Suramadu Bridge – Part 3

The third part of my Suramadu Bridge Trip Report. After the report on Suramadu is done, my trip report on the way back to Bali will be available soon.

Enjoy!

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Stuck on the right, food stalls on the left. What’s going on actually?

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I did not manage to edit all the photos so here is one of those edited.

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Business booming for Madurese

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Limestone hill, the hill was cut through to make way for traffic flowing from Surabaya

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Not many people went ahead to see the rest of Madura, some only wanted just to cross the bridge

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Use your imagination to decide what was going on with the long queue of cars wanting to go to Surabaya

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Despite the availability of electricity in Madura, there was no phone signal at all there especially in Bangkalan

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500 metres more to the toll gate

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Shortcut?

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Don’t follow them! They were able to smile after I took these photos.

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Stuck

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They should be more considerate of others. That’s the problem, most of Indonesian motorists and drivers are arrogant.

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And finally

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There are some reasons why until now I still refuse to learn how to ride a motorbike.

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Good bye, Madura

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The suspension could be seen from here

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People stopping on the left, that is against the law on driving

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Welcome back to Surabaya

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And that’s the way it was on 21 June 2009.

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Suramadu Bridge – Part 2

The second part of my Suramadu Bridge Trip Report. The first part you can find by exploring this blog.

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Prepare Rp 30,000 to pay for the toll fee at this point

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The queue of motorbikes, I hope they are always following the law on driving

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Waiting for the change, “Mbak, jangan judes-judes dong!”

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Welcome to the Suramadu Bridge

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This is the receipt

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That’s Java island on the left (the green colour one) and you could hardly notice any motorbike on this photo (only one).

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No traffic jam unlike the toll gate

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A motorbike crossing the bridge, the only so-called highway in Indonesia that allows motorbike. That’s why, the Indonesian parliament or was it Transportation Ministry decided to allow motorcyclists using highways across Indonesia. However, the controversy never ends.

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Getting closer to the bridge suspensions

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The traffic is heavier in the middle of the bridge, below the suspension to be specific.

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You can see the wires that support the suspension. I guess the bridge is still not 100% done.

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Vehicles are not allowed to stop here. Even worse, some of them stopped, took out their folding chairs and enjoying the scenery. Some stood on top the road divider that divide the motorcyclists and car drivers and start taking photos of themselves. They wanted to show that they have been to the Suramadu Bridge. If you know any of them, please scold them. They are endangering their lives and others who really need to go to Madura.

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And even if they want to take photos outside their cars, they should inform Jasa Marga so that they are not endangering their lives. They should also follow the rules that Jasa Marga gave on taking photos. Robbery and vandalism are two things that haunts Suramadu in the first week after its opening.

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Reach out for the sky

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Madura island on the right

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My last visit to Madura island was in 2002 or 2003 (I can’t remember) with my uncle from my father’s family using ferry from Tanjung Perak. I also once went to the then construction site of Suramadu Bridge when it was just steel poles. I think I’ve been to Madura in the 1990s with my late father.

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Welcome to Madura Island
On the board are President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife, Ani Yudhoyono. Also there, four regents of Madura. There are four regencies in Madura island, Bangkalan, Pamekasan, Sampang and Sumenep.

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Wait for the third part of the report, coming soon on Apa Kabar Bram.

Suramadu Bridge – Part 1

As I have promised you, I will share with you my personal experience using the bridge. I know it’s a bit late but it’s better than never, sorry for the late-coming.

It was 21 June 2009, I was in Surabaya for a short weekend getaway. In the morning, I went to Holy Shepherd Church for Sunday prayer in Jemur Andayani district, near Kutisari, the place where I usually stay whenever I visited Surabaya. In the afternoon, I went for a lunch to celebrate my aunt’s birthday. After the chow, my cousin drove my mother, my grandmother and I to take a glimpse of Suramadu Bridge at first. Seeing how long the queue of cars there, we decided to cross the bridge.

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The sign says “Reduce Your Speed, Suramadu Toll Gate 500 metre”

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Do you notice the number of motorbikes queuing just to cross the bridge? Well, in a few months it won’t be the same view.

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The car that my cousin drove was Honda Jazz, his car is an 11-year old or 12-year old Isuzu Panther. My uncle asked my cousin to drive on his (my uncle) car instead as my cousin’s car air conditioning system is not working at all and with the humid condition of Surabaya, I could die inside the car once it reached Madura island. Back to the photo, you could see a policeman with his motorbike, I guess, was patiently trying to control the traffic flows.

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Here we go again! The traffic jam.

