If you read my previous VISTA, you could see that after the farewell party, I had to go to the box early in the morning the next day. That’s because our box held our first CrossFit competition and I was one of the crews. WOOOOOPPP.
So I contacted one of my friends if she still needed more help during the event but apparently they had enough crew and judges. However, one day before the event, she contacted me and asked if I could help her as the scoring team. So I said yes. I was really excited about it!
The night before I went out with my colleagues for karaoke so I was rather tired in the morning (check out the story here). I arrived at the box at 6.30 am but no one was there so I had to wait for around 15 minutes before the others arrived. Then we started to prepare the equipment and everything. Since I didnt have yellow (crew)/orange (judge) t-shirt, my friend lent hers to me. But her t-shirt was orange so I had a different colour hahaha.
After the briefing, many athletes came and registered. Then they started to warm up, while I was trying to figure out the leaderboard and scoring system. One of us brought 3 bottles of coffee. OH THANK YOU. I woke up realllllyyy early and I was sleep deprived so I was really sleepy. Ended up drinking too much, my stomach hurts hahahha.
Anyway, the event went real smooth and fast. I was so amazed by our teamwork actually. We were really efficient and fast. Right after the heat, the judge gave me the score sheet and I inputted it right away. The other crew was really fast at preparing the equipment for the next heat. WOAH. It was sooo fun. Looking at those athletes compete was making me excited!
The event itself started from the idea of one of our coaches, Coach Oka and his team member, Sofia and Adit, when they competed in Malaysia. They thought, hey why dont we create event at our box as well? And boom! The brainstormed the WOD, the event, everything! Damn it was so fun! I really want to participate in another event in the future. I guess I really am stuck in this cult huh? 😀 Once you’re in you cant go back!
Solo traveling is sure fun! Though I know some people don’t like it and prefer to do it with friends/family. Which is perfectly fine! I have posted a post about solo traveling before (insert link here), do check it out if you are still thinking whether you should do it or not!
Every type of traveling, of course, has their own ups and downs. So what are the ups and downs for solo traveling? Oh yea, I’m talking about this based on my experience so some people might agree or have the same experience as me and some might don’t.
There is, somehow, this illusion of traveling solo being sooo dreamy
Whenever I tell people that I went to this or that place alone, their reaction always “wow how can you do that?” “Oh I always want to try it” etc etc. Some are somehow worried, some are finding this exciting. There is, somehow, this illusion of traveling solo being sooo dreamy. But, of course it’s not always full of ups right? It’s not always as sweet or dreamy as it sounds.
So let me tell you the truths about traveling alone…
It’s not because I want to do it all the time, but because I need to!
“I’m free next week” “But I’m not! How about this week? That would be cool” “But I have errands to do this week”
Sounds familiar? Face it guys. When you are going to travel with other people, for example your friend, you have to match your and your friend’s schedule or budget. And even your traveling style. Some people like to shop during traveling some dont, some like the city better and some dont. Right? For me, i find it hard to find someone who has the same style as me.
It’s not like I want to be alone guys, I just dont want to wait for someone to actually go and do something that I want. It feels better when you go to somewhere unfamiliar to you and you have a companion no? But again, do I want to wait for someone to travel and wait for God knows how long?
But, it can be scary…
Of course it’s scary to be alone in a place that you are not familiar with. It can be intimidating to walk alone here and there in a new place, especially if we cant speak the language. You might think what if A what if B and so on. But hey! It’s okay! Just keep calm it’s mostly just you overthink things. I always try to keep calm and think things throughly and just go with it hehe. I just need to take my first step and the unfamiliarity will develop into sense of familiarity bit by bit
And also liberating at the same time!
To be honest guys, whenever I want to go somewhere alone i always have this insecure feeling. Just like what I said before, traveling solo can be scary. But right after I take my first step, i feel so proud of myself. Like, hey! See you can do it!
However, sometimes you feel like there’s no one to share your incredible experience
I walked for hours to Bondi Beach, Australia right after I arrived there. With only 30% phone battery and no apps to tell me which public transport should I take. The maps on my phone kept showing the wrong route so I had to walked for a long time. For me, it’s an unforgettable experience and a good lesson learnt as well. But hey, if there was someone with me during that time, we could share that experience together and laugh it when we remember the story, no? But because I was alone, I have no one to share it though I can tell other people the story it feels different.
But… It is soooo easy to plan everything (or not to plan anything!)
Well, you are free to plan anything you want! If you wanna visit certain place or landmark OR if you dont wanna visit it. It is all up to you! You wanna go where your feet is taking you? Consider it as done! See? It’s making everything simple to plan or not to plan, to go or not to go. Everything is all up to you 😀 You could go to wherever you want!
