IFTravels: YOGYAKARTA 29 Jan - 2 Feb 2017 (DAY 5)


DAY 5.

That day was supposed to end pretty early, our flight was at 1145 am.
However, in the morning, I got a message from Agus saying that flights are getting cancelled/delayed at the airport. Apparently, last night there was a Garuda airplane slipped on the runway due to the rain. And since the airport is quite small, it interrupts a lot of flights that day.

Immediately I checked my emails to see if there were any news. No news.
So, we decided to just go to the airport, to check what is happening.

But as per original plan, we didn't go to the airport straight away. We went to the local football club's PSS Sleman stadium, the Maguwoharjo stadion. As a lot of you know already, me & FF always try to go to the local football stadiums (if there's one) anywhere we go. It started because we're both fans of football and since we have a "football shrine" at home, we could add our visits to stadiums around the world in our collection. Follow #IFInvadingStadiums for the collection.

Although PSS Sleman is considered quite a small club compared to Persib (Bandung) or Persija (Jakarta), but the atmosphere inside the stadium is amazing. Look at the video below:

What an atmosphere!

Their mascot is the Garuda, which is an ancient mystical bird. 

After our short time at the stadium, we went to the airport. It was so crowded and we saw some Malaysians just arriving at the airport for their flight too. I went to AirAsia customer service centre (it was tiny!) and was informed that the runway will only be open at 3PM! And there is still no information yet when our flight is due. Looking at the screen of arrival/departures, we saw that all the domestic flights (except for Jakarta) are cancelled. The International only had "Delayed" on it but there is no possible timing.

After staying about 30 minutes at the airport, we decided to go someplace else as there is still no news of our flight. It was only 930AM and we have many more hours to wait. We got Agus to drop us at the biggest mall in Jogja, Amburuksumo Mall. Before he dropped us there though, we went round the airport to see the Garuda plane that caused the commotion. The plane skidded off the runway and its tyres were stuck in the muddy grasses where it stopped. And the plane also blocked the path to the parking of the planes. So, no flight were able to get past the runway to the parking or from the parking to the runway. Reports are saying that flights are re-routed to Solo that night it happened.

When we got to the mall, first stop was to Gramedia, where we bought some books we wanted to buy and then, seeing that we have a lot of time to spare, we went to see an Indonesian movie, From London to Bali. After buying the tickets, I got an email saying our flight is delayed to 6PM. I was quite relieved because I was ready to go home.

Alhamdulillah, we arrived safely, or else I wouldn't be here sharing my travels with you.
I hope that I could share more of my travels and give as much information about it so that it could benefit you guys if you are planning to go there.
Alhamdulillah, what I am able to do now is thanks to Allah who have given me so much blessings. Life in this world is not all sunshine, it's harsh. But by being patient, relying on Him and trusting Him makes me feel much happier.

If there is anything you'd like to ask me, feel free to leave a comment.


  1. Assalamualaikum wr wb.

    Sebelumnya saya mohon maaf bilamana Tuan/ Puan/ Abang/ Akak kurang berkenan kerana posting saya. Salam perkenalan saya Jati dari syarikat pelancongan Ganesha Jogja Tour & Travel. Bilamana tuan/puan, abang/akak nak melancong kat Jogja sila kol / whatsapp saya. Insya Allah saya bagi quotation menarik dengan harga yang berpatutan.

    Kami bagi harga yang berpatutan dengan service best kerana kami handle terus dari Jogja. Bilamana tuan/puan, abang/akak nak melancong ke Jogja sila kol / sms / whatsapp saya +628985101301, bole juga email ganeshabantul@yahoo.com. Tanya2 dulu tidak mengapa..

    Berikut contoh pakej pelancongan dari kami:
    (pakej lain sila whatsapp)

    Day 1
    ● Tebing breksi
    ● Kotagede (kilang silver & chocolate)
    ● Sandboarding Parangkusumo
    ● Parangtritis beach
    ● Manding (leather arts)
    ● Alun2 selatan (sepeda & becak lampu)

    Day 2
    ● Merapi lava tour (sunrise)
    ● Borobudur temple
    ● Kalibiru

    Day 3
    ● Timang beach
    ● Cave tubing pindul
    ● Pinus Forest
    ● Bukit bintang

    Day 4
    ● Drop off to airport

    Harga bermula dari:
    RM 602 (ALL IN)*
    RM 452 (exclude hotel)*

    *kos kira dalam 1 ringgit = 3500 rupiah, kos hanya estimasi sahaja kerana nilai tukar naik turun
    * kos kira dalam 5 pax, lagi ramai lagi jimat, lagi sedikit lagi mahal

    Pakej termasuk
    ● Private kereta / van AC standard pelancongan (Grand / all new Avanza / Xenia untuk 2-5 pax, Isuzu elf 11 seater untuk 6-11 pax, Isuzu elf 16/17 seater untuk 12-16 pax, medium bus 31-33 seater untuk 17-33 pax, bigbus 44-54 seater untuk 33 pax lebih)
    ● Pick up & drop off airport
    ● Hotel *2 selama 3 malam (termasuk makan pagi)
    ● Supir / Pemandu
    ● Makan supir
    ● Parking
    ● Semua entrance fees sesuai itinerary (include Borobudur entrance fee $25 (Rp 325.000)
    ● 4x4 jeep merapi (kongsi 4 orang)
    ● shuttle menuju timang / kalibiru, kalibiru bilamana guna van harus naik ojek sepeda motor
    ● Dinner and lunch sesuai itinerary (halal meals)
    ● Air mineral
    ● Insurance

    ● Flight Ticket
    ● Airport taxes
    ● Gondola ride bilamana pergi timang
    ● Personal expences (laundry, pulse, shopping etc.)
    ● Menu tambahan untuk dinner / lunch
    ● Tips untuk driver (seikhlasnya)

    Harga dapat berubah setiap masa
    Harga tidak berlaku bagi high season

    >>> Untuk pakej pelancongan jogja yang lain sila jangan sungkan kol /whatsapp +628985101301 (FREE).
    >>> Email: ganeshabantul@yahoo.com
    >>> Facebook: www.facebook.com/reviosta (Jati Wijaya)

    Kami juga sedaiakan kereta sewa (all new avanza, xenia, innova, etc) / van (elf, travello, dyna, hiace 11-17 seats) / bus (29-50 seats) dengan harga yang berpatutan. Harga bole sesuaikan dengan bajet Tuan/ Puan/ Abang/ Akak sekalian.

    Atas perhatiannya kami ucapkan banyak2 terimakasih.

    Wassalamualaikum Wr Wb