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How could a car be on the motorbike way?

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Repairing your motor, sir?

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Jasa Marga is Indonesia’s highway operator. This photo shows one of its fleet patrolling in Kenjeran district near the Suramadu Bridge and trapped inside the traffic. For your information, the pick-up’s plate number is Jakarta’s ‘B’. Don’t they have any of their fleet with ‘L’ or ‘M’ plate? ‘L’ is the car plate for Surabaya and ‘M’ is for Madura island. ‘DK’ is for Bali.

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A police car and ambulance among the vehicles parked by the road.

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Jasa Marga’s ambulance on siege just in case anything unexpected happened. I hope nothing like today’s explosion in Jakarta would happen in Suramadu or any other parts of Indonesia again.

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“Mohon Maaf Di Bentang Tengah Ada Pemeliharaan Sehingga Perjalanan Anda Terganggu”. Does Jasa Marga understand the Bahasa Indonesia Ejaan yang Disempurnakan? It should be written as “di bentang” instead of “dibentang” as the word “bentang” refers to a place, location and in this context, it does not refer to a verb. The sentence means “We would like to apologise for the maintenance check on the middle platform that caused inconvenience on your journey”.

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300 metre seems that long.

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This is what I called as abuse of power. Inside the van was not our navy members but their family. “Angkatan Laut” means Navy whereas TNI refers to Tentara Nasional Indonesia or Indonesia National Soldiers.

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Some motorbike passengers were desperately waiting to cross the bride. At the back was a poster says “Bayar Tol di Gerbang Masuk” which means pay the toll fee at the gate.

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Almost there but not yet

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“Gerbang Tol Surabaya” or Surabaya Toll Gate

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That’s the first part of my report. Tomorrow, the second part and hopefully the third part could be posted as well. And also, my blog will be running special coverage of Jakarta blasts on “Jakarta Under Attack”. I wish you a pleasant reading. For now, good day/night.

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Read my special report for Akhyari’s blog here or at Good News from Indonesia.

DPS – SUB with Mandala Airlines

Second episode from my ‘Trip Reports’, three more to go.
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Destination: Surabaya, East Java WARR
ETD: 0700
ETA: 0645
Flight: Mandala Airlines RI 565

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This is Denpasar early in the morning around 5.30 am. The location is next to the Renon Square, near governor office. The zebra cross is really, really a … disgrace.

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This is where Sunset Road and Imam Bonjol road intersects. A very slow-moving truck is in front, painfully slow.

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This is the gate of Ngurah Rai Airport. Only one parking gate is open in the early hour and you can imagine cars queuing up just to enter the airport, a shame to Indonesia’s best airport.
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The domestic terminal of Ngurah Rai Airport has been extended but it’s not final yet. More progress is coming up but I don’t know when. After that, I walked into the terminal and went through the airport security check. Checked-in done, went to toilet for a while (nasty toilet) and headed to the second floor to pay the airport tax. Passed through the security check again and trying to find a seat in the small waiting lounge.

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Denpasar’s domestic terminal waiting lounge is really poor. You could smell cigarettes almost anywhere even though there is smoking lounges. Insufficient seats as well as dirty terminals. I can’t wait for the further extension project to start.

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This is Mandala’s plane Airbus A320-200 but this is not the plane I’m going to board. The plane is going to Yogyakarta. The plane I took has the same livery, same type just different registration which I did not manage to find out.

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Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777-200 9V-SRB is parked at Gate 8 Ngurah Rai International Terminal.

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Almost welcome aboard

I didn’t get a window seat so I only managed to get a cabin shot during the flight. Fortunately, I had a nice person sitiing next to me. I believe he is a frequent traveller on this sector. Mandala’s flight schedule to Jogja (the other spelling of Yogyakarta) is different by 15 minutes from their flight to Surabaya. Imagine the chaos it could be. There’s only three gates in Ngurah Rai’s domestic terminal, Gate 15, 16, 17 and 18 (but I’ve never been through this gate before so ignore this). Gate 15 and 16 is just next to each other and imagine if both Mandala flights being called up. What will happen? For your information, Mandala only uses gate 15 and 16. That’s what the person sat next to me said.
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And a cabin shot after landing
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Inside the aerobridge

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Almost out of the aerobridge

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This is Juanda airport’s terminal

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Going down to pick up luggage

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Around the baggage claim

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Really East Javanese architecture

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The conveyor belt

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Outside the terminal

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Walking to the car park
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That’s my trip report for now, next is TR is to Suramadu Bridge. Apologise for the poor quality.