Though, you may, sometimes, worry about your safety or feel self-conscious
When I’m alone at the restaurant or even just strolling around alone, sometimes I get self-conscious and overthink things then get worried about my own safety. What if my wallet got stollen, what if this happen what if that happen. Oh so many what ifs guys. But again, sometimes it’s just your mind trying to mess you up hahaha. Just keep calm and stay vigilant 🙂
You could get to know yourself better and even train yourself when you are in trouble
For me, it’s easier to get to know myself better when I am alone. Because you get to know and to think about yourself more thoroughly without any intervention from other party. After traveling alone couple of times, I realize that I am rather clumsy and dont pay attention much to my personal belongings. Which is a dangerous thing no? I dropped my phone back in Australia (luckily the girls were kind enough to look for the owner phew), I lost my wallet back in Northern Ireland because I didnt pay attention to my bag (you could check my post on travel safety here) aaaand so on. Traveling solo also train me to stay calm when I am facing difficulties. I mean guys, I was basically alone there and barely know anyone except those that I just met hahaha
Well, on the other hand, you could feel a bit lonely sometimes
When you’re traveling solo, it may make you feel lonely. Eating alone, strolling the city alone *all by myself playing in the background*
All byyyy myseeeellff, dont wanna be all by myseeeelf anymoreee
And sometimes, it’s hard to meet someone. No matter how hard you try somehow you just cant click with anyone somehow
But the truth is, you are never really alone
Yea it may be hard to meet someone sometimes, but you could always meet other people in other places no? Maybe you cant click with anyone right away, but you are never really alone 😀 I dont always make friends in every place that I have visited. If I dont make new friend in this place, then I could always make a new friend in other place (I’m just a happy go lucky kind of person I guess hahaha)
So, is solo traveling worth it? Of course it is! Leave all your fears and insecurities behind. Dont wait for someone if you wanna do something. Just trust yourself but always be mindful and careful! It will be worth it! You could try it once, it does not have to be abroad or somewhere far far away. Then see if you like it, if it’s not your style then of course it is okay too! Just like what I said in my previous post here, everyone has their own traveling style 😀
I posted about my 2019 travel plan previously and said that I want to go to U.K. and Japan. Glad to say that I have fulfilled my wish to go there! Yeaaayy! I also mentioned that I wanted to visit Game of Thrones filming locations as my bucketlist, and some of them, including the studio, are in Northern Ireland hence why I went to Belfast!
From Indonesia, I already booked the tour. So I booked the tour from Game of Thrones Tour. I booked 2 tours from the website which are Belfast Winterfell and Belfast Iron Island (which included Giant’s Causeway and Rope Bridge Adventure). It costed 50 GBP for each tour. Oh and the guides were actors from Game of Thrones!
I was staying in Belfast and the hostel’s name is Belfast International Youth Hostel. I usually book my accommodation from Booking.com as I could pay it later and most of the hostel/hotel offer a no charge cancellation fee. Do click the link if you wanna book the hostel or check the review. I will probably review the hostel in my other post 🙂
Anywaaay guys, lets talk about the tour itself now shall we? Oh wait before that, I want to talk about the GoT exhibition that was being held in Belfast! I arrived there on Friday and after I checked in, I went straight to the exhibition. I kind of forget the price but I think it was almost 20 GBP. There, there were many props that GoT used such as the sword, the clothes etc. You could also listen to the story behind the props from the crew. It was awesome! I, of course, bought many merchandises from the exhibition. Spent. Lots. Of. Moneeeeehh. Eh. It’s fine, right? Hahaha
On Saturday morning, I left the room for my first tour. The Winterfell Tour! WOOOOOP. There were many people joined the tour and we went there with a bus. The journey took some time and on the road, we watched the GoT behind the scene. Such a fun tour with people who love GoT! We arrived at the Winterfell and wow, looks smaller than I imagine! So the team did some CGI in the production (of course) but what actually amazed me is how they could see something and think “ok! This is it! The castle! The perfect place” I used to make short films etc back in uni but I cant imagine seeing a place or something here and there and think yeah it’s perfect for this scene. Awesome. They also used the same location for different scenes but hey, never really realized that! When we visited the filming locations, the guide showed a before after CGI picture and we watched the scene together. At the end of the tour, we watched an episode from GoT together which was amazing!
On Sunday morning, I got up early again and went to my second tour. The Iron Island. Wooop. Theon Greyjooooy! At first I wanted to back out because when I went to the tour on Saturday, the wind was pretty strong which made it hard for me. It was really cold. And to be honest, the Greyjoy is not my favorite (though I love Theon’s character development!). But then I thought, heck lets do it. In this tour, we went to some other places which are not in the GoT like Carrick-a-Bridge. The wind, just like the other day, was so strong, so we could not use the bridge so we could only look. OH THANK GOD I WAS SO AFRAID OF HEIGHT. But still, the view was beautifully breathtaking. I was a bit surprised to know that not many people know Belfast after I went there because damn, Northern Ireland is beautiful. And I only visited couple of place! Just like the previous tour, we saw the before after CGI and watched the scene.
I really really enjoyed the tour! The guides were nice and it was really cool to talk to them. Especially if you wanna know the casts and crew behind the film. They told us story about how they film it, how they got casted, etc. Oh yeah, we got to wear some props like the Stark’s cloak, sword, the Greyjoy’s clothes etc. AWESOOOMEEE. Yep. For someone who loves GoT that much I flew to Belfast after I was hospitalized for 1 week, it was THAT awesome!
So guys, if you wanna try to do this tour, I am really recommending it. It was really fun! Especially if you enjoy GoT! And you could explore Northern Ireland as well, I find it beautiful. Really beautiful!