė dalis žmonių, ne tik esantys Balyje, bet dar prieš atvykstant ėmė panikuoti. Panašu, kad didesnis chaosas apie šią situaciją yra užsienyje nei čia, vietoje.
Tarkim, prieš 3 d. užsienio žiniasklaidoje buvo daugybė straipsnių apie cunamio grėsmę Balyje, nes buvo žemės drebėjimas Javos saloje. Antraštės ir teksto ištraukos skambėjo taip: „Bali TSUNAMI and Mount Agung ERUPTION fears after earthquakes“, „Bali Tsunami Warning As Massive Earthquake Hits Indonesian Coast“, „the quake immediately sparked fears of a tsunami and an eruption from Mount Agung volcano“, „Holiday makers and residents have been shaken by the huge undersea earthquake off the coast of Bali with fears of a massive tsunami.“ ir pan. Įdomiausia, kad tokio tipo pranešimų neradau jokioje Indonezijos žiniasklaidoje, nes žemės drebėjimas buvo toli nuo Balio salos (galite matyti zonas mėlynai, kuriose buvo jaučiamas drebėjimas). Net jeigu ir drebėjimo banga po vandeniu atkeliavo arčiau Balio, Indonezijos atsakingos institucijos neužregistravo jokių sąsajų tarp ugnikalnio Agung papildomo suaktyvėjimo.
Kitas pavyzdys – vienas naujienų portalas, kelis kartus per dieną, jau kelias dienas, Twiterr’yje siunčia tą pačią žinutę apie ugnikalnio Agung išsiveržimo grėsmės lygio pasikeitimą. Paspaudus nuorodą – pamačiau, kad informacija yra keletos dienų senumo, nors ji aktyviai siunčiama dar ir dabar. Žmonės ne visada turi laiko pasigilinti į pranešimo datą ir toliau dalinasi šia informacija. Skambios antraštės atsiranda tarp daugybės kitų žmonių naujienų, nors tai nebeatitinka tikrovės.
Nebesuprasdami kas tiesa, o kas ne, žmonės panikuoja, nepasitikrinę faktų skleidžia dezinformaciją toliau. Net vakar, Twiterryje vienas populiariausių Indonezijoje naudojamų žymų buvo #Agung. Pažiūrėjau, kad didžioji dalis, kas dalinasi informaciją po šia žyma – užseniečiai, kai kurie net nesantys Balyje. Tai kaip jie gali žinoti kas iš tiesų čia vyksta? Jie nežino, bet pasitiki žinisklaidos priemonėmis, kurie juos klaidina, baugina. Tačiau nemačiau nei vieno straipsnio (užsienio žinisklaidoje), kuriame būtų patarimai kaip elgtis įvykus išsiveržimui, kokia kryptimi judėti ir pan. Realiai jokios pagalbos.
Net ir tie, kurie nesidalina naujienomis, pareiškia savo nuomonę apie situaciją pvz.: „Agung tuoj išsiverš. Melskitės už Balį“ ir pan. Žinoma, žmonės turi žodžio laisvę, tačiau tikriausiai nelabai supranta kokia gali būti pasėkmė naudojant netinkamus žodžius, frazes. Sukuriama dar daugiau neigiamo fono. O kokia nauda iš to? Ar tai padeda esantiems Balyje? Toks jausmas, kad žmonės labai egoistiški. Nejaugi žiniasklaidos priemonės tenori susilaukti daugiau dėmesio, atvesti daugiau srauto skaityti apie ką jie rašo ir pasirodyti tarp kitų konkurentų pirmi (nors kokybės tame visai nėra), o paprasti piliečiai tenori pasirodyti, kad jie yra įvykių sukūryje? Atrodo, kad niekam nerūpi kaip neigiama, netiksli informacija veikia aplinkinius ir esančius šalia įvykio vietos – daugeliui svarbiausia „išspjauti bet ką“, o tegul patys žmonės atsirenka kas ir kaip ir tvarkosi su tuo. „Koks man skirtumas – svarbu būti matomam, girdimam.“
Esu Balyje, pagal visus specialistų skaičiavimus – siaugioje zonoje ir galiu pasakyti tiek – Indonezijos spaudoje, socialiniuose tinkluose mažiau bauginančios informacijos, pranešimų nei užsienio spaudoje. Daugelis vietinių straipsnių – tiesiog faktai, informacija apie situaciją – tačiau be jokios baimės skleidimo. Tačiau seku visą informaciją, nes tai gali mane paliesti tiesiogiai. Ir matydama tiek netiesos, supratau, kad daug informacijos, kuri mus pasiekia toli gražu gali būti netiesa. O mes savo ruožtu, neatsakingai palaikome tuos, kurie sukelia baimės jausmą, dalindamiesi informaciją visko nežinodami.
