When you travel for the very first time Internationally there are lot of things going in your head. Especially for someone like me, who is a vegetarian and is travelling all alone with no experience of flight. I was a lot nervous, was thinking about the culture of the place I am going, was nervous about flight itself, I watched a lot of “How to save yourselves” videos while travelling in flights. 🤫
So, yeah it was pretty messed up.
When, I was boarding the plane, my mom called me in last 10 mins, said news is going on about some “terrorists” entering Delhi (where my flight was), she was really really nervous and at one point I said “Do you want me to leave everything and abort?”, well no 😅
So, yeah a fully nervousness filled journey started, I boarded Singapore Airlines and damn it was A380, my first International flight and that too with a jumbo, I forgot all the things as soon as I entered the plane.
I gotta tell you, from the very start, I started realizing how well humanity can be, air hostess/host were taking so good care of the passengers, I felt so welcome and I guess indebted that my words aren’t just enough.
I mean, I can joke about this and say “At one point it felt like this much care I don’t even get from my parents”😉
I was in the flight, slept for a while ( It was midnight flight) , and then it hit me, I saw that crew was up whole the time making sure that we sleep well, I was so touched by this, and I reached out to the crew and talked about this, they were very welcoming and talked about their job and I had a nice talk with them, All of the whole experience was just so nice.
In the end, they reached out to me, and shared a token of gratitude, they gave me “Singapore airlines playing cards and a ball point pen”, with a letter that they enjoyed having me as a passenger. Well, I was not aiming for any gifts or something, I just went to them and asked about their job and appreciated their hard-work genuinely.
I had a layover in Changi Airport, Singapore. And yes it’s absolutely worth the hype on Internet. I mean it’s really high tech, lots of recreational stuff, amazing gardens and you get to see “The Jewel”, also operations wise they do their best!
You will have a good time layover-ing in Singapore :p
Now, until this point, you should have got the idea that how comfortable I would have got so far. Yep!, that’s correct 🙂
I reach Bali, it was a 1-1.5 hour flight from Singapore. Comfort was gone … well because I never experienced foreign exchange yet, and I had to reach the hotel somehow. So, I was thinking to myself can I pay online ?, Do I use my ATM ?, Do I buy sim card here ?, Do I exchange few dollars which I got with me here only ? ….. so on… after a lot of nervousness and search in and outside of the airport I exchanged few dollars just slightly above my taxi far and reach my hotel.
Pheww 😪 , First test over!
Now, I checked in rested for that day, on 5th October was my conference next day.
I reach the venue 1.7 Km away on a sunny day (It was hot) , but foot , well because It did not hit me that moment Motor bike ride app Gojek and Grab exist there.
Here, I was welcomed by the kind volunteers, after few paperwork of attendance, I got my welcome kit 😋
Woah, it was goodylicious 😉
I then attended few talks, one of them was about creating open source communities in Indonesia where the main focus was on students. Being a student myself I took part in that discussion. Then another one was by Mr. Segitz where from Suse, where he talked about how Suse takes security bugs, how they handle them, critical bugs etc etc..
I asked him about something similar to Android, where you restrict apps based on the permissions, he said it is a good idea and can be discussed. Niel added on about “Flatpak” on this discussion and yeah it’s a good idea 🙂 Flatpak has those things already :p
I met, Ahmad Haris for the very first time, can;t forget his custom shoes 😉 he was showing off that moment :p , he managed to get them done by “FANS” I mean he’s a CEO haha (As per him :p)
I met more GNOME folks there for the very first time, I mean that feeling when you meet the folks behind IRC and chats for the first time. Yeah it was phenomenal, just makes me more excited about upcoming GUADECs. I just want to meet everyone :p
So, there in openSUSE summit, we had a little GNOME world 🙂 , Ahamad, Kukuh, Rania, Shobha, Rosanna, Neil and others 🤗
It was a really great day.
I gotta say, I had doubts about Inodensia culture in general, my stereotypical family was worried because there it was majority of relegion which I do not belong to, and other stuff.
But, to be honest, I have never met such respectful, generous, helpful people in my entire little life that I have met in Indonesia. They are just the best humans out there!
Oh, that’s our little cute “minix” :p (I gave her a nickname) and the University campus was extremely beautiful with a really cool view of the Sea 🙂
I met many cool folks from Japan and China openSUSE community!, It’ just gets better and better when you meet folks from around the FOSS world. We all are working for same goal, to make the world a better a place! I have described in my previous GNOME Asia blog already that FOSS can make a huge impact in lives of people. It has tremendous possibilities, and when I personally saw the companies like “FANS” getting value out of it I was stunned and really happy 🙂
I attended Niel’s talk, and loved how he swept in GNOME education challenge at the end of the talk because yeah the talk got over few minutes early 😉
Then, one of the really amazing talk was by Mr. Takeyama from Japanese community, they are doing a really great job out there to increase Japanese support on the magazing FOSS tools by personally contributing. And the coolest part is they have “Geeko Magazine” published every 6 months where they personally manage all the things. And have cool Japanese styled animation covers too 😋.
He generously gave me a sample, but sadly it does not have a Manga like animated cover , but yeah still a cool stuff to have :p
If you happen to visit Japan and get a chance to attend Comiket festival they do have a stall there grab those before stock gets over (Really Limited)
When I went back to hotel on the second day, the openSUSE bottle broke , I got sad, really because it was cool. I asked Kukuh that will it be possible to have an extra left and if he can get that in GNOME Asia, and wow to my surprise it worked out and he arranged one for me. Now I have it safe with me 🙂
Thanks a lot Kukuh! , means a lot!
I am really astonishingly amazed by the great Indonesian People, their culture, their FOSS community specially, how well they manage to organize such beautiful events, and the fact that how linked they are, I mean most of the organizing committee in GNOME Asia and the participants were in openSUSE too 🙂
The best part is, even working people take out their time collaborate with the University staff and students and make these amazing events happen.
To be honest I am a bit Jealous of the community there, hope we have that presence in India too 🙂
Thank you everyone out there who made this event happen and took care of the participants and speakers! , I would definitely like to give a talk next time there 🙂
And for all of you did not make it there, yeah you missed a lot :p
*Note: I would really like to know in the comments if you are interested to know about Bali Tourism, this post got a bit long, if there is a good response I would really love to share the journey 🙂
Hope to meet you all back again!