Realybė yra kokia yra, tačiau supratau, kad reikia būti sąmoningiems dalinantiems informacija (ypatingai turiančią neigiamo atspalvio). Reikia ją priimti atsargiai ir skleisti su saiku. Prieš pasidalinant informacija ar aptariant, tiesiog reiktų pagalvoti ar gauta žinia yra patikima, ar tai gali kam nors padėti, ar norėčiau kad ja su manimi pasidalintų kiti. Kitu atveju nepastebimai patys nuodysime savo ir aplinkinių gyvenimus, skleisdami nepagrįstą baimę.
Oficiali informacija apie ugnikalnio Agung situaciją galima rasti/ gauti šiais kanalais (nors viskas indoneziečių kalba, tačiau galima pasinaudoti „google translate“ pagalba.
If you want to stay in Indonesia more than 30 days (what you can do with “Visa on arrival”), you can apply for another visa type, which allows you to stay in Indonesia for 60 days.
If you want to get “Tourist visa” or “Social Budaya visa” you should apply for it outside of Indonesia. Most travelers till August said that the best place for it – Penang island in Malaysia (here is information how to get to Penang). Because of the quick, 2 days, process and possibility to get 60 days visa (in some other countries the visa making takes 7 working days and can be given only for 30 days). Unfortunately after 1st of August, 2017 – things changed:
Some travelers said that in Indonesian embassy in Penang they started to have a quota system. They could issue only a limited number of 60-day visas (per month or per week) – but nobody knows how many or who will get it. Others say, that there is no quota system and is giving 30-day visas for “Tourist visa” or “Social Budaya visa” (with sponsor letter) if the sponsor is not family. The official seemed to imply that if the sponsor letter is from a spouse or other member of the family then they will get the 60 days. That, and the new RM10 KL + RM2 Penang room tax has we budget travelers giving USD$3.00 per day just in tax.
I didn’t try to make new visa in Penang after the system changed, so correct me, if there is any new changes or another place in any other country with better “conditions”.
Further information is about getting 30 days “Tourist visa”.
So, how to get Indonesian visa in Penang?
Here are some my advice and experience about applying for Indonesian 30-day “Tourist visa” in Penang island (I did such visa already twice but before 1st of August, 2017 and got 60 days visa).
Notice: all information prepared according 08 2017.
Official website of Indonesian Consulate in Penang, Malaysia (but you won’t find much information there)
467 Jalan Burma, 10350 Penang (about 4 km West of the Chinatown tourist area)
Tel: (+60) (4) 227 4686; (+60) (4) 226 7412;
Fax: (+60) (4) 227 4955
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Before going there, be sure that in Malaysia or Penang are not public holidays.
How to get to Indonesian Consulate
If you are in the hurry and don’t want search by yourself public transport – easiest way, just to take a taxi and say the address (in some hostels in Chinatown written that taxi price to Indonesian Consulate is 20 MYR).
If you want to save some money and explore Penang use public bus – number 101 from Lebuh Chulia street or 103 from Komtar bus terminal (the main buses terminal).
The bus 101 starts at the Jetty (where the boats to Butterworth depart from). There is a bus stop on the corner of “Love Lane” and “Lebuh Chulia” streets (it’s the best stop if you are staying in Chinatown).
This bus stop not marked like usual bus stops, but you just stand in opposite street of “7 eleven” mart entrance (you will see there all the time gathering people) and when you will see coming bus 101 just wave your hand to stop it.
One way journey takes ~20-40 min. depends on the traffic and one way ticket costs 1,4 MYR (but you should say to a driver that you want to go to “Gurney Plaza”).
Get out of the bus in front of “Gurney Plaza” shopping mall (it will be on your right side). You will pass on the way first mall “Gurney Paragon”, next stop – “Gurney Plaza”. If you scared to miss it, ask the driver to say when will be that stop (I saw many people do that and drivers says when time to get out :)).
When you will get out from a bus on your left side (when you stand face to bus stop) will be traffic light. Go straight to it and turn right (to street Lebuhraya Maktab). Go all the time straight (you will pass some small streets on your right and left sides) till you will come to one big street in front of you (with 3 or 4 one way lines) – Jalan Burma. Here turn right. Go straight, on your right side you will pass “Midlands Park Center” mall. After it, on left side you will see traffic light, cross the street there and still go straight. On your left side you will see Adventist hospital. Just after it, on the same left side will be Indonesian Consulate.
First of all – dress properly. In the security post you will see the sign how you should look (no flip-flops, short shorts, T-shirt with sleeves and etc.). Some people don’t follow it and still pass inside. My advice, just dress in polite way, you are not going to a beach, yeah?.
For visa applying you should come in the morning (9:00-12:00 am.). By the way on Mondays it’s more people than on other days.
On entering the visa hall go to the table just inside the door. The lady will give you the form, fill it in and return to the table.The application form should be filled with black pen, if you don’t have, borrow it from workers.
The lady will check it briefly and give you a number. Then when the time will come they will announce the number and you will need to go to window 7. Give the papers and pay 205 MYR in cash (such price was in the end of July, 2017). If you don’t have cash in the “Midlands Park Center” mall (that you passed on the way) you can take money from ATM, as well make documents copy, take a picture – if needed. Important: Like in consulate will take your passport, don’t forget before make a copy of it.
After giving everything and pay, you will get a number. Then you need to wait till your number will appear in TV screen. Go to the counter and there you will get receipt. With it you will need to come back next day at from 14:00 to 16:00 pm (the same receipt you will need to show for a security when you will enter consulate next day).
When you will come next day, go to a counter 7 again and show your receipt – you will get your passport back. Important: in the evening of the day when you will apply check your e-mail. Because I had interesting experience, that in the evening I got e-mail from consulate, with information that I should come next day on different time that was written on receipt. Like some responsible person will be in the meeting and won’t be able to issue my visa earlier. If I wouldn’t check that day, I would need to go to consulate twice next day.
Beware of the day counting trap! The way the immigration officials’ count stay period is: the day of arrival counts as day one. The day of departure also counts. For example you have 30-days visa, you arrive on the 1st day, you must leave on the 30th day (not the 31st or the first of the next month). Even if you leave 5 min. after midnight, it will be counted as a full new day. If you overstay you will have to pay a penalty of 200 000 Rp per day. Up to 3 days is usually no problem, you will simply pay the fee at the immigration counter.
How to fill the application, what to have with you
The first few questions on the form (what type of visa, your name, passport details etc.) you should fill.
This lines you don’t need to fill if you apply for Indonesian 60-day “Tourist visa”
Occupation in Indonesia
Address of office/occupation
Address of residence in Indonesia
Name of sponsor/reference
Address of sponsor/reference
In the “Reason for applying” section write Tourism
For the supporting documentation I provided:
A photo (even if in a form written that it should be in red background, I gave without – and everything was fine, they accepted)
A photocopy of passport (info page only)
A photocopy of return ticket from Malaysia (when I will leave to Indonesia)
I read that I should give the photocopy of returns ticket from Indonesia but I didn’t have it yet on 1st time, so I brought photocopy from my bank account where shown that I have enough money to buy a ticket out of Indonesia (I just log in to my e-bank, made print screen and printed it). 2nd time I brought flight ticket, when I’m planing to leave Indonesia.
I didn’t got any extra questions or asking to bring something more.
If you didn’t make copies of needed documents, you can do it in Midland Park Center that you passed on the way to Indonesian embassy.
What to do after applying?
If you want to come back to Chinatown you should wait for the same bus 101 in front of “Midlands Park Center” mall.
But my advice, after consulate go further to explore Penang island, for example:
Go to Batu Ferringhi or Penang National park to spend rest of the day. You just need to return back to the stop, where you get out from the city center, take the same 101 and go further. From that stop it will take ~40 min. to National park and will cost 4 MYR.
By the way, during two my trips to Penang I stayed in 75 Traveller’s lodge. I found this place quite affordable, with good location and quite good condition. But there are many other places to stay in Penang.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
Have you tried to make Indonesian visa in Penang island? How was it?
Did you make Indonesian visa in any other country? What was your experience?
If you have any update to add, feel free to do it in comments
I like to book via Airbnb while I’m traveling because it helps me to save some money. As well it makes me feel like at home. For example, if I stay in a flat I can cook there and do other things that I usually can’t do in the hostels, guest houses. Also you can find some authentic places to stay, be a bit closer to a local culture. Here you can check more my pros and cons about staying or renting through Airbnb.
If you are new with Airbnb, I suggest to try it at least once and see by yourself if it suitable for you. But before booking via Airbnb you should pay attention in some things that I learned during my experience. I believe that these tips can save you a bit money and will help you avoid surprises.
How to start use Airbnb?
Sing up. You can get discount for your first booking via Airbnb by using Airbnb code.
Create informative profile and verify it. Some hosts may not accept you’re booking if you don’t have a verified profile. You want to book a place with host who tells more about himself? Host wants to know more about people which he will let inside his home as well.
TIP: you can check places in Airbnb (see the prices, free days in calendar and etc.) without signing in, but some of the functions you won’t be able to use.
You sign in. What’s next?
Write your destination, how many days you want to stay and how many people will be (in search box that appears in the Airbnb landing page). You will get all results that suit your search request.
Now you can mark, choose, use all filters to get only those results that fit exact your needs: choose room type, price range that you want to pay for a stay. Click “More filters” and check all boxes that are important for you. Then click “Apply filters”. You will get all results in the list that suits your search. Also all those places will be marked in the map on the right side of the list. So you can easily see which place is in which part of the city/island and etc.
TIP: in the right-bottom of the page you can change the currency and language. All search result information will be given by currency, language you want.
What you should pay attention first before booking via Airbnb?
When you will get all list that match your detailed search, choose some hosts that you like.
Check the pictures of the place – is it exactly what you are searching for?
Read the reviews about the place – but be objective reading them. People’s understanding of cleanliness, distance and etc. can be different from yours. But those reviews can give you general impression of the place. As well what I like in Airbnb – reviews appears only when both sides (guest and host) write them. So if guest wrote bad review, host don’t know it till he will write review about guest – there can’t be “revenge” – you wrote bad, I read and I will write bad about you as well.
Check the profile of the host – you will find there information that host provides about himself, picture, guests reviews and list of other places that he rents (can be that host have several different apartments or renting more rooms in the same house but with different conditions). I had experience in Oslo, when the couple was renting 2 their rooms – one was bigger and more expensive, other – smaller and cheaper. I didn’t know that because I didn’t check the listing of the host, so I booked bigger one when the smaller was free as well. At that time I could save a bit more money. But it’s my lesson that I learned for next Airbnb booking.
TIP: if you like several places add them to wish-list (button under the calendar – see the picture above). If during booking via Airbnb process something won’t work out with your choose place, you won’t need to start the new search and spend again your time. You can pick the places from your wish-list and contact those hosts.
Places that you picked match your needs? Check other important things
Till you won’t make booking via Airbnb you won’t see exact address but it will be shown rough area where it is. Usually the host in the place description writes distances till main tourist objects. If not, sometimes you can find this information in guests reviews.
Check carefully host information about the place. What is the place rules, check-in, check-out time, booking cancellation policy (different hosts can have different cancellation rules), is it easy to get to the place with local transportation, what kind of equipment host provides and everything else that is written
You should know that host can put different prices depending on the dates. For example on weekend or holidays the price can be higher than on low season. When in the first search step you add dates you want to stay, the prices already shown of those dates. But if you will decide to change the dates, the price can be different. As well Airbnb take some service fee – it can be different amount depends on duration of your stay, the booking price. Some hosts as well put extra fee for cleaning, extra bed and etc. (even if you selected that will be 1 guest and later change your mind – will come 2 people, the price can be not exactly just double, but even more). Sometimes depends on some countries rules, can be added even special tax fee. So final sum can be a bit different that was shown in the beginning.
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Some hosts allow you to book the place instant (please, check the first photo, I marked it near the price). In this case you don’t need to get any approval from host. You like the place, rules and etc. you just book it.
If the place doesn’t have instant booking, after you will make reservation, the host during 24 hours can accept it or reject. Yes, sometimes even if you choose free dates in calendar host can cancel booking without any explanation (maybe he doesn’t find information in your profile, maybe he didn’t update calendar and those dates already booked).
Different hosts can choose different cancellation policy. Before booking via Airbnb be sure about your will to stay there, dates. If you will change your mind and the host has strict cancellation policy you will lose some of your money, if it’s flexible cancellation policy – only Airbnb won’t return their fee but other money will be refund to your account.
CONTACT THE HOST
If in place photo you saw that something is missing what you need or you didn’t find information in the description – before booking via Airbnb, contact the host and ask what is important for you. As well if you need something extra to be prepared for you, you can ask host if he can organize it. If it’s not written and you didn’t ask but expected that something will be – don’t be disappointed. The host provides all information that he thinks it’s important, but for you can be important something else.
People are different and different things matter for them, but I usually ask such things (if don’t find it it in description):
What is in the neighborhood? Who is living around? Is there are any noisy bars, busy streets around?
How far is the public transportation stop?
Will I have separate set of keys? Will my room where I will stay have a lock?
Is there is coffee, sugar that I could use?
Will be there any other guests during my stay (if I’m renting a room in several rooms apartment)?
TIPS: some hosts give discounts if you stay longer – for a week or month (it’s written in place description). I never tried but I know that you can contact the host and negotiate the price as well. Even if he don’t give the discount for longer stay – you can ask for it.
Time for booking!
Final step from your side – click the “Request to book” and booking process will start.
The booking should be accepted or rejected by host during 24 hours otherwise the system without host approval will reject it automatically. If it will happen – no worries – you still have other places that you liked in your wish-list.
When host will approve your booking you will get email with all information. The phone number of the host, most of the time the exact place address (if you won’t receive it – ask from host).
After booking is accepted your money won’t go straight to the host account. Airbnb will “keep” it till your end of the stay. So if something will be not exactly how was agreed and etc., you can claim for Airbnb, they will inspect the case and if you are right – they will return your money back.
Keep in touch with host – before coming agree the time and how you will meet, how you will get the keys and etc.
What else you should know about booking via Airbnb?
Not only local people rents their homes, sometimes you can find hostels, guest houses and etc. who suggest to stay in their place. If you find such – before booking via Airbnb, check their prices in other websites, for example Agoda, Booking, Hostelworld and etc. Maybe in these websites have extra discount or even better price (you can see below one of examples of different prices of the same place).
Sometimes it happens that the host cancels the booking even couple days before you arrive. Not nice, but no worries, try to contact other hosts from your wish-list.
If the host asks you to pay in cash or make a transfer straight to his account – never do it. If something will go wrong, Airbnb won’t protect you or refund your money. All renting through Airbnb should be done only by their system.
If you found amazing place, the price looks extremely cheap and there is no review yet, be vigilant, maybe something is not right. You can just save picture of the place on your desktop and add it to google search. If it’s not real place or the picture is stolen you will find it in google. In this case you can report Airbnb that somebody try to cheat.
Don’t book the place instead of your friends, because if something will happen you will take the responsibility for it (because you booked the place). Better after you will join Airbnb share the discount code and ask them to join as well – they will stay cheaper, you will get discount also and won’t need to worry about anything.
Using Airbnb doesn’t mean that the host will be all the time around. The host can help you as much as he can but don’t expect that he will become your guide.
After your stay don’t forget to leave the honest review that could be useful for future guests.
Let’s see quickly in practice how to choose the best place, for example inBali
In price range I choose the cheapest places (9-20 EUR/per night). The result – more than 300 offers. I pick randomly 4 of them.
No air condition, now parking (but if you want to reach this place you need to drive a motorbike).
This room by itself doesn’t have reviews yet, but host in general has 160 reviews.
If you click for host listing he offers 10 different rooms in the same villa just conditions are different. For example, other rooms have air condition, strict cancellation policy, check-in, check-out times, free parking and etc.
Even if the price written 9 EUR/per night, already in March all dates are with higher price. No matter 1 or 2 guests the price the same 10 EUR/per night. Service fee – extra 1 EUR. In total for 2 people will cost 11 EUR/per night.
Already from the name you see that it’s not a person’s home it’s guest house with breakfast, 24 hour check-in, but no WI-FI (just simple internet).
You can book it instantly.
The prices changes to higher after April.
If you click for host listing, he offers 10 different places in Ubud. From guest houses to hotels and villas. I hope I won’t offend anyone but renting via Airbnb it’s this person business.
Like it’s guest house I found their offer in Booking. The same dates for 2 people there costs 12 EUR/per night. But they charge extra 2 EUR for breakfast. As well in booking.com written check-in/check-out times, in Airbnb it’s not mentioned. If you would like to rent this place – this time booking via Airbnb is cheaper (except if you have some discounts in Booking or rewards that you can use and get better price).